DetoxRetox on tour: Fruity cocktails, fierce swimwear & bucketloads of fizz on the menu at Ocean Club Marbella
Detox and Retox: A smoothie and a bottle of Veuve is the perfect start to a day in Marbella (PC: Instagram/KateMcwilliams82)
Puerto Banús in Marbella is known as one of Europe’s flashiest party resorts, home to super yachts, designer dogs and beautiful bodies.
And DetoxRetox was invited out there to dress up and report back on the club’s summer drinks menus this week (as far as tough gigs go, I appreciate that this is not up there, but the hangover the next day was pretty epic if that helps?).
Tough job: My tasting team Bonnie and Kate (PC: Instagram/Ms_ToniJones)
Described as 9,000sq ft of glamour, the day club – all serene blues and whites dotted with hundreds of bright orange Veuve Clicquot buckets – is a pool poser’s dream.
Featuring a collection of beach beds around a huge saltwater pool there are are beautiful views onto the Mediterranean Sea, but most eyes are on the beautiful people flirting at the huge central bar or flitting between the VIP beds.
Daytimes are easygoing, with chilled tunes, an elegant restaurant and massages available. Families are welcome and the 9pm closing time time meant that during our Monday visit the club was a cool and calm place to soak up some some rays and get a tiny bit tipsy before hitting Marbella’s hot spots.
On weekends and themed days, like the opening and closing events and the splashy Champagne Parties, the crowd tends to get a bit livelier, with prices reflecting a big blowout experience (a VIP bed for 11 people including one ‘spray box’ of 4 bottles of Veuve Clicquot, 1 mathusalem of Perrier Jouët and 8 bottles of Dom Pérignon for the next Champagne Party is €3,450, on non party days beds for three start at €95 in low season).
Drinks here are designed to be show-stoppers, featuring premium spirits mixed with look-at-me liqueurs.
The bestseller is the Ocean Club Breeze (€16), a neon green Puerto Banus prizewinner made with Belvedere vodka, Midori, elderflower and Sprite that was too sweet for my taste but looks great on Instagram.
Bestseller: The Belvedere-laced Ocean Club Breeze
Another good looker was the Rasp Collins (€17) made with Tanqueray Ten, raspberries, lime juice and soda (hold the sugar syrup if you like your cocktails to taste of booze). The Ocean Club Julep (€17) featuring more Tanqueray Ten, cucumber, mint and lime was light and lovely, whilst a whole Mojito menu kept our rum fans happy.
Away from the cocktail bar the wine list is an altogether more sophisticated affair featuring small cellar labels and – my summer favourite – a host of Cotes de Provence Rose options starting at €55.
Pretty and pink: The fruity and fabulous Rasp Collins (PC: Instagram/Ms_ToniJones)
Much of the cellar, of course, is devoted to Marbs’ favourite tipple – champagne – with prices starting at €170 for a bottle of Perrier Jouet and ending at almost €30,000 for a 30litre Ace Of Spades midas.
And on the ‘detox’ front the staff are happy to mix up anything you want as long as they have it the kitchen. I went for a stomach-lining ‘Recover’ smoothie featuring avocado, banana, honey and almond milk.
Thank goodness for the huge nightclub style toilets next to the reception desk, which were the perfect place to retreat and attempt to up our glamour factor once we had set eyes on the poolside crowd.
Undress to impress seems is the the style code here with complicated swimming costumes, towering heels, full make-up and a serious amount of accessories the norm for female guests, whilst the men favour new season Vilebrequin shorts, mirrored shades and perfect tans.
Tanning with Tanqueray: The Ocean Club Julep is the perfect pool accessory (PC: Bonnie Rakhit)
ON THE PLATE:
Even if you have no interest in pool parties, the elegant restaurant is another reason to visit Ocean Club when you’re in Marbella.
With beautiful views and spot on service, the place is a hit with local big wigs and business owners who like to chow down on sushi platters and steak sandwiches whilst watching the goings on at the pool.
I would recommend the grilled crayfish and steak tartare followed by the very un-marbs chocolate fondant (and some more rose).
On the plate: The sushi platters and tuna tartare are winners (PC: Instagram/Ms_ToniJones)
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