Attaining membership isn’t easy, which is exactly why they are so alluring. Most maintain their exclusive reputation through an application process that requires recommendation by at least two current members followed by the club management’s approval. A number of Spanish venues target different areas clientele, ranging from the traditional British or thematic clubs, to private bars reserved for a restricted company of sybarites. In this article we present three of the top private members clubs in Spain.
OneOcean Port Vell, Barcelona
In the beachside district of Barceloneta, you will find an impressive superyacht playground. Following a multimillion-pound overhaul in 2015, OneOcean Port Vell marina can accommodate over 150 yachts up to 190m long, and it’s the only European superyacht marina of its size to be located so centrally within a city. The exclusive facilities include the members-only OneOcean Club, an exquisite waterside al fresco dining venue serving beautifully presented dishes with a ‘Catalan’ twist, and OneOcean Wellness and OneOcean Gym, a complete oasis of wellness with impressive treatments and the latest equipment. The Club has over 5,000 members, and has hosted the likes of Malia Obama, FC Barcelona players and actors such as Benicio del Toro. The award-winning OneOcean Bar, offering a traditional tapas menu, glamorous cocktails and stunning views of the marina, is an ideal place to unwind for an evening with friends and watch the sun set over the city.
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Casino De Madrid, Madrid
In 1836 a group of 13 friends decided to find a location where they could meet in peace and share common activities and friendships. Headquartered in one of the buildings with the highest architectural and historical value in Madrid, the Casino offers its members a variety of services, facilities and privileges, more complete than those offered by other analogous clubs. As a member you can enjoy the artworks of the Royal Hall, the magnificence of the Neo-Gothic Library, the Courtyard's Honour Staircase, a variety of luxurious multipurpose ‘Salons’ for private use, and the splendid wellness, golf and fitness areas. Although this club is strictly for members, they´ve allowed access to non-members to dine at their ever-famous two Michelin-star restaurant, La Terraza.
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Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella
Back in 1946, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe acquired Finca Santa Margarita, an estate with olive trees and vineyards which he converted into his private residence. Enchanted by its atmosphere, he decided to refashion it into a hotel, and today this beachfront boutique resort is as trendy as it was when it first opened in 1954. All of the 37 guest rooms and 78 elegant suites are gracefully decorated and are sure to suit any luxury traveller. Highlights include the Thalasso Spa, with a saltwater pool, steam baths, saunas and 12 treatment rooms. An 18-hole golf course designed by Dave Thomas is also on the grounds, with guaranteed tee-times and courtesy green fees for hotel guests. As this is perfect as a family destination, children are well looked after at the 5000m2 Kids’ Club.
For decades, this legendary club and resort has been the place to be seen for Spanish high society, international jet-setters, royals, dignitaries, superstars and sports heroes. Everyone who´s anyone has partied here and there’s no doubt that the venue will retain this reputation for many years to come.
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