Of all the charter must-have features that have exploded in popularity, the beach club takes top spot. Providing sea-level access in a way that no other area on board can achieve, the beach club opens the door to the ultimate yachting experience. Most beach clubs are typically found at the stern, where the tender garage and toy storage has historically existed. At first, swim platforms gradually increased in size, but the innovative use of a drop-down transom saw a prime area on board come into its own, and the waterside lounge was born.
In recent years, the addition of fold-down side terraces has further extended the beach club potential, creating vast open-sided platforms that enjoy sea breezes, far-reaching views and free-flow access to the water, all while decked out with sumptuous furniture. As beach clubs increase in size, so do the amenities, with Hammams, saunas, steam rooms, gyms, ensuites and full-sized spas often incorporated. It’s a place to relax on sun loungers, enjoy yoga, workout or simply enjoy a morning coffee. It’s also a popular location for hot tubs or even full-sized swimming pools, complete with wet bar. Beach clubs are also a point of convenience for those wanting to make the most of the yacht’s toys and watersports, with ladders or submerged steps to enable all ages to maximize their time by the water, as well as the addition of inflatable platforms on which to dock Jet Skis, sea bobs or simply extend an already sumptuous area.