One of Phuket’s best beach clubs
Café Del Mar Phuket is one of the best beach clubs on the island, and having our own Café Del Mar here in Kamala Beach is a statement: Phuket is a party island. This well-known Ibiza brand found out this island was the right place for a beach party beach club with good music, great drinks and most of all, notorious parties.
Located at the northern end of Kamala Beach, just next to Intercontinental Hotel and Novotel Kamala, Café Del Mar Phuket is surprisingly discreet during the day. Since Phuket beach clubs all learned the hard way that you can’t have your club right on the beach, they did what the new generation of clubs did: build on the very edge of the beach line, usually under the trees. It doesn’t feel the same, but it’s better than no beach clubs at all.
Café Del Mar Phuket is all wood, straw roof and orange tones, it’s an excellent place to chill in the afternoon, but it gets quite hot in the covered area of the bar as the breeze doesn’t get through. The club feels a little cramped with a pool in the back of the main building and beach beds tightly packed on the side of it. It looks like the land was a little small to accommodate the ambition of the club.
So, of course, the place fills up very fast and getting a sofa is not guaranteed. When you get one, your neighbours sit so close to you that they eventually start invading your space, and that can be a little annoying. The place is a drinking and party place people tend to forget manners and end up using your sofa. So get ready for promiscuity.
What to order?
Music and drinks are well mixed, just as you expect them to be. A beer will cost you 130 baht, a craft beer 250, a coke 70 baht, a whisky or a tequila starts at 240 and a ‘classic’ cocktail 280 baht. You can order some tapas, salads or meats from a decent size menu: Cold cuts 320 baht, baguette sandwich 320 baht, Wagyu burger 390 baht, lamb chops 790 baht.
Café del Mar Phuket also serves a wide range of food, including tapas, sandwiches, salads and pasta. They do a vast selection of wood-fired pizzas starting at 270 baht for a Marinara pizza and to 900 baht for Wagyu beef with truffle cream pizza. They also have an extensive sushi menu. A la carte menu is available from 4 pm to 11 pm.
Day Bed Use
Using the loungers and beach beds comes at a price, which little high so get ready for some spending: 1,000 baht minimum spend per single lounger per day, and 3,000 baht minimum spend per double beach bed. It’s not the rental fee, but the minimum you need to spend on drinks or food to use a bed, no wonder why everyone cramps on the free sofas.
The atmosphere is good but a little stiff. People coming here and staff are younger than in other beach clubs and have the attitude of the upper-class young crowd who ‘belong’. Or maybe we are a little too old for Café Del Mar. Tapas are decent without being memorable. Waitresses are friendly and do their best to accommodate the demanding clientele and the lack of seats.
The music becomes louder as the night grows dark and on weekends the party goes full blast. If you want to party on the beach under the moonlight, you now know where to go!
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Café Del Mar Info
Location: Kamala Beach
Address: 118/19 Moo3, Kamala Beach, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Open: 11 am – 2 am
Phone: 061 359 5500
Price: 1,000 baht minimum spend per single lounger per day, 3,000 baht minimum spend per double beach bed
Café Del Mar Phuket Map
In Japanese: カフェデルマール プーケット
FAQs about Cafe Del Mar
Q. Where is Cafe Del Mar Phuket located?
a. Cafe Del Mar is on the north end of Kamala Beach.
Q. Is Cafe Del Mar really on the beach?
a. Yes, the club is on the edge of the beach, but the pool is in the back of the bar building.
Q. How often are the parties?
a. Parties are frequent during high season and mostly on the weekend: Friday, Saturday, plus Sunday Brunch.
Q. What kind of food can you expect?
a. Cafe Del Mar serves tapas, cold cuts, sushi and sashimis, grilled meats and burgers, pasta and of course, Thai food.