Alex van Terheyden
Kyiv Beach Clubs - We don't need the Sea where we are going!
Kyiv is one of Europe's greatest cities and this is especially true in the Summer months. And yet, when the temperature rises and many Kyivans escape to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean or further afield some folks will still find themselves in hot and sticky Kyiv. However, this is not a bad place to be stuck in the summer months? As long as you avoid the sticky congested streets of Kyiv your going to have a good time especially if you have the time to check out the various Beach Clubs of Kyiv.
In this article, I'll highlight some of the best Kyiv beach clubs in and around the City. Each one offers those in need of vitamin D something a little different. From high-end beach clubs to those that cater for everyone.
If you are curious how to get to some of the Beach Clubs as quickly as possible from the centre of Kyiv - do check out my video "Get me to a Beach Club as quickly as possible!"
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Eden Beach Club
Once known as Bora Bora Beach Club but thankfully has now changed its name to avoid confusion with the Ibiza institution found in Ibiza on the west side of the Balearic Island. Strangely it changed its name to match the San Antonio NightClub found in the East of Ibiza! However, Eden is a very different place to that infamous San Antonio institution. Here you will find beautiful large white sunbeds, 2 swimming pools, a hot tub, a decent sushi restaurant and a dance floor that is regularly packed out at weekends due to their policy of inviting some of the greatest DJs in the world to play here. Some of my favourite nights I've seen at this location include Artbat, Agents of Time, Damian Lazarus & Patrice Baumel. Certainly a favourite for those who love their Techno like I do!
Fifty Beach Club
Once known as Olmeca Beach Club - it seems to be following in the footsteps of Eden Beach Club due to it being right next door to them it changed its name in 2021. This large beach club which has a very large swimming pool and plenty of sun loungers it will certainly tick the boxes if you are after a large crowd who like to show off. Expect plenty of posers here but at the same time, it has a laid back vibe so nothing to feel intimated about. The music policy is a bit hit and miss - it ranges from commercial pop music to the odd rare techno night. Although personally, I'm yet to experience an exceptional night here. However, it's certainly a place worthy of your time when the sun is out. Just don't expect to spend late nights here unless management drastically changes their music policy.
SANDALI Truhanov Resort
Located in the middle of the Dnieper River and possibly one of the harder to reach Beach Clubs to get to despite being slap bang between the Left and Right bank of the north side of Kyiv. This quirky place regularly hosts weddings and private events however when not hosting these special events it's worthy of a visit. The music isn't as on point as one would like but the friendly staff and patrons more than make up for the lack of Baleric beats that you are more likely to get over at Eden Beach Club. You might find yourself here after the sun sets as Sandali hosts regular outdoor cinema events. Worthy of your time if you are a fan of outdoor cinema. The large grounds of Sandali Truhanov Resort means it's a great place for all ages.
One of Kyiv's biggest and most popular beach clubs. This place has something for everyone due to the fact that it is also a hotel with connected cottages and a resort complex. Situated a good 30 minutes south of the centre of Kyiv on the left bank of the Dnieper River. It has not only a prime location on the river with a large sandy beach it also has access to great facilities. It's best to make a day/night of this place that way you can enjoy everything it has to offer. From an incredibly relaxing restaurant that caters for visitors, hotel guests and those there for special occasions like weddings. The biggest selling point at least for me about Osocor is the size of the Pool. If you find yourself at Osocor at the start of a working week you will have more space to swim if you are there at a weekend in the summer the pool will be bustling and full of life and many bodies competing for space. At the weekend you will most likely be gawping at those who spend way too much time on Instagram rather than getting the lengths in. Either way, ignoring the Instagram fanatics it's worthy of your attention.
Sungrilla Secret Beach
Well, it's not that secret as I'm telling you about it here and it's also easy to find on Google Maps! However, this can be found on the edge of Podil which makes it incredibly easy to get to if you are in the centre of Kyiv. This has a less pretentious vibe than a lot of Kyiv Beach Clubs you will find in the city. Prices on alcoholic drinks are more reasonable and won't blow the budget. One of the stand out features of this place is the regular comedy nights that take place here. Granted most of them are in Russian rather than English but it will give you great insight into what makes the average Kyiv resident laugh. The pool is on the small side but as a change of scenery, it ticks the boxes. Come with the right people and on the right day and you will have a good time.
Lobster Beach Club
A place an Englishman with pale skin could call his home should he spend too long in the sun. This has a similar vibe to Osocor Residence as it's also a resort and place many locals to Kyiv will spend 1-2 nights just to escape the city. The difference being the focus here is more on the lake location rather than the swimming pool which is distinctly average. The prices here are much more affordable than the high-end poser beach clubs elsewhere and seems to attract families and established couples more than single people. Lobster Beach Club also doubles up as a wedding location so do call ahead should you wish to visit as you will be denied if a private function or wedding is taking place here.
Biruza Beach Club
Literally a couple of minutes up the road from The Lobster Beach Club this club has an intimate adult pool at least early week and a busy pool at the weekends. The connecting children's pool can get very noisy at weekends. Classic Sun Loungers and Four-poster Beds and placed around this glistening pool. It's a rather relaxing place to come but don't expect much craziness - more fitting for families who need to relax and couples needing an escape from the bustling city directly to the north of them. I found this place to be relaxing but limiting when I was there - so make sure you bring a good book and plenty of sun cream as shade is a commodity at this place unless you have a four-post bed.