The Babylon brand is well regarded within Turkey, and rightly so! It opened it’s first set of doors in 1999 as a live music venue in Istanbul. It is still the top music venue, hosting international names from jazz, pop, reggae, world music, and electronica, as well as local bands on the weekdays. The Istanbul venue is in a converted warehouse and the crowd is loyal and friendly. As Istanbul starts to get humid, the hip crowd heads for the coast to enjoy the sun, beaches and costal breezes, and Babylon Aya Yorgi opens it’s exclusive beach club in the town of Çeşme, near İzmir, to cater for the Summer party scene.
Çeşme is a popular holiday destination for Turkish and international tourists alike, it offers up beautiful coastline and excellent surfing waters. Built in 1508, a castle stands in the very centre of Çeşme and currently serves as an archaeology museum where artefacts are displayed from the surrounding areas. Aya Yorgi beach is one of Turkey's most famous and the bay has several beach clubs offering entertainment all day, and indeed night, long. As the bay is protected from the wind and waves it's a great location for luxury yacht owners to drop anchor and disembark for a party.
Babylon Çeşme’s beach club is located on this beautiful cove overlooking this sheltered area of the turquoise Aegean sea. The club is a huge lawn with liberally dotted palm trees and sun loungers. Pontoons jut out into the sea allowing easy access to dive into the ocean or lower yourself via the steps. The pebble beach runs the entire length of the club and bean bags are distributed in certain areas. Music is piped throughout the club and a chilled daytime vibe is effortlessly created.
The wooden decked restaurant is spacious, with dappled sunlight playing through the wicker umbrella ceiling. The pale wood and white chairs are fresh and neat. To keep up our energy levels for sea swimming, bat and balls games, possible paddle boarding, and table tennis we both invested in hearty pasta. Tall, Dark and Handsome had the trusted penne arabiata and I had a seafood linguine. Really fresh and perfectly cooked it was a lovely mix of sun-dried tomatoes, prawns, basil, mussels, and squid, it was buttery and tasty and a very good quick snack. Pink Martini played over the speakers as we dined and we enjoyed a mojito and a strawberry milkshake as we people watched.
In the late afternoon the DJ sets up by the sea-side bar. Babylon Çeşme turns into a club during the evening and as the sun dips the party starts!