World-class golf, ultra-exclusive clubs, and golden beaches basked in bright Mediterranean sunshine – it’s not difficult to understand why the rich and famous have made Marbella their holiday playground.
Situated in the sunny south of Spain, about 57 km from Malaga, Marbella is the grand dame of Costa del Sol’s resorts and the epitome of Mediterranean luxury. But apart from its jet-set social scene, the town has plenty of charm and atmosphere, with its delightful Moorish Casco Antiguo laden with winding, cobblestone alleys and colorful flower boxes.
Marbella Old Town
A maze of whitewashed cobbled streets lined with pretty boutiques and brightly colored flowers, Marbella’s quaint Old Town is brimming with Moorish and Andalusian charm. Whether you’re looking for shopping, dining, or just want to relax with a leisurely stroll in atmospheric surroundings, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more idyllic corner anywhere along Costa del Sol.
At the heart of Marbella’s Casco Antiguo, the lively Plaza de los Naranjos makes for a wonderful place to enjoy a live flamenco performance or sip a coffee in the shade of sweet-scented orange trees.
Recently renovated, the upscale Louis Vuitton boutique in Puerto Banus is a gleaming haven of fashion, art, and luxury. More than just a regular Louis Vuitton outlet, this is one of the brand’s exclusive “shopping resorts”, offering a more laidback, yet equally refined, retail experience.
Both the store’s new design as well as the exquisite collections on display pay tribute to the unique spirit and chic, relaxing holiday atmosphere of Marbella.
Set right on the beach in Puerto Banus, Marbella’s legendary Ocean Club is the place to be for exquisite food, daytime partying, and glamorous relaxation. Spread over 9,000 square meters, the venue includes a spa and a stylish fine dining restaurant. Otherwise, much of the action revolves around the enormous saltwater swimming pool, complete with sumptuous round beds, chilled DJ tunes, and sweeping views across the Mediterranean Sea.
As one of the largest and most luxurious beach clubs in Europe, Ocean Club is a magnet for celebrities and beautiful people looking to play and soak up the sun in the lap of luxury. Various events and swanky themed parties take place here throughout the summer.
Another chic setting for daytime indulgence and poolside revelry in Marbella, Nikki Beach is where all-day tanning meets beachside glam. Situated on a beautiful stretch of sand, about 7 km from the center of Marbella, this is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive beach clubs on Costa del Sol. Expect first-class cuisine, top-notch international DJs, and lots of stylish, wealthy partygoers.
Home to designer golf courses, a world-famous tennis club, and a globally inspired selection of restaurants, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella is a destination in its own right.
Nestled along the select Golden Mile, this fabulous seafront hotel resembles a traditional Andalusian village, with stunning botanical gardens, sleek swimming pools, and luxurious rooms that envelope guests in timeless Mediterranean grace.
Add to all of the above a Moorish inspired Six Senses Spa, a beach with excellent watersports facilities, and Michelin-starred cuisine by celebrity chef Dani Garcia, and you have one of Marbella’s most prestigious addresses.
Funky Buddha Marbella
Join the well-heeled crowd and dance the night away in glamorous Oriental surroundings at Funky Buddha. From lavish VIP facilities and luxuriant outdoor terraces to famous international DJ’s and stunning live performances, this relatively new Marbella nightclub just off the Golden Mile has it all for a sexy night out.
Situated right in the heart of Puerto Banus, Seven is one of the marina’s most popular and fashionable nightclubs. With exclusive VIP areas, a Shisha lounge, and a sultry, upmarket vibe, a night spent here is exhilarating. Stepping inside is like entering into an oriental palace, with dim lights, luxurious beds, and sensual go-go dancers, all complemented by fancy drinks and the latest DJ tunes.
Penthouse by Newscafe
If partying alfresco is you jam, head to the Penthouse in Puerto Banus. Perched on the roof terrace of celebrated Newscafe, on the front line of the marina, this sleek, intimate venue lures Spanish footballers and international celebrities with funky house music, exquisite drinks, and dazzling views over the port’s multi-million dollar yachts.
There are tons of excellent waterfront restaurants in and around Marbella, but beachside dining doesn’t come more chic and relaxed than at The Boardwalk. Enjoying a hip decor and a prime location right on Paseo Maritimo, the restaurant caters for anything, from breakfast and tasty lunch snacks to à la carte meals and English afternoon tea.
The menu is teeming with gourmet burgers, crunchy rolls, and decadent homemade cakes, but there are plenty of tempting main courses to choose from, as well as wonderful cocktails, fine wines, and refreshing sundaes.
Marbella’s first and foremost designer nightspot, Cavalli Club Puerto Banus combines excellent food and music performances with a breathtaking Roberto Cavalli inspired decor. Complete with a flamboyant outdoor garden lounge and exceptional VIP facilities, it’s no wonder the fabulous setting plays host to some of the most fashionable parties on Costa del Sol.
Villa Padierna Palace Hotel
The fact that First Lady Michelle Obama stayed here in 2010 says a lot about this ultra-luxurious hotel nestled in the hills above Marbella. Three picturesque golf courses, seven exquisite dining venues, and a racquet club enhance your experience at Villa Padierna Palace, but the hotel’s real showstopper is the fabulous Thermae spa, complete with Roman-style baths and state-of-the-art facilities.
Rooms and suites inside this pink Tuscan-style palazzo are sumptuously furnished with stunning art and antiques from the owner’s private collection, while the lavish villas have private gardens with gleaming swimming pools.
Replete with Michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive nightclubs, and swanky designer boutiques, Puerto Banus is Spain’s most luxurious marina. Every year, 5 million visitors, mostly headliners and wealthy yacht vacationers, invade this well-heeled enclave to enjoy the glamorous lifestyle, soak up the sun on Blue Flag beaches, and party in style till dawn.
Designed in the ‘70s to resemble an old Spanish fishing village, this purpose built resort between Marbella and the charming town of San Pedro de Alcantara is now one of the most fashionable addresses on the Med.