Incosol Hotel & Medical Spa Marbella

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Address: Urbanizacion Golf Rio Real, Marbella, 29603, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

3.7

A trail-blazing spa resort near Marbella with a legacy of well-being. And then some.

As one of Europe’s original and best spa hotels, Incosol has been at the forefront of an integrated approach to wellbeing and lifestyle since the 1970s. The ‘medical’ bit refers to the team of specialists including physiotherapists, nutritionists, nurses, psychologists and personal trainers that work alongside the usual kind of therapists that do facials and massages. Despite its extensive facilities and wonderful setting, Incosol gives me the impression that it could with some serious investment to give this icon of wellness its own facelift.

Location
3.1
90%
Eating/drinking
3.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

Up a windy road off the main motorway, high in the hills above a golf course to the east of Marbella (a ten-minute drive), it has views across a lush green valley down to the Mediterranean Sea. There’s nothing nearby so the courtesy bus driver may become your best friend.

Bedrooms

As it’s a large, tall 1970s building, there are, unsurprisingly, lots of windows making the rooms light and airy. Although the rooms are not huge, the bathrooms are a decent size and contain lots of toiletries to plunder. The white-painted bedroom furniture looks a bit cheap for a five-star hotel but the beds are comfy and you get given a menu of pillows.

Public areas

Faded grandeur and chintzy gold/mirrored décor are the over-riding theme in most of the public spaces.

Eating and drinking

Lunch at Incosol is a buffet, which would be OK but the price of 57 euros is inexplicably high. The á la carte dinner from their fairly basic fusion menu is normally about 30 euros a head, although they do some deals too. Should you object to paying the prices, you’ll need to take a ride into Marbella or to the beachfront, as there’s nothing within walking distance. There is a bar but it’s quite old-fashioned and hardly what you’d call lively.

Leisure facilities

There are six pools at Incosol including a couple of Jacuzzi pools. Arguably the most pleasant for a swim and splash is the kidney bean-shaped pool with a waterfall in the centre. Like much of the hotel’s facilities, the gym equipment is in need of an update.

Service

The staff could perhaps be more aware of their clients’ needs as opposed to riding on the hotel’s top-notch reputation, but are generally very welcoming.

Who stays there

Wealthy Spaniards who want to be pampered.

Price advice

You had better have a very healthy bank balance for this ‘wellness’ hotel.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Free classes like Tai Chi
  • Perfect for chilling out.
  • Seems investment is needed
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