On Marbella’s famous ‘golf mile’, just to the east of the town centre, on the main A-7 motorway.
All classic rooms and suites have high-end gadgets and WiFi which sit comfortably in the lavishly-furnished, old-world surroundings. Ask for a room overlooking the manicured gardens, as I’ve found some of the rooms can be a bit noisy, as the cars whizz along the main road.
With shady interior patios, ornate fountains and arched walkways, the hotel has a typically Andalusian look and a friendly, almost southern California-style, feel. Despite its charmed heritage, I’ve never experienced the snootiness you can sometimes get in a hotel of this calibre. With a heady mix of holidaymakers and ‘Marbella belles’ (the local ladies-who-lunch) there are lots of people buzzing around to maintain the lively atmosphere.
Eating and drinking
The wood-panelled dining room of El Corzo restaurant (which has been the setting for countless society parties) begs you to linger over the Mediterranean-inspired food, created by Thomas Stork, and I’ve never been able to drag myself away before midnight. But I make sure I get up early to grab a poolside table at El Flamingo for breakfast.
The hotel’s own exclusive beach club, La Cabane, is one of the most popular in the area with locals in-the-know, who now tend to shun the chain-run establishments. The shimmering Mediterranean Sea is the stunning backdrop as you sip cocktails on your sun lounger.
Very welcoming. The staff are exceptionally eager to please following the bad press generated during the closure.
Who stays there
Couples wanting to be pampered and to be seen doing so by the cream of society.
Exceptionally reasonable in the winter for a hotel like this, although prices soar above average in the summer.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Seasoned travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Attentive service
- Extra-hip beach club
- You'll need a cab to get into town