Palacio de Babilonia

Address: Carretera de Istán, Marbella, 29602, Spain
Telephone: +34 952 828 861

- Expensive

4.6

Arguably the most exclusive, original and expensive restaurant in Marbella.

Owned by the ‘grande dame’ of Marbella society, Olivia Valere, Palacio de Babilonia (Palace of Babilonia) transports you straight into a chapter of Arabian Nights. Next to her famous nightclub, which takes the French socialite’s own name, the luxurious Arab-esque palace just off the Golden Mile is where the wealthy come to dine in the summer. The entrance is a candle-lit drawbridge, there are murmuring fountains at every turn, the round tables in the massive orange and olive tree-lined courtyard ache with crystal glasses and silver cutlery, and high terracotta walls keep out the paparazzi. It’s that kind of place.

Food and drink
4.6
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.7
90%
Location
4.7
90%

Food and drink

Olivia was born in Morocco and went to live in Paris as a student where she remained. Her heritage is stamped all over the contemporary Moroccan-influenced French cuisine. The wine and champagne lists are impressive - and so they should be for the prices they charge. The cheapest bottle of champagne is 320 euros.

Recommended dishes

My favourite main course is the pumpkin velouté, which I have every time, and the cheesecake is, in my opinion, unrivalled.

Ambience

The soft glow of hundreds of twinkling candles reflecting off the terracotta walls, as well as the ancient olive trees, star-lit sky overhead and scores of Europe’s most stylish people make for an utterly glam experience.

Service

As you’d expect, it’s five-star all the way.

Location

It's 800 metres past the King of Saudi Arabia’s house (let’s say ‘palace’), on the Istán road, just off the Golden Mile. Follow the flow of Ferraris at the sign-posted exit and you’ll find it.

Price advice

It's overwhelmingly pricey, so you’ll need to be celebrating something quite special. It usually averages about 160 euros a head for a two-course dinner. As it is expensive, it has been given a low price rating, although this is no way reflects the food or experience you'll have.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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