Marbella is known all over the world for its jet-set fabulous, bling-tastic style, and its bars, clubs and restaurants have been the driving force in creating this reputation. There are four main areas in the town to explore for nightlife: Puerto Banús, the Golden Mile, Marbella Port and Marbella Old Town.
Generally, Puerto Banus and the Golden Mile, where the mega-rich (the Saudi Royal Family, for example) live and party, are the most popular hubs for all types of bars, lounges and clubs.
Marbella Old Town has more quaint typically Spanish bars, tapas bars and restaurants. Marbella port is undergoing a massive regeneration project and is becoming increasingly trendy place for pubs and late night bars.
My top three clubs
There are scores of clubs in Marbella serving the hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Here are my top three:
The grande dame of Marbella society, Olivia Valere (Carretera de Istan, Marbella; +34 952 828 861; www.oliviavalere.com), owns a seriously exclusive club (of the same name) located a few hundred metres from the Saudi Palace, just off the Golden Mile. You need to be very wealthy to survive here so don’t faint if the bill runs into several hundreds/thousands of euros. The Moroccan-styled venue has a massive dance floor, several bars and a plush outdoor patio. Olivia Valere takes hedonism to a whole new level.
Suite, (Hotel Puente Romano, Carretera de Cadiz, Marbella; +34 952 820 900; www.puenteromano.com/restaurantes-bares/restaurante-discoteca-suite) on the beachfront at the Hotel Puente Romano, draws the trendy 'it' crowd from in and around Marbella. I love the funky, glamorous, contemporary vibe created by the beautiful people and the spot-on DJs.
If you want an Ibiza-style super-club, Dreamer’s (Carretera de Cadiz, Puerto Banus, Marbella; + 34 952 812 080) is your best bet. Located next to the Alzambra residential development, a ten-minute walk from the front line of the harbour, this is a seriously cool club where the world’s hottest DJs clamour to play.
For general information on what to expect of nightlife on the Costa del Sol, see my Costa del Sol nightlife page. For more advice on nightlife in resorts across the Costa del Sol, see Benalmadena nightlife, Estepona nightlife, Malaga nightlife, Nerja nightlife and Sotogrande nightlife.