Considered one of the most glamorous hotels on the Iberian Peninsula, the Marbella Club is the quintessential Marbella resort. Opened in the 1950s by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, who wanted to share Marbella’s unique climate and relaxed way of life with fellow members of the international set, the Club has managed to retain the atmosphere of a princely residence.
Within the resort’s gates are acres of manicured tropical gardens and traditional Andalusian whitewashed architecture creating the unspoilt refuge that has seduced many a royal visitor, actor, musician and aristocrat over the years. In more recent times the Marbella Club has acquired a modern thalasso spa, a Dave Thomas designed golf course, an equestrian centre and a world-class shopping gallery. In facilities it is justly the equal of any international resort, but in terms of charm and character it remains unique.
The guestrooms are scattered among a number of low-slung buildings, with the more exclusive villas being hidden away behind private gardens and pools. Styled by Jean-Pierre Martel and Kamini Ezralow, they promise classic chic and come loaded with modern luxury amenities and gleaming marble ensuites suited to two people, with separate rain showers and baths. All rooms come with their own private balcony or terrace.
Dining options are numerous - the Marbella Club offers no fewer than five options, including the Grill, under the stewardship of the award-winning chef Juan Galvez, and wines recommended by sommelierAngel Gonzalez and the neighbouring Puente Romano hotel’s restaurants are open to Marbella Club guests as well.
During the day, the pool deck is the social hub of the place, with cocktails served from a poolside bar, and the Thalasso Spa offers state-of-the-art body treatments in an impressive new beachfront facility.
Puente Romano offers use of its tennis and fitness centre, and the Marbella Club’s new golf course lays a short car ride away, with views of Gibraltar and the African coast from its Dave Thomas-designed links.