The Best Beach Hotels to Book in Malaga

If you crave sandy beaches, youll be spoilt for choice on the Costa del Sol. This one, Puerto Banus, can be found just south of Marbella.
If you crave sandy beaches, you'll be spoilt for choice on the Costa del Sol. This one, Puerto Banus, can be found just south of Marbella. | © Hilary Morgan / Alamy Stock Photo
Vanessa Gainford

Malaga‘s dramatic coastline on the Costa del Sol makes the city one of Spain‘s most in-demand sun and sand destinations. Here are the best beachfront hotels and seaside places to stay to make the most of Malaga’s most prized sandy asset.

1. Macdonald Doña Lola Club


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Located on the beachfront of Calahonda, the Macdonald Doña Lola Resort is perfect for guests who seek sun and sea in equal measure. With a layout that exudes a small village vibe, the resort consists of villas, gardens and waterfalls with swimming pools (and 10 golf courses within 10 minutes’ drive), along with restaurants and bars dotted in-between. Rooms have unrivalled views of the Mediterranean Sea and have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

2. Palladium Hotel Costa del Sol


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Situated in the city of Benalmádena is the Palladium Hotel and the expansive views of the Mediterranean are reason alone to stay here. With a swimming pool, spa, seven restaurants and a clutch of bars all combined with attentive and friendly service, a stay at the Palladium is sure to give you everything you need for a relaxing beachfront holiday.

3. Hotel Riu Costa del Sol


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Hotel Riu Costa del Sol is located on Malaga’s promenade so beach views are guaranteed. A 24-hour, all-inclusive resort, this property allows you to enjoy local dishes and wine, as well as international cuisine. Rooms all have a terrace or balcony so you can make the most of the warmer climes. There are also three outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool, and a children’s pool along with a splash park so parents can relax in the sun while youngsters have fun.

4. Nobu Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Chic bedroom in grey and white hues with pale wood furnishings and marble floors at Nobu Hotel Marbella
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Nobu Hotel Marbella was designed for adults, with luxury and indulgence at its heart. Located on the Golden Mile (Marbella’s renowned residential area for the rich and famous) the hotel is just steps from the beach. You can work out at its own gym and, afterwards, you can relax in the Six Senses Spa. There is priority access to the Nobu restaurant and exclusive La Suite club. Rooms are contemporary with a dose of coastal inspiration and are flooded with natural light. Of course, sampling some of Chef Nobu’s signature dishes is a must.

5. Puente Romano Marbella


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Puente Romano in Marbella is known for its tranquil yet social atmosphere. With an open-air courtyard where guests go for sundowners, botanical gardens, tennis courts, 14 different restaurants, and an afternoon tea terrace, there are plenty of places to meet people whilst enjoying what the resort has to offer. If you’re looking for some alone time, then you can indulge in the spa or relax by the pool which overlooks the ocean.

6. Hotel La Chancla


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A three-star hotel located on the Pedregalejo seafront, the traditional fishing district of Malaga, Hotel La Chancla basks in a privileged location. Spend your days whiling away the hours by the pool, in the jacuzzi, on the beach or enjoying local dishes on the terrace. Alternatively, venture out and explore Malaga, as the hotel isn’t far from the Picasso Museum or the cathedral.

7. Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella

Hotel, Luxury

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Located on the promenade of Marbella in the Costa del Sol stands the adults-only Amàre Beach Hotel. The hotel is a luxury destination that aims to capture the charm of the Mediterranean. The attention to detail is apparent in every feature, dish and drink, while the service is tailored to every guest. The hotel is just a five minute walk from Marbella’s old town so you will be able to immerse yourself in the history of the region and discover its traditions.

8. Hotel Ritual Torremolinos


A double room at Hotel Ritual Torremolinos is furnished in greens and whites with a dark teal wall colour
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This fully renovated adult-only hotel now boasts avant-garde rooms with panoramic sea views. There’s a spa, infinity pool (note this is in the nudist area) and a rooftop bar. Hotel Ritual Torremolinos has direct access to Bajondillo beach and the Nogalera area, so is ideally located. A truly friendly resort where no request is too much for the attentive staff.

9. Occidental Fuengirola


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Occidental Fuengirola is located on the shores of the Mediterranean in the heart of the Costa del Sol. Situated next to the promenade and city centre the hotel is perfectly placed for those who wish to explore the local area, with easy access to shops, restaurants and bars. The property itself has sea views, and has been recently renovated.

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