The Hotel Nobu Marbella is a stylish luxury hotel | Courtesy of Hotels.com
The crown jewel of Spain’s Costa del Sol, Marbella is famous for its upmarket nightlife and sumptuous villas. Here’s our guide to the best luxury hotels in Marbella to stay at for a taste of the high life.
Nestled between the glistening waters of the Mediterranean and the snowy peaks of the Sierra Blanca Mountains, Marbella is among Spain’s most well-known seaside towns. Popular with those who like to see and be seen, Marbella is unsurprisingly home to a number of truly exclusive hotels. However, there are also some outstanding mid-range gems that offer relatively affordable luxury.
Nobu Hotel Marbella
The chic, adults-only boutique, Nobu Hotel Marbella | Courtesy of Hotels.com
The Nobu Hotel Marbella is a chic boutique hotel exclusively reserved for adults. Located in the heart of Marbella’s ‘Golden Mile’ of glamorous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the Nobu Hotel is remarkably tranquil during the daytime. Come the evening though, cocktails flow as the party atmosphere takes over and guests are within short walking distance of all Marbella’s best hangouts. The unfussy Japanese-inspired decor focuses on noble materials such as wood, leather and stone, such that the rooms exude a clear sense of serenity. The hotel’s namesake restaurant – overseen by famous Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa – offers contemporary dining with a Japanese-Andalusian fusion bent.
Located half way between central Marbella and the luxury Puerto Banús marina, the Marbella Club Hotel was once a privately owned estate. These days it’s a top-end resort offering a wide range of activities, including golf and exclusive spa treatments. Guests can expect a full VIP experience and the chance to feel at home in this former aristocratic residence, which has retained a decidedly sophisticated decor. Lush gardens lined with palm trees and perfectly preened shrubs offer an oasis of calm and a much-welcomed intimacy. The Grill is Marbella Club’s onsite restaurant and a gourmet destination in its own right, popular with Marbella’s most established residents.
The Puente Romano is one of Marbella’s first luxury resorts to have opened back in the 1970s. The large estate comprises over 200 rooms and a handful of private villas dotted across the lush gardens, which contain a remarkable collection of over 400 species of plant. Guests are spoilt with an impressive 12 restaurants to choose from on-site, as well as a nightclub, four swimming pools, a spa and tennis club. The hotel grounds reach down to the beach and both Puerto Banús and Marbella centre can be reached by foot along the seafront.
The Villa Padierna Hotel & Resorts is an exclusive hotel complex located 20 minutes’ drive from central Marbella. Surrounded by Las Flamingos golf course, the hotel’s palatial charm has previously attracted the likes of Michelle Obama. A free shuttle service takes guests to the hotel’s beach house where they’ll find facilities for changing after a day of sunbathing. The decor is classic but stylish, with expensive fabrics and marble floors adding to the building’s grandeur. The hotel spa offers a wide range of treatments as well as a variety of baths and pools that guests can enjoy at their leisure.
Another of Marbella‘s longest standing luxury hotels, the Gran Meliá Don Pepe enjoys a privileged position right on the beachfront. From the outside, the modern-build façade lacks a certain glamour and indeed the Gran Meliá Don Pepe has more of an all-inclusive feel to it. However, guests will appreciate the range of facilities on offer – including kids’ activities and a kids’ pool – and there are five restaurants on-site to choose from. Central Marbella is within easy walking distance and the hotel is located among the many restaurants and bars of the Golden Mile.