The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Marbella

You'll never want to leave the comfort of these decadent luxury hotels in Marbella
You'll never want to leave the comfort of these decadent luxury hotels in Marbella | Courtesy of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavís Marbella Resort / Expedia
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28 September 2021

Southern Spain’s Marbella is synonymous with luxury – experience it at these five-star hotels on the Golden Mile. Relax at exclusive beach clubs, dance nights away with live DJ sessions, get pampered at luxurious spas and tuck into local cuisine at opulent restaurants. These are the best luxury hotels in Marbella, whether you’re on a family trip or an adults-only vacay – and they’re bookable with Culture Trip.

Nobu Hotel Marbella

Boutique Hotel
Stay in Nobu Hotel’s chic rooms overlooking La Plaza, or suites featuring jacuzzi-clad terraces, and gain priority seating at Nobu restaurant plus access to the exclusive Studio 54-inspired nightclub, La Suite, headed by world-renowned DJs. Spend your days sprawled out on the beach with a cocktail or at the hotel’s private pool. There’s endless facilities, but highlights include the spa with hydrotherapy, plus the romantic SupperClub for live music under the stars.

Marbella Club Hotel

Find beachside tranquility at this facilities-packed luxury hotel in Marbella with stylish rooms, suites, bungalows and private-pool villas. Enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine at cool restaurants – from lunchtime fish by the beach to candlelit al fresco dinners. Expect live DJs and piano players, and events like cocktail classes, sailing days and aerial yoga sessions. There’s also a natural seawater pool and a beauty bar for perfect mani-pedis. Relax to the max with the spa’s stress-reduction ritual featuring volcanic body scrub.

Puente Romano Marbella

Large courtyard dining area set in traditional Spanish architecture lit up at night with potted palms at Puente Romano Marbella
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Foodies, look no further: Puente Romano offers all-day-long sophisticated dining at countless bars and restaurants. The options include al fresco lunch at La Plaza or the Leña steakhouse – with a Dani Garcia-designed menu – plus tapas and cocktails at El Chiringuito beach club. The rooms, suites and villas are luxurious – plump for a room with an outdoor, ocean-facing jacuzzi for private indulgence.

Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavís Marbella Resort

The pink-hued Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavís Marbella Resort surrounded by a golf course and trees on a sunny day
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Check into this elegant pink palace, where classically furnished rooms and suites can come with Andalucian mountain views and extravagant private terraces. There’s loads of dining options, from the decadent sushi bar to bespoke private dinners. Dip in the Cyprus tree-surrounded pool, play golf on the three courses, learn flamenco dancing, catch a show at the Roman amphitheatre, and visit the spa with Roman baths and signature massages. Bring the family along – there’s a kids’ club and pets are welcome.

Hotel Claude

Resort, Hotel
Boldly designed king room with pink headboard, marble desk, patterned wallpaper and intricate ceiling at Hotel Claude, Marbella
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Tradition meets luxury at this 17th-century manor house-turned-boutique hotel. There are only seven rooms – all are stylish, bold and inspired by the region. You’ll love the hotel’s marble patio, original artworks and rooftop terrace with Marbella views – plus the honesty bar, art deco cafe, library and business area. Fancy exploring? Hotel Claude offers limo or town car service, plus exclusive custom excursions like art, tapas or vineyard tours.

Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella

Indoor pool with blue lighting, brown walls lit lanterns at Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella
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Bright, contemporary rooms feature at this promenade-located, adults-only Marbella luxury hotel. Exclusive Amàre Beach Club boasts serviced sunbeds, so you can relax and enjoy seaside massages, tapas and sangria. Elsewhere, watch sunsets with a cocktail at the panoramic rooftop bar, eat all you can at the sea-view buffet and try local delicacies like Malaga goat at the Michelin-star Messina Restaurant.

Don Carlos Resort & Spa

Large outdoor pool backed by row of palm trees and surrounded by lawn at Don Carlos Resort and Spa, Marbella
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Indulge and pamper at this resort: rooms, suites and private apartments come with luxury bathtubs, pools and views. The spa has a 600m (2,000ft) water circuit featuring vapour baths, aroma cabins and shower temple. Walk through the hotel’s botanical garden and discover the tennis court, pool with hammocks and Bali beds, plus six bars or restaurants. Tuck into Ombu’s Thai dishes before heading to the Peacock cocktail bar’s terrace for live jazz.

Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort

Large outdoor pool flanked by white low-rise resort buildings lit up at night at Los Monteros Spa and Gold Resort, Marbella
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Stay here and enjoy discounted fees at more than 30 of Marbella’s golf courses. Rent gear and visit the golf manager who’ll help you perfect your swing. Fitness-lovers will enjoy the tennis club and the nutrition team on site to help you achieve your wellness goals. For further relaxing activities, hire a seaside cabin at the VIP Beach Club and enjoy hammam rituals at the spa, like Oriental Scrubs. There’s an impressive thermal circuit featuring a salt water pool and Finnish sauna.

Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar

Rows of red-cushioned loungers in the sand shaded by palapa-style parasols at Vincci Selección Estrella del Mar, Marbella
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This peaceful, family-friendly hotel has earned its five stars for its grand reception and stylish terrace. Catch some rays on a poolside Balinese bed or at the Beach Club, with its tempting bar and seafood restaurant. There are facilities for everyone, including a kids’ club and games room, golf transfers and courses, beauty salon with hairdressers, and live music and shows to entertain any age. Don’t miss the spa’s tension-relieving hot stone massage.

This is an updated rewrite of an article by Tara Jessop.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Marbella and book now on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on September 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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