September 2016 - Vacation Marbella

Marbella: A unique holiday destination

To talk about Marbella is to talk about glamour, elegance, chic, international, luxury and premium holidays. With 2,900 hours of sun per year, luxury villas, landmark hotels and 17 miles of satiny Mediterranean beaches with crystal blue waters, Marbella can practically grant the best weather for fully enjoying the summer and have the best holidays Spain can offer.

So, if you are still with us, it means that you are interested in Marbellian life in the summer. Let’s get to it!

ARE YOU A FOODIE?

In 2016 Marbella reached 8 Michelin stars spread in 7 restaurants. Four of them are in Marbella, one in Málaga City, one in Fuengirola and the other one in Casares. The most veteran food guide, says it loud and we are proud: Marbella is one of the best mediterranean cities for gourmet experiences. Ok, enough blah blah blah. Where are those 4 pearls of Spanish cuisine?

  • Restaurant Dani García: 2 Michelin stars
    Puente Romano Hotel: Chef: Dani García.
    (Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n)
  • Restaurant José Carlos García: 1 Michelin star
    Shopping Center Muelle Uno. Málaga Port. Chef: José Carlos García
    (Paseo de la Farola)
  • Restaurant El Lago: 1 Michelin star
    Urb. Elviria Hills
    (Avda. Las Cumbres, s/n)
  • Restaurant Skina: 1 Michelin star
    Chef: Jaume Puigdengolas
    (Calle de Aduar, 12)

You are welcome. 🙂

ARE YOU A GOLFER?

With more than 30 golf courses available, there is no wonder why some refer to Málaga as the Costa del Golf. More than half of them (16) are located in Marbella itself. Valderrama Golf Course, for example, hosted 1997’s Ryder Cup and is one of Europe’s best known sites. Sotogrande is also another exemplary course in the area, with a long history of hosting tournaments on the world stage. Real Club de Golf Guadalmina is the second oldest in the province, with 2 courses depending on your desire for a challenge! Real Club de Golf Las Brisas is THE Robert Trent Jones designed course, with some wonderful facilities. Try the terrace for dinner!

ARE YOU A NIGHT OWL?

Let’s not forget that we are talking about Spain here. If you want fiesta, Marbella is definitely the place. Where else could you see Paris Hilton or Bob Sinclair deejaying? They both performed this summer at Olivia Valere, an upscale restaurant, bar and disco, perfect for a night out in town. Themed parties, international guest DJs and world-famous celebrity guests all feature in the club’s jampacked schedule.

But maybe you prefer a good gig. In that case, Starlite is what your looking for. This summer, various artists ranging from Tom Jones or Santana to french ‘chanson’ star Charles Aznavour, all played at Starlite’s natural amphitheater, a place where you might find stars not only on stage but also amongst the audience.

If you’re looking for a more romantic night out, Finca Besaya offers live music in a magical environment.

ARE YOU A BEACH LOVER?

In that case you should visit Ocean Club Marbella, the ultimate beach club experience (according to them, and to us!). What could you expect from a club that defines itself as “9,000 square meters of style, luxury and glamorous indulgence”? Exactly our point. I can really imagine myself “ordering waiter service at my sun bed or relaxing with a cocktail or sisha pipe at the bar as the DJs create a relaxing summer chill ambience that gradually turns into a party atmosphere”. Daytimes are easygoing, with quality restaurant and massages, while their themed parties are famous for being as glamorous as they are exciting and lively. Live music, dancers, entertainers and beautiful people make it an experience to remember.

If we did hit your soft spot, maybe you should also let yourself be seen at La Cabane, one of the most elegant and exclusive places on the Costa del Sol, or at the Trocadero.

ARE YOU… CRAZY?

If you think that Marbella isn’t really your thing maybe you are… Marbella is much more than golf and clubs. You could visit Marbella Old Quarter, go for an off-road tour, go karting, try sailing on a jetboat, go fly boarding, go for an eco tour, sail a catamaran with bouncing beds, go diving, fishing, windsurfing, paddle surfing, cycling while enjoying the most spectacular andalusian panoramics and even go to stunning Alhambra, only two hours drive away…

But, of course, you’ll need somewhere to stay and we have ‘la creme de la creme’ when it comes to apartments. We take nothing less than exceptional quality.
Check our apartments here!

Marbella: A destination for luxury

Home to Saudi princes, European royalty, billonaires, footballers, politicians and Hollywood stars such as James Stewart, Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn, Marbella is the destination for luxury in the Mediterranean. Take a second and think about it: if money is not a problem and they could live anywhere in the world, why do all these people choose Marbella? The answer is quite simple. An amazingly sunny and stable microclimate, stunnig views and luxury.

Did you know that there are more golf courses per head in Marbella than anywhere else in the world? Maybe now you understand why some refere to Marbella as the Costa del Golf or the Golf Valley. Where else could you find a golf course where you can play at night? Golf Course ‘La Dama de Noche’ is the second course in the world equiped for nocturnal playing. You thought that you had seen it all in the golf world? Take the challenge and test your skills with a night play at this fabulous course! Oh, but what about the kids? Don’t worry, at the Dama de Noche they will look after them. So now that you ran out of excuses, what are you waiting for?

Well, maybe golf isn’t your thing. Maybe you are more of a horse lover. In that case, not only you have various equestrian clubs in Marbella such as Arrocha, Los Caireles or Marbella Club, but you could also experience an equestrian show in a bullring. Have you ever done that before? That very same bullring has hosted events such as the Davis Cup (we are talking about tennis now, as we are sure you know) and is a georgeous place to have a dip of Spanish culture, while enjoying some of the best horses in the world. If you’re not a looking kind of person and want more action, maybe you should join the Saint George Polo Club (Polo Club San Jorge, in spanish), that will open in may next year. You definetly will be the first one!

If horses won’t do it for you, how about some petrol? If you love the sound of a good engine and your passion is fast cars, there’s nothing like the Ascari circuit in Marbella. As they say, “your current abilities as a driver are irrelevant since the professional instructor of the Ascari Academy will take you, step by step, to ever increasing levels of driving skill through tailored one-on-one coaching”. If you become a member of the Ascari Club, you could even park your car(s) in their high-security garage to then test its limits in the track whenever you feel like it. If you prefer driving their Academy cars, you could see how it feels to be at the Wheel of a their Lotus Elise, their BMW M6, their Porsche GT3 or the Ascari KZ1, a car designed by Ascari himself. Tempting, huh?

But is that everything Marbella has to offer? Absolutely not. The list is completely overwhelming. Do you like Champagne? Actually, it doesn’t really matter if you do. If you don’t, you could still go to the Ocean Club Champagne party and spray your friends with a 6 litres size Moët from your VIP location, or just throw the bottles in the pool for someone to dive for them. But the Ocean Club is a beach club, so you might as well want to drink a bit. It tempts to get quite hot… Oh! And don’t forget your cream!

If you’re still in the mood for partying, maybe you should book the whole Nikki Beach Marbella for your own private event but if you’d rather spare yourself the headache, you might prefer to go to one of their famous parties such as the Celebration of Life or the Hollywood Stars party.

If you are more into ‘the real thing’, and want to spend the night with some real Hollywood stars, Olivia Valere is what you’re looking for. According to her, going to Marbella without going to Olivia Valere is like going to Rome without going to the Vatican. You wouldn’t do that, would you? Bear in mind that Sean Connery, Bruce Willis and even Prince Harry did visit the Marbellian Vatican…

After all this partying you might get a bit tired. It’s holiday after all so why don’t you go shopping around the port? On your way to shops such as Gucci, Bvlgari, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton or Tom Ford, don’t miss Saudi Arabia’s Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz’s yacht. A summer classic.

And then… back home. And when it comes to homes and luxury, no one beats Vacation Marbella. Check our luxury accomodations here!