In Marbella, a city that has more golf courses per capita than any other place in the world, you will find nightlife that rivals Saint-Tropez, and extravagant luxury that has brought an exclusive new generation to this town.
Marbella has a well-established reputation as a haven for the international jet set and has welcomed too many famous names, both noble and celebrity, to list.
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Aristocratic Escape & Birthplace of Pablo Picasso
Marbella has a well-established reputation as a haven for the international jet set and has welcomed too many famous names, both noble and celebrity, to list. A favourite of the royal courts, Marbella continues to house and entertain the ultra discerning elite of the world. Take a stroll down the Golden Mile, which is actually four miles long, and traverse the stretch of beautiful coastline between Puerto Banús and Marbella. Along this pristine piece of beachfront you will find the most glamorous and luxurious houses in the area including the King Fahd Palace.
Although the majority of Marbella regulars go to let off steam in exclusive beach bars, there is an undeniable history of fine art in the area. In between gourmet meals or expertly mixed cocktails visit the Museo Picasso Málaga. Málaga is the birthplace of the Spanish master, which lends an added weight of significance to the well-run museum that houses a diverse range of Picasso memorabilia and works.
Legendary Throughout The World
Nightlife in Marbella is legendary throughout the world, and has witnessed some of the most extravagant parties held in the last half century. A worldwide luxury beach club phenomenon, Nikki Beach represents everything cool, sexy and glamorous about spending the day or night at the beach. Divine globally-inspired cuisine, the coolest crowd, the hottest parties, against a utopian backdrop of swaying palms and exotic bamboo beds, Nikki Beach is where Marbella's in-crowd can be found, bronzing themselves on exotic, oversized sun beds, sipping champagne cocktails on the VIP terrace, and dancing to the all-day grooves of Nikki Beach's world-class DJs and live musicians. Nikki Beach's famous Amazing Sundays are not to be missed.
Next up the iconic Olivia Valere. The founder and owner, Olivia Valere, opened a nightclub in Paris in 1981 that became a staple of exclusive clubbing in the French capital for over a decade. After a holiday in Marbella she fell in love with the town and decided she would open her next venue there. Surrounded by a ten-meter wall, you enter through a drawbridge that lowers when you arrive and you are immediately transported into an Andalusian paradise of palm and olive trees. This is the most exclusive and charismatic nightlife venue in Marbella, confirmed by the ultra chic clientele.
New Combinations of Fine Dining
Cuisine in Marbella goes above and beyond the classic Spanish cuisine whilst staying true to its traditional roots. Undoubtedly the home of fine dining in Marbella is the Restaurante Calima. Presided over by head chef Dani Garcia, this restaurant’s mouthwatering food is only matched by the stunning view that is had from its high-rise location along the Golden Mile. Dani Garcia’s cuisine is based on contrasts while preserving the traditional flavours of Andalusian cooking. Relax in the lounge whilst enjoying one of the finest wine lists available in the region or sit on the terrace and soak in the stunning view, in this culinary masterpiece of a restaurant you will never be dissatisfied.
Situated on the front line of the world famous Puerto Banús in Marbella for over 25 years, Restaurante Los Bandidos offers innovative classic cuisine in elegant casual surroundings. The extensive menu consists of Jill's personal favourites, which combine family recipes with new combinations of classic dishes, some with a Scandinavian influence. Owner Jill Lindberg’s brilliant chef Juan Sepulveda and his team are sure not to disappoint, with their exquisite use of the best fresh produce.
At Villa Tiberio royalty, diplomats, and international celebrities could just as easily be dining at the next table as holidaymakers or local residents. Photographs of Sean Connery, Bill Wyman, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Shirley Bassey and a host of leading personalities line the walls of the luxurious interior, reminding guests that, like many things in life, the restaurant business is built on personal relationships. For over 18 years, Sandro and the dedicated team at this legendary Marbella eatery have ensured diners come back - time and again - to enjoy a perfect meal in exquisite surroundings.
Luxury Hotels of Superior Standards
Marbella's sophistication of upscale hotel venues confirms the pure luxury of the city. Finca Cortesin is designed to enchant every one of the senses. The hotel’s fresh but grand design is inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture and gives every area a big, bright and luxuriously spacious feel that is so rare in Europe. Built around two principle courtyards with palatial proportions, the hotel has 67 large, luminous and exquisitely designed suites with lofty 4m high ceilings ranging from 50 to 200 square metres. With expansive manicured gardens, a luxurious spa, three pools, tennis and paddle courts, an impressive beach club, exquisite cuisine and an ambiance of tranquillity, elegance and refinement, it is a destination that invites you to return.
Since its establishment more than half a century ago, Marbella Club Hotel has accumulated a wealth of history, full of extraordinary and unforgettable moments. The beach resort in Spain has been a meeting place for the international jet-set: aristocrats, stars of the entertainment world, business leaders and famous figures from all over the world. It all started in 1946, when Prince Alfonso von Hohenloe and his father, Prince Max, visited Marbella with the idea of buying some land. The following year, Alfonso purchased Finca Santa Margarita as a family residence. As the number of visitors to the ‘finca’ steadily grew, so did the property, and eventually the Prince, sparked with the pioneering enthusiasm and the visionary idea of those who are ahead of their time, was able to make his dream come true, transforming his private residence into an exclusive Marbella club.