Marbella on the Spanish Costa del Sol has been a famous celebrity haunt for years. The international jet-set have been visiting Marbella since the end of the Second World War, and it seems to be more popular than ever as a holiday destination.
I recently paid a visit to Marbella to see what it’s all about. You can see why it’s such a popular destination both for holidays and minibreaks, as it is just so easy to get to. Flights are cheap and readily available on a regular schedule, making it very possible to pop down for a weekend, which is what we did.
Marbella is just a 20-30 minute taxi ride from Malaga airport. The town itself is interesting, well preserved and worth a visit. The main attraction has to be the beaches and the world famous beach clubs in Marbella.
Our beach club of choice was Nikki Beach, and it was fabulous. Glamorous and exclusive yet really relaxed and fun – it is the perfect way to spend a hot and sunny day in Marbella. Booking a beach bed out for the day is the way to do it here. You will be served by the very good-looking staff, all eager to help you adjust your towel and serve you delicious cocktails. Yes, it’s not cheap, but the cocktails are delectable and the food is fabulous – their salads are all superb – so good that the 20 Euro price tag seems reasonable.
What really made the trip special was our villa. We decided to escape the hustle and bustle and stay up in the hills at Finca Los Arcos near Alhaurín el Grande. It is an easy drive down into Marbella and not expensive in a taxi, which is what we did. Finca Los Arcos is a magical and seriously unique place to stay. It can be found at the very top of a steep, winding track. As you pass the olive groves and pomegranate orchards on the way up to the villa, it keeps itself hidden – only to reveal itself as you reach the very top of the track to find it’s large gates in front of you. The villa is, in fact situated on the very top of a plateau in the hills, with 360-degree views of the mountains all around you. The villa sleeps 14 in its large en-suite bedrooms and has a large sitting room and covered terrace – but we spent practically every waking moment there outside on its enormous lower terrace sunbathing enjoying the swimming pool. There is also an outdoor bar complete with music, making it the perfect setting for a party in the evening.
There is plenty of choice in Marbella when it comes to restaurants, bars and clubs. Marbella is definitely a place to be seen and people watch. In fact, it is most likely you will visit and spot several famous faces. Did it live up to expectations? Yes. I’m already planning my next trip back!