Situated in the heart of Andalusia’s ‘Golden Mile’ and founded by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in 1954, this now-legendary hotel began its journey as a beautifully rustic beach club attracting the bold and beautiful from Hollywood film stars to European royalty and nobility. The result of Prince Alfonso’s ‘joie de vivre’ was a carefree utopia that began from humble, playful intentions. Today, it has retained its original magic whilst subtly innovating to become one of Europe’s most sought-after beach resorts but still filled with this inimitable heart and soul.
Now home to 115 rooms and suites, fifteen individually designed 2 to 6 bedroom villas and a variety of restaurants, bars and guest offerings; the resort resembles an Andalusian village, connected by bougainvillea-lined walkways, verdant gardens and sun-soaked patios. Its ‘perfectly imperfect’ approach combines understated elegance with pared-back design features, bespoke furnishings and a crisp, natural décor. Carefully curated art and photography fills the walls by artists such as Pablo Fernandez Pujol, Vicente Viudes and Elizabeth Langford evoking an ever-present timeless charm. Images of the hotel’s party-filled decades dotted throughout the resort are a nod to a bygone era, a time when illustrious guests enjoyed the familiarity of the Marbella Club as a place to completely switch off and indulge in total privacy.
A progressive, personalized and goal-orientated approach to wellness has been designed for guests to embrace slow, mindful living. The spa is one of few Thalasso spas in Spain, the newly introduced Holistic Studio offers advanced integrative and holistic health practices to identify root causes and provide long-lasting benefits to target modern day issues ranging from adrenal burnout, insomnia, weight loss and fitness. A daily agenda of wellness activities range from aerial yoga and kundalini energy healing to HIIT classes and nutritional wellbeing.
For families, the 5,000sqm Kids Club offers a wholesome wonderland for children where activities range from gazpacho-making and art upcycling to gardening and perfume making – all infused with the resort’s overarching ‘back-to-basics’ philosophy. Outside of the hotel, the Marbella Club’s unique microclimate makes it a year-round travel destination, ripe for activities such as hiking, cycling, horse-riding, tennis, golf and even skiing at its sister hotel El Lodge in the Sierra Nevada.