Marbella, Spain

Marbella Club

Rates from (inc tax)$346.37

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Princely party pad


Monarch of the Mile


The Onassis clan, the Kennedys, the Rothschilds: luxury resort Marbella Club has hosted a glittering roster of luminaries over the years. Set on the coast, this former prince’s abode and blue-blooded beach break spot was the wellspring of southern Spain’s glittering social scene in the 1950s, and today its elegant suites and villas, lavish grounds and refined dining still attract well-heeled guests. And, the addition of a beach club and laid-back mingling spots have kept it as young-blooded as when Brigitte Bardot shimmied in its bar.

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Need to know


130, including 78 family suites and 14 luxury villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can stow luggage and relax in the bar, restaurant, café or gardens if they arrive early.


Double rooms from $346.37 (€318), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR350.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Green fees at the golf club are included in the room rate. There’s an extra charge for breakfast, with Continental buffet (€31 a guest) or full English (€36 a guest) available.


Prince Alfonso ensured success by inviting his jet-set friends there, but the hotel’s legendary status hinged on its telephone – the only one on the coast at the time. The lethargic connection speed meant a thirsty, hungry and bored bunch of louche lollygaggers, so the restaurant, bar and bedrooms followed sharpish. If only sluggish WiFi had the same effect…

At the hotel

Spa, café, beach club, botanical gardens, kids’ club, gym, free WiFi throughout. The beautifully landscaped 18-hole golf course and equestrian centre is a 20-minute drive from the main building. In rooms: flatscreen TV with movie channels, DVD and CD player, radio, free WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, air-conditioning, black-out curtains and Natura Bissé bath products.

Our favourite rooms

With white-timbered roofs, a pretty pastel palette and sea views over the Strait of Gibraltar, the Deluxe Beachfront Rooms will thrill any romance-seeking sun worshippers. Want to sneak in a late-night skinny-dipping session? Book a villa with a private pool, where there’s also a secluded dining terrace and a fairy-tale four-poster bed.


There are three. The garden pool close to reception is a peaceful spot surrounded by greenery, with a sunlounger and table-strewn terrace. The livelier Beach Club pool is larger, with throngs of sunloungers and socialisers on the wooden deck, and a small Jacuzzi. The indoor spa pool is better suited for lazy soaking. All are heated. The beach is open to the public, but it’s still a serene place to take a dip.


The Thalasso Spa's treatments focus on stress reduction; however, you'll feel any tension melt away as soon as you set foot in the cream-hued, beach-set space. There are 12 treatment rooms – some with sea views – a restful seawater pool, hammam, and steam baths, and an invigorating wood-burning Finnish sauna. Thalasso treatments are offered in a variety of programmes, ranging from pick-me-ups (the brisk 20-minute water-jet massage), to decadent week-long programmes with up to three hours of treatments a day. Body wraps, scrubs and facials are on the menu alongside therapies for dedicated beauty seekers, such as peels and lymphatic drainage.

Packing tips

Chanel Resort wear – no matter how impractical a swimsuit with a full train is – and the Asprey travel chess case, for a cerebral yet stylish Beach Club distraction.


The hotel’s rocky paths and meandering layout make it unsuitable for guests with mobility issues.


Welcome. There’s a 5,000sq m kids’ club and golf and riding lessons can be arranged. Cots and extra beds for under-12s are free and can be added to all rooms; all restaurants have children’s menus; and babysitting is available for €15–36 an hour.

Best for

3–7 year olds.

Recommended rooms

The Two-Bedroom Villa with Swimming Pool is private with plenty of space and a garden for little ones to run around in. The pool can be screened off for safety, and there’s a dining terrace for memorable family meals.


The kids’ club’s activity programme is child-captivatingly creative: kids can nurture their own crop in the vegetable garden, blend a signature scent, cook up local dishes in the kitchen, learn hip-hop and flamenco, take drama and cookery classes, paint, craft, and play music. Treasure hunts and family-friendly film nights are held there too. Off-site kayaking can be arranged for older children, and tennis, horse-riding and golf lessons can be booked.

Swimming pool

There’s supervised swimming in the kids’ club lagoon, and children are welcome in both the garden pool and Beach Club pool; but, both of these are unsupervised.


Highchairs, weaning spoons and child-friendly cutlery can be provided on request. All restaurants have a children’s menu, but the Beach Club’s buffet is the most flexible dining option. The Grill is a more grown-up affair.


Staff from the kids’ club can babysit for €15 an hour; book a day in advance.

No need to pack

Pack nappies, lotions, baby wipes and formula if you don’t want to have to venture offsite. The concierge can help to acquire anything you’ve forgotten.


The kids’ club is an amazing space, complete with a perfume-making lab, kitchen, garden, cinema, yoga studio and playgrounds. It’s stylish too, with Scandinavian-style furnishings and flower-filled outdoor spaces.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For a romantic evening, head to the proposal-inspiring terrace at the Grill. For a chilled hangout, nab the closest Beach Club table to the sand.

Dress Code

Don’t hold back, it’s de rigeur to bedazzle. Pile on the labels, bring out the bling and don’t forget to spray tan. Mr Smiths – pack a blazer that’s tailored to within an inch of its life.

Hotel restaurant

The Grill is an old-school eatery, with encyclopedic sommeliers and silver cloches to present the classic French fare served there. Its romantic terrace is lit by tree-trunk candelabra. The Beach Club’s famed buffet is a more laid-back affair, with elegantly-dressed seafood platters, sizzling paella pans, pastas, salads and hot and cold carne cuts. Chiringuito snack shack MC Beach offers barbecued brochettes, the MC Café has lighter bites washed down with café con leche, and charcuterie and salads are served beside the Garden Pool. Off-site, find upper-crust brunching and lunching at the Golf Restaurant.

Hotel bar

Festooned with flowers and sheltered by fragrant orange trees, the open-air Summer Bar is bright with cosy sofas. Carefully chosen wines and classic cocktails are served, including the signature Sau Sau (vodka, lemon, sugar, mint and soda). Come winter, cosy up to the fire in the Jean-Pierre Martel-designed Champagne Room, an art deco space where corks pop and caviar is on stand-by. Chef Juan Galvez’s small dishes should stop you from getting too tipsy.

Last orders

The Grill opens for dinner from 8.30 to midnight (from 9pm in summer). The Beach Club’s buffet is open from 1.30pm to 4pm (4.30pm in summer), and MC Beach serves food from 11am to 7pm. The Summer Bar serves drinks until 1.30am, the Champagne Room, 1am.

Room service

No less than four types of breakfast (spa, Continental, full English and Spanish), salads, charcuterie and seafood platters, sandwiches, soups, pizza, pasta, more robust meat and fish dishes and decadent desserts can be summoned to your room.


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Marbella Club
Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n


It’s a 35-minute drive to Málaga Airport (, where regular flights arrive from major cities across Europe. Flights from Asia via Singapore or Hong Kong, and there are direct flights from the US.


Four wheels will come in handy for exploring the coast, countryside and nearby towns. There’s an Avis car-hire booth at Málaga airport and free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

A public beach sits just a few golden-sand-dusted steps away from your room at Marbella Club, just beyond the resort's tropical gardens, with day-beds and parasols, calm waters safe for swimming in and a selection of eateries, it's likely you'll spend plenty of time here. The Beach Club sits on the coast, with a sociable pool area, bar and a world-renowned buffet. However, if you tire of the resort's section of the Golden Mile, you can wander over to Puente Romano Resort's beach next door, or sunbathe further afield at Venus Beach (a 10-minute drive away) or Bajadilla Beach (a 15-minute drive away).  If fillies and five irons are more your thing, the 18-hole golf club and equestrian centre are a 20-minute drive from the main building. Each room has a Virtual Hotel system loaded on to an iPad, so you can book the green and spa treatments, or consult the concierge at the touch of a button. You can also rent a bike to pedal along the beach paths. Piers Morgan may have dubbed it ‘Butlins for billionaires’, but Marbella has more than Puerto Banus’ designer shops and neon-lit nightclubs. Beyond the burlesque Andalusian-style villas, and five-star resorts along the Golden Mile, there are the winding streets of Marbella’s Old Town, which hold weekly markets. Stand-out sites include gilded to the hilt St Mary’s Cathedral. Pause for a languid coffee break in Los Naranjos Plaza, then head slightly further north of the town centre to hop on a dolphin-watching tour at Puerto Cabopino marina. Málaga is a 50-minute drive away, where the Moorish, medieaval Alcazaba fort sits overlooking the sea, and art buffs can swoon over the extensive Spanish collections in the Carmen Thyssen Museum (+34 (0)902 303 131) and Picasso Museum Málaga (+34 (0)952 127 600). If you prefer the sleek curve of a Rolls, the Automobile Museum Málaga (+34 (0)951 137 001) might be more your speed. Ronda, an hour’s drive away, has 13th and 14th-century relics scattered throughout, and you get to drive over the dramatic El Tajo canyon to reach the small town.

Local restaurants

Flashy, pricy and filled with leggy types in itsy-bitsy bikinis, Nikki Beach (+34 (0)952 836 239) is a beach club, lifestyle brand and restaurant – and the quintessential Marbella experience. Its open-air eatery brings shoreside-snacking and fine dining together, with colourful sushi platters, Wagyu beef sliders, lobster rolls, pizzas, caviar on ice, and champagne is a mainstay on the drinks menu. Don your best bikini and a designer cover up. In the evening dress to the nines, or maybe the tens. In Marbella Town, Messina (+34 (0)679 770 062) is a cool contemporary space with red chairs, white linens and neon-pink light panels, close to the Old Town. It serves up flamboyant fusion fare, where typical Spanish ingredients – Iberian pork, red prawns and Oloroso sherry – are spiced up with Asian flavours. The tasting menu rewards the curious. 

Local cafés

Tapas joint TierrAranda (+34 (0)952 829 597) offers a glimpse into Marbella’s more traditional side, with wine casks strung from the ceiling, pretty Spanish tiles and cookery gewgaws hanging from the walls. Cuisine is Castilian, made from top-quality local produce, and dishes start from €3. The langoustines and empanadas are especially good.

Local bars

Bathed in neon light, with a price list skewed towards VIPs, Pangea (+34 (0)952 908 336) is far from subtle, but its location atop Club del Mar ensures a cool coastal panorama, and the white-canopied dance floor makes a it a swish spot to dance to house tracks. 


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this legendary luxury hotel along Marbella’s Golden Mile and unpacked their gloriously tacky flamenco doll and designer wares from Puerto Banus, a full account of their refined beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Spain’s stylish Marbella Club…

Marbella may now be code for boozed-up Brits, but once upon a time it was far more côte than costa, and Marbella Club takes guests back to the Golden Mile’s less-brassy days. With white porticos, throwback-style rooms and villas, and lavish gardens, enlivened by a chic beach club scene and coolly cash-splashing clientele, this aristocratic abode is the kind of place that would get Françoise Sagan’s pen scribbling furiously. Like most aging socialites, it’s had a few nips and tucks – six eateries, an oh-my-God glorious spa and a handful of pools have improved upon the Prince’s original set up – but it can still throw quite the shindig; the ambience in the Champagne Room fizzes as much as the libations, and the Grill is a siren song for the evergreen glam. Roll up in a vintage MG, add a few more hyphens to your name and adopt a royal manner – if you’re staying here, you’ve arrived.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Marbella Club’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The FOOD! Particularly the incredibly decadent lunch buffet. The spa (outstanding) and stunning Grill Room and bar.

Don’t expect

A party atmosphere - guests well heeled and very friendly but the feeling is quite sedate.


Stayed on 20 Sep 2016