Fly with British Airways (www.ba.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) to Málaga Airport, which is a 45-minute car journey away from the hotel. There are lots of car hire desks, and buses travel regularly from arrivals to Marbella bus station. A single bus ticket will cost you around €4.35, and the taxi fare from the airport to central Marbella will be around €60.
Málaga Train Station (Maria Zambrano) is operated by Renfe (www.renfe.es) and connects the area to Barcelona and Madrid. There’s also a train station in Marbella, which is 2km from the hotel, and a €10 taxi trip.
You won’t need a car to explore the town, but if you plan to venture further afield, a set of wheels might come in handy. Hire a car from Málaga Airport, and park in the underground carpark two minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Speak to the hotel about chartering boats. The beach club at the Marbella Club hotel (www.marbellaclub.com) is one of the most relaxing spots to hang out on the coast, although a little pricey. It has a great restaurant, sun loungers and a swimming pool, though non-guests are charged for the privilege of using them.
You don't need to walk far from the hotel to find tempting fare: Il Tartufo (+34 951 08 73 23), a mere minute's walk from the hotel, has inventive Italian food, such as tortello stuffed with duck confit and pear, and king crab and chilli linguine. Just a little further along Tetuan Street, Tempora's (+34 952 85 79 33) tempting dishes are crafted from fabulously fresh local produce – traditional European cuisine is spiced up with zingy Asian flavours. Momo (+34 952 77 15 60) sits next door to Tempora – its globally influenced menu has dishes as diverse as duck à l'orange and pork fillet gyoza dumplings. Bodega la Venencia on Plaza de los Olivos (+34 952 77 99 63) does fantastic tapas. Another great tapas bar, Pintxo, 7 avenida Miguel Cano (+34 952 82 93 21) charges according to the number of cocktail sticks you stack up.
Minutes from the hotel, Buddha Bar on Avenida del Mar (+34 952 77 28 91) is a lounge-restaurant serving Japanese food until 4am. It also hosts live music/DJ performances. Gauguin on Avenida Fontanilla is a cosy bar not far from the hotel.