Well, can you believe it... the Summer Hols are fast approaching!! We're pretty sure Christmas was only last week. Time certainly flies when you're busy and having fun!
Here at U&I Lifestyle, we are huge fans of Marbella. Our MD, Natalie, has been visiting Marbs for the last 29 years (since she was born!), so we think it's safe to say that you are in safe hands if you follow our advice in terms of where to go and what to do when you visit!
We've put together a list of all of our favourites places. From Hotels and Restaurants, to Beach Clubs, Nightclubs, Golf resorts and more. The great thing about Marbs, is that if you're looking for a super-chilled week relaxing on the beach, or a more "YOLO" type of holiday with jam-packed nights out and day parties, there really is something for everyone. Whether you're a loved-up couple wanting to soak up the romance, a group of singles wanting to make the most of the bars & meeting new people, or if you're a family wanting to make memories, we can guarantee that you will have an incredible holiday in Marbella.
Our fave Hotels
As you can imagine, over 29 years, the Naaman crew have stayed in a few different Hotels during their visits to Marbella! Below is a list of our absolute favourites (five star and a few four stars, too):
The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa *****(Receive discounted rates & more VIP perks when booking with U&I Travel)
Marbella Club, Golf Resort & Spa *****
Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa *****
Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort *****
Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa *****
Melia Marbella Banus ****
Amare Marbella Beach Hotel (Adults Only) ****
Rio Real Golf Hotel ****
If you'd like to book at any of the above hotels, please get in touch with our team of travel experts and leave it to us to do all of the work for you!
Did we mention that we've also teamed up with Marbella Pick Up? If you're after the convenience of an Airport pick up/drop off, or the luxury experience of a Helicopter or Yacht, let us know and we will put you in touch with the perfect contact!
Taste Bud Heaven!
As you may have noticed (if you're a follower of the U&I Lifestyle), we certainly enjoy a delicious meal at any opportunity (thank god for personal trainer Jack Wayne!!). If we're like that in London, can you even imagine what we're like on holiday?! If you ask us, it's not a holiday if you're not indulging in the finest food and drink!
Here's a list of our favourite restaurants in Marbs:
La Sala (Super trendy, super cool)
Picasso (Pizza porn)
Serafina (Authentic Italiano, delizioso!)
Merendero Cristina (Local seafood, unreal)
Marbella Club Grill (Gorgeous settings, incredible food)
Genji (Sushi sexiness)
Now... our favourite part... let's talk BEACH CLUBS!
We absolutely LOVE a beach club. I mean, who doesn't?! If you're wanting to relax and sunbathe on the comfiest bed EVER, or maybe you want to book tickets for a Champagne Spray party, either way... Marbs does it best!
Our fave spots to hit up are...
Ocean Club Marbella
La Sala By The Sea
We've picked out some of our memories from Nikki Beach, OC & Puro Beach below...
What we love the most about these places is that not only do you get incredible products and views, but the service that comes with these brands is on another level, particularly Nikki Beach and OC. You will truly feel like you are the VIP, and it is an amazing experience all around!
Who's feeling thirsty? Let's visit some of the Marbs nightlife, shall we?
The majority of the hot spots are situated in Puerto Banus, the Marina located South West of Marbella.
We appreciate that you might not want to "party hard" on your holiday, and the fantastic thing about Puerto Banus is that you can go and have a few relaxed cocktails and a Shisha if that's what you want to do. However, if you DO want to go HAM, don't worry, we'll tell you exactly where to do that, too!
So, for the more chilled vibes, head over to the Marina / Sea Front. Here, you'll find some lovely sea-front bars with gorgeous views of the Yacht's and the Marina.
Why not try the famous Sinatra Bar? Astral is also a great spot where you will find some superb cocktails, inside and out! Babilonia is where you can go to either end your night, or get the party started (one of our highest recommendations - they had us at the mention of Electronic Shisha!).
If the thought of ending your night at midnight brings a tear to your eye (which it does for us, usually, sob), then take your pick from our favourite Clubs:
Olivia Valere (Please note that this isn't one to visit if you're not willing to break the bank a little, however, if you can, it will be a night that you will never forget).
We recommend that you book a table at the above hot-spots.
Three other things that we recommend that you do on your trip to Marbs are:
1. Visit Naranja Square (Old town Marbella) and have Churros for breakfast.
2. Take a relaxing stroll along the Puerto Banus Marina Sea-Front and explore the shops and restaurants.
3. Hire a Yacht for the day and take in the stunning views of the Costa Del Sol
As we already mentioned, if we can be of any assistance to you when booking your trip to Marbella, or even if you just want some advice or more recommendations, then get in touch with our U&I Travel team. We're all very nice people :-).