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Romance and Leisure in Marbella

Destination(s): Marbella

Thousands of couples flock to the Costa del Sol to be spoiled with the luxury that Marbella has to offer. This is one of the most popular vacation spots in Spain and among the most posh resort destinations on the Mediterranean. It’s no surprise that you’ll find the best of the best here in everything you do—with excellent spas, beautiful beaches, and award-winning restaurants, Marbella is the definition of “leisure destination.”

We’ve planned four days of sun and sand that balance relaxation with a healthy dose of outdoor activities. The landscape around Marbella is gorgeous, making it a golfer’s playground. The Marbella Golf and Country Club has a prestigious reputation, and even if you’re not the golfing type, there’s a tennis and fitness club, riding stables, and a first-class spa. If you’re looking to get out on the water, the Academia Escuela Nautica Deportiva de Marbella offers sailing lessons and trips around Marbella Bay.

Pamper yourself on your first and last days by visiting two of the area’s luxury beachfront venues, Buddha Beach and Purobeach Marbella. Located in Puerto Banus and Estepona, respectively, these chic spots were built for indulgence. You’ll get away from the city and have no trouble relaxing—choose from private beach beds, V.I.P. jacuzzis, and spa treatments for a relaxing afternoon complete with a cocktails and a picturesque Mediterranean sunset as the evening sets in.

While in the city itself, stroll down Avenida Ricardo Soriano, where you’ll find upscale boutiques and well-respected jewelers. If you’re on a tight schedule or budget, this probably isn’t where you want to take your lady—she might get lost trying on endless pairs of shoes.

It would be a sin to visit Marbella without paying a visit to the restaurants included in this guide—most notably Messina and La Hacienda. Outstanding gastronomy, attentive customer service, and romantic settings make these restaurants ideal for an intimate dining experience. With so many impressive restaurants in Marbella, it was difficult to choose—perhaps you’ll want to check out our list of the Top Ten five star restaurants in Marbella and decide for yourself. Feature Image: JoséMa Orsini/Flickr read more about Romance and Leisure in Marbella

La Villa Marbella

La Villa Marbella

  • Calle Principe 10
  • tel:+34 952 766 220
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  • Marbella, 29600

In the heart of Marbella's city center, La Villa Marbella has refurbished hundred-year old houses into rooms and suites individually ornamented with beautiful Asian decor. This group of buildings are all very close to one another, and within a short walk to the beach and the marina. Locations include the Villa with four suites, the Cottage with three rooms, the Lodge with two suites, the Duplex, and the Courtyard, which has a private pool, solarium, and fireplace. Depending on each client's needs and reason for visiting, the accommodating staff can help choose the correct room, whether it be a large suite for a family or a romantically designed room well-suited to honeymooners.  Most of the buildings have terraces, patios, and a living room, and free wi-fi and internet access is available. La Villa Marbella creates a peaceful, comfortable ambience with its hospitality, high quality standards, and client privacy, and guests will appreciate the babysitter service and airport transfers.
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Love To Eat

Love To Eat

  • Boulevard del Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 10
  • tel:+34 95 277 4939
  • Marbella, 29602
Marbella Golf & Country Club

Marbella Golf & Country Club

  • 188 Carretera Nacional 340
  • tel:+34 952 83 0500
  • Marbella, 29600
MC Café

MC Café

  • Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe
  • Marbella Club Hotel,Resort & Spa
  • tel:+34 95 282 2211
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  • Marbella, 29600
Buddha Beach Banus

Buddha Beach Banus

  • Urbanización Nueva Andalucía Villa Marina
  • tel:+34 95 281 3882, +34 661 623 623
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  • Marbella, 29660

This posh beach club is among the number of luxurious spots that cater to the jet-setters basking in leisure at the nearby Puerto Banus Marina. Buddha Beach is a lavish beachfront club with services that encourage its clients to indulge in the bliss of the Mediterranean summer. Guests can rent one of various "beds," including over 100 hammocks and sun beds on the beach as well as VIP jacuzzis and private cabanas on its raised, wooden pool deck that enjoys views of the Mediterranean. Its design is inspired by the tranquility of Eastern luxury, and the Oriental spa offers treatments in private rooms, including facials, full body wraps, and detox. Menus for its restaurant and three bars feature a selection of fresh sushi, wraps, cocktails, and numerous bottles of Champagne. Buddha Beach's beachfront property and chic style makes this a nice place for private parties and other special occasions. Opens April 20th, 2011 until the beginning of October. Mon-Sun 11am-7pm, open for dinner July and August evenings. read more about Buddha Beach Banus

Academia Escuela Nautica Deportiva de Marbella

Academia Escuela Nautica Deportiva de Marbella

  • Calle Gregorio Marañón 1A
  • tel:+34 95 282 4017
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  • Marbella, 29602
Bodega La Sacristía

Bodega La Sacristía

  • 8 Calle Nuestra Señora de Gracia
  • tel:+34 95 282 3286
  • Marbella, 29602
Parque de la Alameda

Parque de la Alameda

  • Avenida de Ramón y Cajal
  • tel:+34 95 277 1442(Tourist Information)
  • Marbella, 29602
Plaza de Los Naranjos

Plaza de Los Naranjos

  • Plaza de Los Naranjos
  • Marbella, 29601
Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo

Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo

  • Calle Hospital Bazán
  • tel:+34 95 276 5741
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  • Marbella, 29600
Vinacoteca La Cartuja

Vinacoteca La Cartuja

  • 2 Plaza de Joaquín Gómez Agüera
  • tel:+34 95 277 5203
  • Marbella, 29601
Messina

Messina

  • Avda. Severo Ochoa, 12
  • tel:+34 952 864 895
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  • Marbella, 29603

The moment you walk in to Messina, you'll feel welcome in an environment that perfectly combines a trendy dining experience with friendly, professional service and a contemporary energy. Chef Mauricio Giovanini uses seasonal ingredients to create a menu that incorporates flavors from his hometown of Córdoba, Argentina and includes Mediterranean, French, Spanish, and Asian cuisine. Relax as you enjoy your dining experience in comfortable, plush red armchairs and smooth, electronic music that characterize Messina's avant-garde design and upbeat feel. Innovative dishes include creamy crayfish and goat cheese rice and tuna with papaya salad and octopus. A praline with chocolate and almond cream and yogurt brulée is telling of their scrumptious dessert selection. Whether you choose the tasting menu or order a la carte, prices are reasonable for food and service of this quality. read more about Messina

Restaurante Cervantes

Restaurante Cervantes

  • Plaza de los Naranjos, 11
  • tel:952 776 759
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  • Marbella, 29601

Restaurante Cervantes is a charming restaurant in the Old Town with a romantic setting and inventive dishes. This elegant, yet comfortable restaurant is located in Marbella's famous Orange Square, or Plaza de los Naranjos, and retains the authentic feel of an Andalusian mansion from the 17th century. Chef Raul Gomes uses local ingredients to elaborate a creative, reasonably priced menu that separate Cervantes from other restaurants with a traditional ambience. A selection of fresh, delicious dishes includes the terrine of slow cooked lamb shoulder on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes and goat cheese emulsion. Portions are modest yet satisfying, and you'll want to save room for dessert anyway. We suggest the mouth-watering French pudding with wild fruits, balsamic vinegar, and parmesan ice cream. If you don't see a tasting menu listed, just ask the accommodating staff—the chef will be happy to prepare something special for you. read more about Restaurante Cervantes

La Meridiana

La Meridiana

  • Camino de la Cruz, s/n
  • Camino de la Cruz s/n
  • tel:+34 95 277 6190
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  • Marbella, 29609
Purobeach Marbella

Purobeach Marbella

  • C.C. Laguna Village
  • tel:951316699
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  • Estepona, 29680
Avenida Ricardo Soriano

Avenida Ricardo Soriano

  • Avenida de Ricardo Soriano
  • tel:+34 95 277 1442(Tourist Information)
  • Marbella, 29601
La Hacienda

La Hacienda

  • Carretera Cádiz (A 7 Km.193 (Salida Las Chapas))
  • tel:+34 952 831 267
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  • Marbella, 29604

La Hacienda remains impressively polished while managing to achieve trendiness and create a comfortable ambience. This internationally recognized restaurant was the first in Andalucía to receive a Michelin star. Founded in 1969 by Paul Shiff, La Hacienda is now run by his daughter, Cati. The tasting menu for 45€ is an outstanding value, and perfectly-sized portions of traditional Spanish and Mediterranean gastronomy is presented in the most professional fashion. Restaurants as prestigious as this sometimes sacrifice a relaxed environment as their reputation grows, but La Hacienda still knows how to have fun. If you're feeling spontaneous, try the "Menu with Surprise," a selection in which the client chooses between fish or meat for the main dish and the chef prepares a phenomenal four-course meal. There's even a couple of choices for the kids. Enjoy mountain views from an elegant outdoor patio, or cozy up to the fireplace on a cool winter night.
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Villa Tiberio

Villa Tiberio

  • Carretera de Cádiz
  • Carretera de Cádiz Km 178.5
  • tel:+34 95 277 1799
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  • Marbella, 29600