5 spectacular luxury hotels to pick in the Costa Del Sol
I’ve been visiting Costa Del Sol, in Spain for decades now(man I feel old now!), purely because I cherish the region’s unique edge and distinct cosmopolitan charm that welcomes me every time. I remember my first visit to Costa Del Sol as an extremely pleasurable experience, the immense scenery, iconic beaches and upmarket feel of the place pulled me in instantly. With so much life and culture, I could gravitate to, I instantly felt relaxed in a new world that I could endlessly explore and nothing ever held me back. Still to this day, I always find something new when I visit this astonishing region. If you’re planning on visiting this popular destination soon but you could desperately do with some informative advice regarding the best luxury resorts in the area, fear no more… I’m here to run through 5 spectacular luxury hotels you can pick when staying in Costa Del Sol.
My first ever Marbella Hotel stay was at the Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach Resort, and boy was it a hotel to remember! My friend and I really needed a quick getaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of life, and Marbella really stood out as the go-to place for beaches, bars and buñuelos. A girly holiday was just what the doctor ordered, so it was only right to venture to Marbella; a city filled with Spanish Charm, radiant glamour and vibrancy. Not only did the 4-star plus, Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach Hotel’s contemporary white-washed walls and stunning architecture strike us immediately, but the location also appealed to us greatly. Located in a peaceful residential area, situated between Marbella and Puerto Banus, the tranquil surroundings of the Hotel instantly relaxed us, yet we always had the action of the buzzing bars and restaurants on our doorstep.
Our room had a light and airy seaside theme, while our terrace overlooked both the stunning pool and glorious stretch of beach. Our all-inclusive range of Mediterranean and Andalusian food was on another level! Every day at the buffet restaurant, the food stations were filled with a wide range of exceptional quality cuisine, while the friendly staff brought drinks straight to our table. In the evening we would gravitate towards the outdoor areas, with cocktails in hand. The amazing bar staff would always remember to rustle me up my favourite strawberry daiquiri and Pina colada drinks, I was living the dream! If you’re searching for a high-class hotel that delivers elegance, stunning scenery and next-level service then I would certainly recommend this hotel, because it delivers in all areas.
If you are like me and adore 5-star style pampering, the Elba Estepona Gran Hotel & Thalasso Spa might just be for you. This 5-star Hotel is on top of its game when it comes to luxurious spa amenities gym equipment and treatments because it’s truly dedicated to giving you maximum rest through health, beauty and relaxation. The setting of this colonial-style hotel is idyllic for laid-back beach goers, as it’s surrounded by tall palm trees, fresh greenery and classic castle vibes, making you feel like you’re in paradise. In comparison with the Iberostar Coral breach, the warmer vibes from the darker decor of this hotel are mixed with subtle yet traditional elegance. All guests are offered a buffet breakfast in the rustic-style restaurant while the bar serves a wide variety of local drinks. Meanwhile, there are Mediterranean specialities based in Arena Beach restaurant if you want to glam things up a bit. All rooms are fully air-conditioned with pretty terraces overlooking the breathtaking stretch of the Estepona coast. If you’d rather not be lazy all of the time, you can try your hand at the on-site Mountain biking, diving and water skiing, which are all popular features of the resort… how could you ever be bored? You get a real sense of grandness and space when staying at this hotel and the rejuvenated feeling you acquire from your stay is truly gratifying.
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If the sound of fresh waves combined with the delicate air of the mountain ranch floats your boat, then you may want to escape to this magical hideaway. The Marbella Club Hotel is a home away from home with an open-air Andalusian feel, tucked away from the buzz of central Marbella. The design of this upscale hotel is truly like no other, offering spacious grounds with beautiful botanical gardens and gorgeous scenery. The El Patio Restaurant is filled with character and ambience and offers a wide range of excellent quality Mediterranean cuisine for all of the family.
If you want to mix things up a bit, there are so many on-site activities you get involved in, including large golf & tennis courses, and fun horse-riding activities while there’s an action-packed kids club with lots going on. And it doesn’t always have to be fast-paced either.. there are lots of other calming amenities suitable for wellness and moderate exercise, including swimming in the large-scale pool, a holistic studio and spa for meditation and aromatherapy, and a modern fitness centre, plus there’s the benefit of bicycle rental. I love that each immaculately styled suite is flooded with natural light and elegance, plus you get to capture the spectacular ocean and countryside views through your own private terrace. If you adore luxury all at a slower pace, you’ll find that this resort covers all bases through its atmospheric traditional Spanish surroundings and tranquil vibes.
Wow, I really love this one! Isn’t that picturesque view what dreams are made of? The superb El Oceano Beach Hotel & Restaurant fits the grander end of the scale when it comes to beach-front luxury boutique resorts. The Hotel is midway between La Cala de Mijas & Marbella, situated in a peak coastline position offering panoramic glorious sea views for all of its guests. Not only are you spoilt by the offerings of the flawless beach, the hotel generously keeps on giving with an array of quality amenities. You can enjoy top-notch food and drink in the outdoor stylish terrace hotel restaurant, bask on the glamorous sun decks, and take a dip in the Turkish steam bath & Jacuzzi. The list goes on.. you’ll also benefit from massage services, a beauty centre, a spacious swimming pool, bicycle rental and more.. If you love exploring your surroundings, you’ll love that the Hotel is a 4 km distance from Puerto Banus Marina, plus La Cala De Mijas centre and Torre Nueva are a 15-20 walk away. If you like to feel that you’re in a quiet and secluded location all while being a stone’s throw away from the action of the town, this hotel will definitely give you the best of both worlds.
Last but not least, we venture to the Las Dunas Hotel Health & Spa, a 5-star luxurious hotel situated between Estepona and Marbella, and just a 6-minute walk from the glorious sandy beach. You really get a real air of elegance radiating from this hotel, stemming from its traditional Andalucian-style white buildings and regal furnishings. This happens to be an adult-only hotel, so if you are an adult travelling solo or as a group or couple, this peaceful hotel is the ideal place for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. The Weight Control management and detoxing & Wellness customised program offerings are just the beginning, while there are so many other dietary and exercise programmes available that are designed to leave you healthier and refreshed by the end of your stay. When you’ve had a long old day at the relaxing retreat, why not chill in the health spa, have a massage or take a dip in the sauna. It doesn’t end there either, the resort also features an ice fountain, steam bath, and indoor pool and outdoor pool. When you begin to get peckish, you might want to visit the Healthouse Las Dunas, the Hotel’s beachfront restaurant featuring a garden view, or you can grab your favourite drink at the bar/lounge on-site. I totally love that the Hotel is within a 10-minute drive of Atalaya Golf and Country Club and Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, I’ve been there myself and I was dazzled by the club’s two impressive 18-hole courses and stunning panoramic views. I think you really have it all at this resort, it’s a serious contender with a large variety of luxury amenities, gourmet food and dining, amazing staff always on hand and direct beach access. Which resort will you choose?