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Suite dreams We stayed in one of the 37 suites. As you might imagine, all the rooms are elegantly furnished, with exquisite décor. The style is Andaluz, with a nod towards modern boutiquery. The suites have two rooms, are equipped with all manner of digital wizardry, and have their own private balcony. The view from ours was across an olive grove, down to the Mediterranean and thence on to the mountains of Morocco. It’s the kind of thing you really appreciate as you tuck into your breakfast of churros and coffee of a morning. (Churros? Fried pieces of heaven dipped in chocolate.) Thus fortified, you might then choose


to lie indolently by the pool, admiring the flamboyant horticulture – carob, banana trees and oleanders provide shade for the sun loungers. The beach might beckon, or even an amble along the strand to the Old Town in Marbella – the ancient heart of alleyway mazes is about a 30-minute walk away. Marbella, it would have to be said, is well-equipped for a night on the tiles, with bars, restaurants, cafés and casinos. On the other hand, the fairways and


greens may beckon. In 1999 the hotel completed its own private 18-hole golf course. It comes fully equipped with a PGA professional, Gary Vautier; with such attention that the Marbella Club brings to every detail, I expect you can even buy balls already sliced, for the likes of myself with rather rudimentary golfing skills. The Marbella Club’s riding stables,


“EUROPEAN ROYALTY AND AMERICAN DYNASTIES WOULD REGULARLY COME A-CALLING”


attract the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Gunther Sachs; Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn would dine with fellow celebrities such as Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier; European royalty and American dynasties would regularly come a-calling. The hotel was extensively renovated


and enlarged from the mid-1980s through 2000, and today it features 121 bedrooms and suites, spread over the beach front resort, with 16 Andalusian- style villas dotted amongst acres of sub-tropical gardens sweeping down to the Mediterranean. Tranquillity, space, intimacy, nature and absolute luxury are all guaranteed.


home of the Spanish Show Jumping Championships, is reason enough on its own to visit, should you be remotely interested in matters equine. The stables offer everything from galloping along


the beach to hacking in the mountain – and there can be few better ways of seeing the Sierra de Ronda than on the back of a Spanish thoroughbred stallion. (Believe it or not, the horses are English-speaking. They respond to English commands. That really is attention to detail.) For refreshment, refuelling or just


generally louche behaviour, the Marbella Club’s six exquisite bars/restaurants provide every conceivable type of tapas, canape, cocktail – or full seven-course meal. The Grill, the Beach Club, MC beach, MC café, Pool Bar, Golf Club serve a tantalising range of delicacies, and any one of them – with a choice of cuisine ranging from Spanish to


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The Marbella Club


How did we get there? Bristol Airport has regular flights to Malaga; The Marbella Club is 50km from the airport; the hotel will collect you (naturally)


What’s the accommodation like? Utterly top of the range


What else can I do? Explore the sierra on foot or on horseback, visit the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages), lounge on the beach


What type of accommodation is available? The Marbella Club has 21 bedrooms and suites, spread over the beach- front resort, and 16 Andalusian-style villas


What will it cost? Double classic rooms per room per night from EUR250 -EUR450 Superior suites begin at EUR400


For more information, contact: The Marbella Club Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 29602 Marbella tel: 0034 95 282 2211 www.marbellaclub.com


Lebanese – would surely qualify as a World Heritage Dining Experience, were there such an award. The Marbella Club is a destination


in itself, providing an endless supply of sensual pleasures. You can be sporting and energetic, or join the sin crowd and be indolent and sybaritic – the choice is yours. But whatever you opt for you’ll be helped in your quest by ever obliging staff, whose warmth of welcome probably exceeds all EU regulations. CL


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