A Weekend In Marbella
The jewel in the crown of Costa del Sol, a Marbella weekend away offers a perfect mix of sun, sea, cuisine and culture by day, and lively bars and restaurants by night. Find out how to make the most of it for a quick getaway…
Nobu Hotel Marbella, the latest opening on the prestigious Golden Mile, is the talk of the town this summer. Characterised by the very best of Marbella’s around the clock personality, this exclusive newcomer is the perfect base for the ultimate Marbella weekender. Here’s your guide to making the most of your stay…
A Guide To Your Marbella Weekend
A short flight, perhaps with a few tipples on board, and you’ve arrived to the glorious sunshine of the Costa del Sol. Located between La Concha mountain and the Mediterranean Sea, Marbella benefits from a unique microclimate with just 45 days of rain each year.
As if this isn’t enough of a warm welcome from the unpredictable delights of the UK climate, your arrival at the stylish and contemporary reception of Nobu Hotel Marbella should set the tone for your Marbella weekend ahead.
Settle into your spacious and laid-back guest room, before venturing to the private rooftop infinity-edge pool, oozing a trendy laid-back ambience and perfect for an afternoon relaxing on the comfortable double loungers, sampling cocktails and sushi from the menu and cooling off in. This chic suntrap catches the rays into the early evening, which is great for sundowners and to allow you to adjust to the late local lifestyle for your Marbella weekend, where dinners usually start from around 9pm and the nightlife lasts through to the morning.
As the sun sets, it’s time to enter into Marbella’s glamorous side, and with GHDs provided in each room and the cocktail of the day delivered to your room, every aspect of your stay at Nobu Hotel Marbella is designed to help you feel fabulous.
La Plaza is the heart of the hotel, with its clientele varying from hotel guests and Marbella visitors, to locals and ex-pats, making it a melting pot of characters of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities and the ultimate setting for people-watching.
If you’re staying in one of the rooms overlooking La Plaza, savour your daily cocktail on your balcony and watch as young couples and groups of friends arrive dressed to the nines for the night ahead. It’s wise to note that these rooms are truly in the centre of the action, so if you plan to be tucked up in bed by midnight (unlikely if you’re a Nobu guest for the weekend!), then you may be better suited to the suites located just outside La Plaza – this Marbella weekend is all about making the most of the evenings!
When considering the unrivalled culinary scene of this area, pre-booking your restaurant is always advised and there are two names that resonate: Nobu (of course!) and Dani Garcia. Enjoy your choice of Dani Garcia for the Friday.
If you prefer to dine away from the bustle of La Plaza, take a five-minute walk to LoBito de Mar, where the level of local seafood is characterised by the ginormous tuna fish on display as you enter – a speciality in this area due to the Atlantic Ocean meeting the Mediterranean Sea.
Back in La Plaza, Bibo is home to oversized decorative sea creatures bursting through the walls and a homely style menu including authentic dishes, such as guacamole blended at your table.
For an indulgent start to your stay, Dani Garcia, boasting two Michelin Stars, offers an incredible tasting menu served from an open kitchen, where the chefs display such precision and accuracy that it’s almost like dinner and a show as you watch their choreographed cooking. Sample dishes you may not have picked yourself, but that will surprise and tantalise your tastebuds.
Wake at leisure as breakfast is served until midday, so no need to hurry as the vast buffet and a la carte menu will await you in Nobu restaurant, including the unique speciality, Eggs Toban Dry Miso.
Time for a little culture… Drag yourself away from the laid-back luxury of the hotel for a 20-minute stroll along the waterfront or step into the hotel’s Tesla, available for complimentary transfers to nearby towns. Whizz down the road to explore Marbella Old Town – it’s worth the hotel arranging a guide for you so you can gain a true insight into the impressive history and culture of Marbella that is often overlooked, from Salvador Dali’s sculpture collection and Orange Square, to the moorish architecture that lines the winding cobbled paths.
For a truly authentic Spanish lunch during your Marbella weekend, Taberna La Niña del Pisto is a hidden gem unknown to tourists and loved by locals for the mouthwatering Oxtail and unique gazpacho, which is thickened with soaked bread to create a delicious and creamy sauce.
Back at the hotel, it’s time to reenergise for the night ahead, so return to the pool or relax on the beach. Located at Puente Romano Marbella resort, Nobu guests have access to all of the resort’s facilities, including their several lagoon-style pools, tennis and the Six Senses Spa.
As Saturday night gets started, it’s time for round two in La Plaza and what better way to start in style than at the iconic Nobu restaurant. Foodies simply must experience the full tasting menu – course after course of exquisite flavours with Japanese influence and beautifully presented, from the renowned Black Cod Miso, to the tempura shrimp.
Following dinner, retire to Nobu Lounge, where seating overflows into La Plaza, and soak up the carefree atmosphere created by the surrounding fairylights, laughter and DJ mixes.
As you work your way through the cocktail menu and the frivolity and merriment grows, continue to La Terrasse, the outdoor courtyard next to La Plaza to mingle and become part of Marbella’s latest ‘it’ crowd. As a guest of Nobu Hotel Marbella you receive VIP access to La Suite, accessed via La Terrasse, so when you’re ready to hit the dancefloor you can walk straight into the exclusive nightclub.
To celebrate your Marbella weekend in style (you’re at Nobu Hotel Marbella, after all, which is enough of an excuse!), pre-book a booth and be greeted by the sparkling arrival of your chosen drinks, served to your table. Save your energy for the dancefloor as the flawless service ensures your glass is always topped up, and even if you begin to feel yourself lagging, your booth is the perfect base to rest your tired dancing feet and watch the party continue under the smoke and laser beam lights until the bongo player teams up with the DJ to create a beat so strong that you can’t help but rejoin the crowd. Continuing until 7am, there’s plenty to entertain all night long, but for the real ravers, the lively town of Puerto Banus is a short taxi away.
Another late breakfast and a short coastal promenade walk should speed up the recovery process, as the salty breeze and panoramic sea views freshen you up ready to explore Puerto Banus during the day. Enjoy retail therapy in the designer stores and boutique gems, before an espresso in a marina-front café as you watch passers by, probably also trying to walk off the effects of the night before.
If you have a late flight or more time, you’re spoilt for choice with the range of nearby golf courses and towns to explore – even Gibraltar and Morocco are close enough for a day trip. Your weekend may have been short, but it will definitely have been sweet, thanks to Nobu Hotel Marbella’s take on this multifaceted region of Spain, which showcases the very best in chic luxury, unforgettable gastronomy and unrivalled nightlife. Your Marbella weekend awaits!