Nobody is a foreigner in Marbella because this cosmopolitan city is home to residents from 137 nationalities. And if we had to mention a place that embodies the essence of this glamorous corner of Spain, it would be the Marbella Club Golf Resort & Spa, a charming blend of tradition and modernity in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Guests can enjoy the most exclusive luxury in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere steeped in lush gardens.The history of the Marbella Club begins in the 1940s, when an eccentric Spanish aristocrat, Ricardo Soriano, Marquis of Ivanrey, fell in love with the pleasures of Mediterranean life, and acquired a large estate not far from what is now Puerto Banus. Over the years, the property became a luxury hotel and a meeting place for the international jet set. The Arab and European aristocracy and celebrities of the moment, like Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery, to name just a few, spent countless holidays at Marbella Club. Today, it is a large luxury 5-star hotel with a spa, sumptuous suites, magnificent villas, restaurants and an excellent golf course.
The different accommodations available at the Marbella Club Golf Resort & Spa are built in the style of typical whitewashed Andalusian villages, with beautiful surroundings and amidst subtropical gardens that shelter birds and flowers throughout the year thanks to the balmy weather. (Travel for Golf, here)The 37 rooms and 78 elegant suites offer splendid and highly luxurious accommodation, with furnished outdoor terraces overlooking the gardens or the sea. The bathrooms, of gleaming marble, are equipped with bathtub and rain shower. Meanwhile, Villa del Mar and the remaining 14 luxury villas in the property have private gardens, and some include a fully equipped kitchen and a private pool.For gourmands, the hotel has an ample selection of restaurants, such as the Golf Resort Club House, the Grill, the Beach Club, the MC Beach and the MC Café. They serve Spanish and international cuisine created by Chef Juan Galvez, who uses the finest ingredients to obtain the freshest flavors.
If you want to relax, the best option is to visit the Thalasso Spa and rejoice with the healing properties of the sea. The sprawling complex has state-of-the-art facilities including an indoor seawater swimming pool, steam rooms, saunas, solarium and 12 treatment rooms. In addition, sports lovers will love the 18-hole golf course designed by Dave Thomas, located in a beautiful green lawn just 20 minutes away. Guests also have at their disposal the Puente Romano Tennis Club and the Marbella Club Equestrian Center, where the Spanish Jumping Championship takes place every year ■