Marbella isn’t the raucous place I remember from wild youthful days in the sun – it’s stylish, classy and perfect for a break away from the kids
The Spanish resort has a great deal it has to be proud of — as my wife Kate and I were to find out over the next few days of our well-earned break away
THE last time I was in ‘Marbs’ was in my youth when it was THE place to go for fun in the sun without the tacky hats and lager-filled streets.
Returning some decades later I couldn’t wait to see how things had changed from the wild and raucous place that was so embedded in my memory.
I quickly found some things had not changed at all, like the bold — some might say brash — MARBELLA sign in 12ft high capitals over the entrance to the town. This truly is a place that is not afraid to announce itself at every opportunity.
But then it has a great deal it has to be proud of — as my wife Kate and I were to find out over the next few days of our well-earned break away without the kids.
Our luxurious base was the four-star Hotel Amare Marbella, which has recently been refurbished to what I would say was five-star standard.
The hotel is part of the family-owned Fuerte group and they have lavished every care and attention to detail on the child-free environment — they call it AdultCool, we called it paradise.
Relaxation is top of the menu in every part of the building. We started our day with an amazing all-you-can-eat breakfast on the Mare Nostrum sun deck with elevated views across the promenade to the beach and the sea.
It was a quick trip one level down to the Amare beach club, with its three areas — lounge, pool and beach. Each zone has a different feel; the lounge is indoors, relaxed and comfortable, the pool being outside, decked and very buzzy with music and waiters attending to your every whim.
And finally, our favourite, the beach club with huge sun loungers, discreet waiter service and a superb “beach shack”- style restaurant.
This wasn’t like the 24-hour party place I remembered from my last visit and was all the better for it. We could feel the stresses and strains of work/home/school runs and family life begin to float away and it wasn’t even twelve hours since we had landed.