From five-star hotels and fully staffed pool villas to tourist apartments, hostels and campsites, Heidi Fuller-Love checks out what’s on offer for every budget.
Magical Marbella might be one of the world’s glitziest destinations, but when it comes to accommodation this celebrity-loved city has something to suit every style, taste and budget.
Blessed with some of the Costa del Sol’s best beaches, the city’s palm-tree-shaded seafront fringed by the glittering Mediterranean Sea boasts some of the most luxurious hotels on the Costa del Sol. For the most exclusive beachside accommodation head to the Paseo Maritimo. Stretching from Marbella to Puerto Banús, this 7km-long shop- and café-lined promenade is home to a wide selection of accommodation, ranging from elegant spa hotels and exclusive boutique havens to blissfully private, fully staffed pool villas with lush gardens and stunning sea views.
But although this sophisticated city attracts a hip crowd, families will enjoy a warm welcome here, too. Many of Marbella’s hotels and resorts have kids’ clubs, toddler pools and direct access to the soft sands and shallow waters of one of the region’s 25 beautiful beaches.
With 14 golf courses, magical Marbella is also a magnet for golf enthusiasts. Professionals and novices alike will love practising their strokes in one of the region’s designated golf resorts, where beautifully landscaped courses have been designed by iconic architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, legend Seve Ballesteros and other greats of the golf world.
A few blocks back from the beach, the bustling main avenue Avenida Ricardo Soriano and surrounding streets are packed with comfortable three- and four-star hotels. Ideal if you’re seeking more competitively priced accommodation, these hotels are still within easy reach of the city’s best shops and restaurants, bars and clubs.
Despite its reputation as a millionaire’s playground, marvellous Marbella can be surprisingly affordable, too: families and couples on a budget should book a tourist apartment with self-catering facilities, or rent a bungalow in one of the region’s well-maintained campsites – many of which are just a short stroll away from those glorious beaches.
Budget travellers who don’t fancy life under canvas will also find plenty of clean, comfortable guest houses, hotels and hostel-like options along the jasmine-scented alleys of Marbella Old Town. With its heady mix of culture and tradition, this atmospheric area within easy reach of Puerto Banús is the best place to soak up a big dose of authentic Andalusian vibes.
Backdropped by the mountains of the Sierra Blanca, the coastal city of Marbella has it all: sun, sea, sand, historic remains, delicious Andalucian fare, accommodation to suit all budgets and many sporting delights. As our guide, produced in association with the Tourism Department of the Marbella City Council, proves: Marbella is one of Spain’s most beloved cities, with good reason. Read the ABTA Magazine Guide to Marbella in full here.