Often when I speak to friends or business contacts in the UK they often say, "..on the beach then, topping up your tan?".
It’s funny that because I live in Marbella many think I spend my days lounging on the beach doing little more than sipping champagne! Although I do much to correct them, explaining the trudgery of my daily life; this week has conformed to the cliché. Helen and her sister have been over in Spain for the week, staying at Cortijo de las Nieves. So to balance the days of peaceful comtemplation up in the mountains, they have made it to the coast for a few days to sample a little of Marbella’s holiday lifestyle.
Earlier in the week saw us at Suite del Mar, the summer beach club venue of the Puento Romano Hotel. It’s a summer restaurant, bar and club. It’s really elegant, with a great location on the waters edge, combined with good food. Not a bad start.
Later in the week we sampled the Beach Club at the Marbella Club Hotel. The Hotel is really part of Marbella’s heritage. It was the private home of Prince Alfonso von Hohenhole, who put Marbella on the map. The property is charming – it reminds me of an old estate in Hollywood. You walk through the panelled public rooms, to secluded gardens and down towards the beach. There, the Beach Club offers a diet-busting buffet.
Finally, yesterday we spent the day at Nikki Beach. Originally located at Silks, a little further up the beach, Nikki Beach is now in its second season at the Don Carlos Hotel. There is a lot of hype about this place – it certainly captures a look and atmosphere that is fairly unique here on the coast. But the heavy partying that the place sees throughout the summer certainly looks like it has taken its toll.
Although no where near the prices of the South of France or Asia, it’s still a pricey venue, so maybe could do with a facelift.
So, my diet starts Monday – oh, and I have still been working hard to pay off the credit card!