This May my fiancé took me on a surprise trip to celebrate my birthday in Marbella! I hadn’t been in about 10 years and couldn’t wait to escape Norway to get some sun, sea and Paella! We have some friends living there so we were lucky to have some locals take us to some of the best restaurants and a fun night out.
Where to stay:
Puente Romano is a huge resort with a number of fabulous restaurants such as Nobu, El Chiringuito and Dani Garcia. The recently opened Nobu Hotel is also part of the complex. This is a one stop shop and there’s everything you could want in one location. Chill, party, eat, swim, whatever you want it’s all there.
Where to eat:
Puente Romano. has so many restaurants you could honestly spend the whole holiday eating there. Places I would recommend are:
- Nobu: full of the usual classics but their Nobu Now menu has the most delicious lobster wasabi pepper stir fry. Order the yuzu margarita. It’s the best drink in town no question
- Sea Grill: an all you can eat seafood brunch! I can think of nothing better. I think it’s about 80euros but trust me when there’s no limit on lobster it’s well worth it. My advice, don’t fill up on dozens of salads and starters they have on offer! Go straight to the lobster and fresh fish, you can have it fresh or grilled. It’s such a good way to spend a Sunday brunch with friends.
- Rachels: Acai bowls, smoothies and salads. A great spot for breaky or a light lunch.
- El Chiringuito: Delicious seafood and salads. Order the whole smoked aubergine with Tahini for sure. Such a good vibe for sangria by the beach.
Mosh– we went here on the Friday night and we were ready to party! It’s a delicious restaurant serving a fusion menu with great cocktails. Book your table for 10pm (usual dinner time in Spain) outside then request to move inside from 12am and watch the restaurant go from a civilized dining room to a raucous night club with performers and people dancing on tables. Definitely a good night out!
Club de Mar Villa Padierna– a great place to recover from a big night. It’s right on the beach lined with palm trees, sunbeds and a relaxed atmosphere. Order the seafood paella and the burrata with basil sorbet.
Tahini– delicious Japanese restaurant on the beach and part of the Hotel Gran Melia. Book a table for lunch at 1pm when it opens and request to sit at the front of the balcony for a beautiful view of the sea.
Magna Café– if you’re staying up at Nueva Andalucia this is a popular local café on the golf course. It’s quiet with an older crowd but with a great view. I would recommend driving up and around the area especially in the Spring, there is bougainvillea galore and the most beautiful views.
Where to drink:
La Plaza:the perfect spot for some pre-dinner cocktails at Puente Romano. Order the Geisha, it’s a passionfruit martini and so delicious.
La Suite:Ready to dance the night away? Also, at Puente Romano you can head here after dinner for bottle service and some deep house.
Olivia Valere: If you want a big night out head to Olivia Valere. This is one of the most popular clubs in town!
Where to shop:
Honestly, I found the shopping in Marbella pretty disappointing. I didn’t step foot in El Corte Ingeles which is the big mall there because who wants to be inside when the weather is so nice! There are some shops in Puerto Banus; Gucci, Hermes, Dior but I’m really not a fan of the area so I steered clear.
Tip: Desperate for a manicure? Try Lash Crowd in Puerto Banus. It’s run by a lovely British lady and they did such a good job. Also, you can get your make up done for 35-65 euros! There were some girls getting it down while I was in the salon and they looked fabulous.