With views of both the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Blanca mountains from almost every corner of the town and an astonishing 320 days of sizzling sunshine, Marbella is sought after by the most rich and famous from across the globe. Earlier this year, Nobu opened its latest venture set on the Andalusian town’s glitzy Golden Mile. And despite Nobu Hotel Marbella’s central location, its impressive chic restaurants, bar and club scene will make you feel like you’re in the heart of the action without having to leave the hotel’s grounds.
Stepping into Nobu Hotel Marbella, you instantly feel the weight and stress of your usual daily life left behind as you escape into a very private and exclusive haven that seems to offer everything you could possibly desire. The hotel shares grounds with one of Marbella’s original luxury resorts – Puente Romano, which means that guests of Nobu can make the most of all the Puente Romano facilities, which include a range of restaurants and cafes, three swimming pools, a world-class tennis club (where you can often bump into Novak Djokovic), the Six Senses Spa, lush walkways surrounded by tropical greenery and an elegant beach bar and restaurant with beach club sun loungers and day beds.
Perfectly blending traditional Andalusian architecture with Nobu’s signature SoCal-meets-Asia interiors, each of the 81 rooms and suites in Nobu Hotel Marbella is beautifully decorated – think clean lines, earth tones, natural fabrics and laid-back, refined luxury. Most of the rooms gaze out over the lively central plaza and its electric restaurants and bars, but you can also stay in a quieter block within the Puente Romano estate while still being just a short walk away from the party. With a tranquil balcony overlooking a superbly maintained garden, our room felt miles away from the brimming-with-life square, allowing you the option to disappear from the rest of the world without sacrificing all of Nobu’s luxuries. Bathrooms are spacious and airy, with sublime rainfall showers, his-and-hers sinks and luxe Natura Bissé toiletries. As we’re getting ready for dinner in our Nobu kimonos, two different members of staff bring us a glass of the ‘cocktail of the night’, as well as a slice of an incredibly gooey and decadent brownie. What could be a better way to start the night?
Nobu Marbella’s centrepiece is the hotel’s La Plaza courtyard and its exhilarating variety of restaurants and bars. And it’s not just the unmissable world-class Nobu Restaurant serving exquisite Japanese cuisine mixed with local influences (we’re still obsessing over their padrón peppers with miso dressing and sesame seeds as well as the must-try black cod miso) that makes the plaza a foodie’s dream. In addition, you can also dine in Michelin-starred Chef Dani Garcia’s restaurant, indulge in hearty Italian dishes, freshly made Thai specialties or mouth-watering tapas in a cosy brasserie – all whilst gentle Spanish guitar flows from Nobu Lounge at the centre of the courtyard. Finish the night off with a sake cocktail or head straight into the exclusive La Suite nightclub for a night of dancing.
During the day, laze around Nobu Hotel Marbella’s peaceful pool, sip on fresh coconut water or a delicious cocktail (holidays are for day drinking, aren’t they?) and order a poke bowl from the pool menu, which charming waiters will bring to your sunbed.
Offering a complete experience, Nobu Hotel Marbella’s all about the finer things in life and is the perfect place for all those who could use a break from buzzing iPhones, dull boardrooms and cranky clients. Work hard, play harder.
Nobu Hotel Marbella is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Hotel rooms start from £521 per night including breakfast.
To book your stay, please visit: www.slh.com/nobumarbella