Marbella, Spain

As you know, the Bon-Vivant Girl will use any excuse to hop on a plane and land somewhere fabulous. Last week I flew to Marbella for a few days and this time the excuse was a wedding. I have been to Marbella before and I was looking forward rediscovering this chic, sun-drenched city on Spain’s Costa del Sol.

WHERE I STAYED

There are many gorgeous hotels in Marbella and I chose the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa, a beautiful heaven located half way between Marbella and Puerto Banus. These aren’t NY style hotel rooms, which are so tiny that if you enter the room too fast you might fly out the window. What Puente Romano describes as a room is a suite—or in other words a one-bedroom apartment in NY. Then you have bigger room options: their “suite” has room for three families to live and still have space for some cousins to visit. Inspired by an Andalucian village, all the rooms are located in whitewashed three-story villas with brightly-colored flowers and named after Spanish cities.

The hotel has a private beach and if you feel like exercising you can enjoy the 7km promenade. Not a beach person? You have the option of three different pools or you can use their private golf courses and tennis club. And if that’s still not what you are looking for you can enjoy their “Six senses spa”. As I didn’t have much time, I couldn’t enjoy all the amenities but that’s just a good reason excuse for the Bon-Vivant Girl to come back.

WHERE I ATE

At Puente Romano they don’t have just one restaurant, but nine. Yes, you read that right: there are nine amazing restaurants, most of which are arranged around La Plaza, a great bar where you can have a drink before or after dinner. And believe me the restaurants are not the usual all-inclusive hotel type. Among those nine restaurants you have famous ones such as Nobu, Serafina or Dani Garcia (holder of 2 Michelin Stars) The resort is also home to one of the most famous clubs in Marbella, La Suite. I had to check it out, of course, so I went in for five minutes… and left five hours later when the sun was rising. So I agree that it is a great club, between the music, the bar, and the crowd.

WHERE I SHOPPED

While Puente Romano has everything a foodie needs for a weekend or even a week, you need to leave the premises for top-notch shopping. Shopping is the best cardio for me; when I see beautiful things my heart rate increases. In Marbella, the best shopping area is in Puerto Banus. This old port on the southern edge of Marbella includes the Marina Banus and Centro Plaza, but around Calle Ribera you have three streets full of luxury brand boutiques and discount shopping. You can find a great deal in a one-off store right next to Louis Vuitton or Gucci. For those who are more comfortable in a department store, you also have El Cortes Ingles, the largest retailer in Spain. As the weekend had a full agenda, I only managed to escape for a brief stint of retail therapy but I did get some goodies to remember my trip.

The weekend was a whirlwind but the wedding was beautiful, we ate well and partied hard. All this reminded me how beautiful Marbella is. I must plan a longer trip as I have seen a lot of restaurants that I need to check out. So, let’s say this post is to be continued…