Sensational Summer Destinations: Marbella
We explain why Marbella is a top location for you to visit this summer
Beyond blissful sunbathing and extravagant parties, Exquisite speaks to the elite insiders to find out why Marbella remains the undefeated summer destination each year.
Ian Radford, chairman of the prestigious Sala group uses his 28 years of experience to share his trusted insight into what’s hot this summer in Marbella
La Sala is always a popular choice but what’s new this summer?
We did a major refurb during the winter, adding some new areas and an extension of the popular live lounge. We also covered a part of the outside terrace. Excitingly we’ve just introduced a new site to the Sala group as well, Mahiki Beach we believe will attract the same A List celebrities as our London Venue. In continuing our expansion we’ve also scheduled a glorious private rooftop club above La Sala for 2018.
What are your favourite dishes from this year’s menu across Sala?
My personal favourite is a dish that we serve in our stunning OAK garden, Tequila Langoustine Pil- Pil with Chilli and Garlic.
Which restaurants would you recommend across Ibiza?
The Nobu recently opened which is a great addition to the selection. For families I’d recommend Velerin Chiringuito (San Pedro-Estepona), La Sala by the Sea and Mahiki Beach. La Sala is also great for couples.
Where is the best place for a traditional Spanish meal?
Los Abonicos (Benahavis)
What are your key events this summer?
Our Mahiki Launch party is coming up which promises to be another star studded event including Marvin Humes DJ’ing. Later in July and August we will be welcoming back Craig David to play at Mahiki Beach and our nightclub Aqwa Mist. Plus Aqwa Mist has an incredible summer line up including Tim Westwood, Krept & Konan and Tory Lanez.
For a local taste of Marbella visit La Sala in Chigwell
Where to visit to be seen:
Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus
Within less than 15 minutes’ walk of the coveted Puerto Banus beachfront, visitors can expect unbeatable views and fusions of European culture. Enjoy a chilled sea view as the sun sets in their welcoming Moet & Chandon beach lounge or start the day with a refresher from Sofia’s bar. Continuously innovating they have a large choice of food and drink venues in addition to their glorious golf course. For families the presidential suite is on hand for a restful night, consisting of three bedrooms, kitchenette and private roof-terrace with a hot tub and solarium. For couples and small groups the superior double room offers spectacular views and a private terrace.
+34 952 89 97 00 granhotelguadalpin.com
Airport Transfer Time: 40 minutes
Room Prices: £96 - £715
Best For: Couples
The modern Andalusian:
Featuring a tranquil six sense spa adorned with charming cultural architecture, alongside a large range of globally inspired eateries and 245 luxurious accommodations styled as an Andalusian village, Puente Romano is ideal for families and couples with peaceful wellbeing facilities, a lively kids club, Botanical Garden and both premium tennis and golf clubs. New for 2017 they are set to welcome their latest culinary venue, El Chiringuito, encompassing villas with up to 4 bedrooms each with their own private bathroom, this resort is ideal for families and groups. With sublime sea views and private parking, it’s easy to feel at home.
+34 952 820 900 puenteromano.com
Airport Transfer Time: 40minutes
Room Prices: £328- £1,073
Best For: Families
Nikki Beach Anniversary
Taking over the Mediterranean, Nikki Beach resorts will be celebrating their anniversary with each resort showcasing their party spirit across the last week of July. The Marbella resort will be celebrating their 14 years of sun and sensation on 26th July with spectacular shows and dishes.
+34 952 83 62 39
The adult exclusive spectacular sea, sun and spa destination, is one of only three clubs chosen to stock Moet’s new Ice champagne this summer in Costa Del Sol, continuing to grow their menu selection for another year to captivate couples and visitors.
+44 8000 84 34 93
Opened by celebrity guest Pamela Anderson earlier this summer, Playa Padre is a new day and night beach that infuses the party into paradise. Serving up refreshing cocktails and appetising cuisine against the backdrop of one of Marbella’s most picturesque beaches, visitors can expect the latest anthems and cosy sunbeds to lounge the time away.
+34 952 76 50 80
Sintillate Key dates
Sintillate Vip Terrace Party at Tibu
2nd AUGUST Sintillate at La Sala by the Sea
Sintillate at Nikki Beach
Sintillate at Mahiki Beach
Sintillate at Pangea