The Marbella Club is recognised as being one of the homes of the elite on the Costa del Sol, its regal history attracting famous names from all over the world to its small, intimate resort in the south of Spain.
That's exactly why I was staying there (only joking!), the first stop in our three night stay in Marbella. After all, you have to blend in to the surroundings.
Arriving is quite an experience, and happens right from when you leave the airport. You have your own private car and driver who meets you at arrivals and escorts you through the maze which is Malaga airport! What greets you is a beautifully air conditioned car, complete with a bottle of water to hydrate you on the 40 minute journey to the hotel.
When you arrive, you are greeted outside a beautiful 'clubhouse', which houses the reception, boutiques, bar and two restaurants. The staff greet you like long lost family, instantly making you feel at home, if you didn't feel like you were at home already.
The 'Clubhouse' is located at the top of the resort, with villas and small buildings housing rooms and suites cascade down to the beach. I had a standard guest room located next to the Grill restaurant, the resorts flagship and where they serve breakfast. Despite being the smallest, you are not short of room, there is plenty of room for a large bed and a small sofa, with expansive balcony, dressing room and large double bathroom.
After a quick pitstop in the room to 'freshen up' after the morning flight, what better way to head straight down to the Beach Club for their famous lunchtime buffet. Naturally there is a wide array of seafood, being right on the seafront in Marbella, including delicious Lobster. The setting is truly wonderful and the food superb!
Following through on the resort's wellness theme, the evening's dinner the MC Cafe is a more informal affair, with a bistro feel. There are a wide array of salads, pizzas and healthy main courses to keep anyone satisfied, as well as some naughty desserts! I had a Tuna salad which was really nice, and a fruit platter that anyone who loves fruit would be pleased with!
Keeping on the food theme, our second night at the hotel saw us eat at the flagship 'The Grill'. As the formal option at the resort it had an extensive menu and you would certainly not be disappointed at the range on offer from steak to seafood. Not only that, but the food kept coming, including some of the best soufflés I have ever seen - both chocolate and Grand Marnier.
Breakfast can be taken either on the terrace on in the Grill. The first morning the weather was beautiful, so I resided on the terrace - and had the most wonderful Strawberries, for some reason its so difficult to get good Strawberries in the UK at this time of year. The service impeccable.
The resort has a wellness theme, with multiple activities throughout the day. As well as the gym, which is open 24 hours a day, there are classes including yoga, pilates and running. The adjacent spa offering treatments, with its beautiful view over the sea. There are also the bikes which are available to hire for €20 per day, although you are going to have to ask me how that day ended!
Next to the gym is one of the best-equipped kids clubs I have ever seen, and in truth, children might never want to leave. Split up over a number of buildings there is something for every age, with meals provided there during the summer months so parents can dine on their own, either at the hotel or in one of the nearby high-class restaurants.
You can really see why the hotel has the reputation it has, quality running through the core of the resort. It could even be one of those places you just have to stay at least once!