Nobu, undoubtedly, is a name rapidly becoming as synonymous with luxury boutique hotels as it is with the world’s hippest and most recognised Japanese restaurant chain. The reason? Both the hotels and the restaurants are the brainchild of two men, world famous chef, Nobu Matsushisha, and Oscar winning actor, Robert De Niro. With this in mind, I set off to discover Nobu Marbella, the latest offering in Nobu’s collection of ultra-chic, trend-setting hotels.
Ideally situated on Costa del Sol’s famous Golden Mile, a beach promenade connecting Marbella with Puerto Banus, Nobu is nestled within the lush greenery of Puente Romano Marbella Resort. White-washed buildings lie dotted amongst the subtropical gardens and botanical plants, with the two hotels blending seamlessly together to create a genuine buzz. While Puente Romano offers the perfect haven for families, Nobu is tailored perfectly to deliver adult-only bliss.
By day, Nobu is the epitome of laid-back luxury. Enjoy a leisurely start with breakfast at the effortlessly cool Nobu Restaurant, served between 8am and 12:30pm. This iconic eatery oozes chilled vibes and sumptuous cuisine. Having experienced it myself, I can confirm that there’s nothing quite like starting the day on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, overlooking the heart of the resort, while tucking into culinary treats such as the Green Tea Waffle or the Egg Toban Dry Miso. The buffet also boasts an impressive selection, including the freshest of pastries, salmon bagels, continental cheeses and cold meats.
Strolling onto the beach, you’ll find that exclusive sun-loungers await Nobu guests, while the resort’s private pool places an emphasis on relaxation and detox, sure to get you in top shape for the evening that is ahead. Why not relax on the day beds, soak in the sun and enjoy a fresh green juice?
Alternatively, for those guests in search of something a little more active, the extensive on-site facilities of the Puente Romano resort are also there to be enjoyed. These includes 10 tennis courts (which have hosted international tournaments), a Six Senses Spa, fitness centre, and three outdoor swimming pools. Direct beach access also means that water sports enthusiasts will be right at home, with plenty of opportunities to hop on a banana boat ride or make a dash over the sun-drenched ocean on a jet ski.
Following a long, arduous day of living the dream, retreat back to your stylish Nobu accommodation. Proving both comfortable and spacious, with warm yet neutral interior colours, I instantly fell in love with my Junior Suite. A corner couch with back-lighting and an outdoor terrace overlooking the tropical gardens offered a tranquil space to relax, just a 2 minute walk from The Plaza, the resort’s evening hub and the place to be seen. Guests looking to be at the heart of the action can even request a room overlooking The Plaza, which guarantees a spot in the very centre of the infectious party atmosphere.
The in-room experience is knocked up another notch with a complimentary cocktail personally delivered to your room each evening by a Nobu mixologist, ensuring the night starts off just right. Everything you could need to ensure a great, stress-free experience has been thought of at Nobu. I was especially pleased to find that all rooms come equipped with the latest GHD hair dryer and straighteners.
Moving on, sate your appetite by digging in to the freshest, most mouth-watering dishes on the Costa del Sol at Restaurant Nobu. On my recent trip my friends and I opted to enjoy dinner in typical Spanish style, ordering a range of dishes and putting them in the middle of the table to share. Whilst featuring Nobu classics such as the signature Yellowtail with Japapeno and the Black Cod with Miso, the iconic menu has also been tailored to include ingredients and recipes handpicked to compliment the resort’s Costa del Sol surroundings. A relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere, the restaurant is a must-do, with advanced reservations strongly recommended in order to avoid disappointment. A testament to the impeccable standards of the restaurant is the fact that it has proven as popular with the locals as it has with guests staying at the hotel.
Other culinary delights are within reach in and around The Plaza, the resort’s unique square which buzzes with life by day and takes it to another level in the evening. Options at The Plaza include Michelin-starred magic at Dani Garcia, tapas with a twist at Bibo and authentic Italian flavours served up at Serafina. With a total of 12 restaurants on the resort, you’ll always be spoilt for choice, and when it comes to a spot of post-dinner partying, Nobu guests enjoy VIP access to the resort’s nightclub, La Suite, a smart and sophisticated space destined to draw the most fashionable of locals and hotel guests.
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