With plenty of new additions to its already luxurious spaces, Puente Romano Marbella is one of our favourite short-haul destinations for sunshine and indulgence.
So why head there for a luxury holiday this year? Well for starters there’s the new Nobu restaurant from acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and the recent refit of the trendy La Suite nightclub. For relaxation there’s the incredible Six Senses Spa with locally-inspired treatments using sea salt and olive oil. Evenings can be spent at the vibrant La Plaza; the resort’s central hub with bars and restaurants, patio heaters for cosy al fresco aperitifs, and entertainment including fashion shows and live bands.
And if simply ‘fly and flop’ on the beach or by the pool is not your thing, there’s tonnes to inspire fitness and wellbeing lovers, with specifically designed programmes, tennis, golf and watersports. The hotel can also organise private boat trips or a personal shopping experience at the local department store in hip Puerto Banus.
Feel inspired? Our Commercial Director, Judie Hinkson, spent the October half term break on holiday with her daughter at the Puente Romano Marbella. We asked her to tell us why it’s the perfect short-haul school holiday destination…
“We deliberated as to whether we should take an overseas break for Autumn half term or not. We were heading to the Caribbean in December, so I didn’t want a long-haul flight in the last week of October, but I also felt in need of some warm sunshine and yet didn’t want us to miss the Halloween celebrations my daughter enjoys so very much.
So we took the plunge and after a 2 ½ hour flight to Malaga followed by a 45 minute private car transfer, we arrived at Puente Romano Marbella in Andalucía, Spain. A perfect resort for us in so many ways… and I was delighted to find temperatures up in the mid 20’s!
First impression was the amazing location. The resort spills down toward the seafront in between Marbella (a 30 minute walk away) and trendy Puerto Banus (a 25 minute walk away), with 10km’s of pathway along the beach connecting it all together. So morning runs and a yoga stretch on the beach were idyllic and as the temperatures were a pleasant 20 degrees in the early morning, rising to 24 degrees by lunchtime, it was so far so good. Breakfasts were leisurely, and unlike me, my family are not early risers, so breakfast until 11am was perfect with a vast choice on offer with everything provided so that even sluggish morning eaters (like my daughter) were easy to cater for thanks to the cereals and pancakes, as well as amazing local additions like the honey on the honeycomb.
Being a fair weather pool person it was another pleasant surprise that two out of the three swimming pools were heated so our late mornings were spent there. Although there’s a vast expanse of beach and full towel and bed service available for resort guests, our only beach time was spent dining at trendy El Chiringuito for lunch, taking in the full sea views and people watching.
Mid-afternoon, and as we are a restless family, we picked up rental bikes from the concierge and headed into Puerto Banus (a 15 minute cycle away) along the promenade, whiling away a few hours in the shops and watching jet setters board their super-yachts before enjoying a sunset cocktail. And this really was the best place along the coast to watch the sunset; just stunning.
On some days we ventured in the opposite direction into Marbella for a few hours, with plenty of activities for young ones including trampolines on the beach, mini fun fairs and some good old fashioned beach combing too! Although it would have been very easy just to stay and relax in resort as there is so much on offer at Puente Romano, and as it was Halloween week during our stay the staff had made a really big effort to entertain their guests.
In fact, the Halloween celebrations started several days early to my daughter’s absolute delight, with staff dressed up and professionally made up, with the restaurants decorated to boot. Saturday night saw a charity gala evening attended by guests and locals who enjoyed a superb performance from cast members of the West End show ‘Wicked’. This all definitely converted my daughter to holidaying overseas during Halloween in future!
Accommodation was very comfortable and our Garden Suite came with its own local mobile phone so we could call restaurants and the concierge team from anywhere in the resort and surrounds. This resort mobile has its own number so it can be shared with family and friends at home if you need to be contacted on the move.
What we loved most was the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as the happy and friendly staff. The vast choice of restaurants (11 in total) were another highlight, and I’d certainly recommend a time of year when the resort was busy enough to have atmosphere but quiet enough to be peaceful.
Our personal recommendation is a visit to the resort’s Rachel’s eco-café, serving healthy foods, snacks and drinks. I had high hopes that my daily smoothie there, laced with Elle McPherson’s ‘Super Elixir’, might have me returning home looking a few years younger…”
Our Inspiring Travel Specialists can create a bespoke Puente Romano Marbella holiday for you and yours, using the latest offers and flight deals. Speak to a member of the team to find out more or make an enquiry here.