Puente Romano Beach Resort – Marbella, Spain
Established as one of the very first luxury beach resorts in Marbella, Puente Romano still retains its unique glamour and exclusivity. Its low rise Andalusian village style architecture and enviable seafront position, surrounded by subtropical gardens, full of the scent of orange blossom, jasmine and rosemary, ensure it’s in a league of its own. Paths wind throughout the grounds, with suites and villas subtly laid out in small clusters, with the epicentre being La Plaza, resembling a typical village square.
From the beach you can wander to Marbella old town and you’re within reach of some of the region’s most beautiful sites. Attentive and friendly staff will organise your activities and book restaurants, of which there is a dizzying choice. This is where to come on the Costa del Sol for a healthy dose of luxury and sun.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its impressive family friendly facilities & beach side positioning.
Style:Sophisticated Andalusian village.
Location:On Marbella’s Golden Mile, close to the old town.
Rooms:188 designer suites & villas.
Swimming:Puente Romano has 3 outdoor pools & direct access to the beach.
Children:Si! There are lots of family-friendly facilities.
Accessibility:There are adapted rooms for wheelchair users, available upon request.
Open From:All year round.
Price:Weekly price from €1,560 per person in a family room.
Cool and white and geometric – the suites and villas are straight out of World of Interiors. They are light filled, with terracotta tiled terraces and splashes of Mediterranean colour, and altogether, just very casually elegant.
Consistently voted as having some of the best restaurants in Spain, there is something for every palate at Puente Romano. Let’s start at the top with the two star Michelin cuisine at Lena, where the chef Dani Garcia takes Iberian dishes to exquisite heights. You can quite literally do a tour of world food here. You’ll find delicious Italian food at Serafina and Lebanese at Les Jardins du Liban; Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes at Nobu or French bistro style at Babette.
Fresh seafood is served at the Sea Grill by the beach, and here you’ll find El Chiringuito during the summer with tasty snacks. After a game of tennis, there are healthy lunches at Lagom!, or Rachel’s by the pool, or eat diner style at Cheat. Then as evening arrives, sip cocktails at La Selva, hidden away in the gardens. The convivial, Mediterranean SupperClub is for eating together, then letting the mood take you dancing, with the resident DJ. The heart and soul of the resort is La Plaza – an Andalusian style village square – around which, many of the bars and restaurants sit. Come here for your daily paseo and soak up the atmosphere.
Where do we start? It’s entirely possible never to venture beyond the resort, there’s so much to do. Sun worshippers can choose from daybeds on the beach to one of three pools and Spa lovers will undoubtedly want to spend time in the acclaimed Six Senses Spa, with all its signature treatments. Wake up for a sunrise yoga session, then spend the morning at a Nobu masterclass, learning some of the secrets of this famous Japanese restaurant, followed by a long lunch of what you have just created.
Then maybe, for a true Andalusian experience, have a flamenco lesson! The first-class tennis club, opened by Bjorn Borg, is regularly used for international competitions – and you can have private tuition on courts that Novak Djokovic has played on. From the beach, there’s a host of water sports on offer, from paddle boarding to sailing, and if you’re after something bigger, you can charter one of the fully crewed fifty-three foot or sixty-five foot yachts to take you out into the Med for the day. If you do head out, Puente Romano has affiliations with a number of golf courses, and this stretch of coastline boasts some of the finest around. Horse riding at Tarifa can also be arranged – on a clear day you’ll see Africa. There are organised day trips to the strikingly beautiful Andalusian towns of Ronda, Granada and Cordoba and the Moorish fortress at Antequera. The list of things to do is endless
As with most Mediterranean resorts, Puente Romano is very family friendly. La Casita Club is a Kids’ Club villa for their younger guests has its own pool, treehouse and activity programmes created by Sharky and George. Couple this with all the sports available, your children will never get bored. Babysitting can be arranged with twenty-four hours notice. Teenagers have their own space at Teen Spirit, with a chill-out lounge and a dedicated gym. And out on the water, you won’t be able to miss the banana boating.
On Marbella’s Golden Mile, close to the old town & just 40 minutes from Malaga airport.