Escape to Marbella

Mimi ON Nov 18, 2008 AT 3:06 pm

Bored by Ibiza or no longer moved by Mykonos? Then maybe its time again to revisit the original billionaire’s playground, Marbella. And there’s still time to enjoy the best of summer on Spain’s sunniest costa.  

We choose to head there towards the end of August and early September, the ideal time to visit. The super-yachts breeze in to Puerto Banus from San Trop and Porto Vecchio ready for autumn crossings across the Atlantic and the hippest crowd catch the tail end of summer after the stifling heat of mid-August has passed by.

Aside from the guaranteed blue skies and chilled gazpacho, late nights are always on the agenda with Puente Romano’s beachside Suite being this summer’s coolest must-visit nightspot. And if you’re still chasing the night by 4am you can head to that perennial Marbella landmark, the Miguel Cancio designed Olivia Valere Discoteca. Possibly the World’s most beautiful nightclub, it only closes to be just in time for breakfast and then the beach.

While the tourists mindlessly flock to Nikki Beach to do some star-spotting, the stars stay safely ensconced at Buddha Beach. Describing itself as the ‘only boutique beach club in Marbella’ it is pleasantly positioned around a circular pool looking out the beach and is in skipping distance of Nikki clones Ocean Club and Plaza Beach, both good second choice options to Buddha Beach.

When choosing where to stay we always stick like glue with the super-rich and head for the hills where the cooler breezes make summer living that much more civilized. Pretty La Heredia village positioned just below the ultra-exclusive El Madroñal is an architectural gem. Just minutes from Banus and the best of the beaches our favourite villa to unwind in, away from the crowds is Casa Oriente. Decorated in a contemporary Asian Fusion style this three bedroom villa enjoys views of the Mediterranean, Mediterranean, Gibraltar and Morocco beyond the use of two pools. Being away from home doesn’t mean that you have be too far away though if you don’t want to be. Casa Oriente is equipped with high speed WiFi so no one need know that you’re actually on the terrace sipping your second tinto de verano in your bikini. More ice, anyone?



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