If you're planning a trip to Marbella and Puerto Banus, be warned. The quality of some of the hotels in the area do not live up to the reputation of the resorts. Others offers the exclusivity you may expect but come with a room rate you don't. As it's often a second holiday or a long weekend away, I believe the hotels below offer great contemporary design and quality, superb varied locations and room rates that won't break the bank. Here's my 'Living It Seven' recommended hotels in and around Marbella and Puerto Banus.
1 - Don Carlos Leisure and Resort - Located within easy reach of Marbella, Puerto Banus and many other resorts on the Costa Del Sol, The Don Carlos Resort by Expo has everything for couples and families alike. Great dining options, sports facilities and a location one of the finest beaches for miles make it an perfect resort for relaxation. For those looking for that sophisticated day time atmosphere, the world famous Nikki Beach Club is on the property.
2 - Gran Hotel Benhavis - Set amidst natural canyons in beautiful Spanish countryside and structured to mirror a traditional Andalusian farmhouse, the Gran Hotel Benhavis offers a stark contrast to the glitz and sparkle of Marbella and Puerto Banus. When you discover beautiful Benhavis with it's incredible bars and eateries you may never even get to it's better know coastal neighbours !
3 - Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus - Situated just a fifteen minute stroll along the shore to Puerto Banus and directly behind the popular Mistral Beach Restaurant, The Guadalpin Banus is an ideal choice if the restaurants, nightlife and day parties of Banus are your scene but you want to stay in a bit (well, a lot !) of comfort. Luxurious accommodations (some with spa balconies) set the tone for this fantastic hotel.
4 - Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel - Located in Marbella and set in beauiful grounds leading down to the beach, the Melia Don Pepe is a classic but modern hotel. Try 'RedLevel' for additional pampering and amenities.
5 - H10 Andalusia Plaza Hotel - The hotel is very conveniently located just on the outskirts of Puerto Banus but is a mini resort in it's own right with restaurants, bars and a casino on hand. Recently renovated with a cutting edge design hotel, the Andalusia Plaza is an adults only hotel.
6 - Melia Marbella Banus Hotel - Another hotel located right on the edge of the lively Puerto Banus, The Melia Marbella Banus is an ideal location for adults and children alike although the adults only pool offers a sanctuary from the kids' exuberance. Try 'The Level' for additional services and access to the 'members only' lounge.
7 - Sisu Boutique Hotel - Rub shoulders with the Towie crowd and other celebrities as you relax at the hotel where it's 'party, party, party'. Contemporary design and all you need for an executive party hotel (including the fitness centre for the morning after). Rooftop restaurant, day club, night club and exclusive pool areas.
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