9 ways to make the most of Marbella
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Ever wondered what its like to go on holiday to Marbella when money is no object? Judith Palmer spoke to Fay Wallis, co-founder of MyLocalConcierge.com, who gave us the low down on how to splash the cash in Marbella
If arriving in style is your thing then we have the perfect solution. Why not hire a private helicopter? It is by far the fastest way to travel distances under 500km and offers a secure and discreet method of transfer. From Malaga Airport they can provide a fast track service, combining the air with seamless ground transport if required, so that you arrive at your private residence or hotel in the fastest time possible with total discretion and confidentiality. Or, once you have arrived in Marbella, helicopter travel is one the most time efficient and exciting ways to explore the area with bespoke day trips to the magical cities of Granada, Sevilla, Jerez, Cadiz, Ronda and even cross-continent to Morrocco all within our possibilities.
If being driven about by a chauffeur is your style of travel then no need to worry, with V, E and S class Mercedes available with multilingual drivers who have extensive local knowledge you will be in safe hands as you explore all Marbella has to offer. If however you prefer to drive yourself there are an extensive portfolio of luxury vehicles including sports cars, SUVs, executive saloons and cabriolets. If you have a special request you can let them know in advance and they will aim to ensure the vehicle will be available for you. Rentals can be made for the day, the week or for a much longer basis and pricing is quoted on an individual basis.
For those wanting to explore and experience the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, the luxury of hiring a super yacht is one most millionaires wouldn't turn down. The biggest yacht available through Fay's company is the Falcon 102. A luxury 102ft Super Yacht in Puretp Banus Marina it has capacity for up to 12 passengers plus crew, including a full time chef.
Marbella has a plethora of beautiful 5 star hotels on offer including The Marbella Club Hotel. The renowned hotel is set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens in a prime beach-front location in the heart of the 'Golden Mile.' The hotel has its own beach-club where you can relax for cocktails and stare out over to Gibraltar. It would make for the perfect romantic getaway, but families are also made to feel very welcome here, especially if you opt for one of the larger villa residences. This hotel is without a doubt the eptiome of luxury and is very popular with numerous celebrities and even royals have enjoyed the facilities over the years including Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Sean Connery and Cary Grant to name but a few.
If however if you are looking for something a bit more personal and private, the trend when staying in Marbella is now to rent your own Luxury villa or apartment. For a family vacation why not try Casa Siena with its 6 bedrooms, private swimming pool and garden area with outdoor Jacuzzi, BBQ area and pool table. Casa Siena resides is in a private and serene setting in the heart of the gold valley, whilst in close proximity to all of Marbella's world-class attractions. Or for a more romantic get away, Penthouse Marinsa is part of a small boutique development of beautifully designed contemporary apartments, ideally located in Costalita and within easy walking distance to the beach.
If you are planning a group get away, you can't go far wrong with booking Villa Palace. With 12 large, bright bedrooms inside (all en suite) and grounds with endless terraces to relax on and enjoy the panoramic views across the pool to the Mediterranean Sea this villa almost feels like a small hotel. One of the biggest rental villas in the area and recently refurbished, Villa Palace sleeps up to 30 guests in absolute comfort. A gigantic lounge, "snugs" for the children, full cinema room, snooker room, bar and function room await you. This is just a selection of what is on offer for places to stay - make sure to do your research, as there are plenty more to choose from, to suit all requirements.
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If you are looking to get out of the villa during the day but still want privacy, then head to Finca Cortesin Beach Club. The hotel's exclusive 6000sqm beach club features teak wooden flooring, delightful gardens and Balinese beds and sun loungers which surround the breath-taking 35m infinity pool. For those looking to do more than just soak up the sun during your Marbella holiday you may wish to explore the area around you in more detail. One of the best ways to do this is to take a guided tour, and there are several different styles to consider. Savour the sights, sounds, tastes and culture of the real Marbella with a personal guided tour, or give your feet a rest and try the segway or buggy tours? There are also a full selection of gastronomic tours, including wine tasting, cooking classes, tapas and winery tours, all of which can be made exclusive for your party for a price.
If you can bear to pull yourself away from your in-villa chef, there are some amazing restaurants in Marbella which will appeal to all tastes. For the highest in quality head to Michelin star restaurant Messina, where a meal is certainly a fun experience. Their fantastic menu features a creative fusion of different cuisines matched with their extensive selection of wines all housed in an impressively decorated restaurant. For more of an authentic Spanish dining experience why not discover El Estrecho. Situated off the beaten track down a narrow alley in the centre of Marbella's old town, you may be hard pushed to find Bar El Estrecho yet it is one of the most acclaimed tapas bars in Marbella. Founded in 1954 and family run, the owners here certainly know their pil pil from their fino. We are quite happy that it's a bit off the beaten track though as it certainly is a hidden gem! Like many authentic Spanish tapas bars, the menu is varied and consists of a wonderful array of meat, fish, seafood and vegetable dishes.
If you've been enjoying the relaxing pace of Marbella by the sea all day, you are going to be ready to party long into the night and one of the best and most exclusive places to do that in Marbella is Pangea. Located at the far end of the port by the lighthouse tower and where you find the larger luxury yachts just along from Cartier. Pangea is one of Marbella's only sky lounges. You enter by climbing the staircase at the Puerto Banus Tower which opens out to the club and terrace areas and table options are available in all areas. Sintillate hosts nights at Pangea from Thursdays to Sundays with top International DJs so their nights will be sure not to disappoint and they will happily take care of your VIP Table reservation in advance to be assured of the best seat in the house.
All of this luxury and more is avaliable through Fay Wallis and her team, be sure to get in contact with them through their website www.mylocalconcierge.com