With the onslaught of hen and stag nights as well as the Only Way is Marbs , Marbella has had some bad press in the previous years. I love Marbella, it has lots to do for children, the shopping is fabulous and you are spoilt for choice on restaurants. There are so many flights it is convenient and cheap to fly to . The Spanish love children so that makes life easy too.
1) There are so many restaurants and these are the ones we go back to year in year out
- Casanis in the Marbella old town, it is my favourite restaurant you must sit outside on the street, people watching. The service is faultless and the food divine.
- Zozoi is also in the old town, I would ask for a table in either the front or back courtyard. Amazing food and great for kids too as serve Pizza.
- The Beach House is a British run restaurant and you eat facing the sea. They run great concerts during the summer and have live music on a Sunday. We find it great as the children can play on the beach while we finish off our meal in peace . You can also shop while you eat and they have the best beach traders.
- Finca Besaya, is in the hills above the Port and has a lovely rustic feel, they have dancing and a great place to party.
- Have lunch at La Sala, Puerta Banus not for children but a place to see and be seen.
- For sea views we love Trocadero , Suite Del Mar and Los Sardinales they are all on the beach they get busy so book ahead.
- A must visit is also Nikki Beach , this is the Don Carlos hotel and a lovely way to spend an afternoon They now have a pool which has just opened.
- An old favourite is Villa Tiberio, it is old style glamour and the service is out of this world. Have a drink in the courtyard and sit outside on the terrace. The children can run around in the gardens and they have a pianist.
- If you go to Puerta Banus and you should just to see the hype, there is a lovely restaurant called Los Banditos which serves great fish.
3) As you all know I love to shop and of course there is Puerte Banus with all its designer stores but I would recommend the following
- Visit La Canada , a great Mall with all the brands including Abercrombie and Fitch, take a look at Bimba and Lola and Uterique great Spanish brands. They also have a bowling alley.
- I never come out of the boutique by the Puente Romano Hotel empty handed, they have a great range of brands such as Isabel Marant . The shop by the beach at the Marbella Club is a fantastic source of beachwear for adults and children.
3) As for hair and beauty:
- I love Milk and Roses at the Puente Romano Hotel, there is a great hairdresser attached to the Hotel I have used for years.
- Ana at the Hotel Los Monteros is also amazing for hair 622479533
4) For kids the choice is limitless
- Mine do tennis camp at the Royal Marbella Tennis Club in El Rosario they run tennis camps which my children love, they have a lovely Universal Pilates Studio, (firstname.lastname@example.org) it is so convenient to do a lesson while the children play.
- There is a softplay centre at La Canada by the underground carpark, I would often let my children play there while I shop
- If you want a bigger softplay go to Galaxia
- A lovely outing is to Cabel car at Benelmedena on the top they have a bird sanctuary. The dolfinarium in Benelmedena is also worth a visit. They also run summer camps for children to spend a day looking after the Dolfins, I have booked my two in.
- Tivoli World is a must, Spains version of Disney and also the Waterpark at Fuengirola
If you want to do a day trip, drive to Tarifa it is one of the most beautiful beaches and towns in Spain, its great for people who like wind surfing. If you decide to stay down there for a night I would recommend Hurricane hotel Tarifa, its gorgeous
Also if you need a reliable person to pick or drop you to the airport, we have used Carlos for years he has never let us down