Puente Romano – Marbella, Spain
Hotel Type: 5* luxury beach resort.
Location: On Marbella’s Golden Mile, close to the old town and just 40 minutes from Malaga airport.
Style: Sophisticated Andalucian village.
Rooms: Designer suites & villas with garden and sea views.
Ideal For: Luxury long weekends.
Swimming: Puente Romano has three outdoor pools and direct access to the beach.
Dining: With 15 restaurants, Puente Romano is one of the top gastronomic hotels in Spain. Enjoy two-star Michelin cuisine at Lena, while the other restaurants serve up a wonderful selection of international cuisine including Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes, Italian cuisine as well as light snacks and bistro-style meals.
Children: Si! There are lots of family-friendly facilities. La Casita Club is a kids club villa with a purpose-built pool and treehouse, and there’s an extensive list of varied activities for younger children to get involved. Teens will like the chill-out lounge and gym, Teen Spirit, and the wide-range of things to do such as tennis, gaming and watersports.
Activities: With an impressive set of hotel facilities that includes a spa, tennis courts, a golf course and an equestrian centre this isn’t place where you’ll be twiddling your thumbs! With direct access to the beach, choose to spend the day on the water in a fully crewed yacht or one of the many watersports on offer. Prefer to go a little further afield? There are day trips to nearby Andalucian towns where you can get a real taste for authentic Spain.
Spa: A tranquil space for guests, Six Senses Spa offers a wide range of facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, herbal steam room, sauna and treatment rooms that overlook the ocean. There is also a massage cabin where you can enjoy a signature massage on the beach.
Accessibility: There are adapted rooms for wheelchair users, available upon request.
Low Season Price From: £240 for a double room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: £450 for a double room including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
Established as one of the very first luxury beach resorts in Marbella, Puente Romano still retains its unique glamour and exclusivity. Its low rise Andalucian 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 organize 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.
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. The airy Junior Suites have a private terrace looking out over the gardens, with a large marble bathroom and sophisticated furnishings. Slightly larger are the Garden Suites, with their separate bedrooms and even more spacious terrace. The Deluxe Junior Suites look out over the gardens or have a partial sea view and have a very roomy feel. We love the décor of the Deluxe Garden Suites and how they can be interconnected with a Junior Suite for families. For total sophistication, the Grand Junior Suites are hard to beat. They feature a separate dressing room and the bathrooms are enormous. Choose between a garden or a partial sea view. The Deluxe Two Bedroom Suites, (both bedrooms en suite and one with a separate balcony) have a large separate living area and private terrace. The Grand Suites Kitchen are perfect for those who like a little more independence. With a fully equipped kitchen, a large dressing room and private terrace overlooking the gardens, they are supremely comfortable. The Mediterranean Suites are simply gorgeous. With two bedrooms, both en suite and one having a whirlpool bath, together with a vast terrace looking out over the sea, you might not want to leave. The Royal Suite is for romance. Set on the top floor with panoramic views from its very large terrace, complete with hot tub, private sauna, it is the perfect couple hideaway. But then again, it’s a close tie with the Imperial Suite and its wraparound terrace and effortlessly cool interiors. For larger groups or families, the villas are the ultimate Marbella luxury. With direct beach access, Villa La Pereza has four bedrooms, all en suite, a heated pool, a solarium and terraces looking out over the Mediterranean. The villa even comes with a personal sleep coach. Sleeping up to ten, the even larger Villa Armonia sits in its own garden with a pool, with perfect spaces for entertaining.
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 Andalucian style village square – around which, many of the bars and restaurants sit. Come here for your daily passeo and soak up the atmosphere.
As with most Mediterranean resorts, Puente Romano is very family friendly. La Casita Club for their younger guests has its own pool, treehouse and activity programmes created by Sharky & George. Couple this with all the sports available, your children will never get bored. Babysitting can be arranged with 24 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.
Where do we start? It’s entirely possible never to venture beyond the resort, there’s so much to do. Sunworshippers 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 Andalucian 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 watersports on offer, from paddle boarding to sailing, and if you’re after something bigger, you can charter one of the fully crewed 53ft or 65ft 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 organized day trips to the strikingly beautiful Andalucian towns of Ronda, Granada and Cordoba and the Moorish fortress at Antequera. The list of things to do is endless
Each week, the resort organises a beach clean and all children staying are actively encouraged to take part.