Where to Stay in Marbella For a Golf Break
MARBELLA is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Spain. It is, of course, famous for its mix of night clubs, beach bars and shopping.
It has a reputation for being a party destination and while it is certainly possible - and easy - to drink and dance the night away, Marbella - or Marbs as it has become known - has far, far more to offer both holidaymakers and golfers, including the spectacular Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort.
If night life is your thing then you must visit Puerto Banus and head for the marina that gives Marbella its reputation as a millionaire’s playground. Its small port is packed with huge yachts, while Ferraris, Bentleys and Rolls Royces line the streets.
Marbella is an ideal destination for a family holiday. The main stretch of beach is the Playa de la Fontanilla, which runs along the Paseo Maritimo and the southern edge of Marbella; if you head further west, beyond the city centre, you’ll find the city’s fishing quarter and the lovely Playa Bajadilla.
Marbella Old Town may come as something of a surprise. This compact barrio extends up the hill from the ringroad and its flower-filled streets and colourful squares provide ample opportunities for becoming lost. Its central square is the Plaza de los Naranjos: filled with the dainty orange trees for which southern Spain is famous, it’s the perfect place to stop for tapas as you explore.
10 Reasons to Visit Marbella
- It has a fabulous climate
- It is a three-hour flight from the UK
- There is an incredible variety of accommodation
- There are bars and restaurants to suit every pocket
- The beaches boast miles of golden sand
- The sea is warm
- There is a huge variety of watersports
- If designer gear is your thing, Marbella is the only place to go
- There are outstanding golf courses in the area
- It is the playground of the rich and famous - who knows who you will bump into?
It is also the ideal destination for a golf break. There are 63 golf courses in the province of Malaga alone and more than 20 of them are in Marbella.
Located just three miles from downtown Marbella, Los Monteros is a magnificent five star property that provides the perfect base for a memorable golf holiday in the Costa del Sol. The hotel, which is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, is located in the heart of the famous ‘Golf Mile’ and only 600 metres from the spectacular golden sand beaches that embrace the warm waters of the Sea.
Hotel Los Monteros is less than 200 yards from Santa Clara Golf Club. The centre of Marbella can be reached in seven minutes by car, Malaga Airport is 28 miles away and Gibraltar is a 55-minute drive from the property.
Free private parking is available on site, while an airport shuttle service is available for a surcharge. A free shuttle service to La Cabane Beach Club is available.
There are plenty of room choices to pick from, with Comfort Double rooms, Junior suites, Deluxe Suites and Royal Suite, each of which come with air conditioning, minibar and scenic views of the surrounding area. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV, and offer views of the gardens, the sea or Marbella. Bathrooms include free toiletries, hairdryer, and bathrobe.
Restaurant & Bars
Los Monteros offers;
La Cabane - a beach club restaurant Buffet service which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
Bar Azul - Split level bar with a snack menu available at Lunch and dinner.
El Corzo Restaurant - was the first hotel in Spain to receive the Michelin Star. It serves sophisticated Spanish and international cuisine.
Flamingo Restaurant - Champagne buffet breakfast with a terrace next to the pool.
Spa & Leisure
The Los Monteros SPA Marbella combines a series of thermal body therapy treatments, facials and massages combined with a healthy diet. The spa facilities include humid zones, a hammam, Turkish bath, contrast showers, sauna and a hydro massage pool. The array of treatments and spa facilities on offer make the Los Monteros SPA Marbella a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day’s golf on the Costa del Sol.
Situated just 10 minutes from Puerto Banus, The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa is a modern and contemporary hotel that offers 170 elegant bedrooms, a brilliant 27-hole golf course and a range of amenities that you would expect from any five star Spanish golf resort. To complement the fresh Mediterranean Sea breeze and excellent weather, all rooms have private terraces with stunning views of the golf or coastline.
The 170 spacious rooms and suites at Westin La Quinta are decorated in a modern and contemporary style and feature a private balcony with incredible views over the swimming pool, golf course or the Mediterranean coast. In addition to the fully furnished, large open rooms, guests can also immerse themselves in three fantastic restaurants and two bars.
Restaurant & Bars
At the Main Restaurant guests can enjoy an a la carte menu of local culinary cuisine in a refined atmosphere. Located adjacent to the wine cellar, visitors will also be able to sample some of the finest international wines. As a slightly less formal alternative, the Club House Restaurant offers a more relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views of Marbella’s Golf Valley.
With a comfortable and vibrant atmosphere, the Aljama Bar is perfect for after-round drinks and delicious tapas. Alternatively, the Mirador Pool Bar is suitable for enjoying a wide array of cocktails and natural fruit juices, whilst basking in the warm Spanish climate.
Spa & Leisure
The Westin La Quinta Spa offers 1500 m2 (16,000 sq. ft.) of ultimate well-being designed in a Moorish style. With their fantastic facilities and seasoned professionals, spa guests can experience ultimate relaxation. The spa includes a dynamic hydro massage pool, sauna, aromatic steam bath, two shower cabins, a refreshing lagoon, cascade shower, exterior pool and relaxation areas.
A four star beachfront hotel located in the middle of the “Paradise of Golf”, one of the most beautiful areas of Marbella. It has 178 rooms and suites, along with three restaurants and a wonderful spa.
The 178 rooms and suites that make up the hotel are located in three different buildings. They have generous balconies, which all look out to the sea, the gardens or the golf course. Specially designed for the guests’ rest and comfort, the rooms have air conditioning, a safe, satellite TV and a mini-bar. They also have a complete bathroom and hairdryer. Wi-Fi is in operation all round the Hotel.
Restaurant & Bars
There are three restaurants, the Cocoa, Taray and Beach Club Restaurant which all offer excellent cuisine.
Spa & Leisure
The hotel has a spa with the most up-to-date facilities, including a gymnasium, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish baths, dream showers and a dynamic swimming pool. The spa offers all kinds of wellness and beauty treatments. The hotel also offers a salt-water swimming pool and a swimming pool for children.
The Golf Courses
Santa Clara was designed to keep the surrounding landscape as natural as possible, keeping the original features in place and constructing the par 71 with respect to the natural wildlife and vegetation, creating a fantastic result. Measuring just under 6,500 yards, the layout is a great test for golfers, incorporating carries over water, strategically placed bunkers and tough undulating greens, this is a memorable course that will make you want to come back and play again. The famed “Santa Clara Corner” which consists of the 12th, 13th and 14th holes are likely to make or break your round. Requiring good length and tight lies, the course guarantees an enjoyable experience offering a true test of ability.
The South Course measures 6,683 yards and is the second oldest course on the Costa del Sol and is a real test of accuracy. Many of the tees require precise placement on the fairways due to the private gardens surrounding the course.
The 14th can challenge even the lowest handicappers as tall pines line the fairway, with a strategically placed bunker in front of the green, waiting to swallow up anything short. This stunning course is characterized by the fairways that wind through the shade of ancient trees. They are wide, free of rough, and are perfectly maintained throughout the year.
The signature hole is the 11th, providing spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
The North Course, designed by Folco Nardi, measures 6,303 yards. It features rolling terrain and water features. The fairways are wide and undulating so you can go with a driver off the tee. However, watch out for the Guadalmina River, as it meanders through the course collecting any stray balls that cross its path.
The course is not as challenging as the South and is perfect for the average player. The signature hole on the North course is the par 4, 11th. Careful consideration of the tee shot is needed to avoid the lake and bunkers protecting the green.
Designed by the legendary Dave Thomas, the front nine features three consecutive par 5s, which not only represent a severe test early in the round but also offer some of the most picturesque scenery on the golf course. The tee on the seventh is the highest point on the course and provides a panoramic view of the coastline, Gibraltar and across to Africa. It is a par 73 that features many well-placed bunkers and several water hazards. The view from the elevated 18th tee is worth the green fee alone.
La Quinta is a 27-hole parkland designed by former Ryder Cup player Manuel Pinero. Each 9-holes blends into the natural landscape which provides panoramic views of Marbella's golf valley and is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful courses in the area and a fantastic place to play golf in Marbella.
Los Arqueros was designed by the late Seve Ballesteros and is set amid the Rhonda Hills, with fantastic views over the Mediterranean coastline, this peaceful setting is an idyllic backdrop for your golf in Marbella. The greens are immaculate and the tranquil setting should help you to concentrate on a testing golf course that demands accuracy from the tee.
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