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Marbella Club Hotel - Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella, Spain

Location: The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is a small paradise enclave of its own at the Spanish Costa del Sol - with 325 days of sunshine per year it deserves its name. Next to the own tropical garden it has its own access to the beach. The hotel beach itself gets its annual new shiny sand makeup from Cadiz – a luxury and a real treat. Known as a jet set hot spot you can even arrive in your own boat at the hotel’s pier. The Marbella Club Hotel is just 30 minutes walk away from the Old Town Marbella – just follow the beach to the East. By car it will take you a bit more than 5 minutes. From the airport of Malaga on the motorway towards Cadiz it takes you about 30 minutes drive by car, taxi or hotel limousine service – self drivers take motorway exit 182 Naguelles, around the roundabout over the motorway bridge and straight on until you reach the main road and then right onto the main road and the Hotel is on the left after about a mile’s drive.

History: Finding the Marbella Club Hotel, when you come to Marbella, is easy as the street where the hotel is situated is named after its founder: Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe. Prince Alfonso and his father Prince Max von Hohenlohe, who were living in Madrid at the time, first came to Marbella in 1946, when it still was a small fishing village. En route to visit an uncle they drove down in their Rolls Royce. They were so enchanted by the beauty of the area that they bought the ground of the current Marbella Club and first converted it to their private residence. According to the Almanach De Gotha, the Hohenlohe family originally comes from Baden-Wuerttemberg in Southern Germany, the Spanish connection was made when Prince Max married into the Spanish aristocracy and started living in Madrid. Due to an increasing number of famous house guests, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe converted the family residence into an exclusive Hotel with 8 rooms starting in 1954. Sadly, Prince Alfonso passed away in 2003, one year too early to witness the 50th anniversary of the Marbella Club in 2004. 

Rooms, Suites and Villas: These days, you can still see the oil painting of Prince Alfonso in the Salon Prince Alfonso, where traditional English Afternoon Tea is served in the afternoon. The number of rooms has grown to 121 bedrooms and suites, some of them with sea view, which spread over the whole estate, still leaving plenty of space for privacy and subtropical gardens, of which many plants were collected by Prince Alfonso himself. There are also 16 Andalusian-style villas with up to 5 double bedrooms throughout the estate, many of them with their own private garden and heated pool for privacy with all hotel services provided. These can be used for families, larger parties or even very exclusive business meetings with the amenities of a 24-hours room service. Champagne breakfast is served from eight to eleven o’clock in the morning in the Winter Garden Restaurant and outside on the terrace or you can have a private breakfast in your room, suite or villa. There will be also fresh fruits waiting for you in your room as well as a bottle of the privately grown red wine of the late Prince Alfonso which also bears his name. 

Restaurants and Bars: Also for the restaurant the obvious wine choice is the Prince Alfonso wine from his estate situated in the the hinterland of Marbella, where he retreated for his retirement. Apart from the Salon Prince Alfonso for afternoon tea, the Grill Restaurant, with its summer terrace in the middle of the estate, there is the central restaurant for dinner with Mediterranean cuisine. The Spanish chef Juan Galvez has been around since 2001 and knows how to serve and spoil his demanding customers. The Piano Bar is the place to be go for a last drink with life piano music every evening and if the weather should be well below the annual average temperature of 23 degrees centigrade, there is a fireplace in the Winter Bar to make the whole place cosy. For lunch, the ideal place is the Beach Club Restaurant, the poolside Snack Bar or the Chiringuito restaurant, which boasts a huge variety of fresh fish in the high season. Last, but not least, there is the tendy MC Café with contemporary European Asian Fusion cuisine, the place where you will also see many stylish Marbella shoppers taking a break from their shopping spree.

Sport and Spa: There are two heated outdoor swimming pools and the quests can also stroll down to the well kept beach. One of the swimming pools is in the middle of the Marbella Club estate and the other one is placed at the seaside only a stone throw away from the beach. There is also a smaller indoor pool with warm sea water, which is part of the 800 square metres exclusive Thalasso Spa centre, which also offers osmanic hammans, saunas, a solarium and 12 treatment rooms. Tennis can be played at the sister hotel Puente Romano, which belongs to the same private owner and is about 5 minutes beach walk away to the West. The exclusive Marbella Club Golf Resort and Riding Stables are a bit further away, however, there is a complementary shuttle service. The golf club is available for guests and property owners, therefore, never crowded. And if your handicap should not be enough to qualify to play, the resident golf pro Gary Vautier will be available to join you for a supervised round of golf, which will be of help improving your handicap. If this should still be not enough for you, there are nearly 30 other golf courses around within an hours car drive, as well as the opportunity to shoot clay pigeons or play polo.

Address Details:
Marbella Club Hotel: Golf Resort & Spa
Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe
E-29600 Marbella – Malaga
Tel.: +34-95-282 2211
Fax: +34-95-282 9884
e-mail: hotel@marbellaclub.com
website: www.marbellaclub.com

Room Rates (in Euros in 2005): 
Low Season: 9/01 - 17/02, 27/11 - 22/12
Middle Season: 18/02 - 17/03, 03/04 - 23/06, 25/09 - 26/11
High Season: 01/01 - 08/01, 18/03 - 02/004, 24/06 - 24/09, 23/12 - 31/12

Single: 215 € / 260 € / 370 €
Double Deluxe: 250 € / 325 € / 425 €
Superior Suite: 345 € / 475 € / 645 €
Two Bedroom Villa: 990 € / 1,145 € / 1,825 €
Five Bedroom Villa: 1,870 € / 2,525 € / 3,750 €
(rates are per room or villa, per night, wihtout breakfast, subject to availability and VAT, currently 7%)

Airlines to Malaga: Air Berlin, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa

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