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From private villa to five star spa – where to stay in Marbella

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With its reputation for luxury drawing in the wealthy by the planeload, Marbella is often avoided by those short of cash. If you’re looking for an indulgent stay, you’ve come to the right place. However, although the extravagant accommodation is seeping out of every pore of the city, there are a few less pricey digs for those on a budget to lay their heads whilst exploring the city. 

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Budget accommodation


Although Marbella is synonymous with the rich and famous, if you’ve indulged your wallet to its extremes, the PYR Marbella Hotel in the heart of Puerto Banus gives you everything you would need should you be tightening the purse strings. Being walking distance to everything means you’ll save on taxi fairs, and the rooms are affordable and stylish. And with room service, tennis and paddle courts and an outdoor swimming pool, you get a lot for your buck.


Luxury resort


Marbella is lined with luxury resorts like The Marbella Club Hotel and Villa Padierna, where actress Audrey Hepburn and first Lady of the United States Michelle Obama have stayed respectively. But for a more peaceful stay, it’s advised to head slightly further than Marbella’s city center. Set slightly out of the hustle and bustle, in the heart of the Golf Valley, the Melia La Quinta Golf and Spa Hotel is a great location for discovering all of the Costa del Sol. Each room is highly luxurious and all have their own private terrace overlooking the sea, gardens, pool or golf course. The five-star resort provides everything you could want with a 27-hole golf course and even an on-site hairdressers, meaning if you wanted to, you’d never have to leave.




If the hive of activity at the resort hotels isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a little quieter, the Sunny Dom Boutique Hotel offers complete intimacy. Just five rooms, this private modern villa is set right on the beach, perfect for that romantic weekend getaway or to hire for your whole family. Each room is individually decorated with their own unique characteristics; one even includes its own private sauna! Allow yourself to be waited on hand-and-foot by the attentive staff whilst you enjoy a glass of chilled champagne overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.


Private villa rental


Private villa rental in Marbella is for the likes of the rich and famous, pulling out all the stops for complete decadence. Villa Sierra Blanca is purely luxurious; it sleeps up to 10 people, so is truly indulgent for a big family or group of friends. As the name suggests, it is located in the sought-after area of Sierra Blanca with La Concha as a backdrop and uninterrupted views of Gibraltar and Africa, the villa is elegant and grand. Large enough to hold extravagant parties or take the time to relax and indulge yourself, the villa has the added bonus of a tree-house, billiard table and private swimming pool.