In Costa del Sol, all that glitters really is gold
With a destination as famous as the Costa del Sol, it should come as no surprise that it attracts an equally famous, star-studded clientele, too.
Gorgeous beaches, spas and more than 70 golf courses to its name are just part of the reason why those looking for a little gold-plated R&R head to this part of Spain. The upscale restaurants and bars more than make up the rest.
Most luxury holidays in Costa del Sol start in swoon-worthy Marbella, where platinum clubs and Ferrari-lined streets are the norm. Don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity or two around these shores. Puerto Banus, on the other hand, is known for its ritzy harbour and shopping opportunities while Torremolinos is awash in old school glamour. Blue Flag award-winning beaches and botanical gardens give this stretch of coastline a natural edge to its glossy counterparts, though it’s still equally as lively.
Living the high life in Costa del Sol
True to form, you’ll be pampered with the selection of resorts on your luxury holiday in Costa del Sol. Here, it’s all about the choices. Anchored by its stylish marina, Puerto Banus is where you’ll find an incredible array of designer shops, celebs on holiday, world class DJs at local clubs and restaurants where views of expensive yachts on the waterfront come as standard.
Then there’s Marbella, whose ritzy cocktail bars and Michelin-rated restaurants help make up some of the best dining in all of Spain. Similarly, the beach clubs boast some of the most boisterous parties around. Here, famous DJs, champagne cocktails and eye popping parties are just the beginning of a nightlife scene that doesn’t quit.
Alternatively, you could opt for Torremolinos if its classic beauty and glamour you’re looking for. Once frequented by stars like Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, nowadays it’s known for its six, postcard-worthy beaches and thriving party scene, where nights out last well past dawn.
Other popular holidays in Spain
If you’re looking for even more in the way of luxury holidays outside of Costa del Sol, you’d be wise to check out our deals on glamorous regions like Costa Blanca, Costa Dorada and Majorca. But if you’re set on a holiday to Costa del Sol, take a look at our Costa del Sol travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect luxury holiday in the Spanish sun. And read on to find out more on our top luxury hotels.
This 4* gem gives off palace vibes with its marble pillars, quirky artwork and palm-lined grounds. The H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel is adults-only, and comes complete with a newly-renovated spa and sleek pool scene, plus staying here gives you access to live music and free entry to the nearby Casino of Marbella. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from star-studded downtown Puerto Banus and a quick drive from platinum-lined Marbella.
This chic 5* hotel features a massive sea-facing infinity pool backed by tropical gardens, a crazy array of spa and wellness treatments on the beach and exclusive adults-only areas. The spa facilities are top notch, with whirlpool and Turkish baths, a thermal circuit and sauna, plus spa treatments. The exclusive adults-only Beach Club will give you access to two additional pools, watersports and spa treatments for the true VIP experience.
The Riu Nautilus is an adults-only Platinum property, complete with a glam whitewashed exterior, modern dining scenes and elegant rooms. This 4* hotel is right along the beach with a trendy pool atmosphere, and you can get the luxury treatment with whirlpool and Turkish baths plus the Spa del Mar. On top of all this, the nearby resort of Benalmadena and its swanky marina are just a few minutes' walk away.