Marbella Playa

The Marbella Playa looks like a traditional Spanish village and you can choose to stay in the main hotel or the multi-coloured Andalusian cottages.

There’s plenty at the hotel for little ones. Waterslides swirl into the outdoor pool and they can start their own adventure in the pirate-themed playground. In the evening, expect pirate shows and a child-friendly cinema.

There’s a bar just steps away from the pool but, for the best sea views, visit the beach bar. The El Mirador buffet restaurant serves up international cuisine, while Mediterranean flavours are on the menu if you book a place at the a la carte.

Overview of Marbella

When most people think of Marbella, yachts and Ferraris immediately come to mind. But although Marbella has some of the most exclusive clubs and restaurants in the world, it’s an increasingly popular place for a family holiday to the Costa del Sol.

With 24 beaches and more than 1,000 restaurants, everything’s supersized in Marbella. Plus, you’ll also uncover plenty of attractions dotted around this star-studded resort, which is popular with golfers, divers and yacht owners alike.

Things to do in Marbella

The Marbella Playa is right by the sand, so it couldn’t be easier to enjoy a day on the beach. When you fancy a change of pace or a different outlook, you’ll have a choice of two dozen other beaches. Some are exclusive party zones, while others are kitted out for bucket-and-spade fun.

Hop in a cab and you’ll reach the bright lights of central Marbella in around 15 minutes. The centre of Marbella has some of the finest restaurants on the Costa del Sol. Some places have Michelin stars, while other budget-friendly options are available. For the swankiest and most exclusive spots, head to the marina where the nightlife’s lively and the rich and famous wander the promenades.

With fabulous beaches, incredible eateries and exclusive clubs, Marbella is a top spot for a luxurious holiday.

Resort Summary

Marbella’s vast choice of 24 beaches, nestled among 25 kilometres of coastline, range from exclusive party zones to family-friendly areas where you can enjoy some simple bucket-and-spade fun. La Fontanilla beach is probably the most popular in Marbella and can get very busy. However it does have a great atmosphere and exceptional facilities. East Marbella is especially well known for its beaches. For a family-friendly stretch of sand you should seek out Cabopino – a safe and popular beach with sand quality just right for building castles.

On Guadalmina beach you’ll find lots of watersports to try as well as some beautiful historic ruins. And then there’s the famous Nikki Beach, which is one of the best luxury beach clubs in the world and home to the ultimate Marbella beach party experience. It has world-class DJs and acrobats to watch while sipping champagne cocktails underneath your own bamboo cabana. La Sala by the Sea – formerly Buddha Beach – in the exclusive Marbella port of Puerto Banus has two tropical bars that overlook the Mediterranean which provides the perfect backdrop for a party.