Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella

When we arrived late at night in Puente Romano, the hotel was shrouded in darkness. Exhausted from the long journey we checked in quickly and collapsed in bed, with just enough time to brush our teeth and glance at the resort catalogue that sat on the table next to colourful mini macaroons. Nine hours later, completely rejuvenated from a restful sleep in the huge bed, I opened the white shutters to reveal the catalogue cover, but for real – the palm trees gently swaying, the sun breaking through the clouds and white buildings with red-tiled roofs. It wasn’t a scene I expected to see in late November and as I breathed in the fresh floral air, I felt relaxed and relieved.

Since opening in 1979 the hotel has frequently updated its rooms, suites, and common areas ensuring Puente Romano remains the very best place to stay in Marbella. I was amazed by the extensive property, the consistent character evident throughout and the high quality of all the varied services. We spent the weekend in the Donana building in a bright and airy, recently redecorated Junior Suite. The room was spacious and luxurious, simply and stylishly decorated in muted creams with accents of terracotta and slate grey. The materials used are for the utmost comfort: thick cottons and soft upholstery in the living area. An African drum and shabby chic vintage mirror added character to the room, a smart desk with complimentary computer usage set up for those eager to work. The bathroom was charming, the big bath surrounded by traditional Andalusian patterned tiles, created especially for the hotel.

The food at Puente Romano is superb. Dining options range from the casual beachfront Del Mar and Sea Grill restaurants to the gastronomic Dani Garcia restaurant, awarded with two Michelin stars recently. Those wishing to try something a little more exotic can have Japanese at Namazake, Moroccan at Suite or Italian at Serafina. One of my favourite eateries was Bibo, Garcia’s playful tapas restaurant which serves delicious modern fusion Spanish dishes. Breakfast is an array of tropical fruits, locals meats and cheeses, flaky buttery pastries and everything else you could ever desire for your morning meal. We were completely spoilt for choice and eventually decided on rich and deliciously flavoursome chorizo on toast, the sweetest squeezed orange juice and coffee.

The sports facilities will keep the active guests occupied, and provide some light exercise for those who are over-indulging at the food outlets. The impressive main tennis court was launched by Bjorn Borg and developed by Manolo Santana and seats over 2000 spectators. For less pro players, there are other clay courts to play on as well as four paddle tennis courts and a gym.

Puente Romano Beach Resort has it all. Families will be delighted to discover the imaginative kids club on site, whilst couples can enjoy a romantic bike ride and picnic prepared by the hotel. The amenities throughout the resort are contemporary and luxurious despite the allure of the original features.

The name Puente Romano translates as Roman Bridge, and refers to the 1st Century bridge which remains at the heart of the property. Surrounded by the boutique shops and eateries, it is the focal point in the Plaza Village, and is a reminder of the hotel’s history and heritage. I found it utterly enchanting, especially in the evenings when it is lit with hundreds of fairy lights.

More information and book a stay at Puente Romano Beach Resort here.

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