Puente Romano is a hotel and foodie destination by the beach in sunny Marbella. I first visited the property a few years ago to write about the rooms and area… my second trip (last month) was more of a culinary tour to experience some of the top restaurants on site.
The flights from London to Malaga airport are quick, cheap and regular, making this hotel particularly popular with British holidaymakers. The skies are blue almost year-round and we were able to sunbathe, even in October! I was visiting with three other brilliant bloggers Mondomulia, Urban Pixxels and Elensham… we all checked into luxurious suites around the property and settled in before our first feast.
Our first lunch was spent at El Chiringuito, one of the more recent restaurant openings at Puente Romano. Located on the edge of the beach, this eatery has a relaxed and carefree vibe. Pop in for a snack or indulge with a three course meal. The menu has an assortment of easy and tasty dishes, from antipasti to burgers, grilled seafood and colourful salads. Highlights from the menu for me were the creamy burrata with peppers and fried capers and the Smoked aubergine with homemade pesto. I also loved the spicy coconut mojitos!
The hotel are very proud to be home to the new Nobu outpost in Marbella. These refined and renowned Japanese restaurants serve the finest sushi, sashimi and classical Japanese dishes with a Peruvian twist. Even though I don’t eat fish, I was stunned by the exceptional Wagyu Beef Miso Anticucho, though at 45 euros a plate it’s not easy on the wallet! For vegetarians, the vegetable tempura and vegetarian sushi are both fresh and delicious, and perfect for a light lunch in the blazing sunshine.
There are plenty of opportunities to taste authentic Spanish food whilst staying at Puente Romano. Try the food of Dani Garcia at his tapas restaurant or have a cooking lesson with one of the hotel chefs. We learnt the basic rules for making paella – the traditional Spanish rice dish. Most often this hearty recipe includes fresh seafood, but we also tasted a rustic rabbit version, which was wholesome and delicious.
Health-conscious guests should try Rachel’s Organic Cafe, a colourful eatery serving flavoursome salads, wraps, smoothies and juices. Enjoy your lunch on the lovely sheltered terrace before relaxing post meal by the quiet and idyllic pool. From the menu I can highly recommend the ‘No Pasta Pasta’, courgetti with bolognaise sauce or pesto and topped with parmesan. For dessert we all gorged on sweet and refreshing coconut ice-cream, freshly made at the hotel.
Mid-afternoon snacks and coffee kicks are best enjoyed at Celicoso, the gluten-free cafe. Opt for a slice of cake or a mini macaron… amazingly most of the sweet treats are also vegan suitable.
We enjoyed a particularly colourful breakfast in our suites each morning. The morning feast included churros with chocolate sauce, toast with a light tomato dressing, the sweetest fresh fruits, croissants and coffee.
Many guests who visit Puente Romano don’t step foot outside the hotel, everything you need is here. But I would encourage you to hire a bike from the hotel and take the short ride, along the sea, to Marbella old town. Here you can enjoy a drink and churros in the orange square or take a fascinating olive oil class from the expert team at D’Oliva. We learnt that Spain produces 55% of the world’s olive oil and also tasted the award winning number one oil… a strong and fruity oil with depth and a lovely smooth finish.
Thanks to the great company and tasty food I had a great time on my foodie pilgrimage at Puente Romano. If you, like me, love sun and food, this luxurious culinary retreat is the perfect place for you to enjoy a few days away from city life.
More information and book a stay at Puente Romano here.