Eating Out at Puente Romano, Marbella

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sir Nikolai Hotel, Hamburg

Hamburg certainly has its fair share of hipster hotels and Sir Nikolai is the most luxurious and stylish of the lot. Sir Nikolai is part of the Sir Hotels group which also have properties in Amsterdam, Berlin and Ibiza, each has it’s own identity, but design and style are very much at the heart of the brand throughout the collection.

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Sir Nikolai is located between Altstadt and HafenCity on Nikolaifleet, one of Hamburg’s oldest canals. It is a beautiful and quiet historic area, but is also nearby to many of the city’s most popular attractions. We were thrilled with our lovely suite on the first floor. Big windows let in plenty of light and every detail was thoughtful and indulgent.

The furniture and lighting in the bedrooms is custom-made, and has a beautiful retro charm. The art work is made locally or inspired by the city and the book selections are curated by emerging local writers.

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The ‘little touches’ were evident throughout the suite: a Bluetooth Marshall speaker, a fully-equipped cocktail trolley and high quality DEAD CLEAN spa toiletries, which worked wonders on my skin and hair, and smelt divine!

The bathroom was very spacious with two sinks and a powerful rain shower. An amazing bathtub dominated the living room space, but there was also room for a smart writing desk and grand TV.

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When it was time to emerge from the heavenly king-sized bed, a delicious breakfast was waiting in the room to be devoured! Pancakes and passionfruit, fresh pastries and milky coffee set us up perfectly for a full day of exploring Hamburg.

Full of character and creativity, I fell in love with the Sir Nikolai Hotel after just one night here, and I can’t wait to see more hotels from this brilliant group soon.

More information and book a stay at Sir Nikolai here.

Eating Out in Ibiza

Ibiza is so well known for the party scene, but I got to know a completely different aspect of this beautiful island when I visited last month for a few days.

Thanks to the warm climate, fertile countryside and sea air, the land here is perfect for growing a variety of crops and consequently the restaurant scene is beginning to flourish with talented chefs flocking here from all over the globe to use the produce and enjoy the idyllic way of life.

I was lucky enough to try a few of the island’s best eateries during my stay… below I’ve listed a few of my favourites and why they are worth trying.

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Though most people stay out in remote villas, the old town of Ibiza is a lovely place to wander round and enjoy a meal. For quick and delicious tapas head to La Cava. We sat outside on the terrace and enjoyed the midday rays whilst feasting on a range of vibrant small plates. The menu here represents the different elements of Ibiza: the land, sea, and gardens. Order a glass of Spanish wine to accompany your food, our favourites from the menu included the Roasted vegetables with black garlic Romanesco sauce, Creamy leek croquettes and Roasted and glazed Black pig rib.

Also in town is El Portalon, the brilliant restaurant from chef, organic farmer and author Anne Sijmonsbergen. This stylish eatery is leading the culinary scene in Ibiza serving organic and sustainable food, with plenty of heart and passion. In the high season El Portalon opens for both lunch and dinner, but is only open in the evening in the quieter months. We loved our dinner here, every plate of food was inventive and delicious. A blackboard displays the ever-changing seasonal menu, offering a range of exceptional meat, fish and vegetarian options (they usually manage to cater for vegans too). Ibizan burrata with sautéed fava beans, asparagus & toasted cumin was a stand-out dish for me, the most delicate creamy soft cheese was paired with intense spices and lovely vegetables. I also fondly remember the homemade pasta and fresh seafood.

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For destination dining I urge you to visit the Ibiza Food Studio by ex-Noma chef Boris Buono. This amazing foodie retreat is found amongst the countryside at Boris’ home. At Ibiza Food Studio he hosts private groups or individual bookings, and whatever the occasion he ensures his visitors always have an unforgettable meal. At lunchtimes Boris often uses the pizza oven to prepare light and casual meals, at dinner a spontaneous tasting menu is on offer. Boris uses the freshest produce and indigenous ingredients to create innovative and magical plates of food. Highlights from our meal included an intense tomato gazpacho, roasted fish and fruity fresh desserts. There are also rooms if you fancy rolling into bed after a Boris feast!

For beachside culinary charm I recommend Cala Gracioneta El Chiringuito, nearby to Hostal La Torre. This sprawling restaurant offers idyllic views out over the quaint cove. The menu is quite pricey but the portion sizes are huge, so I recommend two starters and one main course between two. This rustic restaurant offers the ultimate island comfort food… we gorged on juicy calamari and high quality steak cooked to perfection on the grill.

I travelled around the island with Avant Car Ibiza.