With Berlin’s endless winter weather getting to me, a spring break to the Mediterranean is just what I need – and Marbella, the small city right on Spain’s Sunshine Coast, is the perfect destination all year around.
The special micro climate of the region, with mountains in the back and a beautiful coastline in the front, is the reason temperatures never drop below 10 degrees, and to live up the the name of Costa del Sol it boasts the most sunshine days of the whole country.
We are greeted at Malaga airport and after a quick car ride along the beautiful coast we arrive at Amare Marbella Beach Hotel and, after check in, are welcomed like royals: champagne, a fruit platter and a full front sea view – don’t mind if I do!
Love love love
Amàre means love – and that’s what you get! After a recent renovation, love was the theme, and you can see it in every detail. A lot of open space, glass and light invites one to relax and drop everything at the door. A minimalist maritime design gives this hotel its unique aesthetic.
The vertical garden that connects the lobby, breakfast and dining area literally brings a breath of fresh air and adds to the calming atmosphere of the whole place.
Food Food Food
From the breakfast buffet to the à la carte dinner, the food is very international, offering something for everyone. Start your day with pecan pie, pancakes, fresh fruit or a selection of breads and spreads and finish it with a traditional Andalusian dinner. (My only gripe is that the evening program during dinner is a bit much if you’re under 60 and wanted to have a conversation during your meal!)
The vegetarian/vegan and gluten free selection was excellent; and your waiter will gladly help you choose dishes that work with your diet!
Remember when you signed up for a relaxing experience? The Amare will do everything in their power to help you achieve that goal. The outside pool and beach club have generous sun beds with an ordering service at the push of a button, the 24 hour gym is yours to use and there are free yoga classes twice a week to wake your zen! Have something more energetic in mind? Well how about a session with a personal trainer or a flamenco class? Or rent a bike to explore the esplanade!
The old town is just across the street and offers winding narrow alleys, blooming orange trees scenting the streets and squares and many artisan stores that focus on local handmade goods.
Spa by Germaine de Capuccini
Enter the spa and I promise you’ll come out feeling at least 5 years younger. The hydrotherapy circuit will relax your muscles after your beach yoga session while the facial and body treatments will leave your skin glowing and baby soft. The spa staff will help you book the perfect treatment for you.
Leaving this little slice of paradise is especially hard, when the destination is Berlin’s snowy spring, but it was the perfect spot to get in some sunshine and prepare for summer!
All pictures (c) Constanze Neubert.