Well known for being a playground for the rich and famous, Marbella has a cosmopolitan attitude combined with Andalucian traditions and hospitality.
Just over a half an hour's drive from Malaga airport, it has become one of the most prominent beach resorts on the Costa del Sol. Marbella sits in the perfect location beside the Mediterranean Sea with the rolling Sierra Bermeja Mountains behind and with its sunny climate, it is clear to see why it attracts visitors all year round.
It’s a city made up of two halves, the Old Town or Casco Antiguo and the Modern Town.
The Old Town is based in and around Orange Square or ‘La Plaza de los Naranjos’ which is surrounded by three historical buildings; The 16th Century Town Hall, the old Governor’s House and the Chapel of Santiago. Here you’ll find tightly knit cobbled streets, small boutiques, art galleries, some excellent restaurants, with local tapas bars and most importantly a true feeling of Old Spain.
Modern Marbella has developed considerably in the last 50 years, since an unplanned visit by Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe, who discovered Marbella when his car broke down in the area. At the time it was inhabited by only 900 people but in seeing the town fell in love with the area and opened the Marbella Club Hotel in the mid ‘50s and invited other noble European families to enjoy the premier location.
Since then, Marbella has never looked back and is now a thriving tourist destination and it’s not hard to see why with over 12 Beaches, with Water Sports and Beach Clubs, 50 Golf Courses, Designer Shops, Casinos, Bars, Top-Class Restaurants, Nightclubs, not to mention the First Class Hotels, such as the boutique hotel, Río Real Golf.
Located only a 5 minute drive from Marbella, The Río Real Golf & Hotel offers homely decor, from the lobby to the pool, and its spectacular views over the golf course, make this small, intimate, 30 room hotel an idyllic spot for those sports loving travellers, in search of tranquillity.
Río Real Golf Hotel is the leading Boutique Hotel in Marbella, in an authentic Andalusian setting, renowned for its elegant and contemporary comfort.
The hotel’s 30 spacious and light filled rooms are set out in the following categories: Superior Par Room, Birdie Suite, Eagle Suite, Albatross Suite and are furnished with exclusive materials that have been meticulously selected and offer excellent views over the golf course from their private terraces. The rooms feature spacious bathrooms with his and hers basins, a shower and a separate bath, as well as the following top class.
The property is located in the very heart of the Río Real golf course that runs from the Sierra Bermeja Mountains, right down to the Mediterranean Sea.
The Rio Real golf course opened in 1965 and was designed by the legendary Javier Arana, considered to be the best Spanish designer of all time. This par 72 course runs alongside the Rio Real River, from which it takes its name, and forms an integral part of the design, right up until it reaches the Mediterranean Sea.
With 18 holes and more than 6,000 m in length, the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (Real Federación Española de Golf) considers it to be a prestigious golf course and one of the best in Spain, both for its layout, as well as it natural beauty. The course has a wide variety of different species of trees: Pine, Palm, Casuarinas, Olive, Cypress, etc. which make it the ideal place to play golf, both on foot and in golf carts. With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, one can play all year around, with seafront holes and spectacular views.
The course is suitable for every player, thanks to its more elevated holes, which make them even more appealing as they require the use of various clubs so try not to leave without trying the unforgettable experience that is, playing 18 holes of golf in its purest of forms, we promise it won’t disappoint.
Alternatively get started in this exciting sport or learn new techniques at the Academy with the help of the club pro. The state of the art teaching system is based on the visual analysis of the flight of the ball analysing swing dimensions, with 3D Biomechanics Analysis and a plasma screen, in order to examine up to 50 reference points, with the aim of achieving an Efficient and Customised Swing. The Academy also features a junior golf school and specifically designed teaching courses for players with some form of disability or limitation.
Marbella has a host of activities to offer you as well as days spent lounging on its beautiful beaches. There are a whole range of things to do in Marbella such as chartering a luxury yacht, taking in the Street Market in Puerto Banus, going on a buggy safari, segway tours, race cars at the Ascari race track in Ronda and much more!