I’m just back from a beautiful five days in the south of Spain with my muses. It was a sun and alcohol holiday and exactly what I needed – I’m so relaxed now and actually happy to go back to work with fresh eyes on everything.
If you're considering a holiday in the area, this might get you started in your planning.
We used Airbnb to find this beautiful and great value apartment in Puerto Banús.
If you’re interested in partying and don’t have a car I would recommend PB. Our place looked far from the port on the map but actually was within walking distance – and just €4 in a taxi.
If you are getting a car or just aren’t that interested in nightlife you can be much more flexible – everywhere we saw in the wider Marbella area was beautiful.
Between 6 of us the bed was ideal but if you’re on a budget it’s worthwhile just coming and chilling by the pool. Their big party day is Sunday – I prefer Friday for a more laid back vibe.
We also ventured into Marbella town where we caught some of the Fería’s festivities and had tapas and mojitos in an old town dive bar.
It’s such a nice change from Puerto Banús and well worth a visit.
Back in PB I enjoyed some long walks around the neighbourhood, picking out future houses.
But mostly we kept to the pool and have no regrets. Swimming, sunbathing, joking – a chilled out holiday very well spent with good friends.
Nightlife in Marbella centres around Puerto Banús.
We had lots of balcony drinks and soundtracked it with this playlist.
Newscafé was probably our favourite bar. We were a diverse group of six so this place had the right sort of low key glam vibe and lively atmosphere that best appealed to everyone.
They do charge in later on busier nights but you shouldn’t normally expect to pay and there are drinks deals to be had.
Downstairs there's a bar; first floor a dancefloor, tables and balcony; and second floor a fab roof terrace overlooking the port.
I’m not really into the table-hopping scene so I had much more fun on the strip, which is in the middle of all these clubs.
Have cocktails and a laugh and people-watch on the patios. There’s a million promoters and it is worth listening to them because they may have deals that suit you – but be firm and have a plan or you’ll end up getting swept off to a mediocre bar.
Most of the bar (middle-aged English football fans) seemed a bit bemused, but it went down well with my crowd!