Puente Romano Beach Resort
Overlooking the beach on Marbella’s Golden Mile, Puente Romano has been one of the area’s most fashionable destinations since it opened in 1979. Built in the style of an Andalusian village, with low whitewashed buildings draped with terracotta pots of geraniums set in subtropical gardens - complete with an authentic Roman bridge in the middle - it has a relaxed buzz that families and groups of friends, in particular, will relish. With a host of facilities, activities and events on offer, everyone will find things to keep them happily entertained for the whole of their stay.
Puente Romano has always been known for its dining scene, and it remains as fresh, diverse and inviting as ever. Among its 15 restaurants, there are hip little hideaways surrounded by greenery where you can graze on Lebanese mezze or the like, stylish beachside venues for organic smoothies or fresh-from-the-grill seafood, and even an outpost of super-trendy Nobu. And while Dani García may have closed his three-Michelin-starred restaurant in 2019, his two more informal eateries get an appreciative nod from the gourmet guide’s reviewers. Fortunately, the resort’s wellness facilities are just as wide-ranging, covering everything from tennis, golf and adventures on horseback to yoga on the beach and a state-of-the-art gym - plus a gorgeous spa in which to chill out afterwards.
In 2017, the generously proportioned suites and villas were given a designer makeover inspired by the luxury look of a superyacht and the relaxed vibe of a beachfront. That means airy spaces, neutral tones, big windows and lots of mirrors, plus monochrome wall art, wooden sculptures and muted patterned fabrics, which creates an effect that’s both stylish and welcoming. Even the “basic” Junior Suite has a large terrace, with views over the lush garden, though the one that comes with the Deluxe Junior Suite Terrace is roomier - big enough for a cosy dining spot. If you want a separate living room, opt for a Garden Suite or a Deluxe Garden Suite. Like the idea of your own whirlpool bath? The Grand Junior Suite has one, and a dressing room. If the sight of the waves is more important, go for the Deluxe Junior Suite Sea View - the terrace is perfect for a salt-breezy morning coffee. There are three villas with private pools for families and groups who’d like to stay in their bubble: the three-bed Villa Margarita by the beach; the five-bed Villa Armonia in the centre of the resort; and the seaside four-bed Villa La Pereza, which benefits from optional extra services.