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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Regal retro decor

    Beachfront position

    Storied past

  • Kids will love

    Innovative kids' club

    Plentiful playing space

    Horse-riding nearby

  • Don’t expect

    A money-saving stay

    Car-free adventuring




Child-friendly luxury resort Marbella Club has a luminary-laced past. Formerly Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe-Langenburg’s party pad, the finca was famed for big names and wild dos. These days, it’s reputed for first-class family holidays, and sports a superlative kids’ club – designed in chic Scandinavian style by Minimec – with an encyclopedic activity programme, a verdant golf course and elite equestrian centre. But do make time for sandcastle building too – the beach is a mere meander from your room…

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Marbella Club with us:

A bottle of Oloroso sherry for BlackSmiths and SilverSmiths; GoldSmiths get a bottle of champagne. Little Smiths are given an age-appropriate toy – a diabolo, kaleidoscope, wooden car, blackboard, rattle or puppets – on arrival


‘Swish hotel additions – a polished beach club, Thalasso spa, dining that dusts off silver cloches – have added to Marbella Club's exclusivity; however, it’s the elaborate resort-within-a-resort kids’ club that truly impresses’

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Need To Know


130, including 78 suites and 14 luxury villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can stow luggage and relax in the bar, restaurant, café or gardens if they arrive early.


Double rooms from £509.04 (€590), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Green fees at the golf club are included in room rates. Breakfast is extra: a Continental buffet and full English cost €31 and €36 a person respectively. 


Staff will happily help carry prams and buggies up the entrance steps; however, there are some rocky paths in the resort.

At the hotel

Spa, bars and restaurants, café, public beach, beach club, three swimming pools, kids’ club, botanical gardens, gym, free WiFi throughout. The hotel’s 18-hole golf course and equestrian centre are a 20-minute drive away.

In your room

Flatscreen TV with movie channels, DVD and CD player, radio, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, black-out curtains and Natura Bissé bath products. 

Our favourite rooms

Decor in the pastel-hued Sea View Doubles has a feminine touch, with whitewashed ceiling beams, dainty floral patterns and retro-glam furnishings. An extra bed for little Smiths fits comfortably in the seating area. The peaceful Two-Bedroom Villa with Swimming Pool has a large garden (pools can be fenced off for safety) and cream-hued rooms: one with a four-poster, the second with twin beds. There’s a living room and furnished terrace for family dining too.


The kids’ club has its own shallow, heated outdoor lagoon, for lifeguard-supervised play and swimming lessons. The garden pool has grassy banks and a terrace for dining and drinks, the Beach Club’s seawater pool is busier, with a fleet of sunloungers on the deck, a small bridge running over it, and a Jacuzzi by the side; both are heated and have a shallow end. There’s no constant supervision, but staff frequent the poolside area. The indoor, adults-only spa pool is a relaxed space, which is better suited for lazy soaking than laps.


The cream-hued Thalasso Spa has 12 treatment rooms – some with sea views – a pool, hammam, steam baths and wood-burning Finnish sauna. Sea-inspired Thalasso treatments are offered in a variety of programmes, from mini massage and facial packages to a week of bespoke pampering. 


Each room has a VirtualHotel system loaded on to an iPad. This nifty app allows guests to book a restaurant table, round of golf or spa treatment. You can also view your bill, if you dare, check the weather and consult the concierge. 

Book ahead

Babysitting must be booked at least one day in advance. 

Food and drink

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Chef Juan Gálvez’s fresh fish and meat dishes are served in old-school style at the Grill, which is patronised by Marbella’s colourful socialites and style mavens. A candlelit terrace with tables set between trees creates a romantic atmosphere. The Beach Club’s buffet is a renowned plate-piling food fest, with Asian and Lebanese dishes, salads, meats grilled to your taste, paella and fish. Light bites and a spot-hitting café con leche can be found at the MC Café; lazy lunches lure you to the Golf Club House and moreish barbecued brochettes beckon at MC Beach.

Family fare

Children are welcome at all restaurants, and each has a children’s menu with pizzas, pasta, fish and meat dishes; however, the Grill’s a more adult affair, so the Beach Club’s flexible family offering is your best bet for everyday dining. The buffet suits all palates, and bored little ones can build sandcastles between courses. Just ask the waiter if you need a highchair, weaning spoon or child-size cutlery. Alternatively, dine by the garden pool, where waiters ferry salads, charcuterie platters and other small plates to your table. Snack on seafood at chic chiringuito MC beach in between swimming sessions. 

Hotel Bar

Accompanied children are welcome in the sociable, Spanish-tile-trimmed Summer Bar, where there are Shirley Temples and Virgin Coladas for kids, and minty signature Sau Sau cocktails for grown-ups; it’s a shame the walls aren’t chattier – they’d have fantastic tales to tell. Or settle into a sofa under fragrant orange trees. In winter, adults can mingle with monied locals in the Jean-Pierre Martel-designed, art nouveau Champagne Room. There are bubbles on tap, alongside beluga and chi-chi canapés. Drinks are served at MC beach too, where sunlounging is set to a soundtrack of chilled Balearic beats.

Last orders

Enjoy the Beach Club’s buffet October to May from 1.30pm to 4pm (4.30pm in the summer) and bar service until 6pm (October to May). MC Beach’s barbecue is fired up, and the Garden Pool’s service runs from11am to 7pm; MC Café opens from 10am to midnight; and the Golf Club House serves from 9am to 5.30pm. Dine at the Grill (October to May) from 8.30 until midnight (9pm in summer). Cocktails flow in the Summer Bar until 1.30am, and corks pop in the Champagne Room until 1am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Nab one of the Beach Club’s shaded, crisply linen-topped tables for family meals. If it’s just the two of you, sit under the soft glow of the towering candelabra on the Grill’s terrace.

  • Room service

    The hotel’s extensive in-room eats include four kinds of breakfast (Continental, Spanish, full English and healthy spa), salads, sandwiches, soups, pasta and pizza, fish and meat dishes and a range of desserts. For kids, healthy soups, healthy pasta and veggie dishes, fish goujons and swordfish steaks, hot-dogs, pizzas, burgers, milkshakes and cakes can be whisked to your room.


    There’s a large Alcampo hypermarket (+34 952 866 650) in the La Cañada mall in the hills behind the hotel, and El Corte Inglés mall (+34 952 902 390) sits by the seafront; both are a 10-minute drive, or 20-minute walk, from the hotel, and stock nappies, formula, baby wipes and lotion, and snacks and treats.


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Parent approved

‘Swish hotel additions – a polished beach club, Thalasso spa, dining that dusts off silver cloches – have added to Marbella Club's exclusivity; however, it’s the elaborate resort-within-a-resort kids’ club that truly impresses’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

The village-size kids’ club is stylish enough to make adults want to stay and play. Designers Minimec have created a space worthy of Elle Decoration, with scaled-down Scandinavian-style furnishings brightened with colourful toys and instruments, and a grassy outdoor area with mini hobby horses, bean-bags, wagons and more. It’s both charming and extensive – sprawled across the former prince’s estate – with a swimming lagoon, computer and games room, library, chill-out zone, enchanted-forest play area and yoga studio. Films are screened at the open-air cinema, global dishes whipped up in the tot-tailored kitchen and potions blended in the perfumery lab. There’s even a classroom where members’ children can be tutored. Its activity programme is jaw-droppingly creative: kids can nurture their own crop in the vegetable garden, learn hip-hop and flamenco, take drama and cookery classes, paint and make crafts; and hunt for treasure. Kids aged 4–14 are welcome (and younger children, if accompanied by an adult), and attendees are largely from the UK or Spain. Staff are bi-lingual and trained to a high degree, and the club is open from 10am to 4pm. The daily charge is €70 for one child, €110 for two and €140 for three, including lunch, €50 a child without. 


Staff from the kids’ club can babysit for €15–€36 an hour depending on the number of children time of year; book a day in advance.


None, and bring baby monitors if you’re staying in a villa, otherwise, you’ll need a babysitter. The resort’s layout makes it hard to get a signal.

Other Services

The hotel can help tailor a birthday party to your tot’s whims – cakes, decorations, entertainment, and indoor and outdoor games – as well as private family barbecues, tea parties, paella nights and film screenings.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Soft toys • Sand pit • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Buggy • Stair gates • Socket covers • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Sandpit • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Bikes to borrow • Bike helmets • DVD library • Board games • Craft materials • Giant chess • Doll's house • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • XBox • PlayStation • Hobby horses • Toy wagons • Child-size musical instruments • Child-size gardening tools


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Things to do

Chill out in the impressive beachfront spa, a short walk from your room, or hit the gym; breathe in the botanical gardens’ heady aroma; or swim in the sea or one of two pools, all while the kids are picking up new skills and making friends in the supercalifragilistic kids’ club. The hotel's Beach Club has a private stretch of shore and a vibrant atmosphere. Nearby, set off at a canter in the equestrian centre and putt about on the golf course.

Hotel activities

Book off-site kayaking for older children, or rent bikes and pedal en famille along the beach path. The hotel’s esteemed stables – with views of pretty Benahavís village – host the Spanish Show-jumping Championships, and amateur or expert equestrians can saddle up for riding lessons, just hop on the free shuttle from the hotel. Prefer five-irons to fillies? The hotel’s lushly-landscaped 18-hole golf course has views of the Mediterranean, and discreet caddies who’ll do all the to-ing and fro-ing. The tennis academy at Puente Romano Beach Resort, where Boris Becker and John McEnroe have played tournaments is open to guests, and the state-of-the-art gym, or you can play board games at the Beach Club and stroll through the botanical gardens.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

The Nerja Caves (+34 952 52 95 20) – an hour's drive away – will fascinate little ones, with otherworldly scenery. Afterwards, gaze at the waterfalls and glorious green vistas of the Parque Natural Sierras de Tejeda.

Don't miss…

Yamas Greek Fusion restaurant (+34 952 90 38 27), in central Marbella is an elegant eatery with a palm-dotted terrace, and it has a playroom with a DVD player, movies and an Xbox to keep the kids entertained.

So-called for its miles of pristine coast and high-flying residents, Marbella’s Golden Mile is a playground for the yacht-owning classes, but if you’re not a billionaire – yet – the Midas-caressed shoreline beckons. The beach isn't private – and parents should note that its unsupervised – but it has calm waters and equally serene sands. You won’t have to fight for parasol-shaded sunlounger space, and staff are on hand to supply towels and drinks. The Beach Club sits on the shore; its sociable pool area, famed buffet and laid-back bar make it a popular gathering spot for all ages. However, it's possible to take your pick of playas to lay your towels on. Cabopino Beach is 15 minutes from the hotel, and a 12-minute drive from the hotel is petite Pinomar Beach.

For turbo-charged entertainment, Itsy-bitsy speedsters can ride motorbikes (over-2s) or race go-karts (€8 for a five-minute drive; over-6s only) at Funny Beach (+34 952 823 359), a five-minute walk from the hotel, while dinkier daredevils hop in the bouncy castle, and over-16s can waterski or para-sail. A day-trip to Selwo Adventure Park (+34 902 190 482) – a 20-minute drive away – brings you face to face with majestic beasts; on the way, stop off for a home-made burger at Gio’s Café (+34 952 811 671), then hit Puerto Banús’ designer shops, before a laid-back, lengthy dinner at child-friendly Restaurant Alfredo (+34 952 786 165), in Nueva Andalucia. Close by, Torremolinos is home to sprawling animal sanctuary Bioparc Fuengirola (+34 952 666 301); G-force-flaunting Tivoli World (+34 952 577 016), slippery-slide haven Aqualand (+34 952 38 88 88) and home of giant crustacea Sea Life Benalmádena (+34 952 560 150).

If you need a break from being spun, splashed and eyed hungrily by wild animals, Marbella’s Old Town has well-preserved Arab walls, the pretty Ermita de Santiago Church and lively Orange Square for alfresco snacking. Pick up pashminas, Spanish cookery essentials and hand-made toys on main shopping thoroughfare Avenida Ricardo Soriano. Alternatively, Puerto Banús marina has super yachts to ogle and designer wares for all ages. book a babysitter. If dining à deux in the Old Town, Buenaventura Restaurant (+34 952 858 069), is elegant yet homey, set in romantic, flower-strung Plaza de la Iglesia de la Encarnación. Dance till the wee hours at neon-lit, Asian-inspired Suite Nightclub (+34 952 820 900) a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

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Marbella Club
Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella, Málaga, 29602
Hotel setting

Glam Golden Mile seat

Getting There

Set by the beachfront, on Marbella’s ‘Golden Mile’, the hotel is a 15-minute walk from Marbella Town, and a 10-minute drive from Puerto Banús Marina’s shops and clubs.


It’s a 35-minute drive to Málaga Airport (, where regular flights arrive from major cities across Europe. Flights from Asia via Singapore or Hong Kong, and there are direct flights from the US.


Four wheels will come in handy for exploring the coast, countryside and nearby towns. There’s an Avis car-hire booth at Málaga airport and free parking at the hotel.

Parent travel tip

The Costa del Sol hordes descend on Marbella in summer – try to visit off-season for a more relaxed getaway. If you have time, stop for a quick leg stretch in Alameda Park, or play-area-filled San Pedro Boulevard, in Marbella town


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Marbella Club – has been selected and approved by parents.

Marbella Club is of a different time, when men were Eurotrash princes and women were Brigitte Bardot. Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe-Langenburg entertained the birightest of stars – Audrey hepburn, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor – at his beachfront estate, and modernisation hasn’t faded its aristocratic air. Swish additions – a polished beach club, Thalasso spa, dining that dusts off silver cloches – have only added to its exclusivity; however, it’s the elaborate resort-within-a-resort kids’ club that truly impresses. Adults will cast an envious eye over its sophisticated yet playful interiors where cartoon characters and technicolour dream palettes have been eschewed for sand-blasted finishes, a shabby-chic garden, sleek kitchen and minimalist-yet-effective outdoor play area, all small but perfectly formed. Tennis, riding and golf lessons are on tap too; in fact, there’s so much to do, that your child is guaranteed to leave with at least one new party trick. Adults can join in the fun too – this upper-crust cocoon is built for louche distraction: golf at noon? A spot of sunbathing? Canapés and cocktails? Or dinner at the Grill? The world’s your hand-dived, champagne-paired oyster.

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