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Escape to Marbella...Jewel of the Mediterranean

by Catherine Cloney

Often compared to the playgrounds of Miami, Marbella is one of the pearls of the Mediterranean. This town, mentioned in one breath with Monaco, Mallorca and Porto Cervo, is in reality more like Southern California than Miami in ambience, climate and glamorous appeal.

Discovered by an international jet set back in the late fifties, this privileged, sun-kissed corner of Spain’s southern coast soon became a favored haunt of the rich and famous. Around the iconic beachside exclusivity of the Marbella Club evolved an entourage of royalty, aristocrats, tycoons and the celebrities of the day. We’re talking people like Deborah Kerr and Sean Connery, visited especially in the early days by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

It was during this golden era that Marbella’s enduring reputation for glamour was established, and though the famous faces have changed this singular resort town has retained its popularity throughout. One of the main reasons for this – beside the gorgeous weather, beaches and scenery – is the quality of life and variety of lifestyles it offers.

Beach and mountain exclusivity


The Marbella Club, situated on a lofty stretch of peaceful beach between Marbella town and the lively marina of Puerto Banús that is home to many a super yacht, was to become the nucleus around which one of the most exclusive   residential addresses along the Mediterranean was to take shape: the Golden Mile. Now a veritable millionaire’s row of sumptuous beach-fronting mansions, Marbella’s Golden  Mile is one of a select grouping of areas that epitomize beachside life at its best.

The Marbella Club 


     Puerto Banus           

Like Los Monteros and Guadalmina Baja, on the east and west side of Marbella respectively, the Golden Mile is the kind of place where yachts drop anchor just out of reach of the elegant beach clubs, relying on a tender or jetski to ferry their occupants directly to the private villas that line these secluded beaches. If it has something of the Bond lifestyle about it, James Bond that is, it’s because this is the good life, Mediterranean style.

Follow the grand boulevards along the coast and then the meandering contours of the many lush golf courses up into a series of coastal foothills and valleys, and you come to another side of the Marbella way of life, the country club. Here, in privately maintained gated communities set about verdant fairways and elegant clubhouses you will especially find those who spend the greater part of the year in these parts.

Marbella Country Club

The villas in prime spots as Sierra Blanca, El Madroñal and La Zagaleta are equally grand, with fantastic vistas of golf, mountain scenery, the Med and all the way along the coastline to the unmistakable outlines of Gibraltar and exotic Morocco, which appear to rise up out of the sea like antediluvian giants. Cosmopolitan and imbued with a rather American can-do attitude, Marbella is a place prized for its variety, be it the more than sixty golf courses, the stylish racket clubs, spa & wellbeing centers, fine dining, active nightlife, yacht clubs, horse riding and hiking trails, or the presence of an exotic interior on your doorstep full of quaint mountain villages and historic cities such as Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Malaga.

Flanked by a surfer’s paradise to the west and skiing just two hours eastwards, in Marbella life is very much what you make it. 

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