The Executive Explorer: Marbella

The Executive Magazine travels to Marbella on the Costa Del Sol to experience the luxurious sun kissed Mediterranean gem. Join us as we discover the very best 5 star hotels, fine dining and more.

Nestled along the sun-soaked coast of the Mediterranean, Marbella on the Costa del Sol offers a world of luxury and extravagance to travellers seeking a taste of the high life. From the chic and stylish beach clubs to the vibrant nightlife and Michelin-starred dining experiences, Marbella is a playground for the rich and famous. But it’s not just the glamorous lifestyle that draws in visitors from all corners of the globe.

As the sun begins to set over the glimmering Mediterranean Sea, the vibrant nightlife of Marbella springs to life. The town is renowned for its glamorous party scene, attracting a who’s who of celebrities and socialites from around the world. From exclusive rooftop bars with panoramic sea views to legendary nightclubs where the party goes on until dawn, Marbella has it all.

But it’s not just about the nightlife. During the day, visitors can indulge in the town’s many high-end shopping destinations, featuring the world’s top luxury brands. And for those seeking a taste of refined dining, Marbella’s Michelin-starred restaurants are sure to impress, offering innovative and delicious cuisine crafted by some of Spain’s most renowned chefs.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Marbella’s old town is a hidden gem, brimming with history and culture. The charming cobblestone streets wind their way through picturesque plazas, where ancient churches and ornate fountains can be found. And of course, there are the beaches – pristine stretches of sand dotted with chic beach clubs and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, culture, or excitement, Marbella on the Costa del Sol is the ultimate destination for luxury travel.

Where to stay

Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona

Best for: Authentic Mediterranean luxury

Take a step back into classic Marbella luxury with the opulent Kempinski hotel. This 5 star ocean front resort is nestled along the picturesque shores of the Costa del Sol.

From the moment you arrive, the attentive and friendly staff make you feel welcome and at home. As you step into the lobby, the boho inspired contemporary design is stunning as the newly renovated space opens up to the Mediterranean, with a gentle sea breeze wafting through the huge open space.

As you venture through the hotel, the world-class amenities are awaiting to be discovered. Including an array of restaurants and bars serving up delicious cuisine from around the world. Guests can indulge in a range of spa treatments, relax by the pool, or take a stroll through the hotel’s tropical gardens.

The rooms and suites are spacious and beautifully appointed, offering stunning vistas of the sea. With a more traditional feel, the attention to detail is second to none, with every aspect of the hotel designed to ensure the utmost comfort and luxury for its guests.

What sets the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona apart, however, is the exceptional level of service provided by its staff. From the housekeeping team to the front desk staff, bar tenders and hospitality staff, everyone goes above and beyond to ensure that guests have an unforgettable stay.

Overall, the Kempinski is a true gem on the Costa del Sol, offering a luxurious and unforgettable experience for those seeking the ultimate in comfort and hospitality.

Read our in-depth review of The Kempinski here.

Boho Club

Best for: Secluded boho vibes

One of the newest 5 star resorts to grace Marbella, The Boho Club hotel is like nothing you’ve experienced before. Nestled in the heart of Marbella’s exclusive Golden Mile, the Boho Club is a luxurious oasis that exudes style, sophistication, and exclusivity.

This boutique hotel is the epitome of chic, with its eclectic decor and vibrant atmosphere creating a one-of-a-kind ambiance that sets it apart from other luxury hotels. From the lush greenery and serene water features that welcome you upon arrival, to the impeccably designed rooms and suites that offer unparalleled comfort and elegance. Every aspect of the Boho Club has been carefully crafted to create a truly unforgettable experience.

But it’s not just the stunning design and luxurious amenities that make the Boho Club a must-visit destination. The hotel’s prime location puts guests within easy reach of Marbella’s world-class shopping, dining, and nightlife scene, making it the perfect base for exploring all that this vibrant coastal town has to offer. Whether you’re seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, a romantic getaway, or a stylish and sophisticated party scene, the Boho Club offers it all. It’s easy to see why it’s quickly becoming the go-to destination for the world’s most discerning travellers.

Where to dine

La Cocina de mi Abuela

Best for: Authentic Spanish tapas with a twist

Located in the prestigious Kempinski Hotel in Marbella, La Cocina de mi Abuela offers a unique and authentic dining experience that celebrates the rich culinary traditions of Spain. This fine-dining tapas restaurant has quickly become a favourite among locals and visitors alike, thanks to its impeccable service, stunning ambiance, and, of course, its exceptional cuisine.

From the moment you step through the doors, you’re transported to a world of Spanish charm and sophistication, with the warm and welcoming atmosphere creating the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience. The menu features a unique take on traditional tapas, with each dish crafted using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, many of which are sourced locally.

The flavours are bold and challenges the traditional rustic tastes of the small plate experience, whilst remaining authentic. Each dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to preserving the traditional recipes and techniques passed down through generations of Spanish families, but with an elevated fine dining twist.

The wine list is equally impressive, featuring an extensive selection of local and international wines, each chosen to perfectly complement the flavours of the dishes. Whether you’re a foodie seeking the ultimate Spanish culinary experience or simply looking for a taste of authentic fine cuisine, La Cocina de mi Abuela is sure to impress.

Boho Club Restaurant

Best for: Exclusive gastronomy

Nestled in the heart of Marbella’s buzzing dining scene, Boho Club Restaurant offers a truly unique and unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Led by renowned Chef Diego del Río, the restaurant seamlessly blends signature gastronomy with traditional cuisine, resulting in a menu that is both daring and comforting. To truly experience the culinary delights, opting for the tasting menu is a must, and the wine paring option is always a great choice.

But it’s not just the food that sets Boho Club apart. The restaurant boasts an eclectic and thoughtfully designed decor that exudes sophistication and charm. The atmosphere is lively and energetic, with music and conversation filling the air, creating a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance that invites guests to sit back, relax, and indulge in the culinary delights on offer.

The friendly and attentive service only adds to the feeling of being among friends, further enhancing the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner for two, a night out with friends, or a celebratory meal with loved ones, Boho Club Restaurant is the perfect destination. Exploring this culinary gem and discovering the exceptional food, wine collection and fascinating decor is a must. Indulge in a gastronomic adventure like no other. Read our full feature on the Boho Club Restaurant here.


Best for: Exclusive gastronomy

If you’re looking for a culinary experience that’s as unique as it is delicious, look no further than Meksian in Puerto Banus. This one-of-a-kind restaurant offers a fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine, creating a menu that’s bursting with flavour and creativity.

But Meksian is more than just a restaurant. It’s a destination that combines fine art, delicious food, and live music to create a unique ambiance that’s sure to impress. From the moment you step inside, you’re transported to a world of culinary imagination and artistic flair. The decor is a feast for the eyes, with vibrant colours, eclectic furniture, and stunning artwork adorning the walls.

The menu is equally impressive, with dishes that daringly combine the cuisine of Asia and Mexico, showcasing the incredible care and imagination that goes into each plate.

Live music from the in house soul band adds to the lively and energetic atmosphere, creating a dining experience that’s as entertaining as it is delicious. Conveniently located in Puerto Banus, Meksian is the perfect destination venue.


Best for: Social Dining

Specially selected cuts, fine dining and high-end cuisine are the staples of Leña. a luxurious steakhouse restaurant that you won’t want to miss. Located in the heart of Marbella, this chic grill house is the brainchild of internationally renowned chef Dani García, and it’s a concept that’s sure to impress even the most discerning of diners.

Located within the Puento Romano plaza, the restaurant overlooks a dazling sea of fire pits in the Novu Hotel reception. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be blown away by the stunning interior design, which is simply stunning. The attention to detail is second to none, from the unique lighting fixtures to the sleek and modern decor. But it’s not just the design that sets Leña apart from other high-end restaurants. The menu is a steak lovers dream, with a focus on top-quality meats that have been carefully selected and expertly prepared. From succulent cuts of steak to freshly curated starters, each dish is a masterpiece, showcasing the incredible skill and expertise of the chefs.

And with a wine list that’s as impressive as it is extensive, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect pairing to complement your meal. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a memorable night out, Leña is the perfect destination.

Spiler Beach Club

Best for: Seafood

For a cool, casual dining experience right by the sea, Spiler Beach Club is the place to be. This laid-back restaurant and bar is located within the stunning Kempinski Bahia resort, and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal while soaking up the sun and sea breeze. Almost hidden amongst the luscious resort gardens, the beach club is an exclusive hidden gem.

With an open-fire Argentinian grill as the centerpiece of the kitchen, the chefs at Spiler Beach Club take pride in using only the freshest ingredients from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the fields of Andalusia. They work closely with local farmers and fishermen to ensure that every dish is a true feast of seafood, crustaceans, great cuts of meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. And of course, no meal at Spiler Beach Club would be complete without indulging in one of their incredible chocolate desserts.

With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Spiler Beach Club is the perfect place to gather with friends and family and enjoy a meal by the sea. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty steak, fresh seafood, or a refreshing cocktail, you’ll find everything you need at this fantastic beachfront restaurant.

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