This week I bring you my latest trip to Marbella and how it is the perfect destination for an eternal summer getaway in Spain!
After some crazy days traveling around Europe I decided it was time to take a break and go somewhere to relax, so I spoke to my mom and we went on a mother-daughter holiday to the best spa resort in Marbella, the Don Carlos! Wanna know more about it? Keep reading 😉
HOW TO GET HERE:
To arrive to Marbella you will need to fly from Malaga airport, which is one of the most transited in Spain so you have flights coming here from most parts of the world. From Barcelona I flew with Vueling, the flight is about 1.30h .
When you arrive to Malaga you will drive about 30 min and you arrive to paradise !
WHERE TO STAY: OASIS BY DON CARLOS
I have spent many summers in Marbella going to the best hotels and I have now found my favourite resort. The Oasis by Don Carlos. Let me tell you the story, the original and very famous hotel is the Don Carlos resort, and now there is the new hotel inside the hotel which was built around the spa, which is the Oasis. The Oasis is like a sanctuary inside the hotel, somewhere to relax and find peace.
During my stay I had the chance to try two different room types:
The Oasis apartment, with 75 m2 and an extra large terrace, 142m2, with sunbeds, two balinese beds and an infinity pool, a beach club just for the two of you.
The apartment consists of a lounge space, a kitchen, an extra large bed and a super cool double rain shower, all decorated in style of the 50s with a blend of natural fabrics, leather and ethnic details. The bathroom soaps are from Molton Brown ( I love the brand!!!) in the room they gifted us with a beach bag with a fan with Natura Bissé sun creams! Ready to go to the sun!
The Oasis suite: For the next part of the trip we moved to the Oasis suite 84 m² + 88 m² terrace, its one of the most beautiful hotel rooms I have seen. Also equipped with the same spaces than the apartment, it’s a piece of heaven with the best views to the resort gardens and the mediterranean sea.
WHAT TO DO:
If you manage to leave the room, because its a holiday on its own and you will not want to leave. The explained me some cases where the resort managers had to call the guests after some days to see if they were ok because they would simply not leave the room! Haha
Anyways if you manage to leave the room, there are sooo many things you can do at the resort. First of all let’s start on the wellness side. The Oasis Spa, one of the best equipped spas I have been to in terms of water circuits and saunas, plus the beauty of this spa is that you are not locked on the ground floor, you have a huge window where you can see the resorts nature. I recommend you to spend here the afternoon and treat yourself to one of their signature massages. I would never leave this place either!
Now lets talk about the sports side of the Don Carlos, you can practice morning yoga at the beautiful gardens, you can play tennis or you can play golf! I think I need to come more days to be able to do everything…
If you just want to chill ( basically what I have done ) you just head to the hotel’s pool and beach club and land onto one of their balinese beds. The plan here is to relax and enjoy the warm weather of the always sunny Marbella!! Believe me when I tell you you will feel as if you are in a resort in the Caribbean, only with the benefit you are in Spain! Oleee, did anyone say Jamón?
In case you feel the need to leave the resort, which is almost imposible but well, since you already are in Marbella might as well give a tour around Puerto Banús for some shopping, you can do so by hopping on the Oasis Mini car and drive about 20 minutes! Who likes to shop? Here you have one of the best shopping experiences in Spain as all the best shops are places together in a little street, enjoy!!
WHERE TO EAT:
One of the best things about the Don Carlos resort must be the gastronomy you find at the hotel:
Los Naranjos: From the moment you have breakfast at the buffet Los Naranjos you will realise why, a market experience breakfast with many different ‘market stands’ one with fruits, other with bread, other with jamón, another with special pastries, another with a live cooking eggs station… I mean breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we must do it right!! I recommend you the scrambled eggs !
Sol y Sombra: The restaurant by the pool ( the first pool, are there are many ) here I recommend you to have the tuna salad with guacamole and the roasted langostinos with monkfish ! Super healthy and delicious!
Orange Beach club restaurant: Remember the Bali beds by the beach? Here you can enjoy their super amazing brunch on the bed while you tan. The brunch comes in two trays with so many delicious dishes, my favourite are the quesadillas with truffle, the salmorejo (similar to gazpacho) and the wakame salad, the ceviches and the plate of cheese among manyyyy things! Keep a bit of space for the desserts! Brownie and cheesecake.. all this while you drink Veuve Cliqcuot champagne with sea views, ahh amigos life doesn’t get much better than this!
Ombu: The Thai restaurant at the hotel, and I can tell you its one of the best Thai restaurants I ever dined at. Try the starter Satay perfect to share and as main dish the Pad Thai with prawns and jasmine rice!! For dessert you must try the banana and the coconut rice with mango! top top
Trattoria: The Italian restaurant al fresco! Enjoy the terrace views while having some pasta or fresh fish. I had the gnocchi with truffle sauce and asparagus and caprese salad! You should also try the fish, specially the turbot alla calabrese.
Room service: For the moments where you don’t want to leave the room, just enjoy their fabulous room service selection, I recommend you the marinated salmon and the langoustines with guacamole.
Next time you are planning a trip to disconnect, you don’t need to go far. Come to Marbella, they have the best weather in Europe, enjoy the sunny days at Costa del Sol and treat yourself to one of the most amazing resorts in the world!
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Thank you for reading and see you in Marbella amigos!