Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 30
"Marbella is perfect for travelers who may have been
to Spain, but never knew how different the Mediterranean
coast, culture, and food are there."
the Moorish Alhambra fortress), Córdoba
(famed for its mosque-turned-cathedral)
and Málaga (a modern port that serves as
Marbella's rail and air hub).
The group spent their days exploring
those places, but Marbella is a destination
in its own right. Our host hotels: Marbella
Club and Puente Romano, sister properties
with decidedly different styles.
"Marbella Club is steeped in history,
with an old-world elegance and charm,"
says Tim Krenzien, a Chicago-based travel
Yvonne Verstandig, a travel agency
executive from Melbourne, Australia,
agrees: "It's the iconic hotel in Marbella."
Trendier Puente Romano, she notes, is
double the size. "It replicates an Andalusian village, with 13 restaurants and bars
and plenty of sports and nightlife. It's a
more casual luxury experience." Both
properties boast beachfront locations;
sprawling, lush gardens; wellness spas
(Puente Romano's is a Six Senses outpost); and dynamic kids' clubs. In a few
months, Puente Romano will expand its
portfolio of accommodations when Nobu
Hotel opens at the resort.
You'll get VIP treatment at either hotel.
"Virtuoso clients are special," says Jorge
Manzur, Puente Romano's general manager.
"I review arrivals every day with the staff."
HERE'S A GUIDE TO A PERFECT DAY IN
Marbella: Bike or walk along the mileslong waterfront promenade - you can go
all the way to Puerto Banús, a glitzy marina with high-end shopping, including
Spanish design house Loewe, Bulgari, and
El Corte Inglés department store. Perfect
your tennis swing with a pro on one of ten
courts at Puente Romano (which hosts
the Davis Cup tournament in February),
or hit the links - Marbella's many courses make it Spain's top golf destination.
While away the afternoon over a long,
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Clockwise from top: Mingling at a Marbella Club reception; Puente Romano's Jorge Manzur
and Francesco Roccato flank agency executives Dena Krenzien and Karen Howland;
and Jaime Leon, Count Rudi von Schönberg, Laura Asilis, and Carlos Quereda.
rosé-fueled lunch at either hotel's beach
club; both have waterfront restaurants
featuring decadent buffets laden with
fresh seafood, paella, meats grilled to order, and gorgeous ocean views. Moving
on to the next meal (remember, Spaniards
typically eat dinner later, around 8:30,
after an afternoon siesta), you don't even
need to leave the hotel grounds: Choose
from Marbella Club's legendary Grill restaurant, Michelin-starred dining at Puente Romano's Dani García, or a range of
more casual options. After dinner, "Channel your inner cool kid and go to La Suite