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nightclub at Punte Romano," says
Shawna Owen, a Chicago travel
agency owner. "It's the real deal
and not to be missed."
At a reception in Old Town, a
district of cobblestone pedestrian
walkways and whitewashed buildings bedecked with flower boxes,
attendees were welcomed by
Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz
and danced the "Macarena" performed by Los del Río, the Spanish
pop duo that made the song an international hit in the 1990s.
Another day, several in our
group headed to Ascari, a highend race facility near Ronda with
the longest track in Spain. "The
Ascari luxury racing experience
was perhaps one of the most exhilarating events I have ever taken part in," says Gerard Bellino, a
travel agency executive in Paramus, New Jersey.
"Picture a country club, but one
where you race cars," explains
Swasbrook. "I highly recommend
the experience for anyone who
loves cars, racing, or just wants to
experience the incredible thrill of
being at a race track."
History and culture, food and
wine, golf and tennis, sun and
spa - Marbella has it all. As Owen
notes, "It's one of the few European beach destinations open
year-round" - one where you can
tour in the morning and relax at
the beach in the afternoon. And
while many advisors recommend
Marbella as a single destination,
Owen says, "I almost always include Marbella at the end of a
Spain or Spain-and-Portugal itinerary. It's a great way to end with
some R & R."
As Miami Beach agency executive Carlos Edery advises, "Marbella is a place that you must enjoy
for what it is - and that means a
place to relax and just absorb. You
can be as active as you want, but
you get the most out of it when you
take it easy and don't rush it."
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Party people, clockwise from top: A cocktail reception at Puente Romano, the Virtuoso events team,
agency executives and their guests, a dessert detail, and Marbella mayor Ángeles
Muñoz and Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch (with Los del Río onstage).