Marbella, always a Jet-Set Destination
It was as far back as the 1950’s, when the German aristocrat Alfonso Hohenlohe and his father decided to build a small hotel (now the Marbella Club Hotel, which sits directly opposite the offices of MP Dunne Properties, Marbella) next to the farmhouse that they had previously purchased so that they could offer accommodation to their many friends and acquaintances, that Marbella began to see a major influx of members of the “high society” of the time.
The word spread, the delights of Marbella were on the lips of all who visited and now included not only the Dukes and Duchesses, Princes and Princesses of the day but also the famous Hollywood actors and actresses and the wealthy banker families and developers.
By the 1970’s, Marbella was recognised as being the European hub for Jet-Setters, with the added attraction of the incredible port of Puerto Banús, which had just been opened, offering a luxury marina and shopping complex but keeping in tone with the town by maintaining a “pueblo andaluz” flavour in its original architectural style.
Today Marbella, including Puerto Banús of course, is one of the best known entertainment centres in Europe, offering great shopping on all levels, from Zara in the “La Cañada” shopping mall to the designer label boutiques in Puerto Banús, fabulous restaurants to satisfy all palates with both local and international cuisine, bars and nightclubs, music concerts and festivals, golf and sporting events, not to mention the fabulous Spring Games hosted by the Marbella Club Hotel (one of the original “gamers” was none other than Sean Connery!), and much much more.
And if you take a seat on one of the bar terraces in Puerto Banús, while sipping your favourite drink you can sit and see the world go by – literally!!! Between people watching and feasting your eyes on the large yachts moored there and the steady flow of cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley driving past, it will be a memorable drink. Impossible to get bored in Marbella!!