The hottest hotels for this coming season

From a Marbella historic hideaway, a gastronomic retreat, an emblematic urban hotel, to beach- and mountain-side resorts, we’ve chosen 5 hotels that need to be in your travel address book.

La Fonda Heritage Hotel

Andalucian charm in Marbella’s historic centre

Riding the wave of Marbella old town renaissance, the blissful boutique bolthole of La Fonda Heritage Hotel is the first Relais Châteaux property in Andalucía. Honouring the gastronomic values of the group, the hotel’s signature ‘La Fonda Restaurant’ offers refined dining in the unique setting of a 16th-century former chapel, the Hermitage of San Sebastian. The creative menu designed by Executive Chef Juan Cruz Escarrá, focusses on locally sourced, sustainable cuisine.

Los Patios de la Fonda is the hotel’s informal bistro space of charming courtyards and dining areas, perfect for breakfast as well as daytime snacks and lunch. Once night falls, the Sky Bar is the protagonist, a spacious roof terrace for savouring sundowners, as you soak up the views across old town to the Mediterranean.

La Fonda Heritage Hotel is the epitome of elegance, sophistication, and historic charm. As soon as you arrive, the classic Andalusian patio with ancient columns and Moorish style fountain, embraces you with a calming energy, as you can sip your welcome glass of bubbles during check in.

The 20 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites are distributed across meticulously restored historic buildings that date back to the early 16th century. Choose the Heritage Suite to enjoy a private salon with restored 18th century frescoes, and ceiling where angels will look down upon you, or the Deluxe Tower Room for panoramic old town views.

Expect a mix of bold, monochrome mid-century style with touches of Andalusian charm, punctuated with modern amenities including a vintage style Marshall Bluetooth speaker, Loewe smart-screen TV, and a well-presented mini bar with Illy coffee machine, and a kettle too, for making tea.

This is the choice for boutique luxury in Marbella’s captivating ‘casco antiguo’.


Only YOU Malaga

The capital’s luxury urban hotel

Only YOU Hotels are renowned for their vibrant, distinctive style, each property celebrating the unique qualities of their city setting.

Found in Malaga’s emblematic La Equitativa building, at the head the iconic Marqués de Larios street, the 5-star Only YOU Malaga is no exception. It has brought its bold energy and contemporary ambiance to this ever-more popular coastal capital.

Only YOU Malaga is much more than chic city suites and a rooftop pool. It also has Carmen, a lively ground floor Andalusian tavern and restaurant offering tapas and dishes with a contemporary twist, popular with locals. Lola is the roof top fine-dining restaurant and terrace, for gastronomic nights with sexy city views.

Crowning the property is Lolita, a poolside cocktail bar with panoramic views of the ancient alcazar fortress, and the port.

In the past few decades Malaga has emerged as one of Spain’s most sought-after city destinations, for its distinctive cuisine, Mediterranean climate, and world-class arts scene. Staying at Only YOU Malaga puts the city’s attractions at your feet. It’s a short stroll to the architecturally striking quayside of Muelle Uno and the Picasso Museum Málaga; or the on-trend neighbourhood of Soho, and the fascinating Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC); and not far either, to the bustling historic centre, and the Carmen Thyssen Málaga Museum.

Guest rooms and suites have warm, welcoming Mediterranean tones and blond wood-clad walls, and lots of Andalucian light. There’s touches of humour and personality that is so much part of the spirit of Only YOU, from the playful bathrobes to the thoughtful welcome amenity, including a personalised city guide, presented as a newspaper.

Choose a Junior Suite Terrace for extra space, indulging with a living room, bedroom, and exterior chill-out terrace with views of the city, port, verdant Paseo del Parque avenue and the Mediterranean.

This is the choice to feel connected with the urban vibrancy of Costa del Sol’s Mediterranean capital.


Boho Club Hotel

California-style gastronomic resort on Marbella’s Golden Mile

As you might expect from the name, Boho Club Hotel is an intimate, creatively unconventional destination, that strives to offer a genuinely personalised guest experience connected with the Mediterranean and its cuisine.

Evocative of the captivating charm of a vintage Hollywood hideaway in Southern California, this secluded luxury property is set within a lush, landscaped estate on the north side of Marbella’s emblematic Golden Mile. Privileged views are to the majestic La Concha mountain, and with glimpses of the sparkling Mediterranean.

Stylish, indulgent accommodation of garden- and pool-facing suites and bungalows surround the main club house, home to the resort’s signature restaurant with the renowned Executive Chef, Diego del Río at the helm. Boho Club is without doubt a gourmet destination, with Chef del Río’s cosmopolitan tasting menus brimming with creativity, using predominantly Andalusian ingredients.

For daytime snacking or simply a chilled glass of Fino and a tapa, seek out Solera, the Andalusian patio of Boho Club with a fresh menu, based on Mediterranean flavours. Or if you’re poolside, make it Bernie’s, the resort’s informal pool bar for cocktails and light meals.

Evenings are for signature cocktails sipped to the mellow beats of the nightly DJ sessions, then dine and dance under the stars, before returning to your stylish bungalow or suite.

Set amongst architectural plants of cardon, candelabra and gatepost cactus, the individual Mediterranean cottages private terraces offer guests  the perfect private hideaway.

For extra space, or to share the experience with friends or family choose the two-bedroom bungalows, boasting up to 65 square metres and luxe details like 600 thread count bed linens, generous bathrobes, and organic bathroom amenities.

Facilities include an outside gym, two pools and bikes, perfect to take out for a spin exploring Marbella’s chic shoreline trail.

This is the choice for glamorous foodies that value fun and privacy.


La Zambra Resort

Inspired by the passionate spirit of flamenco

This spa and golf resort set in the rolling foothills of the Mijas mountains between Malaga and Marbella, is also close to the postcard perfect Andalucian hilltop village of Mijas.

This 5-star, beautifully renovated Mediterranean resort is a destination that has played an extraordinary role in the Costa del Sol’s story of legendary hospitality. The hotel, formerly known as Byblos, was originally made famous for welcoming the likes of The Rolling Stones, Princess Diana, and Julio Iglesias, and is now starting a new chapter as the luxurious La Zambra Resort.

The property has been reimagined with exceptional flair and style, celebrating a theme evocative of the vibrancy of Andalucia’s flamenco culture. The emblematic architecture remains, but it has been completely renovated and restyled, with elegant spaces of understated luxury that are radiant with light.

With one of the largest wellness facilities in Southern Spain, the Mood Spa, as well as golf course access and large mountain view gardens, La Zambra has a strong health and wellness retreat vibe.

Yet the gastronomy is notable too. The Mediterranean flavours of Palmito, set the scene for leisurely meals on a sun-kissed terrace, while the Picador restaurant is a particular highlight.

For live music and signature cocktails, the evocatively named Bamboleo bar is the destination. With a fabulous outdoor terrace and striking interior, expect a vibrant, unforgettable evening.

The rooms and suites of la Zambra all have private terraces and interiors of warm natural tones of terracotta, stone, wood, and polished concrete, softened with luxury fabrics. For the ultimate suite, choose the La Zambra Penthouse, with its three terraces and private rooftop pool.

This is the choice for indulgent Mediterranean wellbeing.


METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella, Estepona

The beachside place to dine, play and stay

METT has brought its lively, luxury lifestyle hospitality to Southern Spain, with the opening of this beachside hotel between Marbella and Estepona. At the property’s heart is a spectacular 50 metre Azure Beach Pool, with views to the Mediterranean.

Guests can also enjoy the MOI spa, the RAISE gym with Technogym equipment, bicycles to explore the kilometres of beachside trails, the Azure beach chiringuito restaurant, as well as signature Italian dining at Isola, and Greek Mediterranean cuisine as the new Ammos restaurant.

The METT style is all about socialising, dining, and savouring a modern Mediterranean lifestyle with feel-good music and entertainment. Although there are 249 rooms and suites, the property has an intimate feel, enhanced by the attentive service of the team.

METT Hotel & Beach Resort embraces you with the feeling of a warm summer. Beautiful interior and exterior design, featuring a harmonious blend of brilliant white, with sea blues and earthy greens, are enhanced with lush plants, that all together create the perfect setting for a beachside break.

Rooms and suites offer a minimalist take on Mediterranean style, with bright and airy spaces decorated with natural elements. Each room and suite are thoughtfully equipped with a steamer for clothes, an excellent mini bar with premium drinks, tea and coffee making facilities including an espresso machine and, in the bathroom, expect the signature METT amenities.

For pure indulgence, choose the new Beach Suites that have private gardens and pools.

This is the choice for the young at heart, seeking a sun-splashed escapade on the shores of the Mediterranean.


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