"The luxury resort of Puente Romano is more than just a hotel, more than just a charming Andalusian beachfront village; it is a way of life."
The resort is a heavenly paradise in miniature with immaculately manicured verdant gardens, powdery soft sand beaches and world-class facilities that attract celebrities and sports stars alike.
A mere 40 minutes from Málaga International Airport, Puente Romano also provide private limousine transfers to ensure the plane-to-suite experience is as seamless as possible. The airport caters for numerous flights, even in the winter season, to ensure Puente Romano is an all-year-round destination.
History and modernity in harmony
At the heart of the hotel is an ancient Roman bridge that stands to this very day (Puente Romano stands for Roman Bridge in Spanish!). Somehow, world-renowned interior designer Andrew Martin has done a tremendous job designing the modern-day infrastructure of the hotel to effortlessly blend in with the rich history of the location. There are no high-rise buildings in the complex, just a series of elegant villas spread across acres of land. It might have over 180 rooms, but it always feels like an exclusive experience.
One of their tag lines is "What's ours is yours", and that isn't hard to believe if you end up in one of the suites with the fabled HOGO sleep system beds. A cursory visit to their website will not reveal any prices for their beds, but it is rumoured Cristiano Ronaldo has a similar bed priced at around £33k! You are given a whole brochure on why HOGO might be the best invention since sliced bread, as not only does it It help to improve your immune system and helps with total body regeneration.
The suites are generally decorated in white and grey tones to let the Andalusian sunshine be the main attraction. Rooms are spacious and airy, in particular the expansive terrace that lets you observe the flora and fauna in their gardens. A gleaming marble bathroom equipped with double vanities and rainfall showers sets the bar high in all of their bathrooms, with luxury Natura Bissé toiletries offered to ensure nourished hair and skin throughout your stay. Even the taps are extra-sleek and well-shaped, coming from Porcelanosa. It is a no-expenses-spared experience when you stay at Puente Romano.
Sharing the same site as Nobu Marbella, the dining options here are unravelled. Marbellans frequently flock to the resort to sample the global flavours. There are 15 restaurants in total, from the relaxed beachside charms of Chiringuito, to the gastronomic delights of Sea Grill. Chiringuito is a particularly serene affair, where you can lap up the sounds of the sea whilst dining on the catch of the day. Seafood connoisseurs will be in seventh heaven, with the option to feast on Spanish, Mediterranean or Canadian lobsters. You can devour big scarlet king prawns, Garrucha prawns and white prawns, or if that's not to taste, beyond meat vegan burgers, to rich, Galician tenderloin.
Sea Grill has an even more expansive menu, in suitably refined surroundings. The stunning interior is dripping with Mediterranean charm and was also designed by Andrew Martin. Seasonality is the key here, so your fruit de mer is dependent on what is available from the local markets, as well as running a dedicated truffle menu in the Autumn/Winter period. Whilst seafood is the star attraction, their menu has something to offer for everyone, whether it's handmade pasta dishes, to spicy tandoor creations.
Their world-renowned tennis centre was opened by Bjorn Borg in 1979, and is still used by professionals for practice and hosting tournaments to this very day. Private coaching can be arranged for you with consummate ease. The state-of-the-art gym with cutting-edge technology is also hard to turn down; with curved running machines, a boxing studio and a world-class sound system, this is the place to burn off the excess calories from the plethora of gastronomic options available. They also have an outdoor jungle gym for those wishing to enjoy the temperate surroundings. As well as enjoying direct beach access, Puente Romana have three outdoor swimming pools, some of which are heated all year round. From mid-April to October, the water sports you can enjoy are countless, from yacht sailing to jet-skiing. The Marbella Golf Club is also incredibly popular given the scenic backdrop of the Benahavis mountains, and the cooling breeze from the Mediterranean Sea.
Inspired by nature
It is all about being at one with nature at the Six Senses Spa. Their treatment rooms use local stone and timber to create an authentic Andalusian experience. Their massage treatments use ingredients sourced from Southern Spain such as olive oil, mountain herbs and sea salt. You can purchase a wet zone pass to explore all their wellness offerings such as a hydrotherapy pool, herbal steam room and traditional hammam.
More than just a resort
Apart from the pleasures described above, they also have a world-class shopping on offer, with brands like Orlebar Brown and Temperley London available. They have a co-working space for digital nomads, and a real estate arm for those looking for a more permanent address on the Golden Mile. Most guests won't even have to leave for the Old Town of Marbella, but should you wish to visit, it is only 12 minutes away by car. Puente Romano hotel might have opened in 1979, but it continues to be an industry leader when it comes to luxury resort experiences.
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