Why are we focusing on the Costa del Sol? With 325 days of sun every year, 125km of beaches, 70 golf courses, 3 very special hotels and excellent flight connections with all UK airports you’ll find it an irresistible place. The province has become a leading cultural destination thanks to the promotion of Picasso and his artistic legacy. Elsewhere, few destinations can boast such a wealth of history and heritage dating back thousands of years that has been preserved and maintained so well.
Practically 80% of the Costa del Sol’s cultural heritage is concentrated in three cities, which makes them must-sees. Ronda, Antequera and Malaga. That said, any white village or pueblo blanco in the province can provide you with a thoroughly enjoyable experience thanks to labyrinths of winding, whitewashed streets and charming old quarters. Thanks to the perfect climate (the average temperature, year round, is a very pleasant 20 degrees), the Costa del Sol has become a leading destination worldwide for golf. Many of the courses were designed by legends such as Seve Ballesteros.
Sun and sand are essential parts of tourism here. From the east to the west coast, the diversity of beaches Malaga has to offer results in landscapes as different as they are appealing. Beautiful, stunning cliffs on the eastern coast give rise to beaches of white sand on the more westerly coast, as well as busier city beaches with a host of amenities. All the coastal towns here have well-equipped beaches offering visitors a wealth of facilities. The province’s offerings, which are awarded with blue flags every year by the European Union, are a byword for tourist quality.
Every one of the 103 villages has unique traditions that are well worth getting to know. Food festivals that sing the praises of local products, religious pilgrimages and festivals whereby the patron saints leave their temples to go on procession through the streets and alleys and fairs bursting with colour that really showcase the most generous side of Malaga hospitality.
With so much choice, you could be overwhelmed. This is why we’ve joined forces with Iberostar to get the very best holiday for you.
Iberostar is a leading international hotel chain with over 100 properties located on the best beaches and cities around the world. We have chosen 3 exceptional properties, starting with the newest jewel in the company’s crown.
IBEROSTAR Costa del Sol
This beautiful beach hotel, which opened in March 2016, is aimed at the discerning traveller.
It’s located in front of the quiet El Saladillo beach in Marbella, set within stunning gardens and at just 45 minutes from Malaga Airport, it is ideal for couples or family holidays.
There are 265 rooms, most with sea views, but we were taken with the ‘Sharing Pool’ rooms, unique to selected doubles and suites, who all have direct access to a communal pool in addition to the rest of the facilities and the pool area of the main hotel.
It’s a place that promotes absolute relaxation with those pools, a Jacuzzi and spa centre.
SPA Sensations invites you to discover the true pleasure of pampering, with an exclusive water circuit and another area for personalised beauty treatments. This hotel offers high quality entertainment and facilities, all with direct access to one of the quietest and most beautiful beaches in Marbella.
There’s exquisite gastronomy too. Choose from a buffet of local and international dishes, many of which you can see being created at the various cooking stations.
In high season, the Beach Club restaurant is one of Marbella’s leading restaurants. The new culinary techniques are combined with the best-preserved tradition of Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine.
IBEROSTAR Marbella Coral Beach
Quite simply one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Marbella, it has a sense of peace and tranquillity in every corner, perfect for couples who want luxury and serenity. Surrounded by palm trees, courtyards and exotic gardens, this 4-star venue has a fine Mediterranean style with Arabic and Andalusian influences.
Located less than a half mile from the famous Puerto Banús Marina on the Golden Mile of Marbella, the IBEROSTAR Marbella Coral Beach hotel enjoys spectacular views from right on the beach.
It has 170 comfortable rooms of cutting-edge design, and countless excellent facilities. The SeaSoul Restaurant & Beach Club is one of the area’s swishest, most exclusive places. Enjoy it in a hammock, with a cocktail in hand!
IBEROSTAR Malaga Playa
With its distinctive Arabic style, the 4-star Málaga Playa Hotel is an all-inclusive paradise.
This is another attractive choice for couples or families wanting to visit Torrox (including the gorgeous Andalusian village reputed to have the finest weather in Europe).
The hotel sits directly on the beach and offers 319 guestrooms and 94 comfortable 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, enveloped by lush gardens and three pools.
Offering an abundance of facilities and services, including a full programme of entertainment for people of all ages including the renowned mini clubs, spa, wellness and beauty treatments, and brilliant cuisine at the 4-star buffet, with many brilliant traditional local dishes.
For further details on the Costa Del Sol, these recommended hotels or any Iberostar properties worldwide, please contact Abbotts Travel.
Click here for the online version of the June issue of Essex Central magazine.