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10 Best Golf Hotels in Marbella

Updated: Feb 25

Marbella is a wonderful place. It has everything, fine dining, nightlife, glamour and is full of Europe’s beautiful people, but what makes Marbella irresistible to people like you and me is golf. The Marbella Golf Valley is synonymous with the best golf that Europe has to offer.


10 Best Golf Hotels in Marbella Golf Course Andalusia Costa del Sol

In this guide we bring to you what we believe to be our top 10 Best golf Hotels in Marbella with a bonus destination added for good measure!


As well as offering a guide to the top ten best golf hotels in Marbella we will also give you a rundown on the most popular Marbella golf courses along with links to our reviews so that you can plan your perfect golf holiday on the Costa del Sol.


Rio Real

  1. 4 Star

  2. 30 Rooms


Overview


If Boutique-style hotels are your thing, then Rio Real is the ideal destination. It has 30 spacious and comfortable rooms overlooking the famous golf course.


The Rio Real golf course was opened in 1965 and it is considered to be one of the best in Marbella for its layout and stunning beauty. The course, (18 holes-72 par and more than 6.000 meters long) runs along Rio Real river which is an integral part of the golf course, adding to its uniqueness.


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After a round of golf, you can enjoy a drink and a good chat in the exquisite club house with its fireplace and beautiful views of the golf course. If you get hungry, the Rio Real restaurant offers great Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant, distinguished setting overlooking the stunning golf course.


Other facilities that can be enjoyed here at Rio Real are, a private pool area with a pool bar and a relaxing solarium, a wellness area that offers a variety of treatments and events and meeting rooms.



Marbella Club


Overview

The crown jewel of golf hotels in Marbella, and dare I say in Europe, has to be Marbella Club Hotel with its breathtaking gardens, elegant guest rooms and luxurious facilities all designed for an unforgettable experience.


The hotel, founded by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in 1954, has 115 rooms and suites, plus 17 stunning villas. The standard, deluxe rooms are spacious (45 sq. m) with a contemporary decor, a comfortable sitting area and a private terrace where you can sip your morning coffee overlooking the flawless gardens. A more particular guest can choose one of the luxurious Garden Suites or an MC Suite. And if you want to experience a more traditional Andalusian accommodation, the fabulous villas and bungalows await.


In terms of dining, Marbella Club Hotel takes the experience to a different level. Guests have the choice of eating at the iconic El Patio Restaurant surrounded by jasmine-scented vines, having Mediterranean specialties and a poolside cocktail at the Beach Club, enjoying the famous chiringuitos and other fish specialties at the beautiful MC Beach; The Grill has elevated cooking steaks and seafood to the state of art. If you want healthy food, then pop in to El Olivar for a spot of lunch; The Summer Bar enchants its visitors with gentle piano tunes or live music; Rudi’s is a bohemian lounge where you can enjoy a fancy drink and delicious tapas while warming up by the fire; and if you’re a wine lover, don’t miss the dining and wine tastings at La Bodega.


Other facilities include a dazzling spa overlooking the sea, the Holistic Studio set in the lush gardens, fitness programmes that include meditation and mindfulness or high-energy fitness like brisk strolls, hikes and bike rides. Also, Marbella Club boasts a 5000 sq.meters Kids Club, that offers activities like sports, wildlife experiences, gardening, open air play, science experiments and more (for kids with ages between 4 and 14).


If you visit Marbella Club with the intention of playing golf, then you will be delighted to learn that they also own and operate the The Marbella Club golf course to the same dazzling standards.



Hotel Guadalmina


Overview

Located in San Pedro de Alcantara district, Hotel Guadalmina features stunning views of the sea and maximum comfort for travellers and golf lovers.


The hotel has 178 rooms with air-conditioning, multi-channel TV, premium bed linens, a down comforter and toiletries. All the rooms have balconies with beautiful views of the sea or the gardens. Depending on your needs, you can choose the size of the room ( 35 sq m for a Superior Triple Room or a Superior Family Room and 50 sq m for a One-Bedroom Suite or a Junior Suite) and the facilities.


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Guests of the Hotel Guadalmina can enjoy the wonderful spa area with its hot water pool with jacuzzi, different body jets, foot bath, showers for cryo-thermo therapies, sauna, Turkish bath and cold water pool. Also, guests can visit the relaxation area where they can have a drink and eat seasonal fruit while listening to relaxing music. Don’t miss the beauty salon where you can get pampered from head to toes.


There is also a kids club and a games room for the youngest visitors.

Golfers will be overjoyed by the proximity of some of the best golf courses in Marbella such as El Paraiso Golf Club, Atalaya Golf and Country Club and Santa Clara Golf to name a few.


The hotel’s main restaurant, Taray, will spoil its guests with international and local delicacies savoured either in the beautifully decorated interior or on the terrace overlooking the sea.



Los Monteros


Overview

Los Monteros was one of the first 5 star hotels in Marbella, inaugurated in 1962 with only 35 rooms. Over time, it has been expanded and improved to the luxurious resort that it is today with 68 rooms and 20 villas.


Situated in what is known as the “Golf Mile”, Los Monteros will offer golf lovers easy access to some of the finest golf courses in Marbella.


In addition to golf, the hotel offers guests access to its top quality Racquet Club, a place that has hosted international tennis competitions in the past and now provides players with high-quality clay tennis courts, hard tennis courts, glass padel courts, and volleyball courts.


Los Monteros is a serious contender to the title of the best golf hotels in Marbella considering its luxurious rooms designed for complete comfort and relaxation, its restaurants and beach bars that offer a complete and unforgettable culinary experience (El Corzo was the first hotel restaurant in Spain to receive a Michelin star) and the fabulous Spa area with a large selection of facial and body treatments, massages and a thermal circuit (the duration of the Basic Thermal Circuit is 45 minutes and the Deluxe Thermal Circuit has a duration of 90 minutes) that will leave you feeling reborn.



Barcelo Marbella

  1. 4 Star

  2. 206 Rooms


Overview


Situated in Guadalmina, this 4-star colonial-style hotel is an ideal choice for golfers, families, couples or friends.


Barcelo Marbella has 206 bright rooms, cozy and beautifully decorated. The most basic room is decorated in a colonial style and offers all the comfort one could need. Those guests requiring a greater level of “plush” can choose the Club Premium Suite, a magnificent 65 sq m room equipped with a hot tub, stunning views from the generous terrace and a separate sitting room.


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The hotel is an excellent choice for guests that enjoy golf, as it is close to all the best golf courses around Marbella.


Food lovers will also be delighted with the hotel’s restaurant that offers Mediterranean and international cuisine. What sets this restaurant apart is the open kitchen where you can watch the kitchen brigade create your dining experience.


Health is beauty. Barcelo Marbella takes this seriously offering its guests a wide range of facial and body treatments, aromatherapy, relaxing massages, special treatments for golfers and personalised therapies aiming to help visitors feel refreshed inside and out. The wellness centre also features saunas, a steam room, hydrotherapy pool and massage rooms.



Westin La Quinta

  1. 5 Star

  2. 170 Rooms


Overview


Located between the Sierra Blanca mountains and the Mediterranean sea, The Westin la Quinta Resort exudes charm, peace and tranquillity.


The 5-star hotel offers 170 rooms, of which 163 are standard rooms (with a king-size bed or 2 single beds) , 3 are Junior suites (travellers enjoy more space), 3 are Executive suites (with separate living and sleeping areas, plus panoramic pool, garden and mountain views) and a Presidential suite (as opulent as you can imagine). The rooms are of traditional design, with elegant, eclectic decorations, offering stunning views of the city and the golf course.


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Speaking of which, the attached golf course offers three loops of nine holes. The A and C loops provide an excellent golfing experience which I can recommend to all those taking a golf holiday on the Costa del Sol.


However, The Westin La Quinta isn’t among the best golf hotels in Marbella only for its golf course. The gardens and pool areas are truly lovely and the Spa provides a distraction for non-golfers or non-golf days.


The resort has 2 fantastic restaurants (Sunsa Restaurant, Clubhouse Restaurant) where regional and international cuisine can be enjoyed and 3 bars (Aljama Bar, El Mirador Pool Bar, and Hoyo 19 Bar) that offer something for everyone.


While staying at the Westin La Quinta you cannot miss the wellness area comprised of a fully equipped gym and an exclusive 1500m2 Moorish style spa in which you will find 8 treatment and wellness rooms, hammam, a sauna, an aromatic steam bath, hydrotherapy, whirlpool and a relaxing lounge area where guests can enjoy a detox tea.



Don Carlos


Overview

One of the best hotels for golfers in Marbella has to be the stunningly beautiful Don Carlos Resort. Situated on Elviria Beach just 10 minutes away from Marbella’s historical centre. Don Carlos is formed by 3 sections: the hotel, the tropical gardens and the deluxe villas.


Paradise is one word that comes to mind when describing Don Carlos as you step into the 20000 sq.m lush tropical garden leading into the seafront. Here, you will be mesmerised by the beautiful waterfall, admire the water lily pond, relax in the French-style circus and get recharged by the splendid fauna and flora.


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The 5 star hotel has 243 rooms and suites built for maximum comfort. All the rooms are bright, beautifully decorated with gorgeous views either of the sea or the mountains. If you desire a more exclusive treatment, Don Carlos provides luxury villas with 1 or 2 bedrooms, a generous terrace, private swimming pool and a butler (yes, a butler!).


Like all the facilities, the resort’s restaurants and beach bars offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Los Naranjos and Bahia restaurants offer authentic Andalusian cuisine intertwined with the best of international dishes; taste all the iconic Thai dishes in Ombu restaurant surrounded by palm trees in the tropical garden; and enjoy a drink and live music in one of the resort’s bars.


Active guests will love the sports facilities that include tennis courts, golf, yoga and a state of the art fitness centre.


Everything about Don Carlos resort is outstanding so the wellness and spa area is no different. The Spa area includes a 1.600 sq.m water circuit, a shower temple, sauna, steam baths, an aroma cabin and more.


The youngest guests are not left out as the Resort offers them The Expedition Junior & Kids Club that includes special activities, a private garden and pool especially created for the little ones.



Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach

  1. 4 Star

  2. 170 Rooms


Overview


A great option for a golf hotel in Marbella, especially if you prefer an all-inclusive option, is Iberostar Coral Beach.


With an ideal location on the seafront at La Milla de Oro, the hotel has 170 rooms and beautiful suites. All the rooms include free wi-fi, satellite TV, a private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries and a safe. In addition, each room has a theme like Penthouse, Sharing Pool, Sharing Jacuzzi, Do nothing and Cinema. They are a true delight to spend time in.


The hotel has 2 bars and 2 restaurants that elevate gastronomy to superlative levels. The Lobby bar is ideal for a morning coffee or an afternoon drink, while Tartesos Snack Bar will enchant you with relaxing tunes and live music while you enjoy your favourite drink.


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If you want to experience the traditional Andalusian decor and cuisine, then Alhambra Buffet Restaurant is a must visit. Here you will be able to enjoy both the delights of Spanish cuisine as well as international classics. The Origin Beach Soul Restaurant will offer stunning views of the sea in an idyllic setting with beautiful Boho Ethnic decorations and music to match.


Iberostar Coral Beach takes its mission to offer complete relaxation seriously. The wellness area is top quality with all the facilities you might need to feel completely refreshed like a whirlpool bath, Turkish bath, sauna, 3 massage cabins where you can choose the one that best suits you (aromatherapy, sports, prenatal, anti-stress, reflexology, lomi lomi, oriental and stone therapy).

Iberostar has something for every member of the family whether it is playing golf at one of the 10 golf courses nearby, splashing about in the hotel’s 2 swimming pools or immersing yourself in the local culture by visiting Marbella’s Old Town.



Hotel Amare Marbella

  1. 236 Room

  2. 4 Star


Overview


A beachfront jewel, hotel Amare is an adult only venue that promises its guests a magical experience in a private paradise.


There are 236 modernly decorated rooms equipped with the latest technology like bluetooth speakers, wi-fi, LED TV, nespresso coffee machine, air conditioning and kettle. All the rooms are bright and spacious with glass walls so you can enjoy the gorgeous views of the Mediterranean sea.


The hotel’s Beach Club is a place that should not be missed. Situated right on the promenade in the centre of Marbella, Amare Club has 3 areas: Amare Beach with the restaurant area and the sun bathing area, Amare Pool with it’s generous outdoors pool and a sun terrace and The Amare Lounge where you will be able to relax and enjoy a drink while watching the live entertainment.

When it comes to fine dining, you’ve got a choice between 5 outstanding restaurants and bars. The Rooftop Bar Belvue where you can enjoy 360 degrees magnificent views of the sea, Marbella’s Old Town and the imposing Sierra Blanca mountains. Messina is a Michelin star restaurant that won various awards for its elaborate dishes and elegant presentation. Restaurant Hayaca brings the passion and joy of Latin America in its ingenious dishes and lively atmosphere. And Mare Nostrum restaurant will offer its guests international cuisine with Mediterranean touches.


Besides all the other luxurious facilities ( Spa, Yoga, Gym with a personal trainer, Wellness area), Hotel Amare´s privileged location makes it one of the best golf hotels in Marbella with easy access to around 20 golf courses.



Nobu Hotel Marbella

  1. 81 Rooms

  2. 5 Star


Overview


Located in one of the most lively and high profile areas of Marbella, known as the Golden Mile, Hotel Nobu offers style, positive vibes and superb gastronomy.


With contemporary design and state of the art decorations, the rooms boast high quality furnishing, floor to ceiling doors that let natural light in and lead onto the generous terrace. There is a room for every need, from deluxe rooms to four bedroom suites.


Nobu Hotel has all the facilities you’d expect from a 5-star hotel: health and fitness centre with the latest TechnoGym equipment, personal trainer and medical professionals at your disposal, The Sixth Senses Spa that combines local Spanish charm with fully immersive experiences that will leave you rejuvenated and relaxed.


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Here, you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine in an unpretentious yet high-energy with a distinct air of celebrity atmosphere. One of the most famous dishes on the menu and a must-eat is the black cod miso.

Imagine your days starting with a “Nobu Signature Treatment” in the spa area, a healthy snack by the pool and ending with a sake-spiked dinner and enjoying the lively atmosphere of the square.


Bike rental is available for non golf days and is the perfect way to explore the local coastline along Marbella and beyond.



Bonus Hotel


Anantara Palace Villa Padierna

  1. 132 Rooms

  2. 5 Star


Overview


Whilst not in Marbella I have included this hotel because it is by far my favourite golf hotel on the Costa del Sol.


It is 15 minutes driving from Marbella which makes a few nights out on the town more than possible. It is located in Benahavis which is a well known area of the Costa del Sol for gastronomy.


Villa Padierna is set amongst three 18 hole golf courses. The Tramores Golf course is a short executive course and a good way of introducing non golfers to the sport. The other two golf courses, Flamingos and Alferini are amongst the best that the Costa del Sol has to offer. They are sublime!


The Hotel is themed around a Roman Villa with a beautiful amphitheatre and more than 1200 works of art that will leave its guests in a state of awe.

The luxurious resort offers facilities like an exclusive racquet and croquet club, the Anantara Spa (one of the biggest in Europe), indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a beach club, a fully equipped gym and a kid’s club.


The bars, restaurants, rooms, staff, everything combines to make this an incredible discovery.


Fun fact: Michelle Obama was a guest here staying in one of the villas.



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