Los mejores restaurantes, chiringuitos y terrazas de Marbella para apurar el verano

Existen dos Marbellas, seguro que ya lo sabes. Está la Marbella del marbellí, el residente, el acogido, el que acudió y acude a esta zona en busca del microclima que la hace cálida todo el año, el que llegó con la avalancha del turismo. Y está la Marbella del marbellero, la del de allí, el que sabe bien que, más allá de Puerto Banús, de los menús multilingües en la playa o el fluorescente Lamborghini, el rubio platino y el brilli brilli, existe un encantador pueblito andaluz con casas encaladas, paredes repletas de tiestos, animadas plazas y bares de toda la vida. Un pueblo con unos sabrosos alrededores, con un cuidado panorama gastronómico en alza, con direcciones de todo tipo repletas de locales o nacionales.

En esta lista queremos descubrirte un poco de las dos Marbellas. La más “cool”, la vacacional, la de los “beach clubs” y chiringuitos que más nos gustan, y también de la de todo el año, la de restaurantes de nivelón que no tienen por qué estar frente al Mediterráneo ni cerca pero que, por supuesto, merecen la visita en cualquier mes, no solo en verano.

Tú eliges si quieres dártelas de marbellí o de marbellero. Sea como sea, como es habitual, tendrás claro que siguiendo estas pistas no meterás la pata, ni con los tuyos ni con todos aquellos a los que recomiendes reservar en estos sitiazos. Hay espectaculares japoneses, asadores “top” con las mejores carnes de la Costa del Sol, lugares donde reina la comida saludable… Ya ves, aquí no todo es el mar aunque, y esto es obvio, no íbamos a dejar pasar los espetos que nos chiflan o las mesas más destacadas para un homenaje de pescado y marisco, claro que no.

¿Nos acompañas? Te vamos a descubrir la Marbella de calidad, la del mejor ambiente, la más sabrosa, para que la disfrutes como nunca antes lo has hecho. No te pierdas y que no te engañen: tú de la manita de Esquire con este reportaje como si fuera tu Biblia. Verás como no te arrepientes.

Isola, Estepona
imagen de la sala de uno de los mejores restaurantes de marbellaD.R.

Nos acercamos a las inmediaciones de Estepona, donde encontramos otro recientísimo concepto hoteles, el METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella-Estepona. En él, Isola de momento es el principal espacio gastronómico. El complejo cuenta también con el ‘beach club’ Azure, con El Bar de Lola para tapeo y vinos y ultima la llegada de Ammos Greek Restaurant, que ya triunfa en Ibiza. La primera temporada del establecimiento, un estupendo resort frente a la amplia paya de El Saladillo, ha sido toda una sorpresa. La calidad y confort de su diseño mediterráneo, las atenciones de un equipo de empleados profesional y bien formado y sus instalaciones se alejan de la imagen de este tipo de macro hoteles que uno suele tener en la cabeza. Su estilo andaluz relajado y muy social, pues la música que traen los DJ invitados suele inundar su monumental piscina, se percibe desde el hall de entrada, alzado en blanco alrededor de un gigantesco olivo. Eficiencia energética y sostenibilidad también son clave y se notan en instalaciones, amenidades y en las cocinas de este italiano de nivelón, de platos frescos, caseros e inolvidables. Igual que no se espera que un gran resort sorprenda tampoco se espera que un italiano lo consiga. Aquí los malloreddus al ragú o su inmensa, tierna y crujiente ‘orecchia d’elefante’ rompen clichés.

Source: https://www.esquire.com/es/donde-comer-beber/g36860322/marbella-mejores-chiringuitos-restaurantes-terrazas/

I spent a weekend at Marbella’s newest beach resort and heres what happend

Away from the hustle and bustle of the Golden Mile, Marbella’s newest beach resort is an oasis of calm. Right on the Costalita beachfront, between Marbella and Estepona, the METT Hotel & Beach Resort opened its doors this autumn and I spent a weekend enjoying its chilled-out vibe, luxury facilities and gourmet dining.

A 50-minute drive from Malaga airport and 40 minutes from Gibraltar, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed holiday or, in my case, a weekend break. And with Spain’s Costa del Sol boasting sunshine and warm temperatures all year round, it’s a great destination for any season. After leaving London on the first flight out of Gatwick, we were collected by the resort’s private transfer service and whisked to the hotel, just in time for lunch overlooking the infinity pool, which stretches seamlessly towards the sea.

Poolside view at the Mett Hotel in Marbella© Tracy Schaverien
Tracy Schaverien visited the brand new METT Hotel & Beach Resort in Marbella

Dubai-based lifestyle group METT, which has another resort in Bodrum, Turkey, as well as restaurants in the Emirates, bought the property last year from family-friendly Spanish chain Iberostar and has given it a multi-million Euro facelift to transform it into a five-star lifestyle destination.

Luxurious rooms, top-notch food and a beach club vibe combine to recreate the “social living” concept that has put METT Marbella’s Turkish older sister on the map as a magnet for the cool crowd who want to eat, drink, relax and mingle. Equally, for those who don’t want to socialise, it’s easy to enjoy a quiet break here.

Mett Hotel Marbella bar area with outdoor seating© METT Hotel
Luxurious rooms, top-notch food and a beach club vibe reign supreme

Refurbished with locally sourced materials, the resort’s design combines minimal chic with Andalucian charm, which flows from the large open-plan lobby centred around an eight-metre olive tree, through to the outdoor bar area and pool. With a focus on sustainability, there’s a no-plastic policy throughout the resort.

TRAVEL INSPIRATION

Service is friendly yet discreet. After checking in, I received a WhatsApp message from our Guest Experience Ambassador Ewelina, who would be at our disposal throughout our stay for anything we needed, such as restaurant recommendations and taxi bookings. Then it was time to eat, drink, chill and repeat for the next three days.

The rooms
Mett Hotel Marbella Spain bedroom view © METT Hotel
Our sea-view suite was decorated in natural, neutral colours

METT’s 249 rooms and suites are arranged in a U-shape around the pool and range from deluxe doubles to two-bedroom sea-view suites with their own private pools. Our sea-view suite, which was decorated in natural, neutral colours, had a king-size bed, a comfy double sofa bed where my teenage daughter slept, large flatscreen TV, a Bluetooth speaker, a minibar and a lovely balcony where we sat and admired the view while having our morning coffee.

Many of the ground floor rooms have direct access to the resort pool, while the beach suites have private gardens and pools, as well as dining tables on the terrace to entertain friends and family.

Beach and pool
Poolside view at the Mett Hotel in Marbella© Tracy Schaverien
Azure Beach is the perfect spot to relax while admiring the sea view

Recreating the Dubai beach club of the same name, Azure Beach is the perfect spot to relax while admiring the sea view and sipping a cocktail or two from the outdoor bar. In the afternoons, the resident DJ spins tunes to charge up the atmosphere.

There are comfy loungers, double day beds and private beachfront cabanas with plunge pools, which can be booked by groups who want to party with added privacy. Stepping just beyond the pool we found the sandy beach, which is equipped with loungers and parasols, as well as the Azure Beach bar, which serves drinks and delicious Pan-Asian food.

Eating and drinking
Mett Hotel Marbella breakfast buffet with fruit bowls© Tracy Schaverien
There is cuisine to suit every taste at the resort

There is cuisine to suit every taste at the resort’s various restaurants and bars and we definitely didn’t go hungry. The hotel’s main restaurant is Isola Ristorante Italiano, which serves a delicious breakfast before transforming into an evening venue with a la carte dining. We tucked into eggplant parmigiana, calamari fritti, beef ribeye and spinach and ricotta ravioli, and perused the wine list, which is sourced from around Spain and Italy.

It also has some specialty items for those who can afford to splurge, such as the Le Pin 2017 Pomerol Merlot at 14,000 Euros! Our budget didn’t stretch to that, so we stuck to a more modestly priced bottle of red.

Tracy Schaverien enjoyed sushi on the beach © Tracy Schaverien
Stepping just beyond the pool we found the sandy beach

Lunch at Azure Beach – served both at the pool and on the beach – included fish tacos, sushi and pizza, while the outdoor El Bar de Lola has a varied cocktail, wine and drinks list as well as tapas. Next year the METT will open its Greek seafront restaurant Ammos.

Gym and spa

Wellness is a focus of the METT philosophy and, as well as a well-equipped gym, the new MOI spa was due to open just after out visit. Spread across 500 sqm, there is an indoor pool and relaxation area with calm low lighting and several treatment rooms offering massages, facials and other body treatments.

Out and about

There’s plenty to explore on the coast, with Marbella an eight-mile taxi ride in one direction and the charming town of Estepona about the same in the other direction. Meanwhile the swanky port Puerto Banus, with its superyachts, waterside restaurants and designer shops, is a great spot for people watching.

Marbella city view statue© Tracy Schaverien
Bronze Salvador Dali statues are dotted along the Paseo Maritimo

We booked an Uber to Marbella’s picturesque old town one evening and had a wander through the cobbled streets, browsing the gift shops before having dinner at one of the bustling outdoor restaurants in Plaza de Naranjos – Orange Square – which dates back to the 15th century and includes the town hall, the Chapel of Santiago and trees bearing the Seville oranges that give the historic landmark its name.

A few minutes walk through the Alameda Park and along the Avenida del Mar took us past pretty fountains and the bronze Salvador Dali statues that are dotted along the route and to the Paseo Maritimo – Marbella’s main promenade, which is lined with restaurants, bars and clubs.

Source: https://www.hellomagazine.com/travel/505198/mett-hotel-beach-resort-marbella-hotel-review/

METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona, the place to dine, play and stay

METT Hotel and Beach Resort Estepona-Marbella brings a new flavour of holiday experience to Andalucia’s Costa del Sol. Embodied by the resort’s tagline of Social Living, guests are promised a destination where they can not only recharge and unwind in the sun, but also celebrate life and have fun, enjoying dining, entertainment, a spa and a METT’s ‘tranquil service style’.

As soon as you arrive, you are embraced by the property’s seductively summery feel, with a beautiful interior and exterior design that captures the allure of the Mediterranean. Lots of natural materials, lush plants, and a harmonious blend of brilliant white, with sea blues and earthy greens together create the perfect setting for a beachside break.

The check-in is professional but relaxed. Sitting in the huge atrium, you are greeted with a welcome cocktail menu, and it’s from this moment your holiday begins.

Gastronomy

METT dining is open to all, and part of the buzz is the mix of local residents, visitors and guests at the restaurants and beach club. Giannis Toman is the Executive Chef at METT Hotel and Beach Resort Estepona-Marbella. With his wealth of experience and creativity in French, Spanish, Greek, Italian and fusion cuisine, Chef Toman is the ideal talent to launch the signature dining experiences of METT.

Isola Ristorante Italiano

2023 has seen the opening of Isola, the brand’s signature Ristorante Italiano, originally founded in Dubai’s Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse. Isola Restaurant Estepona is a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine, taking principal inspiration from the south of Italy. This destination restaurant experience is about truly homemade dishes with a contemporary menu of pasta and pizza as well as other Italian favourites, accompanied by an impressive wine list from Italy and Spain.

Our experience at Isola was impressive. The dishes are expertly executed, and the ingredients are clearly top quality.  We began with a classic carpaccio, dressed in parmesan and rocket – superb. The burrata was generous and creamy, deliciously simple, allowing the quality of the flavoursome ingredients to shine. The calamari is always a favourite of mine and here it has a depth of flavour with excellent seasoning.

There is also a menu of light and delicious pinsa pizzas, that are bursting with texture and flavour, yet without the heavy feeling of some doughy pizzas. The steak was one of the best I have had on the coast in a long time.  Finally, the Tiramisu did not disappoint with a lightness that is matched by a creamy richness.

Cocktails were creative and beautifully presented, while the wine list included the option to enjoy different wines by the glass.

Isola has raised the bar for hotel dining and is worthy of its status as a restaurant that visitors will travel to.

Azure Beach Pool & Restaurant

The 50-metre Azure Beach Pool is at the heart of METT Hotel and Beach Resort Estepona-Marbella. Resident and guest DJs set the tone throughout the day, as the attentive team offer a menu of refreshing juices, cocktails, and light bites from the Azure Beach menu.

There are cabana day beds, as well as double sunbeds, and sun loungers on the beach. What’s more, you can book one of the beach lounges, overlooking the sands, with private hot tub, day beds and table service for food and drinks.

From the pool, you can catch glimpses of the beach and sea beyond, connecting you to the beauty of the destination. As the sun sets, the pool sparkles with underwater lights and cocktails are served at El Bar de Lola.

The Chiringuito restaurant is right on the beach, beautifully styled with banana palms and wooden furniture. Expect a diverse choice of dishes including sushi platers, pizza, yakitori skewers, healthy salads like red quinoa, and bowls including salmon teriyaki. The wine list is great and includes local wines like the delicious Cloe from Ronda.

Accommodation

METT has a wonderfully minimalist take on the Mediterranean style, with bright and airy rooms, decorated with natural elements. Each room and suite is 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 tailored for you. The bathroom amenities are by Botanyc – fabulously aromatic, with scents of Bergamot, Lychee and jasmine.

There are 6 room types and 7 suite types. Guests can choose from a variety of spaces, including suite-up rooms with direct access to a pool, or even two-bedroom suites and suites with large private rooftop terraces. There is an all day room service menu too.

Wellbeing

The MOI Spa is set to open for the 2024 season, offering a luxurious wellbeing space including an indoor pool, hydrotherapy circuit and treatment rooms.

RAISE Fitness is the gym offering with Technogym equipment.

Bicycles are also available, a great way to explore the area, as the boardwalk along the beach runs for kilometres and is a safe and beautiful way to get a feel for the destination. If you’re tempted to explore further, then the Guest Experience team can recommend excursions and day trips.

METT Hotel and Beach Resort Estepona-Marbella is a very welcome addition to the Costa del Sol, bringing a new style of hospitality and some superb gastronomy.

Source: https://theluxuryeditor.com/mett-hotel-and-beach-resort-review/

Hotel Review: METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona

 Opened in August 2023 on the Costa del Sol shoreline, the 5-star lifestyle property METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona, happily displays every cent of the millions of Euros spent on it. A beautiful oasis with a statement infinity pool bordered by palm and olive trees, it effortlessly exudes a relaxed, luxurious, laid back air,  even though everybody here works tirelessly to make you happy.

Who for

With its chic bohemian vibe, think Andalusian decor, cool colour shades and lots of lovely rattan, the METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona is for people who are fussy about hotels. Its unique and stylish restaurants make it self-contained and self-assured, and it’s ideal for couples, whether pre or post kids. And If you’re looking to pop the question to your partner, this has to be the perfect place to do it. It’s as deliciously romantic as a big box of Milk Tray and its endless sandy beach is ideal to stroll along hand in hand as the sun slowly sets over the Med.

Accommodation
METT Hotel beachside room

METT Hotel beachside room

There are 14 styles of rooms at METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona,, 249 in all,  from our Pool & Sea View Deluxe Room with its remarkable circular shower, to ground floor rooms accessing onto the pool, rooms with their own swim-up pools and, as a special treat, a salubrious Suite with Private Garden & Pool. All have a/c of course, but also feature wooden ceiling fans that not only look charming but are very efficient at moving the cool air about.

Beds are enormous, as is the TV,  but the latter is not internet-enabled, so no Netflix.

Food & Drink
Azure Beach Wagyu

Azure Beach Wagyu

Three restaurants, soon to be four, give plenty of choice. Isola Ristorante is Italian with classic pastas and focaccia pizzas and is romantically lit with both inside and outside tables, the spaghetti vongole is a must.

Out on the beach Azure Beach Pop-Up offers all-day creative cocktails alongside Pan -Asian dining of the Nobu kind, with easy-to-eat dishes such as dragon rolls and sushi, which can also be ordered to be eaten around the pool. We loved this place a lot, but when we didn’t want too big a meal we found that a stool at the circular  El Bar De Lola drinking Rioja and eating classy tapas was just the ticket, especially in the warm evening air.

Breakfast is everything you could wish for, with an a la carte cooked menu included in the unlikely event that you ever tire of the remarkable, massive, buffet. Freshly carved jamon? Oh yes, please.

Facilities
METT Marbella swimming pool

METT Marbella swimming pool

The infinity-style pool is the star.  Extra long and sheltered by the wings of the hotel, it’s perfect for lengths, or just bobbing about next to your sunbed. Cosy cabanas are also available by the pool and on the beach. Jet Skis, parasailing, paddleboards, wakeboards, and water skis are all ready to go. The well-equipped RAISE Fitness & Wellness branded GYM  is already up and running, and the MOI Spa will be ready soon. Plenty of e-bikes are racked outside the front door, you just need to download the local app and jump on. The cycle track beside the beach winds cheerfully past colourful jasmine, bougainvillaea and hibiscus trees all the way to Estepona.

What’s nearby?

The endless beach of course, flat in all directions. A couple of bar/restaurants are within ten minutes walk, Pepe’s on the beach was our favourite. Marbella is a forty minute bus or Uber ride away, or ten miles by e-bike, but we found heading in the opposite direction to Estepona revealed a seaside town with some great tapas bars. Ask the lovely lads who man the door at METT for some recommendations, we did and they were spot on.

VERDICT

Laid back luxury away from the madding crowds and with the friendliest staff you could wish for. You’re all but guaranteed the sun all year round this far south, so simply lie back by the pool or beach and consume cocktails, mocktails, frosty local Victoria beer and super snacks before eating deliciously into the Mediterranean night.

Source: https://www.thetravelmagazine.net/hotel-review-mett-hotel-beach-resort-marbella-estepona/

First In: A Cool And Convivial Escape On The Costa Del Sol

METT HOTEL & BEACH RESORT MARBELLA NEAR+FAR RATING: 8/10
Why Book METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella

Spain’s gloriously sun-drenched Costa Del Sol has long been a haven for summer escapism. A heady melange of cultures and creeds, it has an intriguing Islamic history – ruled by the Moors for centuries – and closer to North Africa than its capital, Madrid. On a stretch between Malaga and Cadiz is where Sunset Hospitality Group‘s cool lifestyle hotel brand, METT Social Living, has opened its second outpost following the launch of METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum in 2021. The concept? Laid-back, design-led social hubs in the world’s trendiest destinations centred around carefree living and open, convivial spaces. METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella does what few hotels on this coast do – offering a fresh, contemporary, youthful, yet super premium escape, somewhere between the mid-range resorts and ultra-luxury types like Marbella Club Hotel. That, alongside stellar foodie concepts and close proximity to the glitzy yachting hub of Puerto Banus – and an easy drive to Marbella itself – makes METT Marbella an excellent option for an impromptu October or early November escape (the season stretches from April into November, closing on the 8th November this year).

METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella lobby and olive tree
The semi open-air atrium is flooded with natural light
The Vibe: 8/10

A huge draw is the hotel’s design – typically Andalucian with whitewashed walls, greenery and decorative pops of blue. Guests are welcomed into the doorless atrium – sun-filled and centred around an olive tree – and greeted with a choice of arrival cocktail (METT’s signature arrival experience). Mett Marbella sits on the former Iberostar Costa del Sol hotel site – but has been given a serious makeover while maintaining charming details like the original checkerboard tiled floors and vintage glass elevators.

In typical METT style, METT Marbella is relaxed, elevated and a breath of fresh air, giving people exactly what they want from a beach resort – a good, chilled out, non-pretentious time with personable staff – many of which over for the season from Dubai. The property suits those looking for a relaxing beach or active escape, with its own iteration of Dubai’s Azure Beach, close proximity to the famous Guadalmina and Gary Player-designed El Paraíso Golf clubs and a local tennis and padel club just a stroll across the road. Approachable nightly rates, a sleek modern design, great restaurants (including a laid-back tapas bar), a killer breakfast (one of the best hotel offerings we’ve ever tried) and the odd flurry of Dubai-standard service make this a top option on the Costa del Sol.

Location: 7/10

Holidaymakers have long flocked to the Spanish region of Andalusia for almost guaranteed sunshine, cool sea breezes and laid-back resort towns. METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella is an excellent base for exploration in this region: day trips to Seville, Cadiz and Malaga, and the thriving foodie and cultural scenes they all offer are all possible. Despite the name, METT Marbella isn’t actually in the centre of Marbella – but around a 30-minute away and 15 minutes from the luxury yachting and shopping marina or Puerto Banus. The resort sits between Marbella and the smaller town of Estepona, so it’s easy to pop in either direction to explore cobbled old towns, harbours and buzzing local shops, restaurants and tapas bars.

The area itself is vibrant and packed with residential developments, resorts, and restaurants, and it’s easy to just potter around and never really head into either town. While it’s worth renting a car (the hotel is an hour’s drive from Malaga Airpot) – taxis are readily available and affordable, and METT offers guests access to its fleet of electric bicycles (for a small fee). Cycling along the coastal cycle path between the two towns is a lovely morning pastime – past a kaleidoscope of colourful developments, including buildings by architect Melvin Villarroel.

Suites at METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella review
Rooms and suites have a soothing, neutral colour scheme
Rooms And Suites: 7/10

METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella’s standard rooms (there are 249 in total) frame the swimming pool and central courtyard area, either looking onto the pool itself or the surrounding side roads. Hints of the former hotel remain, adding a certain charm, and METT has kept many of the features the same – including the blue-tiled showers – but added in plush beds and decorative ceramics and wall art. The first four categories, Deluxe, Sunset Deluxe, Pool and Sea Deluxe and Lifestyle rooms are largely the same (bar the changing view and terrace size), complete with a king-sized bed, mini bar and private balcony. Lifestyle rooms are located on the ground floor and, instead of a private terrace, have a cornered-off outdoor space near the pool with dedicated sun loungers – so while not private, they will suit those who make a beeline for the pool. Suites look directly onto the ocean and beach, and with access to a semi-private pool, and have separate living spaces. Mezzanine and Seascape suites are great for families, with multiple areas to bed down.

In-room minibars are a treat – stocked with Spanish products like Torres crisps and traditional Malaga sweet treats – and bathrooms come stocked with delightful Botanyc amenities – a UAE-based brand using products from the French Riviera. METT Social Living’s custom, and now signature, scent Bal Tropical is a fragrant blend of bergamot, lychee and jasmine and smells like vacation. Rest assured, rooms have all the desired amenities, along with a handy steamer, iron and Nespresso machine.

El Bar De Lola tapas bar at METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella
El Bar De Lola was built around a historic olive tree
Food And Drink: 9/10

As expected from a Sunset Hospitality hotel, the property shines through its food and beverage. There are three dining outlets – with a fourth set to open next year – and each offers something distinctly different, so there’s no chance of food boredom for long-stay guests. Breakfast sets the tone for the day, an incredible spread served in Isola in the elegant dining room or on the greenery-covered terrace. The endless buffet includes fresh fruits, cereals, freshly baked bread and pastries, meats, smoked fish, vegetables and salads, mountains or cakes (don’t miss the matcha muffins), waffles and much more. The array of Spanish dishes like local cold cuts, cheeses, pan con tomate (bread with fresh tomato and garlic) and local sweet treats is a particularly fantastic addition. A vast menu also allows you to order anything from Spanish tortillas to French toast – plus, there are freshly squeezed juices and non-dairy milk.

Elsewhere, Azure serves perfect poolside classics – think burgers, tacos, club sandwiches and salads – with a great wine and cocktail menu to match – and Isola Ristorante delivers sultry Italian vibes. The latter is one of Sunset’s star concepts with outposts in Dubai, Bodrum and too-to-be Milan, and served quintessential Italian classics done right. Our favourite concept, however, is El Bar De Lola – an elevated twist on Dubai’s Lola Taberna Española with a small, yet super premium tapas menu. Under the branches of a historic olive tree (here long before the resort was), guests can grab a casual, convivial table and order bites like mussels, pan con tomate, anchovies, cold cuts and cheese, best washed down with a local Malaga rosé or crisp Albarino. Next year, the hotel is adding a beachfront Greek restaurant named Ammos – bringing chic Aegean coastal vibes.

METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella review: beach and Azure Beach Club restaurant
Azure is perfect for casual beach lunches and evening drinks, with the sun setting late at night
Spa And Facilities: 7/10 Now (9/10 When Completed)

The focal point of the hotel is the gloriously outstretching 52-metre swimming pool, a hub for sunbathing and socialising, with a DJ creating a more high-octane vibe in the evening. Regardless of occupancy, there’s always a great vibe, as the main pool is also a hub for non-hotel day guests. The beach, with its pale grey sands, offers a more laidback sunbathing spot. The spa and indoor pool won’t be ready until next season, but guests can use the fitness suite with Technogym equipment in the meantime. Taking a sneak peek of the indoor pool is impossibly chic, cocooning guests with slate grey walls and an arched design.

The Costa del Sol is a popular golf destination, and METT Marbella is an unlikely golfing hub. The property is minutes way from Guadalmina course, known to offer one of the best social scenes on the coast, and has two 18-hole courses, a par three, a nine-hole course, a driving range and a putting green. Making life simple, METT’s golf package includes transfers to and from the course, breakfast, one free round per stay and a picnic for two people. The property also has agreements with more than 15 other courses in the area. Tennis lovers will appreciate the tennis and padel club across the road, and there’s also a small fleet of electric bikes – available for a small fee. Be aware the spa and indoor pool will open for the 2024 season.

Source: https://nearfarmag.com/mett-hotel-and-beach-resort-marbella-estepona-review-spain/

METT Hotel & Beach Resort, porque hay vida más allá de Marbella

Hay palabras que da gusto escribir y pronunciar. Y, aún más, experimentar. Una de ellas es maresía. Al llegar a METT Hotel & Beach Resort, recién abierto entre Estepona y Marbella, ese aroma se mezcla con la brisa y la sensación resultante se llama vacaciones. O bienestar, otra palabra que también apetece vivir. Ambas riman con este resort, que apenas tiene semanas de vida, situado en la que llaman “la nueva milla de oro de la Costa del Sol”. Aquí se viene a dejarse llevar, a sumergirse en el agua dulce y la salada (ya hablaremos de ellas) y a comer un plato de pasta con almejas al final del día. A veces, no necesitamos más. Ni menos.

¿POR QUÉ RESERVAR?

Porque METT (acortaremos el nombre, aquí no hay nada estirado) es un buen resort de playa y eso, si se hace bien, atrapa. En ocasiones, solo queremos dejarnos llevar, tener todo a mano, que piensen por nosotros y un resort, por definición, es un lugar así. METT es autosuficiente. En él encontramos lo que buscamos en muchas vacaciones: equilibrio entre calma y vida social, distintas cocinas, entretenimiento y un Mediterráneo que, como roza con el Atlántico, es fresco y energizante. ¿Quién querría salir de aquí?

Porque mira de cerca a ese mar. Quedan pocos lugares en la Costa del Sol en los que un hotel pueda estar en primera línea de playa y este lo está, en la del Saladillo. Lo rodea una zona residencial tan tranquila que es posible encontrarla semidesierta en un día de agosto. Esta es una de las sorpresas que esperan a quien reserva en METT y nos arrepentimos de haberla desvelado.

Porque es fresco e informal, y eso lo distingue del resto de los grandes hoteles de la zona. METT desembarca en un lugar con un nivel hotelero intenso y alto y lo hace sin miedo, porque se sabe diferente. No quiere competir con el lujo clásico de la zona, tampoco con el más opulento y, mucho menos, con el que brilla a gritos. El propio resort se define como un lugar para gentes relajadas con expectativas altas. Su general manager, Sergio Tamayo, marbellí, hotelero y hotelófilo, insiste en que este es “lujo cercano, no invasivo”. En sus zonas comunes conviven las chanclas de goma y los pantalones cortos con los caftanes de lino, Zara con Dior. Y nadie mira a nadie, porque estar de vacaciones también es eso.

Porque METT gana con el contacto. No está pensado para ser instagrameado ni tiktokeado (aunque tienes rincones que grabarás) ni para epatar, sino para hacer sentir bien y eso, damas y caballeros, lo han olvidado muchos hoteles. Este no. Y gran responsabilidad de ello lo tienen las personas amables que lo hacen posible. Todo se puede copiar, menos eso.

EL HOTEL

A todo hotel se llega cansado y descolocado. A este también. Esa sensación dura un par de minutos, hasta que nos sientan en un sillón y nos ofrecen una carta de cócteles. También ayuda que lo primero que se ve es un olivo enorme que se trasladó al lobby en tres partes y se reinjertó. Hoy está vivo y da la bienvenida a los huéspedes. Un momento: aquí no hay mostrador, ni puerta y ¿eso que se ve al fondo es el mar? ¿eso que mueve el pelo es brisa? Sí a las dos preguntas. El check-in, abierto y tranquilo, marca el tono del hotel.

Ya hemos escrito el adjetivo fresco y lo repetiremos alguna vez más. El interiorismo lo deja claro con su manejo de materiales naturales como algodones y maderas, que contribuyen al aire relajado y su apuesta por las plantas naturales, que son cuidadas por un equipo de jardinería de manera permanente. La vibración es mediterránea: las paredes son blancas, hay hornacinas en los muros y cerámica repartida por los espacios y los detalles de decoración son azules. Podríamos estar en Menorca, Sifnos o donde estamos, en Málaga.

El siguiente golpe de efecto son los 52 metros de piscina que invaden la vista. Este no es un hotel con piscina, sino una piscina con hotel. Ella es el centro y cuando se ve se entiende. Parece un río, tiene un tamaño difícil de ver y su color, a ratos verde, a ratos azul y a ratos gris, se funde con el del mar. En torno a ella transcurre la vida: en sus tumbonas, cómodas como camas, se comen ceviches, se toma el sol y se leen novelas de misterio. El ambiente es adulto, no es un hotel para niños muy pequeños, porque no hay Kids Club. Los preadolescentes lo pasan bien con tanta agua dulce y salada.

Las 249 habitaciones y suites se organizan en torno a la piscina. La más pequeña de ellas, una Deluxe, no lo es, porque mide 41 metros cuadrados y la mayor tiene casi 500 metros cuadrados, jardín y piscina. No es la única que cuenta con piscina privada, hay una serie de suites con vistas al mar que comparten piscina propia. La sensación de salir de la habitación y saltar al agua para nadar unos largos (muchos, porque es muy larga) es un privilegio. Y hacerlo a pocos metros del mar, más.

El mar. Cómo no abrazarlo, si está tan cerca. Todo en METT se hace frente al Mediterráneo, que siempre está en el horizonte. El hotel cuenta con un pequeño Beach Lounge tranquilo y bien decorado que funciona como un chiringuito estiloso; sus tumbonas son más cómodas que muchas camas de hotel. Uno de los alicientes de este resort son sus cabanas. Este invento, tan común en lugares como Florida o California, no lo es en España y, por eso, cuando se encuentra, se celebra. Se trata de unas zonas privadas que se alquilan durante el día que permiten a no huéspedes disfrutar de la piscina, el mar y la gastronomía del hotel. Aquí hay cuatro a ras de arena que, además, cuentan con una pequeña piscina privada. Es una forma de vivir el hotel sin tener que dormir en él y un gran plan para disfrutarlo con amigos.

Source: traveler.es

Marbella’s ‘New Golden Mile’ of chic hotels and charming restaurants

Costa del Classy! Marbella’s ‘New Golden Mile’ of chic hotels and charming restaurants is shaking off the city’s blingy reputation.

The powder-blue Bentley convertible careens around the roundabout four times before cruising back up the Avenida Julio Iglesias, rap music drowning out the six-litre engine.

At the wheel, a deeply tanned and solitary fellow in aviator wraps pretends not to notice whether anyone might actually be looking at him. A few minutes later he is back again.

It doesn’t take a David Attenborough to spot the mating ritual of the self-pollinator, conducted from the cockpit of an eye-wateringly expensive piece of hand-tooled roadster. It goes on all the time in Cannes, and elsewhere on France’s Côte d’Azur, so why not here in Puerto Banus, the Saint-Tropez of the Costa del Sol.

At least, that’s the idea. I’m in the area for a few days, staying down the road from Marbella and Puerto B in a newly opened five-star hotel. Shiny as a newly minted coin, the METT Hotel & Beach Resort is all marble and granite — as cool and stylish a place as you could wish for on a sultry late summer night.

After an al fresco breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, omelette and a caffeine fix, I do a few lengths of the pool and then go to the gym where, happily, there is no music, nor indeed a single witness.
Having opened only at the beginning of August, this addition to Marbella’s ‘New Golden Mile’ is an oasis of calm.

METT is the latest luxury property on the 18-mile stretch of sand that goes west between Marbella and Estepona, and is roughly midway between the two. It is the sister hotel of a successful 5-star enterprise in the Turkish resort of Bodrum, bearing the same name.

Money is pouring in for luxury developments here, with a Four Seasons — owned by Bill Gates and Prince Al Waleed of Saudi Arabia — setting up shop, not to mention a new W hotel.

Towards lunchtime, I stroll down to the Azure Beach. This is the name the hotel gives the poolside area and the bit beyond, which is also known as the Alboran Sea. They are connected by a pair of wooden gates which look capable of withholding a siege of Saracens.

Source: dailymail.co.uk