Marbs

Centre of Puerto Banus

Marbella is internationally known for its glamour and luxurious lifestyle and renowned for its restaurants, yachts, sports, luxury stores and prestigious beaches and I can certainly see why. Myself & William booked a last-minute holiday to this stunning area in Costa Del Sol and we thoroughly enjoyed our few days away in this beautiful country.

Where we stayed:

We stayed in the PYR Marbella Hotel which is in the centre of Puerto Banus and it was a perfect location as everything was in short walking distance. The hotel had two outdoor swimming pools (one for children) even though throughout our stay there was mainly couples and young tourists, beautiful gardens, tennis and paddle courts, breakfast buffet service, a Mediterranean restaurant, a cocktail bar by the pool, golf bar, free WIFI and underground parking. The rooms in PYR were spacious basic rooms with a large double bed, a sofa bed, a terrace, a kitchenette and a private bathroom with a bathtub and a hairdryer.

What we did:

To be honest we were well overdue a break away in the sun, so we didn’t do much activities, we basically ate, drank and soaked up the sun. Marbella is full of restaurants, bars, beaches etc so we took full avail of all these wonderful things on offer.

Where we ate & drank:

Los Bandidos: Extensive menu and food was delicious, slightly pricier than the rest of the eateries we sampled in Marbella but worth it for the views and atmosphere.

Japanese Teppanyaki: Delicious food with large choice on menu, reasonably priced and friendly staff.

T.G.I Fridays: Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by this restaurant (food wise), the staff were lovely. I ordered the cheddar cheese nacho’s and I got 12 nacho’s and paid just over €12 for it meaning €1 per nacho (I kid you not) which was a surprise when your expecting a big bowl of nachos topped with cheddar cheese and jalapenos with dips and the nachos were cold and cheese wasn’t even melted on it and Willie found his ribs just ok. We have been to other T.G.I Fridays and enjoyed our meal so perhaps we just hit it on a bad day.

Tomate (fresh fun food): If you’re a vegetarian like me they have lots of options for us or like eating healthy foods and enjoy fresh juices/smoothies then this is a great place to visit for breakfasts, lunches, tea’s etc. Even the hubby enjoyed here.

Natura Banus: It’s a little kiosk/café that serves fruit juices, coffees, beers and snacks. We personally loved their juices and toasties.

Picasso’s: For Italian food, the pizzas and pasta dishes were delicious, great service, prices reasonable, location is just at the port overlooking the many yachts, perfect.

McDonalds: What’s a holiday if you don’t sample their local McDonalds, as always perfect.

Astral Cocktail Bar: If you are a big cocktail lover then you must go to Astral at the end of the port – they have the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted. The bar itself is constructed to look like a wooden pirate ship with sails and in the glorious heat cooling mist sprays from pipes above spray out to cool you down.

O’Grady’s Irish Tavern: Nice friendly sports bar.

Portside Banus: Is a great bar that’s right on the front of the Marina, it has a front and back terrace, so you can sit facing the yachts during the day and people watch (who doesn’t do this) and by night sit out the back opposite Linekers.

Linekers: Classic nightspot with great tunes and drinks where you can party all night.

Overall, I highly recommend and thank you for taking the time to read all about our stay in Marbella.

Orla

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