Classic Restaurants for Luxury Dining on Marbella’s Coast. As Easter fast approaches, Marbella is the first port of call for Spanish residents and holiday-makers alike as they hope for the first taste of Spring sunshine and Spain’s legendary outdoor lifestlyle.
The jewel in the crown of the southern coast of Spain, with the foothills of the Sierra Blanca mountains behind it and golden beaches in front, Marbella is a picture perfect coastal resort. With fabulous beach clubs, myriad fine dining restaurants and cuisine of every nationality on offer at a host of beautiful venues, wining and dining is one of the main attractions of the international jet-set resort. When it comes to that classic Marbella dining experience, a few classic establishments come to mind.
Where better than beach front restaurants for the total Marbella luxury experience… As such, it has a host of fine dining restaurants close to the sea. A laid-back lifestyle, beaches, fiestas and great food make Spain a favorite for travellers seeking culinary delights in an attractive setting down Marbella’s beautiful coast. And with the large number of affordable holidays to Spain available in 2013, there has never been a better time to discover the rich food culture of the region. Below are some of the best restaurants in the Marbella area within a pebble’s throw of the glistening Mediterranean.
Kempinski Hotel Bahia
The culinary award-winning Hotel Bahia has a number of luxury dining options, with Michelin-starred chefs working behind the scenes, but it is the Alminar restaurant that is arguably the best. Overlooking the subtropical grounds and with an elegance to proceedings, the chef presents a Mediterranean menu, using local organic ingredients, some grown in the hotel’s own kitchen garden. For a unique dining experience, you can also book a private dining experience under the stars. A table is set under the sixteenth century watchtower, with views over the gardens, while a personal butler serves your specially prepared meal.
Hotel Puente Romano
Suite del Mar is the beachside restaurant at the Hotel Puente Romano, serving up fine fusion dining in a relaxed setting. It combines flavours and techniques from both the Mediterranean and Asia. It is especially known for the quality of its excellent sushi. The menu is overseen by executive chef Thomas Stork who, at the start of 2013, was awarded the title of Best Chef in Andalucía at the Andalucían Gastronomy Awards.
Villa Tiberio is set amid grounds that resemble a Mediterranean palazzo, with statues and palm trees dotting the landscape. The menu is international in flavour, taking Spanish ingredients, Italian technique and inspiration from around the globe. Many dishes feature meat, with the roast suckling pig and lamb braised in local wine among the most popular. The cellar houses over 3000 bottles of Spanish, Italian and French wines. Having cut his teeth at the Ritz in London, proprietor Sandro Morelli knows how to serve up fine dining ? and given that Sean Connery has eaten here, we suspect James Bond knows a good thing when he tastes it.
Travel West from Marbella, past the small town of El Paraiso, and you will find Tikitano. Right on the coastline, the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a deck area so diners can enjoy their meal while gazing out at the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Tikitano is renowned for its seafood, with the lobster set among its most popular dishes.
Back in 1998, the global luxury lifestyle phenomenon – originally from Miami - showed the world just how good a beach club could be, combining superb globally inspired gastronomy with music, fashion, art and more. Celebrating 10 years in Marbella this season, Nikki Beach is now a Marbella classic. Make your bookings now for a beachside table under swaying palms or party the day away on Amazing Sundays. The season gets underway on 25th April, with the Grand Opening White Party on 30th May and the 10th Anniversary Party on 5th July.