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The history of the Marbella Club

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1950

1950

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While his father Prince Max was content to sit under the pines and eat freshly caught fish and seafood, Young Prince Alfonso had more ambitious plans for his family’s Mediterranean hideaway.  Enchanted by the atmosphere and its appeal among relatives and friends, and inspired by motels he’d visited in America, the young Prince decided to fashion the finca into a hotel. The embryo of the Marbella Club, with twenty bedrooms, dining room and bar located in the central part of the old farmhouse, opened in 1954.  Its first guests were some French travelers who were on their way from their properties in North Africa to spend a holiday in France.  They asked if they could spend the night and wound up staying for three weeks.  Life on the Costa del Sol at that time was simple, pleasant, cheap and easy

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