The 1980s saw a remarkable growth along the Costa del Sol and the Marbella Club reacted to the seismic social change by becoming simultaneously more overtly glamorous. The hotel was admitted to the association of Leading Hotels of the World. It would also become a member of Relais &Chateaux. Less than thirty years before the Marbella Club had been little more than a clubhouse, its chief attraction a telephone, and now it was taking its place alongside the Plaza Athénée in Paris, Claridge’s, the Savoy and the Connaught in London, and Count Rudi’s alma mater the Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg.
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