Our Private Botanical Gardens In Marbella
How many luxury resorts – even in Spain – can say they have such an extensive gallery of flowers? Exotic leaves of every shape and size and richly perfumed double-size blooms are some of the sights and scents that make our Costa del Sol gardens special – here many of our trees are the height of tall buildings.
‘Paradise is a blend of privacy and gardens’ – Prince Alfonso
The original architect of our glorious grounds was Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe who brought back many exotic species of plant, flower and tree from his travels around the world. Today it is Javier Viano our head gardener, who tends these 42,000 m² of subtropical gardens. He has a full-time team, which swells to a dozen horticulture-lovers in the summer months. No one knows their petunias from their philadelphus better.
It’s no accident that every pocket of our grounds is pretty in every season, and the colours are all carefully planned much as an interior designer uses certain textures and designs in soft furnishings. The courtyard is all-white agapanthus in summer, and white cyclamen in winter. Spend time by our swimming pool near the main restaurant at the heart of the Marbella Club and you’ll spy vast eucalyptus and huge fig trees. Add to this giant avocadoes, white, pink and red oleander and it gives London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew a run for its foliage.
Look out for Phoenix palms from the Canary Islands and Phoenix Dactyliphera, whashingtonia robusta. Spy the unusual datura whose flowers are shaped like a bell. Olea Europaea (olive trees), cupressus sempervirens (Mediterranean cypress), as well as chorisia speciosa trees from South America with its hibiscus-like flowers, strelitzia nicolai (the giant white bird of paradise or wild banana), African acacia and araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree) are among the more than 500 different plants and flowers in our grounds.
Stroll down out private paths towards the white-sandy beach and admire sweet-smelling philadelphus, pretty pink salvia, yellow solandra and pink petunias along the way. Javier’s green-fingered generosity doesn’t stop at the coastal path. The scent of rosemary along our stretch of Marbella’s public seafront promenade often stops joggers, holidaymakers and local families in their tracks – then as they pause to enjoy the aroma, they can’t help but notice our lovingly tended border along the beach. Here there are plump looking agave and aloe succulents all carefully looked after so that they can survive that sea air.
Count Rudi Turns 90
The Marbella Club and wider community raises a glass to the hotel's first general manager, Count Rudi von Schönburg, a key figure in developing the highest standards of hospitality.
Stuart Cantor Returns to the Marbella Club
Meet Stuart Cantor, Melbourne-based photographer whose signature style portrays the timeless glamour of the Mediterranean’s most elegant beach playgrounds.
Love Brand & Co x Marbella Club
After several years having British swimwear brand, Love Brand & Co, graze the racks at our beach boutiques, it was only natural that we'd join forces to add yet another layer to our seahorse rewilding project.
Summer at the Marbella Club
From vibrant pop-ups to beachside facelifts of beloved classics, the Marbella Club summer promises to be a good one.
We partner with local marine wildlife conservation association, Aula del Mar, to spearhead a four-year-long seahorse rewilding project.
Marbella Club Anniversary Trivia
So you think you know the Marbella Club? Throughout its now 68-year-old illustrious history, the Marbella Club has been host to dozens of memories and events that haven’t exactly made headlines but are, nonetheless, interesting tidbits in our timeline.
Dip inside our joyful living Q&A with Ivana Gligoric, PhD.s, our in-residence advisor on self-awareness and powerful transformational change.
A Lesson Of Life, An Interview With Count Rudi
Rudolf Graf von Schönburg, popularly known as Count Rudi, is one of the key figures in the history of Marbella Club Hotel and the town of Marbella.
The Marbella Club Boutique
Just a short walk from Reception and with enviable views of the Mediterranean Sea, is our Boutique.
Celebrate The Wedding Of Your Dreams At Marbella Club Hotel
If there is one event which marks a true milestone in your life for its significance and symbolism, a day for all your dreams to be fulfilled and for true happiness to reign free...
El Lodge, Our Cosy Chalet In The Sierra Nevada Mountains
Here in Marbella, we love our balmy winter days and bright blue skies! But, at El Lodge (our recently opened chalet in Sierra Nevada), we couldn’t wait for cooler temperatures...
Nearly every turn at the resort is met with an unforgettable scent, a mix of orange blossom, jasmine, salt and aromatic herbs. Thanks to the more than 320 varieties of plants...
Beyond Tailor-made Interiors: Femont Galvan Designers
Femont Galvan Designers are the most sophisticated bespoke interior experts in Marbella. For almost 20 years they have developed an extensive international portfolio...
DIY: Exfoliating Facial
As lockdown restrictions begin to loosen, we’re slowly thinking again about putting our best foot (or in this case – face) forward.
Spruce Up Your Water
Drinking the recommended two litres of water per day can get, well, boring. There, we said it.
The Sounds of (Part 1)
Just like looking at old photographs, there’s something about music’s ability to trigger the deepest of emotions...
Earth Day 2020: Climate Action
On Earth Day 2020, the Marbella Club’s head of sustainability projects, Leigh Barrett, shares a personal reflection on what nature is so vividly trying to tell us...