Following my last blog “Travelling during COVID” I thought it would be useful to do quick overview on our trip to Marbella.
The airport was much the same as Heathrow T5, quiet, everyone in masks, sanitiser and signs everywhere, it felt safe and as though they were taking the situation very seriously.
We got a taxi to our hotel and the driver put gloves on to take our cases from us, everyone was really friendly and made us feel at ease.
In Spain you have to wear your mask between destinations, you cannot go out without a mask even if you are just going for a short walk, which in the heat could be difficult, however as we didn’t do much or go to far and therefore didn’t find it a problem!
We stayed in the Nobu Hotel, part of the Puerto Romano Resort. It was beautiful, the staff were incredibly welcoming and we received a glass of champagne on arrival which is always a good start! They said they were nearly fully booked which given the circumstances we thought was really positive and encouraging.
The hotel was spotless, a particular favourite was the Nobu adults only pool, which was small and trendy with excellent service, the ‘matcha colada’ cocktail was divine! We also loved that there were lots of freebies in the room – tote bags, flips flops and the usual slipper toiletries etc. The only negative we could say is that we felt it was lacking was something stand out or signature, making it “The Nobu Hotel” and differentiating it from other high-end hotels.
We were advised by friends to make reservations for the restaurants we wanted to visit in advance and on arrival we were relieved to have done so (I do love a holiday spreadsheet!) Pretty much everywhere was fully booked and you couldn’t just turn up and expect to be seated. We of course ate in the Nobu restaurant, which as always was exceptional and we couldn’t fault it, the best dish being the miso eggplant which I have since tried at home (it was a winner!) We also ate at Sea Grill in the resort and ordered a seafood tower which as well as being delicious was really good value. Serafina is a high regarded Italian restaurant which we also secured a reservation for, and of course had pizza! Other great recommendations which are both beach front are ‘El Chiringuito’ and ‘MC café’ both fantastic food and atmosphere. The food in Marbella was the highlight of the trip for us.
We spent a day at Nikki Beach Club and would highly recommend it. We hired a bed which you get the cost back of that in credit to spend in food and drinks, and it really was all to die for! We were the first ones there and last to leave (shock horror!), it was a great party atmosphere but still managed to adhere to social distancing measures too, with only a certain number of guests allowed in the pool.
The only thing we were really disappointed with was the beach, it didn’t feel particularly clean or looked after, and was really busy, so we spent very little time there!
We were exhausted on this trip, everywhere I sat down I managed to nap. I think it was really overwhelming having been at home for 6 months, the change of scenery, the heat, the eating and drinking, as much as we enjoyed it, it didn’t feel like a “normal” holiday. The break was much needed though and got us back into the swing of things to prepare us for our next vacay! Although the resort seemed to have great nightlife as we were so tired after late dinners it wasn’t long before we were enjoying a long sleep!
On arriving back in the UK we had to quarantine for 14 days, we were lucky and managed to get some food delivery slots, but it very much felt like being back in lockdown. I also had 3 calls from the government checking that I was at home and isolating (yes, they really do check!)
Since Marbella I have just returned from Santorini, which was INCREDIBLE. More info on that coming very soon!