Premier Party Destination in Spain : Marbella & Puerto Banus
January 1, 1970
by Chloe Malkan
I’ve lived through some of the most wild, unimaginable, unforgettable nights in Marbella & Puerto Banus. Overpacked Ferraris being stopped by the police at 4am, cars breaking down between Nikki Beach and Puerto Banus, spontaneous trips to other countries the night I should be flying home, finding myself at the embassy to get a new passport looking like a drag queen, with tragically smudged makeup which was applied 24 hours earlier and a white dress stained in jäger. I love sharing the stories of what I live through and quite frankly what I live for. I like to laugh a lot and feel alive. People might think I am crazy, but so far I can put my hand on my heart and say I’ve truly lived the life that I chose. In my opinion the worst sin is to allow and accept a boring life.
When people talk about going to Marbella, they actually mean that they’re off to party in the luxurious town of Puerto Banus. I often see Facebook posts saying ‘no carbs before Marbs’ showing off a bowl of rabbit food for breakfast, but the truth is that most people don’t even venture out the vicinity of the Marina. When you get there, you will understand why.
The only way I can describe this area in Spain is that it is similar to St Tropez in France- known as one of the most upper class towns in the world. It boasts an endless supply of restaurants, bars, clubs and boutique shops to keep you entertained throughout your stay- which is lucky really because if you were after a sight seeing vacation you have chose the wrong place!
For those of you who have read my previous blogs will know that I have a sidekick…after all, two girls are better than one right? You can make up your own mind about Sarah from the picture of her in the sea at Nikki Beach below. This picture is the tamest of the bunch but I know what horrific images she has stacked up of me for a rainy day. So I won’t even bother bribing her over the beauts I have of her but if she does as much as refuse a tequila shot one night then they are going viral. Sar rolling around in the sea fully clothed with a salt water filled clutch wasn’t one of her finest moments, neither one that she can remember. This is what happens after two bottles on Dom Perignon and about 25 espresso martinis later. Another thing I can tell you about Sar is that I couldn’t ask for a better friend/travel buddy/therapist and over my next few blogs as we party our way around the world you will find out exactly why I chose her to be one of the two, loves of my life.
The funniest bit about writing about nightlife is when my “research” takes us into the early hours of the morning and we walk home after sunrise in last night’s dress and Jimmy Choo’s, while suited businessman pass us by, briefcase in one hand and a coffee in the other with suspicious yet envious wide spread grin. Some might call it the walk of shame, but I consider it the stint of success.
Let me tell you about a few of my favorite party places in Marbella & Puerto Banus. I feel like Nikki Beach Marbella is the perfect starting point:
1) Nikki Beach is surely one of the best hangouts and is actually located in Marbella. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Nikki Beach boasts elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one.
The universal menu consists of delectable dishes presenting signature tastes and spices symbolic of all the countries Nikki Beach is located.
From yacht parties to sunset bbqs Nikki has something special for everybody and you are guaranteed to leave there with a sense of satisfaction with life as a whole. Cocktails are a little on the pricey side but they are made with love by the sexy Spanish version of bae, with an accent and body that you won’t forget in a hurry- even if the rest of the day is a blur. Check the website for events or head there on a Sunday for the pool party of your life. The DJ’s are on point and when you are suddenly surrounded by Brazilian Dancers, saxophonists and beautiful people you can’t help but have this overwhelming feeling which is combination of love, freedom, happiness and excitement.
Email for a bed reservation as these get booked out quickly, you will be asked to pay a deposit (season dependable) to secure your booking. Some beds even include a bottle of bubbles which really compliments the sophistication of the venue. Typically these range between 315-650 Euros. Nikki is just a €30 taxi journey from Puerto Banus and a 20 minute taxi ride.
2) The famous Ocean Club takes partying to the next level! I must admit I had a huge day here at the champagne spray. The party starts well before lunch and continues on as the sun sets. Ocean club has a hip beach club vibe with a luxury five star flair. The culturally minded community hub offers a mix beyond mere mixology. Here you can also enjoy unique cocktails, along with first class cuisine while enjoying the best that summer has to offer. All of this takes place around a huge saltwater pool (the second largest in Europe), where super-comfy, extra large sun beds are ranged on an alluring deck overlooking the ocean and pool. Order waiter service at your sun bed, chill out in the massage zone or relax with a cocktail and sisha pipe at the bar as the DJs create a relaxing summer chill ambience that slowly but surely turns into a party atmosphere. The themed parties are famous for being extremely glamorous and I must admit that even after my wild Las Vegas days I was blown away by the live music, dancers, entertainers and beautiful people making it an experience to remember.
Dress code? The more skin the better with a smart & sophisticated twist. Ladies-wedges and bling are a must!
It is better to book your beds or entry tickets in advance as they are sold out fast. You can contact the Reservations team for all information regarding bookings.
3) Tibu is just a short walk from the marina and has a super-sleek and upmarket vibe in the club, with an open-air terrace to chill when you need some fresh air after to many vodka shots. This club goes off at night with famous worldwide DJ’s bouncing music off every wall in the venue till the early hours of the morning. This is defiantly my number one pick of a Puerto Banus night club. Table packages are available but I wouldn’t plan on sitting down for much of the evening! So grab your friends, dress to impress and go live your life- you can stay young on the dance floor.
Where to soak up your stomach?
Catering for the world’s rich and famous means Marbella has some fantastic eateries that offer an extensive selection of cuisine. Pizzeria Picasso is a personal favorite of mine and you can’t miss it. You will see a large line of people waiting for a table on the marina front. The pizza’s are divine and they do the best salads in the area. You know how most restaurants give you a huge bowl of lettuce and minimal everything else? Not here…the salads at Picasso are absolutely fabulous. Another favorite is Piucaro which is tucked away from the crowd and has breathtaking views. You can expect a selection of Mediterranean, Italian ans Spanish specialties. Both restaurants have a selection of local and imported wines or get the night started with a bottle of party fizz!
As you can see, Marbella and Puerto Banus has a wide range of beach clubs, pool parties and amazing nightlife! There’s only one other thing… WHO IS READY TO PARTY?!