I'm going to be completely honest, Marbella is a location I've avoided for quite a while. I have nothing personal against the area, however, it's also known for being quite a popular 'Brit abroad' holiday destination (FYI being a Brit myself, I can say this). For those that aren't familiar with the term, it's essentially a place where there is no intention of integrating culture and can be fairly boozy. Not exactly a bad thing at all, but I personally prefer to have a dose of local culture involved in my trips.
I'm very selective about where I visit and what my abode will be during the next few days. I hate to admit it, but I love the comfort of indulging in a luxury hotel and being able to leave my cares elsewhere. The most stressful part of a holiday, should be deciding between a Mojito or a Margarita... am I correct? Since I was travelling solo, my plan to visit Marbella was also a chance for me to also relax. When I was invited to Boho Club Marbella, something about this place seemed unique to me and stood out in terms of style and what the resort stands for.
We believe in an experience liberated from formalities and conservative stiffness.
So, off I was to catch my plane to Malaga airport (followed by a 40-minute drive to Marbella) to spend the next few days living the Boho Club lifestyle.
First Impressions & Setting
Boho Club resides in the famous Golden Mile. Which is perhaps one of the most luxurious residential areas in Marbella, that lies to the west of the resort along the Mediterranean coast. It stretches for slightly over a mile from Puerto Banus in the west to the edge of the centre of Marbella in the east.
Committed to bringing something a little different to Marbella, Boho Club provides an eclectic flair at an art-filled resort. The entirety of the hotel from public spaces to rooms is adorned with pieces of modern artwork. It's not hard to notice the grand sculptures that bring life to the gardens, that were created by Richard Hudson.
The art-deco theme runs throughout their rooms. It gives subtle maximalism vibes without feeling overly gaudy. Bedrooms use a pop of rich emerald greens, splashes of muted metallics and wooden furnishings to bring out the 'Boho' feel. Rose mosaic walled bathrooms, come with a rainfall shower complete with generous amounts of toiletries to fulfil your pampering needs. The hotel aims to limit the amount of single-use plastics, by ensuring their 'I Love Eco' toiletries are refillable and rooms have glass water bottles, which are topped up regularly.
My Superior Room included a cosy open-plan seating area and a private balcony overlooking the quieter pool. With all the colourful decor and spaciousness, it was very easy to feel at home during my stay. Modern room control technology is used, which allows you to either listen to their 'Boho Radio' in the comfort of your room or connect your own tunes. Eager to cater for all types of stays, Boho Club also offers Balinese-style bungalows and Suites equipped with kitchenettes. Making it perfect for either long-stay guests or families.
An outdoor gym is available, with a decent amount of weights, cardio machines and TRX. I'd recommend going here either early morning or near the evening as it can sometimes get quite hot.
Forgot your swimsuit? No need to panic, when an on-site boutique is also available. You can choose a selection of stylish items that are guaranteed to look chic when you're sipping on a mojito poolside. There's also an art gallery, which I actually forgot to visit during my stay. However, if you're an art fanatic, I'd recommend you take a peek.
My favourite part of the hotel, was actually the more discreet areas, which I thought was a nice touch. When Marbella is hot... it's hot. During the afternoon when the sun is high, it can get a little too much in the sun. If like me, you prefer a bit of shade, you'll notice areas around the hotel where you can simply chill and read a book. The garden near the restaurant, also has Teepee-style areas, to chill in comfort.
The main restaurant is closely conjoined to the reception area, so it's not hard to miss where you'll likely be dining during your stay. Indoors, you'll find the more opulent art-deco style again, providing plush velvet furniture and a slightly dramatic feel - perfect for the evening. Whilst the outdoor terrace has its more light-hearted bohemian style. The restaurant is also accessible to non-guests and makes a great venue for small gatherings and group bookings.
Breakfast is also served here, where guests can enjoy a generous selection of items from their well-balanced menu. A personal favourite of mine was the nourishing smoothie bowls accompanied by a hearty red pesto bagel. Don't expect a typical buffet style, but do expect high-quality food that tastes delicious.
The pool restaurant, 'Bernies', is for light (or not-so-light) lunches. Seafood is fresh and quality ingredients are used. If you prefer to get into the playful atmosphere, gorgeous picnic tables are scattered across the gardens, these provide a more casual summer seating area with cushions.
Come and enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Boho Restaurant. From the hand of our award winning Executive Chef, Diego Del Río, we will bring the kitchen to your table to finalize some of our most iconic dishes.
If you're looking for somewhere a little unconventional compared with the glitzy Marbella surroundings, you'll be sure to enjoy this space. It's not an entirely large hotel, which means you're guaranteed a more intimate service where you can really connect with the staff.
Whilst Boho Club only holds 30 rooms, development plans to expand are underway. Be sure to get booking if you plan the stay here during the summer, as these rooms go fast.
Book your next stay at Boho Club Marbella by visiting: bohoclub.com
This stay was gently offered by Cult Communications. All views and opinions here are as usual my own