Casa La Concha, Marbella
A few weeks ago, I booked a trip to Marbella.
Not Marbs, Marbs - Marbella.
This was the line I followed up with every time I mentioned I was going to this slice of the Costa del Sol, which, thanks to a certain trashy TV show, I felt was a necessity in order to justify my trip over in search for some sun and much needed downtime.
We'd planned to spend four whole days doing absolutely nothing and I couldn't have been more ready for it. As you can see from the many photos below, it was picture-perfect and I needn't have worried about telling people where I was going because if the below is anything to go by, you'll be wanting to book a break away immediately...
Casa La Concha is a home away from home boutique B&B and a beautiful one at that: the main house and grounds are simply heavenly. Owner Marie-Hélène has transformed an old Andalucian Finca into a four-suite, six-cottage haven. Decorated with a french, 'rustic chic' style, the rooms are finished with vintage pieces, Moroccan rugs, contemporary artwork and unique finds from travels around the world. Art and books fill up the very zen living space which add to the tranquil feel of the place. Outside, the grounds are an explorer's paradise lined with palm trees and perfect corners for sun-lounging. Not forgetting the pool which took pride of place, the ideal remedy for when things got too hot - and where I spent most my days!
The only meal served at Casa La Concha is breakfast which is available from 9am to 1pm everyday. A delicious spread of pastries, meats, cheese, yogurts, fresh fruit, juices, cereals and hot drinks to help yourself to. For us - being without a car - we found lunches to be a struggle as we enjoyed being by the pool until late afternoon and, as we didn't have a fridge in the room, it was difficult to store things for when the early afternoon munchies came. My advice (if you didn't want to order in from a nearby restaurant) is stock up at breakfast or spend the day away from CLC at the beach - there's plenty of places to choose from once you're in the thick of it!
Marbella Old Town
Would I recommend downtown Marbella? Probably not - it bears too much of a resemblance to any European beach resort swarmed by tourists. But, would I recommend Marbella Old Town? Absolutely. Getting to the Old Town from CLC was super quick and easy - we asked Marie-Hélène to call us a taxi and within minutes one arrived at the door to collect us (around €10 and less than 10 minutes drive away).
Filled with beautiful corners, maze-like streets filled with charming restaurants and bougainvillea pouring from every house, it was love at first sight. When it came to the restaurants, we picked based on intuition (read: I did no planning whatsoever) and all the meals we ate were delicious - I'd definitely recommend this restaurant we stumbled across. Head away from the main streets which you come straight into when entering Old Town and you'll be sure to find some gems. There really is plenty to pick from - you'll be spoilt for choice.
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Jubrique, 45, Calle Traviesa, 29603 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Nearest airport - Malaga
Taxi Transfer approx. €60-70 and 45 minutes in duration