A place I’ve always wanted to go, Marbella. My want to visit the place first came from watching a guilty pleasure of mine… A Place in the Sun! I blame my family for that one, especially my aunty and uncle whom made me watch it growing up since they bought a house in Spain when I was younger and used to tape the Spain episodes for advice. So anyway, there was this one episode in particular which I remember when a Single mother from Essex had decided to fulfil her lifelong dream of opening a salon in Marbella so the episode followed her life as she rebuilt it abroad. The episode showed all of the stunning villas she looked at, areas she was interested in living which are the ‘in’ places to be back then, as well as the night life! It looked amazing!! Plus it would be rude not to mention another of my favourite shows on television, TOWIE who visit the lavish location every summer for their one off “The Only Way is Marbs”show. So let’s be honest, Marbella is quite literally a hotspot for sun, sea and style.
If you’re planning to party in Puerto Banus in the summer, here’s the essentials of what you need to pack, courtesy of the king of designer footwear retailer’s, Daniel Footwear:
Poolside at Ocean Beach Club
No trip to Marbella is complete without a VIP pool party, especially Ocean Club champagne spray pool party! It’s the perfect place to go if you want to soak up the sun as you sip champagne and enjoy incredible views of the coast. Leading house DJs from around the world create a chilled vibe during the day, before cranking up the party atmosphere come sunset. Whether you want to chill out with a poolside massage or slip on your dancing shoes, everyone can get a slice of Marbella at this must-visit venue.
In terms of dress code, your standard swimsuit and flip flops simply won’t cut it; it’s all about the bling and glam! When it comes to your bikini or swimsuit, either keep it monochrome in all-black or white, or create a statement with a bold print. Cut-out detailing and embellishment will help add to your luxe look, while an elegant kaftan is the perfect cover-up.
Your shoes should be equally as glam too. Leave your sandals at home and go all-out with a pair of chic wedges. Prefer to wear flats? Choose a glitzy embellished pair to help your look shine. Don’t forget to finish your look with a pair of designer sunglasses and a statement necklace.
Night out with the girls
When day turns to night, you’ll need to up the glamour ready for a big night at Marbella’s exclusive cocktail bars and nightclubs. Whether you’re partying under the stars at Pangea’s rooftop terrace or dancing the night away at Funky Buddha, it’s important to get your night time look just right.
Chic dresses are a great choice, as they’re effortlessly stylish and perfect for the Marbella heat. Wear with heels (always loubs!) and dramatic eye makeup for a smouldering evening look. Remember, there’s no such thing as going casual for a night out in Marbella, so leave your laidback shorts and flats behind! Ideal for me, as I can never be just casual.
Shopping in Puerto Banus
Whether you need a break from sunbathing or want to take a slice of Marbella style home with you, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Marbella’s designer shops. Featuring fashion heavyweights like Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton, every shopaholic should find shade in these exclusive stores.
You may be on the hunt for a new pair of shoes or that must-have accessory, but it’s important to get your look right before you even hit the shops. As expected, beach – and swimwear – should be left behind in favour of a more appropriate daytime look. A flowing maxi dress, statement jewellery and block wedges are ideal for keeping chilled without compromising on glamour.
Whether you’re heading to a pool party, sipping cocktails with friends or enjoying a spot of retail therapy, there are some essentials you can’t be without if you’re heading to Marbella. Make sure you have these in your case:
- Designer shades
- Wedge sandals
- Statement jewellery
- Chic kaftan