CLUB MED OPENS NEW RESORT IN EUROPE
Club Med’s newest resort, Club Med Magna Marbella, welcomed its first guests on May 20, marking the all-inclusive brand’s return to Spain, where the first Club Med resort was founded on the Balearic Islands in 1950.
The four-star family-friendly property, located in one of Spain’s most mythic destinations, offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, and the lively city of Marbella, and Sierra Blanca at every corner.
Featuring vibrant indoor-outdoor architecture and design, and culturally immersive culinary experiences, there is an abundance of activities designed for every type of traveller.
“Today, we are proud to return to Andalusia, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe, with a new premium resort (that) perfectly showcases what Club Med has become today after major changes in the last 20 years: a premium, ‘glocal,’ happy digital brand aiming to develop a more sustainable tourism,” said Club Med president and CEO Henri Giscard d’Estaing at the resort’s opening.
Located in the Andalusia region of Spain, the resort is nestled at the foot of the Sierra Blanca and spread across 14 hectares of colourful gardens and terraces.
Traditionality with a hint of modernity is a theme displayed throughout the resort’s architecture and design. The property was designed with an indoor-outdoor concept that is married with vibrant décor inspired by Marbella’s art, culture, and nature.
A variety of accommodations, including 485 guestrooms, are a suited every type of traveler, from families and couples to solo travellers and large groups. Each Deluxe, Superior, and Family Suite exudes playful ambiance inspired by the region and its surrounding scenery.
The resort’s two restaurants and three bars offer unlimited culinary experiences thoughtfully curated to showcase the local food and drink of the region. The main restaurant, Suenos, is at the heart of the resort while the Tierra Gourmet Lounge welcomes guests all day long with a lively bar, wine cellar, and gourmet snack bar ideal for Spanish wine tastings, happy hour, live music, and tapas.
More than 25 sports and activities are included in a stay at Club Med Magna Marbella, like Zen yoga, aerial fitness, golf, flying trapeze, archery, beach volleyball, and paddle tennis (native to Marbella). Guests can also take a dip in one of five pools including an indoor freshwater pool, the main lagoon pool, an adults-exclusive Zen pool, a dedicated kids pool for the Children’s Clubs, and a family-friendly water park area.
For those looking to unwind, the resort’s wellness area includes a Club Med Spa by CINQ MONDES complete with a steam room, 14 treatment rooms, and an exclusive indoor-outdoor relaxation room for added privacy.
A kids club offers an array of customized activities for toddlers and teens from four months to 17 years old, while families can also participate in the Club Med Amazing Family program, which offers weekly activities. And the Family Fun Zone features water slides, a variety of water games, mini-golf course, and a zipline.
Destination + Exploration
Andalusia, often referred to as “the garden of Europe,” promises varied landscapes along with cultural and historical discoveries. Conveniently located near Spain’s south coast, Club Med Magna Marbella is just a 20-minute walk from both sandy Mediterranean beaches and Marbella’s city centre. It is also an hour drive from Gibraltar, Ronda, and Malaga, making it the ideal base to explore the rich Arab-Andalusian history and natural wonders of the region.
Excursions to the Doäana Natural Park and Caminito del Rey, as well as four-wheel drives through Sierra de la Nieves and visiting local villages, are the best ways to explore the natural beauty and rich heritage of Southern Spain.
Following its opening, Magna Marbella aims to earn its Green Globe certification for a sustainable hotel operation. Under the brand’s “Happy to Care” program, almost 95% of all Club Med resorts have been awarded this eco-certification, which is renewed yearly. Aligned with that commitment, the resort is also equipped with solar panels that will supply the required energy for water heating purposes as well as a rain collection and treatment system that will be used to water the gardens.
First published at Travel Industry Today