Opening: El Fuerte Marbella

Roger Hohl
Roger Hohl
Executive Editor Roger Hohl always reports firsthand. He has been gathering experiences and impressions in the luxury travel segment since 2006, from the South Sea to China and Asia, across Europe to Africa and America. He is always on the lookout for the most spectacular and extraordinary locations, combined with the best possible comfort and service. His focus is on independent and critical perception from the perspective of the most demanding clientele, as today's customers in this segment expect the highest quality. His motto: pushing the limits - but always fair!

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The iconic El Fuerte Marbella, once the first hotel in this coastal city in southern Spain, shines once again as a five-star property after a year-long renovation. The hotel’s focus is on its culinary concept, which has been expanded with two new dining options. At the Edge by Paco Perez restaurant, the Michelin-starred chef combines high-quality fine dining with a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service. Additionally, the infinity pool boasts a 360-degree view of the Mediterranean Sea. The Levante restaurant, on the other hand, blends Andalusian specialties with international influences, serving Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist. The contemporary indoor space is complemented by a terrace featuring hammocks for relaxing hours by the pool. Furthermore, all 266 rooms and suites, as well as the wellness area, have been renovated. The 78 “Selected” category rooms offer additional amenities, such as access to a private lounge with complimentary snacks and drinks, daily hydrotherapy, and transfers to Marbella’s attractions. Located on the promenade, just a few minutes’ walk from Marbella’s Old Town, the hotel is surrounded by numerous boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, as well as the Puerto Deportivo marina with its diverse bars.

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The Spanish architect Jaime Beriestain is responsible for the interior design, drawing inspiration from the region’s rich culture. “I always look for contact with local craftsmen instead of following trends,” says Beriestain. Hand-painted ceramics, carved wood decorations, and open areas combined with earthy tones reflect the region and represent the character of Andalusia.

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Sustainability is also a top priority at El Fuerte Marbella. During the renovation, measures were taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, making the hotel as energy-efficient as possible. Improved insulation, an energy recovery system, and a complete switch to LED lighting reduce CO² emissions by 41 percent. The use of local, seasonal ingredients and collaboration with bakeries and other producers in the area are essential parts of the culinary concept.

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The family-run Fuerte Group opened the first hotel in Marbella’s city center in 1957 with the Fuerte Marbella. The portfolio now consists of five brands, each with its own personality. Fuerte Hotels stand for quality family fun, while only adults can enjoy uninterrupted getaways at Amàre Hotels. Olée apartments are perfect for trips with friends, and guests of El Fuerte Marbella and DAIA in Cádiz appreciate the exclusivity of informal five-star luxury. The Fuerte Foundation supports the local economy, environmental preservation, and disadvantaged groups.

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