Just a short flight away in sunny Spain, where was better to unwind than the historic, serene and simply stunning Marbella Club? After a warm welcome and stroll through the fabulous botanical gardens - filled with orange, lemon, avocado, fig and banana trees - I was shown to my room, adorned in modern earth tone fabrics. It was also stocked with a range of teas, fresh lemon and mint water, a yoga mat, bath scrub and natural sponge - a sign of what was to come on the ultimate wellness escape.
My bespoke wellness programme
Making the most of its serene surroundings, nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Blanca Mountains, Marbella Club offers a range of world-class wellness programmes - from single-day schedules to week-long retreats. They vary depending on what you want to achieve - from fat loss to help sleeping. Here for a long weekend, I opted for the two-day 'Destress and Unwind' programme, designed to help me escape from the pressures of everyday life and simply relax.
This began with a 90-minute 'Lifestyle & Nutrition Consultation' with a wonderful therapist named Carolina in a beautifully understated Consultation Room. Warm and welcoming throughout, she asked questions about my lifestyle and any health or dietary concerns I had. She also used Qest, a state-of-the-art energetic testing device that gathered information on imbalances and weaknesses in my organ systems, nutritional needs and food preferences, toxic loads in the body and emotional factors. Safe to say, this was a very thorough consultation! From the results, she completed a detailed report filled with advice on my personal nutrition and lifestyle habits - I still live by it today.
Across two days, my programme included a range of fabulous experiences including a meditation session, a personalised massage and a two-hour-long 'Stress Reducing Ritual'. This involved a full body scrub and body, face and scalp massages using oils blended specifically to help me relax - bliss. Of course, wholesome cuisine is also a large part of the wellness experience and I enjoyed a variety of ultra-fresh and naturally delicious meals, embracing the best of the Mediterranean and Andalucía's seasonal ingredients - some from the onsite herbal garden. The fresh smoothies and juices were also amazing!
Wonderful wellness facilities
As well as the experiences on my bespoke schedule, I was able to really embrace the wellness facilities here. Along with the beautiful treatment rooms, the spa holds extensive Thalasso facilities, a salt pool, relaxation area, steam room and sauna. The offerings didn't end there though... Marbella Club also features an excellent Pilates studio, aerial yoga facilities, a fully equipped gym and an enchanting holistic studio which resembled a secret temple! There was also a jam-packed calendar of weekly (and complimentary!) wellness activities. These ranged from 'aqua fitness' to beach training to Tai Chi, as well as dedicated dietary talks and Kombucha tasting - there was truly something for everyone!
Not just for the adults
While my stay here was wonderfully relaxing and child-free, I couldn't help but sneak a peak at the children's club with my girls in mind. It was genuinely one of the best I've ever seen in a hotel, with a beautiful large outdoor area and stylish, sheltered indoor areas - including its own cooking school! The club is centred around hands-on, educational and engaging activities that embrace the destination - from treasure hunts to herbology workshops.
From arriving on the Thursday still very much in work-mode, I left Marbella Club on the Sunday a completely different person; relaxed, rejuvenated, revitalised and ready to take on the world...