Take a stroll down the artificial pier curving into the Mediterranean Sea for a stunning view of this amazing 5-star resort right on the beach. At the end of the day, as soon as dusk approaches, hundreds of twinkling lights create a fairy-tale atmosphere.

Our path illuminated by the first soft rays of moonlight and the still-warm sand beneath our feet, we return to the resort to nestle ourselves on the outdoor terrace of the Sea Grill restaurant with a glass of good wine. The children continue doing what they’ve been doing all day: playing to their heart’s content on the almost deserted beach. We watch them play, assuring one another that everything is fine.

 Lobby Puente Romano

Lobby Puente Romano

We could, of course, be lazy and remain here on the terrace, looking out over the sea with the lights of Marbella twinkling in the distance. We are already acquainted with the delicious Mediterranean cuisine offered by the Sea Grill, where it’s difficult to choose whether your ‘catch of the day’ should be cooked in the Tandoor Oven or on the Charcoal grill. Because we have heard that there will be live music at the ‘Plaza Village’ tonight, we stroll down to the main Plaza of the resort with the kids in tow.

 Plaza Village

Plaza Village

There could hardly be a better offering of culinary delights anywhere than in Puente Romano, with the seemingly infinite variety of restaurants situated all around the Plaza. First of all, there are two restaurants run by Dani Garcia, the acclaimed Spanish chef crowned with two Michelin stars: Dan Garcia, the more luxurious restaurant that bears his name, and the more attractively priced and laid-back bistro. Of course, there are plenty of other possibilities if you’re not set on a Michelin-starred dinner. Serafina offers excellent Italian food (don’t forget to take a look at the replica of the authentic Roman bridge), or you can eat at the Thai Gallery or try out Uni (Japanese-Peruvian fusion) or Celicioso (100% gluten free).

There’s no need to worry about whether the children are enjoying themselves, too: they can play in the playground right next to the Plaza, sand from the beach still clinging to their toes. Teenagers too old for the swing sets and the slide are sure to enjoy the movie nights at the kids club, popcorn included.

 Kids club Puente Romano

Kids club Puente Romano

With a rosy glow from our wine and the sun, we take our last stroll of the day to our Junior Suite, featuring more than 60m2 in ‘understated’ design, a spacious terrace with splendid views over the botanical gardens, a bathroom in Egyptian marble and two bedrooms. We hear the children whooping with joy when they discover the Welcome Teddy Bears waiting for them in their room.

You could easily spend two whole weeks at Puente Romano without too much physical exertion. The three swimming pools (one of which is kept at 26 °C all year round) are inviting, to say the least. There is also a separate paddling pool for toddlers. And if that’s not enough relaxation, you can also visit the Six Senses Spa with its inexhaustible array of body treatments and massages. All in all, there is plenty of time to fill the hours between breakfast, lunch and dinner!

 Pool at Puente Romano

Pool at Puente Romano

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s plenty of adventure for people who get restless after spending a mere hour on a sunbed. The resort offers an enormous tennis complex. Featuring 10 top-flight tennis courts, it is acclaimed one of the best in all of Southern Europe. Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg are among the many sports celebrities who have worked up a sweat here! Fortunately, amateur tennis players are more than welcome to practice the finer skills of the sport here during private or group lessons, and shown off what they’ve learned on the Centre Court with space for 2500 spectators.

Situated right along the middle of the seven-kilometre promenade connecting the city of Marbella with Puerto Banú, the resort is a perfect base camp for all sorts of excursions. Explore the promenade by bike (the resort offers rental bicycles for adults as well as children) or put on your running shoes. Water sports activities are offered at various points along the promenade: pedalos, exhilarating ‘banana’ rides (towed by a speedboat), water skiing, parasailing, diving, and much more. The resort will be happy to book any of these activities for you.

Wow!

# The interior decorating of the suites, restaurants and bars at Puente Romano, making use of the best materials, lots of glass, marble and light shades of colour, is amazing. This gives you the impression of staying in a very special place.

# The premises themselves are enormous, but organised in such a way that the resort still has an intimate feel and that you never get the idea that it is crowded. There are little seating areas everywhere where you can read a book, or simply enjoy the view.

# Puente Romano is an El Dorado for tennis lovers, with its perfectly equipped tennis centre bordering one of the world’s most splendid seaside promenades. Who will be the first to send their ball flying into the sea?

# Perhaps the biggest WOW factor is the immense diversity of activities and facilities. This gives you a tremendous sense of freedom. You can easily alternate between a family activity and spending some time by yourself.

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