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Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality are today unveiling exciting plans to launch the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella at the five-star resort’s exceptional location in southern Spain.

Nobu Restaurant Marbella will launch in May 2017, and opening of Nobu Hotel Marbella will follow in spring 2018 at the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa on the ‘Golden Mile’. This new partnership between Nobu Hospitality and Puente Romano is set to create a spectacular next-generation lifestyle resort, and a holistic destination experience for all guests.

Nobu Restaurant Marbella, the first Nobu to open in Spain, will sit at the heart of Marbella’s dining scene, joining Puente Romano’s magnetic gastronomic offering of ten individual restaurants including the two-Michelin star ‘Dani Garcia’.

The new restaurant will introduce Nobu’s world-renowned cuisine to the resort’s discerning guests. With a fusion of Japanese cooking and Peruvian flavours, the menu will offer a mouth-watering array of signature dishes including Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail Jalapeño and Tiradito, as well as specialty plates inspired by Marbella itself. Nobu’s signature cocktails crafted by master mixologists will be served in the Nobu Bar and terrace, which will encompass a stylish setting with an electric atmosphere adjacent to the restaurant. Envisioned by Jean-Pierre Martel, one of Spain’s most cutting edge interior designers, in collaboration with StudioPCH Malibu, Nobu Restaurant Marbella will balance comfortable simplicity with natural materials and textures, consistent with the recently refurbished resort’s contemporary aesthetic.

Launching in spring 2018, the new Nobu Hotel Marbella will be distinguished by its bespoke Nobu guestroom design and sensual touches across the elegant hotel rooms. Guests can look forward to priority access to the Nobu restaurant, a private swimming pool, and Natura Bisse amenities. Nobu Matsuhisa’s exclusive in-room dining menu will be available around the clock to serve Nobu dishes to guests of Nobu Hotel Marbella who wish to make the most of the flexibility to dine in the privacy of their rooms or at the edge of the private pool.

Overlooking Puente Romano’s energised gastronomic and nightlife epicentre ‘Plaza Village’, Nobu Hotel Marbella will be the perfect destination for both business and leisure guests looking for a lifestyle filled with new and exciting experiences from dusk until dawn; the hotel will reinvent the resort experience with a range of spaces to intertwine work and play.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella, and are delighted to partner with the owners of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa to help bring a new vision for their destination to life”, commented Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive of Nobu Hospitality. “Nobu Hotel Marbella will drive an experience balancing fun and luxury to create an enthralling destination in-keeping with the interests and needs of our global Nobu customer.”

The launch of the new hotel at the Marbella property will also see Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa entirely transformed into an all-suites resort. 184 recently refurbished suites set across 27 beautifully designed Andalusian villas, will offer access to the resort’s famous amenities and Six Senses Spa, as well as the new Nobu experience.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is situated between Marbella and Puerto Banus, just 45 minutes from Malaga airport.

Further details, designs and images to be released in spring 2017.
Booking enquires: Marbella@nobuhotels.com.
Further information on Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa: www.puenteromano.com.

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W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International, announced the signing of W Marbella and The Residences at W Marbella. Scheduled to open in 2021 and developed in partnership with Sunrise Inversiones 2015 S.L (an affiliate of Platinum Estates Limited), W Marbella will be located on the pristine golden sands of Playa Real de Zaragoza, just a short drive from the energetic nightlife scene of downtown Marbella.

“Located on one of the most glamourous beaches in Southern Spain, W Marbella will infuse the brand’s signature style and innovative programming into this coveted destination,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Joining our portfolio of other coveted W Escapes around the world, W Marbella will provide insider access to this fun-seeker’s paradise, inviting guests to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat.”

W Marbella will offer 200 spacious guestrooms, including 26 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite – the brand’s extravagant take on the traditional Presidential Suite. The hotel will feature a vibrant bar and a signature restaurant; an AWAY spa complete with a beauty salon and juice bar; FIT state-of-the-art workout facility; and two WET pool decks. For those looking for an extraordinary venue for their next meeting, W Marbella will provide five ultra-modern meeting rooms along with a covered terrace, measuring more than 10,000 square feet, ideal for outdoor parties and events.

A perfect complement to Marbella’s social scene, W Marbella will boast its very own Beach Club with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. The Beach Club at W Marbella will open in advance of the hotel in time for the Summer 2018 season.

The Residences at W Marbella will boast 100 low-rise, condominium apartments and villas available for purchase. The W-branded beachfront Residences will offer owners access to all of the hotel’s amenities and services, including preferred reservations at the hotel’s restaurants, bars and lounges; in-residence dining and STYLE housekeeping services, as well as a private pool and the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service promise.

“We believe that the W brand is the perfect fit for this landmark location and look forward to seeing W Marbella emerge as the most sought after and admired resort in Spain,” said Roshni Mohinani, Chairwoman, Platinum Estates.

“We are delighted to be working with our esteemed partners at Platinum Estates Limited to bring the iconic W brand to Marbella,” said Carlton Ervin, Chief Development Officer, Europe, Marriott International. “The signing of the third W Hotel in Spain underlines the continued demand for this iconic luxury lifestyle brand in key European travel destinations. This is also our third hotel project with Platinum Estates Limited and follows the signings of W Madrid and Aloft Madrid Gran Via, which will both open in 2019.”

With the opening of W Marbella in 2021, Spain will be the only country in Europe to boast three W Hotels, joining the acclaimed W Barcelona, which redefined Spain’s hospitality scene since it opened in 2009, as well as the forthcoming W Madrid, slated to open in 2019. W Marbella will be the fourth W Escape in Europe, a newly created portfolio of W Hotels located in ski, sand and entertainment destinations around the world, that make the traditional ‘resort’ a last resort.

W Marbella will join the brand’s robust portfolio of 50 hotels around the globe, including the recently opened W Las Vegas, W Goa and W Punta de Mita, as well as the soon-to-open W Shanghai, W Tel Aviv, W Madrid, W Panama and W Dubai – The Palm. W Hotels is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020

 

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Spain hosted nearly 75 million foreign tourists last year, ten percent more than visited the world’s third most popular destination in 2015, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation said on Monday.                 (www.thelocal.es)
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“More than 74, probably 75 million international travellers have come to Spain” in 2016, the Madrid-based body’s secretary general, Taleb Rifai, told a news conference.

The UN body will release on January 17th its global tourism figures for 2016.

It predicts international tourism grew by 4.0 percent last year.

Rifai would not say if the surge in visitors to Spain had changed the country’s ranking among the world’s most visited destinations last year.

Spain welcomed just over 68 million visitors in 2015, making it the world’s third most visited nation after France and the United States.

Spanish tourism executives credit security fears in competing sunshine destinations across the Mediterranean and in the Middle East for the rise in visitors to Spain’s shores but Rifai rejected this theory.

“Spain did well because Spain is doing the right thing” in terms of how it promotes itself as a destination and welcomes visitors, he said.

Each visitor to Spain spent an average of €800 ($842) during their stay, a figure that is comparable to the global average, said Rifai.    They spent a total of over €60 billion in the country in 2016, he added.

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Spain’s economy grew 3.2 percent last year, official figures showed Monday, as the country continues to power ahead following a damaging crisis marked by sky-high unemployment and rising inequalities.

The GDP growth figure, the same as that of 2015, is one of the best among European countries.

According to the last available statistics on Eurostat, the eurozone average stood at 1.7 percent year-on-year in the third quarter.

Spain’s growth was boosted by low petrol prices, high domestic demand as unemployment drops, exports and a booming tourism sector that beat all records in 2016.

The eurozone’s fourth largest economy posted 0.7 percent growth in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the previous quarter, Spain’s National Statistics Institute said.

This represents its 13th consecutive quarter of growth since the end of 2013.

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PLANS to build an €18m hospital capable of dealing with 85,000 patients a year, have been announced.

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Mayor of Estepona, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano and Regional Health Councillor, Aquilino Alonso, unveiled the project on Monday.

The Alta Resolucion Hospital will deal with up to 91,000 emergency treatments and 4,000 surgeries a year.

Building firm Garcia Urbano estimates it will take almost two years to complete.

The aim of the multi-disciplinary hospital is to streamline and improve consultations by equipping it with the means to treat most patients in ‘one appointment.’