Golden Mile Beachside Districts - Marbella Mar
Urb Casablanca sits quietly behind an unimaginative concrete retail building which for many years it housed the high profile Guzman Carpet shops. The Casablanca urbanisation runs down to the sea. There are a network of streets and (relatively small for Marbella) villa plots, most with swimming pools.
Edificio Guadalpin was for many years a run-down, single-storey aparthotel, fortunately hidden behind a tall fence. Under former mayor Jesús Gil's stewardship it was demolished and the present glitzy,dark-glass-fronted apartments were built by the Aifos group. It opened in early the 2000s as a full-service hotel but now is run as apartments. The building's planning permission was controversial and led to several court cases including one related to the apartment "given" to famous Andalucian singer Isabel Pantoja, who at the time was the girlfriend of Marbella ex-mayor, and Jesús Gil's right-hand man, Julián Muñoz (until they fell out one night on a live TV chat show). After long legal case and appeals, Isabel Pantoja served a two-year prison term in 2014-2016.
Palacio de Exposiciones
The Marbella Conference Centre was built in the mid-1990s and includes both exhibition space and two auditoriums.
Alhambra del Mar
This is a quiet, high-end urbanisation developed by Roy Boston, the German singer (he had hits with España Olé and La Parranda in 1973) turned property developer, who died in the late 1980s. More>
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Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel
The Gran Meliá Don Pepe is a classic Marbella hotels, built in the late 1960s. In the 1970s it was one of only six hotels in Spain with a five-star rating. Today there are 45 in Andalucía. (Ref 5*GL and 5* ). When built it had a private beach (all beaches in Spain became public in 1982). It is known for its lush gardens and is often used for meetings and conferences, as well as up-market tourism.
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Marina Mariola Marbella Resort, squeezed between Don Pepe Hotel and Alhambra del Mar.