Could this be the coolest kids’ club in Europe?
Say what you like about Marbella (No carbs before Marbs… A sunny place for shady people), there’s one thing you don’t want to miss when you’re in the area with little ones.
The staunch glam hangout of locals, ex-pats and tourists alike, the Marbella Club Hotel has given over one of its best villas – formerly the private summer-house of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe – to create a superlative kids’ club that frankly, knocks the socks off any I’ve seen before.
Ok, the palette of bleached wood and grey makes it feel like a miniature Daylesford, but beyond the extraordinarily cool design (courtesy of Minimec) the activities and staff make the club not only a guilt-free treat for parents but a truly magical hangout for the kids. Cooking classes in the open kitchen teach children the entire process from planting to plate, using ingredients grown in the kids club vegetable and herb garden before they sit down to a lunch they have created (‘It was delicious Mummy, much better than your pasta’).
Children can create their own perfumes in the Aroma workshop, learn flamenco, get creative in an art class or meet eagles and owls during a visit from a local handler. They can chill out in the library, get messy in the pottery room or bang around in the courtyard, dipping their toes in the lagoon.
Light, breezy, stylish, engaging, playful and creative, the problem will not be getting enough children into the club, but keeping the parents out.