Review By Runaway Bride and Groom’s Honeymoon Testers:

Spectacular mountain views, a gorgeous Arabic influenced spa and state of the art golf facilities. One of the most popular wedding and honeymoon hotels in Spain is the gorgeous Meliá La Quinta Golf and Spa hotel, Marbella.

Spain is such a popular destination for overseas weddings, particularly for Irish and English couples. Only a few hours away, you’re virtually guaranteed gorgeous sunshine, blue skies and wonderful Spanish hospitality. 

We were greeted with iced champagne in our room on arrival which is always appreciated (especially during a heat-wave!) plus a personal note of congratulations (for our very special 46th vow renewal!). 

Our room overlooked the gorgeous azure pool, with a private terrace, just perfect for pre-dinner champagne, although Mark was careful not to pop the cork over the side into the pool! The room boasted a huge bed, and beautiful huge bathroom, with luxury toiletries, rain-forest shower and fluffy white towels. 

The hotel is famed for two things – golf in gorgeous surroundings and the luxurious spa. Not to get sexist here, but doesn’t that sound like a nice couples holiday? Spend time together in the pool, have a couples session in the spa and go for a nice round of golf – or send the man off and you can have a few more treatments by yourself!

The breakfast buffet is lovely, lots of fresh fruit, cereals, cooked full Irish and vegetarian section. There’s a little evil section at the back with cakes and all sorts of goodies, but I ignored that as much as possible. 

We spent the day exploring the hotel, swimming in the gorgeous pool, mid afternoon cocktails on our terrace and just to make it interesting, a vow renewal organised by the hotel on the Club house terrace, a gorgeous members-only feel restaurant with an incredible view of the mountains. It was performed by Jeff Gurner, an English expat wedding celebrant, who is very popular with couples getting married in the hotel.

Dinner afterwards was on the terrace as the sun went down. I had the fish, Mark had the lamb and they both were gorgeous. Dessert was fresh apple sorbet and Mark had a traditional Spanish cake. We both rolled back to our room for some more champagne!

La Quinta is a lovely, relaxing and gorgeous place to spend a honeymoon to relax and recharge after your wedding. For those wanting a Spanish destination wedding, there is a Catholic church close by and then you can have your reception here, or you can choose a civil ceremony in a few of the gorgeous sunny and picturesque places in the hotel. 

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Address: Urb. La Quinta Golf s/n, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella | Benahavís, Málaga, Spain
Phone:+34 952 76 20 00

Hotel class: 5 stars

Reviewed in 2010