The Beach House
Photos: David Toms
In preparing for our eagerly awaited day at the Beach House restaurant in Marbella we learned that during the summer season they open every morning for breakfast at 8.30 am and serve drinks in the lounge area until 1 am. It was going to be a long day, and night! As it was still winter (with shorter opening hours) we arrived around 11 am, to be greeted by a well-turned out and highly efficient member of the beach staff, and were shown to a beautiful luxury bed with super-thick mattress, pillows and parasols. There was great attention to detail, including hand-made hardwood tables. Luxury and comfort personified…
Asked if we would like a champagne breakfast, we enthusiastically concurred and asked for it to be brought to the bed. It was served almost in hotel fashion on large bamboo trays – creating a whole new dimension to “breakfast in bed”. The food was delicious with excellent quality ingredients.
We relaxed, read, went for a stroll and dipped our toes into the water. It must be one of the best stretches of sand on the Costa del Sol – even during this time of the year, pristine with not a stone in sight. Just a pity the water was still a little too cold for a swim, for the less hardy.
No matter, we spent the early afternoon relaxing some more, listening to stylish live music being played in the main restaurant by Felix, relaxed covers with a Caribbean feel. Propped up in the chiringuito (beach lounge) in big comfy sofas, a chilled-out, rustic area with a Polynesian ambience, in contrast to the main dining area in the restaurant.
We enjoyed a light snack from the beach and bar menu: Brunotti Superfood salad and mixed sushi – healthy, refreshing and extremely tasty.
After a brief siesta, we met some friends in the bar and took a late table reservation in the restaurant for dinner. Incredible how by night you could be in an entirely different establishment: romantic, formal and minimalist with attractive lighting. Another superb singer, La Negra Mayte, was entertaining us; again not intrusive at all, with sophisticated covers.
As we had already eaten breakfast and lunch we suggested savouring some tapas as a starter for all to share. The waitress liaised with the kitchen team, who put together a wonderful array of dishes including gambas pil pil (spicy prawns), croquettes, squid and pata negra ham. We were unaware that the Beach House offered traditional chiringuito fare such as this – simply exceptional. For the mains we opted for their more typical modern European-style dishes, including wild turbot with king prawns. Oh yes, did we mention the sunset was incredible? And the superb wine list – clearly one of their passions.
Urb. Coto de los Dolores, Elviria, Marbella
Tel. (+34) 952 839 458
Opening Hours Summer Season (1 March to 31 October)
Breakfast: Every day 8.30-12.30 (from 1 April)
Lunch: Every day 12.30-18.00
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 19.00-22.30
Beach Lounge/Drinks: Every day 8.30-01.00