MY WEEKEND GETAWAY TO MARBELLA, SPAIN

While days getting shorter and colder in Sweden, we look to South of Europe for weekend getaways that allows us to enjoy the last precious warm summer days. A few days ago I met with the Swedish Interior Designer Louise Hjorth. Our talk went into weekend destinations and Louise gave me a really good tip -Marbella!

I’ve been going to Marbella ever since I was a kid and it feels very familiar to me, like a second home. My husband and I have a lot of friends here plus the weather is just amazing, says Louise.

 

Who: Louise Hjort

Does: Interior designer

Lives: Östermalm in Stockholm, Sweden

Follow her: @stylebylojs

Tell me, what to do a long weekend in Marbella 

We start the first day at Trocadero beach, a top local chiringuito beach-club with palm trees and a cool crowd. The vibe is a bit bohemian with the relaxed mañana mañana style we love. We book sun beds and stay here the whole day, ordering some tapas for lunch. For dinner we go to Serafina and order their delicious lobster pasta, that you enjoy the best with a chilled glass of white wine. After dinner we go with friends to the plaza in Puente Romano for an espresso martini or two. 

The day after we usually sleep in, waking up tranquilo by the pool. For breakfast we go to the cosy old town in Marbella and the Orange Square. Here you can have traditional churros and chocolate -or a healthy smoothie. Later in the day, around 4-5pm we go to vibrant Playa Padre. Book a table and gather your friends for a fun afternoon turning into late night. Order their delicious sushi, get some drinks and dance all night long. 

The following day is a family day at Siroko Beach. The food is very good and the atmosphere is relaxed and familiar. A great place to recover and have a recharging healthy juice. For lunch I order their sliced tuna. The water here is fantastic and a perfect place to bring the kids. 

 

Where to stay

Puente Romano. Here you sleep, eat, play tennis, party.

 

Any insider /off-the-beaten-track tips

Go for dinner in the mountainous historic village of Benahavis, on the western Costa del Sol. It is reached by driving through the rio Guadalmina up into the hills. On a hot summer day, we stop and have a cooling swim on the way over there up in the hills  -there is no sign but look out for the cliffs on your way. Then we have dinner at our fave restaurant Los Abanico. Book in advance and bring the kids. If you’re into meat -go for that together with their house wine. Genuin Andalucian and attentive service! Simplistic and charming, it’s what we call in Swedish, a “Smultronställe” 

 

What to wear: 

I adore Demadly’s suede-like ROWAN bikini. I wear it in dark brown, see here. It’s perfect at the beach clubs with it’s chic bohemian tassels and it’s perfect cut is so flattering.