Amare Spa’s signature massage uses the energising power of green tea to rejuvenate
On the beachfront of Marbella, just a five-minute stroll from Old Town, you’ll find the Amare Beach Hotel. A tall, white, modern building, it’s the kind of place where you feel instantly welcome, thanks to friendly staff and floor-to-ceiling windows displaying a large lobby you’ll clock before you even set foot in the door.
Yes, for a place to unwind in amid some much-needed sunshine, the Amare really is quite a tonic. Might it also have a beach club, rooftop bar, and live music and DJ throughout the summer? It surely does.
One of 236 bedrooms, we stayed in the ‘Oh La La The One’ room – a beautifully spacious twin room decorated in white and blue, lending it a modern seaside feel. A cute little desk, armchair and bijou balcony with amazing sea view is all part of the appeal.
Guests wise enough to book this room also receive an exclusive VIP service – the least of which involves being personally greeted and escorted to your room. You’ll receive access to The One Lounge, open daily from 11am – 11pm, which serves food and drink and has a private terrace. There’s access too, to the spa’s hydrotherapy circuit once a day, and a 10 per cent discount card, offering discounts in restaurants, bars, shops, beach clubs and the El Corte Ingles department. A personal shopper service is also available upon request – free of charge, of course
The Amare Beach restaurant has a mouthwatering tapas menu, on which you’ll find the usual favourites: patas bravas, homemade guacamole and Iberia ham – served from lunchtime until 7pm. The Amare Lounge’s dinner only, and usually features a local musician performing live. You can also enjoy food by the pool with their waiter service. We made a reservation here, and enjoyed a delicious lamb shank with potatoes and spaghetti with prawns.
Early riser? The Mare Nostrum restaurant serves breakfast too – and from an outside table you can enjoy a great view of the pool and beach; while the continental buffet has a range of breakfast choices including hot and cold foods, fresh honey and jam, an egg station, cakes and pastries.
The Amare Spa by Germaine de Capuccini may be small, but it certainly delivers – there’s everything here to help unravel those knotted shoulders. From the lobby, a designated lift plonks you gently down to check-in and the changing rooms. From there, you enter the small but welcoming relaxation lounge (yes, there’s sofas), where guests can relax after a treatment or wait for their therapists, amid a scattering of soothing tealights and the ambient lighting.
Amare’s wellness programme was revamped in 2018, which means personal training sessions and yoga classes are now in the mix, along with a hydrotherapy circuit and Jacuzzi. The range of treatments include massages, facials and reflexology, with rituals including the promising-sounding ‘Silk adventure Ritual’, plus Top Body Ritual and Litho Sensation Ritual. Germaine de Capuccini products are used in all treatments – so whether you want to feel relaxed or rejuvenated the spa has you covered.
We plumped for the spa’s hydrotherapy circuit before trying the bamboo and jeju massage. The hour-long treatment begins with a body exfoliation: a green tea scrub, which when massaged into the skin and applied smells absolutely heavenly. It’s topped off with a moisturiser and neck, shoulder and head massage. Treatment over, our skin felt fantastic and glowed for days.