Gran Meliá Don Pepe

Rest of Spain, Spain

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

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    Deluxe oceanfront resort in glitzy Marbella

Why we choose Gran Meliá Don Pepe

The best of all worlds: a garden-filled beachfront property next to the city center

  • Calima is the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the Andalucia region
  • Aqua Scouts are boat trips for kids with age-appropriate workshops
  • RedLevel rooms get butler service, access to a lounge and private check-in

Foodies will think they’ve died and gone to heaven with the stunning line-up of restaurants at the Gran Melia Don Pepe. Of course there’s the signature restaurant, Calima, a highly awarded destination with a phenomenal tasting menu. But among the seven other offerings is the Cappuccino Beach Club, staffed by the barman who won the World Bartender Championship Trophy in 2011; an international show cooking restaurant nestled along the Mediterranean; and a creative Spanish restaurant with an impressive wine cellar.

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Red Level deluxe sea view rooms.

What you need to know about the hotel

The elegant Gran Melia Don Pepe has an avant-garde flair and mouth-watering dining options

  • Ocean Suites provide fabulous views from two private terraces, a magnificent dressing area and a massive Clarins product-filled bathroom
  • The sophisticated Oyster & Champagne Caviar Bar stuns with its variety of Beluga, Ossetra, Sevruga and Rio Frio caviars
  • The hotel is noted for its pools: an indoor heated, two outdoor (one for children) and a sun terrace with 11 Bali beds

The Gran Melia Don Pepe is a contemporary masterpiece with 170 rooms and 24 suites, all with delightful sea views. The guestrooms have oversized windows, mahogany furniture, high-tech essentials like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks and European SPA bathrooms. If you’re in the market for additional pampering and amenities, we recommend the Gran Melia’s trademark Red Level service, which is designed to deliver over-the-top personal attention.

The lushly landscaped grounds are home to an exclusive nautical area, fully equipped sports club and relaxing wellness area. You can also take part in organized tours, cooking classes and onsite entertainment—not to mention indulging in the hotel’s numerous eateries.

Where is it and what's nearby

An exclusive Costa del Sol location provides access to the best Andalucia has to offer

  • Opposite the hotel is Sierra de las Nieves National Park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its rich natural landscape
  • Learn more about the surrounding area through the hotel’s daily excursions to destinations like Mijas, Ronda, Seville, Granada, Gibraltar and Morocco
  • Wine is practically a religion in Spain, and the Andalucia region offers plenty of celebrated local vineyards for your sampling pleasure

At home in Marbella at the foot of the natural Sierra Blanca enclave, the Gran Melia Don Pepe is like a brochure for everything wonderful in Spain. Among the highlights of the picturesque Costa del Sol are splendid beaches and views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Northern coast of Africa. Not a bad way to wake up.

This place is about more than views, however. The area is full of unique, possibly once-in-a-lifetime adventures, such as driving sessions around a private track, as well as distinctly Marbella must-do’s like the Picasso Museum. Or stay put at the hotel and enjoy the bountiful aquatic adventures provided by the oceanfront location. The water sports center helps you with everything from diving trips to yachting to skiing to kayaking.

How to enjoy Rest of Spain

From Matadors to Flamenco (both served with lashings of attitude), mountains to beaches, and pilgrimages to cathedrals such as Santiago de Compestela or the windmills of Don Quixote, the very best of Spain is, well, all over

  • Seville’s Plaza de España is simply stunning, featuring brightly colored Andalucían tiles and a crescent of Art Deco and Neo-Mudéjar buildings
  • Visit the Dalí Museum in Figueres. The building is a surreal work of art in its own right and it houses the largest collection of works by the artist in the world
  • Often described as the world’s most beautiful building, Granada’s Alhambra Palace will enchant with its geometric carvings and soothing fountains

Towards the southern tip of mainland Spain is the glorious city of Seville. The Gothic-Renaissance cathedral claims the position of largest church in the world and contains the 364ft Giralda bell tower and the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Alcázar, the city’s royal palace, dates back to the 10th century and boasts amazing gardens. It would surely be rude to visit Christopher Columbus’s tomb without a trip to Huelva, to see the point from which he set sail on his voyage of discovery. At Muelle de las Carabelas, on the Rio Tinto estuary, you’ll find three life-size replicas of his ships. You’ll also find glorious beaches along this part of the Costa de la Luz.

Clinging to the side of a multi-peaked Pyrenean mountain between Andorra and Barcelona is the spectacular monastery of Montserrat. Take the cable car, not only is it the easiest way to get there, but the views are out of this world. San Sebastián is a lovely Basque city in the north of the country where the mountains meet the Atlantic. For a fantastic and flavorsome introduction to Basque culture, sample the pintxos at as many bars as you can (each has its own specialty). Pintxos are like tapas, but they won’t thank you for saying so.

For swank and glamor, the beachside Marbella is your spot. Designer stores, designer yachts and designer bling abound. It’s fun and fabulous and a great place to party with the stars. And when it comes to parties, Andalucía hosts over 3,000 fiestas every year including fairs, pilgrimages and carnivals. For a week-long party with plenty of sherry and impromptu street flamenco, catch Malaga’s August fiesta. For a stunning display of the region’s finest horses—not to mention traditional dress—catch the Jerez Horse Fair in May.

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    When to visit Rest of Spain

    Visit in Spring to catch the sweet scent of azahar (orange blossom) in southern Spain, plus Seville’s spring fair, the Feria de Abril. They say there's a fiesta for every day of summer, so expect to witness paella competitions and parades by day and drinking, eating and dancing by night. In August much of the country goes on holiday, so expect banks to close at lunchtime and smaller shops to shutter completely until September.

  • We say

    Right on the beach close to a picturesque port.


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