Magic of ‘Marbs’

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IF it’s good enough for the perma-tanned lads and lasses from Towie, it’s good enough for us.

So, this week we packed our Seen in the City bags for a five-day sunshine break in Marbella.

Lured in by its weather, beach bars and tapas, this was our third annual holiday to this corner of the Costa Del Sol and it seems to get better each time.

There’s always something new to discover about “Marbs”, a moniker made famous by its Essex patrons.

Our favourite discovery is Sala Beach, formerly Buddha Beach, in Puerto Banus.

It’s a boutique beach bar with a main pool for communal lounging surrounded by VIP Jacuzzis and pools for more exclusive chilling.

At about 12 euros for a cocktail, which may sound pricey, it’s actually cheaper than its beach bar cousins along the coast: a small jug of Mojito from nearby Ocean Club will set you back a whopping 90 euros!

We spent the day splashing around in the pool, bronzing ourselves in the Spanish sun and soaking up the chilled R’n’B tunes – it was a world away from the daily grind of working life in Pennywell Industrial Estate.

Our night time venue of choice proved to be Nikki Beach. With its white decor and beach location surrounded by swaying palm trees, it oozes luxury.

Again prices were less than we expected at 40 euros for a set three-course menu. Our food, which included tuna carpaccio, sushi and steak, was simply divine.

It set us up for yet another night of boozing as we headed to the nightclub upstairs for Sintillate’s tenth birthday party.

Sintillate are club promoters who stage some of the hottest nights at some of the hottest venues in Marbella.

Last Friday’s offering was a night of glorious excess featuring Las Vegas-themed cage dancers and the biggest bottles of vodka we’ve ever seen.

Our lemonade wages precluded us from truly indulging in the champagne lifestyle being enjoyed by our fellow clubbers, a mixture of Sloane Rangers and skimpily-dressed model types, but if you’re looking to treat yourself on holiday, Sintillate are worth looking up.

After maxing out our credit cards, we headed back to Sunderland with our financial tail between our legs.

Marbella is a place I defy anyone not to enjoy, just make sure you pack your paper money with your sun cream.