Framed by the Mediterranean Sea and rolling hills, Club Med Magna Marbella has made its debut in the heart of Andalucia, Spain, with a colorful and eclectic Spanish flair designed by Parisian design firm Studio MHNA. The property serves as a sublime coastal oasis that immerses guests in the surroundings through inviting outdoor settings and ample natural light. Above all, the concept reflects the setting. “Each space has been designed to highlight the beauty of the Andalusian soul and its most outstanding aspects,” says Studio MHNA owner Marc Hertrich. “All architectural and decorative motifs have been inspired by the crossing of Arab and Andalusian cultures over the centuries.”
The sumptuous reception area is reminiscent of Andalusian palaces with a stunning green focal point hanging from a skylight and descending to a water sculpture. Contemporary variations on Andalusian and Arabic design traditions are demonstrated through azulejo tiles, sculptural engraved wood, beautiful marble and enamel, and intricate embroidery.
Andalusian art also serves as a muse for the F&B offering. Malaga native Pablo Picasso is reflected in a colorful mural that celebrates the region’s artistic heritage. Sandy yellow hues and maroon benches evoke a horse’s cloak in homage to the Royal Andalusian Riding School, while flamenco is celebrated in a flamboyant red lounge. A lively Spanish market is also housed on-site, complete with a grocery store and wine cellar.
With a total area of more than 9,500 square feet, the main pool serves as another important social focal point, lined with white lounge chairs and daybeds accented with red hues and umbrellas. The meeting rooms are decorated in soft shades of green and terracotta with a fireplace for a unique effect.
The resort’s 485 guest rooms and suites range in size from 285 to 570 square feet and are adorned in a bold palette of azure, golden yellow, and fuchsia pink. Otherwise low-key, accommodations are designed to embody tranquility as they enhance views of nature. “We wanted customers to be welcomed in very comfortable, elegant, vibrant and warm environments with dreamlike decoration and narrative concepts,” adds Hertich.
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