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Guide to the Costa del Sol’s Best Street Markets

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Street markets on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is known for its wide choice of street markets – or flea markets, as they are sometimes referred to. As visiting these markets seems to be on most of our guest’s to-do lists, we thought we’d put together a short and concise guide featuring the most popular markets along the coast.

Many of the local street markets combine flea markets and boot sales, so for the sake of this guide, we’ll just refer to all as street markets.  Although we haven’t included all the markets which take place throughout the week, we have tried to aadd all the ones that we’ve actually been to and that our guests have recommended. Continue Reading →


Barbershop Singers Convention Comes to Benalmádena

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Barbershop Singers Convention in Benalmadena

Southern Sound from Fuengirola

Don’t be surprised if you are walking down the street in Benalmadena next weekend – from the 22nd to 25th March 2012 – and come across groups of singers performing a cappella! You’ll have witnessed barbershop singers and enthusiasts showing off their harmony singing talents.

Benalmadena will welcome approximately 600 barbershop singers for the  4th annual convention of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS). Delegates will be flying in from the Americas, the UK and from all over Europe.

Barbershop singing originated in the United States in the early 1900’s and has since gained worldwide popularity with thousands of singers practising and promoting this unique art form of four-part a cappella singing. Continue Reading →


Kneller Golf Society Choose Sunset Beach Club for their Golf Holiday

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Golf Group holiday on hte Costa del sol

Kneller Golf Society - all the way from Twickenham

We’re pleased to welcome the Kneller Golf Society to Sunset Beach Club. This is the second year in a row that they choose Sunset Beach Club for their yearly golf society trip!

In the photo above you can see the guys with Annemie (from our Golf Desk) just after a great round of golf at Torrequebrada. I think they were on their way to the Panorama Bar to catch Happy Hour!

The group booked all their accommodation and golf tee times through our Golf Desk Service; Annemie even arranged all their transfers from the airport and to all the golf courses they are playing at during their stay.

The guys have had a busy week of golf and there is more to come…..they have played the following courses: Lauro Golf, El Chaparral, Torrequebrada and Alhaurin. Tomorrow they play Miraflores and on Friday they will be playing at our sister resort of La Cala; all in all, a great week of golf!

For more information about golf holidays and accommodation, please contact Annemie or Susana at our Golf & Leisure Desk – tel. +34 952 579  400 (ext 3053)


Costa del Soul – A Week of the Best Soul Music

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Costa del soul - the best soul music at sunset beach club

Costa del Soul - The best Soul Music at Sunset Beach Club

At the end of October, we welcome back, for the 2nd year running, Gold Soul – a well established UK Soul event promoter – and their week long “Costa del Soul” event.

Sunset Beach Club will become a haven for Soul music enthusiasts who will enjoy a week of the best soul tunes and, of course, the hotel’s fantastic facilities.

Some of the UK’s best DJ’s will fly in for the event and will delight fans with their mix of Northern Soul, Modern Anthems, Motown and 5 decades of great soul music. The fun begins each day with some light sessions by the pool (14:00 to 16:00) Sun, sea, sangria and some great soul! From 18:00 to 21:00 you can enjoy some more light sessions in the Panorama Bar, making the most of happy our and the amazing views.

However, the real party begins at 21:00 hrs in the Moonlight Bar! Get ready for 7 nights of dancing to the best soul music as the DJ’s take to the stage! (Nige Brown, Chris King, John Poole, Dave Evison and Rob Thomas are just some of the DJ’s flying in).

This week long event is hosted by Kev Roberts – one of the main forces in Northern Soul and Retro Pop music – and we expect to accommodate many fans flying down from the UK specially for the event. Anyone interested in the event can go to the Goldsoul website at www.goldsoul.co.uk, where you can buy specific packages which include accommodation and entrance to the daily events.

If there are soul fans living locally on the Costa del Sol, you are more than welcome to come down to Sunset Beach Club and join in the fun. Tickets will be available at the door each evening (€10 per night).


Winter Breaks for Seniors: 5 Suggestions for an Enjoyable Holiday on the Costa del Sol

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Look out of your window; is it rainy and miserable? Fancy a little fun in the sun? It’s easy: log on to one of the budget airline websites and grab a cheap flight to Málaga. Actually, you might want to check on our website first – just to make sure we have availability! Once you’ve got your flight and have booked accommodation (we’ve got some fantastic winter offers for seniors) we’ll take care of the rest!

Here’s 5 suggestions on what to do during your winter break at Sunset:

playing darts at sunset beach club

A game of Darts

1)      First of all, get those bags unpacked and head straight down to our fantastic landscaped pool area. Hopefully the sun will be shining – we do have over 300 days of sunshine a year – and you can enjoy a quiet drink whilst soaking up some of our Mediterranean sun. Feeling relaxed? Good….now its time to join in some fun activities. Our in house entertainment team organise a wide range of activities over the winter months: Exercise classes, petanca, darts, bingo, bridge; you can even learn how to make a traditional Spanish paella at one of our cooking lessons!

2)      Game of Golf or some pampering at our “Thalgo” beauty salon? Decisions, decisions…….. If you choose to play golf, just head up to our Golf and Leisure desk on the 6th floor and they will take care of everything for you. You’ve got a choice of the top courses on the Coast to choose from and you can purchase tee times at discounted rates. If a little pampering is more to your liking, you can indulge in some fantastic treatments in our onsite beauty salon. Marine Algae envelopment for anyone? Continue Reading →


Family Fun Whilst on Holiday in Benalmadena: Top 3 Places to Visit with Kids!

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Selwo Marina, Benalmadena

Selwo Marina

If you are planning on visiting Benalmadena for a family holiday, there are plenty of activities to keep you and the younger ones entertained. Most hotels have fantastic entertainment programs; however, if you are looking to get out a little and see some of the sights, the following 3 recommendations shouldn’t disappoint you especially if you have kids with you. Continue Reading →


Learn How to Make a Paella – Sunset Style!

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Every week, our Entertainment Team carry out cooking lessons for guests who are interested in learning how to make traditional spanish dishes like paella or tortilla. This week I decided to film their cooking skills; it was time to make a Paella!

The actual lessons take place in a make shift kitchen set up by the pool area and as you can see in the video, many of the guests stop by and watch; we are not sure whether the free glasses of wine and chance to taste the finished product have anything to do with this!

I noticed no-one took notes(understandable seeing as they are only in swimwear ;-)) so I decided to make the video into a step by step guide of how to make the paella. If you decide to give it a try and make your own, let us know how you get on! Even better, post a photo of your paella on our Facebook page!


“Mamma Mia” – Your Chance to Sing & Dance the Night Away to Abba Classics

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Bjorn again show in Marbella

Bjorn Again Show in Marbella

Are you an Abba Fan? If you are, then we’ve got good news for you as the international sell-out show, Bjorn Again, will be performing exclusively in Marbella next Wednesday the 18th August.

This fantastic evening of entertainment for the whole family will take place at the Marbella Bullring. During the show you will be able to sing and dance to classics from Abba and Mamma Mia (Show): Waterloo, Super Trouper, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia….. all your favourite songs will be performed live!

Although the Bjorn Again show is the highlight of the evening, the fun doesn’t stop there; supporting acts include Ruth Lorenzo, the Spanish finalist from the X Factor as well as Becky Tate, finalist of our local Wow Factor.

Tickets start at €20 for kids and €30 for adults and can be purchased at an El Corte Inglés store or online at www.ticketmaster.es . Doors open at 8pm.


“It’s a Celebration” – Kool & the Gang Live in Concert in Marbella

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Kool and the Gang Concert in Marbella

Kool & the Gang

Where? At the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella

When? This Friday the 6th August; doors open at 8pm

The legendary 70’s Band known for their mix of R&B, Disco, Soul and Funky music will get the crowd moving with classic tracks like Celebration, Get Down on It, Ladies Night and Jungle Boogie.

You get the real deal at this concert as the band is made up of all the original members; they’ve been delighting their fans for over 40 years!

So what are you waiting for? Get down to one of the El Corte Inglés centres or online at www.ticketmaster.es and get your tickets before they sell out! Prices start at €30.

Get ready to Boogie the night away!


Great Expectation as the Obama Family Choose to Spend their Holiday on the Costa del Sol

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Michelle & Sacha Obama

After several days of speculation, it has now been confirmed that President Obama´s wife, Michelle, and their youngest daughter Sasha will be spending four days holiday on the Costa del Sol – to be more precise, they will be staying at the exclusive Villa Padierna Hotel, operated by Ritz Carlton Hotel Group. Although the press has been talking about  how the town of Marbella is proud to have such a distinguished guest, the people of the small village of Benahavis are up in arms as the hotel is actually located in their municipality, not in Marbella!

Nevertheless, this unexpected visit will have a profound effect on Costa del Sol tourism in general. We are used to having famous people visit our beautiful stretch of Coast; however, this trip is special due to extensive media coverage it is receiving. I read in the paper this morning that it is already having a positive effect on bookings, specially from the US market! Great news all round!

Let’s just hope that President Obama  can make last minutes changes to his agenda and join his wife and daughter at the Villa Padierna for his 49th Birthday celebrations. That will really be the icing on the cake!!