There are few places in the world that can rival Marbella as a holiday destination during the Christmas season. And in Marbella, even fewer leisure complexes that can provide the same exquisite level of boutique luxury and refined pleasure that Río RealGolf Hotel does. As always, the main lure for visitors during the festive period is the weather. Blessed with an incomparable Mediterranean climate all-year-round, Marbella remains “open for business (and play)” throughout December as other chilly northern climes are drenched with rain, enveloped in snow or just miserably grey. Feel like a change of scenery and temperature for Christmas?

This is a time of the year when Marbella comes into its own, providing a warm setting where people can play a round of golf beneath blue skies in the morning, enjoy an al fresco luncheon drink and snack on a restaurant terrace with sea views (even in short sleeves some days!), relax in the salubrious embrace of an afternoon spa, savour the area’s renowned cuisine in the cosy ambience of a gourmet dining establishment, then retire to the sanctity of an elegant suite. You can, of course, enjoy all of that and more of the wonderful festive spirit at Río Real Golf Hotel… a spirit that is essentially about making people happy and creating a sense of Christmas enchantment and magic. Río Real Golf Hotel’s gift to those who want to escape their home country’s winter blues, or even Spanish residents pining for something a little more special this December, is a series of Christmas holiday and getaway packages combining golf, gastronomy and exclusive accommodation.

The celebrations have, in fact, already begun. Until 11 December, the “Puente Inmaculada” package (coinciding with the Immaculate Conception holiday on 8 December) includes two nights’ accommodation with a free upgrade to a Birdie or Eagle suite and a three-course meal with wine for €158 per person, plus a green fee for just €53 per person.


The Christmas package (from 16 to 29 December) offers five nights’ accommodation with a free upgrade to a Birdie or Eagle suite and a Christmas lunch for €392.50 per person, and also a €53 green fee per person.


And for the New Year (from 30 December to 7 January)… five nights’ accommodation with a free upgrade to a Birdie or Eagle suite and a New Year’s Eve gala dinner (with live music) and New Year’s Day brunch, all for only €532.50 – plus golf for €60 per person.

If you are already fortunate to be living nearby on the  Costa del Sol, you can still treat yourself to the Río Real experience by booking a table for the festive Christmas lunch, New Year’s Eve dinner or Three Kings Day (6 January) lunch. Río Real Golf Hotel also offer a catering service for businesses that want to break the classic Christmas staff dinner mould this year, as well as creative culinary options for families and groups of friends.