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An oasis of laid-back serenity

Oct 01, 2011 No Comments by

The newly vamped El Oceano Beach Hotel and Restaurant really has it all; a stunning location right on the beach, breathtaking views over the Mediterranean and a dedicated and professional team waiting to tend to your every needs. A haven of laid-back serenity, this enchanted retreat is a hidden jewel in Miraflores. Set within 12,000 square metres of tropical gardens, it provides guests with an oasis of escape and relaxation.

The hotel itself offers spacious luxurious rooms and suites, along with 15 south-facing, self-catering studios, located adjacent to the main hotel. The studios naturally benefit from the hotel’s facilities, whilst also providing the opportunity for some privacy.

If you are looking to indulge in a little “me time”, El Oceano has its very own beauty centre; the Ocean Spa. This decadent boutique is equipped with qualified beauty therapists, hairdressers and nail technicians who are on hand to pamper you, along with an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, swim-spa and a steam room…absolute bliss!

Know anyone getting married? El Oceano is the perfect setting for a dreamy wedding, with unique and tailored packages, elegant reception areas and opulent ceremony spaces. Speak to any of the staff and they’ll tell you about all the fabulous celebrations they have held there.

If all that isn’t enough, El Oceano has three exclusive restaurants to choose from: The Ocean Room, the Water Front Terrace, and our choice, the Ocean Veranda, a glass enclosed dining room seemingly suspended over the ocean.

We happened to stumble in on one of El Oceano’s Full Moon Gala Dinner Nights, where a table d’hote menu, along with the a la carte menu, was available to celebrate the only full moon of the month. The evening included a three-course meal, plus top-class, live entertainment from resident pianist and vocalist Johnny Baker, all for an outstanding €35.

 

We chose to mix and match dishes from both menus. We sampled two of the starters from the special full moon menu: a timbale of crab and avocado in a Marie Rose sauce and crispy Thai fish cakes served with mango chutney and spicy pickle garnish. Both dishes were a light start to the meal; the crab and avocado flavours marrying together perfectly. From the a la carte menu, we sampled hand dived scallops with black pudding. The kitchen prepares the freshest scallops and presents them in a different style every day. This was my first time to try black pudding and, after being skeptical at first, I was pleasantly surprised at how flavourful they were.

We stuck with the a la carte menu for our next selection of mains: the El Oceano Curry Club, an authentic Indian cuisine prepared traditionally in the charcoal tandoori oven,. The curry dish changes every week; on our visit it was kadai chicken, noted for its spicy taste and use of capsicum, a descendant of the red pepper family. Next was a confit of suckling pig “Andalucían” style with country potatoes, which fell apart in the mouth and was stunningly delicious. The oven roasted crispy duck with Chinese noodles and teriyaki sauce was a nice light dish and was followed by Angus Sirloin steak served with mushrooms, grilled vine tomatoes, French fries and pepper sauce from the full moon menu. The sirloin was succulent and packed full of flavour. It was a refreshing delight that we were able to combine dishes from the two menus.

Onto the desserts: crème brulee, chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries with orange jus and caramelised lemon custard. These fresh desserts were a welcome end to an amazing selection of delicious dishes.

El Oceano is one of Marbella’s little treasures, and once you’ve experienced it, you won’t hesitate to go back.

El Oceano Beach Hotel and Spa


Miraflores Playa
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 587 550 | www.oceanohotel.com

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