Sister resort to Sierra Nevada’s legendary El Lodge, and in addition to Marbella Membership on the coast, ‘Maribel Ski & Apres Ski’ presents a recent dose of high-altitude enjoyable and magnificence, writes Andrew Forbes (The Luxurious Editor).
Europe’s sunniest ski resort is glowing brighter than ever. Sierra Nevada is cool and never simply because it sits at a lofty 2,250 metres. The resort and eating scene is reaching new heights too. Pioneered by El Lodge, the model renaissance continues at Maribel. The fully remodelled property has a fascinating stability between an intimate alpine chalet, the stylish mountain model of a luxurious ski resort, and the distinctive ambiance and famend vibrancy that’s reflective of Romano Seaside Resort and Marbella Membership, the hospitality specialists who’re answerable for the creation of Maribel Sierra Nevada.
Maribel is the place to ski and board beneath the Andalusian solar, earlier than a late lunch on the solar deck devouring an genuine raclette, then a day of pool and spa, setting you up for an evening of high quality eating and music on the elegant but relaxed Maribel’s restaurant.
Worldwide guests can fly into both Malaga or Granada airports and take a switch to Sierra Nevada. Alternatively take the scenic drive to the historic metropolis of Granada, dwelling to the UNESCO surprise of the Alhambra, passing via majestic Andalusian surroundings of olive groves and mountains. It’s lower than 2 hours from Malaga to the Granada, after which enable possibly an additional half-hour to meander up via the Nationwide Park of Sierra Nevada to the southernmost ski station in Europe. This mountain resort presents the biggest ski space in southern Europe, with 110 km of pistes, together with 19 inexperienced (newbie), 41 blue (intermediate), 50 purple (superior) and eight black (professional), in addition to the very best and most fun on the Iberian Peninsula, at an altitude of 1000’s of metres. There are family-friendly runs too and a lovely ski faculty space, whereas for boarders, the Snow Park is well-reviewed.
Right here on the mountainside, one finds a bit of nook of refined luxurious and excessive angle enjoyable at Maribel. Adjoining is El Lodge with its legendary solar deck, so visitors of Maribel have the privilege of sharing their neighbour’s services too, so for longer stays you will have a alternative of day and night eating, wellbeing actions, and experiences.
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Maribel’s traditional alpine chalet exterior disguises its playful, design-driven interiors. As you enter the cosy foyer you’re met by a sweeping elliptical staircase and a dangling fire, with an open-plan, interconnected library, bar, and lounge areas that circulation collectively right into a single, welcoming house.
Maribel’s visitor rooms and suites are set over three flooring, and playfully named with Mari prefixes like Marisol, and Marinieves. Select from duplex suites, creatively designed for many who desire to journey with their household or a small group of buddies, slope view rooms and signature suites. Every has heat, welcoming, alpine-inspired interiors, with leather-based and wooden furnishings, beds dressed with faux-fur throws, and fragrant Natura Bissè facilities. The luxe touches are all there, with a classy minibar together with tempting presents like sun shades and even canisters of performance-boosting oxygen.
The vibe is uplifting, energetic but at all times subtle. Après ski enjoyable begins from lunchtime on the Solar Deck of El Lodge with a menu of alpine classics like fondue and raclette, or on the sun-kissed terraces of Maribel with American classics from the Cheat meals truck, all served to a soundtrack of feel-good beats.
Sundowners could be refreshing just like the Alpes Spritz of glowing cava with St Germain or warming and comforting like Maribel Gluhwein mulled purple wine, with port, and orange liqueur.
The most important shock was our spectacular expertise at Maribel’s restaurant. The setting is in contrast to the rest in Sierra Nevada. Heat pure tones, embrace you, whereas the complete glass entrance of the restaurant appears to carry the slopes even nearer. The menu is a tempting fusion of Mediterranean dishes and hearty Alpine and mountain favourites.
The starter of artichoke flower with smoked burrata and foie is completely standout. Give into temptation and check out the Baked Vacherin Mont D’or with garlic and truffle. It’s an indulgent deal with and units the scene for a magical mountain feast.
With Maribel so near the Mediterranean and the tropical coast of Granada you may as well count on premium fish and seafood in addition to fantastic vegetarian dishes like baked aubergine with olive, tomato, and basil. But within the winter I can’t assist however wish to tuck into sturdy dishes like venison or rack of lamb. The desserts together with vanilla crème brulée, baked cheesecake, and brioche with orange toffee full a memorable eating expertise.
Winter sports activities
With direct entry to the pistes, Maribel is a superb alternative for these trying to embrace the joys of a day on the slopes. Maribel, taking its identify from the adjoining ski run, is 50 metres from the chairlift at Parador No. 1. There’s an in-house ski rental and a boutique so pack mild and let the specialists package you out.
The workforce has additionally created some very cool experiences that transcend skilled, personal ski & snowboard guiding and lessons.
For households, there may be an genuine ice-skating rink within the Maribel Plaza for enjoyable within the solar, and when you’ve got a want to get out on the snow, however don’t ski or board, attempt snowshoeing, and immerse your self within the pure great thing about Sierra Nevada whilst you ‘hike’ throughout the snow.
The professional guides may take you to the legendary ‘Los Cahorros’ mountain mountaineering route, in a spectacular river gorge route, about 20 minutes drive from Maribel, to see icefalls. They’ll even prepare canine sledding, for a very evocative, winter journey.
But, to be sincere, many escape to the mountains for a wonderful change of surroundings and a few severe pampering. There’s a superb spa, exquisitely crafted from Finnish pine, boasting 2 remedy rooms, a Turkish bathtub, a sauna, and an indoor heated pool, with views to the pines and mountains. Amongst its collection of personalised massages are rejuvenating rituals and physique and facial remedies with the award-winning wellness assortment KLORIS, made with sustainable important oils and pure CBD oil.
Outdoors on the deck is a heated sizzling tub, chilly tub and in addition a superb heated swimming pool and bar with vistas on to the slopes.
Maribel, a member of the Small Luxurious Resorts of the World™ (SLH) assortment, is open till the tip of April, so get your skates (or skis) on and head to the mountains!
Deal with: Maribel Sierra Nevada, Urbanización Pradollano, Pl. Maribel, s/n, 18196 Mochanil, Sierra Nevada, Granada
Web site: www.maribels.com