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Your weekly dose of escapism: Explore the best of Marbella and discover Andalucia’s hidden gems, from luxury homes, resorts and spas to travel trends.

Things to Do in Marbella: a Swish Guide

Things to Do in Marbella: a Swish Guide

Stuck for ideas of things to do in Marbella? Read on. The city with a golden hue, the Costa Del Sol’s most polished […]

Luxury with a Sea View: Staying Close to the Beach in Marbella

Luxury with a Sea View: Staying Close to the Beach in Marbella

Three words epitomise Marbella: Glamour, sunshine and shoreline. But how much of the sea and the glamorous nightlife you’ll see depends on where […]

It Never Rains in the South of Spain and other Myths

It Never Rains in the South of Spain and other Myths

Are you thinking of visiting the South of Spain this year? How about a tour of some pretty Andalusian villages or a swanky […]

Can you Really ‘do Marbella’ in a Day

Can you Really ‘do Marbella’ in a Day?

We can’t rave about Marbella enough: We love the sights, the smells, the people and of course the weather! At Swish, we choose […]

Five Weather Proof Activities to Try in and Around Marbella

Five Weather Proof Activities to Try in and Around Marbella

Have you lost your Marbella mojo? Whether it’s sunny (which, let’s face it, it usually is here) or not, during winter months we […]

Make your Year more Swish! Alternative New Year's Resolutions for 2023

Make your Year more Swish! Alternative New Year’s Resolutions for 2023

Happy New Year! It’s the start of another year and with that comes a wave of New Year’s resolutions. Many people decide this […]

11 types of people to avoid during the holiday season

11 Types of People to Avoid During the Holiday Season

The holidays can expose the least desirable traits in some people, especially if you are couped up with them in close quarters for […]

Just for Fun: Swish Horoscopes for 2023

Just for Fun: Swish Horoscopes for 2023

What Will 2023 Have in Store for You? Find Out with the Swish Almanac – Our Definitive Horoscope Guide. With a brand-new year […]

7- Bedroomed Villas in Marbella

7- Bedroomed Villas in Marbella

7 bedroom properties cater to larger parties. They are ideal for larger families or carefully selected groups of friends. That can mean old […]

Swish Predicts: Our Top 6 Luxury Rental Trends for 2023 in Marbella

Swish Predicts: Our Top 6 Luxury Rental Trends for 2023 in Marbella

The luxury rental industry is always changing and evolving. What’s hot one minute is often old news the next. And, if you are […]

5 Villas with Views of La Concha in Marbella

5 Villas with Views of La Concha in Marbella

This striking landmark on the southern coast of Spain has been climbed by many and admired by even more. Its appeal is broad […]

Best Restaurants by Swish The Taste of Marbella

Best Restaurants by Swish: The Taste of Marbella

Marbella is brimming with fantastic culinary options, from Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint beach bars and cafes, as well as everything in between.  Some […]

Golf Villas in Marbella

Golf Villas in Marbella

If you love golf, Marbella won’t disappoint you. The many beautiful and picturesque areas of the city make it one of the most […]

Choosing a Luxury Rental Villa in Marbella that Speaks to your Soul

Choosing a Luxury Rental Villa in Marbella that Speaks to your Soul

‘It’s a feeling, not just a checklist.’  Do you agree? The design, décor, features and amenities of a property combine to create an […]

Christmas Villas in Marbella

Christmas Villas in Marbella

Planning your Christmas escape? Marbella, Spain is a shrewd choice for families hoping to shun the cold and colour their yuletide celebrations with […]

Costa del Christmas: 12 Reasons Why the Costa Del Sol should be Top of your Christmas List this Year

Costa del Christmas: 12 Reasons Why the Costa Del Sol should be Top of your Christmas List this Year

Are you looking for a sunny escape this Christmas? Then The Costa del Sol could be the answer. This stunning stretch of coastline […]

16 Things You Should Never Do on a Company Retreat in Marbella

16 Things You Should Never Do on a Company Retreat in Marbella

Company retreats are a great way to build team morale and motivate employees. At Swish, we love receiving corporate guests and our villas […]

So, You Want to Climb La Concha?

So, You Want to Climb La Concha?

A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking Marbella’s Most Famous Mountain La Concha is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Spain, and for […]

Villa Mimosa: Marbella’s Most Perfect Cocktail

Villa Mimosa: Marbella’s Most Perfect Cocktail

Villa Mimosa in Marbella has sparkle and just a hint of edge too: not dissimilar to the elegant cocktail which shares the same […]

Street Art in Marbella

Street Art in Marbella

In Marbella, life happens in full colour. As artist Alberto Ramoneda tells us, thanks to street art, “the streets of Marbella become the […]

Escapism with a view: Is Marbella the Perfect Antidote to a Busy Life

Escapism with a view: Is Marbella the Perfect Antidote to a Busy Life?

In these modern times, we are always ‘on’. Whether we’re working, connecting with friends and family online, or scrolling through our social media […]

The Truth About Padel Tennis in Marbella

The Truth About Padel Tennis in Marbella

“Padel” is a popular sport in Spain, in parts of Europe and across South America. It should never be confused with tennis. It’s […]

Do You Have What it Takes to Make it in Luxury Rentals

Do You Have What it Takes to Make it in Luxury Rentals?

Interested in working in luxury rentals? “In some ways you can forget the summer!” You may be attracted by the glamour, the wonderful […]

Escape to Anamayas! Exclusive Swish Villas in the Anamaya Development, Marbella

Escape to Anamayas! Exclusive Swish Villas in the Anamaya Development, Marbella

Unparalleled Luxury in the Anamaya Development Perched atop the hills above Marbella, the Anamaya development offers its residents unmatched luxury, privacy, and breathtaking […]

Summer 2022 Trends in Luxury Rentals in Marbella

Summer 2022 Trends in Luxury Rentals in Marbella

It’s autumn and it’s glorious. We have just had a strong summer rentals season here in Marbella. Our villas are superbly fabulous as […]

Why we Fall in Love with Andalusia every Fall

Why we Fall in Love with Andalusia every Fall

Andalusia in Autumn is a Soul-Soothing Experience! Driving through pretty countryside, stopping at a rustic eatery in a traditional white-washed village, sampling cheeses, […]

What to do in Marbella When it Rains

What to do in Marbella When it Rains

The minute the weather goes from its usual modus operandi of sun, sun and more sun, people start exclaiming “Oh, there’s nothing to […]

10 things to do at the beach in marbella out of season

10 Things to Do at The Beach in Marbella Out of Season

We are lucky to have such a fabulous coastline in Marbella. With over 27km of stunning shores, a stroll by the beach here […]

What to Wear in Marbella, All Year Round

What to Wear in Marbella, All Year Round

Going to Marbella? You’re probably, quite rightly, extremely excited. But what if there is a shade of doubt in the back of your […]

Perfect Rentals in The Puente Romano Resort for Autumn/Winter

Perfect Rentals in The Puente Romano Resort for Autumn/Winter

Puente Romano: The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year! There is only one Puente Romano Resort. Marbella’s most desired address and complex […]

How to Cope with Other People’s Holidays

How to Cope with Other People’s Holidays

Other people’s holidays: A divisive topic that brings out the best and worst of human nature. Surely not? Perhaps you are one of […]

Las Brisas Marbella- The Undiscovered Treasure in Marbella that’s not Just for Golfers

Las Brisas Marbella- The Undiscovered Treasure in Marbella that’s not Just for Golfers

The residential area known as Las Brisas Golf is a mini- district of its own within Nueva Andalucía. For those who live or […]

Is Marbella Good for Teenagers?

Is Marbella Good for Teenagers?

So, is Marbella really a good place for teenagers? We interview Estelle McCluskie, a British entrepreneur and mother of three who moved to […]

Relocating to Marbella? 6 Tips from Those Who Have Already Done it

Relocating to Marbella? 6 Tips from Those Who Have Already Done it

Here’s What you Need to Know Thinking of moving to Marbella? Congratulations, you made the right choice! Plenty of sunny days, a booming […]

Home Staging An Interior Designer’s Tips

Home Staging An Interior Designer’s Tips

Do you have a property in Marbella or anywhere on the coast for that matter, and want to ensure you can maximise your […]

Medium Term Rentals in Marbella

Medium Term Rentals in Marbella

Have you ever experienced that sinking, end of vacation feeling? You know the one… when it’s time to leave after your luxury holiday […]

Is Marbella Better Out of Season

Is Marbella Better Out of Season?

Marbella doesn’t lose its sheen just because the high season ends.  In fact, with 320 days of sunshine a year, it maintains that “oh so […]

8 Questions you should ask your agent before choosing a holiday rental

8 Questions you should ask your agent before choosing a holiday rental

8 Questions You Must Ask Your Holiday Rental Agents How often is the property checked? What is included in the rental price? Are […]

Is Marbella the California of Spain

Is Marbella the California of Spain?

Marbella, Spain has often been compared to California, but is this is a valid claim? We can see why our favourite Costa del […]

The 5 Stages of Coping with The End of Summer

The 5 Stages of Coping with The End of Summer

It happens every year. Summer can’t last forever, so why does it feel like those hazy, endless sunny days just didn’t last long […]

a landlords view how to make a successful business from holiday rentals

A Landlord’s View: How to Make a Successful Business from Holiday Rentals

Renting out your property for short-term holiday rentals can be highly lucrative, but it’s also a lot of work and the right mindset […]

5 Apps to Try on your Next Swish Holiday

5 Apps to Try on your Next Swish Holiday

If you are someone who struggles to put down your phone, make it count. Here are 5 apps that can help expand your […]

Is The Two-Week Vacation Becoming a Thing of the Past

Is The Two-Week Vacation Becoming a Thing of the Past?

It used to be that the two-week vacation was the highlight of every working person’s year. After spending weeks planning and dreaming about […]

Exclusive Luxury Rentals in Puente Romano, Marbella

Exclusive Luxury Rentals in Puente Romano, Marbella

For those familiar with Marbella, you’ll already know that The Puente Romano Beach Resort is special. Taking a walk around its tropical gardens, […]

Should you Take Your Pet on Holiday to Marbella? The Arguments for and Against

Should you Take Your Pet on Holiday to Marbella? The Arguments for and Against

At Swish we are used to seasoned travellers, some of whom are of the four-legged variety. We understand that it can be hard […]

10 Reasons Marbella is Good for Your Soul

10 Reasons Marbella is Good for Your Soul

What was once a humble fishing village has turned into a unique, cosmopolitan resort and one of the brightest jewels of The Mediterranean. […]

Marbella and the Very Adventurous Person The Costa Del Sol for Thrill-Seekers

Marbella and the Very Adventurous Person: The Costa Del Sol for Thrill-Seekers

Marbella is full of VIPs, but what if you’re you a VAP or a “very adventurous person”? Does Marbella offer enough to keep […]

Ten Tips to Improve your Spanish Language Skills on your Next Vacation

Ten Tips to Improve your Spanish Language Skills on your Next Vacation

For those who want a richer cultural experience and wish to converse with locals, a few choice phrases will go a long way. […]

Go Big or Go Home! Is Maximalism is The Perfect Design Trend for Marbella?

Go Big or Go Home! Is Maximalism The Perfect Design Trend for Marbella?

There is some debate in the world of interior design as to whether or not maximalism is making a comeback. For those who […]

5 The Best Villas Near the Marbella Club Hotel

5 of The Best Villas Near the Marbella Club Hotel

The Marbella Club hotel area has an elusive pull with those seeking a restful holiday. The hotel has a strong pedigree, established in […]

Film, TV and videos shot on location in Marbella

Film, TV and Videos Shot on Location in Marbella

Marbella is a magnet for high profile stars of stage and screen. The resort even hosts its own annual film festival in October. […]

5 Scenic Drives from Marbella - Cadiz, Spain

5 Scenic Drives from Marbella

Driving along a winding road in a convertible under a sunny Mediterranean sky is one of life’s pleasures.  Everyone should experience the thrill of […]

How to avoid check out syndrome when you return from holiday

How to Avoid “Check-out Syndrome” when you Return from Holiday

The last day of a wonderful holiday is often bitter-sweet. Thoughts turn, albeit fleetingly, to the routine and hard work waiting for us […]

6 Swish Tips to Take Amazing Photos in The Marbella Sunshine with your Mobile

6 Swish Tips to Take Amazing Photos in The Marbella Sunshine with your Mobile

Marbella is beautiful, fact! This prized resort of The Costa Del Sol offers any keen instagrammer a choice of venues to create memorable […]

How to Travel Stress Free to Marbella- A Swish Guide

How to Travel Stress Free to Marbella- A Swish Guide

When should you start to get ready for your trip to Marbella? One month before? One year before? The morning of your flight? […]

Top 5 Villas in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Top 5 Villas in Nueva Andalucia

Nueva Andalucia hits that sweet spot in Marbella that other areas can’t reach! Why Holidaymakers love Nueva Andalucia This sought after zone of […]

What´s new in Marbella for summer 2022

What’s New in Marbella for Summer 2022?

Think you know Marbella? Think again. Marbella is in its prime, darling! Summer 2022 has brought about a new awakening for the city […]

10 of the Best Luxury Golden Mile Rentals in Marbella

10 of the Best Luxury Golden Mile Rentals in Marbella

“Like gold dust!” That’s how we would describe luxury rentals on Marbella’s prestigious Golden Mile, especially in high season. So what makes this […]

The Swish Guide to Luxury Weddings in Marbella

The Swish Guide to Luxury Weddings in Marbella

At Swish we are a bunch of old romantics- we just love a good wedding, especially a Marbella wedding! If you are curious […]

Planning a Wedding in Marbella? 5 Luxury Villas for your Big Day

Planning a Wedding in Marbella? 5 Luxury Villas for your Big Day

You said yes! Now it’s time to start planning. If you are considering holding your wedding abroad or more precisely, celebrating your special […]

Authentic Marbella: How to Enjoy the Resort Like a Local

Authentic Marbella: How to Enjoy the Resort Like a Local

Glitz, glamour, beach clubs and exclusive hotels are just one side of Marbella. For those seeking to escape the tourist trail, there’s a […]

5 reasons to rent before you buy your luxury home in Marbella

5 Reasons to Rent Before you Buy your Luxury Home

Thinking of buying your dream home, perhaps on the sunshine coast in Marbella? At Swish, we totally commend you! With over 320 days […]

The Swish Beach Style Guide: How to Choose Swimwear for your Body Shape

The Swish Beach Style Guide: How to Choose Swimwear for your Body Shape

Feel confident and put-together on the beach this season with our simple guide. Summer bodies are made in winter. So, what if it’s […]

Where to Eat Pizza in Marbella

Where to Eat Pizza in Marbella

While it’s not a Spanish dish, pizza a universally tasty holiday food and believe it or not, one of the questions our guests […]

Customer Insights 2022

Customer Insights- June 2022

We are often asked by owners, agencies and suppliers what makes a typical customer? The truth is we don’t put people in boxes. […]

Luxury Corporate Retreats in Marbella’s Most Exclusive Villas

Luxury Corporate Retreats in Marbella’s Most Exclusive Villas

After two long, isolated years, real-life interaction is back. Team building stays, team bonding trips, corporate away-days; call them what you like but […]

Swish sustainability promise one step at a time

Swish Sustainability Promise: One Step at a Time

At Swish we remain committed to our sustainability promise.  We recently championed the use of wind power amongst our owners and take environmental issues into […]

How We Choose our Luxury Apartment Rentals in Marbella

How We Choose our Luxury Apartment Rentals in Marbella

Choosing an apartment rental online can be challenging. Faced with thousands of listings in Marbella, it can be all too easy to be […]

8 Books to Read on your Swish Holiday in Marbella

8 Books to Read on your Swish Holiday in Marbella

Who doesn’t love to escape with a page-turner or two on holiday? We have chosen eight of the best pool-side reads that will […]

Meat Free in Marbella: The Swish Guide for Vegetarians and Vegans

Meat Free in Marbella: The Swish Guide for Vegetarians and Vegans

Spain is known for its culinary delights such as chorizo sausage, jamon serrano and prawns pil pil.  So, if you’re vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, […]

7 Restaurants you May Not Have Tried in Marbella

7 Restaurants you May Not Have Tried in Marbella

From the Tasty to the Tantalising: 7 Sumptuous Venues in Marbella Guaranteed to Surprise and Delight. Marbella offers plenty of choice when it […]

Industry Insight: Luxury Rental Trends in Marbella

Industry Insight: Luxury Rental Trends in Marbella

Are you curious about the rental industry in Marbella? At Swish we are obsessed! In fact we don’t just listen carefully to what […]

10 Ideas for your Hen Do in Marbella

10 Ideas for your Hen Do in Marbella

Oh the infamous hen do! Often known as a raucous affair, where young women let loose as if it’s their last party. Marbella […]

Keeping Fit on Holiday: How and Where to Work out in Marbella

Keeping Fit on Holiday: How and Where to Work out in Marbella

With its glitzy reputation and a fair collection of beach clubs in Marbella, image is everything, darling! The quest for the perfect body lives on, […]

5 Reasons to Choose Swish Marbella for Your Next Luxury Holiday

5 Reasons to Choose Swish Marbella for Your Next Luxury Holiday

Are you apprehensive about booking your next luxury holiday in Marbella? It can take a tremendous amount of trust to commit to a […]

A Shopaholic’s Guide to Marbella

A Shopaholic’s Guide to Marbella

If you love to shop, make sure you explore Marbella. This is a resort where high-end and designer stores are surrounded by sunsets […]

5 Series to Binge Watch from a Swish Villa

5 Series to Binge Watch from a Swish Villa

It’s time to kick back and relax. After a day by the pool sometimes there is nothing better than curling up with a […]

Ten Luxury Rental no-nos

Ten Luxury Rental No-Nos

They say the best time to buy a property is five years ago. For those of us without a time machine, the best […]

How to Spend Easter in Marbella

How to Spend Easter in Marbella

Easter is nearly upon us, and Marbella is ready to shine. After two somewhat restrictive years, Spain has committed to allow the full […]

how to maximise rental profit despite rising energy costs in 2022

How to Maximise Rental Profit Despite Rising Energy Costs in 2022

Own a Luxury Rental? Here’s How to Protect Rental Profit Despite Increased Energy Costs. With changing economic circumstances such as increasing fuel prices, […]

How To Land a Dream Job in Marbella on a High Salary

How To Land a Dream Job in Marbella on a High Salary

No it’s not what you are thinking, Swish are not hiring at the moment! But you can still make the dream happen and […]

10 Things to Add To Your Holiday Shopping Basket in Spain

10 Things to Add To Your Holiday Shopping Basket in Spain

Planning a holiday to sunny Spain? One of the most simple pleasures in life and on vacation is shopping. We don’t mean designer […]

How does Ibiza Compare to Marbella

How does Ibiza Compare to Marbella?

It’s the war of the resorts, part two. This time Swish goes deeper to help you make the most important decision of the […]

6 of the Best Places to Visit From Marbella in 2022

6 of the Best Places to Visit From Marbella in 2022

Marbella offers so much more than just beach and R&R. If you can prise yourself away from the sun lounger for a day […]

Oh Luxury You are so Misunderstood

Oh Luxury: You are so Misunderstood!

When most people think of luxury, they immediately imagine products and services that are out of reach of many, like upscale hotels and […]

Which Services Are Most Popular in Luxury Rentals

Which Services Are Most Popular in Luxury Rentals?

Beauty is only skin deep, the overall experience is what matters.  So even though our properties create a fantastic first impression, we know […]

10 Tips to Add a Hygge Touch to your Summer Holiday

10 Tips to Add a Hygge Touch to your Summer Holiday

Hygge, the Danish word meaning cosiness or well-being has become a global mega-trend in the past few years, making it cool to enjoy […]

Exclusive duplex Penthouse located in the prestigious complex of Puente Romano.

Are you an agent or a client looking for the perfect luxury rental?

Think of us like Marbella’s luxury rental matchmaker! We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach, so we like to know […]

The Swish guide to beach clubs in Marbella in 2022

The Swish Guide to Beach Clubs in Marbella in 2022

When it comes to a beach club, we want it all: Plush towels, ice-cold cocktails served straight to our Balinese style beds and […]

Where Can I Charge My Electric Car in Marbella in 2022?

Where Can I Charge My Electric Car in Marbella in 2022?

With the amount of sunshine Marbella receives throughout the year it’s a shame cars don’t run on solar power as all we would […]

A Starter’s Guide to Renting-Out Your Luxury Home

A Starter’s Guide to Renting-Out Your Luxury Home

Renting out a luxury property is about solid commercials and knowing how to appeal to the market. As an owner, your goal should […]

8 Reasons Villa Jazmin is our Summer Crush for 2022

8 Reasons Villa Jazmin is our Summer Crush for 2022

Every time we visit Villa Jazmin on the outskirts of Marbella we get a little giddy. It’s not just the impressive location, the substantial plot […]

Are Hotels in Spain Becoming Family “Unfriendly?”

Are Hotels in Spain Becoming Family “Unfriendly?”

Those looking for a family vacation in Marbella, read on! Kids may be the future, but it seems they are not everyone’s cup […]

Marbella Named as 2nd Top European Destination for 2022

Marbella Named as 2nd Top European Destination for 2022

It’s Official: Marbella is One of Europe’s Best Destinations for 2022 With over 320 days of sunshine a year, luxurious beach clubs, a […]

The Top 5 Exceptional Villas in Marbella

The Top 5 Exceptional Villas in Marbella

Finding the perfect luxury villa rental in Marbella is not always easy. There is often a compromise between location, facilities and curb appeal. […]

How to Pack Light for a Glamorous Vacation in Marbella

How to Pack Light for a Glamorous Vacation in Marbella

Packing light can be hard, but it’s especially hard when you are travelling to one of the most stylish resorts in Europe. The […]

The Swish Values, our Secret Sauce

The Swish Values, our Secret Sauce

We are going to let you into a little secret. Creating loyalty with guests and standing out in a busy market takes more […]

Cannes and Marbella- Which is the Best Resort

Cannes and Marbella- Which is the Best Resort

The South of France has been a firm favourite of the high society for many years and has an undeniable mystique.  Marbella is […]

8 Romantic Ideas For Valentine’s Day in Marbella

8 Romantic Ideas For Valentine’s Day in Marbella

With memorable sunsets, sublime sea views and scenic mountains to explore, Marbella is highly conducive to romance on any day of the year, […]

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