A bohemian retreat in the southern coast of Spain
La Zambra, a reborn hotel destination in Málaga, Andalusia marks the transformation of the infamous Byblos hotel – a late 20thcentury icon of hedonistic celebrity lifestyle and indulgences. The luxury hideaway in Costa del Sol has transformed from a historic 80s hotel into a more relaxed, bohemian luxury retreat.
Inspired by the celebrity lifestyle, opulence and luxury of its past, La Zambra immerses guests into surrounding landscapes, lush greenery, world-class golf courses and stunning Mediterranean beaches. It is nestled in the Mijas mountains – between Malaga and Marbella – and just 3 kms away from the coastline. Here, guests can enjoy the relaxing lifestyle of the local culture on visits to nearby villages, or venture along the coastline to vibrant hotspots of Fuengirola, Puerto Banús and Málaga to sample the rich culture, gastronomy, and nightlife that the region is known for.
At La Zambra, 197 rooms and suites done up in warm materials and soft tones, four distinct dining options featuring flavors of southern Spain, a luxurious 26,909 sq.ft. Mood Spa, offering a Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpools and 12 personalized treatment cabins embody the true expression Spanish-Mediterranean indulgence.
The design is led by architecture firm Estevia I Estevia. The use of natural materials, warm terracotta and natural tones echo through the patios, hideaways and shared spaces, effortlessly harmonizing with the alluring atmospherics. Rooms and suites display handmade tapestries, bespoke sinks, lampshades and ceramic vases. Emphasized by natural light, warm colors, soft linens, and locally inspired furnishings, one can unwind in their own personal sanctuary.
The La Zambra penthouse features its own private entrance, a private swimming pool, a dining pergola, a relaxation area and a wine cellar, while the Tower Junior Suite offers 360-degree panoramic views with two terraces.
The dining concepts embrace the spirit of Andalusian gastronomy, combining tradition with innovation to tell unique stories about La Zambra’s locale. Palmito has an all-day Mediterranean menu – from plant-based options to rotisserie grilled dishes, international favourites and sea delicacies, alongside live cooking demonstrations and tailored meal options. Picador is a neo-taverna with a cheeky spirit. The menu has a distinctive Spanish flair in a spirited, vibrant setting, where dishes are perfectly paired with the world’s finest wines. Bamboleo bar offers a diverse menu of meals and snacks that combine local dishes with Asian, American, and Mexican-influenced offerings. The bar’s extensive cocktail menu celebrates the iconic moments of the Costa del Sol. La Bartola is an ode to authentic Chiringuitos, Spanish beach bars, that serve light snacks and lunches perfect for poolside dining. Seafood tapas, salads, and authentic Andalusian dishes are paired with fresh juices and smoothies.
Mood Spa is a tranquil oasis that encourages you to disconnect and relax, with wellness journeys and signature treatments that immerse both body and mind. Yoga, pilates a world-class gym, two tennis courts, a paddle court, and two outdoor swimming pools complete the wellness and fitness amenities.
Golfers can make the most of their stay in one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations, with privileged access to two world-class golf courses located next to La Zambra, and designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones. Nearby, Mijas has 12 significant golf courses with 2 championship golf courses along the Costa del Sol.