If you’re interested in studying hospitality and hotel management at Les Roches, you’ve probably heard about our famed #LesRochesWayofLife. In this article we’ll introduce our student clubs you can join, activities you can take part in and events you can attend when you join the Les Roches Marbella family.
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- Marbella for foodies
Student Clubs in Les Roches Marbella
Our students at Marbella campus can join a host of different clubs which organize all sorts of fun activities. It doesn’t matter if your interests are in gastronomy, sports, wine or cocktails… there’s a club for you.
Here is a list of all the Student Clubs you can find in Les Roches Marbella:
- Cocktail Club
- Coffee Club
- Football Club
- Paddle Club
- Reading Club
- Running Club
- Sustainability Club
- Volleyball Club
- Wine Club
The list changes every year, as new students arrive and build their own clubs. Maybe it’ll be your turn next to establish a Student Club, so you can share your passion with others?
Upcoming events in Marbella (2021)
Luxury and global hospitality meet in the Mediterranean city of Marbella. Due to the coronavirus, many events were cancelled or postponed last year. Luckily, however, this year is faring much better and you can look forward to a grand list of amazing events in Marbella and across the Andalusia region.
XII European Padel Championship (June 28th – July 4th, 2021)
Marbella is set to be host city for the XII European Padel Championship in 2021. This event is especially significant in this sport, as Marbella is known as the cradle for European padel. This year marks the first time that this championship will have a qualifying round to complete the final 16 teams, so there’s sure to be outstanding moments.
Concerts, festivals and conferences
Life on the Costa del Sol is packed full of live music all year long. The options begin in the 50s, with a little taste of americana in Rockin’ Race Jamboree, a vintage styled rock ‘n roll fuelled festival which showcases classic American cars, vinyl disc sales and, of course, 1950s fashion.
Starlite Marbella is also a staple for music festivals in the Costa del Sol. Labeled as Europe’s most important boutique music festival, this open air event takes place every year in the beautiful Cantera de Nagüeles, a 15 minute drive from the Marbella campus. Like the famous Red Rock amphitheater in Colorado, the stage is set against a beautiful backdrop of nature. Artists like Lenny Kravitz, Sting or Spain’s sweetheart David Bisbal have performed here.
Film buffs are in luck as well. Every year the Festival de Málaga takes place in the city, a film festival of international recognition which sets out to promote and celebrate the culture of cinema. The city becomes Hollywood for a week, as celebrities become a common sight on the red carpet in Calle Larios, Teatro Cervantes or the small independent cinema, Cine Albéniz (founded in 1945).
SUTUS: Space and Underwater Tourism Universal Summit
SUTUS 2021 will be the second edition of this annual event which seeks to promote the future of underwater and space tourism. Held right here on our Marbella campus, SUTUS 2021 will feature panel discussions with experts in these extreme forms of tourism. No doubt a great place to learn about the future of tourism and have the chance to network with amazing professionals.
Visit the surrounding region of Andalusia
Andalusia is home to some of Spain’s most famous cities, like Seville, Granada and Cordoba. All of them are just a few hours drive – or less – away from Marbella. If you want to see other European icons like Braga, Paris, Barcelona or Rome, these cities are reachable by plane in a matter of hours
Things you won’t want to miss out on in Andalusia:
The Alhambra in Granada
The Alhambra is one of Andaludsia’s most famous monuments, and probably Spain’s most famous landmark after the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Built in the district of Albayzín, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra has more than one thousand years of history (it’s where Christopher Colombus received endorsement from Queen Isabella to sail the Atlantic).
Guided and unguided tours are available, and in 2021 they’ve introduced night tours as well, giving visitors a view of the Alhambra like never before. Book tickets in advance as it’s often fully booked. Need more? Take the day to visit the beautiful neighborhood of Albayzín, or go for tapas in the many bars of Granada.
Wind and water sports in Tarifa
Beach goers will be delighted with the long sandy beaches of Tarifa. The old town is a beautiful maze of narrow streets and boutique bars, and there’s Roman ruins just metres away from the water, but what you’re really there for are the wind and water sports.
Tarifa is one of the main meeting points for the surf community in Spain. Vanlifers, adventurers and boho-types gather in the beaches of Valdevaqueros, Punta Paloma and Bolonia. The sand dunes in Playa Bolonia offer a picturesque contrast to the surrounding forest, and rumor has it that the mud found on the beach has healing properties for the skin.
There’s no shortage of surf schools and instructors, same for kitesurf or windsurf. If you want to spend the night, you have your choice of renting camper vans, hotels, hostels or glamping.
Skiing in Sierra Nevada (Granada)
It’s incredible to think that with 90 minutes’ driving in one direction, you could reach the sandy dunes of Tarifa. Drive for two and half hours in the other direction, and you’ll reach the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada.
The Sierra Nevada Ski Resort usually opens in November ´till May, and though the ski resort is quite small compared to ones that you’ll find in the Alps, it’s home to the biggest halfpipe in all of Europe.
Not afraid of heights? Visit the “Caminito del Rey”
Located in the gorge of Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, the Caminito del Rey is a steep mountain pass built almost one hundred years ago. It was originally a curvy and dangerous path built on the side of the mountain to connect different parts of the hydroelectric plant. Over the years the original Caminito del Rey was destroyed in parts by the weather, and became used by climbers.
After some tragic events, the Caminito del Rey was completely rebuilt, with some parts using glass panels to offer a 360 degree panoramic view of the gorge and the river below. You can still see parts of the original broken down path in some instances.
Marbella for foodies
In Andalusia alone, there are 18 Michelin Star awarded restaurants, many of which are a short distance from the Les Roches Marbella campus. If you wanted to, you could organize a Michelin Star restaurant guided tour for a week. In fact we’ve done just that:
Dani García (Marbella)
Not once, not twice, but three times has Dani García been awarded a Michelin Star. His latest menu, “Madre”, is inspired by his motherland of Andalusia, with a classic twist that defines his style. Dani García is a culinary icon in Spain, so his restaurant is the quintessential stop for any food lover while in Marbella.
Skina is a two time Michelin Star awarded quaint restaurant in the old town of Marbella. Blink and you’ll miss the entrance; the restaurant only has 4 tables. Marcos Granda is at the helm. Not a chef by profession, he understands the importance of managing a team to give a quality hospitality service.
Located on the main floor of Higuerón Hotel Málaga, Curio Collection by Hilton, you’ll find Sollo Restaurant. Alongside its Michelin Star, Sollo also has a Michelin Green Star for Chef Diego Gallegos’ use of sustainable caviar by Riofrío.
Les Roches Marbella students of the Master’s in Marketing & Management for Luxury Tourism visited Sollo Restaurant to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a luxury establishment such as this one.
José Carlos García (Málaga)
Chef José Carlos García defines his own style as traditional andalusian cuisine with “a touch of Rock & Roll”. A tip of the hat to his upbringing mixed with his rebellious personality, JCG Restaurant is located in the seaside Muelle 1 in Málaga, with panoramic views to the ocean, cruises and the Castle of Gibralfaro.
Also of note, Chef José Carlos García also heads Café de París, just around the corner from JCG Restaurant; as well as DeViú, located on the waterfront, a snack-bar that pays homage to the sea.
Headed by Chef Mauricio Giovanni and his wife Pía Ninci, Messina was awarded a Michelin Star in 2016. Just a five minute drive away from Marbella campus, Messina’s kitchen is a mix of Chef Giovanni’s native Argentina, along with Mediterranean cuisine and Lebanese influences.
El Lago (Marbella)
El Lago Restaurant takes its name from the manmade lake it sits by in Greenlife Golf course in Marbella. The restaurant is a mere 30 kilometers away from the campus and offers amazing views to the water and golf course.
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