007 Hotel: Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and SpaDecember 2, 2019
Location: Marbella, Spain
Address: Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe
Bond book appearance: DoubleShot (2000)
Visited by 007 Travelers: August 2018
007 Travelers had a chance to visit this one of the most beautiful hotel, which we have ever seen when searching for 007 locations on southern Spain. The hotel is located in Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe. James Bond visited here in Raymond Benson ‘s 007 novel “DoubleShot” (2000).
“They drove past the restaurant owned by the famous Italian singer Tony Dalli, and Marbella’s hot discotheque, Olivia Valere, and soon pulled in to the entrance of the Marbella Club Hotel on Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe. One of the finest resort hotels on the beach, the Marbella Club offered everything from bungalows to simple rooms.”
You can feel that you are really welcomed here already when entering the lobby. There is a wonderful area to relax when coming in from hot outside air. The lobby has a very good air-conditioning and it would be lovely to just sit here the whole day.
“Are you sure this guy is here?” Heidi asked for Bond.
“When I phoned, he said to look for him on the beach, “Bond answered. “He likes to relax the day before a bullfight.”
“Yuck,” Hedy said. “I can’t imagine who anyone would want to watch a bullfight, much less participate in one.”
“Don’t be so quick to condemn it,” Bond said as they parked and got out of the car. “It’s an integral part of Spanish tradition and culture. It’s not a sport. It’s an art.”
“Yeah, right,” Hedy said. “Tell that to the bull.”
Bond decided not to argue. They checked in to the hotel, where the girls had reserved an exclusive bungalow with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a shared living room, and an enclosed patio. They walked through the grounds, which were surrounded by lush foliage and palm trees. When they entered the bungalow, Heidi was ecstatic.”
But we moved forwards. Lovely palm trees and other plants can be seen when going toward the pool area.
Golf cars drive around the hotel area when we walk to the pool area. There are many beautiful pools where people can take a sun and bath.
“Now, this is life! she purred. “We need to get the company to send us on business trips more often.”
“We’ll take this one,” Hedy said, gesturing to the bedroom with twin beds. “You’re in the other one, Mr. Bond. Don’t try any funny stuff. We’re going to guard you in shifts tonight.”
Bond shook his head. “I keep telling you that you don’t need to guard me at all,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
“Whatever. Let’s go find your matador.”
“Since we’re going to the beach, can I put on my swimsuit?” Heidi asked.
“Jeez, Heidi,” Hedy said, rolling her eyes.
Ten minutes later, all three of them were dressed in beachwear. Bond was wearing a pair of navy short, a white polo shirt, sunglasses, and flip-flops. He had asked the girls for his gun, but Hedy refused to give it to him”
The seashore can be reached just a couple of meters off the hotel area. The romantic Embarcadero pier is there and you can enjoy the views of the Mediterranean sea and hear the soft sounds of the ocean.
”So Bond and Heidi left her, strolled across the hotel grounds, through the beach club and shops, and onto the warm, soft sand. The Mediterranean was calm, creating a flat, blue horizon of serenity. The beach was populated with hotel guests lounging on recliners while staff fetched towels or drinks from the bar.
“Do you see him?” Heidi asked.
Bond peered up and down the beach, and finally spotted a tanned young man lying alone on a lounger some fifty yards away from the rest of the crowd. He was wearing swimming trunks and sunglasses.
“Hola, Bond said as they approached. Javier Rojo turned his head and smiled. He immediately jumped off the lounger and removed his sunglasses.
“James Bond!” he said enthusiastically.. “How are you, my friend?”
“They shook hands and embraced.
“I’m fine, Javier, it’s good to see you,” Bond said. “I’m very sorry to hear about your brother.”
Javier lowered his head. “Thank you. I am trying to come to terms with it.”
“Any ideas on how it happened?”
The matador shook his head. “The police are clueless”
”Bond dragged the lounger next to Javier’s and they sat, facing the sea”
”Bond laughed. “Come on, let’s go back to the hotel.”
As they walked away from the beach, Jimmy Powers made a call on his mobile. He had been lying on the beach on a lounger some fifty feet away, his nose buried in a magazine. He was sure that Bond had not noticed him at any point over the last few days. Jimmy Powers learned his special ability while growing up first in the swamp country of Louisiana and later in the forests of Oregon. He wasn’t known as the Union’s best tracker and expert in shadowing a target for nothing”
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