Situated between El Rosario and Elviria, Bono Beach enjoys one of the most beautiful beach settings on the Coast, with its shallow waters and pure sand with hardly any stones. The beach club itself offers a tranquil ambience with chill-out music – ideal for families or those who simply want to relax in the sun.
During the summer months it is extremely difficult to park near any of the beach clubs but thankfully Bono Beach offers a valet service, which takes away the stress of trying to find a parking space. Bono Beach extends over three different areas… Out on the sand there is a chillout area with Fatboy beanbags – a great place to chat with friends and lounge on the beach. If you want to sunbathe more luxuriously, the Balinese beds are a must.
They can accommodate up to three people and have curtains to provide more privacy or protection from the sun. You also receive waiter service, a fruit platter, a bottle of house wine and towels, all for €70, while the standard sunbeds, which also receive waiter service, are just €10. Inside Bono Beach the décor is inspired by the Greek island of Mykonos and provides a sense of serenity with aqua blue hues. There is a spacious air-conditioned indoor dining area as well as an ample outdoor area protected from the sun by newly-erected shade sails* that create an elegant and effective shade solution for those dining al fresco by the sea.
Their long, well-shaded bar offers a wide range of beverages including cocktails, all made using fresh ingredients. The kitchen is open from midday until 10.30pm every day and offers a fusion menu. Argentinean chef Agustin is a specialist in combining flavours and textures, especially when it comes to oriental cuisine. However, the menu is extremely diverse and you can find the likes of sushi, Bitterballen, seafood, ribs and steaks, salads, nachos and pasta dishes… the list goes on! To begin our own gastronomic experience, we were treated to the Bono Mixed Sashimi with salmon, sea bass, prawn and scallop (which was all sublimely fresh and expertly cut), together with a crispy chicken salad with spinach and mango.
Manager Fernando told us that this salad was his favourite, and we could see why as the chicken was marinated perfectly and the mango and spinach were fresh and tasty with a light drizzle of dressing. For our main course, we tried the lobster linguine and the Nasi Goreng – an Indonesian fried rice dish that comes with chicken and king prawns and several interesting accompaniments. And finally, to finish off we were offered their chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce and crème fresh, which was homemade and hugely indulgent!
Every Thursday Bono Beach holds a barbecue night with a special menu and live music. Another night not to miss is San Juan (23 June), when there will be a fixed menu with live music and, obviously, a huge bonfire.
Note that it is highly recommended to reserve a sunbed or table as much as one week in advance as they do get very booked up, especially on the weekends. Conveniently, they offer many ways to reserve whether it is via their Facebook page, website, El Tenedor, Tripadvisor or simply by telephone.Urb. Costabella, Playa de Arenal, Elviria (Marbella)
Tel. (+34) 952 839 236
Facebook page: bonobeachmarbella
* The shade sails were installed by The Shade Sail Company:
Tel. (+34) 952 930 959; www.theshadesailcompany.com.
Photos by: Gary Edwards (www.vpcreative.co.uk)