The home office is very much in vogue – not all companies want to bring all their staff back to their desks having experienced immense savings on rent over the last couple of years. This prompts an “oh my god, finally” reaction for some, and anxiety attacks for others. Not having a designated workspace, living with a partner who already works from home or simply not having enough motivation to change out of one’s pyjamas are all valid reasons for seeking that “normal” office experience.
Article by Anastasia Sukhanov
Luckily, coworking spaces are there to fill the gap. Whether you want silence, a nicer view, or a chance to chat with others during coffee break, it’s never too hard to find a coworking space that fits your bill. BRIGHT researched the coworking spaces Marbella has to offer (we all know that in case of this particular location, the extra challenge of working from home is staying away from terraces, sun beds and – let’s face it – parties!).
Regus is like is the Volvo of coworking chains. Somewhere between reliable and predictable, it puts you at ease with the setting right away, especially if you’ve worked from another branch before. Located on the city’s main road, Avenida Ricardo Soriano, in a bustling business area, Regus Marbella is a stylish base for your business projects. Several conference rooms are available for rent and allow you to host meetings and presentations. The nearby marina and beaches make for a stunning setting in which to clear your head before and after work. Membership can be easily purchased through the Regus app.
Situated close to the Polígono Industrial of San Pedro, WeCowork is surrounded by designer furniture and antique stores, making for an interesting after-work stroll. Founded by Family Office, a company that invests in startups and private equity, WeCowork sees its mission as being “an inspiring environment for creative ideas and and ultimately bring access to powerful tools for growth, leadership, networking and financing”. Friendly, quick, and responsive staff are always around to help you out and the setting is both pleasant and not too distracting. WeCowork offers a whole spectrum of services from a simple hot desk to a full-on VIP package that includes Fibre Optic broadband and being listed in the company’s directory. Since Marbella can be tough in terms of making professional connections, this is the perfect place to start.
The first thing that comes into mind about OurSpace Marbella – it’s incredibly green! With plants dotting the office floor, an entire wall of vegetation and a partially pebbled floor, OurSpace actually feels a bit like a garden. That can’t hurt in times of stressful back-to-back calls… Located in the Oasis Business Centre, it has the extra benefit of ample free parking and a bustling atmosphere of other shops and cafes located in the same building. Verging on casual, it offers a cosy desk space filled with plants and a kitchen where you can have your meal. If you’re not a fan of packed lunch, even better: you’ll find a newly opened branch of San Pedro’s favourite Hustle&Flow featuring hipster coffee drinks, green smoothies and truly delicious food options.
ESPERANZA 11, San Pedro
Not just a coworking space but a community, Esperanza 11 shares its offices with Radio San Pedro Alcántara, communications enterprise Volcando Ideas and a few other businesses. With an interior that hints at the classic Scandinavian style, it’s both unusual for Southern Spain and somewhat cosy. Esperanza 11 also prides itself on its partnerships: companies from all sorts of industries such as architecture, herbology and law come together to share experience and local tips and connections. Not quite sure what it’s all about? Try it out for an entire day, for free!
LA NAVE 10, Marbella
La Nave, situated just opposite Cable Beach, takes first place for wow-factor. There’s a terrace chill zone, a comfortable kitchen, a projector and even showers and lockers in case you cycle to and from work or decide to hop into the sea to refresh your mind. La Nave coworking supports regular community events, workshops and courses designed to facilitate the members’ professional and personal life. Aside from standard daily, weekly and monthly plans, meeting rooms are also available by the hour – there couldn’t be an easier way of starting a venture on the right note than with a view from La Nave.
With no need for a long-term contract and flexible membership options, these Marbella coworking spaces could be just the solution for your Monday blues – after all, it’s always nicer to be blue among others!