Meet John Thomson: The Driving Force Behind Nobu Hotel’s Success

With a work ethic that is hard to come by, Nobu Hotel Manager John Thomson’s success is owed to his extensive hospitality experience and dedication to deluxe care. 

Boasting a whopping 13 restaurants each with its own take on cuisine, Puente Romano is located on Marbella’s “Golden Mile”. The impressive NOBU hotel offers a wide range of gastronomic, leisure, and wellness options to enjoy your holidays as comfortably as possible.

The hotel’s location in the Puente Romano gives it a very exclusive and intimate feel, offering a wide range of services and facilities such as the spa, gym, tennis club, and an array of enticing restaurants. At  Puente Romano, there are activities to suit every individual, as you can relax in the spa during the day, and then enjoy the various bustling evening activities, which all in all create the overall “Nobu” experience. 

Transmitting the palpable glamour of the Marbella scene in southern Spain, the hotel combines the historic construction of its Roman bridge (built in the 1st century), with the spectacular designs of famed British interior designer, Andrew Martin.  

Nobu is a truly unique space because guests have many restaurants to choose from, plus four pools of the two hotels, including Nobu Pool, which is exclusively for adults. They also have access to the La Suite nightclub, as well as all the other facilities available. 

Nobu Hotel & Restaurant 


John Thomson – Nobu Hotel’s Manager

At the helm of operations is John Thomson, who’s been running the hotel for a year and is part of the company behind Nobu Hotel Marbella for 17 years. With a work ethic that is next to none, John believes the key to his success is attention to detail and building a strong team. He was also responsible for opening Nobu in Ibiza, two years ago. 

John’s motto and key to success are his slim to none work ethic. He believes in the importance of paying close attention to detail and knowing how to motivate and rely on a strong team. Nobu has steadily built a strong business culture of its eye for keen talent when selecting its excellent team. 

John Thomson


John first set out on his professional career whilst studying in London. He took his first steps in the industry as Marco Pierre White’s operations manager at Mirabelle Restaurant and Belvedere Restaurant, where the chef was the youngest in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star. 

John is passionate when it comes to visualising a project, overseeing how the concepts play out, and then finally getting to analyse the results. Catering to each client and making sure that each one gets deluxe and personalised care, is what drives him to continue to strive for the best results. 

John’s plans for the future are to continue to work towards creating a lifestyle hotel that attracts elite tourism, positioning Marbella as a model example of luxury travel. 


Restaurants at Puente Romano Resort

Last year, the resort’s facilities underwent extensive renovations, accompanied by the expansion of the gastronomic offer with very different concepts that embody any culinary proposal, not only for hotel guests but for anyone who wants to enjoy a unique experience.

Gourmet proposals such as Leña, BIBO or NOBU, coexist with international cuisines such as Serafina or Thai Gallery, among many others, to make every moment special.

In addition, Puente Romano reinvented itself by presenting new experiences, such as Les Jardins, where you can enjoy cocktails outdoors surrounded by pleasant tropical gardens; SupperClub, a memorable and unique gastronomic experience to live an authentic Mediterranean party; and NOBU by the beach, the ideal bar to relax and taste the best selection of NOBU sushi, by the pool or on the beach.


Nobu Restaurant

At the hub of the resort, is Nobu Hotel and restaurant. The first to be established by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, others would follow, such as those in Barcelona and Ibiza. Its gastronomy can be enjoyed both in an outdoor area overlooking La Plaza and in a spectacular dining room illuminated by lanterns and decorated with ‘washi’, the traditional Japanese decorative paper. 

Expect delicious tempura, sashimi tacos, wagyu, maki sushi with avocado, and salmon which make up the ingenious dishes of the Japanese chef combining traditional Japanese cuisine with Peruvian flavours. 

Nobu Matsuhisa’s acclaimed restaurant is sure to redefine your dining experience. This food lover’s temple, run by Eleni Manousou, Nobu’s first female executive chef, offers innovative dishes that fuse classic Japanese cuisine with Peruvian flavours.

Nobu offers a dazzling array of dishes, such as toro tartar with caviar to black cod miso, their famous Japanese wagyu, and salmon avocado sushi maki.

El Chiringuito 

Delicious cocktails, healthy snack bites, and a beachy atmosphere await you. If you fancy an outdoor lunch or dinner, a delicious black paella and a true taste of Andalusia, or if you prefer, some tasty and famous espetos, this place will hit the spot. 

Sea Grill 

Visit Sea Grill for well-crafted oysters, homemade grilled sea bass or generous grilled salads. Their delicate fruitcake, tasty ice cream and amazing doughnuts will taste great. Based on the critics’ opinions, Sea Grill serves a sensational house wine, unbeatable champagne or extraordinary white wine. This place offers you excellent coffee, spectacular juice and superb tea.

From this place, you have an incredible sea view. Many customers report that the staff is friendly, and sophisticated service always makes the overall experience that much more pleasant. 

Supper Club

More than a restaurant, Supper Club is a fun and informal dining experience where you can spend the whole evening, from dinner until the early hours of the morning. It’s the perfect place to get together with friends after work, with food that is easy to share.

During dinner, the ambient music is kept at a level that allows you to chat and enjoy live performances while sipping on their light and refreshing cocktails. It’s open from Thursday to Saturday. 

Book a Day to Pamper Yourself at Six Senses Spa

Treat yourself by getting immersed in a day of indulgent bliss and relaxation. At Six Senses Spa, the team specialises in natural healing techniques, set in a gorgeous space of treatment rooms of oak wood floors, comprising traditional Andalusian architecture and local stone, providing an authentic and relaxing atmosphere. 

Their massages and wellness rituals use natural ingredients from southern Spain, such as extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and mountain herbs.

Six Senses Spa

New Openings – Nobu Barbuda Bar

Located on a beach that Princess Diana once frequented, the latest addition to Nobu is Nobu Barbuda in what used to be the K club. Barbuda is one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda and is known for its hidden pink- and white-sand beaches and palm trees. 

Nobu’s Hotel Manager John Thomson is currently out there making sure all the prep is going to plan as the bar has just opened. To book or contact Nobu Barbuda call (268) 720 6628. They are currently open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12-6pm only.




Address: Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella

Phone: 952 82 09 00



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