Marbella, Spain (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter, Sasha, 9, are expected to arrive Wednesday on Spain's southern Mediterranean coast for a vacation with friends at a luxury hotel here.
The White House issued a brief statement confirming only that "the first lady will travel to Spain for a private, mother-daughter trip with longtime family friends. President Obama will not be joining this trip. All activities are closed press."
While the Spanish government also was not providing details, the hotel owners and just about every local politician in the resort of Marbella, famous for its jet-set image, were discussing the visit that is making front-page news in some Spanish newspapers.