Privileged location between the mountains and the Mediterranean
The award-winning spa
Wonderful La Veranda restaurant
Adjoins three golf courses and the Jason Floyd Golf Academy
What To Know
You will need a car to get around the area
If you’re here to golf, book early: In peak season (October to May) the best tee times go fast
This is very much an adults hotel; it’s not ideal for young families
The (wonderful) spa treatments don’t come cheap
WiFi is an additional fee
Parking on site
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Opulent Tuscan-style villa with three golf courses, a luxe beach club, and one of Spain's best spas
Marbella has a handful of outrageously luxurious hotels, but Hotel Villa Padierna Palace is the yardstick by which they are measured. The soft pink Tuscan-style villa invites you into a grand fairy-tale setting of marble pillars, opulent staircases, garden-size flower arrangements and antique ornaments — and that’s just the lobby. This is one place that openly flouts the “less is more” dogma. It lies between glam Marbella and the perennially popular fishing town of Estepona; after you cruise up the drive, past towering cypresses and rolling gardens, you’re ushered into a world of hushed extravagance and the atmosphere is that of an aristocratic Tuscan home. Luckily, you’ll also find all the contemporary extras you need, and enough staff to cater to your every whim.
Bed and Bath
With an intelligent mix of reproduction and modern furniture, plus neutral-toned soft furnishings and linens, the rooms have a relaxed, Old World feel. Request a room facing southwest in order to catch the Mediterranean shimmering in the morning, and the sky turning from bright blue to blazing ochre as the sun sets. It’s an even better show taken in from a magnificent Italian marble bathtub.
The lavish spa has Roman-style baths and offers an impressive array of treatments from thermal bath circuits to facials using semi-precious rocks. One of the greatest aspects of a stay at the Villa is dinner at La Veranda. People make the journey from all over the Costa del Sol for chef Victor Taborda’s innovative take on Basque cuisine. And the most satisfying thing is that after your meal, all you need to do is stroll through the palazzo back to your room. That is, of course, if you don’t stop for a nightcap at Eddy’s Bar, the elegant English-style lounge, which is frequented by well-heeled Europeans. And it’s not just a European crowd that stays here — this is the place Michelle Obama picked for her Spanish vacation in 2010. If that doesn’t tell you that this is one of the area’s premier addresses, nothing will. Arrive here, and you have, well, arrived.
In the Area
Slip on your biggest sunglasses and spend a day hanging out with the beautiful people in one of Europe’s glitziest leisure marinas, Puerto Banús. Simon Cowell, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Antonio Banderas are all regulars. Before it became a holiday destination in the 1950s, Marbella was a traditional Andalusian town. Take a stroll through the maze of ancient cobbled streets, whitewashed buildings, historic churches and orange tree–lined plazas in the old town, known as Casco Antiguo, to see how it once was. Four miles north of Estepona is San Isidro Park and country estate, known locally as Los Pedregales. More active daytrippers will love the hiking and cycling opportunities in the delightful Sierra Bermeja hills, or you can simply relax with a picnic or a barbecue (there are public grills dotted around) among the ancient oak and olive trees.
Villa Padierna Palace Hotel
Ctra. de Cádiz, Km. 166
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Hotel Villa Padierna is Malaga (AGP) - 55 km / 34.2 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.