Villa Padierna Palace Hotel
What We Love
- Privileged location between the mountains and the Mediterranean
- Ultra-opulent surroundings
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
I have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Anantara Marbella resort. We traveled with 2 other couples. The rooms are probably the best we have stayed in, absolutely beautiful and immaculately clean. The hotel decor is beautiful and there is a lovely serene feeling to the hotel. The breakfast was very good with lots of choice.
The guys played 2 rounds of golf which they enjoyed and said the courses are quite challenging.
What makes this hotel special though is the staff. All of the staff are polite and charming. Special mention must go to Bianca Stegenova who was amazing an incredible asset to the hotel. I had emailed to say that 1 of our party had a special birthday and she arranged balloons, framed photo of our friend, cake and champagne. Thank you Bianca! We must also mention Ana who is a delight so charming and friendly. What a team.
Congratulations to you all and we will definitely be back in 2020.
We stayed 4 nights and I wish we stayed more . U feel like u are a king and anantara is ur castle. Service is great. Rooms are spacious and very luxurious. Our room was with terrace. They took care for every single detail. Quite hotel with beautiful gardens and swimming pool. The breakfast area is the place I love most . U feel u want to stay all day there drinking your coffee and watching the lovely scenery. Breakfast was so yummy with very fresh ingredients and good taste especially the omelette.
I hope I can visit this place again with my girls
Fell in love with this hotel and would definitely come back soon! Beautiful, elegant and clean with great service and breathtaking scenery all around. Enjoyed every minute and I would highly recommend it!