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
The service: very good the front desk staff and well trained staff. Great experience with checking in. They are always providing the information we needed. My daughter and I had the massage and they were incredibly good! However there is always room for the improvement. Although the lady at the spa was very nice and friendly to me but not to my mom and mother in law. I would like to see the consistency in the service.
The room: the rooms are very spacious, beautiful, clean and quiet. They cleans about 3 times per day. Love their turn down service. The cleaning staff are really nice.
The breakfast: the best breakfast out of all the hotels we stayed in Spain. Love it! The staff are very nice and always asking if we need anything. The rooms are more beautiful than the pictures seen on the website.
We love that the price we paid included the breakfast and the daily spa usage. The spa is the nicest spa we ever been to. We have tried a few in every place that we travelled.
I saw some negative reviews here and please do not afraid to stay here. The pool
Is beautiful and my daughter loves it. Yes, you can’t order the food at the pool side. It doesn’t bother me since you can order the food at the tables close to the pool. However the service is a bit slow.
Bad management, not good organised, lacking important things of what means hospitality, not well trained. They blame it on the fact that they are only since 1 month part of Anantara and are undergoing changes but they do not know how to service 5 stars.
Some employees try their best but can not wipe off others mistakes.
The position of the hotel is not very good if you don’t play golf, it is far from everything and the roads are crowded.
No welcome drinks or someone welcoming you at check in, no coffee or tee in the rooms, no sweets at turndown, no sweets in the minibar, no earcleaner buds in the bathroom.
Quite poor breakfast.
My sunglasses were STOLEN in the hotel at the private pool. I forgot them between 19.30 and 20.30 and could’t find them anymore. All I got were some appologises.
They don’t have bar service at the pool, you have to go order yourself in the restaurant. The sunbeds at the pool are provided with matresses only after 11/11.20. There is noone there until that time. And they close at 19 although in august the sun is up until 20-20.30.
The cleaning lady nicely puts back empty toiletries without providing you new ones or putting 3 shampoos and no shower gel or lotion. Probably because not speaking english and they do not understand what is written on the toiletries. They do not know to make 5 star service at turn down, not their fault, they haven’t been trained I guess. When you pay to go to luxury 5 stars hotel all this small things matter.
The spa menu in the room is old and used.
The flush in the bathroom doesn’t work properly at the washbasin.
The rooms facing the front of the hotel are noisy during the day because facing the road.
In the spa the reception staff doesn’t make you feel welcome, they seem disturbed by you getting in. When presented the facilities inside we were shown just half of them as if the others didn’t exist and the lady was very very bored and lacking smile.
BUT The hotel, the gardens, the lobby, the hallways and the pool are one of the most beautiful i have seen. A merveilleuse property badly managed.
A plus is they have a private beach 10 minutes by car and provide shuttle service for this.
Wonderful hotel with exceptional style and comfort. New restaurant by Chef Paco is absolutely amazing (would give it a rating of Five). Will most definitely repeat. Rating of four as new management is introducing new service quality befitting the hotel luxurious style and ambiance. Am sure, next year will be much better.