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
- 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
We have been visiting this hotel since 2007 and it has been consistently excellent. This year they have further improved the beach club area and it is the very ultimate in luxury and quality of service and the setting is picture postcard. Food and service superb. Beach club and main hotel.
The hotel itself is without fault. The service is beyond excellent from the reception to breakfast dinner drinks pool and even the room maids and this is the reason we visit. Standards are kept high as is the quality of the building and the pool area. Food and waiter service is as it should be and breakfast superb again with the most friendly and attentive staff.
The spa facility is the best that I’ve ever experienced and the treatments are wide and varied. Not cheap but it is quality.
This is also a golf hotel but I don’t play so cannot comment
They have a number of weddings at week ends which we quite like to look at from a distance
We have stayed in a number of rooms and they can vary in size and outlook etc depending on the price but we generally have a junior suite and even these can be quite different and we have looked at a few each visit before settling on a favourite. Now we know which room number we like we insist at the point of booking to have it. Sometimes we’ve driven reception a bit mad on this as I’m very picky but they’ve always assisted with patience and a smile and helped where possible. Very appreciated.
Over the years we have had a few small issues but they were always dealt with professionally and seriously.
We used to bring our children when they were younger but as a couple on our own now we appreciate this independent establishment even more. Not many young children but the ones that are here seem to love it although it’s more of an adult Hotel
This hotel is the only reason why we visit this area and I congratulate the management and staff for making this hotel so special for my wife and me. After all a happy Wife is a happy life they say..
The place is mesmerizing and we enjoyed each moment of our stay. The staff is very professional and kind, breakfast is a whole experience on its own and food was delicious. The beach club is a must to visit for it’s beautiful beach and food especially the Paella platter. As an overall experience we give Villa Padierna thumbs up, you can’t visit Marbella without booking a staycation there.
We stayed for four nights in June, and had an enjoyable stay. Staff were friendly and helpful, service was very good. Excellent buffet breakfast, we had one meal in the restaurant which was very good and room service was prompt. Toiletries were excellent and turn down service with chocolates every evening. My husband played golf - a reasonably unforgiving course (I think there are three) but very well kept. We used the spa which we had to ourselves (several steam rooms with different aromas which were really lovely), a sauna and plunge pool. Beautiful outdoor pool with sun beds (although only three or four umbrellas) in fabulous landscaped gardens in the Italian style. Small but well equipped gym. Excellent pro shop and nice boutique. The only gripe we had during our stay was the small underground car park which cost guests €15 euros per day. The hotel is several kilometres from the coast road and car hire fairly essential, so expected car parking to be included.
Wonderful hotel with gorgeous grounds and regal settings. Rooms are spacious and clean. We had a huge king bed with a pillow menu. Lovely balcony as well. Front desk and cleaning staff are lovely. Jose the server was amazing! The ambiance is the late evenings is amazing as well. Highly recommended
We recently spent a week at VP for a work conference. What a beautiful location. The service was amazing. The housekeeping staff did an incredible job of our rooms twice a day. We arrived on Sunday and left on Friday. Sundays you are limited to which restaurants are open. They also have a beach club that a shuttle will take you there. The beach club however is also closed on both Sundays and Mondays so we didn't get to experience it as we didn't have time the rest of the week. Given the tourist location that it is, it would have been nice to see it open both days and even earlier as the other days it does open but not until 11am. I guess we are just use to getting up early.
One suggestion I would make is upgrading the gym facility. The gym is limited to a few free weights with odd sizes as well. For example, they have a lot of 2kg weights and a couple 6kg but nothing in between. The gym could also use a television as it becomes quite boring just running on a treadmill that doesn't even have a view to outside. They have a clock radio as their music which didn't even have enough volume to hear over the sound of the equipment.