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Hotel Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort Hotel 5 star
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Luxury, peace and quiet, and good taste all define the qualities and services of this Mecca of well-being in Marbella, which has its own golf courses and spa, not to mention excellent gourmet cuisine.

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      Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort   -   © Minor Hotels

    • Hotel Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort

      Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort   -   © Minor Hotels

       
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    Location 6.5 /10

    It enjoys a great location pretty much midway between the town of Marbella (about 6 mi away), the capital of the Costa del Sol, and Puerto Banús (about 4 mi away), which is Marbella's marina. It is full of the most luxurious yachts you have ever laid your eyes on, as well as the swankiest restaurants and shops selling clothes by all the big designer names. The provincial capital, Malaga, is just over 43 mi away, and the closest airports are to be found in Malaga and Gibraltar. The golf course could barely be any closer to your doorstep; the Villa Padierna is literally surrounded on all sides by the Flamingos Golf Club, which has on several occasions been the venue for the finals of the senior golf tour, The European Seniors Match Play Championship. The sea can be seen a bit further off (it takes about 10 minutes to get there by car), and a few other homes in the quiet surrounding neighbourhood are also visible from the hotel. Because the property is closed and guarded, the atmosphere in the whole complex, including the hotel, golf courses, and spa, is totally peaceful. Indeed, the only people allowed onto the property are guests staying at the hotel, golf players, and the participants and guests of events organised by the Villa Padierna.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    The hotel has about 120 guest rooms with views over the Flamingos Golf Club and the luxury homes in the surrounding area. In front of the hotel you can see the sea, and behind it rise the Marbella mountains. Just like the rest of the complex, the decor in the guest rooms is designed in the style of a small Tuscan palace, with its lamps, classic paintings, and pleasant colour scheme. The general feeling of harmony is palpable in each and every room. A non-exhaustive list of the facilities provided to make your stay comfortable includes an LCD screen television, a CD player, 3 telephones, a safe, a minibar, and Internet access. The floor is fitted with (clean) carpeting. The bathroom is clad in stylish salmon-pink marble (by Travertino Olivillo) and is also equipped with plenty of details to maximise the comfort of guests: a double wash basin, a hair dryer, a set of scales, bathrobes, a full kit of hospitality products, a magnifying mirror (with its own integrated lighting), a shower, and a separate bathtub. As for the suites, which measure between 85 and 200m², they have the bonus of a large terrace overlooking the gardens, a lounge with a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, and hi-tech appliances like a television with an LCD screen and DVD, CD, and MP3 players. The villas, meanwhile, measure anywhere between 90m² and 380m². As well as enjoying the same features as the suites, they have the addition of a private swimming pool or a jacuzzi.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    The Villa Padierna, which opened in 2003, was designed by English architect Ed Gilbert in collaboration with Ricardo Arranz, the owner of the hotel. It is a modern hotel complex built in the Tuscan Renaissance style. In addition to its dedication to all things golf-related, it has a number of famous Italian works of art, including several sculptures from Ancient Rome as well as a replica amphitheatre no less impressive than its original counterpart. Just like most big hotels, the Villa Padierna regularly refurbishes its rooms, furniture, and decor to keep it at the cutting edge of the latest trends. Among the facilities, you will find those dedicated to golf as well as to thermal spring treatments. The hotel is literally surrounded by the Flamingos Golf Club, which consists of two 18 hole golf courses (the par 71 Flamingos Golf, with more than 3.5 mi of fairway, and the par 73 Gran Flamingo Golf, with more than 4 mi of fairway), a sports club, and a shop entirely given over to the sport. The Thermae Spa is a huge half-acre complex dedicated to well-being. Its facilities include an indoor swimming pool, 8 aromatherapy and steam baths, a dozen treatment rooms (reflexology, pedicures, manicures, Oriental massages, body scrubs, etc.), and there is also a hair salon just next door. The hotel has several meeting rooms that can be used for conferences and dinners, with capacity for 40 to 500 people.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    All in all, the hotel has 4 restaurants that offer a delicious eating experience. They all serve à la carte meals and are not the cheapest places to eat. La Veranda, which is open from Tuesday to Saturday, is run by chef Víctor Taborda (who worked with famous Basque chef Martín Berasategui). The cuisine is a combination of original Basque and Mediterranean dishes, and is served in a classic and refined setting. Local Andalusian fare can be enjoyed at La Loggia, which serves the 3 meals of the day in an informal setting with a view over the golf course. La Pergola, meanwhile, serves lunch and also prepares cocktails in July and August. Last but not least, La Cantina del Golf invites guests to sample its hot and cold drinks and nibbles all year round, and has very practical opening hours. On the ground floor, the 2 lounges of Eddy's Bar provide the ideal setting for a glass of whisky. Even by Villa Padierna standards, this is a sophisticated place to mingle. The fireplace gives the bar a welcoming feel, and the walls are adorned with paintings and sculptures in the classic style that would not look out of place in a mansion. Cocktail connoisseurs will not want to miss the opportunity to taste the drinks mixed at the La Veranda restaurant. The concoctions are overseen by Rafael Torres del Pulgar, a recent winner of the Costa del Sol's cocktail championship.

    Spa 8.45 /10

    The Thermae Spa is a huge half-acre complex dedicated to well-being. Its facilities include an indoor swimming pool, 8 aromatherapy and steam baths, a dozen treatment rooms (reflexology, pedicures, manicures, Oriental massages, body scrubs, etc.), and there is also a hair salon just next door.

    Beach

    You will need to take your car or a taxi to get to the beach, which is about a 10 minute drive from Villa Padierna. The hotel has an agreement with the Puro Beach beach club that gives guests staying at the complex a 20% discount when they hire hammocks and parasols. This stylish club seems to be a bit of a meeting point for the local upper crust. It is a great place to make the most of the sunshine and the comfortable surroundings, which are reminiscent of a Bali beach. The Puro Beach offers plenty of activities. Let yourself be tempted by a drink on the beach, a massage, or some yoga to the sound of meditation music. To reach this centre of all things chic, the hotel provides free transport during high season (June to September) over the course of the busier period of the day (every hour from 1:00am to 7:00pm).

    To know

    This establishment can be more aptly described as an immense complex than a hotel. It boasts all the amenities you would expect of a highly luxurious 5 star hotel: 4 restaurants, two 18-hole golf courses, a sports club, a spa, a tennis club, and a beach club (in partnership with the hotel). There is also a guard on duty 24 hours a day. Everything about the place is refined, the atmosphere is peaceful, and the staff are attentive. Most of the guests at the hotel are golf players with their families, and they come from all over the world. During the summer and other holiday periods (Christmas and Easter), the hotel operates a mini-club coordinated by several supervisors. It has facilities for children to play, read, and watch films in surroundings designed just for them. One of the unique features of the Villa Padierna is its free nightly shoe-cleaning service, and the guest rooms are also given a clean twice a day. If you need to iron any clothes, you can ask for an iron at reception. In 2009, the hotel opened the famous 'Casitas del Villa Padierna': 11 villas and 3 suites located in the quietest part of the complex. They were designed in the image of little Tuscan palaces, and feature interior decor that is both highly understated and refined. Indeed, if any single part of the Villa Padierna epitomises luxury, it is these new units. As far as additional services are concerned, there is a 24 hour butler service, tasting sessions at any time of day (during the summer season), and the daily opportunity to do a complete circuit of the hotel spa facilities free of charge. The Villa Padierna is a highly luxurious 5 star hotel and a credit to this category. Pets weighing up to 11lb are allowed to stay at the hotel for an additional fee of about £70 per day. The hotel has been awarded the 'Grand Luxe' award by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in the Spanish region of Andalusia. It is managed by the RC Spain chain (which also looks after the Hotel Arts in Barcelona and the Abama in Tenerife, among others) and has belonged to the Ritz Carlton Hotel group since 2006.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • A haven of peace and quiet on the Costa del Sol
    • Golfers will be in heaven: the hotel is surrounded by not one, but two 18 hole golf courses
    • The cuisine is rich, and you're sure of a good night's sleep
    • The size of the complex increases the feeling of privacy
    • There is a vast array of accommodation options, services, and facilities

    disadvantages

    • It is not be accessible to all budgets
    • The peace and quiet might disappoint holidaymakers looking for the Costa del Sol's famous nightlife

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