Best Luxury Resort Hotel Marbella Spain Review: 5 Star Romantic Villa Padierna Golf & Spa, Fine Dining, Near Beach
Resting grandly in the foothills of Marbella, Hotel Villa Padierna’s superb accommodation and facilities offer guests one of the best luxury vacations in Spain’ s Costa del Sol.
Relaxing, sipping Cava on the terrace of the romantic Hotel Villa Padierna Golf and Spa Resort in Marbella’s Costa Del Sol, views of the tranquil lake wrapped in the greens of the Flamingo Golf Course and distant shimmering blue of the Mediterranean sea, feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Malaga that lies a short distance away.
This elegant luxury hotel, reminiscent of a Tuscan palace, was named after Count Villapadierna; one of the last great Spanish aristocrats. In 2000 the Count’ s son-in-law Riccardo Arranz commissioned the renowned British architect Edward Gilbert to realise his dream of creating a magnificent and exclusive luxury resort, nestling in the hills of Southern Spain, a mere eight minutes from the beach.
Villa Padierna was completed in 2003, with its splendid Flamingo Golf course, fabulous spa, and 118 luxurious stately bedrooms and suites. However, due to over-development, Marbella had lost its popularity with tourists and so to tempt them back in 2006, Arranz brought in the world-class hoteliers Ritz-Carlton and this dynamic winning partnership really delivered the goods.
Villa Padierna Spa
Inspired by a traditional Roman bath house, the Thermal Circuit spa takes guests through a global theme of purifying and detox methods. Sea salt rub-downs, celestial music and wafting clouds of exotic flower scented steam, floating through eight different serenely-lit rooms, punctuated with showers in between and an optional plunge in the icy pool. Then a high-ceilinged room scented with ylang ylang and roses to restore equilibrium, while comfortable beds in a white serene space await guests for final relaxation. This extraordinary experience produces a rejuvenation of the body and mind which is not to be missed. Feel ten years younger in 75 minutes!
Golf and Recreational Facilities
The Villa Padierna’s Flamingo Golf Club has two 18 hole courses, home to the PGA European Seniors for four consecutive years, and constitutes one of the best golfing experiences in Europe.
Other hotel facilities include:
Outdoor swimming pool
Ritz-Carlton kids club (seasonal)
Outdoor Amphitheatre with Flamenco and live music in the Summer
Daily complimentary shuttle to Puro Beach with a beach bar, infinity edge pool, open-air four poster beds, views of Gibraltar and the coast of Africa, and a great sound system.
Celebrations at Villa Padierna and Las Casitas Villas
With a church, a grand ballroom, and a wedding planner, you can even get married at the hotel, and then continue the honeymoon in one of the fourteen exquisite new villa retreats; Las Casitas of Villa Padierna: with spacious rooms, large terraces, private swimming pools, a VIP lounge serving complimentary snacks and and your very own private butler.
Restaurants at Villa Padierna
La Veranda, headed by Michelin-starred Martin Berasategui and run by chef Victor Taborda, is a formal affair and fine dining at its best. Nouvelle cuisine is served on super-sized plates by attentive yet unobtrusive waiting staff. Delicious wines accompany each dish on the carefully balanced tasting menu; Particularly memorable was the foil cod on parmesan and smoked bacon foam, coffee and hazelnut powder.
For casual dining amidst terraces and fountains, La Loggia serves excellent international dishes. Chef Manuel Navarro’s trio of sea bass, monk fish and salmon was a delectable treat . For those who have a sweet tooth, try the deliciously gooey chocolate brownie with vanilla sauce, served with a creamy cinnamon ice cream; complimented by an extraordinary alcoholic nectar Par Naranja, with orange peel fermented for eight years.
If you can bear to leave this lovely haven, visit Marbella’ s old town; still an oasis of traditional Spain.
The Hotel Villa Padierna offers a wonderful and luxurious vacation in a fabulous location, with friendly and efficient staff who truly care about the enjoyment and relaxation of their clients.