Luxury hotels and resorts group Anantara has launched its first property in Spain in the midst of Andalusia’s ‘Golden Triangle’, between Marbella, Benahavís and Estepona in the country’s south. This palazzo-style retreat ticks all the boxes when it comes to the palatial opulence and exceptional hospitality one expects from the luxury chain.

The property is designed by famed British architect Ed Gilbert and boasts 132 richly appointed guest rooms, suites and villas — each with stunning views of beautifully manicured golf courses and the blue waters of the sea in the far distance. Guests seeking some exclusive solitude are sure to relish a stay at any one of the nine one- and two-bedroom villas with their large private terraces; a dedicated butler service and personal pool completes the experience.

There’s a certain aesthetic charm to the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace and this stems from its collection of 1,200 original works of Italian and Andalusian art. Displayed across the expansive gardens, this diverse selection of paintings, sculptures and artefacts presents guests the opportunity to bask in the cultural richness of the region.
And speaking of richness, one can only be impressed by the range of gastronomic delights on offer at this destination resort. These include O by Paco Roncero — a new concept restaurant by the eponymous two-Michelin-starred chef; the very popular 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant; and Eddy’s Bar. Guests can also enjoy a romantic evening under the stars at Anantara’s signature Dining by Design restaurant.

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The most luxuriously relaxing feature of the property, without any doubt, is the Anantara Spa. This gloriously palatial space recalls ancient Roman Baths and comprises 10 specialised treatment rooms, a hammam, aromatherapy steam rooms, and an extensive hydrotherapy circuit. A team of highly trained therapists offers an array of wellness and beauty programmes that inspire utter bliss.

The multi-court grounds of the Villa Padierna Racquet Club are perfect for enjoying a game of tennis, or even croquet. And if you’re in the mood for indulging in some sightseeing, the bustling nightlife and lively shopping district of Puerto Banus is within easy distance.

Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is a 50-minute drive from Malaga International Airport, 15 minutes from the Puerto Banus marina and 10 minutes from the historic Marbella town.
For more information, visit www.anantara.com

Staff Writer