Marbella is no stranger to luxury, as a famous jetset destination for those who love the good life.
But even within this coastal hotspot teeming with luxe hotels and villas, there’s one place that rises above the rest. Everyone knows that Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Marbella is the ultimate spot for an over-the-top luxury escape of your dreams.
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort sits at the top of what might as well be Mount Olympus, in the exclusive hills of Benahavis, also known as Golf Valley. The resort is a magnificent wonderland of imperial Roman extravagance; the perfect getaway for escapists looking to indulge in unapologetic luxury. At every turn, you’re greeted by majestic Roman statues, splendid fountains or any of the 1,200 original works of art that were commissioned to create this Roman wonderland.
There are only 132 guest rooms, suites and villas at Anantara Marbella, which is not many considering the sprawling size of the property. It’s the perfect number to ensure a level of calm and intimacy despite the large space that could accommodate many more. In the main building are the guest rooms and suites, starting with the Deluxe rooms which start at a comfortable 350-340 sq ft. The rooms are luxurious, yet tasteful. They’re decorated as a tranquil oasis, in earthy tones, plush accents and intriguing works of classic art. Every room comes with a luxurious bathroom which includes a travertine soaking tub to die for. The rooms look out to the peaceful rolling greens of the golf course or pretty views of the lake.
If you’re lucky enough to snag a villa in the secluded upper echelons away from the main building, the villas provide your own private palazzo. You can stay in a one- or two-bedroom villa with a private pool, housed in a pink terracotta building surrounded by lush greenery. The villas offer a kitchenette which is ideal for longer stays, as well as a gorgeous terrace where you can enjoy your meals or drinks whenever you wish. You can even stay in Villa Obama, where former first lady Michelle Obama has graced with her presence. Villa Obama is three floors of over-the-top luxury, consisting of two bedrooms that each occupy its own floor, rooftop terrace, private pool and romantic veranda.
The resort has many fabulous restaurants set in opulent dining rooms to keep your tastebuds satisfied throughout your stay. You can eat rich Italian at La Loggia, high end sushi at 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, yummy poolside snacks at La Pergola, classic fine dining at La Veranda and fresh seafood at the resort’s very own beach club, By the Sea. For the ultimate fine dining experience that doesn’t miss a beat, La Veranda is the resort’s most iconic restaurant. It’s a place where waiters will slice a juicy chateaubriand or make crepes suzette from scratch right at your table.