Marbella: How A Faulty Rolls Royce Inspired a Prince To Create One Of The World’s Most Glamorous Destinations

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Home to super yacht marinas, glorious beaches, prestigious nightclubs and world class golf facilities, Marbella has firmly secured its long standing reputation for being the classiest resort on Spain’s Costa Del Sol. An eternal favourite with expats looking to convert the ultimate fantasy lifestyle into reality, discover your perfect piece of real estate in Marbella from luxury penthouse apartments, to sprawling country villas.

The Golden Mile Apartment

Luxury, extravagance and opulence, welcome to the Golden Mile. Despite its name, the Golden Mile is actually 4 miles of coastline stretching from the western edge of Marbella town centre to the Rio Verde, just before Puerto Banus.

Marbella owes its glamorous reputation for global tourism to the misfortune of one single man, Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Back in 1946, Alfonso was travelling to the area with his father, Prince Maximilian de Hohenlohe-Langenburg, when his Rolls Royce broke down, forcing them to stay in the area. Alfonso immediately fell in love with the place, bought some land and decided to build himself a house here.

This private residence of Alfonso’s became so popular with visitors that in 1954 he turned it into the Marbella Club, the first luxury hotel on the Costa Del Sol which was soon counting Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier amongst its regular clientele, drawing them away from the salubrious French Riviera. Inspired by this first success, the Prince decided to create another high-end resort, the Puente Romano Hotel, and still today both these hotels remain the most luxurious getaways on the Golden Mile.

Today, the Golden Mile continues to offer a lifestyle that remains the envy of Europe where the focus is on being able to enjoy the finer things in life whether you are a tourist, seasonal visitor or full time resident.

Click image for further information:Two bedroom ground floor apartment for sale on Marbella's Golden Mile.

Stylish two bedroom apartment within Sierra Blanca, a luxurious complex on Marbella’s Golden Mile.Naturally attracting affluent buyers, when it comes to real estate Marbella’s Golden Mile is always in demand and its long term popularity has seen property values remain consistently high. In fact, it’s fair to say that the local property market here commands some of the highest prices in the Costa del Sol.

This stylish, two bedroom ground floor apartment is just one of 42 luxury apartment situated within Sierra Blanca, a luxurious complex on the Golden Mile. Inside you will find a spacious living/dining room with feature fireplace and direct access to the large covered terrace and private garden, a fully equipped modern kitchen with separate utility room and guest toilet. Both the bedrooms boast their own luxury en-suite bathroom as well as direct terrace access.

For your comfort and convenience this property also comes with underfloor heating throughout and two parking spaces and individual storeroom in the private underground carpark.

Facilities within the complex for owners to enjoy include a large and very inviting communal pool, heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gymnasium, sauna and Turkish bath.

Currently on the market for £591,500 or 650,000€ this magnificent Golden Mile apartment is in the perfect location to enjoy the best of Marbella.

The Penthouse in Puerto Banus

Without a doubt, Puerto Banus is one of the most famous marinas in Europe. There is something uniquely enchanting about this place where you can see magnificent yachts bobbing in the water, supercars lining the quayside and breathtaking views which on the right day stretch as far as Gibraltar and even Morocco.

The marina itself is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the many bistros and restaurants, or perhaps just enjoy some tapas with friends over a cold crisp cava as you watch the world go by.

Well known for its shopping, Marbella will satisfy even the most discerning of clientele with its range of high class jewellers, independent boutiques and world famous designer brands including Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes to name but a few.

Naturally the beaches are every bit as glorious as you would expect from such a glamorous destination. There are three to choose from and two of which, Playa Nueva Andalucia and Playa de Rio Verde boast blue flags for their impeccable conditions and top class facilities.

As the sun goes down in Puerto Banus, the atmosphere only heats up as the plentiful gourmet restaurants, waterside steakhouses and open air garden restaurants draw in many visitors for the evening. And as the night goes on, it’s the turn of the sky bars and nightclubs to take over, tempting the inner party animal in all of us to stay out until the early hours and beyond.

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Situated frontline to Playas Españolas and close to Puerto Banús Marina, the location is perfect for beach access, the marina, and shopping within just a few minutes’ walk .

Currently on the market for £1,260,000 or 2,457,000€ this luxury property offers all the home comforts with the ultimate Puerto Banus view.

Nueva Andalucia Townhouse

Nueva Andalucia is a prime residential area set within a luscious green valley, just one kilometre inland from Puerto Banus. Properties here are a mixture of villas, townhouses and apartments which have all been built based on traditional Andalusian architecture and design, hence the name.

Golf is big business in Nueva Andalucia and the area is home to six golf courses which make up the Golf Valley, some of which are world renowned. Club de Golf Aloha and Real Club de Golf Las Brisas are two of the most prestigious and well-established golf clubs on the Costa Del Sol, offering world class facilities surrounded by some of the most beautiful and best kept greens and fairways in Spain.

Nearby Los Naranjos, which runs through an orange grove, is a pay as you play course which welcomes players of all levels from absolute beginner to professional. Magna Marbella Golf is a par 28 nine hole course which predominantly appeals to those looking to complete a round in under two hours whilst La Dama de Noche, or lady of the night as it translates, is Europe’s first ever 24 hour golf course and is either the best named or most inappropriately named course depending on which way you want to look at it! Completing the valley is La Quinta golf course which shares it home with a Westin Hotel and Spa, one of the leading brands in luxury global hotels.

The Magnificent Resort Villa in La Zagaleta

Where the Golden Mile offers affluent homeowners superb beachfront properties within a bustling tourist, the Club de Campo La Zagaleta is an affluent alternative offering five star luxury in total privacy. Located at the foothills of the Sierra Bermaja, this former nature reserve is now the Costa del Sol’s ultimate country club offering.

La Zagaleta is exclusively home to villas, no apartments are allowed to be built here, and every property is set on a large plot surrounded by green zones to guarantee that no one is overlooked. Nestled on a hillside, these luxurious villas also offer magnificent views of the Mediterranean reaching Gibraltar and Morocco with many also enjoying dramatic mountain views as the ultimate complement.

Privacy does not mean isolation though and there are plenty of facilities within the resort to keep both the young and young at heart happy. There is not one but two golf courses which are completely private and reserved for residents, thus ensuring that the fairways are quiet and eliminating the need to reserve tee times. The Riding Club is home to 11 horses and ponies, 23 stables and six paddocks, making horse riding one of the most popular hobbies and means for residents to explore their surrounding nature. There’s also two professional tennis courts, one hard and one clay, as well as a paddle tennis court, and if that wasn’t enough there’s almost 30 kilometres of trails for hiking and mountain biking ready for you to explore.

Click image for further information:5 bedroom villa for sale, La Zagaleta, Benahavis, Malaga Costa del Sol, Andalucia

The ultimate country club lifestyle is available at La Zagaleta, Benahavis.La Zagaleta homes are the epitome of absolute luxury and this 5 bedroom villa is simply breathtaking. Comprising of a total living area of 1706m2 this superb south west facing residence has everything you could wish for, and more.

The ground floor is home to a magnificent entrance hall, living room with fireplace, dining room, fully fitted kitchen, laundry room, storage room, guest WC, additional living room and two bedrooms each with their own ensuite, dressing room and terraces. The master suite, also with dressing room, bathroom, ensuite and terrace is located on the first floor together with a further ensuite bedroom and a sitting room.

Due to this property’s hillside position, as you move up to the second floor you might be surprised to see that this is actually where you will find the 6 car garage and 2 machinery rooms as well as further storage rooms.

The basement level is where the fun happens. In fact there is so much to occupy yourself with down here you may struggle to find a reason to ever leave the comfort of your own home. This main entertainment area houses a party kitchen, sitting area, bar, TV area, cinema, wine cellar and incredible spa area complete with sauna, steam bath, shower, heated indoor pool and gym.

Heading outside, there’s an additional heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi, pool bar as well as a pool house with bbq area, all set within impeccable private gardens with stunning surrounding views.

Currently on the market for £7,470,000 or 8,300,000€ this superb example of La Zagaleta living is guaranteed to tempt anyone with a luxury budget.

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