Review: Anantara Villa Padierna Palace, Spain

The property joined the Anantara portfolio last summer and boasts 132 rooms, suites and villas

Location: Set in rural Costa del Sol, just under an hour’s drive from Malaga airport, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is surrounded by gorgeous countryside and scenic mountains, and is less than two miles from the beach.


First impressions: Entering the property, you’re greeted with a majestic courtyard, which really sets the tone for how ornate this hotel is, with a marble-decked staircase and exquisite flower displays. Next door, Eddy’s Bar is a lavish salon with comfortable armchairs, an inviting roaring fire and a menu of indulgent cocktails and delicious tapas. Its beautiful decor provides a taster of the 1,200 pieces of artwork that adorn the property. Our gorgeous suite spanned two rooms, with sweeping views over the golf courses (yes, there are more than one!) and beyond.


The facts: The property joined the Anantara portfolio last summer and boasts 132 rooms, suites and villas, one of which is called Obama Villa in honour of previous guest Michelle Obama. Golf is a big attraction for many guests, with three 18-hole courses to choose from. On the food front, there are lots of delicious options, including 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, which serves exquisite Japanese dishes, and La Loggia, which provides generous buffet breakfasts. For those who want to head down to the coast, Villa Padierna owns a beach club, just a five-minute shuttle ride away and home to yet another fantastic restaurant.

Explore: Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is just 15 minutes’ drive from Marbella. The beautiful old town, with its narrow cobbled streets, is the perfect place to sample delicious and authentic tapas. The vibrant beachside is also worth exploring, with views of the Rock of Gibraltar on a clear day. Meanwhile, the mountainous village of Casares, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes and striking white houses, is just 40 minutes away.

Wow: The huge spa definitely has the wow factor. There are 10 treatment rooms, saunas infused with lavender, lemon and lime, a cold plunge pool, beauty salon and more. My hour-long facial was the best spa treatment I’ve ever had. I was also impressed by the service and hospitality across all parts of property. All members of staff go above and beyond to ensure guests experience the best of Spanish culture.


Book it: Rooms start at €250, including breakfast.

Natalie Marsh

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