In pictures: Anantara opens second hotel in Europe
Helicopter journeys, watercolour lessons and dining in a starlit Roman amphitheatre are just some of the offerings at the brand-new Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has officially added Spain to its global network following the opening of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort. Located in Costa del Sol’s Golf Valley and in the rolling hills of the Andalusian coast, the property joins Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal as Anantara’s second location in Europe.
Designed by British architect, Ed Gilbert, the hotel offers 132 luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus one- and two-bedroom villas with dedicated butler service, private pools and a large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea – on a clear day, the mountains of Morocco can be spotted on the horizon. A gorgeous garden swimming pool, ensconced in cypress and palm trees, is the centrepiece of the picturesque grounds.
The gallery hotel is filled with 1,200 original works of art including Sevillian tapestries, paintings and artefacts. There are three world-class golf courses that surround the resort, plus the Tramores Golf Academy by Michael Campbell offers an elevated golfing experience.
Spain’s well-known 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant has a new location at the property and Spanish two-Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero will be launching his new concept restaurant, O by Paco Raonceri. Diego Cabrera, famed as one of the World’s 50 Best Mixologists, will also be some flair to the on-site Eddy’s Bar. For a romantic evening, guests can enjoy alfresco dining in a wisteria-covered private courtyard or in a starlit Roman amphitheatre with Anantara’s Dining by Design program.
Inspired by the fabled Roman Baths, the spa includes 10 specialised treatment rooms, in addition to an extensive hydrotherapy circuit, a hammam and aromatherapy steam rooms. Wellness possibilities also include private meditation sessions, Pilates on the sun-dappled terraces and mindful hiking in the Sierra las Nievas mountain range.
Private helicopter journeys transport travellers to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ronda, one of Spain’s most visited landmarks, stopping by vineyards and pueblos blancos along the way. Guests wishing to unleash their artistic side can join an alfresco watercolour lesson led by a local artist in the historical Moorish town of Casares. Afterwards, watch a private flamenco performance.