Spanish luxury resorts

ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort, Tenerife

Its clifftop setting, with panoramic ocean views, is not the only reason that Abama boasts an elevated status. Managed by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group, this west coast resort, with it’s secluded golden sandy beach, is not one to do things by halves.

The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

The St. Regis Mardavall Resort is perfectly positioned to enjoy Mallorca’s natural beauty. Whichever of the spacious rooms or suites you wake up in, the first sight to greet you as you look across your private terrace, is the sparkling sea.

Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

The former residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, the beachfront Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa enjoys a prime location in the heart of the ‘Golden Mile’, between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Set in lush, fragranced gardens on a long stretch of sandy beach, this Leading Hotel of the World offers a range of deluxe accommodation including spacious guest rooms, suites and Andalusian-style two, three and five bedroom villas, with private garden and pool.

Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona

Located near the pretty Andalucian town of Estepona, and boasting views over the Malaga coast, the Rock of Gibraltar and the African coastline, the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona can lay claim to having two continents on its doorstep. It also revels in the glorious weather of the Costa del Sol, (the ‘Sunny Coast’), which receives an average of over 320 days of sunshine a year – all the better to enjoy the hotel’s expansive tropical gardens and picturesque beach. Inside, the hotel is decorated with colourful works of art, ceramics and pictures, and there are 147 newly-refurbished rooms and suites each featuring a private balcony or terrace with stunning sea views.

Villa Padierna, Marbella

the Hotel Villa Padierna looks just like a Tuscan Palace, its magnificent terrace offering fantastic views of the golf courses, the Mediterranean and on a clear day, the African coastline. It’s been designed to reflect the traditional lifestyle of an Italian villa and if you wander around the grounds you’ll find Roman columns, charming fountains and pleasant nooks in which to hide with a good book, or simply soak up the views. Interiors with cosy fireplaces also feature a carefully integrated collection of paintings and statues from a private collection. Michelle Obama spent a couple of days here!

Hotel Ritz Madrid

The Ritz is a prestigious hotel housed within a Baroque palace and as an Orient-Express Hotel, it has all the style you’d expect. It is set on a leafy boulevard next to the Retiro Park, close to exclusive shops, museums and theatres, yet within walking distance of the financial district. Each room and suite is elegantly furnished with antique furniture and embroidered bedding; has a television and internet access; and room service is available 24 hours a day.

Guadalmina Villa

This spectacular mansion, set in magnificent landscaped gardens, is the ideal getaway for anyone looking for tranquillity and privacy in close proximity to local services and amenities. Six generously sized bedrooms (all en suite) include the master suite, boasting its own private sitting room and sun terrace.

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Tips on buying luxury real estate

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If you’re in the market for luxury real estate, you probably have reached a certain status that enables you to call all the shots. This is what you should do too when search your dream property. But take into account the usability that the newly acquired premises will have. Do you want a primary home? Or are you interested in acquired your third vacation home?

Secondly, it is important to analyze the current status of the real estate market. Ask your realtor about this, or better yet consult the press or specialized sites on the Internet. There are tones of them out there! Even if the economic markets are improving overall, there may be some areas or countries where it’s not really safe to invest. Accord to recent studies and reports issued by the Ministry of Housing, home sales in Spain have increased and acquisitions by foreign citizens are an important portion of this increase.

Think of the location of your future home. A water view home is really trendy right now, with your own private beach at your disposal. In Spain, Costa del Sol is the prime location for foreign citizens and expats from all over the world, especially Great Britain, the northern countries and Russia. Most of the luxury properties available for sale here are south-oriented to face the Mediterranean.

Privacy is a very important pre-requisite for buyers in the market for luxury real estate. Of course, you value privacy and a quiet resort, but you should consider not buying property in over-crowded resorts. Most properties on the Costa del Sol have state-of-the-art surveillance equipment and 24h security services for your privacy and protection.

That being said, you need to do extensive research before buying, and these above mentioned tips are just the tip of the iceberg for property purchasing. We will keep them coming, just to give you the whole picture!

How Marbella became a luxury resort

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“If you make a place beautiful, beautiful people come to it. They are looking for something romantic. They don’t want to show off. They don’t want to live in castles or yachts anymore. They don’t want to think anymore.” These are the words of Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe, who was born 55 years ago into a royal line traceable to the year 1100 and the Holy Roman Empire. Prince Alfonso caters to Europe’s golden crowd at Club Marbella, his lush resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol.

Until the 1940s Marbella was nothing but a village of 900 inhabitants on the Spanish coast. That all changed when, according to legend, a German prince’s coal-powered Rolls-Royce broke down there. Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe fell in love with the place and decided to stay.Born into one of the oldest noble families in Europe (he was godson to the king of Spain), Hohenlohe was a successful businessman and notorious playboy, fluent in five languages and skilled at sports such as rally-driving and tennis. After his fateful stop in Marbella he decided in 1947 to build a grand private residence there – the Finca Santa Margarita, with traditional whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, charming patios and terraces and wonderful, sprawling gardens with fountains, thousands of old trees and manicured lawns. There he played host to a constant flow of glamorous visitors with names such as Bismarck, Metternich and Thyssen, many of whom eventually bought adjacent plots to build their own homes.
But Hohenlohe had even grander plans. In 1954 he sold his own home (to his friends the Rothschilds) and used other parts of the estate to build the famous Marbella Club, which quickly became synonymous with Europe’s mid-century elite “jet set” lifestyle. (Indeed Hohenlohe was often credited with having “invented” the jet set.) Regular guests included the

Soon the former village was a fully fledged international resort, with Hohenlohe still a driving force. As head of the Costa del Sol Promoters’ Co-operative, he successfully lobbied for improvements to roads, airports and water supplies in the region. He continued to run the Marbella club and eventually set up another estate, not far away in the hills near Ronda, where he planted Bordeaux grapes and produced his own award-winning wine under the “Principe Alfonso” label.

By the late 1970s, however, Hohenlohe had become disenchanted with Marbella’s move toward mass tourism and so he sold the club to a consortium of Arab businessmen.

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Top 5 most expensive houses in the world

Apparently, France, UK and the United States are home to the most expensive houses in the world. Of course, they are classy and imposing, just like a luxury house should be. Let’s check them out, maybe they give you ideas on how to build your dream house.

5. Three Ponds: $75 000 000

Situated in Bridgehampton, New York, this 75 million dollar gem has its own golf course. Also, it’s called Three Ponds because it has ..three ponds and 14 themed gardens! Other features include two three-car garages, a two-story pro shop, second floor golfclub with a bar, separate staff quarters, a three-bedroom guest house,  barn and other outbuildings. The  main house has seven bedrooms and 12 baths.

4. Donald Trump’s beachside palace

The cost to such opulence? $125 million! The house has 18 rooms and it’s situated in Palm Beach, Florida.

3. Updown Court, Surrey, UK : $140,000,000

The motto of this house, according to its website is: “a tribute to completion”. Updown Court has 103 rooms, of which 24 are bedrooms, each with its own marble en-suite bathroom. Among other features, it has a two-lane bowling alley, five swimming pools, a squash court, a floodlit tennis court, a wine cellar, and a panic room in case of a terrorist attack

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2. Ira Rennert Mansion : $180,000,000.

This house is considered to be the largest residential compound in the whole of America. The house features 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, as well as the usual gigantic dining room, tennis courts, bowling alley. The grounds sum up to almost 255 000 sqm. The owner is Ira Rennert, a self-made millionaire, active in the industrial sector.

1. Villa La Leopolda. Nice, France: $ 398,350,000


This is a house truly fit for the richest man on the planet. Bill Gates used to live here. Now, Roman Abramovich, the Russian millionaire, lives here. Villa La Leopolda was built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium.

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Deluxe apartments in Costa del Sol

Characteristics of a luxury property

What exactly defines a luxury property? It’s not all about price. Of course, the price is an indicator of the features of the home, but luxury is a life style not necessarily related to the price of things.

The first indicator of a luxury property is the location. A well known neighbourhood, a beach-side property or a residential luxury development stand out in our minds. Eveybody knows Beverly Hills, Marbella or Côte d’Azur. Luxury properties are almost always secluded, which is an important marketing point for promoters.

A second characteristic is price or price per square foot of real estate. Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Belgrave Square in London have been home to Britain’s most expensive residential real estate for the last 200 years and they will continue to lead because the richest people in the world own property there. The world’s most expensive apartment is a penthouse at One Hyde Park, in London, sold for £100 million or over 120 million Euros. Now that’s a luxury property!

Also, another important characteristic of the luxury property is the level of interior and exterior furnishings. Now that doesn’t mean that we get back to the roccoco and furnish our houses excessively. Quality is better than quantity!

Wikipedia has a good point: “Luxury real estate entails greater responsibility for agents who handle transactions than ordinary real estate. They must advertise to a national audience to attract non-local buyers, whereas ordinary real estate only generally requires exposure in local media. There are also greater legal responsibilities for the luxury estate agent, which often involve attorneys, trusts, and anonymity issues. Buyers often require more inspections than with ordinary real estate (which are generally bought after a single inspection).”

Luxury is primarily a life style and real estate is an important feature of this certain life style.

Luxury apartments for sale in Costa del Sol

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Penthouses, Apartments and Duplex Deluxe front-line exclusive beach in Costa del Sol

Features:

  • All apartments have an alarm system, security booth and motion detectors in all rooms.
  • The Costa del Sol is true paradise for golf lovers with more than 40 courses and is within Europe the area with more installations due to its favorable climate allowing this sport to be played year round.
  • The Estepona Yacht club is just a few meters away from the development
  • proximity to the The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de la Costa del Sol and the Santa Maria Polo Club
  • Neoclassical architecture embracing the Mediterranean style: garden, fountains, plazas and promenade