This villa could only be built in one very special place: La Zagaleta Country Club in Benahavís, just minutes from Marbella, Puerto Banús, and the beautiful Mediterranean beaches of the Costa del Sol. Once a private hunting estate and today one of the most exclusive and secure real-estate developments in all of Europe, La Zagaleta is the perfect location to enjoy a luxury lifestyle year-round. Comprising just 420 plots in 900 hectares of stunning, verdant countryside in the foothills of the Ronda mountains, La Zagaleta has a wealth of members-only, sporting, and leisure amenities. La Zagaleta lies only 60 kilometers away, via a fast toll highway, from Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport and less than 15 minutes' drive from a wide choice of Spanish and international restaurants, bars, and stores, and is conveniently close to some of the best international schools and excellent healthcare facilities. There simply is no better address on the Costa del Sol than La Zagaleta.
Space, light, luxury: all you could ever wish for in your next home
With 2,320 square meters of luxuriously-appointed living space, spread over three levels and ample covered terraces, the villa has been designed to let light flood in and link the outdoors to its interior. The entrance level is made up of a series of airy, high-ceilinged rooms, most with full-size glazed walls that open onto seemingly endless vistas and flow seamlessly from one space to another. The first floor features a stunning master bedroom suite, worthy of the best boutique hotels, while the enormous lower level serves as an entertainment floor, with facilities that rival health clubs, and self-contained apartments for guests or staff. The villa stands on an elevated, level plot, located just below the sought-after top ridge of La Zagaleta and occupies more than 5,000 square meters, accessed from the main gate to the side and rear. The property looks out over its landscaped garden and the outdoor infinity pool to the chill-out bar and lounge area by the jacuzzi. There are also over 300 meters of covered and open terraces surrounding the house and pool.
The two-story main entrance hallway features a twin staircase and a lift serving all three floors, opening on to the view to the Mediterranean, across the living room and outdoor pool, as soon as you open the front door. This leads directly into a palatial living room, that benefits from a full-width glass wall that opens onto the extensive, partially covered terraces that surround the ground floor. To the left is a smaller, second sitting room with a feature fireplace, ideal as a TV room or family space. To the right, the dining room leads into the 55m2, state-of-the-art island kitchen with a sitting area and space for a large table. Both spaces overlook the dining terrace. There are also two guest bedrooms, each with their bathroom with bath and shower, and a guest cloakroom.
From the landing, reached via both staircases or lift from the entrance hall, double doors open into the master bedroom suite that boasts possibly the best view in the whole house through its floor to ceiling windows. With plenty of space for a sitting area, it has a fireplace wall, large walk-in wardrobe, and luxurious bathroom, with a freestanding bath, shower, and twin sinks, all finished in stainless steel, hand-cut stone, and the finest marble. There are two additional bedroom suites, both with dressing areas and private bathrooms that have free-standing bathtubs. One also has a walk-in shower room. All the upstairs rooms are surrounded by very spacious semi-covered terrace areas and feature full-height glazing to let the light and views in.
The basement level of the villa extends for a much larger area than the footprint of the house itself, again accessed via the staircases or lift from the entrance hall. Conceived as the entertainment hub of the house, it has a bar and lounge area that looks over a heated, indoor infinity pool, with jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room, as well as a 75m2 gym and fitness area, with exercise floor and mountain views. If you are tired of working out, there's an 18-seat theatre-quality, sound-proofed cinema, bespoke wine cellar with a tasting room just off the lower lobby, an office, and two self-contained guest or staff apartments, one with one-bedroom, the other with two, both of which have separate entrances. There's also a garage, with its entrance to the house, and room for at least six vehicles and the capacity to add more space for your collection.
The villa has been designed not just as a showpiece property, but also as an integral part of the landscape, thanks to a creative approach that considers the exterior of the house to be just as important as the interior. The garden will be built up using sculptural forms and shapes, employing evergreen plants, such as lentiscus and cypresses, to look alive and refreshing year-round.