Country club living is part of the modern Marbella way of life, and indeed an integral part of the unique appeal of its residential areas. Another very ‘Marbella’ property type is the frontline beach apartment or penthouse, but many of the properties that are located slightly further inland offer a country club environment as they follow the meandering contours of the region’s many excellent golf courses.
Among the famous country clubs in Marbella are La Zagaleta, El Madroñal, La Mairena, El Paraiso and La Quinta, but one of the very best is Los Flamingos, the luxury residential zone situated roughly midway between Estepona and Marbella. Though just a few kilometres from the shoreline and beach clubs of the area, Los Flamingos is a country estate made up of a verdant valley surrounded by mountain scenery and fantastic sea views all the way to Gibraltar.
Villa Padierna and Los Flamingos
Though it is a peaceful, stylish gated community of attractive contemporary villas and apartments, Los Flamingos also stands out for the unique quality of its on-site amenities, all of which give added value to owning a property and living here. At the heart of these is the Los Flamingos Golf Club, a beautifully designed 18-hole course known for its softly undulating Tuscan-inspired fairways and greens.
If the golf course sets the tone, complete with a large, panoramic lake, then the super-deluxe Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is the icing on the cake. This magnificent five-star deluxe hotel has all the bearing and elegance of a grand palace surrounded by its green setting, and besides luxurious suites includes stylish lounges, an equally elegant bar, fine dining restaurants, concierge services and one of the most renowned spa and wellness centres in southern Spain.
The complex’s gorgeous landscaped gardens also make it a very popular setting for weddings and other elegant functions, while it is a sheer pleasure to take in the sea and golf views as you enjoy a cocktail at one of the hotel’s scenic terraces.
Los Flamingos properties
As inspiring as they are, such vistas are challenged by many of the luxury private villas and contemporary apartments for sale in Los Flamingos, many of which are situated along gentle hills overlooking the estate, its surrounding mountain scenery and the imposing Mediterranean views. Though private and secure, Los Flamingos offers a touch of country chic while only being a few minutes removed from beaches, Estepona, San Pedro Alcántara and Puerto Banús.