The guide written by experts for those looking to buy prime property or invest in Los Flamingos, area of Benahavis
Los Flamingos, 5 Star Golfing destination
Los Flamingos is one of the coast’s best known country clubs situated roughly midway between Estepona and San Pedro Alcántara (the small town just west of Marbella). Though it is just less than 3 kilometers 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.
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 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 there. At the heart of these is 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 5* Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella resort 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, meeting rooms, concierge services and one of the most renowned spa and wellness centers 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.
Together with the hotel, the golf club forms the heart of Los Flamingos, offering all the services you’d expect from a professional golf club that hosts a full calendar of social, fundraising, corporate and also professional tournaments. Flanking this stylish open course are a series of plots, luxurious villas and modern apartments that straddle the low Colinas or hills of the area. Most of the villas are individually styled properties on large private grounds while the apartments range from contemporary to highly attractive modern classic or modern-Moorish interpretations.
Overlooking the course and its lake, as well as the surroundings with their sea and mountain outlines, they feature individual gated communities with communal gardens, swimming pools and in many cases indoor pools and gym facilities – offering typical Marbella comforts in a setting inspired by Tuscany.
Los Flamingos offers life on the edge of the built up coastal strip. Right near the coast road that takes you to Estepona within five minutes and Marbella in around fifteen, Los Flamingos has a country feel about it. The perspectives here vary from sea to mountain views, yet a common feature is the golf course, whose green carpet punctuated by cypresses, cork trees and olive oaks give it a rather Tuscan aspect.
Los Flamingos: Frequently asked questions
Dealing with buyers and sellers of property in Los Flamingos for so many years has allowed our team to absorb a vast amount of information and knowledge about the Behanavis area. This is just a selection of the common questions we receive. Please if you have any questions or issues relating to the Los Flamingos area or the Los Flamingos property market, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to update this guide for future reference
How far is Marbella from Los Flamingos?
Los Flamingos is approximately 20 km from Marbella city center and 11 km from Puerto Banus.
What amenities are available in Los Flamingos?
Los Flamingos stands out for the unique quality of its on-site amenities, all of which give added value to owning a property and living there.
The sumptuous 5* Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella resort, located right in Los Flamingos, offers a cocktail-bar and several restaurants with different types of food: Mediterranean, Japanese, healthy and detox, etc. This luxury resort has welcomed many famous faces since its opening in 2003, including Barack Obama’s family and several well-known celebrities.
Anantara Spa is one of the largest and most luxurious spa retreats in Europe with more than 2,000 sqm of Roman baths, a hammam and pool set in landscaped gardens. You can feel the healing powers of water, whether floating, swimming or steaming, indulge in signature massages, beautifying facials and find your personalized path to wellbeing with wellness. You can also get in shape with a personal trainer. Detox with a nutritious diet and aqua therapies. Their team of experts includes physiotherapists, massage whizzes and aesthetic beauticians.
The resort also features three 18-hole golf courses, clubhouse and pro shop. The Villa Padierna Racquet and Paddle Club is also open and is only a 2 minute drive from the Los Flamingos Golf and Country Club. Los Flamingos offers something for everyone all within an exclusive resort environment.
What are the best places to eat out in Los Flamingos?
There are several restaurants in Los Flamingos resort: La Loggia, La Pérgola, 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, La Veranda, Hole 55, Irene´s Health Kitchen and Eddy’s Bar. Mediterranean gastronomy, outstanding local seafood and seasonal produce offer up a world of exquisite flavor in breathtaking indoor and outdoor venues.
What are the best hotels in Los Flamingos?
The 5* Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella resort is located right in Los Flamingos. The 4* Exe Estepona Thalasso & Spa-adults only is 1,7 km away. The 5* Kempinski Hotel Bahía, 5* Las Dunas Hotel Health & Spa and 4* Senator Banus Spa Hotel are other hotels nearby.
Are there any shopping centres in Los Flamingos?
No, there is no shopping centre in Los Flamingos, you have to go to Puerto Banus, Marbella or Estepona. However, there are 2 large supermarkets only 2,3 km away: Mercadona and Lidl and a pharmacy.
How far are healthcare facilities from Los Flamingos?
The nearest private hospital is Hospiten Estepona located in the New Golden Mile, 10,4 km away. There is also the Health Center Estepona (public), 15 km away. About half an hour’s drive to Marbella there is the Hospital Costa del Sol (public), the Ochoa Clinic and Quiron Hospital (both private).
Are there any health spas in Los Flamingos?
Yes, Anantara Spa is one of the largest and most luxurious spa retreats in Europe with more than 2,000 sqm of Roman baths, a hammam and pool set in landscaped gardens. You can feel the healing powers of water, whether floating, swimming or steaming, indulge in signature massages, beautifying facials and find your personalized path to wellbeing with wellness. You can also get in shape with a personal trainer. Detox with a nutritious diet and aqua therapies. Their team of experts includes physiotherapists, massage whizzes and aesthetic beauticians.
The 4* Exe Estepona Thalasso & Spa-adults, only 1,7 km away, features sophisticated facilities and offers a full relaxing and wellness experience with a circuit of water extracted from the Mediterranean to tone and purify your skin. In addition, a team of professionals will be at your full disposal to guide you: dynamic swimming pool with countercurrent system (30 °C), active pool (34 °C) with more than 20 stations, air-water beds, swan neck, bubble bank, waterfalls, whirlpool jet, contrast pool (12 °C), pebble path, finnish sauna, hamman, ice fountain and relaxation area.
What golf courses are there in Los Flamingos?
Los Flamingos Golf Resort offers you one of the finest golfing experiences on the Costa del Sol. The complex has 3 stunning Golf Courses, all totally different in design.
‘Los Flamingos’, the original of the 3 golf courses, provides breath-taking views of the Mediterranean sea, Africa and Gibraltar. The Arroyo de Taraje stream passes through the course and ends in a lake which is a natural border to the course. Each of the holes is technically demanding and has hosted the European Seniors Match play and the 2010 Ladies Spanish Open.
The second course ‘Alferini´ is a lengthy, true championship standard course which has played host to many professional tournaments.
The third course ‘Tramores’ along with its American Golf Academy offers a true executive golf experience for golfers of all standards who wish to improve all aspects of their game.
After your golf experience, you can enjoy a nice drink or meal at the exclusive Los Flamingos Golf Club ‘La Cantina’ with its lovely terrace overlooking the course.
Is Los Flamingos suitable for families?
Definitely, Los Flamingos is a very consolidated resort, well protected by 24-hour security where families can enjoy a safe and unique natural environment.
Are there any international schools near Los Flamingos?
The International School Estepona is a British primary school and nursery (2 to 12 yrs), situated in El Paraiso, only a 6-minute drive away. The Atalaya International School (3 to 18 yrs) offers both Spanish and International education including GCE and IB and is a 12-minute drive away. Colegio Público Cancelada and CEIP Isdabe del Mar are public schools (3 to 12 yrs) and are 7 and 10 minutes respectively away by car. Other options include Laude San Pedro (approx 15 minutes drive) Aloha College (20-25 mins drive) & Swans International School (25-30 mins via toll road).
What family-friendly activities are there in Los Flamingos?
Mundo Mania Indoor & Outdoor Play centre is just before passing the security fence of Los Flamingos, on the left hand side. The indoor facilities include an interactive play area for babies and toddlers, where they can crawl, climb, slide and play. From 4 to 12 years old, they have the largest indoor play facilities in the area, with slides, ramps, sports field, tower, ball pools, trampolines and climbing wall. They also have a great selection of table games including pool, table tennis, table football, table hockey and foot pool. In the exterior area, they have a magical water play area, two sports fields, springboards and a small play area for babies and toddlers, plus the Atrium bar offers a large seating area with spectacular sea and mountain views.
Selwo Aventura is only 7,3 km away and offers the wildest experience in a nature expedition through different territories that will take you to Africa and other continents to meet iconic species such as the lion, white rhino, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, Iberian lynx, Asian elephant and red panda. On its route of adventure activities, the park offers three large suspension bridges similar to the ones that cross rivers and lakes of the legendary African territories and the Ziwa zip line, 116 meters long, only suitable for intrepid adventurers who dare to slide down it to get a bird’s eye view of the great lake, the suspension bridge that crosses it and the lush vegetation that surrounds it. The park has an extensive program of activities and presentations including “Meet…”, fun educational talks about various species such as the lion, cheetah, giraffe, Asian elephant and lemur, and the Unique Experiences with Safari Serengeti that includes a tour of the Lakes Reserve in an off-road truck and the VIP Experience, an exclusive tour for your family with access to restricted areas to discover Selwo with our caretakers and biologists. If you wish, you can extend your stay at Hotel Selwo Lodge, the exclusive Selwo Aventura hotel composed of the Watu and Masai villages and the recently opened Zulu Village. Hotel Selwo Lodge is a comfortable hotel with three villages differentiated by design and location, which spirit you away to African territories where you’ll enjoy a unique stay at Selwo Aventura, day and night.
Kidz Kingdom is 2.6 km away and offers a magical display of kids play equipment, where you can have hours of excitement, thrills and fun with your friends. Climb up to the top and be the King of the Castle, helter skelter down like lords and ladies of the manor, splash around in the ball pool, jump and bump on the trampoline, play hide and seek in all the nooks and crannies, tunnels, cubby-holes and other hiding-places you will find if you look, play interactive shooting games against your friends — one against one, or teams for more fun. Parents may enter the play area to help and supervise the fun.
How long does it take to get from Los Flamingos to the airport?
It’s roughly an hour’s drive from the Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport or Gibraltar International Airport to Los Flamingos. In both cases, it depends significantly on whether you take the faster AP-7 toll road or the public highways, and the time of year.
Properties for sale in Los Flamingos
Access into the estate is via a security controlled post. Calle Marques de Muñiz and Calle Marques de Padierna are its longest streets, but the rest of streets are named after Hollywood stars such as Gene Kelly, Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx, Charles Chaplin, James Dean or Rita Hayworth. Most streets are nicely laid out with plenty of trees and plants.
Villas and plots in Los Flamingos:
While the area has seen much development in recent years, there are still plots available in Los Flamingos. The area offers a good blend between the more traditional Andalusian homes and the new, contemporary homes of recent years. Prices can vary greatly with villa prices starting at 2,300,000€ for a 4 bedroom villa on a 1400m2 plot with good views all the way up to anywhere in excess of 15MM Euros for a new, modern property with the latest in installations. For a villa on a plot of over 2000m2 the average price is 3,500,000 euros. Plot sizes start at 1200m2 and views can be quite spectacular over the golf course and down to the Mediterranean sea.
Apartments in Los Flamingos:
While home to many villas, there are several apartment complexes within Los Flamingos. These are Residencial Hoyo 19, Tee 5, Tee 6, Acosta Flamingos, Four Seasons Los Flamingos, Alanda Flamingos, Mirador de Los Flamingos and Royal Flamingos. Prices range from 250,000€ for a 2 bedroom apartment of 115m2, around 350,000€ for a 2 bedroom 130m2 apartment, to around 700,000€ for a 230m2 apartment. The average price is in the region of 400,000€.
Property experts in Los Flamingos
Established in Marbella in 1989, DM Properties - Knight Frank are your local experts for buying and selling property in Los Flamingos. If you want to learn more on any subject related to the area and surrounding locations, as well as the real estate market in Los Flamingos, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our Los Flamingos property experts, such us Teresa Sánchez or Gerardo Caballero, will do their best to answer any questions you may have.
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