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Our Top 10 Villas in the Costa del Sol

July 20th, 2017 by .

The ever-popular Costa del Sol is the perfect place to buy a luxury villa, whether you’re planning on renting it out, or staying there with family and friends. With spectacular coastlines, beautiful beaches and quaint villages, it offers a great mix of lively atmosphere and secluded serenity, with plenty to see and do, whatever your age.

Here’s just a few of our finest villas currently available in this desirable area.

Our Best Villas in the Costa del Sol

4 bed villa in Marbella

Golden Mile, Marbella

Situated in a prestigious new complex at the base of Marbella’s famous La Concha mountain, this contemporary villa features cutting edge design, not to mention phenomenal views. The open-plan layout flows out to the generous terrace and swimming pool, and it’s only a short stroll to Marbella and Puerto Banus. Talk about a great location!

7 bed villa in Sotogrande

Sotogrande Costa, Sotogrande

If you’re looking for a traditional slice of Andalusian life, this villa is ideal. The pool functions as the central atrium of the property, and is surrounded by an attractive colonnade, providing shade so you can relax outside for longer. Inside, you’ll find a haven of calm, with white walls and some marble flooring, and the mature gardens outside are the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere. Best of all, it’s close to the Marina and the Trocadero Beach Club.

10 bed villa in Benahavis

La Zagaleta, Benahavis

This must be the ultimate in luxury living – a 10 bedroomed villa with its own cinema room, double bowling alley, golf simulator, bar, gym and much more. You can also take a dip in the saltwater swimming pool, relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi, or unwind in one of the many saunas.

3 bed villa in Estepona

Puerto Romano, Estepona

If you’re looking for a superb buy-to-let option, this impressive three-bedroomed villa in Puerto Romano ticks all the boxes. It’s got a private swimming pool, solarium and parking for two cars, plus balconies with views to the sea; and it’s only five minutes to the town or beach.

5 bed villa in Estepona

Casares, Estepona

In terms of spectacular views and relaxing surroundings, this elegant villa is one of the finest on offer. It’s located on a hilltop, with panoramic views of the Sierra Crestellina mountain and the Valley of the River Genal, and comes with 18 hectares of land. The pitched ceilings and spacious living area is a real bonus, and there’s also a separate guesthouse for family and friends.

5 bed villa in Nueva Andalucia

Nueva Andalucia

This five-bedroomed property is perfect for golf fans, with five courses just a short distance away. It’s a spacious villa, with a large infinity pool and outdoor bar and dining area, plus inside, a heated indoor pool, cinema room, Turkish bath, sauna and massage area. The chic, contemporary architectural style really makes this villa stand out.

6 bed villa in Marbella

El Rosario, Marbella

With traditional architectural design, plus great views of the surrounding mountains and sea, this villa has a lot to offer. It’s conveniently close to the beach, plus has six bedrooms, a games room and a wine cellar. The curving sides of the pool complement the pretty gardens wonderfully, creating a serene atmosphere to relax in.

8 bed villa in Benahavis

La Zagaleta, Benahavis

A modern luxury villa, this has been designed to capitalise on the beautiful surrounding scenery, with views of the mountains and sea from virtually every window. It’s set in a prestigious gated community, which means guests can enjoy access to two golf courses, two clubhouses, tennis courts, an equestrian centre, private heliport and top-quality security at all times. Inside the villa, there’s five bedrooms, staff quarters, a cinema room, gym, jacuzzi and sauna, plus a remarkable infinity pool outside.

4 bed villa in Nueva Andalucia

Nueva Andalucia

Designed by the famous architect Angel Taborda, this stylish four-bedroomed villa is truly one of a kind. Set over three floors, it has some impressive features, such as a home cinema, marble staircase and jacuzzi, and split-level terraces, which really make the most of the views. There’s also a swimming pool with waterfall feature, and a tennis / paddle court.

6 bed villa in Benahavis

La Quinta, Benahavis

This new luxury six-bedroomed villa has been designed by a celebrated local architect, and it shows in the quality of the design. Set over three floors, it focuses on harmonising the natural elements of stone, wood and fire, and boasts plenty of living space, a bar area and media room, a spa and sauna, plus a gym. Outside, there are several terraces overlooking the generous pool, and a pleasant BBQ zone.

Our Best Wellness Locations

July 11th, 2017 by .

valderrama golf course marbella

For many people, holidays are about more than sunbathing and exploration. They’re also a chance to unwind, mentally and physically, recharge and reinvigorate. Several of our locations promote better wellbeing– here’s just a few of the best places to consider.

Sardinia

Sardinia is famous for its idyllic coves and crystal-clear waters. Its remarkable hiking routes are less well known, but offer the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. The trails pass through some astonishingly diverse landscapes, such as ravines, ancient woods and mountains – giving walkers the chance to not only escape from it all, but explore the island in full. We particularly recommend the half-day hike to Tiscali, a Bronze Age archaeological site within the ruins of a limestone cave.

Many of our Sardinian villas also have terraces overlooking the sea, providing the ideal spot for a morning yoga session. This view, for example, takes some beating.

Barbados

Barbados has long held a reputation as one of the world’s finest locations for promoting physical and spiritual wellbeing. In 1751, George Washington even brought his brother here to convalesce on the peaceful beaches. These days, Barbados offers a wealth of remarkable spas and wellness centres, plus several yoga and pilates classes in beachside locations. The Coral Reef Club in Saint James is particularly worth visiting; with its colonial-style spa, waterfalls and exotic gardens.

Marbella

Marbella is a place that knows how to promote wellbeing – the luxury way! There are a multitude of spas to visit, or alternatively, if you’re seeking relaxation and respite in nature, the hike to La Concha, the region’s highest peak, lets you experience Marbella’s natural beauty in full. Chartering a luxury boat (such as Maia Fair) is another popular way to unwind, glass of champagne in hand, whilst taking in the splendour of the Costa Del Sol coastline.

Chamonix

The Mont Blanc massif makes for a remarkable backdrop in this exclusive resort, which not only caters for skiing fans, but also for those looking to enjoy some holistic pampering. A short distance from Chamonix, you’ll discover the Thermal Baths of Saint Gervais, which was first established in 1807. The purifying waters of the baths are not only blissful to soak in, but also benefit the skin, thanks to their mineral content. The on-site clinic also offers a variety of luxurious treatments. Alternatively, you could book a massage in the comfort of your own luxury villa, overlooking the impressive mountain landscape.

Ibiza

Ibiza has long since shrugged off its reputation as Europe’s party capital – with more and more people now appreciating its natural beauty and calming surroundings. The island has plenty of secret beaches, such as Es Portitxol, a stunning tear-shaped cove with views of the surrounding craggy coastline. Another great way to make the most of the scenery is to charter a luxury boat, where you can practice yoga whilst gazing out to sea.

Beat the Heat with Our 10 Most Amazing Pools

July 4th, 2017 by .

One of the most enjoyable activities when staying in a luxury villa is relaxing by the pool. Few things are more enjoyable than soaking up the sun on your private veranda, then diving into fresh, clear waters – preferably with an amazing view to enjoy at the same time.

Many of our villas come with outstanding pools, created by some of the world’s most innovative, forward-thinking designers. Here are just a few of our favourites.

The 10 Best Swimming Pools

Tuscan infinity pool

Tuscan infinity pool

The Tuscan countryside provides plenty of peace and quiet, not to mention some spectacular landscapes. This four-bedroomed villa at the foot of Volterra has an impressive infinity pool, allowing guests to take in the scenery, and is finished with opulent travertine and marble.

Palma pool

Rustic surroundings in Palma

If you’re seeking a taste of the rural life, this sensitively designed villa and swimming pool is ideal. The pool’s curving edges are designed to harmonise with the landscaped garden, creating a haven of tranquillity and beauty.

Limassol pool

Luxurious pool in Limassol

We love this generously proportioned pool on the Kalogiri hillside in Limassol, Cyprus. It’s designed for use all year round, with underwater illumination, plus an accompanying outdoor Jacuzzi hydro-massage. Once you’ve had enough of swimming, you can also enjoy the pine sauna, or take a walk around the exotic garden.

Annecy pool

Apres-ski swimming

After you’ve hit the slopes in Annecy, return to this luxury villa for a dip in your private pool, which is well positioned to make the most of the sunshine. The generous terrace is the ideal place to dry off after your swim, or alternatively, take a stroll down to the scenic lake or beach, which are both close by.

Barbados pool

Elegance in Barbados

Few swimming pools offer quite as much visual impact as this one at Amberley House, Barbados. It’s surrounded by a substantial covered terrace, tropical garden, plus an area for alfresco dining. There’s also a jacuzzi pool, to ease out tired muscles.

Ibiza pool

Urban pool

This property, located near Ibiza’s Old Town, proves that you can enjoy a good-sized pool (and a killer view), without sacrificing on proximity to shops, bars and restaurants. It’s situated in a generous roof terrace, overlooking the UNESCO world heritage town, and comes with a cascade and jet stream, not to mention a bar area close by.

Sardinia pool

Serene swimming

If you yearn for a villa that feels closer to nature, this five-bedroomed villa in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, is ideal. The infinity pool lets you relax and take in the breath-taking views of the coast below, and there’s a separate jacuzzi, built into the rocks themselves.

Vale do Lobo pool

Innovative design

This contemporary pool in Vale do Lobo, Central Algarve, showcases some remarkable, forward-thinking design, with an alfresco dining area soaring directly overhead, plus partial covering to protect from the midday sun. The use of glass in the villa itself further complements the striking, modern appearance.

Sotogrande pool

Perfect for children

With plenty of space, extensive terracing and loungers to relax in afterwards, this villa in Sotogrande (Costa del Sol) is ideal for families. It’s an infinity-style pool, which means grown-ups can soak up the views, while the kids have lots of room to splash about.

St Tropez pool

Stunning views

The countryside surrounding St Tropez is seldom explored by visitors, who tend to stick to the town itself. However, this villa, complete with luxurious infinity pool, makes the most of the stunning views. It offers total tranquillity, without compromising on proximity to St Tropez’s shops, restaurants and bars.

How local amenities can help your property let faster on the Costa Del Sol

June 23rd, 2017 by .

marbella property for sale

The Costa del Sol, in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia, has long been popular with luxury property investors. A large part of this is due to its year-round good weather: with hot dry summers and warm winters, the area attracts visitors throughout the year. This makes it a great spot for investment properties.

When it comes to renting your property out, it’s good advice to take note of the local amenities and think about how they might align with the kind of visitors you are hoping to attract. Visitors look for properties that fit their needs and, while these needs may differ from client to client, there are certain amenities that can help to maximize your rental income by securing contracts faster.

For many people, ease of access is important. Some clients might fly in for a long weekend and want to get to the property as quickly as possible. For example, if your property is close to Malaga airport, it’s worth emphasizing in your sales brochure to attract those that are pressed for time.

In the same vein, you might want to mention any significant nearby towns and villages when you are marketing your property. Those looking for a property in the Costa Del Sol might be attracted to the nightlife of nearby Marbella; Sotogrande attracts luxury travellers looking for golf, polo and sailing; and Estepona lures visitors with its relaxed old town atmosphere.

It is important to recognize that the people you target can change with the seasons. Short-term rents in high season offer high yields, but some owners struggle to rent in low season and therefore fall back on lower yielding long-term rents. Finding a way to attract short-term renters throughout the year will allow you to let your property faster and increase yields.

One way to operate on more profitable short-term rents throughout the year is to emphasize the proximity of your property to golf courses, which drive demand in low season. Another amenity that may attract short-term renters are fishing ports such as those at Marbella, with fishing trips another driver of demand throughout the year.

It is also worth looking into local events and festivals that may entice visitors in otherwise quiet periods, such as the Holy Week celebrations in the province of Malaga. The traditional parades take place around Easter and bring thousands of tourists to the region.

Think about the characteristics of your property and the people that it is most likely to attract, and then consider what amenities they will value most. The Costa del Sol is packed full of beautiful beaches, renowned restaurants and sports facilities like golf courses, fishing ports and even polo fields. The challenge is to match these local amenities to your clients, inspiring multiple groups to make short-term rentals and thereby maximize your yields.

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