With its name meaning ‘beautiful sea’, Marbella is a coastal paradise in the south of Spain, widely acclaimed as being the playground of the Costa del Sol. Set against the Sierra Blanca mountains it stretches along 16 miles of coastline and pristine beaches with its Old Town providing a historic viewpoint on the region, and a stark contrast to the glamour also on offer.
Set outside of the city, the once former fishing village of Puerto Banus attracts an international clientele drawn by the endless fine weather, designer boutiques and busy nightlife. Whilst locally sourced, fresh seafood is the main characteristic of the native cuisine, today Marbella is home to a plethora of fine international restaurants and delicacies from far and wide.
A short drive from the sea, in an exclusive private estate, Villa Rosalina is a countryside retreat and an antithesis to the buzz and swagger of the coast. The hillside setting, a mosaic of vegetation and swaying palms, provides far reaching views to the sea and a tranquil spot for admiring the city’s lights that twinkle below. Covered relaxation and dining areas, with a well-equipped outdoor kitchen, overlook the manicured lawns, lead to the large swimming pool area. A shaded cabana, which offers a sanctuary from the heat, is a place for genuine contemplation, or for simply sinking into a fine novel.