Last updated on February 14, 2018
If you are looking for a luxury holiday bolthole on the Costa del Sol, close to beautiful beaches, near to designer shops, upmarket restaurants and all the other amenities a high-end resort has to offer, then you’ll want a property on Marbella’s golden mile.
While there are many prestigious country club estates springing up in the mountains surrounding Marbella, many of the most sought after and desirable properties on the Costa del Sol remain on the Golden Mile. It really is the best address in Marbella.
To help you narrow down your search, we’ve put together a review of the best developments in this exclusive area. There’s a lot to think about when purchasing a property in foreign climes, but as long as you do your homework and seek legal advice from a reputable source, there’s no reason why you can’t fulfil your dream of buying a holiday home here. Here are some of the Golden Mile’s stand-out complexes:
Puente Romano – Fase 2
One of the most prestigious complexes in Marbella, located next to the famous Puente Romano Hotel, the Puente Romano (Fase 2) offers tropical gardens, 2 swimming pools, security and a concierge service. This gated community consists of 78 apartments in several blocks set in a ‘horseshoe’ in front of the Hotel Puente Romano reception area.
We’ve called out Fase 2 over those of the Puente Romano Hotel because the Fase 2 apartments are far larger. Owners can pay a special price to use the gym in the Puente Romano tennis club of the hotel, and the best beach in Marbella is only 3 minutes’ walk away.
Alhambra del Mar
This quiet, luxury fenced community consist of luxury Mediterranean style apartments and penthouses, a swimming pool, tropical palm-tree filled gardens with fountains, and is just a 2-minute walk from the beach. There are gated resident parking areas.
The development is also within leisurely walking distance of the Paseo Maritimo, the centre of Marbella and the Puerto Deportivo de Marbella for boat trips to Puerto Banús. This complex is the perfect choice for those looking for a peaceful hideaway, but close enough to the hustle and bustle of central Marbella for fine dining, designer shopping and a glamorous night out.
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, the exceptional properties here offer spectacular sea and mountain views. Nagüeles is one of the most sought-after areas on the Golden Mile and it’s Marbella’s original luxury suburb. Marbella’s town centre and the bustling, trendy bars of Puerto Banús both just a short drive away.
Exclusive properties in this area consist of detached villas in green and leafy settings offering lots of character and exceptional value. The characterful properties here make wonderful family homes, which sit in established gardens with private pools. The area is home to the renowned Swans International School and has easy access to the AP-7 motorway. If you are a family wanting to spend more time here than anywhere else, this urbanisation is a perfect choice.
Set in the hills above Marbella, is perhaps the most magnificent stretch of the Golden Mile. At Sierra Blanca spectacular and palatial mansions sit alongside contemporary jewels on the finest plots in the area. The grand and ostentatious properties here offer a slice of paradise on earth. These are impressive, posh and plush residences in an exclusive neighbourhood.
As well as the grand villas, there are two prime apartment complexes in Sierra Blanca. El Alfar is a beautiful complex of Andalucian-style apartments designed by the architect Melvin Villaroel. Set in magnificent gardens, the apartments come with underground parking and there’s a beautiful communal pool. Lagos de Sierra Blanca is a complex of 42 luxury apartments with communal pools (one indoors and heated), a jacuzzi, a gym, a sauna and a Turkish bath.
Over all, the location is beautifully scenic and offers stunning panoramic views. The area is only a short drive from Marbella and the flamboyant Puerto Banús. Sierra Blanca offers truly extravagant and blissful Marbella living at its very best.
El Oasis Club
Next to one of the best beaches on the Golden Mile, this luxurious complex offers spectacular villas, beautiful apartments and a collection of charming townhouses. To give a sense of the height of luxury here, one of the magnificent properties in this development was originally built for the Saudi Arabian royal family. The development offers spectacular Mediterranean Sea views, and is just a leisurely stroll from the designer shops and fashionable eateries and bars at Puerto Banús marina.
Surrounded by manicured communal gardens, this is a really popular development. The urbanisation has a beautiful communal pool, which offers stunning sea views. Many properties on this impressive urbanisation have private pools. As you would expect, there’s 24-hour security, as well as a porter service and underground parking.