La Zagaleta, one of Europe’s finest
The private country club of La Zagaleta is widely considered to be one of the most exclusive residential environments in all of Europe. Not surprisingly, it ranks as perhaps the most enviable address in Marbella, along with the famed Golden Mile.
The choice, ultimately, is between the seaside setting of the Golden Mile, which straddles the coastline between Puerto Banús and Marbella town, and the hill club location of La Zagaleta, where expansive private mansions are spread thinly within the green valleys of this gated and very private country club.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, this a domain of golf courses, former hunting grounds and unspoiled natural splendour where hiking and horse riding trails are contained entirely within the terrain of the country club. The views within and to the mountains are inspiring; those down the green golf courses to the sea reach all the way to Gibraltar and the rugged outline of the North African coast.
On a clear day you can almost see where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet, separated by the Pillars of Hercules, a product of a sense of elevation that also brings perspectives of Marbella and its coastline into view from certain angles. On the whole, though, the orientation if mostly south-westerly, just made for spectacular sunsets.
A private domain with Marbella on its doorstep
Follow the Ronda road by driving through luxurious villa suburbs set upon pine-clad hills and you come to the upper and lower entrances of La Zagaleta. Occupying several valleys of what was once Adnan Kashoggi’s hunting estate, it is a residential area in which the jealously guarded privacy and security of its residents is as highly valued as the beauty of the properties and the environment they find themselves in.
Its 900 hectares incorporates two 18-hole golf courses that meander through stunning scenery, along a clubhouse with the kind of features and amenities you would expend of a place with La Zagaleta’s standing. Besides comprehensive golf facilities it also serves as a social point with restaurant, bar, lounge area, pool club, billiards room, bridge room, tennis club and function areas.
In addition, Zagaleta features its own equestrian centre, a complete concierge service and protected natural areas with lookout points from which to admire the estate’s resident deer, as well as eagles hovering on the thermals high above. The properties are set upon minimum plot sizes of 3,000m2, with a high degree of architectural freedom yet strict adherence to quality of build, aesthetic details and principles of harmony with the surroundings.
The result is a private domain that ranks among the most prestigious in Europe, enjoying complete peace and security whilst having Marbella on its very doorstep. Not surprisingly, La Zagaleta is a point of reference for Marbella’s top segment property buyers.