Exclusive experiences make a private villa holiday absolutely unforgettableBy Ron Otto
Once is never enough. You’ve been to Marbella before, so you've checked the five-star hotels and Michelin star restaurants off your to-do list. But have you really experienced it like a local? Enjoying the best in Spain is about digging deeper, making connections and experiencing luxury from a new perspective.
To live Marbella like a local you need to skip the hotel, and make a private villa with pool and ocean view your base for the next few days. Just imagine what this will be like: when you arrive at your new home away from home, you'll find the refrigerator stocked with all your favourites, the champagne chilled, and your butler awaiting your every request. Dinner, prepared by your personal chef, will be served on the terrace overlooking the sea, and then it's early to bed as tomorrow is a big day.
Your exclusive Marbella experience will take you to new heights. Your chauffeured car will take you through the Sierra Blanca Mountains to a clearing where you will take off in your private hot air balloon, floating effortlessly over the countryside’s many vineyards. You'll land an hour later to enjoy a champagne breakfast. Continuing your journey, you'll visit the vineyards that you've just seen from the air, and you'll receive a friendly welcome from the owner of the winery. You'll be given a tour of the grounds, find out more about the splendid wines, and you'll taste the best in the cellars before finishing off with a gourmet lunch. After lunch, your driver will take you back to the villa for a well-deserved siesta on the poolside, with a relaxing massage. As dusk approaches, you'll be able to set off again for a sunset stroll in Puerto Banús before arriving at Gran Gatsby for cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
Will it be golf or tennis the next morning at the Club? You will have unrestricted access to the sports facilities. And if golf or tennis isn’t your style, you can always do a few laps in a Lotus at the Ascari Race Resort. Then you'll have a leisurely lunch over at Trocadero Arena on your reserved seaside Balinese beach bed.
To finish off your “live like a local” experience on a suitably exclusive note, we will bring some Michelin stars to you. One of Spain's finest chefs will create a bespoke dinner menu for you and your guests. Though the last night of an experience like this is bound to be a little poignant, you will revel in the culinary art served on your terrace, accompanied by the reserve wine you chose from the vineyards during your visit the day before.
All this with seamless care and attention from Best In Spain, whose local insider Kristina Szekely has access to the best vacation rentals in Marbella. Best In Spain will find the villa that fits your requirements to perfection.