A guide to the La Zagaleta way of life

Fath-Zhar Benkiran, December 2019 | Areas - Our view

La Zagaleta, nestled in the foothills above Marbella, overlooks the Mediterranean from a privileged location that offers the very finest lifestyle in one of the most exclusive country club environments in Europe.

The La Zagaleta Country Club is in many ways unique, for this gated community offers a level of exclusivity and personalised service surrounded by natural beauty that places it among the very best residential settings in the world. Not surprisingly, La Zagaleta is home to royalty, famous names from the entertainment world and leading industrialists and entrepreneurs from across Europe and beyond. They choose La Zagaleta because they prize its gorgeous location, proximity to Marbella, wonderful climate, select ambiance, and privacy.


If you consider being close to the sea and amenities of Marbella yet embraced within peace and nature to be an ideal mix, then La Zagaleta offers the best location imaginable. Just a few kilometres up from the boutiques, cafés, beach clubs, spas, schools, fine dining and entertainment of Marbella and Puerto Banús, it forms part of a 900-hectare estate nestled in the foothills of the mighty Serranía de Ronda range that extends further inland towards the historic country town of Ronda.

Here, at 60 kilometres from Málaga’s international airport, you will find yourself surrounded by abundant nature that stretches out around the luxurious villas and mansions of this true country club. Though little more than five minutes from the coast, the site offers sufficient elevation to be endowed with magnificent views all around. Naturally, the sea views across the coastal greenery to the Mediterranean shoreline and out to where Gibraltar and North Africa meet is the most highly prized, but the mountain scenery and lush valley landscape that embraces the homes of La Zagaleta is equally inspiring.

Adding to this beauty are the meandering fairways of two private golf courses, while from the equestrian centre riding trails traverse the estate to bring natural cascades, waterfalls, sections of forest and occasionally even deer and other fauna into view. On a clear day it isn’t hard to spot eagles soaring above on thermals yet for all that this former hunting estate envelopes you in natural greenery with cafés, dining and spa facilities right on your doorstep.

Pool and beautiful sea view in La Zagaleta Marbella

The Country Club

La Zagaleta is a gated country club where security and privacy are taken seriously. As a result, it is a residents-only community where you won’t find passing traffic or non-residents wandering about. The central administration offices provide a reference point for homeowners and their guests, offering everything from practical solutions to a detailed concierge service that complements those offered at the elegant La Zagaleta Golf Club. The latter has the feel of a refined member’s club complete with business centre, fine dining restaurant, functions rooms, bar, lounges, billiards room, bridge room, swimming pool, and heliport.

The tennis club and stables are another popular meeting point for residents, with the equestrian centre providing Spanish and Arab horses and ponies as well as instructors and stabling facilities. Additionally, a wide range of services, from cleaning and maintenance to catering and party entertainment, exists in support of homeowners. La Zagaleta calls it their Red Carpet Service.

La Zagaleta Properties

The country club that ranks among the finest in the world offers only villas, but La Zagaleta property comes in a wide range of sizes, architectural styles, interior layouts, and orientations, providing the level of personality and variety demanded by owners at the top end of the property market. The plots are large and private (3,000m2 to 10,000 m2), offering ample greenery and space between homes, and include both manicured landscaped gardens around the La Zagaleta villas and their guest homes, bordered by natural ‘buffer zones’.

While varying from villas to mansions, construction is consistently of the highest standard, with noble building materials, zonal climate control, and full home automation systems standard. Private multi-car garages, sumptuous open living areas and private bedroom suites, opulent bathrooms, and state-of-the-art kitchens combine with such features as home cinemas, private wine cellars, entertainment areas, and exquisite private spas to set the tone for existing La Zagaleta villas and newly constructed homes on the plots still available.

Above all, La Zagaleta is so highly prized because it offers peace, security, and exclusivity in one of the most spectacular settings in Europe. For more information about La Zagaleta property contact Callum Swan.

Properties for sale in La Zagaleta- Marbella

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