La Zagaleta – Spain’s luxurious mountain retreat

Mention ultra-luxury property in southern Spain to any real estate agent and one of the first places they will mention as ticking all the boxes is La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club; simply known as La Zagaleta. This extremely private and secure residential enclave, covering 900 hectares in Benahavís, a municipality adjoining Marbella, is unparalleled for the quality of its properties and its amenities. Moreover, Benahavís is part of the property ‘Golden Triangle’ that also comprises Marbella and Estepona.


The story of La Zagaleta

A group of investors headed by Enrique Perez Flores purchased the land in 1990, forming a company called La Zagaleta S.A. Sr. Flores’ vision was to build a private estate that complemented the natural environment in the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda mountains. The initial plan was to construct 420 homes within the pine and oak forests, ensuring seclusion for each home owner, whilst also offering deluxe facilities including a country clubhouse with top-notch restaurants, a golf course, an equestrian centre and a helipad to allow ease of arrival and departure.

By 1992 the first properties had become available, the estate’s roads were under construction, and the golf course designed by Bradford Benz was open for play. It now has two 18-hole courses, offering plenty of golfing opportunities for everyone in the community. Currently, some 230 of the 420 potential properties have been completed, with residents including global politicians, entrepreneurs, household names and international C-suite executives from the world’s leading companies.


A privileged location

La Zagaleta’s location is one that speaks of privilege: its natural environment is one of the most spectacularly beautiful on the Costa del Sol, and residents can enjoy the fact that they are still only a 10-minute drive from Marbella. The dramatic mountain range backdrop and La Zagaleta’s elevated position ensures 360° panoramic views where the eye sweeps down to the Mediterranean Sea, takes in Gibraltar and North Africa before returning to the majestic peaks.


A luxury lifestyle at your door

Living in this exclusive estate places a wealth of lifestyle opportunities and facilities at your disposal. Málaga international airport is a 30-minute drive from here, and Gibraltar airport a 35-minute journey. The nearest hospital is only 20-minutes from the estate and it takes a similar length of time to get to the nearest international schools. You can arrive at the shops in central Marbella or Puerto Banús in 15 to 20 minutes, and you can be on a luxury yacht within 15 minutes of leaving your home.


Outstanding facilities

And there are so many facilities available within the La Zagaleta estate that on days when you don’t feel like going out, there are plenty of activities on your doorstep. In addition to the golf course and equestrian centre, not forgetting the sumptuous clubhouse where neighbours can meet for a quiet drink, lunch or a refined evening meal, it also has a members-only tennis club. All the facilities at La Zagaleta rigorously adhere to high standards of upkeep and service that one expects of an estate of this international standing. Furthermore, La Zagaleta has its own Security Department and Service Management Company.


Properties for sale at La Zagaleta

The properties we have available for sale in La Zagaleta are the height of elegance and are the perfect residences for a superior quality of life. This five-bedroom villa with separate staff accommodation sits on one of the estate’s very best plots. Facing southwest, it enjoys daytime sunshine and beautiful sunset, plus it has a stunning entrance, landscaped gardens and water fountains, with a grand courtyard and parking area for several cars.

This magnificent seven-bedroom mansion provides breathtaking panoramic views right across to Marbella’s La Concha mountain. It is an ideal family home, being built over two floors and including a basement with indoor pool and spa area

And this classical style seven-bedroom villa exudes the Mediterranean lifestyle thanks to its driveway, courtyard and patio with fountain. Special features include a staff apartment, library, bodega, office and games room in addition to the elegant living areas and bedroom suites.

We have more properties available at La Zagaleta and in nearby Benahavís – please contact us to arrange a viewing. We believe that once you’ve seen La Zagaleta, you’ll understand why it’s world famous!


The properties mentioned in this post are no longer for sale. You can find more stunning luxury villas and apartments for sale in and around Benahavís here.