The golden triangle of Marbella-Benahavis-Sotogrande is home to Spain’s most luxurious properties, offering investors unrivaled quality and plenty of deluxe penthouses to choose from.
While Marbella is renowned for its high-end lifestyle and marina, which is home to some of the most beautiful yachts in the Mediterranean, the mountain village of Benahavis is equally upscale with a more laid-back feel. Nearby is the exclusive gated community of La Zagaleta, one of the most prestigious of its kind in Europe. Sotogrande, meanwhile, has rightfully earned a reputation as the Beverly Hills of the Mediterranean.
Wherever you choose to buy, why settle for less than perfection? We spoke to Lucas Bornico, co-owner of Golden Properties, a boutique estate agency specializing in advising international clients on the Costa del Sol.
According to Lucas, while there is an abundance of property for sale on Spain’s sunshine coast, discerning wealthy buyers are opting for so-called “first-line” properties with private terraces and unobstructed sea views. Let’s take a peek at the best beachfront penthouses currently on the market.
Newly built modern apartment with an infinity pool
Location: Estepona city center
This immaculate corner penthouse with spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean and Gibraltar forms part of the only luxury development located in the center of Estepona. Completed in 2021 and on the market for €2.35m, the upscale new build property is the largest in the complex and is within walking distance of the city’s shops, restaurants, marina and La Rada beach.
What makes this four-bedroom ensuite property stand out is its array of luxury facilities, including a solarium, saltwater infinity pool overlooking the ocean, Jacuzzi, barbecue area and fitness center. The property benefits from an upgraded Italian kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, a private underground garage for two vehicles, and underfloor heating. There is also an exclusive opportunity to purchase and combine the adjoining penthouse from the same owner; the future owner would enjoy a vast eight-bedroom luxury penthouse with its own private elevator.
Chic beachfront penthouse with a spacious private terrace
Location: New Golden Mile, Marbella
Located on the up and coming “New Golden Mile” that stretches from Estepona to Puerto Banus in Marbella, this spacious four-bedroom ensuite apartment offers direct access to the beach and boasts panoramic vistas of Gibraltar and the North African Coast from the living and terrace areas.
The property, priced at €9.5 million, is the largest and most exclusive in the building, with an impressive private terrace, communal heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi. The modern finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows create a light and airy space, ideally suited to relaxed living. Other noteworthy features include a private garage and private elevator.
The luxury sweeping complex forms part of the Emare development, the most exclusive in the New Golden Mile. It has impressive Mediterranean gardens which extend from the complex to the sea, creating a private, sheltered residential area. It also has private pedestrian exits to the beach with fingerprint access control.
Sophisticated villa-style penthouse overlooking Ikkil Bay
Location: El Cristo beach, Estepona
Ikkil Bay is arguably the most exclusive beachfront development under construction near Estepona. Ideally nestled between the marina and other luxury developments such as Doncella Beach and Les Rivages, the development overlooks El Cristo beach, which has the warmest water in the region and frontal views of Gibraltar. The apartments all have the luxury feel of a villa while being right on the seafront and just a stone’s throw away from Estepona port and the city center.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2023 and most units have been reserved. There is, however, a one-time opportunity to purchase an exquisite three-bedroom penthouse in the complex, complete with a private infinity pool and spacious elevated garden. The apartment offers luxury at every turn, with breathtaking sunset and sunrise views, a panoramic elevator, and a stunning waterfall feature in the lobby. On the market for €4.29 million, the property also has an electric vehicle charging point, spa and fitness center and Turkish bath.
Costa Natura penthouse offering exceptional amenities
Location: Playa Arroyo Vaquero, Estepona
Also located in Estepona, the Edge is a newly constructed development offering a luxury living experience right next to the beach. While most units have been reserved, it is still possible to acquire a ready-to-occupy penthouse with stunning ocean panoramas.
This three-bedroom penthouse, available for €1.9 million, offers an unparalleled range of amenities, from terraces and a solarium with wood decking and a private pool, three outdoor infinity pools with waterfalls, a spa with a sauna and Turkish bath and a paddle tennis court, to mention but a few. Beyond the walls of the exclusive residential resort, Sotogrande is less than a half-hour drive away and residents benefit from easy access to the center of Estepona.
Luxury lifestyle apartment with yoga, spa and fitness facilities
Location: Marbella East
Dunique Marbella is a new beachfront residential resort under construction with 64 apartments and 32 semi-detached villas – most of which were reserved during the commercial pre-launch. This luxury three-bed penthouse, on the market for €2.9 million, is still able to be secured. What makes this property unique, aside from its ocean vistas and ideal location close to Marbella’s most exclusive golf courses, bars and restaurants, is its focus on wellbeing and community. The facilities of the extensive gated residential development include swimming pools, a yoga area, heated indoor pool, gym and spa, as well as social and lounge areas.
The fabulous property is also characterized by its immaculate quality and attention to detail: buyers can enjoy underfloor heating, floor-to-ceiling windows and smart home features. Exquisitely designed, the interior benefits from the highest quality finishes and adopts a warm twist on modernist design principles.
For more information about any of these exclusive hand-picked penthouses, contact Lucas at Golden Properties.