by Sarah Royce-Greensil, The Telegraph, March 27, 2017
A standalone seafront villa within Marbella's sports-centric Puente Romano resort, Villa La Pereza offers space and privacy, with four bedrooms, an open-plan living area, private garden and pool. With airy, contemporary decor, the villa feels like a private home-from-home, with access to the hotel’s extensive facilities.
“Pereza” translates as “laziness” and the villa is designed to encourage just that. A detached, single-storey house set on the beachfront and built in the typical Andalusian Pueblos Blancos style, the 210 sq m (2,260 sq ft) Villa Pereza opened in 2016 and Spanish interior designer Jean Pierre Martel has furnished Pereza with a soothing, modern palette. Expect warm greys, sandy beiges and Greek marble: all very clean and symmetrical, but with bright splashes of contemporary art and seaside-themed trinkets stopping it from becoming clinical.
The villa is designed for indoor-outdoor living, with sliding doors to let the fresh air and sunshine in, and a large private garden with a heated swimming pool. There’s also an outdoor “gym” area consisting of a stationary bike and treadmill - although borrowing hotel bikes or running along the beachfront promenade is far more appealing.
Inside, a bright, light-filled living area is designed for communal lounging, with a large L-shaped sofa, gargantuan TV, dining table and kitchen, which opens onto a covered decking area with further sofas. Overlooking the gardens and onto the sea beyond, this is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or to have lunch delivered from one of the resort’s many eateries.
There are four well-equipped ensuite bedrooms: three doubles and a twin, two of which have contemporary four-poster beds. Guests will argue over the master: spacious and comfortable, it features a capacious bathroom with a deep Jacuzzi bath, and sea views.
Sister resort of the legendary Marbella Club, Puente Romano is geared more towards the active holidaymaker than the “fly and flop” contingent. It’s renowned for its tennis facilities - it has 10 courts, hosts professional championships and Marko Djokovic (brother of Novak) is among its coaches - but also offers the full gamut of water sports, four swimming pools, a fitness centre and group exercise classes, along with horse-riding and golf in nearby Benahavis.
Post-exertion, guests can unwind in the Six Senses Spa, which offers “Integrated Wellness” consultations: a scientific assessment of your vital health indicators, with targeted treatments.
Refuelling is also a highlight. Puente Romano has an ever-growing roster of restaurants, cafes and bars: nine on the last count, including the wonderfully breezy Sea Grill, set high overlooking the sea and the two Michelin-starred Dani Garcia, where the renowned Spanish chef presides over avant-garde, experimental creations. There are also Italian, Thai and Japanese options and daytime cafes, one of which is entirely gluten-free.
What to expect:
As soon as you pull up to the villa’s electric gates there’s a sense of exclusivity, heightened when staff carry in a pre-ordered lunch to be enjoyed on the decking. Despite the villa’s slightly isolated position, staff are quick to respond to room-service requests, but call ahead for a golf buggy lift in the evenings, especially when the resort is full.
The villa comes fully equipped with everything a group may need: there are televisions in every room, easy-to-use air-con and a simple Bluetooth sound system, which can be cranked up to full volume with no fear of disturbing the neighbours.
Overall, a sense of peace and privacy pervades: it feels like a holiday home rather than a generic hotel suite, and quickly has you dreaming of living by the sea full-time.
The beautifully landscaped 800sq m garden. With a barbecue area, stylish daybeds and that private pool, it’s ideal for families, and the place guests will want to spend the majority of their stay.
Not so keen:
The indoor and outdoor dining tables only seat six, so mealtimes would be a squeeze if the villa was fully occupied, while the kitchen area is on the small side for guests wishing to cook a substantial feast.
Located on the Golden Mile in the Costa del Sol between Marbella and Puerto Banus, Puente Romano is 45 minutes from Malaga airport. It’s a short taxi journey to the nightlife of Puerto Banus marina, but given its size and amount of dining options, the resort feels like a destination in its own right.
Villa La Pereza costs from €5,000 (£4,321), including breakfast. Rooms at Puente Romano cost from €250 (£220) per night, including breakfast.
Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain; +34 952 820 900; puenteromano.com
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