A foodie's delight in Marbella

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A foodie's delight in Marbella: "Marbella conjures up images of the tackier side of tourism: cheap sangria and greasy fry-ups. But a 20-minute drive from the package holiday strip of the Marbellan beachfront, is a hotel a million miles away from this image
With the La Concha Mountain as a backdrop, the Hotel Villa Padierna is an impressive sight and although only six years old, it is reminiscent of a grand Tuscan villa, complete with over 700 pieces of original artwork from the 18th and 19th century.
Grand and beautiful
The hotel sits between its two golf courses and has views to the Mediterranean and despite its size (129 rooms and suites and 11 villas) the setting feels tranquil and uncrowded. Inside the main building the rooms are built around a 20-metre tall glass atrium with a double marble staircase leading up to the luxurious rooms of the first floor.
For all its luxurious modern conveniences, Villa Padierna is all about old-school glamour and staying here it feels like you've stepped back to a time when life was carefree and all there was to worry about was whether to have your gin and tonic by the pool or on the terrace overlooking the golf course.
Spanish flavours
La Veranda is one of three restaurants in the hotel and at its helm is Chef Martin Berasategui, who has three Michelin stars to his name. He has developed a tasting menu that fuses Northern and Southern Spanish cuisine. The dishes are imaginative, and give a flavour of Spain at its best and at €58 it's a chance to taste exquisite food at an affordable price."