The Best Boutique Hotels in the Costa del Sol

Planning a holiday to Costa del Sol? We bring you the best boutique hotels and stylish romantic retreats that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

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2The Marbella Heights Boutique Hotel



Enjoy the stunning panoramic views from our attractive 1000 m² Asian-style luxury villa which rests on 1500 m² of land overlooking both the mountains and the Mediterranean.

Our dedicated and professional staff aim to make this your ‘home from home’ right from the moment you arrive. We have full confidence that The Marbella Heights will meet your utmost expectations in relaxation and luxury so that you will come back.

With 5 luxurious bedrooms, impressive architecture and 3 indoor salons (2 with inviting fireplaces), everything has been designed to give you an unforgettable holiday.

The terrace and the outdoor pool are a great place from where to enjoy the views in summer, whilst in the colder months you can look out from the comfort of the winter dining room, with a fine wine from the wine cellar.

To enhance your experience, you can book a massage treatments with our qualified spa therapists, either in our 2 treatment rooms or in the privacy of your room.

Urb. Río Real, Balcones del Golf-Parcela 97

3Boutique Hotel Las Islas


Set in tropical gardens with an outdoor swimming pool, 1.5 km from the beaches of the Costa del Sol and 3 km from Fuengirola, Boutique Hotel Las Islas features an on-site restaurant.

Offering a private balcony and free WiFi, each bright elegant room has air conditioning, satellite TV, a DVD player and minibar. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer and free toiletries.

You can enjoy meals outdoors on the terrace, and Boutique Hotel Las Islas also has a bar.

The nearest beach is 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel, while the pretty village of Mijas is 8 km away. Málaga Airport is only 20 minutes’ drive from the property.

4Villa Padierna Palace Hotel



Featuring three 18-hole golf courses, this luxury hotel is a 10 minute drive from Puerto Banus. Designed like a Tuscan palace, it features a 21,500-ft² spa, Roman Amphitheater and a luxurious beach club.

Villa Padierna Palace Hotel G.L. offers rooms and villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. All have views of the golf course, pool or gardens, and in some cases the Mediterranean Sea.

Air-conditioned rooms and villas have satellite TV, a CD player and luxury Frette bed linens. Private bathrooms include a bathtub and shower, hairdryer, slippers and bathrobe.

All villas have private grounds, and some have a private swimming pool. Villas also feature a kitchenette.

The Thermal Spa includes an indoor pool and gym. There are 2 saunas, 3 steam rooms and a Turkish bath. A range of health and beauty treatments is available in The Medical Wellness Institute.

The hotel has 4 restaurants, with outdoor terraces offering superb views. There is also an English bar with a fireplace.

The hotel offers a free shuttle service to its summer beach club, where there is a restaurant. Lounge chairs and beach towels are provided.

Carretera de Cádiz, km.166, 29679 Benahavís, Malaga

5The Urban Villa



This luxury villa is on a hill, 10 minutes’ drive from Marbella’s beaches. It has a seasonal outdoor pool, and all rooms have terraces with excellent panoramic Mediterranean views.

Each chic room has free Wi-Fi, and a living room with satellite TV and a sofa. Decorated in rustic Andalusian style, they all have a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

The Urban Villa has a fully equipped communal kitchen, where guests can enjoy free tea and coffee. A buffet breakfast is available and you can request breakfast in your room. Special dinners are available on certain nights.

There is a large lounge with a fireplace and several terraces with panoramic views. The Villa also has a library and a piano.

You can hire a car at the front desk, and free on-site parking is offered. There is easy access to the A7 Motorway, and Monte Paraiso Golf Club is 2 km away.

Yoga retreats, cooking courses and boot camps can be organised from November to March.

Hacienda los Canasteros, 5, 29610 Marbella

6Hotel Palacio Blanco



Hotel Palacio Blanco is located in a restored 18th century palace located in the historic centre of Vélez-Málaga, 4 km from Costa del Sol beaches. It features an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

Each room offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, desk and some a mountain view.

This luxury boutique hotel offers an honesty bar and solarium. There are horse riding classes and golf courses offered only 4 km away.

Malaga Airport is 30 minutes’ drive from Hotel Palacio Blanco.

Felix Lomas 4, 29700, Velez Malaga

7La Fuente de la Higuera



Surrounded by olive groves near Ronda, Andalusia, La Fuente de la Higuera is a luxurious, rural property where you can relax and enjoy beautiful views of the Andalusian countryside.

Take a dip in the lovely swimming pool set in the hotel’s gardens, or simply lie back and sunbathe in the summer months. In the winter, you can relax by reading a book in the hotel’s lounge, complete with log fire.

La Higuera is housed in a renovated olive oil mill, creating a traditional and family-run atmosphere, which will help you unwind while on vacation.

La Fuente de la Higuera also has an excellent restaurant on site, where you can sample local-style cuisine without leaving the hotel.

Partido de los Frontones, s/n, 29400 Ronda

8Boutique Hotel Claude Marbella



Boutique Hotel Claude Marbella is a restored 17th-century building 151 m from Marbella’s Plaza de los Naranjos. The elegant rooms have an iPod dock, 32-inch flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Rooms at this luxury boutique hotel all include terracotta floors, sandstone baths and fine fabrics. All have a different theme, exclusive furniture and a bathroom with Molton Brown toiletries, a bathrobe and slippers.

Guests also have free access to the O2 Wellness Centre, with a gym, spa and swimming pools, including the classes that the center offers.

The Claude Boutique Hotel’s restaurant offers breakfast, tapas and Mediterranean snacks. Dinner can be reserved in advance. Meals are served in the beautiful black and white dining room, and there is also 24-hour room service.

A car rental, ticket service and tour desk is available at the 24-hour front desk at Claude Hotel Marbella. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the beach, only 151 m from the Bonsai Museum.

Marbella Old Town is a great choice for travelers interested in Old Town, Beach and Restaurants.  

9Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa




This luxury hotel and spa, with its own championship golf course, is a 5-minute drive from Bahía de Casares Beach. It features an outdoor pool and a private beach club with an infinity pool, restaurant and bar.

Home to the annual Volvo World Match Play Championship, the hotel’s 18-hole golf course was designed by Cabell Robinson. Other on-site golf facilities include the Jack Nicklaus Academy.

The Cortesin spa includes an indoor pool and gym. There is a Turkish bath, sauna and hot tub, as well as a snow cabin. Treatments include seaweed wraps and massage.

Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa offers air-conditioned suites with a private balcony, flat-screen satellite TV and free internet access. All bathrooms come with a hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers.

The hotel’s elegant gourmet restaurant serves a blend of Arabian and Asian dishes from chef Schilo van Coevorden. Spanish cuisine is served in the outdoor restaurant overlooking the sea.

Carretera de Casares, Km 2, 29690, Casares, Malaga

10Aire De Ronda



Aire De Ronda is a small hotel, located in the historic center of Ronda. It offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi access and air conditioning.

Hotel Aire de Ronda has an interior courtyard and grounds. Guests can choose between modern, seasonal cuisine and an informal menu with tapas, salads and sandwiches. There is also a bar service.

Rooms at the Aire de Ronda are individually decorated and peaceful, without TVs. Rooms include a bathroom with a hairdryer.

Hotel Aire De Ronda is near the Ciudad de Cuenca Gardens. Ronda’s famous Bullring and Puente Nuevo Bridge are a short walk away. Malaga is about 59.5 km away.

The hotel’s 24-hour front desk can arrange airport transportation. There is also a tour desk.


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