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Showpiece Homes and Luxury Living… La Zagaleta

[caption id="attachment_2463" align="alignright" width="300"] Ultra-select seclusion in La Zagaleta[/caption] The term “exclusive” is often over-used when referring to Costa del Sol residential developments. Not for La Zagaleta, however. On the contrary: the rambling former luxury estate of Adnan Khashoggi (at the time, in the 1980s, one of the richest men in the world) is universally recognised as one of the most select in Europe – and a sumptuous flagship of luxury living in Spain. Home to the outstanding property featured here, this impeccably maintained and rigorously secure gated urbanisation is situated on the main road to Ronda, 400 metres above sea level in Benahavís municipality (bordering Marbella). It extends over 900 hectares of wooded valleys, tumbling hillsides and luxurious villas, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline, Gibraltar and northern Africa – and a verdant backdrop of the Serranía de Ronda mountains. It offers home owners and their guests an exceptional range of private facilities, including two private 18-hole golf courses with driving ranges, and a 465 square metre clubhouse with restaurant and bar, swimming pool, billiard room, bowling alley, multi-purpose room with discotheque for private events, tennis and paddle courts, changing rooms, sauna and swimming pool. Members can ride Spanish and Arab horses at a private equestrian club, with ponies for children, and the estate is ideal for other open-air pursuits such as cycling and hiking. Access to the estate is via the Ronda Road, conveniently reached from the San Pedro junction off the main coastal road. Puerto Banús is just a 15-minute drive and Gibraltar and Málaga airports are 40 minutes away by car. There is also a private heliport on the estate for members requiring even more rapid and expedient connections. This stylish contemporary villa is located on an elevated, west-orientated plot within the estate, perfect for families who enjoy sports and a natural environment. The property comprises 740 square metres of built area and 457 square metres of terraces on a 3,375 square metre plot. It includes a lounge/dining room, study, fully-fitted kitchen (and second kitchen), dining room, two master bedroom suites and two additional bedrooms, as well as a gym, wine cellar, sauna and cinema room. A stunningly minimalist, environmentally-friendly “global” house, using materials selected from various parts of the world (including Canadian wood and Far Eastern marble), the villa harnesses geothermal energy to power under-floor heating and air-conditioning, and has a state-of-the-art home automation system. Outside it features landscaped gardens with a heated swimming pool with waterfall, a jacuzzi and a barbecue/dining area. We appreciate your taking the time to read about this superb property, but perhaps it’s not exactly right for you? If not, we invite you to have a look at our other special selections for: La Zagaleta, Luxury Villas, Golf Properties, Seafront Properties, Apartments and Special Offers. Click on the category of your choice and follow the link. Also please feel free to roam around our website: www.villamarbellanow.com. HM& 1HM6 2In the meantime, as Christmas is nearly with us, we thought we would also feature one truly exclusive gift that would certainly not look out of place under the Christmas tree of a La Zagaleta villa: the Space Pirate horological machine Nº6 (HM6) from MB&F in Genève. Designed “to operate in the hostile environment of space: the space on your wrist”, this amazing timepiece comprises a biomorphic case with four corners each containing a 360-degree sphere capped top and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes; a sensational 60-second flying tourbillon; a titanium protective shield; 68 jewels; a hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium custom-designed folding buckle; and 475 finely finished and complex components that required more than three years of development.