Marbella’s Golden Triangle
The three municipalities of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis are home to many of the best properties on the Costa del Sol. However, for years now their borders have been muddled, or at times deleted, often for tourism marketing purposes. In 2010, a headline announcing Michelle Obama’s five night stay in a Marbella resort was deemed to sell many more newspapers than an entirely accurate statement providing the hotel’s correct location as Benahavis!
Although it is still Marbella that generates the most media interest, the towns of Estepona and Benahavis have been growing in popularity over recent years and establishing their own niche markets to attract visitors and investors. Together they create a formidable force, covering all the angles and so it seems that the current trend to group them together as the Golden Triangle is a sensible move.
Marbella old and new is known for its high-flying visitors – the Hollywood film stars and elegant royals who partied at the Marbella Club in the 1960s have been superseded by an international wealthy elite. The town continues offering glamour and quality delivered in its own indomitable style. Arguably the very best apartment complexes and villas are located on the original Marbella Golden Mile, beachside between Puerto Banus and Marbella centre. For the best frontline beach sea views, Los Granados and Marina Puente Romano are hard to beat.
Benahavis, on the other hand, has become home to international entrepreneurs and celebrities whose estates high up on the hillsides overlook the Mediterranean Sea and countryside. The views enjoyed are second to none, but security and privacy come first. The most opulent properties can be found in La Zagaleta, El Madroñal, Los Flamingos and the Marbella Club Golf Resort. Benahavis village is still renowned for its variety of quality restaurants, many of which are very family friendly.
Estepona’s New Golden Mile has seen development of some of the most popular beach apartment complexes. More affordable than its neighbours, this up and coming area is a firm favourite with young families wanting to be within walking distance of restaurants, supermarkets and the beach. El Presidente was one of the first residential areas to be developed and is still very much sought after. More recent developments include the luxurious Los Granados Playa, Menara Beach, Cabo Bermejo, Torre Bermeja and Las Dunas each with security, indoor spa facilities and superb frontline beach positions.
The Golden Triangle may never overtake the notoriety of the Golden Mile, but it’s the ideal brand with which to move forward, ensuring that the tourism and property industries can reach out to a more diverse audience, whilst providing a highly rounded proposition that appeals to many different tastes and needs.