This Spring, the team behind Andalusia’s iconic Marbella Club will unveil the latest chapter in their ever-evolving story with the launch of Villa Punta Paloma. Located in the wild and rugged region of Tarifa on the southernmost tip of Spain, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, Villa Punta Paloma is a rustic yet sophisticated private home available for exclusive use for up to ten guests. A true first for the destination, Villa Punta Paloma promises to bring a new level of style and service to Tarifa, catering to the discerning yet daring traveller looking to truly get off-the-beaten-track and embrace their adventurous side in one of Andalusia’s best-kept-secrets.
Set against the backdrop of the untamed El Estrecho Natural Reserve, Villa Punta Paloma is a nature lover’s paradise surrounded by lush pine forest, towering mountains and breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean (and the expert surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers who flock to this spectacular stretch of coast each day). Paying homage to its location, the spacious villa comprises five bedrooms across three traditional Tarifa-style low-lying stone and teja tile buildings that blend seamlessly into the rocky outcrop under which they sit. Ensuring you are immersed into your spectacular surroundings at all times, the house has been positioned to afford panoramic ocean views from each corner, whether that be the open-plan living and kitchen space with floor-to-ceiling windows, or carefully positioned beds where you will wake each morning to the sight and sounds of the rolling waves beyond.
Villa Punta Paloma will celebrate the traditional Spanish way of indoor-outdoor living: the open-plan lounge will become the heart of the house with enough space for large groups to enjoy cosy cinema nights and fireside board games next to the log burning fire-place; whilst a wide outdoor terrace leads the way to a kitchen and BBQ for al fresco feasting, blooming vegetable garden, ocean-facing infinity pool, yoga deck and a shallow lagoon and playhouse for little ones. Private access to a nearby beach cove ensures you can make the most of Villa Punta Paloma’s coastal location, and a small beach shack is the perfect spot for wiping off sandy toes and ending the day with sundowners.
Pared-back interiors – an extension of the Marbella Club’s ‘imperfectly perfect’ aesthetic – celebrate Tarifa’s rustic charm and approach to slow living. Calming sand and ochre tones are complemented by textiles that celebrate the colours found throughout the region, from seagrass green and bold turquoise to terracotta blush; whilst traditional painting techniques by local craftsmen give each bedroom an added level of texture and movement to reflect the rocky landscape and show-stopping natural light. Locally-made arts and crafts have been hand-picked by the owner, including giant basket lamps and woven wall appliques that bring a touch of nature into the house, alongside handcrafted pottery, traditional Spanish mosaic tiles, and a carefully curated selection of books by Spanish authors.
At Villa Punta Paloma, you will have access to a dedicated Villa Host, a long-standing hallmark of the Marbella Club’s villa offering, who are all local to Tarifa and come armed with local tips and tricks to immerse you into the soulful charm of the laidback region. A traditional fishing village popular amongst those with a free-spirited nature and love for the outdoors, you will spend days exploring all this raw and rugged region has to offer. Tarifa’s unique wind conditions make its beaches amongst the most popular in Europe by windsurfers and kitesurfers, and Villa Hosts can arrange an array of water sports lessons; whilst land-lovers can opt for hiking, rock-climbing or horse riding.
Sitting within the Intercontinental Mediterranean Biosphere Reserve, birdwatching masterclasses will offer a glimpse of Tarifa’s famed birdlife, specifically the migratory storks that cross the Strait of Gibraltar every spring and autumn. Whale and dolphin-watching excursions can also be arranged, with several species known to pass through this 14km wide strait. If you want to explore more of Tarifa’s storied history dating back to 710 AD, you can visit the Roman and Moorish ruins dotted throughout the coast, or uncover the sleepy coastal towns much like those referenced in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, set in early-modern Tarifa.
Back at the house, a range of local wellbeing experts are on-hand for private yoga, Pilates, personal training sessions and spa treatments, whilst a dedicated wellness chef from the Marbella Club can create entirely tailored menus for the duration of the stay. Intimate private parties can be arranged and catered by the expert events and culinary teams at the Marbella Club, whilst full-time nanny, babysitting and butler services are also available.