The Four Seasons hotel chain, one of the world's leaders in luxury tourism, is preparing to land on the Costa del Sol with the creation of a 600-million-euro resort. This, the chain's second project in Spain after the construction of a 22-room hotel in Madrid got under way last year, is more ambitious, both in terms of volume and location.
The resort will be built on a 400,000-square-metre area of land on the seafront, occupying both sides of the A-7 in Los Monteros, one of the most desirable areas of Marbella.
The land is owned by Villa Padierna, belonging to Malaga businessman Ricardo Arranz, who has partnered with North American firm Fort Partners and Belgian real estate company Inmobel. Four Seasons will not only manage the hotel, but will also give its name to the entire development which includes, in addition to a 200-room hotel, private residences and villas. The complex will also include internationally-renowned restaurants that will come to Spain solely for this project.
Of the 400,000 square metres of land, it is expected that the urban developments will occupy approximately a quarter. The project will be developed by architect Richard Meier and building will begin as soon as permissions, which have already been approved, come into effect, Arranz explained.
One of the most distinctive features of the project is a tunnel which will pass under the motorway, allowing the hotel and the houses that are built to the north to have sea views. For this part, applications for planning permits have already been submitted.
The arrival of a leading brand such as Four Seasons is highly significant for both Marbella and the Costa del Sol, argued Arranz.
The businessman highlighted the size of the brand and stated his belief that it would be a major force in battling seasonality in the area thanks to the enormous client portfolio that the company boasts.
Laying the first stone
Secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, has been invited to participate in the ceremony for the laying of the first stone, scheduled for next Friday, 5 October.
Also in attendance will be the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, and other dignitaries, including Marbella mayor, Ángeles Muñoz; regional Tourism minister, Javier Fernández; and president of the Diputación provincial authority, Elías Bendodo.