Dining Under The Stars at La Veranda  – Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort

Arriving at the vast glass roofed entrance atrium of the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort, where architectural floral arrangements of exotic orchids are set amongst marble sculptures and ancient artefacts, one is embraced by lavish, palatial elegance. Anantara’s first resort in Spain is unique it in style and scale, and that is reflected in the property’s gastronomic offering, from a Michelin recognised Japanese restaurant, acclaimed Mediterranean dining, and also throughout the balmy evenings, the exceptional La Veranda. Andalucía’s southern coast is blessed with Europe’s finest climate, and here in the Benahavis Marbella resort, the microclimate thanks to the sheltering mountains means that dining under the stars is a pleasure well into autumn.


La Veranda has a magical setting, around a classical marble fountain, illuminated pools, and secluded amongst towering cypress, gently swaying palms and richly planted sub-tropical gardens.

Intricate lanterns light the way to the La Veranda, where tables are set with linens, fresh flowers, and small lamps, surrounded by candles and just the sound of the fountain.

The menu is inspired by the classic dishes of the hotel’s 20-year history. Hard to believe that such a magnificent building, which is so evocative of a Tuscan palace, is only two decades old, yet over those years dishes have become legendary and at La Veranda guests can indulge in classic dining.

It’s an elegant, nostalgic, and beautiful culinary experience, created by the kitchen of chef Santiago Altuna. I chose the classics! The first plate of Foie Gras Mi-Cuit, some perfectly prepared local prawns, the Simmental beef chateaubriand, with the velvety bearnaise, and to end, well the Crêpe Suzette of course! It’s the kind of gloriously indulgent classic menu that is hard to find these days which makes the experience even more special.


Fine Dining

The gastronomic offering of Villa Padierna Palace has been enhanced with the global perspective of Anantara, a refined, ultra-luxury hospitality expert that have brought the renowned 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant to the property, reimagined the magnificent La Loggia Mediterranean restaurant, and created a whole new seaside culinary experience at the Beach Club

You read The Luxury Editor profile review of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort here.

The hotel is luxurious in the elegant, classic way, with generously proportioned guest rooms and suites, with antiques, lavish travertine-marble bathrooms and private guest villas set in the grounds.

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