Extending over more than 200 hectares and located in a stunning natural setting in Benahavís municipality, almost bordering with Marbella and just 10 minutes from Puerto Banús, Real de La Quinta is undoubtedly earmarked to become one of the most attractive residential resorts on the Costa del Sol.
La Quinta Real Estate Group has been carrying out major infrastructure and modification works over the last 10 years in order to convert the area into a five-star urbanisation of reference on the Mediterranean coast.
The project is being developed with the aim of building a luxury residential resort that integrates perfectly into the natural environment, with maximum respect for the surrounding ecosystem. The use of renewable energy and meticulous care of the environment are priorities in this regard. Proof of this is evident in the fact that Real de La Quinta is a pioneer in Spain when it comes to undertaking an urbanisation project in accordance with the required parameters for obtaining the Breeam sustainable construction certificate.
With regard to the residential aspect, both the apartments and the villas of Real de La Quinta will enjoy the finest panoramic views over the sea, golf, Sierra de las Nieves protected nature area, Istán lake and iconic Pico de La Concha that looms behind Marbella.
Apart from the real estate development, the resort includes the construction of a 12-hole golf course, a luxury boutique hotel, restaurants, sports areas, a health and beauty centre, a shopping area, an equestrian club and tennis and pádel courts. There is also an owners department to provide residents with a wide range of services (home maintenance, cleaning, management, etc.).
Undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the urbanisation, however, will be an immense artificial lake located in a privileged area as the focal point of the resort’s social and sporting life. The lake will be available as a venue for nautical rowing and sailing, and will have a beach area and attached swimming pool. The golf course will run around the lake, as well as paths for walking or running.
A priority for Real de La Quinta will be maximum privacy and easy accessibility through different entrances that will be equipped with access control and security, one of them from La Quinta Golf and the rest from Nueva Andalucía, which will facilitate communication with the Costa del Sol’s key points: Puerto Banús, Marbella and Málaga (the urbanisation is only 40 minutes from Málaga and Gibraltar airports).
Urban design studies carried out by La Quinta Real Estate Group are being used in the development of this urbanisation, with important advances already evident. The experience that La Quinta Real Estate Group has acquired over the last 30 years, highlighted by the development of La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa, guarantees the success of the new resort, which was created with the aim of becoming a benchmark in Europe.
"Our real estate group," says CEO Borja Pascual, "stands out for having been active in the past, remaining in the present and continuing into the future, while offering top-level services to our customers at all times, from minute one, when they reserve their home."
This provides a firm guarantee to buyers, as it is a long-term project, from 20 to 30 years (approximately 1,300 apartments and 200 villas), "and that is very important for us, as we stress our commitment to people that we will be here during that entire time. They know how the whole project is going to develop and they have the guarantee of a company that has not just suddenly appeared on the scene, but has been here for more than 30 years.”
When asked about what differentiates this new resort from other luxury projects on the Costa del Sol, he notes, ”among other aspects, the variety of facilities and services for leisure, providing maximum enjoyment and fun options to the whole family".
Regarding the artificial lake, he points out that, with almost four hectares of water, it will be the largest in Spain. "It will be 400 metres long and an average of 80 metres wide, will have a pool area and a beach area, and can be used for non-motor nautical activities: that is, kayak, paddle surfing, windsurfing, sailing, etc. The lake is going to be an exceptional part of this resort."
First Real Estate Phase
Work has begun on the first real estate phase of Real de La Quinta, called Olivos, and the initial homes are due to be delivered at the end of next year. It is an apartment complex with luxury features, large terraces and fantastic sea views. Despite the fact that the project has only recently begun to be marketed, more than 60 per cent of the 90 homes that make up this first development have already been sold - to a mostly European international clientele. Given the high quality of the properties, the prices are extremely competitive, starting at €390,000.
The apartments are characterised by a modern architectural style with highly personal touches. "We wanted to get away from the square blocks we see today on the Costa del Sol and in almost all of Spain,” explains the La Quinta Real Estate Group CEO. "That's why we are including elements of the original plot, so that the houses are contextualised in the specific area where they are located. We are using the plot’s own stone and natural elements such as wood in the façade, which generates a more organic architecture, more integrated into the local environment. What we want to do is provide the homes with their own personality.”
Being the first resort in Europe to have the prestigious Breeam certificate of environmental and social sustainability is another incentive for future residents in the urbanisation. "What we are seeking,“ says Pascual, "is a minimisation of the resources needed for construction and housing use. For example, water for irrigation of the green areas has to be recycled from that used in the homes for domestic use, or come from stored rainwater. The use of solar energy sources will also be highlighted and the best insulation will be used in the construction. Another requirement for obtaining the certificate is that suppliers are local, located at a maximum distance of 80 kilometres from the resort, and another refers to the waste materials generated by the building works.”
"With this certification", he adds, "we offer a plus of quality to our clients, who will have fewer expenses thanks to energy efficiency. We also fulfil the company’s philosophy of excellence, and in addition we are one step ahead of what current regulations demand.”
One of the most interesting individual features of Real de La Quinta will unquestionably be its golf course, the first 12-hole layout to be built in Spain. Designed by three-time World Cup champion Manolo Piñero, the course will be built around the urbanisation’s large lake. According to Pascual, “The course will have six fairways and two greens per fairway, so you can play either a round of six holes, or two rounds with 12 different holes, or add a third to complete 18 holes.
“More and and more people," he says, "have has less time to play golf and, instead of dedicating five hours for 18 holes or two and a half for nine holes, they prefer to play an hour and half before going to work. Another good thing is that these 12 holes will allow you to use all the clubs in your bag, as they will comprise par-threes, fours and fives."