Los Flamingos

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Encompassing nine different residential developments, home to two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, as well as fantastic single-family villas and sizeable building plots, many boasting front-line golf views that reach to the Mediterranean coastline.


Los Flamingos Golf Resort lies in a verdant valley in the heart of the Costa del Sol’s countryside, yet is still conveniently close to the beach and all local amenities.

Located in the municipal area of Benahavís between the N340 coastal road and the AP-7 toll highway, Los Flamingos Golf Resort is less than five minutes from the sea at El Saladillo, just a quarter of an hour away from Marbella and Estepona, and offers residents a truly enviable quality of life in its perfectly maintained gated communities with private security.

The A-7/N340 coast route provides easy access to Los Flamingos Golf Resort at the mid-point between Estepona and San Pedro de Alcántara, taking the Cancelada exit and driving just 2.5 kilometres inland. Gibraltar and Málaga-Costa del Sol International Airports are both about 45 minutes distant.

Aside from the 18-hole Flamingos Golf course, designed by Antonio García Garrido, the area also boasts two more 18-hole rounds – Alferini Golf and Tramores Golf, home to the Michael Campbell Golf Academy, and the five-star Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. One of the Leading Hotels in the World, it features a luxurious spa and wellness centre and no less than six restaurants and bars, as well as its own private beach and tennis club.


Los Flamingos in Benahavís is a great place to look for a home on the Costa del Sol. It offers many styles of living in a dozen developments around its golf and country club.

What can you do with 320 days of sun every year? Los Flamingos has that all sorted out. Three world-class golf greens surround one of the area’s best-known hotels. Its fast-rising popularity assures Los Flamingos’ standing among the coast’s prime real estate. Located close to the coast’s best attractions means that everything your heart desires is just minutes away. Or simply leave it all behind to take in the Mediterranean view from a safe and tranquil seclusion.

What is Los Flamingos?

Los Flamingos lies inside the “Triángulo de Oro” or Golden Triangle of Marbella, Benahavís, and Estepona. Here, nine urbanizations nestle into the verdant hills and tropical valleys that surround a world-class golf club and world-famous hotel. You can choose from nearly every kind of property, view, and price. Absorb the hilltop terrace view of the sea from a cozy apartment in a gated community. Or settle into a single-family villa surrounded by lush greens, a mountain backdrop, azure sea, and Mediterranean skies.

At the heart of this urbanization lies the hotel and spa, La Padierna Palace, where Michelle Obama stayed in 2010. Surrounding it lie the greens of one of the three top golf resorts in the area (including Los Arqueros and La Quinta). This is a golfer’s paradise. Whether you are looking for a second home in the sun, or a chance for your family to truly experience the good life, Los Flamingos has a place for you.

Where is Los Flamingos, and how do you get there?

Los Flamingos places you amongst the most sought-after addresses on the Costa del Sol. To the south, lie the coast’s most fabled locations; Estepona, Puerto Banús, and Marbella, and the beaches in between. To the north is the mountain-shrouded, white washed pueblo of Benahavís. All just minutes away.

Both of the international airports of Málaga or Gibraltar areless than an hour away from Los Flamingos. Take the A-7 tothe Cancelada exit between San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona. The resort is a short drive (1.5 kilometres) from the exit.

From Los Flamingos, you are close to many beautiful towns and beaches. Or, widen your roving range and drive into the interior. Head east toward San Pedro andcatch the A397 north to the legendary mountains of Ronda.


When was Los Flamingos created?

This urbanization is rather young. Most of the development happened during the 2000s, as the three golf courses were being built. It began with Los Flamingos Golf Resort in 2001, followed by Alferini in 2007, and Tramores in 2010. Construction began on the famed Hotel Villa Padierna in 2003. Its Tuscan-palace look made it an instant attraction for celebrities and other lovers of luxury. The hotel’s owner, Ricardo Arranz, named the hotel after his wife and father-in-law, both of whom came from Spanish royalty. By the end of the decade, there already were 9 complexes with 563 apartments and 135 villas and villa plots. The resort’s reputation has been on the rise ever since.

Is Los Flamingos a good place to live?

There are so many reasons why Los Flamingos has become one of rising stars of the Costa del Sol. Here is classic modern Andalusian architecture discreetly  secured. Plush greens and tropical gardens create colourful rolling hills. Relaxing seclusion lies a comfortable distance away from Spain’s finest nightlife. Being within the Golden Triangleplaces the Costa del Sol at our fingertips. Amenities all are within easy reach by car, from artsy shops to state-of-the-art medical care. There’s so much to explore in the surrounding towns and pueblos.And so much to do—top-flight golf is just a start. Endless miles of mountain trails to elite equestrian grounds to every kind of beach and beach sport.

Modern infrastructure keeps the world within easy reach, as well. From major European cities, your new homeis just hours away. Not only for you, but for  friends, family (and those always-vital Amazon deliveries). Excellent schools and childcare facilities await.

What amenities do Los Flamingos developments offer?

Here, one can feel at peace. Gated security protects you at the entrances to both the community and your urbanization. The urbanizations nonetheless remain just minutes away from local markets and shops that provide you with everything you need.

Are there good restaurants in and around Los Flamingos?

One doesn’t need to leave Los Flamingos to find great food. The famed Golf and Country Club is its own hub of great cuisine. But, if you want to, you will find a wealth of fabulous restaurants nearby. There are three superb restaurants inside Villa Padierna. For fine dining, start with La Loggia, with its classic Mediterranean fare. Or 99 Sushi, for more adventurous Japanese fusion. Beach Club gives you top-end seafood by the sea. For more casual gatherings, La Pérgola offers healthy light dining by the hotel’s luxurious pool. Or go all out with a private dinner through Dining by Design. For old classics in old-school elegance, try La Veranda. Or polish off a great game at the clubhouse restaurant, Hole 55. Simple food well done, and a full drink selection.

Beyond the borders of Los Flamingos, the choices are simply too great to list here. Benahavis itself is known not only for great golf courses and outdoor activities but is famous for the incredible cuisine that the town offers. To see the wealth of choices, start with our eating guides to Marbella, Benahavis, Puerto Banús, and Estepona.

Are there any spas near Los Flamingos?

Again, you need go no further than Hotel La Villa Padierna Palace. Anantara Spa offers a large outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, eight saunas, a beauty centre, massage rooms, a Natura store, and a gym.

Is there tennis or paddle in Los Flamingos?

The Villa Padierna Racquet and Paddle Club is just a short drive from the country club and offers racquet, tennis, and croquet. There are also several other clubs in the area to choose from.

What golf courses are in or near Los Flamingos?

At La Villa Padierna you will find 3 golf courses, each distinct in design. Los Flamingos,the oldest of the three courses, is an 18-hole, 71-par course designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido. Alferini offers a long and slender course and plays host to many pro tournaments. Tramores and its American Golf Academy offers a course for golfers of all standards. It is a great place to improve all aspects of your game. Each course has hosted the European Seniors Match and Los Flamingos hosted the 2010 and Alferini the Ladies Spanish Open or Open de España Feminino. The resort also hosts Michael Campbell’s golf academy. Take advantage of their specialty in the short game and personalized courses.

Are there a lot of golf courses on the Costa del Sol?

If the local courses don’t fully satisfy you, there are a whopping 70 golf courses on the Costa del Sol, between Torre del Mar and Sotogrande. Beyond the course, you have an abundance of choices. See our guides to golf in Marbella, Benahavis, and Estepona.

What other sports possibilities are there in Los Flamingos?

Other sports lie within easy reach. There are miles of beach to choose from, some with excellent beach clubs and water sports of every kind, so see our guides to beaches in Marbella and Estepona. However, golf and beaches attract so much attention that people often overlook the top-notch mountain hiking within easy reach of Los Flamingos. Take an afternoon to scale Marbella’s famed La Concha. Benahavis offers hiking and guided tours of local canyons, where you can take a plunge into natural pools. Or explore the Paraje Natural Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Parks outside Estepona. To find out more about the cultural possibilities of Benahavis, check out our Guide to Culture in Benahavis.

Does Los Flamingos have good international schools?

There are a lot of opportunities for international education nearby if you want to move with your family to Los Flamingos. Check out our guides to the excellent schools of Marbella, Benahavis, and Estepona to find out more about what’s availability along with contact information.

Is Los Flamingos a good real estate investment?

It is easy to buy and sell in Los Flamingos. Market trends continue upwards. And the pandemic proved that the Costa del Sol maintains stable growth even through hard times. And Los Flamingos continues to rise in stature, entering the company of coveted properties like Sierra Blanca and La Madroñal. It has all the goodies—superb location, high security, the hotel, club, multiple golf courses, a spa, and excellent restaurants. And then there’s the close proximity to beaches and everything else the coast has to offer. Remember: Golf resorts are not just for golfers. Did you know that 70% of owners at golf resorts don’t golf?People come for many reasons, all of which lie within the Golden Triangle that surrounds the resort.This will continue to keep Los Flamingos on solid ground.

What type of properties are there on Los Flamingos? Is Los Flamingos expensive?

Most of the property sits on high ground overlooking the links. This means that home views extend past the Mediterranean to the African coast. To this natural appeal, add modern Andalusian design. In one of the Europe’s most coveted markets, you have a dream life and a sound investment. Who says you can’t have it all? Los Flamingos urbanizations offer great variety, from apartments to exclusive mansion. This offers great price diversity, from 500,000 to 15 million euros. Whatever you wish to create,whether that’s your own little golf retreat, a seasonal second home, or the new life you’ve earned, there is something for you. If you’re looking for an apartment, nine developments offer you plenty of choice. Invest as little as €500,000 for 2-bedroom units to €600,000–€1000,000 for larger spaces and higher-end views. All offer 24-hour security, swimming pools. Most offer underground garages and storerooms.

Villas also features in the development. Prices €1.5million up to €15 million. No home is older than 20 years. Check out our Los Flamingos property listings and don’t hesitate to contact us. With our lengthy experience in the area, we often know of privately listed properties as well as those listed with other agencies.

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