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Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol


Today, we’re excited to introduce bridal couples to a remarkable wedding venue in Benahavis, offering breathtaking views of both mountains and sea. Nestled in nine thousand square meters of mature gardens overlooking the Mediterranean, this luxurious villa represents modernity and sophistication.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
A breathtaking rural wedding venue surrounded by lush woodland and scenic countryside.

Its privileged location, just a short drive from Puerto Banus, provides a tranquil escape surrounded by untouched nature, with sweeping vistas of the sea and the Marbella mountains. Once owned by the renowned actress Madeleine Carroll, this exclusive residence has been frequented by elite figures from the movie industry, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a chic and glamorous vibe for their special day.

The venue seamlessly blends the romantic nostalgia of 1930s Art Deco with contemporary amenities, including a stunning stone staircase reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, leading to a slender pool adorned with blue mosaic tiles and two leaping dolphins, all set against a backdrop of rustic mountain scenery—an idyllic setting for capturing unforgettable moments.

Delight your guests by inviting them to stroll down a charming path leading to a hidden garden, where an intimate cocktail hour awaits. There, amid the shade of trees planted by Madeleine Carroll decades ago, guests can mingle and enjoy delectable canapés accompanied by soothing background music. Another standout feature of this venue is its Moorish-style inner patio, complete with a central fountain reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada—a perfect spot for late-night dancing.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
A rustic wedding chuppah adorned with delicate peach chiffon fabric.

With spacious suites accommodating up to eleven guests, each boasting its own terrace, easy access to beaches and beach clubs, as well as proximity to Marbella and various airports, this exquisite venue offers both comfort and convenience for your special day.

So, if you’re seeking a private wedding venue that blends old-world charm with modern allure, look no further than this stunning Benahavis location boasting breathtaking mountain and sea views. Tucked away in the picturesque Marbella landscape, this luxurious private residence steeped in history provides a captivating backdrop for couples to say “I do” and celebrate their love.

In today’s spotlight, we’ll explore the magic of this venue, with its meticulously groomed gardens and panoramic vistas of the glistening Mediterranean. Join us as we envision the unforgettable moments that could unfold on your special day in this remarkable setting.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
The ceremony area features a garden circle that can be customised.

Welcome – at a dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol

Picture the scene: you have selected a Spanish guitarist to set the ambiance with some guitar strumming and soothing melodies as your wedding guests arrive and are offered a refreshing drink from a water and cava station—a moment of relaxation amid the serene surroundings. Within the lush garden spaces, guests gather and mingle while final preparations unfold in the bridal suite and the excitement grows.

Once everyone has gathered and enjoyed some leisurely mingling, they’ll be guided to the ceremony area, smoothly transitioning to the wedding formalities.

The Ceremony – featuring a garden circle

A pathway adorned with vibrant blooms guides guests to the ceremony area, featuring a garden circle that can be customised with a rustic wedding arbour as the focal point. You can choose to adorn the arbour with the styling you envision, perhaps with white chiffon fabric and peach garden florals which will set a soft, romantic backdrop for your union.

As guests await your entrance, accompanied by the elegant sounds of your chosen musician—a local harpist or violinist—the anticipation builds. With a stunning view of the valley and the Mediterranean Sea as the backdrop, your vows are exchanged, creating unforgettable photographic moments.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
An aerial perspective of the garden ceremony area.

The cocktail hour – in a beautiful secluded outdoor terrace

During the cocktail hour, your guests will gather on the villa’s beautiful secluded outdoor terrace for an hour of relaxed socialising. A tempting array of delicious canapés will be served, featuring options such as gingered chicken cakes with mango and coriander mayonnaise, mini beef steak on garlic croute, spiced mini fish cakes with tomato and coriander salsa, and tiny parmesan and rosemary shortbreads.

This moment also offers you and your partner, now as husband and wife, the opportunity to enjoy a special pre-sunset photo shoot with your chosen wedding photographer. Against the backdrop of this sun-soaked setting, expect stunning and warm, sun-kissed exchanges to be captured, creating truly memorable moments.

The Wedding Breakfast – under a canopy of string lights

For the wedding breakfast, your guests will gather under a canopy of string lights in an elegant space that exudes a chic yet boho vibe. The hundreds of overhanging fairy lights sparkle to life, casting a warm and beautiful glow over the balmy night as dinner is served.

Your selected multi-course meal awaits, from a menu of your choice that might begin with starters such as lobster salad or Korean BBQ chicken, followed by mains like pan-fried fillet of beef or sea bream with clam. For dessert, allow your guests to indulge in a mouthwatering trio of white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake, chocolate profiteroles, and Mojito fruit salad.

As dinner draws to a close, the all-important speeches take centre stage before guests prepare for a change of scenery and the switch to party mode.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
Newlyweds kiss by an infinity pool framed by stunning mountain vistas.

Party – in the central Moorish-style patio

As the evening unfolds, your after-party will come to life in the central patio, where Moorish décor and vibes set the stage for celebration. You might opt for a live band to kickstart the party vibes or a saxophonist weaving through your guests, encouraging them to hit the dance floor.

Set against the backdrop of a central fountain exuding timeless elegance, guests will dance into the early hours, extending the magic of your day well into the night. Whatever your musical preference, a fairy tale setting ensures a memorable start to the next beautiful chapter of your life with your loved one.

Venue overview – Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis

Situated amidst over seven thousand square metres of gardens overlooking the Mediterranean, the enviable location of this luxury private residence near Marbella offers a picturesque backdrop for weddings. With a maximum capacity of 70 guests, the venue provides ample space for intimate celebrations. Ceremony onsite is available, eliminating the need for travel to a separate location. The villa’s proximity to the nearest church is a mere 10 minutes away, ensuring convenience for religious ceremonies. Additionally, the distance to the nearest airport is approximately 50 minutes, while guests can enjoy the sandy shores of the beach just 10 minutes away.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
Newlyweds descend the elegant white outdoor stairs flanked by tropical plants.

Accommodation options at the venue

Accommodation at the venue includes a private residence that can host up to eleven guests, offering a blend of old-world charm and modern comforts.

Master Suite

The Master Suite offers a luxurious retreat with a four-poster king-size bed adorned in blue and gold hues, providing a serene view of the sea. Its elegant decor is accentuated by antique doors and locally crafted furnishings, adding a touch of sophistication to the space. The ensuite marble bathroom boasts a separate shower area, double vanity, and a relaxing jacuzzi tub. Completing the suite is a walk-in dressing area and two private terraces, each offering breathtaking views of the valley and the sea.

Guest Suite 2, 3 & 4

Each bedroom is designed for calm, with muted colours and unique touches, blending with the natural surroundings. Both bedrooms have a queen size bed and en suite bathroom with a vanity, bath, and shower. They also feature private terraces for quiet moments.

Second master suite/family room 5   (ground floor)

New since 2020, the former music study has been transformed into a cosy second master suite or family room, conveniently located off the inner courtyard. This inviting suite boasts a super king bed, en-suite modern walk-in shower room for two, and a double vanity. Additionally, it offers a comfortable sofa bed for two, a cafe table, and a 40″ TV, making it an ideal space for guests with younger children.

Bedroom 6 and 7

Both bedrooms exude warmth and cosiness with their earthy tones. One bedroom features twin beds and a private terrace overlooking the mountainside, offering a serene retreat. The other bedroom is furnished with a single bed, ideal for children, along with accommodation for their childminder. The shared bathroom includes a double vanity, bath, and shower area, ensuring convenience for all guests.

Extra Perks

The villa offers a range of perks to enhance your stay. Enjoy a classic games room/library, a new infinity pool boasting breathtaking mountain and sea views, and an outdoor dining terrace with a BBQ. Relax in the landscaped gardens featuring a day-bed and secret garden area. Stay connected with free optical fibre internet and WiFi throughout the villa. Prepare meals in the modern Andaluz-style kitchen equipped with Bosch appliances and filtered water machines. Dine in style in formal indoor and outdoor areas accommodating 14 people, or unwind in the Andalusian patio with a fountain. The villa ensures your comfort with full air-conditioning and underfloor heating, along with private parking on a gated driveway. Benefit from staffed housekeeping onsite 24/7, with breakfast service and VIP options available. Rest easy with a security gated entrance and 24-hour security, guaranteeing complete privacy throughout your stay.

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
Bright blooms adorn this stunning wedding tablescape.

Services provided by Sunshine weddings

With over two decades of experience, we specialise in finding your ideal wedding venue and meticulously planning every detail of your special day. Our dedicated planners are here to offer guidance, advice, and support, ensuring your wedding day is truly unforgettable.

With over twenty years of dedicated service, we specialise in curating unforgettable wedding experiences by meticulously attending to every detail, from venue selection to execution. Our team of experienced planners is committed to guiding, advising, and supporting you throughout the entire process, ensuring that your special day is nothing short of perfection.

“Why choose a wedding planner?” is a question we frequently encounter. In today’s digital age where access to suppliers and venues is just a click away, the value of a wedding planner may seem uncertain. However, for couples embarking on the journey of a destination wedding, our expertise becomes indispensable. We take on the logistical challenges, allowing you to focus on what truly matters to you. Our role is not to dictate or override your vision but to collaborate with you, enhancing it to create a seamless and stress-free experience.

At Sunshine Weddings Spain, we pride ourselves on our ability to cater to weddings of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Whether it’s orchestrating a grand Jewish or Hindu celebration spanning multiple days or ensuring that dietary and cultural preferences are respected through Kosher and Halal catering options, our network of trusted partners is equipped to meet your every need. Additionally, our multilingual staff ensures effective communication and understanding throughout the planning process.

As a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction, we offer a unique payment policy unlike any other wedding planner in Spain. We understand the financial strain of wedding planning, which is why we do not require payment until a week before the event. This flexibility allows you to focus on the joyous aspects of planning without the burden of immediate financial obligations. Your trust in us is paramount, and over the years, we have cultivated a reputation built on reliability and integrity.

Why choose a wedding planner?

For couples embarking on destination weddings, a wedding planner provides invaluable expertise in navigating logistical challenges, allowing them to focus on personalising their special day.

What services does Sunshine Weddings Spain offer?

Sunshine Weddings Spain offers comprehensive wedding planning services, including venue selection, meticulous attention to detail, dedicated support from experienced planners, and a commitment to customer satisfaction through flexible payment options.

We’re excited to connect with you and help bring your dream wedding to life. Reach out to us today to begin planning your unforgettable celebration!

Getting married in Spain’s Benahavis | Dream wedding venue on the Costa del Sol
Rustic table decor with candles and overhead lights adds an elegant touch.