WHILE most of us spend our time looking for the best budget deals on Booking.com, hours scrolling Airbnb or hoping for a free upgrade, it’s a whole different story for members of the A-list.
For the biggest stars in the world there’s no need to book an Airbnb, they own some of the most exclusive resorts and properties in the world – and many of them are right here in the Costa del Sol.
From Prince’s pimped out El Paraíso pad to Kilroy-Silk’s Casares cash cow in Casares, our new property series will explore the most spectacular celebrity homes in Spain and some are even available to rent or buy.
Sun, sea, sand… What more could you want? How about the chance to sleep in the same bed as a superstar? Or snoop around an A-Lister’s bathroom?
First up, how you can kill it like Kilroy in Casares…
Kilroy-Silk’s Casares cash cow
What’s it like? Former MEP and TV personality Robert Kilroy Silk snapped up his Casares over ten years ago, but in the run-up to Brexit, the star has lost interest in his Spanish crash pad and instead has spent the last few years out of the limelight living in a mansion near Plymouth. He even tried to sell the Casares property five years ago, putting in on the market for a whopping €12million – €9million more than he is rumoured to have shelled out for it. The property never shifted but don’t feel too sorry for him – Kilroy makes a killing renting the property out for an eye-watering €12,700 a week. If you’ve the cash, you’ll get to waft around an airy open-plan interior, dressed with limestone floors and hand-painted furniture, and with 11 generous bedrooms. Two outdoor swimming pools complete the estate, which boasts stunning mountainside views. Head to www.fincarozalejo.com for more info.
What’s nearby? The picture-perfect town of Casares is only a 15 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Estepona’s Old Town and 45 minutes from Marbella. That’s not to say Casares doesn’t stand on its own two feet: it has chiringuitos, bars and restaurants and a stunning beach all of its own. True highlights in the area includes include expat-run eatery Arroyo Hondo, the Forge and local favourite Sarmiento in the village itself.
The Everyman option: If you can’t quite afford to fork out for a private mansion in the hills but still are determined to live the life of luxury, Finca Cortesin is the perfect fit. The 5 star hotel resort includes spectacular golf courses, quality restaurants, spa and beach club starting at €670 a night. Not yet won the lottery, Hotel Rural Casares is a great option for those on a budget with rooms from just €50 a night.