• 5 Bedrooms + 2 bedroom Guest House 5 Bedrooms + 2 bedroom Guest House
  • 7 Bathrooms 7 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 17 Sleeps 17
  • Daily Housekeeping Daily Housekeeping
  • Breakfast Included Breakfast Included
  • Home Cinema Home Cinema
  • Heated Pool Heated Pool
  • Padel Tennis & Gym Padel Tennis & Gym
  • Indoor Pool & Spa Indoor Pool & Spa
  • Chef Available* Chef Available*

Villa Bahia is just minutes from the beautiful beaches of Somo near Santander in northern Spain, a luxurious 7-bedroom hotel-style villa sleeping 17 guests with gym, spa, heated pool and staff.

Sprawling over 25 scenic hectares, blending traditional Cantabrian stone facades with airy and modern euro-asian inspired interiors, unique bedrooms, padel tennis court, a team of staff and private spa, it represents the apex of luxury on the stunning green coast of northern Spain.

At a glance

Enjoy the space of a 4-bedroom main house + 1-bedroom studio-annexe, sleeping up to 8 adults + 5 children, plus a separate 2-bedroom guest house sleeping 4-6

Children adore quirky loft bed for a Pyjama party to end them all! Sleeps up to 5 children on futons.

Enjoy open-plan family spaces with panoramic views for good times together

Soothe the soul in your own private spa with hot tub and Hamamm

Select fine wines from the private bodega to enjoy in the Gentleman’s lounge

Use the private padel tennis court any time you like

Take the Owner’s speed boat out for a spin, skipper hire available

Walk though the private 25-hectare estate of rolling hills, green pastures and lakes

Fully staffed villa with continental breakfast, housekeeping and help on hand throughout the day

Top chefs for hire, menus using local produce from the organic vegetable garden and best seafood from the Bay of Biscay!

Charming village location just 5 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from central Santander

Welcome to Villa Bahia

Villa Bahia’s interior design is an inviting, yet decidedly different, blend of Europe and Asia

Indoors, the villa’s interior design is equally inviting and yet decidedly different – a study in space and light with heavy Asian influences and chic European flair. This is sleek, designer modernity, and yet somehow also deferent to the estate’s old-world roots.

This dichotomy of old and new is evident from the moment you enter the home: space and light bounce throughout the open, yet clearly defined areas. Wall-to-wall windows frame views of the pool, gardens, and a distant and glittering Santander. Spaces flow – entrance to kitchen, kitchen to dining, dining to stylish living room.

The home’s décor is rustic-chic – a warm and cosy blend of traditional stone walls illuminated by flickering candles, high ceilings to scatter natural light, and wooden floors covered in sheepskin rugs. And everywhere, the view: the gardens, the hills, the bay, and those glittering city lights.

The estate is perfectly presented for strolling and exploration, with two small lakes, fruit orchards, and cottage gardens, as well as country lanes that wend through the hamlet of Carriazo – typical and traditional Spain – and further into the village of Galizano.

The villa also occupies one of the top culinary and wine destinations in Spain. It is convenient to north-coast towns in Asturias or Bilbao, home to the world-famous Guggenheim, as well as to San Sebastian and its promise of sushi and pinxos. This is a region that begs exploration once you have finished discovering the delights of Santander and the new Botin Centre, just 20 minutes away.

Back at the villa, Santander and Villa Bahia are an outdoor dream: the air is fresh, the estate surrounded by mountains and cliffs that wrap white-sand beaches, and the sea a celebration of water sports, including surfing, sailing and kite surfing.

There is no compare, no equal to Villa Bahia’s standard of luxury, anywhere in Northern Spain.

Villa Bahia is an outstanding property where east perfectly meets west

Sprawling over 25 hectares (62 acres) of rolling countryside, twin lakes, manicured gardens, and spectacular panoramas, Villa Bahia is a charming and luxurious country estate – the most unique in Northern Spain – backed by the Cantabrian mountains and fronting views to the bay of Santander.

An effortless blend of old and new, this welcoming villa stands as living testament to the classic stone architecture common to Northern Spain. And yet, Villa Bahia is also a modern, luxury estate that celebrates sophisticated décor, bespoke designer details, upscale amenities, and wide-open spaces that still manage to afford the utmost privacy.

Step outdoors and this stately home reigns over green pastures, farmland, and two lakes – landscapes so beautiful, you could spend an entire holiday on this property and still never want to leave.

And explore, you will, on country strolls around the estate and down rural lanes that wind by stone walls, quaint churches, grazing cows, flowering fields, and dramatic cliffs that hug wide, fine-sand beaches. This is rural Spain, as it has been for centuries.

The stone manse of Villa Bahia extends over a main villa and annexe apartment, and stands watch over an optional separate two-bedroom guesthouse – the perfect distribution for families or generations exploring Cantabria together.

How Villa Bahia works for you


  • 5 bedrooms in the main house and annexe, plus a 2-bedroom guest house, sleeping a maximum of 12 adults + 5 children.
  • Staffed property – 2 dedicated housekeepers and continental breakfast laid out daily
  • Staff can live-in the guest house to provide a more personal service for smaller groups if required.
  • Top local chefs available on weekly or daily rates
  • Open-plan, double-height interiors with countless unique details
  • Choice of dining spaces to match the weather; Indoor breakfast corner, indoor family dining table, poolside dining terrace, rear outdoor kitchen-lounge with BBQ grill
  • Complete health spa and gym with small indoor heated pool, hot tub and steam room
  • Private padel tennis court
  • Owner’s speed boat available to hire* with skipper
  • Lower-ground floor bar lounge with open fire feature
  • Bodega stocked with wines selected by Sommelier Robert Parker available to pre-order*
  • Main living room with open fireplace and panoramic views
  • State of the art TV and sound system
  • Home cinema (drop-down projector screen)
  • Library with a fine collection of English-language books
  • Outdoor infinity pool heated to around 27 degrees for your comfort (weather dependent)
  • Private enclosed estate with wildflower prairie, lakes and fruit orchard
  • Daily housekeeping and fresh towels
  • Local activities and chefs can be arranged
  • *Fees apply, please ask for further details

The main villa’s primary living area offers vaulted ceilings, herringbone oak floors, and plush cream sofas that ring an open fireplace, with quirky antiques, Asian details, pops of colour, and tropical plantings to breathe energy into the space. A balcony rings the upper floor and extends the view.

The second living area seats 8-10 and offers plenty of books and games for family evenings in, or Tibetan Singing bowls for quiet relaxation.

In the Guest House there are two living spaces: a TV room with leather Chesterfield sofa and dual-aspect windows that overlook the countryside and city; a second living space joins the kitchen-dining-living room and open fire.

The main dining area offers a quirky refractory-style table with bench seating – the perfect spot for a family meal and conversation. There is also a round breakfast table with seating for 6 in the kitchen space; this opens through French doors to a further poolside dining area.

The main kitchen is a chef’s dream, with expansive worktops, central island, a Lacanche range oven, and vintage features, including a citrus press.

In the guest house, a second complete kitchen is well outfitted with stone worktops and premium appliances.

The owners chef* is highly recommended and can work with you throughout your stay.

The main living room offers a complete home cinema system with board games. Downstairs, a Gentleman’s Lounge offers leather Chesterfields, open fireplace, private bodega, and full bar with fully-stocked soft drinks fridge. The entire villa is wired with Bose and Sonos sound systems.

An indoor spa has a small Hammam, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and dual shower. Adjoining, a complete home gym delivers a top-of-the-range Technogym. There’s even an indoor fire pit.

The stone-arched porch has an open fireplace and seating, and the walled flowering garden offers outdoor dining and a wood-burning grill. There is an outdoor, enclosed padel tennis court with views over the bay of Santander.

The indoor pool and hot tub are perfect for cold-weather stays, while the outdoor 22-metre infinity pool is heated to 27º C for outdoor recreation. Grassy lawns bloom with wildflowers in season. Book a massage under a garden tree in summertime!

Main villa

Bedroom 1: First master suite. Tropics-inspired vibe with Bose sound system, airy linens, king-size canopy bed, and integrated free-standing bath. En-suite shower room with twin basins and tropical-style dual showers. Magnificent views of the gardens, sea and bay. Double-height vaulted ceiling with whitewashed beams.

Bedroom 2: The second master and largest bedroom, overlooks living areas below. King-size bed with studded headboard and linen drapes, sitting area, and panoramic views to Santander. Integrated modern bathroom with free-standing bathtub, double rain shower, and twin basins.

Bedroom 3: Quirky split-level children’s room decorated with toys to entertain. Steps lead to the mezzanine sleeping area* with 8 futon-mattresses – a sleepover to end all sleepovers! Views to the rear garden and hills. The en-suite, Spanish-style bathroom has a claw-foot bath, marble basin and antique floor tiles.

Please be aware that this space is not suited to very young children without supervision.

Bedroom 4: Ground-floor bedroom accessed through a Narnia-inspired “secret wardrobe” entrance. Beautiful Chinese design adorned with hand-painted wallpaper, gold four-poster bed, and Asian dressing table. En-suite bathroom with a Moroccan hamman-style bath-shower. French door leads out to views of the prairie and flowering gardens.


Bedroom 5: One-bedroom, ground-floor annexe located off the main house entrance, with Spanish antique floor tiles, a romantic bedroom with king-size canopy bed, small shower room with vanity, complete kitchen and a small work area with desk and Wifi. Perfect for the Nanny or Chef.

Guest house

Bedroom 6: Located in the self-contained stone guest house a short walk downhill (grassy access by foot, or separate driveway by car) from the main house, offers a ground-floor king-size bedroom with incredible views to the hills. There is a separate bathroom with hammam-style bath and overhead shower.

Bedroom 7: Ground-floor bedroom ideal for adults or children, with a 150cm bed and separate hammam-style bathroom with a ‘cocooned’ bath/shower that kids will love.

Some bedrooms have space for a cot, please ask us for details.


Villa Bahia is a staffed property with 2/3 housekeepers on site daily. Staff may also live in the guest house to provide a more personal service if you do not need these rooms for guests.

Duties include preparing and serving a continental breakfast, general cleaning, helping tidy dishes, make beds, operate Spa facilities, lay tables, serve drinks by the pool, etc.

Personal laundry and cooking light meals can be requested and paid for directly in resort.

Catered to Your Choosing

We also recommend making use of the Owner’s personally-selected local chefs. Menus use the best local produce, sometimes from the estate’s organic vegetable garden, and of course the best seafood freshly caught from the Bay of Biscay!

The house has a wine list available to pre-order*, a selection of hand-picked wines from the owner’s cellar.

Villa Provisioning

All of our villas have a convenient stock-cupboard, with a starter supply of the essential household items you might need for a comfortable stay.

Complete Villa Pre-stock Service

A complete villa provisioning service is available so you can just arrive and relax. Our Guest Experience Team will assist with making your order before you travel, with a payment made on account and adjusted at the end of your stay.

Local Expertise on Hand

All stays with The Luxury Villa Collection include a personal meet and greet with an English-speaking Villa Manager for peace of mind, and they are then available during your stay to assist you with any villa queries.

In addition, from the moment you book, our Guest Experience Team will help with all your travel arrangements to ensure a smooth stay. Our Spain-based local experts have a well-honed ‘Little Black Book’ of hand-picked experiences at their disposal, ready to help you create lasting memories.

Complimentary Itinerary Planning

Every booking includes around 3 hours of itinerary planning before you travel (more complex itineraries can be organised for a fee to cover extended hours).  As a guide, 3 hours is usually enough to help with your airport transfers and car hire, a chef service for a special meal, and to help you plan and book one day out.

Concierge-Style Support in Spain

Once you arrive at Villa Bahia, our Guest Experience Team will be on hand via email, SMS or WhatsApp with further ideas and recommendations. If you think you might need a more personalised service, we can arrange for you to have a Personal Concierge* for the duration of your stay.

At Villa Bahia there is also a dedicated Villa Manager-Concierge who can assist with extra services such pre-arrival shopping, wine orders, chefs, transfers, masseurs, nannies and local activities such as horse riding, golf or surfing.

This villa is within easy reach of a whole range of experiences to add to your travel memories. From adrenaline-fuelled water-sports to gourmet delights, vineyard visits to fine art galleries, we work closely with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special.

In addition, Villa Bahia has a boat available with a skipper that can be requested by guests for day trips for up to 8 people*. Advance reservations are preferred where possible, particularly in high season.


To help you get the very best from your stay at this villa, our Guest Experience Team can help you with hire cars and transfers when booked in advance.

Collections featuring this villa

The Platinum Collection

Villa Bahia is a truly outstanding property with a team of staff on hand, where no detail has been spared.

With its unique lofty interiors and hidden health spa, dream kitchen, private bodega and incredible landscapes, the personal attention to detail and service makes this a worthy addition to our Platinum Collection.

Villa Bahia Santander Guest Bedroom

The Family Collection

Having an additional guest house plus a self-contained annexe, Villa Bahia is like a slice of heaven for large families travelling with friends and grandparents!

Kids will adore the loft bedroom laid out with numerous cosy mattresses, while the heated outdoor pool, indoor pool and hot tub mean they can enjoy a splash around at any time of year – if they still have some energy after running around those countryside meadows and lakes!

Villa Bahia Santander Childrens room

The Retreat Collection

The setting of Villa Bahia is the perfect tonic to sooth your soul, surrounded by rolling green hills and sea-view panoramas.

The private spa includes a heated pool, hot tub, steam room and fully equipped gym, while outside there is a padel tennis court, space for yoga and hillside walks around the estate, or you can even have a skipper take the Owner’s boat* out for a brisk spin around the bay.

Local chefs* can create a menu of delicious healthy foods and freshly caught seafood that will leave you feeling a million dollars!

Villa Bahia Santander private pool

The Hotel Collection

Villa Bahia, Santander, offers all of the service and priviledge of a luxury boutique hotel, wrapped up in a private villa rental for families and friends.

A team of staff are on hand daily to help with general housekeeping and local reservations and recommendations, and the owner’s chef can be booked for a supplement.

A daily continental breakfast service is offered, so you can just get up, and get on with enjoying your day!

Villa Bahia Santander poolside breakfast

Enjoy the local area

Santander and Cantabria offer something for all tastes

From paddle surf classes to world-class sailing, gourmet meals with impressive views to rustic tapas bars down narrow cobbled streets, local craft producers and the major designer labels, and the beaches and the beautiful mountains right in front of the bay.

Villa Bahia, near Santander in Cantabria, is within easy reach of a whole range of amazing experiences to add to your travel narrative. From world-class golf, epic surfing and exhilarating sailing, and the best of gourmet delights – set against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, we interact seamlessly with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special.

Explore the cities and countryside of Northern Spain with a personal guide from our expert partners. Enjoy a selection of day tours or bespoke itineraries all with a door to door service in air-conditioned vehicles. And our top tip for a first-time stay in Cantabria is the escorted wine and tapas tour in Puertochico, Santander, where you can get to learn about the city’s history and its secrets through a walking tour of its bars and restaurants.

Villa Bahia is located just a few minutes’ drive from the golden Northern Spanish coastline, inside an area known as Ribamontan al Mar, where surfing first came to Spain. Local villages offer plenty in the way of casual dining with chill-out bars and a healthy spattering of live music venues plus a few surf bars also. And when you feel like some city attitude – in 25 mins, you are in Santander via the passenger ferry across the bay – or by motorway. (We can also arrange for a private boat to be moored at nearby Pedreña for you to travel to Santander and explore the bay and beyond.)


Shopping in downtown Santander is always a pleasure – and whether it’s the freshest seafood at the food market for a BBQ or something new for a night out, our private guides will ensure you are taken directly to the exclusive boutiques and specialist shops, that aren’t so easy to find, as well as the high street for a bargain or two.

You’ll also get to see the many charming squares including Cañadío, Pombo, La Porticada and Plaza del Cuadro – each perfect for a late breakfast or a few coffees or a glass of wine with olives or anchovies.

Santander is buzzing with world-class museums, excellent cafes, tapas bars and casual and formal restaurants but you will find than even nearby in Ribamontan al Monte, there’s plenty on offer.

Take for example the two-Michelin star El Cenador de Amos which is just 10 minutes from the Villa. And there are three more Michelin star restaurants (Solana, El Nuevo Molino, El Serbal) within a 30-minute drive. For more formal and informal options, you have great choice in the coastal towns of Somo, Loredo, Noja and Isla, with many inland options too.

When it comes to city hotspots, Santander’s Cañadío restaurant and El Riojano offer lots of local who’s who – with charming meals also to be had at Deluz near the Sardinero and VORS on Castelar.

If you’d rather visit some of Cantabria’s typical villages, we recommend medieval Santillana which was a favourite of Sartre, the regal town of Comillas that houses one of the few of Gaudi’s creations to be found outside Catalonia, the town of Lierganes which turns out great churros and craft beer and a Roman bridge, or the port town of San Vicente de la Barquera with its two-star restaurant Annua and the stunning views of the Picos de Europa. Perhaps you’d like to play a round of golf on Seve Ballesteros’ home patch in Pedreña?

If you’ve been tempted to explore Northern Spain for ages but worry that Barcelona and San Sebastian are overrun with visitors, Cantabria is a place where you’ll find lots of tasty Spanish food, plus Spanish charm, culture and character. And miles and miles of beaches, traditional villages, bustling shops and breathtaking scenery, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and groups of friends alike.

You can read more about Things to do in Santander and enjoying a day out in San Sebastian on our blog.

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