The first things to hit you in Villa Solise are the huge glass windows that let the sunlight come flooding in. The light dances on the cool grey marble floors, and a stunning spiral staircase takes centre-stage, a work of art in itself.
Not only is Villa Solise high on Scandi-style chic, but it also comes fully-loaded with tech: the living room has inviting sofas and a 50-inch wall-mounted TV with international channels, so you’ll always find something in your language (the owners are Norwegian). As you step out to the terrace and garden, even there you will find clean, modern lines. When night-time illumination lights up the outside space, this looks spectacular.
The kitchen is as sleek as you’d expect from a villa designed for Norwegians, while being cleverly compact. You’ll find a huge side-by-side fridge-freezer complete with ice machine, a larder handily ready-stocked with essentials, as well as a steam oven, teppanyaki cooktop and smoothie machine. All appliances are Gaggenau. You have the choice of eating in the kitchen, or outside on the terrace, overlooking the pool.
On the top floor, the master bedroom is light and spacious, and faces the sea with its own balcony. It feels sumptuous but homely, with throws, cushions and an elegant chaise-longue in a palette of olive and champagne, plus an ensuite shower room with glass cubicle.
In addition there are three further bedrooms: one twin in neutral shades with an ensuite, lime-toned bathroom, featuring bathtub and overhead shower, and private terrace overlooking La Concha mountain; and two more on the lower ground floor.
One of the lower bedrooms has an exquisite carved wooden headboard, hanging lamps and Moroccan vibe, the other is finished with a soft grey, feminine theme.
These rooms share a bathroom – ideal for children, or children and a nanny – with chic, matt grey-coloured micro-concrete walls, featuring twin sinks, bathtub and separate shower. All bedrooms have first-class mattresses for premium sleep quality, and cosy rugs on the floor.
The villa has eco-conscious underfloor heating and cooling, so that you’ll be comfortable in every season, and the whole villa is controlled by a Domotic home automation system for complete ease of use.
The gardens of Villa Solise have, like the interior, been designed with the environment in mind. The outside space is serene with a Zen-like feel, thanks to the wood decking, smooth white gravel and dry-loving plants such as exotic cactus and aromatic rosemary.
The garden is walled, ensuring complete privacy, while the views from each of the five terraces are spectacular. Each offers a different perspective, too, from the poolside decked area with its Buddha statue, and the living, dining and bedroom terraces, to the rooftop eyrie with 360 views of leafy Nagueles and a vista of the sparkling Mediterranean beyond.
On a clear day the view to the front reaches to Morocco’s Atlas mountains, while behind the villa towers La Concha mountain, whose grassy slopes and granite peaks subtly change colour throughout the evening.
Contemporary white furniture in each area provides the opportunity to eat or relax, with the thoughtful addition of a shower on the roof to cool off after soaking up the southern Spanish summer sun. At night, mood lighting creates an enchanting, magical atmosphere throughout the garden.