Pure Luxury with Extra Toppings

Dressed for dinner - the dining area at Villa El Cano

Dressed for dinner - the dining area at Villa El Cano

Sometimes it’s the little extras that make your holiday ‘once in a lifetime’ memorable.

In addition to our 5* luxury villa, we’ve teamed up with some incredible local partners to offer a series of extras that can complete your holiday.

All of the following are available to book at an extra cost.  Speak to Barbara about the options when you place your booking.

Let us do the shopping!

Starting with the basics, we can do your grocery shopping for you.  When you arrive at the villa, all that you would need to do is relax and take a deliciously chilled drink straight out of the fridge.

We’ll even make breakfast

Villa life already allows for a lazy morning but we can kick start your day with a buffet breakfast for you and your guests.  From juices and hot drinks through to local hams, cheeses, cereals and of course the traditional eggs, sausages and bacon.  

Create a special evening with a private chef

The DSV Collection villas are perfect for celebrations, whether it’s a big birthday, anniversary or just ‘because’. As a fantastic alternative to going out to dinner, w work with a team of professional chefs that can create you an incredible meal in the comfort of your own villa.    

Feeling flexible?

You don’t even have to leave the villa to enjoy a group yoga or Bowspring session.  Our wellness partner can offer some energizing and dynamic classes for you and your guests within the extensive grounds of El Cano or  El Cid.


We bring the spa to you

And relax…whether you feel the need for a relaxing massage or a facial to regenerate your skin, our local spa partner can provide everything that you need.

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Contact us for details of prices and availability

What makes the ‘perfect’ family holiday?

5 * Marbella Villas for your extended family and friends

5 * Marbella Villas for your extended family and friends

Summer is just around the corner, and what’s better than spending precious time with your family in the sun? There is a lot to consider when planning a family holiday, as everyone has their own priorities and needs and a happy family means a happy holiday. At DSV Collection, we have discovered what makes the ‘perfect’ family holiday… 

A safe and secure environment 

One of the top priorities for parents when choosing a holiday is making sure the children will be in a safe place. At DSV Collection, we provide a place where the children can play safely while the adults relax. The villa is secure and the pools areas are gated. We also have multiple calm and private areas for children to have their afternoon nap while you enjoy the sun nearby... This is where a villa comes in handy. With ten luxurious double bedrooms, the choice is yours. 

Villa El CANO

Villa El CANO

Vila El Cano

Vila El Cano

Home from home 

Our villa allows you to stick to those all important routines of home, but with some incredible luxuries and of course the Marbella sunshine. Mums, dads and grandparents have plenty of spaces to pamper and chill out - whether that’s ‘you time’ with a good book or a relaxing soak in the hot tub. There are also multiple areas to lounge in with a TV to enjoy sport and the latest films. With views straight through to the pool. you can ensure that the children are safe, whilst taking a break from the hot sun. The private pools are perfect for everyone - the shallow end with steps are a great place for non swimmers and young children to splash about, with the deep end being the perfect space to lounge on your lilo. We also have a professional kitchen with everything you need - a barbecue to show off your culinary skills, a huge drinks fridge and ice machine…Cooking will be a sheer pleasure and certainly not a chore. Or alternatively you could order a takeaway or book one of our recommended private chefs for those special evenings

Professional kitchen in Villa El Cano

Professional kitchen in Villa El Cano

 Private swimming pools 

Having a big pool area for the entire family to have fun in is a holiday essential. At Villa El Cano, you aren’t restricted with a hotel schedule, so you can dip in and out of the pool whenever you want. Kids aren’t restricted with a list of swimming pool rules, so they can play as many pool games as they like and play with as many inflatables as they like. The entire family can enjoy the private pool area, without the company of other holidaymakers…And if you don’t fancy a dip in the pool, then you can unwind in one of the hot tubs.

Swimming pool in Villa El CANO

Swimming pool in Villa El CANO

Making the trip fun for the kids 

Holiday time can be so exciting for the little ones. It forms some of the best childhood memories...but what makes a holiday to remember for the kids? An outdoor area for activities (along with a pool and unlimited ice-cream) is a necessity. Let their imaginations run wild and burn off some energy. At DSV Collection, there is plenty of room for the children to play games, have water fights with family and friends and go up and down in your own private lift. They will be entertained for the entire trip.

In-ground trampoline

In-ground trampoline

 And relax… 

After a long day of fun, it is important for everyone to have some down time. A private villa allows our guests to take some time out whenever they please. Most importantly, the family can have some extra sleep in the mornings. 

One of our luxurious bedrooms

One of our luxurious bedrooms

And don’t forget - it’s not just about spending time with your immediate family as our villa can sleep up to 20 of your family and friends!

For more details on prices and availability, email info@dsvcollection.com

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Hen and Stag Do

Whether you’re bridesmaid or best man, it’s your responsibility to give the bride or groom the ultimate send off from singledom. We already have the perfect location with our luxury Marbella villas, but we also wanted to take this opportunity to share our top ten tips that are sure to secure your place as top event planner/best friend for life.

1.   The guest list

Not sure where to start? This is a process that needs to be discussed with the Bride or Groom so you can establish numbers. Family, friends, in-laws, or all of the above - hosting a large trip isn’t a problem at DSV Collection Marbella. Our luxury villas sleep up to 20 people in 10 ensuite bedrooms…the perfect Hen house or Stag Den.

2.   Group chat

Set up a Facebook or WhatsApp group to keep everyone in the loop and update each other with all the future hen and stag shenanigans. This is where numbers are confirmed and job roles can be assigned to spread the responsibility. You may want to exclude the bride/groom from this group or delete them once the important details are finalised – try and keep some secrets.

3.   Save the date

Once you have numbers, the next step is to decide on a date. Will there be any other important events coming up? Will it clash with upcoming birthdays, anniversaries or holidays? Also, allow for at least 6 weeks before the big day. When you have an idea of when you’d like to go, give the lovely Barbara a call for availability and prices.

Remember…make sure all guests free up their schedules and book some well-deserved time off work. 



4.   Travel together

When booking the flights, it will make the travelling process a lot simpler if all guests are travelling together. Booking the flights together ensures everyone is flying with the same airline, from the same airport at the same time.  More importantly it means that the stag / hen weekend can start earlier.

5.   Travel checklist

Does everyone have valid passports? Does everyone have travel insurance? Does everyone have boarding passes? Drawing up a travel checklist as early as possible for all guests avoids any travel issues later on. We all have someone in our friendship group that is a little absent-minded and may need a reminder or two. 

6.   Plan activities

Planning activities in advance can save a lot of holiday time. This means when you arrive the fun and games can commence. At DSV Collection you have the perfect blank canvas to create the ultimate stag and hen event. Whether that’s cocktail making, a few games of golf, a pool party, or hosting a dinner party with a private chef in either one of the indoor or outdoor dining areas. 

Or, if you would like to explore Marbella a little more then get your glad rags on and head to Puerto Banus, which is around 8 minutes away from the villas. With its incredible night life, restaurants and shopping, it’s the cherry on the cake.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: do not plan any heavy drinking the night before the flight home because you want to leave Marbella with only positive memories. 


7.   Accessories, props and decorations

This is where you can embarrass the future Bride or Groom or you can make the event classy and chic. The choice is yours…

In a group chat or over coffee, everyone can decide on some hen or stag accessories, props and decorations. This is where the responsibility can be distributed and everyone can contribute. 

Remember…think about the size of the decorations to avoid awkward travel.

 8.   Packing

You may already have a travel checklist, but it might be worth writing up a packing checklist for guests as well. Bear in mind, the luggage space may be filled with hen and stag essentials, so it is important to see what else you need to put in your case to make sure everything fits. 

Remember… if you are just taking hand luggage, do not to take any liquids over 100ml and bring a clear transparent bag. 

9.   Allow for some downtime

 The getaway will be filled with lots of fun, games and celebrations, but it is suggested to allow for some downtime too. At our villas, there are lots of spaces to have a bit of ‘you’ time. When creating your schedule for the trip, try and fit in some time for all guests to fully unwind and refresh. 


10. Have Fun!

 And the most important of them all…Have fun! Make the most of your time and enjoy the company of those closest to you. 


Easter break in Marbella?

Sun, Sea and ‘Semana Santa’…Enjoy Easter Celebrations at DSV Collection in Marbella.

Easter or ‘Semana Santa’ is a weeklong celebration in Spain. From traditional Spanish cuisine to parades with music and marching bands, there is plenty to experience this Easter in Marbella. From 20th-27th April a group of up to 20 people could experience a traditional Spanish Easter at Villa El Cano. 

Semana Santa 

Semana Santa (holy week) begins on Palm Sunday and is celebrated until Easter Sunday. The week is full of flamboyant parades, music, eating and drinking. This is a celebration that is not missed by locals or tourists ready to embrace the Spanish culture.  


The processions consist of men that are members of the brotherhood (costeleros), carrying heavy floats from the church while other members of the brotherhood march alongside. The extravagant, heavy floats illustrate religious biblical scenes and can weigh around 2000kg. Throughout the procession, locals and tourists gather to watch the spectacular parade. Approaching Easter Sunday, the floats are usually decorated with beautiful flowers and traditional Spanish sweets called ‘Torrijas’.

Traditional Easter food 

Like any Spanish event, food plays a key part in the festivities. Here are just a few examples of the dishes that you could expect to enjoy in Marbella this Easter

  • Torrijas- Similar to French toast but they are usually coated in sugar, cinnamon, syrup or honey

  • Bunuelos- fried dough balls coated in cinnamon

  • Bartolillos- a pastry filled with custard 

  • Mona de Pascua- The traditional Easter cake

  • Hornazo- Spanish meat pie that is usually filled with pork loin, spicy chorizo, and boiled eggs


Spanish weather in April...the days are longer, it is starting to warm up and each day becomes a little more vibrant. With summer just around the corner, you can enjoy an average daytime temperature of around 18˚C and sea temperature of around 16˚C. Perfect weather to revel in the warm sun and unwind around the pool. If it is a little chillier early evening, why not dip into one of the hot tubs.


For more details about availability this Easter, email info@dsvcollection.com to arrange your Easter break at Villa El Cano.

Feliz Navidad 


Enjoy a Christmas to Remember at DSV Collection in Marbella

The Spanish enjoy some quirky and unique Christmas traditions.   Why not immerse yourself in a different culture this December with a Christmas break at Villa El Cano in Marbella. From December 22nd-29th up to 20 of your friends and family can experience some of the incredible Spanish traditions in the local area, whilst still embracing your British roots and enjoying an delicious Christmas meal cooked by your own private chef on the 25th.

Nochebuena or Christmas Eve is the most cherished of all family gatherings in Spain.  Most families eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, before going to Midnight Mass or ‘La Misa Del Gallo’ (The Mass of the Rooster). It is called this because a rooster is supposed to have crowed the night Jesus was born.  

The traditional Spanish Christmas dinner was 'Pavo Trufado de Navidad' which is Turkey stuffed with truffles (the mushrooms, not the chocolate ones!) or 'Pularda asada' (a roasted young hen), although they are not commonly eaten now.  Check out the incredible sample menus that you could be enjoying for this year’s festivities (insert hyperlink)

After the midnight service, one old tradition was for people to walk through the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums. One Spanish saying is 'Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no Es noche de dormir' which means 'Tonight is the good night and it is not meant for sleeping!'

Traditionally Spanish children don’t get their presents on Christmas Day but you may have a few issues trying to get your little ones to embrace this part of the culture.  Children have a few presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany on January 6th. 

On December 28th, you’ll have to have your wits about you as 'Día de los santos inocentes' or 'Day of the Innocent Saints' is very much like our April Fools Day.  Friends and families go to great lengths to play tricks on each other.  

New Year's Eve is called 'Nochevieja' or 'The Old Night' in Spain and one special tradition is that you eat 12 grapes with the 12 strokes of the clock at Midnight,making a wish for good fortune in the months ahead.  Some say that this tradition started in 1882 when a group from Madrid headed to the famous central plaza of Puerta del Sol and ate grapes as the clock struck midnight to mock the upper classes who drank champagne and ate grapes all night long. Others say it was a clever marketing gimmick when in 1909, grape farmers had an overly abundant harvest and needed a way to quickly sell their grapes. By saying that eating grapes brought about good luck, it quickly became a household institution.


Children believe that the Three Kings bring presents and not Santa Claus. The children send letters to the Three Kings of Orient – Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar – who travel bearing gifts for children who have been good throughout the year, and coal for those who have been a bit naughty. On the evening of January 5th, the Kings arrive in Spain and visit every city and village, where they’re welcomed with a fun-filled parade.


On the morning of January 6th, families eat the Roscón de Reyes, a delicious, brioche-like cake with candied fruit on top. Hidden within the cake is a small toy king and a bean. Whoever gets the slice of the cake with the small king will have good luck for the rest of the year and whoever gets the bean must pay for the Roscón!


As well as these unique traditions, the Spanish really know how to bring Christmas to life in their towns and cities.  With stunning light displays, nativity scenes and festive themed concerts in the streets and plazas, you’ll have a truly magical experience.


Emailinfo@dsvcollection.comfor details of our Christmas break at Villa El Cano

Villas vs Hotels

The top ten reasons to stay in a villa on your next holiday

With an average of 230 days at work per year, it’s imperative that you choose the right destination for your next holiday.  We’ve taken some of the work out of that decision by showcasing the benefits of staying in a private villa vs a hotel.



We’ve put together our own top ten both from personal experience, but more importantly…following feedback from our guests at the DSV Collection.


And at number 10


No early morning jaunts to reserve your sunbeds

The last thing you want to have to do on holiday is set your alarm so you’re guaranteed the best space by the swimming pool.  When you have your own villa you can wake up when your body clock says it’s time and you can head to your sunbed when you feel like it – whether that’s after a relaxing breakfast or after a morning exploring the local area.


Number 9 – No need to dress for breakfast

If you go down to breakfast in a hotel wearing your favourite unicorn pyjamas, you are likely to get some strange looks in the restaurant.  There’s nothing more leisurely than jumping out of bed and heading straight down for a coffee and some fresh croissants.  On a villa holiday, every morning can feel like a Sunday morning.


Number 8 – The fun continues when the kids are in bed

If you travel with children, their bedtime can often mean the end of your fun.  This isn’t the case in a private villa.  You can tuck them up and head back downstairs for some much deserved adult time.


Number 7 – Access to the food and drinks fridge all day every day

Those bikini and speedo bodies have been achieved and it’s now time to let go and just enjoy everything about your holiday.   Restaurant bar and opening times in a hotel can be very restrictive but in a villa the fridge is there 24 hours a day, whether you fancy a late night treat or a mid morning cocktail.


Number 6 – The swimming pools and hot tubs never close

Hotel pool timetables are really annoying because they never seem to fit perfectly around your day and your desire to take a dip or totally relax in warm bubbles. In a private villa this isn’t an issue… whether you fancy an early morning swim or a late night dip by the light of the moon.


Number 5 – Lots of communal areas for late night and early morning catch-ups

When we stay in hotels we spend an average of 3 hours & 22 minutes in our rooms per day, when we’re not sleeping.  That’s a whole day per week! Time is precious and it would be much better spent creating memories with your friends and family.


Number 4 – Eat in, eat out, the choice is yours

On holiday there are nights that you want to dress up and head out to enjoy the bright lights and bustling sounds of the likes of Puerto Banus, but there may be other nights when you just want to lounge around and enjoy a pizza or some home-cooked food.  At DSV Collection you can also get the best of both worlds by booking one of our recommended private chefs to cook you up some gastronomic delights!

Number 3 – Plenty of spaces for ‘you’ time

With our busy lives, it’s important to take time out to truly relax.  In a hotel, this space is often limited to your bedroom or even the bathroom if you have a large family!  In our villas you could go for a rooftop hot tub, take an early morning or late night swim when everyone else is in bed or leaf through the pages of your favourite book on your private balcony.


Number 2 – Your own piece of heaven without other holidaymakers

There’s nothing worse than having your holiday peace destroyed by other annoying holidaymakers – the ones with the uncontrollable children and the ones that talk so loud that you feel as though you’re part of their conversation.  We can’t guarantee that your friends & family wont be like this but as you know them so well you can be honest and tell them to keep it down without the risk of creating holiday-rage!


Number 1 – Your holiday, your way

Villa holidays give you the total flexibility to build the holiday that you really want.  No clock watching, no time restrictions, eat what you want, when and where you want it, do whatever you want, whenever you want to.  Plus, you get to do all of this with your favourite people in the world. Even your closest friends & family can test your patience sometimes and fortunately our villas are big enough for you to have some well-deserved time out.

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Well, it’s clear that a villa holiday is a much better idea than a hotel trip.  If you are struggling to decide where that villa should be then we can highly recommend Marbella and a beautiful little area called Benahavis. We hear that there are 2 incredible villas there that sleep up to 25 people each.  Apparently they’ve got private indoor and outdoor pools and several hot tubs.  They’ve also got a load of 5 star reviews!;-)

The Ultimate GOLFING break on the Costa Del GOLF

‘This year it’s all about the ladies’

Lady Golfing

It’s all about ladies golf in Marbella this November.  With a superb choice of 15 fabulous golf-courses, and with over 320 days of sun each year, you’re pretty much guaranteed great weather and a fantastic game or 2, or 3...

Whether you play golf yourself or enjoy watching it, you’ll be spoilt this autumn as The Ladies European Tour have just announced that the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will be contested at La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Benahavís from 22-25 November.  Only 15 minutes from our DSV Collection villa, join us for the ultimate golf break.

With only 15% of UK golfers being women, we’re really excited to watch England’s Georgia Hall in her contention to be World Number 1. She claimed both the LET Order of Merit and Players’ Player of the Year titles in 2017, and is currently leading the pack for the 2018 LET Order of Merit, which will be announced at the November event.  English players Dame Laura Davies and Mel Reid both triumphed in winning the national title in the region in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Long gone are the days of golf just being about the men. As well as the international award-winning players, there are also a large amount of female celebrities that feel right at home on the fairway.  Brits include Jodie Kidd, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jane Seymour and they’re joined in their passion by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria, Vera Wang and Tea Leoni.  Celine Dion is so passionate about golf that she even owns her own golf course in Quebec.

Why not get your golfing buddies together and book a 5* luxury break with us?  You could always bring the men along because there’s plenty of room for up to 25 people in our 10 luxury bedrooms.

Overlooking the golf courses at Villa Padierna, you can plan your shots for the next day over a delicious cocktail or if you want to have a bit of downtime from the game you could relax with an evening swim and hot tub in your own private garden. 

The incredible view from Villa El Cid

The incredible view from Villa El Cid

 As well as golf and relaxation, our villas are perfectly located for a fantastic range of restaurants and world-class shopping and nightlife in Puerto-Banus.

Puerto Banús : ‘Like No Other’


Just an 8 minute drive from Villa El Cano, the beautiful marina town of Puerto Banús really is ‘Like No Other’ and the tourist board have just launched a new digital campaign to showcase this.


Its nautical facilities, its unique luxury shopping and its enviable climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine, seduce millions of visitors every year.

Since its creation in 1970, this must-visit Marbella destination really has become a playground for the rich and famous - attracting celebrities, royalty and aristocrats.  From Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant of yesteryear through to the likes of Robert de Niro, Hugh Grant and Michelle Obama.


Fortunately Puerto Banús is close enough to our villas to enjoy the world-class shopping, stunning beaches & coastal views and superb gastronomic experiences but it’s far enough away to give your credit card a few hours of necessary respite. 

 Just a few of the brand names that will test your shopping impulses include Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Tom Ford.

Multi-million pound yachts and impressive sports cars adorn the marina.  So if you’re looking for inspiration to buy your own, or you just like to dream of what to buy with your future lottery win, the fantastic restaurants and bars provide the perfect vantage point.


Whether you’re a big or little kid, it really is a place not to be missed on your visit to Marbella and Villa El Cano will provide the perfect base for your visit.

5* Marbella Luxury, The Perfect Family Retreat

We’ve just returned from a perfect week’s holiday at Villa El Cid in Marbella.  I can fully understand their 50% repeat booking rate as we’re looking at opportunities to return already.
— Annalie H, Lincolnshire

From the moment we pulled up on the driveway to the moment we left at the end of the week, we experienced 5* luxury throughout. 

Ideal for couples and families alike, there really is something for everyone, with the space being large enough for each person to enjoy doing their own thing. 


The kids really were in heaven.  They made their own fruit cocktails using the local produce and spent hours trampolining in the garden, playing in the pool, and chilling in the hot tub.  As a parent, their safety is paramount so the lockable gates around the pool and the addition of swim vests for the young ones, meant that we were able to have a truly relaxing break.   

As the sun went down each evening, the kids would use their last burst of energy to enjoy a family film or create their own rules at the pool table, before heading up to their slumber via the lift.  The level of excitement when they realised that the villa had a lift was off the scale.  Not only was it very convenient for the adults to take heavy suitcases up and down the stairs, but the joy of the doors opening and closing and going up and down was on a par with a popular fairground ride.

Following long hours at work, it’s often difficult to remember how to relax on holiday, but following our warm welcome from the wonderful Andreaa, all of the adults managed to settle in very quickly.

With a large array of fantastic restaurants within an 8-minute drive of the villa, access to private chefs within the local area and the most incredible professional kitchen and dining areas, Villa El Cid is paradise for MasterChef fans.  Whether you’re looking to create your own gastronomic feast using the local delicacies or prefer to sit back and savour someone else’s creations, you certainly won’t go home hungry.   

And if you have sports fans within your party they won’t be disappointed.  The Rugby 7’s World Cup and The FIFA World Cup Fixtures played on the TVs in the communal lounge. They were far enough away that we weren’t disturbed by the vocal support that the boys showed for their teams, but they were close enough to feel that we were all on holiday together, enjoying the same incredible space. 

The rest of us took the opportunity for total relaxation - soaking up the sun, catching up on holiday reading and melting away our stresses in the pool and hot tub.  At night the flood lit pool and hot tub came in to there own – the quiet surroundings, the sleeping children, and the sunset over the golf course - all accompanied by delicious homemade cocktails.



Whether you’re looking to experience the beautiful surroundings of Marbella or spend quality time with friends and family within the grounds of the villa, you wont be disappointed and there’s certainly no risk of you getting claustrophobic. 

During our stay we ventured to the beautiful town of Puerto Banus, which is approximately 8 minutes from the villa.  The harbour side restaurants, the spectacular boats and the exceptional shopping meant that we were able to give our bankcards the flexing that they deserved.  A fantastic Indian takeaway on the terrace and several beachside bars completed our gastronomic journey.


Sadly all good things must come to an end and after 7 days it was time to head home to the UK.   During the journey home the priority discussion was the friends and family that we’d bring back to share the experience with us next year.  


Thank you to the fantastic Barbara for finalising our itinerary and to Andreaa and Rihas in-resort for looking after us.  In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘We’ll be back’.






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