Minimalistic beach house in Zahara de los Atunes: an architectural beauty.

After visiting this cliffhouse, I was full of inspiration and andrenaline.
I couldn’t guess it would have such an effect on me.
Visiting the house is an experience.
It already starts when you enter the villa by cable car.
Before starting my photoshoot, I got a tour by Gotzon, one of the owners.
There is so much to tell about this building, its arquitecture and location, but the nicest suprise was when we walked into the modern and midcentury design livingroom.
My vintage heart was jumping around when I saw the inmense oval tulip table with the fine Danish dining chairs around it.

I had minimalistic in my mind and made the wrong conclusion that the interior design of a villa like this would be only functional.
The house boasts design, tranquility and zen.
And if you are not zen enough, then take a dive in the salt water infinity pool.

Yes, I think I could handle staying here for some weeks.

Charming hosts, art, design and unforgettable views

The owners José Ignacio Labiano and Gotzon Badiola with Maria del Carmen Granado, the soul of Villa Mathesis, make up the team that warmly welcomes you and make your stay at the Villa unforgettable. The way only the Spanish can do.

Labiano, a nonconformist visionary entrepreneur with an eye for detail who loves music and new technologies who takes care of the musical atmosphere at the Villa. Badiola, a humanist entrepreneur, born in the Basque Country, brought up between Australia and Canada, fond of contemporary art and gastronomy is a born host.

With his charming personality, he will make you feel at home in an instant. He is the perfect host, ensuring your wellbeing every instant of your stay.

María del Carmen was born and raised in the City of Cadiz; delicate and elegant discreetly ensures that you will have everything ready in your room and at breakfast.

An idea that has become a gem

Since the year 2000 the partners Badiola and Labiano had been giving some thought to having a modern house built by a renowned architect. For several years they visited plots on the west coast of British Columbia in Canada, Miami, Florida, the Basque coast on Bay of Biscay or Gascony, the Costa Brava and Sotogrande in Cadiz before deciding on the present one on a cliff the Urbanization of Atlanterra near Zahara in Cadiz. Some of these plots were visited with renowned architects to assess the feasibility of a home. Finally, before settling on the plot of Villa Mathesis, it was observed by the owners for over a year to see the impact of the sun, weather, noise, traffic and other variables on future house.

Villa Mathesis was conceived giving full freedom to architects, Alfonso Alzugaray and Carlos Urzainqui to build a family home that was beautiful and functional in an exceptional location. The result was unique. The building fills space like a sculpture with minimal impact on the cliff that starts from the sea facing Africa. Pure lines and details. Nothing is dispensable. Nothing is superfluous. Peace, quiet, tranquility, art and architecture.

Architects of light and order

The choice of architects composed by the team Alfonso Alzugaray and Carlos Urzanqui was done with the outmost care. Alfonso Alzugaray explains their way of working:

“We like to exercise our profession, aside from the prevalent form of understanding architecture like a show often expensive for the developer of the building. We are interested, however, in spaces capable of transmitting an atmosphere, built from light, textures, order and a lean choice of the materials, which must be at the service of the idea and use, and far from a novelty seeking target.”

The program prepared by owners offered complete freedom to the architects in the shapes and forms of the house but they insistently specified their living needs, the dimensions of the spaces, the ceiling heights, the width of the doors, the view of the lighthouse from the bed the master bedroom and the requirement of the sunrise in the master bedrooms, and the quest of the sensation of being on a ship, etc.

Badiola and Labiano and their families and friends have enjoyed Villa Mathesis for its first four years of life until in August 2012 when it opened its doors for a living architecture experience for commercial guests.

Rooms face to face with the sea

Rest like you never have before as if you were in your very own home

Villa Mathesis offers three independent and practically identical guestrooms.
Your privacy and tranquility are guaranteed. Each has 30 m2, king size bed 180 x 200 cm. (or twin 90 x 200 cm. upon request), bathroom with shower, terrace overlooking the sea, air conditioning, free wifi and no TV.
All linen and bath towels are 100% cotton. In the “bodega” of the villa there is a refrigerator at your disposal. Although it’s never too hot or too cold, we have air conditioning in all rooms of the house.
The kitchen due to hygiene and maintenance is not at guests disposal

Sleep soundly storing your car in the closed parking on the property.
Browse or check your email from your room or any room with free wifi.
Immerse yourself in the endless salt-water pool over the ocean facing the sunset.
Sunbath at the south-facing solarium around the pool from which you will hear the breaking of each wave.
Sit in the living room, a unique place to relax and observe. Each piece of furniture is a piece of art and design.
Listen to music in the lounges and you’ll be sure to miss it when you return home.

Tarifs per night per room

High Season
29/07/16 – 27/08/16
Per night per room: 359€

Mid Season
31/12/15 – 5/01/16
18/03/16 – 26/03/16
13/05/16 – 28/07/16
28/08/16 – 1/11/16
Per night per room: 289€

Low Season
Rest of year.
Per night per room: 189€
(All tarifs are inlcuding taxes)

Additional person:
85 € (to guarantee the quality of your stay only one person per room is allowed).

Deposit required for the reservation:

25 % of the total stay. Minimum 1 night deposit. The balance will be charged upon arrival.

Cancellation policy:

  • We will return 100% of your deposit if you cancel at least 7 days before your arrival date.
  • Given the delicacy of the home and the furniture and in order to preserve a unique atmosphere children must be 16 years old or older.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • The kitchen due to hygiene and maintenance is not at guests disposal.
  • The villa can not be rented as a whole.

Villa Mathesis – Zahara de los Atunes – Cádiz

The luxurious residential neighbourhood of Atlanterra, embraced by Cape Camarinal and Cape de la Plata, the Natural Park of the Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar itself is a unique location. From here you can access the varied cuisine offered by the fishing village of Zahara which is at 4 kilometers, with plenty of activities like surfing, diving, fishing or hiking on the beach or the Natural Park of the Strait or simply sighting migratory birds and ships that cross the strait. Not to mention the beautiful image offered by the African continent or the exotic city of Tangier across the Strait.

Choose between two beaches within three minutes walking: Beach of Los Alemanes (1.3 km. long) or the Beach of Zahara (14 km. long).

Located in the exclusive Residential Quarters of Atlanterra just 4 km. of Zahara de los Atunes, Cadiz. Facing south, face to face with Africa, embraced by the beach of Los Alemanes and framed between the Cape de Plata, Cape Camarinal, the Natural Park of the Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar itself; it is a one of a kind site.


A unique architectural enclave with panoramic views over the ocean that has been hailed by international media.
Enjoy Luxury accommodation in Zahara de los Atunes.

This luxurious villa in Zahara de los Atunes is located between Europe and Africa, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, right at the crossroad between continents and seas. It’s an exceptional area, with a lot of maritime traffic, very rich given the overlapping of the Christian and Muslim cultures. It overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar from The Alemanes Beach offering 330 days of sunshine a year with an average temperature of 20º Celsius.

 Villa Mathesis is located in the luxurious residential neighbourhood of Atlanterra, right on the seafront, 4 kilometers from the fishing village of Zahara de los Atunes, Cadiz. Facing south toward the African Continent on the Alemanes beach, embraced by Cap Camarinal and Cap de la Plata surrounded by the Natural Park of the Strait; a unique location.
Choose between two beaches within three minutes walking: Beach of Los Alemanes (1.3 km. long) or the Beach of Zahara (14 km. long).

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