After the isolation and lockdown of the last 18 months, we all need to get back into vacation mode, back into the sunshine and warmth. Plus, we could all do with treating ourselves to some luxury. After all, we definitely deserve it, having been through such an uncertain time.
So, where might you go to find relaxation in high-end surroundings? Where can you kick back, relax and treat yourself at the same time? We want to suggest you take a long look at Sotogrande, a world-class residential resort at the far western end of the Costa del Sol.
It might not be as famous as next-door Marbella – quite the opposite because Sotogrande is the well-kept secret among those who like their luxury discreet and sedate.
But we’re betting that you’re looking for a destination where you can reconnect with yourself, your family and your friends. And in peaceful surroundings. If that’s the case, then we know you’ll love Sotogrande as your next luxury holiday destination. Here are seven compelling reasons why.
Sotogrande showcases nature at its best
This year, more than ever, we’re looking for wide-open spaces. The chance to be outdoors and in nature. Fresh air, the sea breeze and sunshine are the tonics we need. And Sotogrande provides nature at its best and then some.
- Sandy beaches – over 6km of coastline where magnificent views of the Rock of Gibraltar and the Moroccan coastline beyond are a given. Plus the well renowned ‘The Beach’, in La Reserva. Stunning golden sands around a manmade lagoon.
- Rolling hills – verdant (all year round) and dotted with Mediterranean cork and holm oaks.
- Mountain views – magnificent sierras define your horizon to the west, north and east.
- Riverscapes – the mighty Guadiaro River meets the Mediterranean at Sotogrande, and its estuary and wetlands are a natural paradise.
Did you know? Nature takes centre stage in Sotogrande with tree-lined boulevards, green spaces and parklands throughout its 2,000 hectares. At La Reserva, you’ll even discover Provence in the exquisite outdoor spaces, designed by renowned French landscape gardener Jean Mus.
Sotogrande does tranquillity with a capital T
Hand in hand with all this nature goes a sedate, quieter pace of life, and you’ll find just the right dose of tranquillity at Sotogrande. Get ready to luxuriate in long summer days and leisurely evenings with no clock-watching, no hustle and bustle and zero stress. Perfect for switching off from everyday life and its recent challenges and turning on to life in the slow and best lane of all.
Did you know? Unlike some resorts on the Costa del Sol, built-up isn’t a word in the Sotogrande dictionary. Here, you’ll find no high-rises because most properties are villas on large plots or townhouses.
Sotogrande keeps a low profile
Part of the secret to being a world apart from the hubbub on the rest of the Costa del Sol lies in Sotogrande’s talent for staying off the radar. But don’t for one minute think that Sotogrande doesn’t attract its fair share of rich and famous.
Far from it – the resort has always been on the jet set’s second home list. It’s a perennial favourite with royalty and nobility, Spanish and European and film stars and singers from the world over as well as Spain’s richest families. Many own homes in Sotogrande and return year after year to holiday in the peace and quiet.
But don’t expect to see swarms of paparazzi after the celebrities or to read about them in gossip magazines. Sotogrande offers its A-list visitors the chance to keep a low profile, and all of them do.
Did you know? Privacy and discretion are the watchwords at Sotogrande.
Sotogrande takes lifestyle to a whole new level
Vacationing in style involves superior leisure activities and in surroundings that are second to none. Sotogrande has ticked these boxes since the resort was established in the early 1960s. And when it comes to sport, Sotogrande really is your oyster.
Along with the legendary Real Club Valderrama golf course, regular host of premium tournaments, including the Ryder Cup in 1997, you can also play 18-holes at the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande and La Reserva Club. All three offer exceptional golf and stunning surroundings. Don’t fancy a round? Admire the immaculate fairways from one of the fine properties with frontline views of the greens.
Known as the “sport of kings”, polo has been played at Sotogrande for over three decades. Every year, the world’s best strikers come together for the International Polo Tournament at Santa Maria Polo Club.
If tamer sports on a horse are your thing, you can go cross-country riding or show jump at the three equestrian centres in the resort.
All the water sports
With the ocean, river and a lagoon, Sotogrande offers plenty of scope for action on the water. Sail from Sotogrande Marina, go deep-sea fishing in the Straits of Gibraltar, kite surf on the waves, scuba dive in the Mediterranean or wakeboard on the lagoon at The Beach.
Hike or Horse ride through Sotogrande
One of the best ways to explore the stunning nature around Sotogrande is on your own two legs or by horse. The resort offers excellent walking routes and mountain trails. All on the doorstep.
If you’re taking time out from exercise on your holiday or love chilling by the waves, head for one of the beach clubs in Sotogrande, all of which offer low-key luxury and in style. You’ll find Trocadero Sotogrande with beach beds, pool and two restaurants, plus other clubs right on the sands down by the Med. Or relax on the loungers or cabana beds at The Beach by the gently lapping waves on the lagoon at La Reserva.
Fine wining and dining
Lovers of fine cuisine are also in for a treat at Sotogrande, where an excellent choice of eateries and venues await discerning foodies. The waterfront at Sotogrande Marina makes the perfect setting for the many cafés and restaurants. You can also dine at La Reserva, the hotels and golf clubs on the resort.
Did you know? Sotogrande has over 40 restaurants serving cuisine from all corners of the world. You can read a round-up here.
Sotogrande does the best places to stay
Five stars shine all-around when it comes to places to stay in Sotogrande. If you want to stay in one of the best hotels on the Costa del Sol, check out SO/ Sotogrande. Part of the Accor chain’s luxury portfolio has just opened its luxury doors and offers 151 rooms, including 24 suites to discerning vacationers. All in the surroundings of a traditional Andalusian Cortijo ranch.
But the true luxury comes in the private property, and Sotogrande excels at stunning villas with the finest finishes. The world’s best architects have put their signatures to homes in the resort where stunning modern, sustainable design finds the perfect setting. And as you’d expect, nature always rules supreme, ensuring the resort’s hallmark privacy and discretion.
Recent additions to the choice of property in Sotogrande include several projects in La Reserva. Each is designed to complement its surroundings, the Mediterranean lifestyle and high-end living. And each is the brainchild of internationally renowned architects. These spectacular properties come with a long list of luxury touches – swimming pools (indoor and out) are standard, as are cinema rooms, wine cellars, spas and gyms.
Not for nothing is Sotogrande now attracting the attention of the world’s discerning property investors, keen to buy the finest property in southern Spain within one of its most exclusive resorts.
Did you know? The Exceptional Homes Collection showcases some of the most magnificent property on the Costa del Sol.
Sotogrande keeps you safe
As an entirely gated resort, Sotogrande offers visitors and residents total security. Many residential complexes within the resort are also enclosed with 24-hour surveillance.
This, combined with discretion and tranquillity, means that there’s zero crime. Therefore, you can holiday with total peace of mind, which is always important.
Marbella is in easy reach.
And our final reason that Sotogrande should be your next luxury holiday destination is that if you do hanker after some glitz and glamour, the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banús are a mere 30-minute drive away. This means that you can pop along to a completely different world on the Costa del Sol quickly and easily. And then, of course, return to your sanctuary of peaceful discretion in Sotogrande.