Where can you relax surrounded by high-end luxury? Where can you enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year where happiness is feeling the sea breeze on your face? 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 have the acclaim of Marbella, in fact, quite the opposite because Sotogrande is Southern Spain’s best-kept secret. The locals here like their luxury discrete and sedate, and if you’re looking for somewhere away from the limelight, we know you’ll love Sotogrande as your next home.
Here are six compelling reasons why:
1. Nature surrounds Sotogrande
More than ever, we’re looking for wide-open spaces to enjoy the outdoors, away from the built-up hustle and bustle. A home surrounded by nature is the tonic 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 Beach, private 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.
2. Tranquillity with a capital T
You’ll find just the correct dose of tranquillity at Sotogrande, where life moves at a slower pace. Enjoy it’s all year round climate with long summer days and leisurely evenings with no clock-watching and zero stress. Perfect for switching off from everyday life and its recent challenges.
Did you know? Unlike most resorts on the Costa del Sol, built-up isn’t a word in the Sotogrande dictionary. Here, you’ll find no high-rises, only beautiful villas.
3. Off the radar
Sotogrande stays off the radar and feels a world apart from its glitzy neighbours like Marbella and Puerto Banus. But don’t for a minute think that Sotogrande isn’t popular among the rich and famous.
Far from it – the resort has always been a perennial favourite with royalty and nobility, celebrities from the world over, and Europe’s wealthiest families. Many own homes in Sotogrande and return year after year to holiday.
But don’t expect to see a lot of bling on show or swarms of paparazzi chasing after film stars. Sotogrande offers its A-list visitors the chance to keep a low profile, and all of them do.
Did you know? Privacy and discretion is a way of life in Sotogrande.
4. Outdoor living at its best
When making Sotogrande your home, you are guaranteed superior leisure activities and in surroundings that are second to none. And when it comes to lifestyle, Sotogrande is your oyster.
With the Mediterranean and inland 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.
Known as the “sport of kings”, polo has been played at Sotogrande since 1980. The world’s best players come together for the International Polo Tournament at Santa Maria Polo Club every 12 months.
Pick from Real Club Valderrama, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande and La Reserva Club. All three offer exceptional golf in stunning surroundings. Valderrama hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997 and continues to host premium tournaments every year. Don’t fancy a round of golf? Admire the immaculate fairways from one of the fine properties with frontline views of the greens.
Hike through the Andalucian foothills
Sotogrande offers excellent walking routes and mountain trails, all on your doorstep, and one of the best ways to explore this stunning private resort is by foot. The interior streets are lined with tall arching palm trees, and comparisons are often made with California.
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 sun loungers or cabana beds at The Beach by the gently lapping waves on the lagoon at La Reserva.
Fine wining and dining
The waterfront at Sotogrande Marina is lined with many cafés and restaurants, serving all types of different cuisine. The nearby town of Torreguadiaro is famous for its tapas bars with gastro menus, including modern twists on traditional Andalusian dishes.
Did you know? Sotogrande has over 40 restaurants serving cuisine from all corners of the world.
5 – The Best Homes
Sotogrande excels at magnificent villas with stunning surroundings. Some of Europe’s best architects have designed remarkable homes in the resort with modern and sustainable designs.
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 luxury property on the Costa del Sol.
6 – Sotogrande keeps you safe
As an entirely gated resort, Sotogrande offers its residents total security. Many residential complexes within the resort are also enclosed with 24-hour surveillance. This combined with security patrols mean that there’s zero crime.
We knew you would be. And if you’d like to find out more about true luxury in Sotogrande, take a look at The Exceptional Homes Collection.