"Stylish Sotogrande - Home to the Discreet Chic and the Wanna-Go-Unrecognized Famous." - Reviewed by Lisa
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“To have a Sotogrande based on money would be the most horrible society. A club is a thing people join because they are friends, or potential friends.” Joseph McMicking – Founder and Developer of Sotogrande 1962
Located on Spain’s Costa del Sol, this 20 square-acre enclave of prestigious lifestyle was started in the 1960’s with a master plan that has developed seamlessly over the decades. Today, it includes some of the country’s most elite homes, developments within the development, famed golf courses, well-established polo clubs and an abundance of activities.
Owners and guests in Sotogrande have a multitude of interests, so it stands to reason that there would be at least a handful of activities to satisfy them… and all offered at a world-class level. From golf to polo to equestrian pursuits to marine activities to relaxation – not to mention excellent restaurants, cafés and a wining and dining selection to keep everybody happy. Sotogrande lifestyle is all about options – possibilities of indulging within the secure environment or opportunities to explore the region of Andalucia… even easy access to Africa, just across the Straits.
Less than an hour west of Marbella and a stone’s throw from Gibraltar, Sotogrande is the understated destination of the glittering Costa. Home to an international monied elite, it appeals to the discreet chic and the want-to-go-unrecognized famous.
Sotogrande is all about quality of life – low-key moments with family and friends and enjoying the simple pleasures in beautiful surroundings. The living is as glamourous as the days are easy.
Sotogrande is home to royalty, international power brokers, actors, and politicians. It’s a place where you enjoy your home and those of your friends. Of course, there are hotels, but Sotogrande is not about hotel culture – it’s about seclusion behind your own front door with access to plenty of fun on the doorstep.
Most homes are fully staffed and have their own pool and gardens. Homes are in different residential areas throughout the development – from estates to townhomes to apartments.
- In sunny Andalucia, Spain
- 15-min drive to Gibraltar International Airport
- 2-hr drive to Seville
- 1-1/4 hr drive to Jerez and Málaga Airports
- 40-min drive to Marbella
EXPERIENCES IN SOTOGRANDE
Golf – a Way of Life in Sotogrande
With 5 top-ranked courses within a 15-minute radius, there is no denying that golf holds an important place here. The mild climate year-round and the elevated level of play make this a standout destination for any golfer. The first Ryder Cup was played in Valderrama and this raised the bar for golfing standards all over Europe. The European Tour is hosted here today and standards continue to exceed expectations.
The original Club Real Golf Sotogrande was the brainchild of Robert Trent Jones back in the early 1960’s and it is still considered a masterpiece. Both clubs are private and member-owned. With the development of the prestigious Reserva Club nestled in the hilltops of Soto Alto and the addition of La Cañada and Almenara, the diversity of play and scenic options are outstanding for all levels of play.
Life in the Saddle
The “Sport of Kings” is also a legend in Sotogrande. Dating back to its inception, polo has always been an integral part of the lifestyle here. Tournaments attract players from around the world to the area’s 7 polo clubs, which offer 20 fields and stabling for more than 1,500 ponies. There’s no shortage of spectators who flock here to watch royals, socialites and professionals compete in tournaments held throughout the year. With names like Cartier and Rolex backing these events, visitors can be assured of world-class play.
Puerto Sotogrande is where you’ll find the Club Maritimo, Sotogrande’s yacht club. It boasts over 500 members, a royal endorsement from King Juan Carlos I and a full roster of sailing activities throughout the year. And, where you find marinas, you also find all manner of luxurious motorboats just waiting for a daily or weekly charter. Why not set off for a champagne sunset adventure or experience the magnificent coastline with its abundance of local marinas all hopping with life and charm.
Maybe swilling champers under the stars isn’t your thing – but a bit of wave riding or kite surfing is. Alternatively, with a little exertion, you can enjoy some excellent deep-sea fishing or check out the clarity of the Mediterranean with a snorkeling and diving expedition. All manner of watersports can easily be found and enjoyed. Classes and private instruction are available at all levels.
Nights Dancing in the Sand
Your days and nights follow your own rhythm, the beauty is the number of options available to create your own beat, with miles of sandy beaches and crystal-clear sea and 4 beach club locations from which to pick, you can sway quietly in a hammock all day, dance till dawn, sit and chat in a quiet corner with friends or see and be seen… your choice.
Stylish Chambao is a hip summer beach club with live DJs, massages and bead-fringed hammocks. It has a laid-back vibe during the day and a party scene that goes until dawn.
Trocadero is the beach club where modern-day glamour meets colonial Africa. Choose between a chic circular beach hut with a fringed palm roof, swimming pools flanked by jungle-inspired sculptures or a laid back ex-pat meal in the exotic restaurant. Daytime casual turns super stylish at night with DJs and dancing into the wee hours.
El Octogono, the original Sotogrande-style haven, is an energetic, waterfront, private club and hub of numerous activities where you can waterski, jetski, kayak and more.
Pop up Gigi Beach is another cool summer venue which completes Sotogrande’s portfolio of hippy-chic beach clubs that take advantage of cobalt-sea views from a palmed shoreline.