Situated some 20 minutes west of Marbella is ‘another Marbella’. Similar but also very different, Sotogrande is a luxury residential resort with a pedigree and appeal all of its own. Like Marbella it has been catering to an upscale international clientele since the 1960s, and like Marbella it offers a classic five-star deluxe Mediterranean resort experience, very much holding its own with its larger neighbour in terms of quality, amenities and refinement.
Founded in the early 1960s, Sotogrande has continued to blossom into the spacious, master-planned resort community that stands out for its spacious roads, excellent infrastructure and attractive landscaping. Smaller and more intimate than Marbella, it consists of three distinct areas: the beachside zone with its leafy residential streets lined with beautiful villas, the elegant marina made up of charming eateries, boutiques and luxury apartments overlooking the yachts – some with their own private berths – and the hillside country club environment where villas, luxurious townhouse and apartment complexes are surrounded by the landscaped greenery of some of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol, and maybe even Europe.
Such iconic golf clubs as Valderrama, La Reserva de Sotogrande and the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande need no introduction, and the understated, old-money appeal that characterises Sotogrande also comes to life at the polo tournaments hosted by the Santa María club. One of the most prestigious polo venues in the world, it is where the best teams from across Europe, the UAE, North America and Argentina compete.
Add a superb equestrian centre, refined beach clubs and a prestigious international school, and it becomes clear why Sotogrande – so close to the authentic Andalucía – is associated with quality living. It’s a sentiment shared by many, including royalty and celebrities, but especially those who value style, luxury and good taste, not to mention a prime selection of spacious modern homes.