NH Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa
Avenida Almenara, Sotogrande, Costa del Sol, Spain, 11310
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Sporty types, People watching, Relaxation, Special occasions
Expert review of NH Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa
In the hills above Sotogrande overlooking Almenara golf course, the NH is in an enviable position.You arrive up a long, private drive to a cluster of palm trees and a huge fountain. The terracotta-colour hotel, with its pan-tiled roof and collection of mini-chalets, sits in clipped landscaped gardens. Nearby are the multi-million pound homes of numerous captains of industry, celebrities and sportsmen, including Glenn Hoddle and Glen Johnson, who I've seen in the club house here.
Inland from the main port of Sotogrande, you are actually in the hills on the other side of the main arterial motorway. Set beside the first tee of Almenara golf course, there are spectacular views towards the nearby Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema.
Most of the rooms have spectacular views off into the faraway mountains inland or down towards the Med. The ornate bedheads of beige Indian silk, natural terracotta floors, a big desk and a couple of comfy chairs make up the scene. When I stayed, there was a calming Rothko on my wall and an interesting pair of sketches of the Alhambra. Unsurprisingly, in the distance I could hear the twang of golf clubs.
You walk into a huge open-plan atrium, which I found a little too cavernous and corporate, despite its collection of wooden trunks, terracotta urns and old Moroccan carpets on the wall. The bar area is a nice place to relax, particularly in the evening after dinner. At the back there is a pleasant outdoor terrace café and upstairs the main restaurant.
The restaurant, Gaia, has a good reputation and serves up an enticing menu with the likes of osso bucco, carpaccio of duck with truffle shavings and 'quail lolipops'. In the morning the restaurant serves as the main breakfast room, with an adjoining terrace where you can sit and take the morning sun. It is a great breakfast with plenty of fruit and every conceivable pastry and cake.
As well as its own golf course, there's a gym, which is free for guests to use.
A bit lackadaisical, particularly late in the evenings. English is spoken perfectly by nearly all the staff.
A huge mix, but plenty of golfers and holidaying couples and businessmen.
Try for some of the three-day or week-long deals.
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- Avenida Almenara, Sotogrande, Costa del Sol, Spain, 11310
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool