NH Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa

Avenida Almenara, Sotogrande, Costa del Sol, Spain, 11310

Price from: £105

View of golf course

By George Prior, your Sotogrande expert

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expert-rated hotels in Sotogrande
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
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Bedrooms:
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Eating/drinking:
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4.4
Public areas:
4.5
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Leisure facilities:
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Service:
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Value for money:
4.2
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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

The flagship of the NH chain sits on its own exclusive golf course near Sotogrande.

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.

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Leisure facilities: 

As well as its own golf course, there's a gym, which is free for guests to use.

Service: 

A bit lackadaisical, particularly late in the evenings. English is spoken perfectly by nearly all the staff.

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Who stays there: 

A huge mix, but plenty of golfers and holidaying couples and businessmen.

Price advice: 

Try for some of the three-day or week-long deals.

Pros: 
Plenty of space
Superb views
Excellent breakfast
Cons: 
Bit too golf orientated for some tastes

More information on NH Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa:

Price from:
£105
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Avenida Almenara, Sotogrande, Costa del Sol, Spain, 11310
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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