Sitting around San Roque's famous golf club, about five minutes' drive from Sotogrande.
Golf fanatics, of course, queue up for the suite that Tiger Woods once rented, when playing in the 1997 Ryder Cup. Aside from this soon-to-be-renovated room, there are 100 more rooms nestling into the two-hectare site. I'd try to get one of the recently upgraded rooms, such as suite 3, if possible. They are much more stylish and modern, with Indonesian-style natural floors and carpets and much sleeker furniture. Half of the rooms are suites with their own sitting rooms and separate kitchenettes, with hob, fridge and sink. When I visited, I was genuinely surprised at how well appointed the suites were, considering their reasonable price.
There is a real sense of space here, with plenty of room between the villas and with, of course, the famous golf course in touching distance. The main reception area is just a tiny office, but you can go over and spend time in the main San Roque club house.
Eating and drinking
The hotel also has its own restaurant called Bunkers, run by former Manchester United player Craig Fellows. Next door, there is the well known Japenese restaurant Kamakura.
There is a massive pool area sited under an army of tall palms next to Bunkers restaurant. Guests have discounted use of Buddha Spa, just five minutes' walk away, which is great for beauty treatments.
Friendly, if a bit erratic. Generally, I've found the staff to be courteous and a little old fashioned.
Who stays there
First and foremost golfers - some famous, others keen amateurs.
It is terrific value, at least until the whole refurbishment is complete. There are numerous deals for keen golfers, with a great deal for four nights' accommodation with four green fees.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Chilling out
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Well appointed rooms
- Access to San Roque golf course
- The old rooms are a bit soulless