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.
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.
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.
Who stays there
A huge mix, but plenty of golfers and holidaying couples and businessmen.
Try for some of the three-day or week-long deals.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- People watching
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Superb views
- Plenty of space
- Excellent breakfast
- Bit too golf orientated for some tastes