Hotel Almenara, Spain

Surrounded by sable-hued Andalucian landscapes, Sotogrande is one of the most illustrious postcodes in this sun-drenched pocket of southern SpainWednesday, November 9, 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Surrounded by sable-hued Andalucian landscapes, Sotogrande is one of the most illustrious postcodes in this sun-drenched pocket of southern Spain. Catering for the sporting elite and sun-seekers alike, the high-end lifestyle resort offers a mix of short- and long-stay rentals, purchasing opportunities and hotel stays.

Half an hour from Marbella and 20 minutes from Gibraltar Airport, Hotel Almenara is perched on a hill overlooking a marina and, beyond, the Mediterranean. Its terracotta-roofed villas house 145 light-filled rooms and suites, a spa and a gym offering daily spinning, HIIT and Pilates classes. Hugging the hillside, the Elysium Spa & Wellness Centre features Spanish colonial elements: pastel-hued archways, oversized ceramic vases and polished marble walls. An indoor pool, hydrotherapy circuit and nine therapy rooms complete the picture.

Mediterranean dishes are accompanied by the finest wine at Gaia, plus views of forested hills through floor-length windows; in summer, tables spill out onto the terrace. Nearby, at the 19th hole of the Almenara golf course is the Veinteeocho & Terrace Bar, with a relaxed vibe and healthy fare.

The 27-hole golf course wraps around the hotel; its three nine-hole loops weaving past tree-lined lakes. Five other courses are dotted across Sotogrande, the best-known being Real Club Valderrama, host to the 1997 Ryder Cup. Others include Club de Golf de la Reserva, the Real Club Sotogrande and the 36-hole San Roque Club.

Sotogrande is home to the Santa Maria Polo Club’s 11 polo pitches, which host 25 tournaments throughout summer. Sporty guests can also use Sotogrande’s golf academy and equestrian centre, run or mountain bike in the hills, or enjoy an array of watersports, from sailing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing to paddleboarding, fishing or kayaking.

There’s also the chance to visit the beautiful Malagan city of Ronda, stopping at the Plaza de Ronda, the Old Bridge and the Church of Santa Maria Seville, or head to Seville to soak up the capital’s architectural riches: from the Moorish influences in the Santa Cruz quarter to the colonial buildings lining the riverside El Arenal.

Don’t miss

The polo summer season at the Santa Maria Polo Club, which attracts 800 top players from around the world

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 145 rooms
• 2 restaurants
• Elysium Spa & Wellness Centre
• Swimming pool
• Hotel’s own golf course, and 5 others in Sotogrande
• Polo club

Contact Information

hotelalmenara.com
T: +34 956 582 000
E: info.sotogrande@sotogrande.com

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