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|Club MarItÍmo Sotogrande****
In our opinion, by far the best location in Sotogrande: on the marina amongst the plush villas of the Sotogrande Private Estate.
Club Maritìmo is a stylish, modern hotel that is surrounded by the bars and restaurants that Sotogrande has to offer. Abuzz with activity during the summer months, in Spring and Autumn it is a little quieter, offering the perfect venue for a relaxing stay amongst the lapping waters of the marina and gently chinking of the mast-stays.
The standard bedrooms at the Club Maritimo are on the cutting edge of style: open-plan bedrooms, sitting rooms and shower-rooms, that maximize the available space. Junior Suites and Corner Suites, on the top floor, are also available (at reasonable supplements) that go as far as pedestal baths in the middle of the bedroom, very avante garde!
The hotel bar is most welcoming and spills out onto the waterside patio, which in turn blends with the outdoor tables of the restaurant. In the restaurant you will find a blend of traditional and contemporary European cuisine to placate your palate.
| Gran Hotel Elba Estepona*****
A superb hotel that offers just about everything you might wish for on a golf holiday in Estepona! The Gran Hotel combines luxury with easy accessibility to the nightlife in Estepona (of which there's quite a lot) and all the golf courses that stretch along the coastline between Marbella and Gibraltar.
The Elba Estepona covers a large area between the main coast road and the Mediterranean. The main road makes for easy access and the soundproofed hotel building shields the extensive sun deck and pool area from any road noise.
The bedrooms are very spacious with large bathrooms too and nearly all have balconies that look out over the swimming pool and coastline.
For dining in the hotel there are four restaurants at your disposal - so quite a choice without evening venturing out!
In the airy lobby there is a small bar with waiter service covering wherever you may choose to relax. Later on, the piano bar opens up downstairs providing the perfect spot for extended relaxation and that last nightcap...
Besides the large outdoor pool there is also a indoor pool and spa area. Just the job for an out of season dip or some well earned pampering.
|H10 Estepona Palace****
The closest hotel to Estepona (within walking distance of the lively marina), the largest and probably the best value too! The 237 bedrooms at the H10 Estepona Palace accommodate a large number of holidaymakers every week and as golfers you are likely to be amongst the minority!
In spite of the size of the hotel, the staff somehow manage to maintain a personal touch that will make you feel very much at home during your stay. Bedrooms have enjoyed a recent refurbishment and are all bright and comfortably furnished, most with small balconies overlooking the pool and the Mediterranean just beyond (the hotel provides its own sun loungers in a private area on the sandy beach.
The chef, although catering for large numbers in the main buffet-style restaurant, takes intense pride in providing high quality dishes. There are some unexpected touches too like the bakery that produces all of the hotel's bread and pastries (they're delicious!).
Outside and around the hotel is a large pool that is broken-up into smaller lagoons, so never seems overcrowded. Inside there is another spa-pool with water jets and counter-currents to swim against. There is also a long list of therapies, should your golf have left you aching for a massage.
|Rio Real Hotel*****
A haven of tranquility amidst the hurly-burly of the Costa del Sol. The ultra cool Rio Real hotel sits slightly aloof from the denizens of Puerto Banus.
From the moment you pass through the gates you will feel a certain hushed calm about the place. As you enter Reception you will immediately feel that this hotel is a little different. For a start you will descend to your room rather than go up in a lift.
The hotel curls around one side of the 13th fairway and the balconies look out over the course. The bedrooms have a very funky feel about them with hardly a conventionally straight wall to be found in the place!
On the top level you will also find the Clubhouse; half of which serves as the hotel restaurant in the evenings and where breakfast is served each morning.
A little out on its own in the hills behind Sotogrande and San Roque the new, funkily styled Hotel Castellar make a very cost effective and peaceful base, with plenty of creature comforts for golfing on the western end of the Costa del Sol.
Bedrooms are well proportioned and most have a balcony that looks out over the small pool or orange gardens.
If you prefer a quieter place to stay, in a non-touristy village, this may well be it. There is a very good restaurant at the hotel, to dine out elsewhere will involve a car or taxi journey.
4 nights at the fabulous Gran Hotel Elba Estepona*****
4 nights and 4 rounds at Rio Real****