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THE REVOLUTIONIZED CORTIJO

THE REVOLUTIONIZED CORTIJO

//by travel-expert José Berrocoso//

Immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of an Andalusian country estate. Enjoy the true Mediterranean lifestyle, the best comfort in a design and avant-garde resort where the gastronomic offer stands out.

The story of Sotogrande began in 1962, when millionaire Joseph McMicking, impressed by the luxury Forbes Park estate in Manila, in the Philippines, thought it would be an interesting idea to build something similar. The Filipino-American businessman, who served in the US army during World War II, bought four neighbouring fincas around the Guadiaro River estuary, in Cádiz, Spain. And his dream became true. Since its inception, Sotogrande has become the largest private enclave in Andalusia and undeniably one of the finest residential and leisure destinations in the world.
60 years later Sotogrande is an exclusive home where the elite enjoys the Costa del Sol in total discretion. With an impressive marina, world-renowned golf courses, famous polo clubs and nature reserves.

This summer this beautiful location has a new member in the family. Accor, the largest hospitality company in Europe, set out in this incredible enclave in Southern Spain to open the latest property of SO/ Hotels & Resorts, a playful mix of sophistication and the dynamic style of each locale. The properties of SO brand are the places to see and be seen. With SO/’s unique ‘Just Say SO’ attitude, guests can enjoy service excellence delivered with an audacious and fashionable twist. Blended between Sotogrande’s vibe and the soul of SO/Hotels & Resorts, the French hotel group has created a unique resort experience in a revolutionized Andalusian cortijo. SO/ Sotogrande offers a contemporary touch, with rebellious spirit and it is the most idyllic place with a healthy and contemporary lifestyle, where families and friends savour together.

From the moment you arrive, you are swept away to a world of wellness and serenity. A world where each day starts like a blank canvas for you to paint with the colours and emotions of your choice. Choose to explore the surrounding tapestry of verdant hills and valleys by foot, bike or horseback. Dive into the aquamarine waters of the Alboran Sea, then sail across them on a majestic yacht. Practice your swing on one of the many world-renowned golf greens that surround the hotel. Or simply spend indulgent days within its white walls, shady arcades and idyllic grounds.

The hotel rooms are divided according to category: 19 rooms SO Cosy, 97 SO Comfy, 12 SO Studio, 10 SO Suite, 6 SO Lofty, 6 SO Two and 2 SO VIP, which are the jewels of the crown, with majestic terraces and wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea. All 152 rooms have a terrace or balcony, most of them with large windows.

CULINARY DESTINATION
SO Sotogrande is a paradise for food lovers. The fusion of the local products together with the inspiration and modernity of SO/, inspires Cortijo. This family style restaurant focuses traditional cuisine with the best Andalusian products. HI-SO, located in the pool area with a relaxed atmosphere, presents a menu based on alfresco dining with a special feature: a massive barbecue of firewood of five meters characoal grill.

In addition, guests can also enjoy buzzing atmosphere vibrant encounters at Social Club, the favourite place for locals to enjoy the panoramic views of the golf course; MIXO, the hotel’s modern and livery bar tnat combines high-enery fun with sophistication. MIXO VVIP, SO/ Sotogrande’s elegant and intimate bar is ideal for parties and private events or experience fine-dining ahute cuisine at SOCIETY.

RELAX, SWIM, SUNBATH AND CARE
SO/ Sotogrande is more than just a 5-star hotel that takes great care of your physical needs. It is also a wonderful place to come to when your innr wellbeing needs some tender loving care. The SPA and Health Club is surrounded by greenery, evoking an oasis of peace and luxurious gardens where the Mediterranean breeze calms. With a hand-picked collection of treatments inspired by science, for body and mind, it aims to be one of the best and most luxurious wellness centers in Sotogrande, proclaiming itself as a benchmark on the Costa del Sol. 8 spa rooms with natural therapies, 3 treatment cabins, cryotherapy, flotation therapy and physiotherapy, termal and hydraulic pools, hamman, relaxation and meditation areas and a state-of-the-art gym.

Should you wish to explore beyond this bubble of tranquility, your options are endless. The jet set appeal of Marbella and Puerto Banús is only 40 minutes away by car. The big city vibe of Seville is a 2-hour drive, while the exotic Moroccan coast and the whitewashed medina walls of Tangier are a short ferry ride away.

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