Sotogrande is an architectural showcase, with many different styles of property, from traditional Andalucian houses to surprisingly avant-garde villas.
With views of the resort's world-famous Valderrama championship golf course, Villa Dorada is a spacious and beautifully appointed property, built in traditional Andalucian style, with a colonnaded wraparound terrace and barrel-tiled roofs.
The villa is reached through a delightful courtyard garden. Inside, an impressive and graceful interior combines traditional grandeur with rich, contemporary finishes. Colourful artwork and ceramics pay homage to local boy Pablo Picasso, who was born just along the coast in Málaga. But there are elements of the East here, too: a large sitting Buddha gazes across the room at Picasso's Face of Peace; a Buddha head sits in front of another Picasso print.
A sweeping double-height staircase rises from a tiled hallway, decorated with Botticelli's Birth of Venus, the spacious bedrooms, each furnished in contemporary style mixed with more traditional Spanish design elements and colours.
Outside this home in Sotogrande, there are landscaped gardens dotted with elegant palm trees and a beautiful pool with views across the surrounding golf courses. Contemporary rattan dining furniture and plenty of shade make the terrace an elegant and comfortable place for casual lunches as well as more formal meals.
The design of the resort has been crucial to its success: avenues of palm and conifer trees provide privacy and seclusion, while superb facilities offer endless entertainment. It's easy to see why some of the richest and most powerful Spanish families have summer homes in Sotogrande.
Located in the Andalucian region of Spain, Sotogrande is the largest and most prestigious resort and residential development in southern Europe. Spanning 4,400 acres from the coast of the Mediterranean into the foothills of Sierra Almenara, this beautiful resort offers views toward the Rock of Gibraltar and Morocco, and back across the hills and cork forests inland.