Quick keep: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain
SO/ Sotogrande is the tenth and latest addition to Accor’s SO/ lodge model, with fifteen extra scheduled to open. Set in an unique gated group in Sotogrande, this can be a luxurious model however with a distinctly rebellious twist – every SO/ lodge has its personal distinctive identification and aptitude, while nonetheless acknowledging its roots. Within the case of SO/ Sotogrande, it occupies the positioning of a former cortijo – a standard Spanish farmhouse – and attracts on its Andalusian heritage in a revolutionary means.
Accor even employed a designer – as they do with each SO/ lodge – to signify the resort on this regard. Within the case of SO/ Sotogrande, this was girls’s swimwear designer Dolores Cortés who was tasked with designing a vibrant uniform for the employees. Accor needed one thing new and modern that may shock the visitor… and Dolores delivered.
We had the good pleasure of assembly Dolores and listening to the story of her involvement – how she had initially politely declined Accor’s invitation, but how in the long run she was behind not simply the uniform, but additionally paintings on the lodge, together with the lodge’s emblem that depicts three iconic components of Andalusian tradition: a carnation, a fan and an arch. She additionally needed to precise the joyfulness of Andalucia and the character of the resort.
A non-public, air-conditioned switch from Malaga Airport to the lodge – a journey of about 1 hour 10 minutes – made my arrival very comfy and seamless. (Flying into Gibraltar is another choice, with a switch that takes about half the time.) On reaching the lodge, I used to be greeted with a refreshing drink and towel at reception while the formailities of the paperwork have been rapidly sorted and I used to be pushed to my room in a buggy.
A personalised welcome be aware from the Common Supervisor, a bottle of fizz, some contemporary fruit and a dessert with ‘SO/ Welcome’ inscribed in chocolate have been among the many many treats that greeted me within the room.
I stayed in a SO/ COMFY King room which, residing as much as its title, was exceptionally comfy and well-appointed, along with having its personal small balcony.
Beamed ceilings, Moroccan-inspired tiling, detailed fretwork and sweeping arches mix to present an Andalusican vibe to the lodge’s 152 up to date rooms, 36 of that are suites.
An expensive Noken Porcelanosa patio toilet holds additional surprises, providing a wonderful expertise of consolation and leisure. Fluffy bathrobes and a superb rain bathe are simply a number of the facilities on supply.
Toiletries are from Australian magnificence model Grown Alchemist whose focus is on all-natural, non-toxic substances.
The accommodations is supplied with at least six eating places and bars. HI-SO presents a chilled-out, chiringuito-style setting near the pool, while the MIXO VVIP lounge is a good spot for celebrations.
The lodge’s Cortijo restaurant is the proper spot for Mediterranean delicacies with the choice to dine outdoors on the terrace, while the brand new Society restaurant scheduled to open subsequent yr is a fantastic eating choice with a extra theatrical gastronomic providing.
Taking centre stage throughout the lodge advanced are two out of doors swimming pools, among the many terraces and out of doors gardens, with loads of solar loungers to select from, and even some over-sized floating starfish to present an added splash of color.
The SO/ Spa well being and wellness membership is a tranquil, enjoyable house with a heated indoor pool in addition to thermal and hydro swimming pools. The eight remedy rooms supply every little thing from signature massages to physique remedies, utilizing merchandise from QMS Medicosmetics, ESPA and Charme d’Orient.
Much less mainstream remedies embrace cryotherapty and a flotation expertise. Not having executed it earlier than, I attempted the latter – it’s speculated to drift you right into a meditative state and clearly labored as a result of I managed to go to sleep within the 25 minutes that I used to be inside! I did come out feeling rejuvenated, I’ve to say.
Additionally on web site on the lodge is the 27-hole Almenara golf course. Designed by native architect Dave Thomas, its undulating fairways and deep bunkers will problem even essentially the most skillful of golfers.
SO/ Sotogrande is positioned inside a non-public gated group, providing glorious privateness and safety, on the Costa del Sol. It’s near Gibraltar (half-hour), Marbella (45 minutes) and likewise accessible from Malaga Airport (a bit over one hour away).
Different good touches
Additional particular touches have been plentiful throughout my brief keep, from a bottle of fizz and the SO/ Welcome dessert on arrival, to this chocolate-dipped fig full of hazelnuts that was ready for me within the room.
Assorted GauGin gins have been one other shock supply that got here to the room.
Charges begin from £330 per evening (£297 for Accor members) for the SO/ COMFY King room class, with breakfast included. Suites on the lodge begin from £590 (£530 for Accor members), once more together with breakfast.
The most effective bit
The sensation of house and tranquillity. Though we stayed at a time of comparatively low occupancy, it didn’t really feel that it could be too busy even when working at near capability as there’s a lot of out of doors house to take pleasure in, to not point out a number of bars, eating places and different services.
The ultimate verdict
SO/ Sotogrande is a good place for company searching for unconventional luxurious, but the perfect of Andalusian fashion. The lodge additionally serves as a great place to remain for anybody considering of investing in property in Sotogrande. To be taught extra in regards to the vacation spot, see my different put up right here.
Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Sotogrande.