La Reserva de Sotogrande
Photos by: Johnny Gates
Home & Lifestyle Magazine was invited by charismatic La Reserva de Sotogrande CEO Marc Topiol – a highly-driven businessman with ground-breaking ideas – to take a look around this extraordinary project that is putting Sotogrande further on the map in a jaw-dropping way.
The Costa del Sol is home to many exceptional residential estates, so it is not always easy to stand out. For one new development, however, that was precisely the main objective – and they are meeting the challenge in stunning style.
La Reserva de Sotogrande comprises 600 hectares of virgin land six kilometres inland from the coast and is approximately the same size as La Zagaleta (another ultra-exclusive urbanisation in the hills above Marbella). It has been relatively untouched during the 55 years since it was bought.
The developers of the project favour quality over quantity, and to that end have focused on low-density construction in a natural, wildlife-friendly setting. As we toured around this vast resort, we sensed an air of excitement for what is going to come, with construction companies working fervently to meet their deadlines and staff busily making preparations for the imminent inauguration.
The project offers an alternative lifestyle on rolling land with scrupulously preserved natural surroundings, and is aimed at attracting families and like-minded people who want to get to know their neighbours and have a deep sense of community living. It offers rigid security and a feeling of absolute safety, effectively living in your own private luxury neighbourhood.
In short, La Reserva de Sotogrande is an innovative concept for luxury resort living, providing everything discerning people could require, highlighted by the finest services and amenities and superb sporting and leisure activities – all inside a private gated community. These state-of-the-art amenities include golf, children’s entertainment, kayaks, water bikes, stand-up paddle, tennis, equestrianism, classes and much more to suit all tastes and ages.
Before embarking on our tour, we enjoyed a sumptuous lunch of contemporary Andalucian cuisine with Marc in their stylish L’Olive restaurant, where told us more about the project. He commented, “Basically, we are an extension of all that Marbella brings to those who reside and visit here. We wanted La Reserva de Sotogrande to offer an all-round superlative lifestyle for everyone of all ages, which is why we have brought so many different elements into the project. As we understand that an integral part of living on the Costa del Sol is beach life, we have decided to bring the beach to us! In just a few weeks we will be launching Spain’s very first and only luxury inland beach club complete with a sand-bottomed pool and leisure activities for all the family – it’s a very exciting part of the project.”
Set out to be a “steward of the environment”, the beach complex includes a sophisticated filtration system, fresh water pool and sand from Cádiz, with a 220-seat beach club facility.
The idea is that all elements of La Reserva de Sotogrande become an extension of residents’ gardens: “communal dining, sharing food and fun together, making new friends and making wonderful memories – all part of this spirit of community of La Reserva de Sotogrande – with a sense of identity, place and authenticity”.
Currently there are plans for 15 sub-communities within the Reserva de Sotogrande estate…
El Mirador is a gated community of six exquisite modern villas, each created to best exploit their unrivalled views across the estate, the golf course and down to the Mediterranean Sea. Designed by leading Andalucian architect Manuel Ruiz of ARK architects, each expansive, pavilion-style property features clean, contemporary lines and an abundance of natural light, with floor-toceiling windows, tiered terraces, infinity pools and extensive outdoor living space – all with an eye to those sweeping sea views.
This community comprises seven capacious, one-of-a-kind mansions created by seven of the world’s leading architects, each hidden in its own hectare of luxuriant parkland inspired by the rolling, rural landscape of rural Provence and crafted by world-renowned landscape architect Jean Mus.
The Collection is a community of individually designed family villas, expanding from four bedrooms to vast structures that allow for staff accommodation, spas and indoor pools. Whether 600 or 900 square metres, each villa centres around a sun terrace, pool and landscaped garden designed especially for the Andalucian climate, while also ensuring the interior comforts that make La Reserva Club a year-round retreat.
A collection of individually designed properties of the highest specifications in a secure, village-like community close to the international school and beach complex, Los Cortijos’ finca-style homes are especially suited to families. Marrying traditional Andalucian architecture with cutting-edge technology and impeccable finishing, the properties benefit from 24-hour security, a communal swimming pool and verdant, landscaped space.
La Reserva de Sotogrande
Avenida La Reserva, Sotogrande, Cádiz
Tel. (+34) 956 785 252