LA Reserva Sotogrande

Spain

NEW LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL AMENITIES IN THE ECOLOGICALLY CHALLENGING SETTING

Inspired by tropical beaches of the Caribbean the brief was to transmit the essence whilst intertwining it with the ecological character of rolling Andalusian hills.

Scape Design was first appointed to masterplan the site to provide a strategic design and sustainability narrative for developing the valley next to an established member’s golf club. The first phase of our involvement entailed the extension of existing sports courts by adding a Multi Sports Games Area and 5 additional paddle tennis courts with a viewing stand and improved direct access route to a club house through an area of restored native planting.

The biggest draw of this multiphase project is a 3000m2 beach pool with its sand entry and associated kids pool. The main south facing beach is designed as a setting for a modern day beach club sloping gently into the water from the feature piece of architecture. Beach Club is a hub for both day and night-time activity including an open bar and restaurant.  The poolside offers entertainment in the way of fire side sitting, a DJ booth and the possibility of a night time cinema screen located to face the beach.

At the opposite side Beach Club terraces would open towards the 1.7ha sports lagoon created within the valley to offer a calming backdrop for the buzzing oasis. 25 m infinity lap pool and a surrounding terrace complete the design. Once complete the existing stream along the valley will be re-routed and one can wander along beautifully restored native landscape whether for a quiet walk or daily dose of running along the whole perimeter of the lagoon. The hillside and lagoon edge is perfect for secluded sunbathing, quiet contemplation in a native setting or a secluded picnic on the island accessible by narrow bridges.

Within the next couple of years follow up phases are envisioned including further extension of pool decks, a kids club, purpose built resort entry and parking facilities, destination spa as well as organic farm and a 6-hole golf course.

DESIGN DETAILS

CLIENT: Sotogrande Andalucia
OPERATOR: Sotogrande Andalucia
STATUS: Opened 2018
SIZE: 58.7ha
TEAM: Simeon Halstead Associates (design architect), DPA (lighting), Bm2 (local architect and engineer), Hill International (Project manager), Arkitecnia (local architect Phase 4), HGM (local engineer Phase 4), P+D Sostenibles (Environmental consultant).