A well landscaped hotel set within one of the private gated communities around Sotogrande. Excellent staff and a very good on site restaurant. Major downside from a golfing perspective was a lack of practice facilities.
Located in one of Spain's most exclusive Luxury Resorts, Hotel Almenera is one of the leading places to stay in Southern Europe. Situated in the heart of the country's golfing paradise - the Costa Del Sol, guests not only have access to the glorious championship golf course that resides inside the hotel complex but also to the plethora of excellent courses that litter the coastline of Southern Spain. It's proximity to the vibrant tourist hot spot of Marbella means that guests are never too far from an array of excellent restaurants and bars.
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Almenara Golf Club
Made up of three incredible loops of 9, that together offer three different par-72 combinations, providing the sort of variety you rarely find in one resort. The gently undulating fairways meander through a striking landscape around the lakes and are bordered by pine, cork and oak trees. Set in the higher area of Sotogrande, the course is less than 500 metres from the legendary Valderrama golf course, host of the Ryder Cup and Volvo Masters.
Almenara is a fantastic resort course, providing a genuine challenge for highly skilled players, but Thomas' considerate design and the multitude of tee boxes ensure that the average golfer will not be overwhelmed.
|Designed by||Robert Trent Jones Snr. (refurbished in 2012)|
|Previoulsy hosted||Spanish European Tour (2015)|
|White||7,148 yards||SSS 74|
|Yellow||6,897 yards||SSS 72|
|Red||5,825 yards||SSS 73|
Signature Hole: Hole 13, Par 5, 535 metre (585 yards), SI 4
Los Lagos’ signature hole is the 13th, a 535 metre (585 yards) par 5 packed full of hazards. Immediately from the tee the golfer is seriously tested, and a straight drive is required with little margin for error, as bunkers await to both sides of the landing area. The second shot requires a thoughtful club selection in order to lay up before the water, and make for an easier approach shot. However, the water hazard comes up along the left side of the fairway before spreading before the green, so be mindful of this when preparing for your lay up shot. At the back of the green, more bunkers await, waiting to catch any long shots, which may be over-hit due to the lurking water around the front of the hole causing a case of mind over matter in forcing a long shot, rather than possessing any real threat. A fantastic hole, requiring a solid game management, and a concentrated effort throughout.
Accommodation at Hotel Almenara
Perfectly integrated in a natural setting, Sotogrande offers an upscale wide range of leisure and sports facilities like Sotogrande Marina, Beach Clubs, Racquet Center, Polo fields, Golf Academy or an Equestrian Center and Horse Riding School.
Surrounded by some of the most worldwide renowned golf courses like Valderrama or La Reserva and very close to San Roque Golf, The Hotel Almenara is the perfect setting to enjoy an unique Golfing Experience, indulge with a high-end Wellness and Spa facilities and taste the exquisite Andalusian cuisine in an elegant and tranquil atmosphere.
The Hotel Almenara has 145 spacious Rooms, including 9 Junior Suites and 3 Premium Suites, built in a villa style with an exquisite decoration using natural materials that provides a warm and local ambiance some of them with fascinating views over Almenara Golf Course. All rooms are equipped with Minibar, TV, Safety Deposit box, A/C, Terrace, complete Bathroom, bathrobe and slippers.
With its elegant ambiance and an spectacular outside terrace with amazing views over Sotogrande, the Restaurant “ Gaia “ showcases a traditional Andalusian cuisine and an exquisite selection of wines; Club House Restaurant “Veinteeocho” offers Breakfast served in a buffet style and the Apres-Golf experience with a Salads & Snacks as well as healthy options in a more informal interior atmosphere and an impressive 400 sq. meters terrace overlooking the golf course and Sotogrande Skyline.
The Lobby Bar is located in the Hotel´s main lounge and has an adjoining Andalusian Patio, offers a wide selection of teas, premium drinks and classic cocktails. During the summer season the Pool bar service will be available in our impressive outside swimming pool.
Elysium Spa & Wellness Center the maximum expression of health and relaxation experiences in an unique concept with the latest and most innovative beauty treatments and massages. The Spa features a hydrotermal water circuit with heated water, contrasting showers, sauna, Turkish bath and a state of the art Fitness Center with Technogym equipment, Personal Trainners, Colective Clases and Wellness Coach.
Outdoor Swimming Pool, Free Wi Fi, Laundry and Free Shuttle to: the Golf Academy, Sotogrande Golf courses, Beach Club and Marina.
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- Putting Greens
- Championship Standard Course
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Steam Room
- Beauty Salon
- In House Restaurant
- In House Bar
- On-Site Parking
- Satellite TV
- Direct Dial Telephone
My wife and I have stayed at this hotel twice before, the last time being some four years ago. It has not changed very much and is still a great place to stay, however the standard of the food has gone down and I get the feeling that the size of the operating staff has been reduced, as on more than one occasion there was no life guard at the pool and the pool bar was not open on any of the 10 days we stayed. In contrast the staff are great especially Luli in the main sports bar and Venessa in the Pro shop.
Only down side was the breakfast buffet was not on par with the rest of the hotel.
Service was very good.
Only had breakfast there which was very good, plenty of choice and replenished when required.
Room was nice, well appointed and overlooked the course (room 617)
Staff were pleasant in general and the bar staff long suffering to the frequent demands for 12 more beers and "can we have some peanuts."
We are a group of 4 mid range handicap golfers who have been away to various parts for the past 12 years. We chose Almenara this year for the value and simplicity of the experience. Flying into Gibraltar on the early Easyjet flight allowed us enough time to pick up our car, get to the hotel in around 30 minutes and have a coffee prior to some much needed putting practice.
You need this as the greens at Almenara are wickedly fast and have some punishing slopes. We all experienced three footers ending up twenty feet away!
We played 2 different sets of 9 each day and found the variety to be such that it really did feel like a different course each time we picked up the sticks. Almenara is not for high handicap golfers due to a lot of narrow fairways and run offs leading to either trouble or out of bounds areas. It’s a thinking man’s course, often with high risk and no reward for anything wayward.
A range finder helps as some of the metre markers are suspect to say the least. You also need buggies unless you are a masochist with little regard for your own health. Having said that, there is no chance of boredom and you always leave the course wanting more and with a tale to tell.
The clubhouse is excellent with well priced refreshment, good staff, lots of relaxing space and excellent, brand new buggies.
The hotel is superb. The twin rooms have two double beds a piece and a terrace upon which to enjoy a glass of wine whilst looking out over rolling countryside. The bathrooms are modern, clean and fully equipped. We always enjoy the breakfast here as the staff are long serving and know what they are doing. As for the food, tough to find what was not on offer, such was the choice! We had a few drinks in the bar, as you do, but dinner was enjoyed in nearby Duquesa where there is a wide choice of eating experience.
Finally and as always, YGT were superb in their simplicity
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