Beach at La Reserva Club
by Chris Chaplow
Located in the La Reserva area of Sotogrande Alta near the La Reserva Golf Club House, the Beach Club features a unique artificial 2.800 m2 beach (sand imported from Punta Paloma Tarifa) and sandy based artificial lagoon, combined with a 17.000 m2 water-sport lagoon set in a natural hollow in Sotogrande hillside.
The entrance is equally impressive. One descends 80 steps, down to the holistic water feature and a walkway across to the beach club facilities. A golf buggy ride service is available for the return if needed.
The Beach club has 200 modern single and double sun-beds and ‘chambaos' (gazebos) for hire with full waiter service on the beach and half a dozen doubles on the terrace by the traditional ‘adult' swimming pool.
The restaurant is open for buffet and à la carte lunch-time and for evening dining.
The Beach boutique offers a range of fashionable beachwear and accessories. The wellness centre offers massages and treatments.
In the evenings a large fire pit burners in the Californian style are lit, these are reminiscent of those found at Pebble Beach, California which we suggest was Joseph McMicking's inspiration for Sotogrande. These very sociable fire-pits are surprisingly rarely seen in Spain. This was removed for the 2021 season.
La Reserva claim that this is the first and only private beach in Spain. It is certainly not the first (Baños del Carmen, Malaga 1918 was modeled on those in San Sebastian and Santander), but perhaps one of the first since 1982 when Costas (Direction General de Puertos y Costas) ruled that all beaches in Spain should be public and removed the concept of a private beach on the coast.
It is the first and only man-made lagoon with a full sandy bottom in Europe. Actually there very few artificial lagoons or beaches in Spain. An exception is nearby at La Alcazaba in Casares (Access from Estepona golf) with private (to residents and their guests) lagoon and small beach. Perhaps Spain has too many good sea beaches whereas Australia and the Americas have experimented with lagoons for years due to concerns with sharks and jellyfish.
The 17,000 square metre sports lagoon that borders the beach club is a sea-green man-made lake surrounded by small shrubs and bedding plants. It is possible to walk right round the sports lagoon an a path made up of part boardwalk and part compacted earth. This lagoon is for water sports ranging from kayaks and paddle boards to SUP boards and Mirage Eclipse water bikes. No motor boats nor jet skis are allowed on the lake, however the tranquility is spoilt by an electric paddle board. Swimming is only permitted in the smaller beach lagoon and swimming pool.
There are a number of special events during the summer season such as a weekly BBQ and flamenco evening.
The Beach at la Reserva Club opened in July 2018 and is impressive. The structure is wooden and open plan glass closure. One would be forgiven for mistaking it for an Aman resort in Asia rather than Costa del Sol.
The Spa and Wellness centre in the 2018 season was little more than some treatment rooms. A full facility with pool, car park and gardens was planned for 2019 but is yet to open.
Sunbeds on the beach cost 25€ to 80€ for the day depending on month.
Sunbeds by the adult swimming pool cost 30€ to 85€ for the day depending on month.
Four person Chambao cost from 200 to 700€ for the day depending on month.
Open May to September.
Pool & Beach
May - Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 11.00 to 18.00 in May and probably to Sunset June to Septemeber
June - Wednesday to Sunday - 2021 season hours to be confirmed but traditionally 11.00 to sunset
July & August - Monday to Sunday - 2021 season hours to be confirmed but traditionally 11.00 to sunset
September - Wednesday to Sunday - 2021 season hours to be confirmed but traditionally 11.00 to sunset
In 2018 and 2019 the opening was extended to late October, the restaurant, bar, spa, facilities closed about 19.00 hrs from mid September. Due to popularity all reservations have to paid in advance.
Restaurant: Noon - 23.00 hrs
Bar: 11.00 - 02.00 hrs
Spa: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs.
Avenida la Reserva s/n
Free ample parking at the La Reserva Golf Club House
Tel: 956 791 006