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 valley in Sotogrande hillside.
The entrance is equally impressive. One descends 80 steps, down to the holistic water feature to a walkway across to the beach club facilities. A golf buggy ride service is available 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 à la carte lunch-time and for high season evening dining for both beach club clients and others by prior reservation.
In the evenings a large fire pit in the Californian style was 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. Unfortunatelty the burner was removed for the 2021 season and the pit redesignated as the 'smokers area' with an ornamental fire bowl in the centre.
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. Nearby La Alcazaba Lagoon in Casares (access from Estepona Golf), initially was private to residents and their guests, however in 2022 they opened the lagoon and small beach to visitors renting sunbeds for the day. Australia and the Americas have experimented with lagoons for years due to concerns with sharks and jellyfish.
The swimming lagoon water temperature is 20 deg Celcius in April and October and 27 in July and August. The 18 single sunbed pairs are front line to the water next to fixed wooden and thatched sunshades. These sunbeds are light and easily moved, but lack adjustable headrest for reading. The second and third row feature wooden based double matress sunbeds with orange canvas unbrellas with can be moved around on request by an assistant. Waiter service to all sunbeds.There is no DJ but a good beach chillout playlist.
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 including kayaks, single and family size SUP paddle boards and electric powered paddle boards. No motor boats nor jet skis are allowed on the lake. Swimming is only permitted in the beach lagoon and swimming pool. In 2022 the shallower smaller family lagoon pool opened again. It is located next to the supervised Kids club, near the family snack bar (beefburgers, sandwiches etc) bar and an ice cream food truck.
There are a few special events during the summer season such as BBQ and Flamenco evenings, Full Moon parties, San Juan festival and Ronqueo de Atun.
The 'Spa and Wellness centre' is only treatment rooms. A full facility with pool, car park and gardens was anounced for 2019 but has presumably been shelved. Since 2022 the massage treatments are managed by the nearby SO/ Sotogrande Spa team. Pre-reservation is necessary.
The Beach boutique offers a range of fashionable beachwear and accessories. In 2022 leading swimwear designer Dolores Cortés took over the outlet for her stunning bikinis, swimsuits and apparel. it feachers her Lola Collection, which is young, fresh and fun, with bright colours, bold prints and fun styles. The DC Kids collection is swimsuits for babies, girls, boys and teens. WIN Men is the men's collection.
The Beach at la Reserva Club opened in July 2018 and is impressive. The restaurant 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 lagoons are no less formidable and the staff attentive. Another striking feature is the space, the sunbed and restaurant table separation designed to enhance guest experience.
Sunbeds on the beach cost 30€ to 65€ for the day depending on month.
Sunbeds by the adult swimming pool cost 70€ for the day depending on month.
Two person Chambao cost from 120€ to 240€ for the day depending on month.
Four person Chambao cost from 190 to 380€ for the day depending on month.
Open April to October.
Pool & Beach
April and May and October - Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 11.00 to 19.00
June and September - Wednesday to Sunday - 11.00 to 20.00
July & August - Monday to Sunday - 11.00 to 20.00.
In 2018 and 2019 the opening was extended to late October, the restaurant, bar, spa, facilities closed about 19.00 hrs from mid September. In 2022 the opening season was declared 1 April to 31 October. Due to popularity all reservations have to be booked and paid in advance the La Reserva Club website or App or at the Club.
Restaurant: Noon - 18.00 hrs all season and also in the evenings 11 July to 4 Septemeber 2022
Bar: 11.00 - 02.00 hrs
Spa: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs.
Free ample parking at the La Reserva Golf Club House. Valet Parking 15€.
2018 Opening promotional video
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