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ETCHED gracefully into the crown of Spain’s southern coast, Sotogrande shines bright like a diamond without ever being flashy.
The country’s largest privately-owned residential ‘super-state’ has long been the first port of call for the cream of European high society.
The radiance of this millionaire’s playground lies in its low-density living, stunning beaches and mountain backdrops, plus its amazing marina and golf courses.
Its privileged views of the Rock of Gibraltar and the Rif mountains of Africa have been enjoyed by the likes of ex-UK PM Tony Blair, the British royal family and countless European celebrities, who don’t want to be spotted, unlike those who venture to nearby Marbella.
But keep your eyes peeled and you might spot Irish motor racing guru Eddie Jordan, former Genesis keyboard player Mike Rutherford or the BBC’s Nick Knowles, who all have homes in the resort.
And then there are the footballers, including Glenn Hoddle and Glen Johnson, who have bought homes in Sotogrande.
Internationally renowned for its polo, golf and sailing, as well as a burgeoning gastronomic scene, this ‘mini Monaco’ of high net worth residents has all the hallmarks of what is often considered the top private resort in Europe.
Different from other ‘celebrity’ resorts where talk of wealth and fame is de rigueur, in understated Sotogrande they like to keep such talk, appropriately, ‘sotto voce.’
Mention the palpable sense of community, however, and you’ll discover how that is the privileged enclave’s true treasure.
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