El Mirador de la Reserva de Sotogrande – The Creation by ARK Architects – Manuel Ruiz

El Mirador is an exquisite independent gated community of six contemporary villas in an elevated position within La Reserva Club. With its spectacular views across the landscape to the Mediterranean it offers the perfect privacy from which to explore and enjoy the Club and surrounding Sotogrande.

Enjoying a perfect and fabulous elevated position, this private gated community of six dramatic four to nine bedroom villas overlooks the rich landscape an seascape of La Reserva Club and the Mediterranean beyond.

These sophisticated and contemporary villas by ARK Architects are carefully designed to maximise the privacy and security of their owners. The sense of arrival can only be described as awe-inspiring with sea and golf course views, and the residences themselves balance immaculate modern architecture with indigenous inspirations.

La Reserva is being transformed into a paradise for individuals, families and friends alike. Hidden within its exquisitely crafted landscape, it includes its exclusive Country Club, leisure and sports amenities all supported by full-service lifestyle concierge, stunning spa and well-being complex, a new freshwater lagoon and beach club, a racquets centre, fine restaurants and the famous golf course itself only available for its Residents.

Throughout the estate, twelve independent gated residential communities are being created, each carrying their own personality. Exquisitely designed and intensely private, they will each represent some of the finest in contemporary architecture, with breathtaking rooms, terraces, gardens and pools that will conjure pleasure for a lifetime. 

As a part of those communities is El Mirador, designed and built by ARK Architects. A collection of six villa nestled in its landscape with breathtaking views across La Reserva to the Mediterranean. 

Enjoying a perfect and fabolous elevated position, this private gated community of six dramatic four to nine bedroom villas priced from €5.8 million overlooks the rich landscape and seascape of La Reserva Club and the Mediterranean beyond.

The accommodation varies between the designs but can include staff accommodation, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, cinema, wine cellars, gym, steam rooms, garaging and substantial entertaining terraces and gardens.

El Mirador is a truly exceptional community.

  • Villa Infinita – Sold- Under Construction


  • Villa Roca
    A sleek, two-story family villa set around a spectacular infinity pool and private guardians. With almost 280 sq m of al fresco entertainment space, Villa Roca features five bedrooms, in and outdoor pools and the uninterrupted views that characterise El Mirador.

  • Villa Lavanda
    From the private landscaped balcony and splash pool of the commanding master suite to the communal entertaining areas of sprawling terraces and infinity pool, the two-storey, seven-bedroom Villa Lavanda seamlessly merges secluded and sociable spaces, indoor and outdoor living, to offer residents the very best of all worlds.

  • Villa Vela- Under Construction
    Arranged over three floors around a circular central terrace, the five-bedroom Villa Vela exemplifies El Mirador: a modern, muted architectural style that brings together the property’s interiors and exteriors, and extensive landscaped gardens that frame the panoramic views to Andalucía, the Rock of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean.
  • Villa Tucana – Sold


  • Villa Dorado- 
    Typifying El Mirador’s modern, graphic style – sharp lines and cool stones softened by rich planting and sensitive landscaping – Villa Dorado offers extensive external terraces, with six spacious bedroom suites, in and outdoor swimming pools, a gym and spa.

Central to the decision to devote such an area of the estate to these six magical homes was the breathtaking views. These unique villas command vistas of the sea, mountains and the lush landscape of Southern Spain. They are perfect platforms from which to witness the changing seasons and to watch the occasional cloud as it drifts across the sky.

“THE difference between Marbella and Sotogrande is that people go to Marbella to be seen,” says Swiss expat Madeline Gurtner, with a knowing smile.

“Sotogrande is for people who don’t want to be seen, who want to be private and crave the tranquillity.”

An enigmatic place, the leafy residential enclave, often known as ‘Soto’, is perfectly summed up by the boss of Pedro Antiguedades, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of antiques just up the alluring Guadiaro valley.

“You don’t have to have a flashy car to come here… although many do,” she continues. “It just has a completely different feel to anywhere else on this coastline.”

Welcome to Sotogrande: a hidden paradise of palatial villas set back on grand tree-lined avenues clustered around chichi beach clubs and manicured green polo grounds.

Sometimes described as Spain’s ‘millionaire’s playground’, it was initially purpose-built for a cosmopolitan, moneyed crowd with the added bonuses of 24-hour security, designer boutiques and ritzy restaurants.

To be fair, the resort has had an air of exclusivity ever since it was developed in 1962 by Joseph McMicking, after the multi millionaire fell in love with the location on a chance trip to Spain with his wife, gifted with the compliments of Swissair.

Since then, a Who’s Who of royals and aristocrats have bought homes or holidayed here.

And come summer time, you need to keep your spotter goggles on with everyone from princes William and Harry to Andrew and Fergie, the Duchess of York, plus princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, frequently visiting around polo time (more of which later).

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