A sophisticated, elegant B&B in the middle of Sotogrande, the largest privately owned residential development in Andalusia and home to an eclectic, international community. Your hostess, Cristina, can organise a guest pass for entry to a private beach club, or you can take day trips to nearby Tarifa and Marbella or the stunning sierras. Just off the coastal motorway you’re buzzed in via the intercom and sweep up the drive to the sprawling white villa, with its series of rooms set around a Moorish-style courtyard with a fountain. All rooms have direct access to the garden; the suite is a huge, striking room with traditional furniture juxtaposed with modern art. It has a large sofa, fireplace, white marble bathroom and French windows onto your own terrace, overlooking the garden. A uniformed maid serves breakfast and light suppers in the fabulous dining room; Cristina, a long-term resident of southern Spain, may well be able to help you with plans for the day and advice on restaurants, history and culture. You’re welcome to use the pool with its sun deck and gardens but there’s much to explore further afield, although you will need a car.