Grand Openings: Spanish Sol

Like Arizona’s InterContinental Montelucia (see "Arrival by Camelback," page 46), the new Finca Cortesin resort incorporates Andalusian architectural elements. The latter property, however, has an authentic edge over the former: Finca Cortesin is actually in Andalusia.

Set on the outskirts of Casares, a village between Marbella and Sotogrande on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Finca Cortesin features fountains modeled after those at the Alhambra and whitewashed stucco-and-tile structures housing 67 guest rooms and suites. The rooms afford views of Finca Cortesin’s golf course, the Sierra Crestellina, and the Mediterranean, located just a mile from the resort.

Finca Cortesin’s hotel and spa (which includes a Turkish hammam) opened in October, two years after the debut of the nearly 7,500-yard course. This fall, the Finca Cortesin Golf Club, one of Europe’s longest layouts, will host the PGA European Tour’s 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Finca Cortesin, +34.952.93.78.00, www.fincacortesin.com ($300–$2,500)

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