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5 Reasons not to visit Portugal for your next Golf Escape…

If you’re considering taking a Golf Escape, perhaps for the first time or maybe you’ve been several times before, Portugal should be on your radar. But why? Have you really thought this through? If not this is our list of reasons why we advise you that you should not take a golfing holiday to Portugal…

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Let us start with the journey to Portugal which is most certainly a deal-breaker. Two hours flying south to be nearer to that orange thing in the sky we don’t see hardly anything of in the UK, whilst being served a beer or glass of wine mid-flight. Then just a short transfer to your accommodation, this just doesn’t cut it with us. We prefer staying in the UK with the traffic jams on the M1, rain and mist, stale coffee in a flask to avoid the service stations and that is before “storm Barney” hits on arrival and the courses are then closed.

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The-Weather

Then this leads us to discuss in more detail the weather that you will have to endure whilst staying in Portugal. The temperature in Portugal can reach up to the early 20°Cs in March and then rarely drops below 20°C until November time so you wont be able to show off that new jumper you just brought yourself (or more likely thick coat if you are staying in the UK). Then there is the summer months when temperatures sit in the mid-30°Cs making the need for ice in every Gin & Tonic you enjoy, plus having to bother about reapplying sun cream mid-way through your fantastic round of golf.  Don’t even get us started on the golf-shirt tan to take home and show your friends, it is much better to stay at home and suffer from rust.

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Another reason not to come to Portugal is the city of Lisbon. If you’re looking to experience the culture of Portugal then Lisbon is the place to visit and stay. But who wants culture, fish & chips are the future right? Actually, within the city you can experience any kind of cuisine from traditional Portuguese to Mediterranean, Chinese or Indian (the fish & chips Lisbon style are actually fantastic but let’s not let that fact get in the way) and don’t forget the vast amount of bars in which you can wash down your fantastic meal in afterwards. This sounds great but your beer gets warm too quickly doesn’t it when you are sitting outdoors on one of the beautiful terraces. Personally we prefer a flat pint of Fosters, indoors at home! There are also plenty of shopping areas (now that really is a downside for many men) and historical monuments making it impossible to be bored on a trip into the city centre. Then it is back to the fantastic golf courses, time for more sun cream…..what a chore.

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The fourth reason on our “list” is the Algarve. Why would you want to come to the Algarve where there are many options for our customer from reasonably priced to the highest of luxury, real quality service and some fantastic golf on offer? But this can’t be a reason to stay here, surely all this self-indulgence will play havoc with our golf handicap? Not convinced, let’s take a further look around as in addition to the stunning hotels and the great golf courses there are some beautiful little Portuguese fishing villages perfect for a wander round or to get a bite to eat in after a round or two on the golf course. The Algarve also features some beautiful beaches with long stretches of golden sand and clear waters as well as towns with great nightlife and a vast array of bars and restaurants such as Vilamoura. However, did somebody mention sand? Doesn’t that get everywhere? Another one to add to the list? So in summary there is something for everyone and plenty of places to relax and enjoy yourselves both on and off of the golf courses! All in all, why would anyone want to come to the Algarve?

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The last reason, but not the most insignificant are the golf courses on offer in Portugal. Why would anyone want to play the spectacular courses on offer such as the world-class Monte Rei which is a golf course with a unique design situated in unspoilt Portuguese countryside with fantastic views of the Atlantic and of the Serra de Caldeirão mountains? Or the fantastic Ribagolfe I where undulating greens and beautiful surrounding create one of the finest golfing experience around? Not forgetting the loop of 27 holes at Palmares Golf featuring a links style of holes followed by parkland before rolling down the sea meaning that there are incredible views and a diverse course rolled into one round! Last but not least, we have the Praia D’el Rey course which is set in a simply stunning location with picturesque views of the Berlengas Islands and the Atlantic Ocean.

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After reading these reasons would you still take your next golfing holiday to Portugal? Of course you would, it is one of the most amazing of countries and most welcoming of people so for more information visit our website golf-escapes.com or call us on 01342 811 777 and discover Portugal for your next Golf Escape.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Golfing Holidays for Groups

When planning your next golfing group escape look no further than our tailor-made guide to selecting your next destination. We are here to suit all your group members’ needs and wants and to make sure you choose the destination right for the holiday you want!

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First on the list we have the Pestana Dom Joao II which is situated in the Algarve. With one of the prettiest beaches just next-door and five fantastic golf courses available to play what could be more appealing? The hotel is also just a short walk into the fabulous town of Alvor where there are copious amounts of bars and restaurants perfect for an evening out after a tough round on one of the Pestana courses or rehydrating after a day lounging in the sun! The hotel has been decorated with a modern style and all the rooms are fitted to a high standard and are of a comfortable size. Not only does the hotel boasts the beachside location to miles and miles of golden sand there are also two pools; an indoor and an outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by after a good night out in Alvor. This hotel is truly in the ideal position both for fantastic golf courses, with the five Pestana courses all being within a 25 minute drive and for great nightlife and eateries in the centre of town. Look no further than this hotel for a lively group golfing escape.

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Next up we have Luna Olympus apartments which are situated just 250 metres from the beach and surrounded by the commercial areas of Vilamoura. This is the perfect location for those groups looking for the best nightlife that the Algarve has to offer as well as a great beach and some fabulous restaurants. The apartments are spacious and fully-fitted with air-con a LCD TV with satellite and a kitchenette, there is also a large balcony attached to each to enjoy the views and a cold beer after a long day at the golf course. Golf Escapes clients can receive free shuttles to Vilamoura’s golf courses making this perfect for those groups looking for some great golfing in the day and then a walk into town in the evening! As well as the beach the hotel also offers a lovely outdoor pool area which is great if you’re not looking to venture from the hotel for the day! If your group are after a great town with superb nightlife as well as a lovely beach and Marina then these apartments are ideal for you.

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Those groups looking for something a little calmer should look into staying at the fabulous Holiday Polynesia Hotel in Benalmadena. This place is perfect for an all-inclusive golfing holiday in sunny Spain. With some fabulous golf courses just a few minutes’ drive away as well as plenty of great activities on-site such as diving and tennis this really is an all-inclusive gem in the Costa del Sol. The hotel also boasts a spa complete with a sauna, whirlpool and a steam room as well as a gym which is great for a little bit of relaxation! The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle most mornings to the marina and Costa Mijas which guests should take advantage of! All the rooms are spacious and clean and the food options are varied and of a high quality. The hotel is actually situated right on the beach which is a beautiful, sandy beach – perfect for chilling on after a night in the bars! Although the hotel is not within walking distance to extensive nightlife the hotel offers a shuttle down to the bus stop where you can get into different towns from and explore a bit more – even get the train to Malaga! This is perfect for an all-inclusive group golf escape to the Costa del Sol.

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The apartments at Las Lomas village in La Manga offer a fantastic self-catering opportunity to those groups wanting to cook for themselves or even eat out rather than eat in the hotel all the time. The apartments are in a stunning location and overlook the sea and the North course. There is a huge outdoor pool perfect for soaking up a little bit of sun after a round or two on one of the great La Manga golf courses which are close by to the apartment village. There is a fantastic shuttle service on the resort which means that all the bars and restaurants are within reach by using this service. There are a vast array of different restaurants including an Indian, a Chinese, a burger bar and a tapas restaurant! Of course, there is also the option of cooking in the apartments as they are all fitted with a full kitchen. The apartments also feature a large balcony as well as spacious bedrooms making it perfect for a group as you will all have your own space. If you have a car or choose to get a taxi then the Cabo De Palos harbour is just a few minutes’ drive away and also offers a wide range of bars and fish restaurants. This resort is ideal for those groups looking for the opportunity to cook for themselves as well as having everything they could possibly need onsite and not to forget the fabulous La Manga golf courses nearby!

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Last, but not least on the list we have Hotel Melia Villaitana. This hotel is situated just 20 minutes from the vibrant city of Alicante and between two fantastic courses: the Levante course and the Poniente course. The courses offer a challenge whilst being great, fun courses to play on your next golfing holiday! The hotel features two lovely pool areas around which you can relax pre or post-round! The breakfast buffet is extensive and you have the opportunity to eat out on the terrace which is lovely. Guests can venture into Benidorm on a night out which has a vast array of bars and restaurants and some fun nightlife but the hotel bar is also reasonably priced and has a great atmosphere too. For those looking for more nightlife then Alicante is just a taxi-ride away. The rooms are all spacious and fitted to a high-standard making your stay here both comfortable and enjoyable. This place is ideal for those looking for peace, serenity, relaxation and some great golf during the day and then some fun and lively evenings in Benidorm! Another ideal location for a fun and exciting golfing trip away for groups!VILLAITANA

 

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5 Best Escapes In Europe, Ideal for couples

Often going away on a golfing holiday as a couple makes it hard to decide where to go even if you are both keen golfers you both have different requirements but here is our guide to the five best golfing getaways for couples…

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First on our list for the best couple hotels we have to offer is the Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa in Portugal. This hotel is just a year and a half old and is set to become a favourite for those looking for serenity and relaxation in a remote and beautiful area with a fabulous golf course onsite. All the rooms are light and spacious with the option of sea view available to guests with modern décor and a well-fitted bathroom. The hotel also has its own spa which features extensive treatments using locally sourced materials and produce and after a treatment you can enjoy yourself in the beautiful indoor pool, the Finnish sauna or the Jacuzzi. For food there is plenty of choice for breakfast at the buffet and for your evening meal you can either eat from the Dinner Menu at the Golf Club or stay at the hotel and eat from their set menu which offers some delicious seafood. The golf course is adjacent to the hotel which is a beautifully designed and challenging course not to be missed! This hotel really is perfect for some relaxation time with your other half whilst getting the opportunities to enjoy a fabulous hotel and golf course.

 

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In Sicily we have the five star luxury Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa. This is a golfer’s paradise with two fantastic 18-hole golf courses on site! The hotel also features beautiful spa and wellness facilities so even if you’re not a keen golfer you will certainly not be disappointed with your visit to this fabulous hotel as the spa offers extensive facilities and treatments to suit any and all of their guests’ needs. Each of the rooms feature a private balcony or terrace with either a lovely view of the golf course or the beautiful gardens. The hotel hosts three spectacular restaurants which serve a range of cuisine from Mediterranean to their regional specialities – you will never be short of amazing food whilst staying here!  This hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some great golf, great food and great quality treatment on your next couples golfing retreat!

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Next on the list we have Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel which is situated right in the centre of the stunning Fuerteventura golf course. As a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” we are sure you could not be disappointed with a stay at this beautiful gem of a hotel. The rooms are light and spacious, fully fitted with amenities and old fashioned décor. This is an adults-only hotel so ideal for those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of family life! For those looking for activities other than golf the hotel offers a variety including hiking, tennis and diving just to name a few! The hotel also offer free transfers to the nearby Sheraton Spa for those looking for extreme relaxation. Whether you are looking for spectacular golf or a quiet rest in a beautiful location then look no further than this hotel for your next couple golf getaway.

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Last but certainly not least on the list is Gran Hotel Benahavis. This beautiful hotel is situated in the hills and is just a five minute walk away from the charming pedestrianised town of Benahavis where there are many different bars and restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine meaning that you are never short of a great eatery whilst here! There are a variety of different rooms in the hotel but all are comfortable and well-appointed with lovely décor. The hotel also features two main pools one of which even has a swim-to-bar making it perfect for a post-round dip and relax! The outside areas around the hotel are stunning with a magnificent courtyard and areas through which you could walk for hours. All guests to the hotel receive free entry to the spa which offers a wide range of treatments and has all the amenities you would expect from a hotel spa of this standard! For those looking for a town livelier than Benahavis then the town of Puerto Banus is just ten minutes away with a bustling atmosphere around the clock! This hotel is perfect for a piece of calm and tranquillity with a wonderful atmosphere yet still within reasonable distance of other livelier towns – what could be better?

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Hotel Isla Canela Golf in Andalusia is next on the list which is located in Ayamonte with just the River Guadiana separating itself from the Algarve and just 3km from the stunning beaches of Isla Canela which boasts more than 7km of white sand. This place is perfect for a holiday of complete rest and relaxation to enjoy together. The rooms are spacious with fantastic décor in keeping with its historical and beautiful surroundings some of the rooms also have the view of  the fantastic  18th fairway of the golf course which truly is a sight. The wonderful thing about this hotel is that you feel in the middle of nowhere so if you are looking for relaxation and tranquillity you can find it here but you are also just a 25 minute walk down to some shops, bars and restaurants as well as the beach! The golf course is challenging especially with the wind coming in from the coast but it is a great course and with it being right on your doorstep here at Isla Canela what could be more ideal? This is a perfect hotel for a couples golf escape.

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Top five golfing holidays for families…

Sometimes finding a holiday destination for a family is difficult as everyone wants and needs different things and activities but here is our list of the top five family golfing holiday destinations where we have thought of both the children and the adults’ needs…

If you are looking for a fantastic family golfing holiday it is hard to look past the hotels and resorts in Belek as they offer some of the most luxurious holidays and golfing experiences available…

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First up we have the brand new Sueno Deluxe which just opened in May this year. The hotel is situated just a stone’s throw away from the beach and offers all-inclusive catering which we all know can be easier than self-catered when budgeting for a family holiday! It would be almost impossible for anyone to be bored here with the beach club, many pools and water activities. A majority of the stunning and modern rooms give guests incredible sea views as well as being fitted with plasma screen TVs, a minibar and a large balcony on which you can enjoy the views. For those non-golfers who are looking for more than water-based activities there is also a gym and spa which guests can appreciate. There are also many different restaurants and bars so even those children with the pickiest of tastes could not go hungry at this stunning new hotel. To top it all off, the golf courses here are fantastic and in the summer are almost empty so you can take a guilt-free round or two knowing that your family are more than taken care of here.

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Another great new hotel in Belek is the Maxx Royal Golf Resort Hotel. This hotel is one of the most modern and luxurious experiences that Belek has to offer and is also all-inclusive like the Sueno being ideal for families of large eaters especially! Impressively, the Maxx Royal hosts several à la carte restaurants which are all free and easy to book for all guests, the hotel also offers a 24 hour restaurant which can be perfect and ideal for those children who don’t quite have a set eating routine! All rooms feature a LCD TV, a private balcony as well as a well-stocked minibar which is replenished everyday with snacks and soft drinks, the bathrooms are also very spacious and well-stocked with complimentary toiletries. Onsite, as well as the spectacular golf course, there is a water park perfect for families who want some fun without leaving the resort, there are also seven swimming pools as well as a spa and gym where guests can relax and enjoy a traditional Turkish bath as well as a variety of treatments. The hotel is now the owner of the fabulous 18-hole world-class Montgomerie Golf Course where golfers can escape to enjoy a great round and then re-join the non-golfers for a relaxing dip in one of the many pools or a drink at the bar. This hotel truly is perfect for an exciting and luxurious family golfing holiday.

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If you’re not looking for all-inclusive or are looking for a different destination to Turkey then look no further than the great options that sunny Spain has to offer….

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A fantastic option is the Las Lomas village in La Manga Club. The apartments are built into the hill which means great views out to the Mediterranean and the North Course as well as this, the resort has a village-like feel about it making it feel homely and welcoming. These apartments are perfect for those with younger children when self-catering is sometimes easier as you choose your dining times but there are some great restaurants both on and just off site which are also reasonably priced. Those looking for a sporting holiday should look no further as there are various sporting academies such as tennis or cricket which are perfect for those wanting more scheduled activities during their holiday. The village also hosts its own spectacular spa which is fully fitted with Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and a huge lap pool as well as a separate children’s pool. Guests have access to tee-times at the fantastic La Manga Club golf courses and can go and play knowing that the rest of their family are enjoying their stay as much as they are.

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Islantila

Another fabulous golfing resort in Spain but in a different region is the Islantilla Golf Resort Hotel. The resort combines its spectacular 27-hole golf course with a fantastic beach club perfect for all ages which is only a ten minute complimentary train ride away from the hotel. The hotel offers food on a half-board basis which can be ideal for families here as the commercial centre with a small selection of restaurants and shops is only a short walk away so lunch is easy to source and could make a change to eating at the hotel throughout the whole of the holiday but during the evenings the buffet is a different theme most nights which offers all guests the variety they need. The hotel offers numerous leisure activities both by the hotel and down at the beach club which means that your children could never be bored or short of things to do here whether it be playing in the large outdoor pool or enjoying what the beach club has to offer. The rooms are spacious and well-fitted and most have balconies on which to relax after either a hard day at the golf course or a tiring day at the beach club. This hotel is perfect for those looking for a quieter family golfing holiday where the hotel is peaceful but there are still plenty of activities for the little ones.

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If you’re looking for a luxury family golfing holiday then look no further than what the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort in Portugal has to offer…

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Those with young children cannot go wrong with choosing the Penina Resort for their next family golfing holiday. This resort has class, character and a fabulous golf course. The Kangaroo Kids Club is complimentary and once the children are signed up they can sign in and out whenever suits you where they can participate in a variety of fun activities whilst giving you the chance to relax by the huge pool or have a tough round or two on the golf course. If you’re looking for more excitement than just the hotel then you’re in luck here as Alvor is just a five minute drive away where you can find a wide variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy as well as a lovely beach. Further out are the towns of Portimao and Lagoa which are just ten minutes away and also have a wide variety of restaurants and activities as well as being interesting towns. This resort hotel is perfect for young children who need activities during the day to keep them occupied whilst still being within reach of their parents! Overall, if you’re looking for a more traditional golfing family holiday then this is the perfect destination for you.

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