The Insider’s Guide to Korineum Golf & Beach Resort

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Korineum Residences which are situated in North Cyprus. If you’re not so keen on going to Turkey but still want to travel further south than Spain and Portugal to get the scorching weather, then this is perfect for you! For fabulous service, beautiful weather, great food and drink all in a stunning location you need look no further.

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The beautifully decorated rooms are hidden away from the rest of the resort amongst pine trees giving you all the privacy you could want during your stay here whilst enabling you plenty of easy access to the resort’s amenities and of course, the golf course. All of the rooms are equipped with a private balcony where you can enjoy views of either the gardens, the Mediterranean or the mountains – you can experience an amazing view here no matter which direction you are facing! Not only can you enjoy free use of the resort’s gym but you can also enjoy use of the clay tennis courts on-site if you’re looking for some activity besides golf. There are also many opportunities for you to just relax and enjoy the fantastic weather in a beautiful place, not only is there a lovely pool area but the hotel provides a free shuttle service to their private area of the beach.

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The hotel also boasts a lovely spa and wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of massages and treatments as well as a sauna and Jacuzzi. You can have a quick bite to eat at either the beachside bar or the poolside bar and for bigger meals you have the option of dining at the clubhouse or in one of the A la Carte restaurants in the hotel. This is a perfect location for your next relaxing golf break to Cyprus where you can enjoy the great weather all year round as well as top quality service and great amenities.

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Not only does the hotel offer a free shuttle service down to the beach but there is also one that goes to the nearby city of Kyrenia at designated times. Kyrenia is one of the most beautiful towns in Cyprus with its lovely harbour and its backdrop of the mountains. Kyrenia is also know for its history and beautiful architecture which you can enjoy when taking a trip here. You can enjoy long walks and scenic tours around the city before taking a stroll around the harbour and stopping off for a cold drink and a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants sat by the harbour.

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There are a wide variety of restaurants here and most of them serve local and traditional Greek dishes for you to sample and enjoy! Although this town is not as lively as those such as Ayia Napa, it holds so much history and culture it would be a shame not to take a trip here, especially if you are enjoying a stay at the beautiful Korineum resort. There are also some smaller neighbouring villages close to Kyrenia where you can experience more of the history of Greece and become at one with the nature that you can immerse yourself in.

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Korineum Golf & Country club is situated on the resort and was the first 18-hole golf course to be built in Northern Cyprus. The views from the course are simply breathtaking, on one side of you you can see the glistening Mediterranean Sea and on the other are views of the famous Five Finger mountain range. This course was designed to be playable by golfers of all abilities and ages which makes it a fantastic holiday course as you can take it as seriously as you want to and you can also encourage your family to play along too. Most of the tee shots are aimed into the Mediterranean or towards the mountains which allows you to enjoy the scenery even more.

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The golf course is always kept in immaculate condition and with the strategically placed water hazards and bunkers it can be a little challenging even for those of a lower handicap in places! Some of the holes can be very tight and the greens are often predictable but this is a fantastic course and one which holiday-goers love.

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The course is also a very interesting shape as it has been formed to run through the existing carob and olive trees, it also undulates gently adding a little extra challenge. With the fact that on nearly every hole you can see the sea and on clear days even Turkey on the horizon as well as the fact that you can enjoy a reasonably challenging course whilst still maintaining the fun element of golf it is any wonder why you wouldn’t choose Korineum Resort and its fantastic golf course to enjoy your next golf break at!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are now considering a golf holiday to North Cyprus, with the great weather that is practically all year round, beautiful scenery and lovely golf courses as well as some culture and history-filled towns it would be hard to find somewhere any better! We realise that many of you are concerned about travelling to Turkey and although we can reassure you that it is business as usual there, North Cyprus, and more specifically, the Korineum Resort, is a great alternative where you can still get the first-class service and stunning weather!

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Belek is back!

Turkey, particularly the holiday region of Belek sold like the proverbial hotcake in 2015 and was one of our most popular golfing holiday destinations with record demand for the great all-inclusive packages on offer. Forward to the current day and with the current political situation demand is less so. We think it is always easy for people to forget how big a country Turkey is, over three times the size of the UK (244 thousand sq km) Although travel to certain areas bordering Syria isn’t encouraged, even the foreign office reiterates the fact that beachside resorts are not significantly affected by this situation being some 800 km from these areas. With this blog, we hope to remind you about all the great things Turkey has to offer you in terms of luxury, value for money and of course, golf and of course the warm welcome you will receive.

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The Cornelia Deluxe is seen to be one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Belek. With spacious, modern rooms which are fully-fitted with all the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard, various A’ la carte restaurants as well as the buffet restaurant and 8 bars to enjoy, you could never be short of somewhere to enjoy some relaxation time! The hotel also boasts several spectacular pool areas – 8 to be exact – and like the other Belek hotels, has direct access to a private strip of beach. There is also a spa for those of you who want the ultimate relaxation experience where you can enjoy different treatments as well as a sauna and Turkish bath. With reduced green fees at Cornelia Faldo golf course as well as a free shuttle service from the resort to the course and all the other amenities that this hotel has to offer it is no wonder it is seen as one of the best resorts in the area.

The Cornelia Diamond

The Cornelia Diamond is another fantastic five-star all-inclusive resort in Belek where you can enjoy top-quality service, beautiful surroundings and a lovely hotel. This hotel is very impressive from the way in which swimming pools wind their way around the resort to the hotel’s own Amphitheatre. The hotel boasts one of the largest spa areas in Belek with a wide range of treatments available. You can also enjoy relaxing by one of the many pools, take a slide in the hotel’s own mini-waterpark or take a short stroll down to the golden sands and relax there! With many bars and restaurants to enjoy you will always be able to get a snack or a drink at any time of the day. This is one of the most luxurious hotels with plenty to do and see within the resort. Guests here also receive reduced green fees at Cornelia Faldo and the free shuttle down to the course so there really is no excuse for not considering this hotel for your next golf break…

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Cornelia Faldo is a superb test of golf with many of the holes requiring you to pay stern attention to your shots. The course is kept in fantastic condition and is one of the best courses in the area – a must-play for any golfer. The course features 27 holes so at all times there are at least 18 holes open to play.

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Gloria Golf is a five-star hotel where you can enjoy peace and tranquility in all areas of the hotel. The site of the hotel is so big that you will always feel isolated from the outside world and can enjoy relaxing by the pool or beach whilst sipping a few ice cold drinks! The two Gloria golf courses are just a few minutes from the hotel and you can use the free shuttle service from the hotel to get to your round so there really is no need for you to hire a car to stay here. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated with a balcony or terrace featuring either garden or pool views. There are many different pools, some are adults-only so you can enjoy some peace and quiet here away from the mini-waterpark and kids’ club! The hotel also features a lovely spa area where you can purchase a range of different treatments from. This is a fabulous resort, with 8 different bars and 5 different restaurants as well as the nearby golf making it ideal for a relaxing golf holiday.

Gloria Serenity

Gloria Serenity is one of the finest hotels in Belek and will offer you the ultimate luxury. The hotel is very popular for couples as there is such an atmosphere of tranquility throughout the resort. The hotel boasts a beautiful spa area which is Far-Eastern themed and you can enjoy a Turkish bath, sauna or a range of treatments here in beautiful treatment rooms. You can enjoy relaxing by one of the pool areas or enjoy a short walk to the hotel’s private stretch of beach where there are plenty of sunbeds for you to relax on! With many different high-quality A’ la carte restaurants and bars you will never go hungry or thirsty here. Like the other hotels, you can also take advantage of the complementary shuttle service to the two Gloria courses where you can enjoy a round or two before returning to the hotel and relaxing on the beach with a cold one! This is a hotel which offers everything in high quality from service to the wide range of amenities and a holiday here is truly something else.

 

Both the Gloria Old and the Gloria New courses offer spectacular, fine courses in beautiful locations with amazing scenery. Both the courses offer a test of golf with their strategically placed bunkers catching all but the most accurate of shots. These courses are fabulous and are of high quality much like the hotels which border them!

 

We hope that this has reminded you of the high quality golf courses and hotels that are available to you in Turkey. Having just got back from Turkey we can confirm that all is normal in Belek and it certainly is ‘business as usual’ so why not take advantage of all that Turkey has to offer and book your golf holiday today…

Insider’s guide to La Cala

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to La Cala Golf Resort, with the British summer still suffering a stuttering start we thought it a good idea to give you a guide to a great resort which is just a short flight away, but where the sun and summer time is in full flow, and of course there is some superb golf.

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This premier golf resort on the Costa del Sol features beautiful rooms decorated with an Andalucian style, three fantastic golf courses, an outdoor swimming pool and a lovely spa area. All of the rooms are fully furnished and fitted with a satellite TV and air conditioning. You can enjoy the stunning views of the golf courses and your surroundings from your room’s private balcony as well. At the hotel, you can enjoy the hotel’s restaurant which serves both local and international cuisine and enjoy a few drinks in the lobby bar or venture over to the clubhouse to the bar there. If you’re more into relaxation than golfing then you won’t be disappointed here either, the spa features hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath and a sauna. You can also enjoy a range of different treatments from massages to facials in the treatment rooms here. The hotel is fantastic and offers great facilities but it is also in a prime location, with the busy coastal town of La Cala de Mijas just under 10 minutes’ away! In the town you can enjoy a wide array of different bars – where you can get a pint for a lot less than at home – and some fantastic restaurants serving different cuisines ranging from fresh local fish to international dishes. This also means that your nearest beach is just under 10 minutes’ away which is perfect if you fancy a long afternoon by the sea before heading for a few pints at a beach bar after your morning on the golf course.

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This hotel is ideal for those wanting to enjoy a variety of different courses on this golf break as there are three courses on the same site as the hotel which means that you won’t have to travel far to get in a good round or two of golf!

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La Cala America (previously known as the North course here) is one of the most requested courses to play here on the Costa del Sol and it really isn’t hard to see why. This course is a spectacularly hilly course where straight hitting is a must if you hope to score even close to your handicap. There are many strategically placed crushed-marble bunkers which make your challenge of navigating the elevated and undulating greens whilst simultaneously avoiding the gorges that line the fairways! Even from the 1st hole which is a cliff-driving hole right from the tee you can experience the quality of this course and its stunning surroundings.  The views from this course are simply beautiful and many consider the course’s best hole to be the par-3 16th hole where from the elevated tee you can enjoy views right across the property to beyond the tee and to the coast which is actually several miles away from the tee. This is certainly a course to play when you have your concentration cap and when you have brought along a few extra balls!

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La Cala Asia (previously known as the South course here) is another one of the great three golf courses located in the foothills of the Mijas Mountains. This course has a similar landscape to that of the America course in terms of the fact that it is hilly with strategically placed greenside bunkers but it is slightly flatter and easier than the America course for sure! You must negotiate this course carefully and try to hit your tee shot to the right spot, especially on the par-4s and par-5s as there is very little room for error. Three of the holes here are short holes which are played from elevated greens so offer some fantastic views of the property and beyond. The 2nd hole has a well-protected, two-tiered, L-shaped green which certainly causes for an interesting finish to the hole and this is just the first difficult and short hole on this course! the 8th and the 12th holes are also very difficult with the 8th hole sitting in a valley surrounded by sand traps and grass hollows and with the 12th having a pear-shaped putting surface with a swale running through the middle. A stand-out hole on this course is the par-4 15th hole which doglegs to the left around 250yards down which means that you need to position your tee shot to aim up the right side but either hit a long one or take the dogleg with two shorter shots. This is another great course which you will enjoy immensely here at La Cala.

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La Cala Europa course enjoys spectacular, far-reaching mountain views and has a layout which is far less quirky than the other two courses here. Although there are some fine stretches of holes which are demanding, this course is far more playable than the Asia and America courses. This course is situated in a lovely part of the countryside near the hotel and has tight and twisting fairways as well as a winding river running through the course, it is a very picturesque course but you have to make sure to not be distracted by the scenery as this is certainly not an easy one – especially for those with a high handicap. The standout hole on this course is the par-4 4th hole which is one of the strongest par-4s that you will ever play. With the river running alongside the left of the fairway and the mountain scrub guarding the right side this tee-shot has to land on a very narrow fairway, you then have to hit your ball back over the river to the well-guarded green which is protected by the bunkering to typical of the La Cala courses. This is a stern test of golf to match the other two courses here at La Cala and you would never regret a round on these courses!

 

We hope that this blog opened your eyes to the great golf break away you could have to the Costa del Sol here at La Cala Golf Resort. With three fantastic golf courses on-site, a beautiful and busy little coastal town so nearby and being just 35 minutes’ drive from Malaga airport there is little that could make this place any better! Oh, and of course you will be able to enjoy some proper summer weather there…

The Insider’s Guide to Details Hotels

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Details Hotels which are all situated on the Algarve. These hotels all have unique selling points and with the lack of summer weather here in England you might want to think about booking a last minute golfing getaway to one of these superb hotels…

Magnolia

First up is the Magnolia Golf & Wellness Hotel in Quinta da Lago. This is an adults-only hotel so perfect if you are looking for a more sophisticated and relaxed holiday without children around. This is a contemporary and modern hotel which boasts a superb location near to some of the best beaches, shops and restaurants in the area. It is also within close distance to the Vale de Lobo courses which are well-known to be a couple of the best courses around. Not only is the hotel close to the Vale de Lobo courses but also Quinta do Lago and San Lorenzo golf clubs which are other fantastic golf courses close-by which means that you will never have to travel far from the hotel to find a great round of golf here! The Quinta do Lago beach is just over 2 miles from the hotel but there are plenty of other areas around the hotel to relax in including the pool areas, the spa and wellness facilities and the hotel bars. Each of the rooms are well-fitted with everything you would expect from a hotel of this standard as well as a private balcony per room, here you can enjoy the views of the gardens and the area around the hotel. This is a fantastic, modern hotel with some great facilities and in an amazing location meaning that taking golfing holiday here could be nothing but a perfect choice.

Vale-De'-Rei

Next up is the Vale D’el Rei Suite & Villas Hotel in Carvoeiro. This is a more secluded hotel as it is nestled in the Algarve countryside and is surrounded by vineyards, mountains and white cliffs. Although it is a more secluded hotel and has a tranquil setting it is not too far from Carvoeiro’s centre and other beachside resorts. The rooms are all decorated in warm, earthy tones to fit in with the hotel’s surroundings and all have a satellite TV. There are two hotel restaurants, the Pool Terrace serves breakfast and lighter meals whilst the Serenata restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine and whilst you are here you must enjoy one of the delicious cocktails served at the Calabash Café. The golf courses you will most likely play here are Alamos, Salgados and Morgado. These are all fantastic courses and a round on each should never be passed up on! If you’re looking for other activities to enjoy besides golfing on holiday then you would not be disappointed here, the hotel can arrange mountain biking or horse riding or you can enjoy a trip to the hotel spa where you can enjoy the Turkish Bath, sauna and the hot tub. This is a fantastic, quiet hotel where you can enjoy a variety of activities or just lay by the pool all day!

Velamar

The Velamar Boutique Hotel is another fabulous hotel to consider for your next Portuguese golfing getaway. This hotel is situated in Albufeira and was fully renovated this year and re-opened as a boutique style hotel. All of the rooms are elegantly decorated with a luxury bathroom and some of the rooms feature a private balcony which overlooks the beautiful fishing village or the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the breakfast room as well as enjoy the surrounding scenery from the hotel bars whilst sipping on a few drinks post-round! You can enjoy the lavish outdoor pool area when you are not playing one of the fantastic courses that are situated in and near Albufeira. The hotel is located in the fishing village of Olhos D’Agua and is also very close to the resort of Albufeira, this means that you can enjoy copious places to eat and drink as well as explore the history of Albufeira. The hotel offers guests bike hire and car hire which means that the great areas and towns around the hotel are easily accessible. This is a great, modern hotel in which you can relax and unwind whilst enjoying the hotel’s superb location and some excellent golf within close proximity.

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Last, but not least of the Details Hotels is Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos adults-only hotel, also situated in Albufeira. This hotel boasts the perfect location, it is set in a Mediterranean garden with direct access to the beach as well as having the vast array of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops of Albufeira just a short stroll away. There is no doubt that if you’re looking for somewhere with direct access to some bustling nightlife, wonderful restaurants and delightful little bars whilst staying in a hotel which feels separate from the bustle of the town then this is the perfect place for you. All of the rooms here are furnished with a modern design and open up onto private balconies where you can enjoy views of the gardens and the ocean. If you prefer to eat in at the hotel rather than venture out into Albufeira then you will not be disappointed with the traditional cuisine served in the main hotel restaurant. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy the abundance of golf courses within a short distance away from the hotel as well as the outdoor pool area at the hotel and the direct access to the sandy beach. There is definitely not a shortage of places for you to relax here or if you prefer to be more active then there are different activities and sports which can be found in Albufeira or you can just enjoy learning the history of Albufeira – another ideal golfing getaway destination!

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the great Details Hotels which all offer guests something unique and are all brilliant holiday destinations! Make sure to book your last minute golf break away before the English weather starts to get you down…