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The Best Resorts for Families

This week’s blog is on the best resorts for your family golf holidays. These resorts all provide so many things to do and see that no one could ever be bored. As you have probably already enjoyed a fantastic family holiday this summer it is about time for you to start planning your family holiday for 2017 and these are definitely some fantastic resorts to consider…

 

Undoubtedly, two of the best resorts for your next family getaway are the two Cornelia resorts in Belek – Cornelia Deluxe and Cornelia Diamond. Both of these resorts are fabulous five-star hotels with the highest quality of facilities and service that you could wish for.

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The Cornelia Deluxe resort is situated on the beach where guests can enjoy having a private area of the beach to relax on. There are also several other outdoor pools in the resort with waterfalls and waterslides! The rooms are all very luxurious and spacious with their own private balconies, satellite TV and a minibar. There are plenty of different sporting activities available from watersports to tennis to, of course, golf. Kids can enjoy the mini club where there are plenty of planned activities for them as well as a disco most evenings which is perfect for when you want to enjoy a round of golf or relax in the spa and they want to carry on enjoying an action-packed holiday. When staying here you can appreciate the reduced green fees at the stunning Cornelia Faldo course and as it isn’t far from the hotel at all it means that you can feel comfortable leaving your family in the mini club or at the spa or just relaxing by the pool whilst you go off for a round of golf. With plenty to do, eat and drink in this stunning hotel with several a la carte restaurants and bars at your disposal at all times of day there is nowhere more perfect for your next family golf break!

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The Cornelia Diamond is also just a short walk from the beach where the resort owns a 250-metre-long stretch of beach which is reserved for guests staying at the hotel. The Cornelia’s animation team here is fantastic and they arrange so many different activities both by the beach club and at the different outdoor pools that you can always get involved in – there are activities run from beach volleyball to water aerobics. Down by the beach you can do a range of different watersports or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. In the resort, there is nightly entertainment from dance shows to concerts and everything in-between! This resort boasts one of the biggest spa facilities in the area which you can enjoy whilst staying here whilst the children are busy with the animation team! There is also a free shuttle which only takes two minutes to the great Cornelia Faldo course so you are in close range of everything you could possibly want whilst staying here! Like the other Cornelia resort, there is so much to do, eat and drink here that you are bound to have a fantastic family holiday in a resort which definitely provides ‘something for everyone’.

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Another fantastic family resort is the Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort which is situated on the Algarve. This is a luxurious five-star hotel situated in the middle of the Vale do Lobo estate where there are plenty of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy. On your doorstep here you also have a lovely sandy beach and the San Lorenzo golf course which is one that is a must-play by any discerning golfer. This is a great hotel with a stunning pool area and lovely beach within a short walk away which makes it perfect for your next relaxing family golfing getaway to the sun.dona-filipa-san-lorenzo

La Manga Club Las Lomas Village in Murcia, Spain is another great family holiday destination as staying in one of the apartments here means that you have the option to cook for yourselves which can be easier with a family. There are restaurants nearby to the apartments so if you do want to eat out whilst staying here that is also an option. The apartments are spacious and decorated nicely with a fully-furnished kitchen and they have spectacular views over the North Course and out to the sea. There’s a lovely outdoor pool area for the whole family to enjoy and with three fantastic golf courses within close proximity you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round at!

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The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel in Cyprus is another great hotel perfect for a luxurious family holiday. There are some beautifully decorated suites here which have the option for interconnecting rooms which is perfect for when you need to keep an eye on the whole family. Just a five minutes’ drive away are two beautiful beaches but if you prefer to stay onsite then you can enjoy the lovely outdoor pool areas and the spa and wellness facilities there. The Aphrodite Hills golf course is just a two-minute walk from the hotel where you can enjoy a brilliant round on a top course just outside of your hotel basically! This is fabulous hotel for a relaxing, quiet and luxurious golf break to Cyprus.

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Last, but not least is the five-star Westin Resort in Costa Navarino, Greece. This is a lovely family-friendly resort where kids can get involved in the sporting activities as much as adults can with the kids’ golf and tennis courts available. There are over ten restaurants here offering all kinds of different cuisines which means that even the pickiest eaters will find something that they love. With two golf courses – Dunes course and Bay course – within such close proximity and with many of our packages offering free golf transfers from the hotel this is a no-hassle holiday destination perfect for your next family golf escape.

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We hope that this week’s blog has opened your eyes to some of the superb four and five-star resorts that are around and perfect for your next family holiday whether it be for next Easter or summertime.

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The insider’s guide to the Tivoli Hotels Collection

This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the Tivoli hotels which are all situated on the Algarve in Portugal. These hotels are fantastic four and five-star properties which offer guests a full range of facilities and the opportunity to play some fantastic golf courses when they are staying there. With the summer weather drawing to a close and the dark evenings starting to appear it is time for you to start thinking about where you want to take a short golf break this autumn or next spring to give you the chance to see some sun before August of next year! These hotels are perfect for your autumnal golf break as the weather is still so good in the Algarve for a couple more months.

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The Tivoli Carvoeiro is a stunning four-star hotel situated on a cliff top with stunning views of the beach nestled below and the surroundings areas. The lovely town of Carvoeiro is just a 10 minutes’ walk away so you have a wide choice of bars and restaurants whilst you are here as the hotel also boasts two fantastic restaurants, one of which serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and the other serves international dishes in a buffet-style. The hotel also offers guests a lovely terrace bar area to sit and enjoy a few drinks in which has views of the Atlantic right from where you sit to enjoy your drink! If golf isn’t your number one priority when staying here then you won’t be disappointed with the other facilities on offer as there is a fantastic spa here with a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a range of different treatments available. This is a great hotel, close to a fantastic town, Faro airport and some great golf courses. It is worth noting that unfortunately this hotel is closed from November this year through to July 2017 so this is a great one for next autumn when the hotel is reopened.

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Tivoli Lagos is another beautiful Tivoli hotel and it is situated right in the centre of Lagos. From March through to October guests can enjoy the free shuttle service from the hotel down to the private beach club on Meia Praia. Being located right in the centre of town there is so much for you to do and see within a short walk when you are staying here or if you prefer to stay at the resort there are plenty of things to do there too. The resort offers a lovely outdoor pool area, spa facilities and each of the spacious rooms has its own balcony. There are three different restaurants on-site as well as a beach bar which is only open during the summer months. This hotel is ideal for your next golfing getaway and is within a short distance from several fantastic golf courses including Boavista and Onyria Palmares.

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Tivoli Marina Portimão hotel is situated in an ideal location just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and five-minutes’ walk from Praia de Rocha. The hotel is also in very close proximity to some of the best courses on the Algarve such as Salgados, Alamos and Morgado which makes it the ideal destination for your next golf break to Portugal. The modern studios and apartments are all fully-fitted with a kitchenette and dining area as well as a satellite TV. The hotel boasts three swimming pools, a fitness centre, bike-hiring facilities and massage rooms which means that even if you’re not here to play the fabulous golf on offer there is still plenty for you to do! The hotel also has two restaurants if you want to eat at the hotel rather than cook for yourselves but there are also plenty of options for dining outside of the hotel as well. This is a great hotel for your next golf holiday either this autumn or for next summer!

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The five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is situated right in the heart of Vilamoura, with the marina on one side and the beach on the other, this hotel offers guests pure luxury in stunning accommodation. All the rooms are recently refurnished and have their own private balcony, a satellite TV and floor-to-ceiling windows. For non-golfers the hotel is perfect as it features extensive spa facilities including dry and wet saunas, a hot-tub as well as a wide range of healthy and body treatments available. As the hotel is located in the heart of Vilamoura you are never far from somewhere where there is fantastic food and drink but the hotel also offers three great restaurants which you must try when you stay here – an Italian, a Steakhouse and a Portuguese restaurant. With vast gardens, a beach just a minutes’ walk away and a lovely outdoor pool area and the Oceanico golf courses within a short distance away, it would be hard to find somewhere more luxurious in such a great location for your next golf break to the Algarve.

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Last but not least we have the five-star Tivoli Victoria Hotel. Although not situated right in the heart of the town there is a free shuttle service available for guests from the hotel to Vilamoura Marina but this is such a beautiful and tranquil hotel that you may not even want to leave the hotel much at all! There is a top championship golf course on site but there are also several others within just a short drive away from the hotel that you are encouraged to play during your stay at the Tivoli Victoria. All of the rooms here are modernly furnished with all the facilities you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony attached to each room where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. For those of you who are less interested in the golf or who will only play a few rounds then there are two outdoor pool areas as well as a spa where you can enjoy a range of different beauty treatments as well as the indoor pool there. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and there is a lovely bar area for you to enjoy a few drinks in. This is an ideal location for your next golf break where you can enjoy tranquil surroundings in a beautiful hotel as well as some superb golf. tivoli-logo

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has provoked thoughts of an autumn golf break for this year or maybe even a golf holiday next spring to give you the chance to play some fantastic golf in the sun instead of waiting for the sunshine to (hopefully!) make an appearance next summer!

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The Murcia Experience…

This week’s blog is on the Murcia experience. Murcia is a great region located in south-eastern Spain and has many fantastic resorts and golf courses in the region, as well as some fantastic spas which are great for non-golfers, which makes it an ideal destination for your next golf break to Spain.

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The resort of La Manga features both a luxurious five-star hotel – Principe Felipe – as well as the apartments in the Las Lomas village. This means that there are plenty of options for when you are deciding what type of holiday that you want to have at La Manga whilst still being within five minutes’ drive of any of the three La Manga courses.

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Principe Felipe Hotel offers guests an extensive range of facilities from tennis courts and football pitches to the three golf courses to the outdoor pools. If you choose to stay in the hotel at La Manga you will never be bored as there is so much to do here. La Manga’s restaurants offer guests a wide range of different cuisines from Italian to Asian to Indian. There are, of course, several different restaurants on-site for you to enjoy traditional Mediterranean food and some Spanish tapas! The La Manga Club where the restaurants, private beach and the spa is located is just under 2 miles from the hotel and there is free transport available to guests. With extensive facilities on offer as well as a beautiful resort to stay in it is no wonder that this resort is so highly regarded.

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Set in the hillside at La Manga Club are the luxury apartments that make up Las Lomas Village. When staying in the apartments in Las Lomas village you have everything that the La Manga resort has to offer right on your doorstep from the minimarket to the sporting facilities. There is also a free shuttle service which goes around the resort taking guests to and from the different areas of the club. These luxury apartments offer you all the great facilities at La Manga whilst giving you a more flexible dining plan as you have your own kitchen to prepare food in rather than eating out all the time. La Manga is a superb resort and there is so much to do and see here including the three La Manga golf courses that a golf break here should never be one that is passed up on!

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Roda Golf and Beach Resort is another fantastic resort located in the Murcia region where you can stay in a range of different apartments and villas to suit your preference. All of the accommodation at Roda Golf is within walking distance to the fantastic 18-hole Roda Golf course. On-site the resort boasts a fantastic bar and restaurant area at the clubhouse overlooking the picturesque resort and there is also a little shop where you can purchase basic shopping essentials. Just a 20 minutes’ walk away (or 5 minutes’ taxi) from the resort is the beach with a square full of bars and restaurants as well as a supermarket store. As the accommodation at Roda Golf features kitchens in each of the apartments and villas you have flexibility with eating when you are there as you can enjoy a meal at the clubhouse restaurant, walk into town or just cook for yourself. There are some lovely outdoor pool areas for guests to enjoy here and as stated earlier, the beach is very close to the resort as well. This is another fantastic resort perfect for a golf holiday with some great weather whilst staying in a lovely resort.

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Mar Menor Golf Resort boasts some beautiful, well-appointed apartments where you can stay and enjoy a wide range of different courses as there are so many great courses in the surrounding area including the courses of Saurines de la Torre, Alahama Signature Golf, La Torre Golf Resort, El Valle Golf Resort and Hacienda Riquelme as well as the Mar Menor course. Each of the spacious apartments has a well-equipped kitchen as well as a terrace which overlooks either the garden, the pool or the golf course. You also have access to the large communal swimming pool whilst you are staying in the apartments and you are just a 15 minutes’ drive from the beaches of Mar Menor. Guests at the apartments also have access to the facilities at Hotel Intercontinental for a small extra charge where you can visit the spa or enjoy the restaurants there. This is a great destination for your next golf holiday to Murcia as there are so many different courses that you can have the opportunity to play and with everything you could need (including the airport!) within a 15 minutes’ drive it would be hard to find somewhere more accessible!

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Whilst the Las Colinas Residences are not in the Murcia region as they are just over the border in the Valencia region they are still a fantastic option for your next golf break to Spain and are close to the courses in the Murcia region. Each apartment is well-fitted with a kitchen, air-con and a satellite TV and there are also some lovely outdoor areas around the apartments including the gardens and the large terraces attached to each one for you to enjoy the beautiful weather here. You will also have access to the communal pools as well as the restaurants at the clubhouse and Campoamor’s beaches are just five miles away from the apartments. With one of Spain’s finest golf courses on-site – Las Colinas Golf & Country Club – as well as Torrevieja just a 15 minutes’ drive from the resort this is a great option for your next stay and play golf holiday!

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All of these resorts boast excellent facilities, restaurants and golf courses either on site or within a short drive from the main resort which make them perfect for your next golf holiday to Spain. They are also all very accessible from Murcia airport which is a lovely, compact airport and makes for a good travelling experience. With the good weather practically all year round here and all of these fantastic golf courses and facilities on offer it is no surprise that these are popular resorts and are highly recommended!

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The insider’s guide to Elba Hotels & Resorts

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Elba hotels. These hotels are all four or five star resorts and each have their own unique selling point whether it be their location, golfing opportunities or simply the class of the resort. With Autumn and Winter fast approaching it is about time for you to consider booking yourself a golf break away to give you something to look forward to in the months ahead and with many of the Elba resorts situated in the Canary Islands where there is a springtime climate all year you cannot go wrong with booking your next golf holiday with at one of the Elba resorts…

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Gran Hotel Elba Estepona is situated on the Costa del Sol and boasts a perfect beachfront location which makes it ideal for a quiet golfing retreat away from the stresses of home life. There is a beautifully decorated Thalaso Spa for guests to visit where you can enjoy a sea water circuit, the hot tub and sauna as well as a range of different treatments. Although the hotel is located in a tranquil setting it is just outside of Estepona and only 20 minutes’ drive from Marbella so you can easily access the towns if you want to take a trip somewhere busier! With all of this as well as an outdoor pool and many different brilliant golf courses within a short drive away it is a great destination for your next relaxing golf break to Spain.

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Elba Costa Ballena on the Costa de la Luz is the second Elba property in Spain and is different from the other Elba property in Spain as it is busier and features more activities for children as well as adults. The resort is situated in the bay of Cadiz as well as within the 27-hole Costa Ballena Golf Club. Most packages at this resort include free transfers to the golf course from the hotel. With a brilliant golf course on site as well as the beach being just under a 10 minute walk it is hard to see why people would pass up the opportunity to stay here. The resort is also close to some other small Spanish towns such as Jerez and Rota which is perfect for if you fancy a change of scenery. There is plenty for non-golfers to do as the spa is fitted with a thermal circuit and sauna as well as elegantly designed treatment rooms. This is another great destination for your next golf break to Spain.

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Elba Royal Village Resort in Lanzarote is situated in an ideal location as it is just a short walk into the village of Playa Blanca and Flamingo Beach. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to another top beach in the area – Playa Dorada. The rooms are all elegantly designed here and there is always plenty of things to do onsite from the sports arena to the Thalaso spa to the evening entertainment. This is a beautiful resort situated in a stunning location in amongst tropical gardens and is built with traditional Canary Island style architecture. There is nothing that you could want more from a resort than is available here at the Elba Royal Village and it is a great resort perfect for your next golf holiday to Lanzarote.

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Hotel Elba Sara in Fuerteventura is perfect for any kind of golf break away as it has the most perfect location. Next door to the resort is the Atlantico centre which has a wide array of different restaurants, bars, shops and even a cinema complex. Also nearby to the resort is a beautiful marina which is just half an hour’s walk away. This Elba property is also located virtually on the beach and has two fabulous golf course’s within five minute’s drive away – Fuerteventura Golf Club and Salinas Golf. All of the rooms have beautiful sea views and all the rooms have free Wi-Fi and a mini-bar. Onsite there is also a kids’ club and a fully fitted spa for guests to enjoy. There is plenty to do for everyone here and a stay here could never be a disappointing one!

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Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel in Fuerteventura is an adults-only hotel which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fuerteventura golf course. The hotel is set in such a peaceful location that it would be difficult to stay here and not feel detached from the outside world but is just under a 20-minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are all spacious and well appointed with the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this calibre. The hotel boasts different swimming pools, an elegant restaurant and lovely surroundings. This is a stunning hotel in a perfect location and is ideal if you are looking for a small, quiet hotel for somewhere to unwind and relax as well as enjoy a few rounds of excellent golf whilst you’re at it!

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Last, but certainly not least on the list of the fabulous Elba properties are the Elba Premium Suites located in Lanzarote which are opening this November. This is another adults-only property and is set to be one of the classiest and elegant properties around. Each of the suites features a terrace as well as a flat screen TV, a minibar and free Wi-Fi. The resort features a private solarium which has sun loungers, a large swimming pool and an atmospheric pool bar. The complex is also in a great location as it is only 10-minutes’ walk from the fishing village of Playa Blanca as well as being just a 30-minutes’ drive from the airport. This is a stunning complex which exudes class and sophistication and is perfect for those looking for a quiet golf break to Lanzarote with some fantastic golf at Costa Teguise and Lanzarote Golf Resort.

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the fantastic Elba properties which all have something unique that they can offer you whether it is in terms of the golf courses on offer, the service at the property or the location. These are all great locations for your next golf break.

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The Insider’s guide to Thanos Hotels

This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the two beautiful Thanos hotels which are situated in Paphos in South Cyprus. These are both stunning five-star hotels which feature high-class facilities and are within short distance of four beautiful golf courses. These hotels are perfect for your next golf break in the sun and after reading our insiders guide you won’t disagree.

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Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated in the middle of tropical gardens but still manages to be right in the heart of the city centre of Paphos. The hotel has wonderful surroundings of palm trees, tropical flowers and views of the seafront which is just a few yards away from the hotel. All of the rooms here are spacious with elegant marble features and all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a minibar, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. As the hotel is within a short distance of four spectacular golf courses – Aphrodite Hills, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley – you will never be struggling to find a good round of golf! You can also enjoy a range of different activities in the area as the hotel is in the centre of the city including water sports and cultural tours. For relaxation the resort boasts a fantastic pool with swim-in caves and waterfalls around it where you can relax by and of course, the hotel is just a short walk to the beach. Although this hotel doesn’t have a spa, the sister hotel next door has a well-fitted spa which guests can use. The hotel features four different restaurants including its buffet-style restaurant as well as those which serve a variety of different cuisine and there are also five different bars for you to explore and enjoy a few drinks in with some of them providing live entertainment each evening. Of course, being in the city centre gives you plenty of options regarding food and drink as there are copious amounts of different restaurants and bars serving every cuisine and drink that you could ever possibly want. This is a superb hotel with some of the best amenities possible and with service of the highest class all in the centre of a bustling and beautiful city – what is there not to like about this hotel?Almyra

 

Hotel Annabelle’s sister hotel – Hotel Almyra –  is right next door so shares the same superb location right in the heart of the city of Paphos. All of the rooms here are spacious and decorated with a modern and contemporary design, they all feature either a balcony or a terrace that has garden or sea views for you to enjoy here. Just like its sister hotel, the rooms are fitted with all of the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel like this. The hotel boasts four large freshwater pools for you to enjoy and has the beach right on its doorstep which means that you will never be short of somewhere stunning to relax and enjoy the grounds of the hotel. Two of the pools are adults-only which means that you can relax somewhere quiet without children or if you have your children there are pools where they can swim away from those who want the peace and quiet! Guests who stay here often play the same four golf courses that those who stay at the Annabelle Hotel play as they are fantastic courses which are close to the hotels. Unlike its sister hotel, Hotel Almyra feature a spa and wellness centre with a wide range of holistic treatments, a gym and a sauna. Most guess that stay in these hotels enjoy a half-board package and the Amyra’s main buffet restaurant serves a full continental breakfast and their other restaurants serve a variety of different cuisine from traditional Cypriot dishes to different international cuisine. Due to the hotel’s location you will never be restricted on where you can eat and drink as there are numerous great little restaurants and bars in Paphos for you to enjoy if you want to leave the hotel and explore. This hotel is ideal for your next relaxing golf break in the sun and a stay here could never be anything but relaxing and enjoyable.nightlife

 

Paphos is a fantastic coast side city with a great climate both for enjoying the beaches in summer and staying out late enjoying the nightlife in the warm but also for exploring and playing golf especially in the Autumn where temperatures average at around 20C. Holidays here are also easily accessible from England as Paphos airport is just under 20km from the city centre. There is plenty to do here in Paphos from enjoying water sports on the beach to exploring the churches and history deep in the city. There are many small coastal towns for you to enjoy and some of which are within walking distance from Paphos. For those of you looking for a lively holiday then there is the strip which has many different bars and clubs on that are open until all hours of the morning and staying in the heart of Paphos means that they are easily accessible from one of the Thanos hotels. This is a fantastic city with so much culture, nightlife and history that everyone can enjoy and appreciate and a stay here in one of these fantastic hotels should never be missed out on.golf

 

With four very different golf courses nearby each with their own level of difficulty and individual layouts as well as a beautiful sandy beach and a bustling town full of culture and atmospheric bars and restaurants we cannot recommend the Thanos hotels enough. These are ideal for those of you looking for an interesting holiday with some great golf and fantastic food and drink. If you’re looking to book your next golf holiday in the sun or are considering something for this Autumn then this is perfect for you.nav-logo-bg-square