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Insider’s guide to Campo Real & Royal Obidos

This week’s blog is a guide to two fantastic hotels and their superb golf courses which are situated in the Lisbon region. Lisbon is a great destination for a spring golf escape where you are much more likely to get the sunny, dry weather expected of spring than you are in the UK! With the weather as atrocious as it is at the moment here in the UK make sure that you have something to look forward to for early 2017 and book your next golf break away today…

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Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa is located on the beautiful Silver Coast just an hour away from Lisbon and was the winner of the IAGTO Best Resort in Europe 201. This stunning hotel only opened in 2014 and has fast become a favourite of ours and it isn’t hard to see why. All of the beautifully designed guest rooms have private balconies that you can enjoy views out to Obidos Lagoon from or if you are on the West side of the hotel, you get infinite views over the Atlantic Ocean and of the world-class Royal Obidos golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant is the Kobe Steak & Sushi Restaurant where you can experience a superb meal in a lovely setting with fantastic views to enjoy whilst you are sipping on fine wine. There are three bars, one of which is a poolside bar, where you can enjoy a range of different cocktails, wines and beers either after 18-holes on the golf course or before you sit down for a fine meal in the hotel’s restaurant. If you are less into golf and more into relaxation then although during the spring months you might not get to do as much sunbathing by the outdoor pool as you may like to, the hotel boasts a great spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, a Finnish sauna or the heated indoor pool. This is a stunning hotel which is perfect for your next spring golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

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Royal Obidos Golf Course will present a test to golfers of all abilities with around 7,300 yards (from the back tees) of stunning views and a range of different challenging holes. The signature hole on the front nine is the par-3 3rd hole where the green is on an island with spectacular views out to the Obidos lagoon as its backdrop. The 18th hole is definitely an impressive finish to the round, it’s a par-5 hole and you have stunning views across the back nine, the ocean and the clubhouse as you play the hole. With a variety of different challenges as well as beautiful views and an interesting round it is no surprise that this course won the Best Course in Portugal award in 2015.

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Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is also situated on the Silver Coast in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by vineyards but is just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon airport. The guestrooms are all individually decorated and have stunning views of either the courtyard or the golf course. The hotel features three great restaurants that you can enjoy as well as two different bars to enjoy a post-round cold beer at! There are plenty of activities to enjoy on-site if you are not into playing golf like tennis and horse-riding or just relaxing in the spa. The resort is in a great location as you have easy access to two fantastic golf courses – Royal Obidos and Campo Real as well as several traditional Portuguese villages nearby. This hotel is perfect if you are looking for a quieter golf break as there are some great deals here and not a lot of noise! This is another fantastic location for your next golf break to the Lisbon region – especially if you are looking to play a couple of different courses and explore some of the traditional Portuguese villages in the area.

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Campo Real Golf Course is another challenging golf course that will test all golfers regardless of how low their handicap score is and once you start to see the deep inclines, blind shots and hills you will understand why. This course is well-manicured and the service here is very high which always makes a round more enjoyable! This course is well integrated into its surroundings and makes use of the valleys and hills to make this course more challenging and interesting. The par-5 5th hole demonstrates this as you tee off downhill but then you have to get back up to a raised green after a sharp left turn in the course. The course has beautiful surroundings with rolling hills and vineyards surrounding the fairways and at the penultimate hole you can experience panoramic views across the whole of the course. This is another great but challenging course and when you are staying at Dolce Campo Real you get the chance to play both this course and Royal Obidos which makes for a perfect golf break!

 

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has made you think about your golf break for spring 2017 so that you can escape the dreary English weather and go somewhere like the Lisbon region to experience fabulous golf and stay in a beautiful hotel in a wonderful location!  nav-logo-bg-square

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Insider’s guide to The Thailand Collection

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Thailand collection of hotels that are ready for you to book your next golf break to…

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Thailand has something to offer for everyone. Practically year-round the weather is absolutely stunning and you can enjoy first-class golf courses, beautiful golden, sandy beaches and some of the most vibrant cities all in one place. Thailand has the most fascinating culture and history and a golf break here is definitely not one to be passed up on!

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We have six fantastic hotels in Thailand, two in the bustling capital city of Bangkok, two in Pattaya where there is some of the most exciting nightlife to embrace and then two by the coast in Hua Hin.

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First up we have the five-star Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa which is situated between Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The large, contemporary-designed suites each have their own large balconies where you can enjoy stunning views of Summit Windmill Golf Club. The hotel boasts three fantastic restaurants for guests to enjoy, you can sample some of the best traditional Thai cuisine or eat at the Italian a la carte if you would prefer.  There are also two lovely bar areas you can enjoy, either on the terrace or inside in a stylishly-designed bar. When you’re not out on the golf courses, you can relax by the amazing outdoor infinity pool or in the holistic spa. This is a stunning hotel where you will experience nothing but the best in terms of both service and facilities – definitely not one to miss out on!

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Park Plaza Sukhumvit Hotel is a modern hotel situated right in the heart of Bangkok city which means that you can easily explore the city right from the doorstep of the hotel! This hotel really is in an ideal location as you get to enjoy staying in the heart of the bustling capital but you are also within easy access to several fantastic golf courses. When you are not out exploring or enjoying a round then you can enjoy a dip in the rooftop swimming pool where you can see some spectacular sights of the city. The hotel features a fantastic restaurant with a show kitchen where you can enjoy Thai, Mediterranean and other international cuisine. But, of course, being in the heart of the city you are never far away from a vast array of different restaurants and bars that you can try! Another fantastic hotel in Bangkok and one that you can really sample the culture of Thailand whilst playing some great golf.

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Situated in North Pattaya is the five-star Cape Dara Hotel which is just a two minutes’ walk from the beach. You can enjoy relaxing by the pool or on Pattaya beach which is simply stunning. The rooms are fully-furnished with all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard and it is highly recommended to get a room with a balcony so that you can enjoy the beautiful views. You are just a 10-minutes’ drive from the shopping centre and 15-minutes’ drive from Cape Dara Resort. This is a hotel where you can soak up the beauty of Thailand and play some fantastic golf in a quieter location. The hotel boasts two lovely restaurants; one of which serves Cantonese and the other serves international cuisines so there is something to suit everyone. This is another fabulous hotel where you can enjoy the beautiful beach, superb golf and the peace and tranquility you often want on holiday in a lovely location!

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The superbly-located Sabai Empress Hotel is a contemporary hotel just over 5-minutes’ walk to the beach and only 350 yards from the shopping district of Pattaya. The hotel features modern, fully-furnished rooms and for some spectacular views of the city then all you have to do is take a trip up to the rooftop pool area where you can enjoy a dip and a refreshing drink whilst soaking up the incredible views. This is another hotel that you are within easy access of many great golf courses which means that you can expect a busy holiday with so much to do and see in the city as well. Sabai’s own restaurant serves both Thai and International cuisines which you must try but you are also never far from some brilliant restaurants in the city. For your next city and beach golf break to a vibrant place there couldn’t be anywhere better.

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Banyan Resort is just 3 miles from the centre of Hua Hin and just a five-minutes’ drive from Khao Takaib Beach. The accommodation here is set out as private villas which feature their own Jacuzzis or pools which makes this ideal for your next family holiday to Thailand. You can enjoy a meal of either Thai or International food at the Lemongrass Restaurant or a lighter meal at the Splash Pool Bar. You can enjoy a round on the golf course which you can get to via free shuttle from the hotel, relax around the pool or in the spa if you prefer. This is a great family resort and is within close proximity of Hua Hin where you can get out to explore and perhaps enjoy a few meals out!

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Last, but certainly not least, is Wannara Hotel which is just two-minutes’ walk from Hua Hin Beach, 10-minutes’ walk to the Hua Hin Night Market and 5-minutes’ drive into the village. Staying here, you are in a prime location with the beach, many fantastic golf courses and the village so close to the hotel. Whilst you are not out in the village exploring or playing on one of the many great golf courses in the area then you can relax by the outdoor pool or just enjoy a few refreshing drinks at the bar! Wannara is the on-site restaurant which serves lovely Thai dishes as well as Scandinavian favourites for you to enjoy during your stay here! This is yet another fabulous hotel where you can enjoy a bit of everything that Thailand has to offer.

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We hope that when you are thinking about your next golf holiday you consider Thailand and everything that the beautiful country has to offer you in terms of golf, stunning hotels, culture, nightlife and history! These are all fantastic hotels with each of them offering you something a little bit different so there really is a hotel that will suit anyone and any type of holiday…

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The Insider’s Guide to the Fuerteventura Princess…

This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the fantastic Fuerteventura Princess Hotel. This blog will tell you everything that you need to know about Fuerteventura, the hotel and the fantastic golf you will get the opportunity to play when you decide to stay here. With the nights drawing in and the weather getting noticeably colder, it is definitely time to think about when you are going to take your next golf break to the sun and this is a perfect one to consider with Fuerteventura’s year-round spring climate!1

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and can offer you everything that anyone could possibly want on their next golf break. You are never far from a beautiful sandy beach and the four golf courses here are all superb. Fuerteventura, like the other Canary Islands, boasts about 3,000 hours of sunshine per year which is something us Brits can only dream of! The spring-like climate makes this island ideal for a golfing holiday as you will always be warm enough to enjoy the beaches and sunbathe around the pool, but not too sweltering (especially if you go in autumn and springtime) that you can’t enjoy the fantastic golf that is on offer here! With so much to do and see here from over 150 long, sandy beaches with coves to the watersports you can enjoy on the beach to finding out about the history of Fuerteventura – you could certainly never be bored or short of fun and interesting things to do here.5

Set on the beachfront of Playa Jandia is the beautiful four-star Fuerteventura Princess Hotel. The hotel offers you a range of activities that you can enjoy from swimming gin one of the outdoor pools to playing tennis to the gym. All of the rooms are fully air-conditioned and come with a satellite TV as well as either a balcony or a terrace that you can enjoy beautiful sea views from. If you are less into activities, then the hotel features a lovely spa which boasts a sauna and a Turkish Bath! If you are making this trip into a family holiday, then there is definitely something for the kids here too with both a kid’s club with a mini disco as well as a maxi-club with a games room for teenagers.

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The hotel is set amongst tropical gardens and after a long round of golf you can take a walk around and just down to the beach or relax around one of the four outdoor pools available before enjoying a few refreshing drinks at one of the bars around the hotel. There are two restaurants, the main restaurant serves a buffet at breakfast and dinner with themed nights twice a week. Restaurant La Choza is where you can go for late breakfast, snacks and lunch and you can enjoy your meal out on the terrace which overlooks the beach. After you have had a lovely dinner, every night, there are shows in the evening and several nights a week you can enjoy live music at the hotel which provides a lovely holiday atmosphere!

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The hotel is situated in an ideal location, just seconds from the beach and only 8km from the town of Jandia. In Jandia you can find lots of different bars and restaurants, this means that if you are tired of eating at the hotel you definitely have various other options to explore being so close to the town!

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This is a fantastic hotel and is a short distance from the fantastic Jandia Golf Course…

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Jandia Golf Course is located right in the heart of Jandia and is surrounded by beautiful white beaches and stunning scenery. The club offers fantastic facilities and a great round of golf that is definitely one to play. The course and its facilities are at harmony with their surroundings, the course route runs through a valley which is bordered with exotic wildlife and some superb views. The course is considered to be of medium-high difficulty, as it is quite tight in places, but is so at one with nature that even if you are not scoring so well you will definitely still appreciate a round or two here! Furthermore, with four sets of tees at each hole it is easy to make sure that everyone has a chance at getting a fair scorecard.

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The facilities at the club include a driving range with 20 covered bays, a putting green, a chipping green and a practice field but little compares to actually playing this scenic course. The course covers 5,857 metres and many of those metres are taken up with obstacles from the four lakes to the dry riverbeds to the natural wildlife that you can enjoy (and try to avoid!) throughout the length of the course. This is quite a hilly course and so it can be recommended that you hire a buggy to avoid tiring out before you have even played many holes.

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This is a truly fantastic, challenging course with some truly breathtaking views and one that is great if you are looking for a challenge but also if you just want to casually play and enjoy a great course when you are on holiday! This course definitely tops off staying at the Fuerteventura and the course and the hotel are certainly a winning combination for your next golf break to the Canary Islands!

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and that when you are thinking about how grey and miserable it is outside that you think about the Fuerteventura Princess and Jandia Golf and consider booking your next golf break to escape the cold and long English wintertime!

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The Best Resorts for Couples…

This week’s blog is on the best resorts for couples. Whether you have children or not it’s often nice to have a getaway just the two of you to a quiet and luxurious resort where you can spend your days playing golf (or enjoying the spa!) and relaxing around the pool or on the beach. With winter now creeping up on us make sure that you book your next couples golf escape soon to get some sun! These are some of the best resorts for your next couples golfing getaway…gloria-golf-resort

Gloria Golf Resort in Belek is a luxurious with all of the fantastic facilities you would expect from a five-star hotel and more. The hotel is just a 6-minute walk from the beach and has several lovely pool areas as well as two championship golf courses which are practically on-site! The resort is just over 530-acres which means that although there is plenty to do on-site and many activities and facilities to enjoy, you can always find areas of peace and tranquility. You can make full use of your all-inclusive board option here with the six different restaurants with both buffet and a la carte options to enjoy! There are also many lovely bar areas both on the beach, at the pool and in the hotel so you are never too far from your next beer, cocktail or glass of wine! If golfing isn’t your thing, then make sure to enjoy a massage or two at the La Source Spa or just spend your days relaxing. This is a superb resort for couples and it really isn’t hard to see why.gloria-serenity-resort

Another Gloria resort – the Gloria Serenity Resort, also in Belek, is another fantastic choice for your next couples golf escape. This resort is also 6-minutes’ walk from the beach but has some lovely pool areas for you to enjoy too. This resort is extremely popular with couples as it is slightly quieter than the Golf Resort and is considered to be perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the Belek region. Within a 5-minutes’ drive of the hotel you are able to find 10 different golf courses which makes this ideal if you are looking to play a few different courses on your holiday here! If you’re less into golf and sports and more into relaxing then the middle-eastern themed spa here will not disappoint, the facilities are top-class and you can choose from a range of different treatments. The rooms here all have private balconies with stunning views of either the gardens or the sea and the superior rooms come with a private hot tub! With 10 restaurants, 6 bars and high-class service it is no surprise that we highly recommend this resort for your next relaxing couples golf break!elbs-palace-golf

Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel in Fuerteventura is another great destination for a couple’s golf holiday. This is a fantastic, adults-only hotel which features stunning spacious rooms with private balconies and all the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel. You can spend your days relaxing by the swimming pools, taking a short walk to the beach, walking around the grounds of the hotel, playing tennis or enjoying golf at Fuerteventura Golf Club or Salinas de Antigua. With everything this hotel has to offer it isn’t hard to see why it is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”. For dining options there is a café on-site as well as a lovely a la carte restaurant and bar area. This is a perfect, small and luxurious hotel to enjoy some peace and quiet whilst enjoying each other’s company!hotel-peralada

Hotel Peralada on the Costa Brava is another hotel that we recommend for a couple’s escape. The hotel is located right in the centre of the Emporda region and is surrounded by its own golf course. All of the rooms here are decorated with a bright and modern theme and have plasma screen TVs. You can make use of the aqua zone, outdoor pool, tennis courts and football pitches during your stay here as well as the wine spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments and massages. There are two restaurants on-site with the main restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine that you can enjoy whilst seated on a lovely terraced area. The hotel is in a great location in the town of Peralada and just 15-minutes’ drive from Figueres. This is a great boutique hotel perfect for a couple’s golf holiday.the-oitavos

The Oitavos Hotel in Lisbon is a stunning five-star hotel just 10-minutes’ drive from the centre of Cascais so you have easy access to local restaurants and bars if you don’t want to eat at one of the hotel’s restaurants. The hotel boasts a stunning spa area where you can enjoy a very wide range of treatments and massages as well as both wet and dry saunas and the hot tubs. There is a fantastic, heated, saltwater pool for you to relax around and enjoy as well. This is a superb and luxurious hotel perfect for your next golf escape and is in an ideal location, near Cascais and just 30-minutes’ drive from Lisbon as well as in close proximity to some fantastic golf.magnolia

Magnolia Golf & Wellness Hotel is located in Quinta do Lago and is another adults-only hotel which is perfect for if you are looking for somewhere which will be guaranteed to be quiet! The rooms are stylishly decorated and feature private balconies and all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this rating. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional dishes from the Algarve and there is also a great bar area for you to enjoy a few drinks at! Vale do Lobo beach and Vale do Lobo Ocean Golf Course are only a few minutes’ drive away which means that golf and other restaurants and bars are easily accessible from the hotel! There are also several other golf courses within close proximity to the hotel such as San Lorenzo and the Quinta do Lago courses.footer

We hope that when you are planning your next couple’s golfing getaway you reflect upon this list and choose one of the fantastic resorts we have handpicked out as our favourite resorts for couples!nav-logo-bg-square