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Golf With an Air of Sophistication

This week’s blog is on some of the most sophisticated resorts that we offer and recommend. When planning your next golf break it is important to understand what you want from the holiday and if sophistication is one then we have some superb resorts to recommend to you which we are sure won’t leave you disappointed…

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The Titanic Deluxe in Belek is a fabulous, practically brand new, five-star all-inclusive resort. The resort features countless facilities and activities from the nine outdoor pools to the aqua park to the extensive spa and the outdoor sports courts and pitches. All of the rooms are decorated with a modern theme and feature an LED TV, air-conditioning as well as a minibar. The rooms also all feature their own private balcony with views of the gardens or the river. This hotel is not situated directly on the beach but guests can take the boat down the Besgoz River right to a stretch of beach 1km long which is exclusive to guests here at the Titanic Deluxe. When it comes to eating a drinking you will be spoilt for choice with a buffet restaurant as well as four a la carte restaurants serving different cuisines from Italian to Turkish to seafood dishes. There are also 14 bars for you to choose from when you are thinking about where to enjoy your post-round beverage! This is a fantastic resort for your next sophisticated golf break as everything here is of the highest standard – including the service and the golf!

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For keen golfers, the Titanic Golf Club just will certainly not disappoint, there are three loops of nine holes here so you can work out which 18-hole course you want to take on. Water comes into play on almost half of the holes across the whole course which can make it a little tricky for those who have a slightly higher handicap. This is a superb holiday course with each route of nine holes having something unique to offer – whether it’s playing along the beach with stunning views of the Mediterranean or enjoying the inland loops with equally breathtaking views of the Taurus mountains.

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The Verdura Resort in Sicily is another stunning five-star resort. The resort is set amongst 230 hectares of classic Sicilian countryside and olive groves and offers guests access to the private beach as well as to the infinity pool. This resort is the definition of sophistication with extensive spa facilities including thalassotherapy pools, lovely treatment rooms and a hot tub. The resort also boasts two fantastic 18-hole championship golf courses which are a great test of golf and if you’re looking to stay active, besides the golf there is also the fully-equipped gym and a running trail through lemon trees to enjoy! The rooms are all fitted to the highest standard with king-size beds and balconies with beautiful views across the resort’s surroundings. This is another fabulous option for your next golf holiday with style!

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If you’re looking for somewhere quieter then Hotel Las Madrigueras in Tenerife is a perfect little five-star hotel set within the Las Americas golf course. From the hotel you can enjoy breathtaking views of the golf course, the Atlantic and La Gomera whilst sipping on a cold drink! You will enjoy a few rounds at Golf Las Americas which is a great course, suitable for those of all abilities but definitely a little challenging for all with the water and sand hazards as well as the fast, undulating greens! If you are more into relaxation (or relaxation as well as golf!) then you won’t be disappointed with the lovely outdoor pool area and the spa which features a hot tube, a Turkish bath, a sauna as well as an extensive treatment menu. This is another superb hotel perfect for a sophisticated golf break away!

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Hotel Camiral at the PGA Catalunya Resort is next up on our list of suggestions. This is a stylish and modern hotel just a five-minutes’ drive from the lovely town of Caldes de Malavella. There is an a la carte restaurant on site but you can also enjoy the piano bar and pub as well as drinks on the terrace during the summer months. The hotel boasts a lovely outdoor pool as well as extensive spa facilities that you can enjoy at your leisure whilst staying here. The PGA Catalunya courses are just a five-minutes’ walk away and it is no surprise that these are two of the most popular courses in Europe – staying here means that you get to see why! This hotel is a beautifully decorated one and all of the rooms are decorated with warm colours and feature elegant bathrooms. This is a beautiful hotel where you can enjoy stunning surroundings, great golf and high-class facilities.

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Last, but not least, is Costa Navarino which is a beautiful five-star hotel located in Greece. This resort is popular with both golfers and non-golfers due to its extensive facilities, superb golf and other activities on offer as well as its stunning surroundings. The hotel is just five-minutes’ walk from the golden, sandy beach but there are also stunning outdoor pool areas for you to relax around as well as the beach. You will never be short of somewhere relaxing to eat or drink with there being so many different restaurants and bars in great locations around the hotel for you to enjoy. If golf is less your thing then there is the Anazoe Spa which features an indoor spa as well as a long treatment menu for you to pick from! Golfers can indulge at the on-site Dunes course which has a links feel to it but you find your way navigating around Greek countryside which gives a great setting to the course. It is no surprise that Costa Navarino made it onto our list for the best hotels for a golf holiday with added sophistication!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and you have seen the high-class service and facilities that could be awaiting you if you book one of these resort for your next golf holiday perhaps for the fast-approaching 2017!

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5 Best Destinations For Winter Golf & Sun

It may seem as though our summer has just started as we are just beginning to get some better weather but in reality the days are already getting shorter and we are heading fast towards the grey days of winter. This week’s blog is your chance to find out about some of the great hotels and courses there are available to you this winter where you can also enjoy some sun and warm weather as opposed to staying here in England where you would have little hope of playing many dry rounds!

The Canary Islands are well known for their lovely climate all year round and so it is no wonder that three of our top suggestions for great destinations to get some winter sun and great golf are situated on the Canary Islands where the climate is of never ending Spring!

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Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf, offers a fantastic all-inclusive package which is great for when you just want to have a relaxing holiday, play some superb golf and eat and drink ‘til your heart is content. The rooms are spacious and decorated with a contemporary theme and each one has their own private balcony as well as a hydromassage bath! There is plenty to do at the hotel as there are 8 swimming pools for you to enjoy as well as tennis and volleyball courts, kayaking in the lake and mountain biking. You can dine at one of the two buffet restaurants and enjoy a few drinks at one of the eight different bars! Alternatively, you can take advantage of the free shuttle that runs twice a day into Playa de las Americas where you can find some more options for food and drink besides the hotel. With all of this to enjoy as well as two fantastic courses (Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur) just a mile away it is no wonder that this is one of our favourite destinations for a relaxing, winter golf break where you can get plenty of vitamin D!

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Located on the small island of La Gomera is the four-star Jardin Tecina. The hotel is situated in amongst 17 acres of lush gardens with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean providing it with the most relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. All of the rooms have private terraces where you can enjoy views of the gardens, swimming pool or the ocean. You can spend your day relaxing by the pool, on the stunning beach of Playa de Santiago which is just a short walk away or you can spend it playing golf on the fantastic and challenging Tecina Golf which is just several hundred yards from the hotel. With all of this on-site there is no reason to not sit back, relax, play some great golf and enjoy staying at this fine hotel. There are also other amenities on-site such as the fitness centre, squash courts, mini golf and tennis courts so no-one could ever say that they were bored here. This is another beautiful hotel where you can enjoy some winter sun whilst relaxing in a lovely environment and playing some superb golf – all at the same time!

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Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort is the next hotel up on the list, this stunning five-star resort offers high-class service, luxurious accommodation, 36 holes of fantastic golf and a great spa and wellness centre. All the rooms are decorated stylishly and have private terraces which give guests views of the mountains and the golf courses. The hotel has 3 lovely restaurants which you can enjoy dining traditional Spanish food and there are also 3 great bar areas for you to enjoy a pre or post-round drink or two! There is a stunning rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a dip in the large pool whilst looking at some of the stunning views and scenery that surrounds this exclusive resort. Not only is there the rooftop swimming pool but there are actually 6 swimming pools in total as well as a free service down to Maspalomas beach. The hotel also boasts a lovely spa area where you can enjoy a range of saunas, steam baths as well as a range of different treatment options. For those of you who don’t like to be so sedentary on holiday there is also a fitness centre and of course, the two Salobre golf courses which truly has a stunning design. This is another fantastic choice for a golf holiday this winter and not one to be passed up on.

Scottsdale

An ideal location for your next winter golfing break is Scottsdale which is situated just north of Phoenix in Arizona. With over 200 courses in and around the city of Scottsdale there is no way that any discerning golfer would pass up the opportunity to take a golf holiday here. The climate is spectacular and you can expect temperatures of around 30°C in October! The nightlife in the city is also brilliant, there are over 80 bars and dance clubs in the city for you to enjoy. There are many golf courses in Scottsdale which are award-winning such as Troon North, Grayhawk and TPC Scottsdale. The Troon North golf complex is often described as the best course in Scottsdale and with fast, bent greens as well as great service and immaculate fairways it really isn’t hard to see why. This golf course sets the standard for golf here and it is a very high standard to meet, you certainly won’t be disappointed with a golf course here. This is a fantastic destination, one that could be described as a golfer’s paradise and why not take advantage of the stunning weather over there during our winter months!

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Another spectacular location for your next golf break this winter is Dubai. In Dubai there is such a variety in scenery that you can experience, from rugged mountains to beautiful park areas to golden sandy beaches which means that the scenery you can experience on the many golf courses is equally as superb and diverse. Not only are there some fantastic courses like Montgomerie, Els and Tiger and Faldo but there are some beautiful golf hotels where you will experience high-class service and great cuisine. There is more to Dubai than just golf courses, there is bustling nightlife, tax-free shopping, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some fascinating culture and history for you to experience – all in one amazing holiday! No-one could ever be left feeling short when taking a golf holiday here as there is always so much to see, do and of course, play. Make this winter a sunny one for you full of golf and relaxing and book a golf break to Dubai today.

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We hope that this blog has made you realise that there are some great hotels and courses waiting for you this winter where you can soak up some sun whether it is nearer home in the Canary Islands or across the world in America!

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The best of Obidos, the new home of quality golf…

This week’s blog is about the best that Obidos has to offer in terms of golf. Obidos is a town north of Lisbon and is the new home of quality golf in Portugal. With some superb courses within close proximity to the town and some great hotels also it is no surprise that this area is becoming more and more popular among golfers. In this blog are the five best golf courses that Obidos has to offer…

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First up on the list is Bom Sucesso which is an 18-hole championship course based on a challenging parkland layout. This course is hard but fair and is set alongside the Lagoa de Óbidos which means that there are spectacular views to be enjoyed whilst trying to navigate your way around the course. There is a vast difference between the front nine and the back nine on this course with the front nine being played across fairly even terrain whereas the back nine is played across undulating terrain allowing for the spectacular finish to the course. With a vast amount of bunkers and water hazards this course requires accuracy and concentration right from the first tee shot and although it is a tough course, golfers of all levels will enjoy this picturesque and interesting course. There is no denying that the final trio of holes are the best on the course with the 16th being an uphill par-4 taking you up to the highest point of the course for the start of the 17th hole. The 17th hole is downhill where you tee off and watch your ball crash down the hill before enjoying the 18th hole which is a tricky hole but ends up opposite the majestic clubhouse. This course is a great one and a round here is not to be passed up on.

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Next up is the Campo Real course which is another challenging course in this area. The terrain upon which the course is played is very hilly which means that there are often blind shots that have to be played which is made trickier by the small greens which are featured on this course. The front nine are especially tough with many water hazards and tight drives to navigate your way around! You start this course with two holes separated by a lake which is positioned expertly to collect any stray balls. Then players can enjoy the winding course for the next few holes as it winds up, into and around the valley. The show-stopper for this course is definitely the 17th hole which gives players stunning views of the vineyards and the resort before finishing up on the 18th hole which is another par-5 and although seems like an easy hole, many direct their tee shot directly into the lone bunker waiting below. This is another brilliant example of the golf that there is on offer north of Lisbon and another reason as to why you should make Obidos your next golf escapes destination.

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Oitavos Dunes is the next course up on the list and is made up of a variety of links and woodland type holes to make this an interesting and picturesque round. This course is a real challenge, especially when the wind is blowing and even when it isn’t, the strategically placed bunkers, fast greens and undulating terrain keep even the best golfers on their toes! Although the course seems to begin fairly easily, do not lose concentration as the tree-lined fairways and multiple bunkers can cause trouble early on. The 7th and 8th holes are especially tricky, both are long par fives which require three long and controlled shots in order to avoid the many hazards that await them. The 14th hole is the signature hole here which starts off with a tee shot across a storm ravine which then runs alongside the duration of the hole. This course is a challenging and great round which is a must-play on your next golf holiday to the Obidos area.

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Praia d’el Rey is another fantastic course which golfers can enjoy on their next golf break to Obidos. This course features a great mix of holes from holes which cut through vegetation to those which run alongside the coastline. This course is yet another challenging one as the course features many large bunkers and the way in which the course has been designed means that access to the greens can be very tricky and so concentration and accuracy is required in every shot. The first few holes require you to travel gently uphill before then travelling downhill alongside the coastline of the Atlantic where there are some truly fantastic views. The course then turns inland and the first nine are finished with the 9th hole where you have no less than nine bunkers to contend with before the green! The 12th hole to the 15th hole run alongside the coastline again and are holes which will challenge even the most discerning golfer. This course is a fabulous mix of holes and with a sea breeze you will do well to come close to your handicap. Another course that cannot be missed out on!

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The last course on the list is Royal Obidos golf course. Although this course is not set on the beach, the Atlantic is in view for half of the round with views of the Lagoa de Óbidos and vegetation to be enjoyed as well as the sea views. The 5th hole is certainly a feature hole of the course which is an exciting par five hole where the final approach is to the green which is surrounded almost entirely by water. Another feature hole of the course is the 12th hole where you have to navigate the tight drive and your second shot around and over two large lakes and a stream. The closing hole is a spectacular one where you tee off from an elevated positon before contending with many bunkers before and beyond the green as well as the water which surrounds the green. This course is a long course from the back tees and is certainly a tricky one but all players can enjoy this marvelous course by utilising the different tee positions. This course is a beautiful one and has got a superb reputation and it really isn’t hard to see why, make sure this one is certainly on the list to play when you are taking a golf break to the Lisbon area!

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the golf that awaits you in and around the Obidos and Lisbon area. There truly are few places where you can find better quality golf and hotels than here and a golf break here is never a bad decision.

 

 

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5 best destinations with short airport transfers…

When choosing your next golf break one of the things which may be a concern is how long you will have to spend travelling in order to get to your final destination – your hotel. This is the case especially when you are only going on a short golf break and want to enjoy every moment either on the fairways, at the bars or lounging by the pool or on the beach! This is your guide to some of the best hotels which have short airport transfers so that you can enjoy every second of your next golfing holiday abroad.

ELBASARA

First up is Hotel Elba Sara which is a great four-star resort just 10-15 minutes’ drive from Fuerteventura airport and in an ideal location for golf and other activities. Not only is the hotel close to the airport but two fantastic courses, Fuerteventura Golf and Salinas Golf are just a five minutes’ drive away too which means that a round of golf can always be on the agenda. Next door to the resort is the Atlantico centre where you can find a wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy or there are different options for food including the poolside grill bar, the hotel’s buffet restaurant and the grill bar at the beach to enjoy. Most of the rooms have beautiful views of the Caleta de Fuste beach which is just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the entrance of the hotel and is perfect for a post-round relax before enjoying a few drinks at the bar. With tennis courts, ping-pong tables, a wonderful spa area and modern, spacious rooms each fitted with their own private balcony this makes this resort a perfect location for your next golf break.

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Next up on the list is Hotel Alicante Golf which is just a 20-minutes’ drive from Alicante airport and is set in stunning gardens as well as besides the 18-hole golf course which is on-site. Within the hotel there are some great options for food, including the Augusta restaurant which specialises in Mediterranean food and the Andra-Mari which has an extensive wine list! With Alicante Golf on-site this hotel is perfect for enjoying time around the pool and at the bars as well as managing to play a few rounds of golf in every stay. Playa de San Juan beach is just 900 yards away and the centre of Alicante is just over 4 miles away meaning that guests can easily explore the area around the hotel and enjoy meals out and the nightlife in Alicante. The rooms are nicely decorated with a contemporary theme and are well-fitted with all the amenities you would expect from a resort of this rating. Most of the rooms have stunning views of the 18th hole of the golf course which can be enjoyed from private balconies. This is a great destination for your next golf break to the Costa Blanca.

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Holiday Polynesia Hotel, situated in Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol is next up on the list and is just a 20 minutes’ drive from Malaga airport. The hotel features beautiful and stylish rooms which are decorated with an oriental theme and come with a hob and a microwave as well as a satellite TV and stunning views of the sea. The hotel boasts a beautiful lagoon-style pool, tennis courts, a spa and a gym. There are a range of restaurants to choose from at the hotel including the Uro Wok restaurant which serves oriental food as well as the Maeva buffet restaurant which serves a variety of different cuisines. With Torrequebrada golf course just a five minutes’ drive away from the hotel where you can enjoy a spectacular round of golf this truly is the perfect destination for a relaxing golf break on the Costa del Sol.

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Next up on the list is the lovely Formosa Park Hotel which is just 25 minutes’ drive from Faro airport and just a five minutes’ walk from one of the finest beaches in the whole of the Algarve – Ancao beach. The hotel boasts a large outdoor swimming pool and a lovely terrace on which guests can enjoy an extensive breakfast whilst enjoying views of the pool and out to sea. The hotel is in a quieter area but there are some great restaurants and bars which are all within a five-minute drive from the hotel meaning that you can relax at the hotel or enjoy some more lively entertainment outside of the resort. With two fantastic golf courses nearby, Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo, guests can enjoy several rounds of golf during their stay and even get reduced green fees and preferential tee times at the former! This apartment hotel is perfect for those looking for a relaxing golf escape with some fabulous golf and beach time on the side!

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Last up on the list is Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf which is just a 15-minute drive from Tenerife South airport. The hotel offers an all-inclusive board style as well as stunning scenery and luxury rooms. The hotel boasts eight swimming pools, plenty of different bars and restaurants as well as a fitness centre. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and feature a contemporary design as well as a hydro-massage bath and private balconies to enjoy the incredible views from. Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur which are two fabulous golf courses are situated just a mile away from the hotel which means that travelling is definitely kept to a minimum at this hotel! This hotel is the epitome of luxury with a wide range of different activities for guests to enjoy such as kayaking, mountain biking and beach volleyball just to name a few! If you’re looking for luxury in Tenerife and a fantastic golf escape with some great golf then this is the perfect place for your next golf holiday to the Canary Islands.

 

We hope that this blog has helped you decide on the destination for your next golf break in the sun which will require minimal travelling in the car from the airports as well as where you can enjoy fantastic golf within just a short drive away!

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5 best destinations when golf isn’t the number one priority

When planning your next big golfing break you may not be thinking primarily about the great golf that is on offer but maybe more the nightlife and entertainment that will make your group’s trip complete. This blog is for when you are trying to choose the perfect destination for a fun, entertainment filled golfing holiday where nightlife is your number one focus.

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First up on the list is the Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa which is situated in close proximity to the bustling town of Albufeira. All the rooms are modern and spacious with all the furnishings and amenities you would expect from a hotel like this. The rooms have satellite channels and Wi-Fi so if you are just relaxing in the room you won’t need to move for entertainment! There are a wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops practically right on your doorstep when you are staying at this great hotel which is great for the evenings when you want to unwind after a long day at one of the many great golf courses which are all within a short drive. The hotel also boasts a large spa and wellness area which guests are more than welcome to use to their hearts content and can enjoy a range of massages or a dip in the indoor pool. The restaurant and bar on-site also offer great food and live entertainment in the evenings so even though Albufeira is such a short distance, if you are looking for a slightly quieter night but still with plenty of alcohol flowing then there are alternative options! This is the perfect destination for your next group golfing holiday to the Algarve.

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Next up on the list is Las Palmeras which is located in the centre of the lively town of Fuengirola just in front of the marina and only 200 metres from the beach. Its location makes it popular for those looking for a lively holiday where they will have access to many different bars and restaurants within a short walk. The rooms are all well-fitted and have balconies with views of the scenery around the hotel. The hotel also boasts three lovely bars so with these hotel bars and the bars at the marina you could never find yourself thirsty when staying at this hotel! The hotel’s restaurant – the Oasis Restaurant – serves great buffet meals but there is also a poolside snack bar to enjoy a little meal at too or, of course, the marina hosts some fantastic restaurants serving all different kinds of cuisine. There are some great golf courses in close proximity to the hotel which means that groups can enjoy a variety of different courses as well as some great nightlife – all in all, the perfect group golfing holiday to the Costa del Sol.

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In Tenerife, we have the H10 Las Palmeras hotel which is a brilliant 4-star resort located just a stones throw from the Las Americas beach and promenade. The hotel boasts four restaurants each serving a different cuisine, including barbecue, Italian and a beach club restaurant, this means that you will never be short for choice of food here! Guests can enjoy the three outdoor pools, tennis courts or, of course, the beautiful beach which is just a short walk away. The rooms are all spacious and bright with views of the tropical gardens and the beach which surround the resort. The hotel features a great fitness centre as well as an extensive entertainment programme which will keep anyone and everyone busy for when they are not enjoying a spectacular round of golf or enjoying themselves at local bars and restaurants. The excellent location of this hotel and its many amenities and activities which are available to guests makes it a fabulous location for your next lively golf holiday to Tenerife where you can enjoy fantastic golf, great food and drink as well as the year-round great weather associated with the Canary Islands.

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The Melia Villaitana in Benidorm is another great location for your next golfing holiday where nightlife and entertainment are the main focus of your holiday (besides great golf of course!). The hotel is designed as a Mediterranean village situated between two brilliant golf courses. The hotel offers guests a lovely spa area which features a thermal bath, a gym, a sauna and water circuit. There are also outdoor swimming pools as well as an artificial beach for guests to enjoy before or after and exciting round on one of the fantastic golf courses. The hotel has a range of restaurants serving different cuisines and with Alicante just a 20-minute drive away you are never short of some great evening entertainment. This is an ideal location for a great golfing holiday with nightlife and entertainment included as the resort features such high services and good amenities it feels so exclusive. Make sure that when planning your next golfing holiday to Costa Blanca with an entertainment focus you consider the Melia Villaitana as your destination and you will not be disappointed.

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Last on the list is another H10 Hotel, the Andalucia Plaza which is situated just a five-minute walk from the bustling and lively town of Puerto Banus. This adult-only hotel features a lovely outdoor swimming pool and modern, spacious and bright rooms as well as easy access to the beach and marina. Guests have access to the lovely gym and spa, which includes a Turkish bath and a sauna, as well as free access to the Marbella Casino which is next door to the hotel. The hotel’s buffet restaurant, The Córdoba buffet restaurant opens up onto a lovely terrace with palm trees so you get to eat in a lovely, stylish area when staying here or of course you can take a short walk to the marina and eat at one of the different restaurants available there. In the evenings, the poolside bar offers live entertainment so you can always enjoy a quieter night in and still enjoy some entertainment on site! With fantastic golf courses within a short driving range, great nightlife, lovely weather and a modern hotel what could make this more of a perfect destination for your next entertainment focused golfing holiday!

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We hope that this list showed you how you can enjoy some fantastic golf as well as some great and fun evening entertainment without sacrificing on anything that you wanted from a superb hotel. Make sure to book your next golfing holiday with an entertainment focus today!