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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 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…

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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.

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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!

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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…

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The Best Of The Algarve…

This week’s blog is on the Algarve. The Algarve is one of the best destinations for your next golfing holiday and with an array of fabulous hotels and brilliant golf courses it isn’t hard to see why. This week’s blog is going to give you a few ideas for your next golf holiday and show you the great hotels that the Algarve has to offer…

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First up on the list is the five-star Lake Resort. This hotel is situated in the heart of Vilamoura Marina and is somewhere ideal if you’re looking for a luxurious golf holiday. Vilamoura is potentially the most popular resort for golfers and it isn’t hard to see why! It is no surprise that Vilamoura is considered to be one of the best locations for a golf break now as it has so much to offer both for golfers and non-golfers. Vilamoura offers guests here 6 different golf courses to choose from, a wide array of restaurants and bars to enjoy as well as some vibrant nightlife. The Lake Resort hotel offers beautiful, modern rooms as well as apartments which means that you can enjoy different board options. The hotel also boasts 3 restaurants and 2 bars which guests can enjoy and relax and unwind in after a long day on the beach, by the pool or on the golf course. In addition to being a short distance away from the beach, the hotel has its own private lake you can enjoy different watersports! There are also three swimming pools to relax around as well. With the hotel restaurants serving oriental, fresh fish or Mediterranean dishes as well as the marina being just a short walk away where guests can find many restaurants to choose from you could never go hungry or thirsty here! The fantastic Oceanico courses are a short distance away and are the courses mainly played by guests here. This truly is a brilliant destination for your next golfing holiday as you really get it all here: nightlife, great restaurants, the beach and a luxurious hotel!

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Conrad Algarve is next up on the list. This hotel is one of the most modern hotels on the Algarve and offers everything that you could want to make your golf holiday on the Algarve perfect. This hotel is situated in the fantastic Quinta do Lago resort where golfers can enjoy some spectacular golf courses as well as enjoy the luxury of this beautiful hotel. Quinta do Lago is one of the nicest and most relaxing places to go to for your next golf escape, there is little traffic around the resort, some fantastic shops and restaurants as well as some great golfing opportunities. Although the nightlife scene in the resort is rather quiet, there are some magnificent restaurants and atmospheric bars to enjoy instead. The guest rooms are decorated with a contemporary style and have their own private balconies which overlook either the palms or the pool. All of the rooms also have everything that you would expect from a modern five-star hotel such as a flat-screen TV free Wi-Fi and a coffee machine. The hotel offers guests 3 different restaurants which serve different cuisines as well as 3 bars to enjoy. There are also 3 different swimming pools for guests to enjoy, including a large heated infinity pool which blends in with the Atlantic Ocean! If golf isn’t the only activity that you hope to enjoy here, then you won’t be disappointed. The hotel has floodlit tennis courts for guests to play on as well as a spa and gym which features an indoor pool, sauna and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. This is a fantastic location for your next golf break to the Algarve and a stay here truly is something else.

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Next up on the list is the five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale do Lobo. The Vale do Lobo resort is the biggest and most exclusive holiday destination where guests at the hotels here can enjoy a wide range of sporting activities, dozens of bars, restaurants and shops as well as two championship golf courses and a 3-mile sandy beach. This truly is another stunning resort in the Algarve and another place where golfers can experience some fabulous golf courses as well as enjoy some relaxation and good food and drink! The rooms are decorated in an old-wood style but feature all the modern amenities that you would want, they also all have private balconies where you can enjoy panoramic views of either the Vale do Lobo golf course, the Atlantic Ocean or the village. Guests at this hotel have an exclusive benefit of pre-booking tee-times at San Lorenzo golf course which is one of the most popular course in the Algarve. Guests often also play Pinheiros Altos which is another fantastic course and is just a short drive away. The hotel’s restaurant serves wonderful buffets with regional and international dishes for breakfast and dinner and if this isn’t enough for you then there are a selection of restaurants on the doorstep of the hotel in the Vale do Lobo plaza. The Vale do Lobo spa is also just a short walk away and it offers a wide range of facilities and treatments which is perfect for those of you who enjoy a little relaxation as well as a few rounds of golf! This is a beautiful hotel in a great location which is perfect for your next golf holiday to the Algarve.

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the possible destinations and resorts in the Algarve for your next golf escape to Portugal. These resorts and hotels are not to be missed out on and neither are the superb golf courses!

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The insider’s guide to Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo…

This week’s blog is the insider’s guide to the lovely Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort which is situated in the centre of the Vale de Lobo estate. When looking for your next golf escape to the Algarve there are very few other places which can offer you the experience that this resort can in terms of activities, golf and service. This week’s blog is to show you what you’re missing and what you could have if you choose to book a golf break to this fantastic resort.

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The hotel boasts a superb location being just 200 yards from the stunning Vale de Lobo beach and with Vale de Lobo plaza right on its doorstep. The resort is also just under 7 miles from the bustling town of Vilamoura which means that there are endless bars and restaurants to enjoy either in the plaza or just a short drive away. The rooms at the hotel are a mixture of old-age Portuguese style and more modern designs but all are spacious and welcoming. Guests here will enjoy high-class service and luxurious rooms, fitted with all the amenities expected of a hotel of this rating, and communal areas as well as the beautiful surroundings. The hotel overlooks the 17th fairway of the Vale de Lobo course so guests can enjoy spectacular views. Guests can enjoy a massage at the spa, the tennis courts, the outdoor pool which overlooks the Atlantic or of course, the beach. With Vilamoura just down the road, Faro just a short drive away and two fantastic golf courses within such close distance there really isn’t anywhere else that you need to consider apart from this resort when booking your next golf holiday to the Algarve when looking for relaxation, superb surroundings and fantastic golf.

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San Lorenzo golf course is a world class course and is often rated as one of the best in the Algarve and even in continental Europe. The course is set alongside the Atlantic Ocean and is built upon sandy, undulating terrain with the long fairways being bordered by pine trees and the Ria Formosa bird sanctuary making this a picturesque course which is very in tune with nature! The course is laid out in a figure of eight which explains why you have to navigate so many dog-leg holes and explains why this course tests your precision on each hole right from the tee. The 5th and the 7th hole dominate your attention during the front nine as all you can see are the saltwater lagoons and the bird sanctuary with the Atlantic in the horizon but the finish of the course is equally as strong. With the opposite side of the Ria Formosa coming into view in the last three holes and the 18th being a long, spectacular risk-reward finish to the round there is no question as to why this course is ranked so highly. Make sure to complete your holiday to Dona Filipa with a spectacular round at this memorable course.

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The second course that golfers usually play during a stay at the Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo resort is Pinheiros Altos. This course is split into three parts which are all fantastic but are all laid out very differently making you feel like you could be playing three separate courses! The front nine is set out across a sandy hillside with pine trees lining the fairways and is referred to as the “Pines” nine. The second nine, is referred to as the “Olives” nine and is laid out more as a parkland course set out over flatter terrain and borders the Ria Formosa sanctuary where there are huge expanses of water which are laying in wait to catch errant shots. The feature hole on the front 18 is the 17th which is a par 3 and will require the upmost concentration to score well on what with its island green, vast lake and deep magnetic sand trap all contributing to the difficulty! In 2007, the course opened a further nine holes called “Corks” which is an easier addition to the course with the only challenges being the last few holes. This 27-hole course is a superb challenge in great surroundings which can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. A perfect course to compliment San Lorenzo and a stay at the Dona Filipa.

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With Vilamoura being so close to the resort it is no surprise that many guests choose to venture into the town to enjoy meals and drinks out. The town features a large choice of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and cafes making it perfect for a day trip or night out from the resort. It is normally suggested to use a car but there are always taxis available to be booked both to and from Vilamoura and the resort.

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With many different activities in the area including horse riding, golf, biking and various watersports to try out – you could never be bored with this town so close by. If you are more looking for relaxation when coming into the town of Vilamoura then you must try several of the different restaurants where you will be able to find traditional Portuguese cuisine to oriental cuisine to a full English!

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We hope this blog has opened your eyes to what you could be enjoying in the Algarve. From spectacular golfing opportunities and other sports to the fantastic array of bars and restaurants that are waiting for you to enjoy! This resort holds a superb location and a holiday here is definitely not to be missed out on.

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Your guide to Penina and the Algarve

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the wonderful Algarve region in Portugal and more specifically the fabulous Penina Hotel & Golf Resort. There is no denying that this is the perfect region in which to take a golf holiday and where could be better to take that holiday than the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort?

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The Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal and is well-known for its sunny, Mediterranean weather, beautiful and sandy beaches as well as fantastic golf resorts. With some of Europe’s finest beaches, stunning nature and historic villages it is no surprise that this is one of the most popular tourist destinations around. There are lovely little coastal towns hidden away as well as those bigger ones such as Vilamoura which feature plenty of different bars and restaurants to provide entertainment for all hours of the day!02

Although the Algarve may be seen to have a reputation for more expensive golf courses than other great destinations and this may be true with the likes of many golf resorts here there are also those which are more reasonably priced. If budget allows, of course it is recommended to try some of the more expensive courses such as Vilamoura, Vale de Lobo and Quinta da Lago as well as the more reasonably priced which include the likes of Boavista and Monte Rei.03

The stunning five-star Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is set within lush gardens and scenery and is situated just outside of Portimão and the city of Lagos. This hotel is many people’s first choice for their hotel and it really isn’t hard to see why! With three fabulous golf courses on site, a wide range of leisure activities available and beautiful, modern and spacious rooms which are fitted with everything expected from a five-star resort, it really isn’t a surprise that this hotel is such a hit for those looking for luxury golfing holidays. The hotel boasts a lovely spa area where guests can enjoy a range of different massage treatments, the sauna or time in the well-equipped fitness centre before enjoying a delicious meal at one of the five restaurants on-site. The Penina has five different restaurants which serve a variety of different cuisines from traditional Portuguese to Italian to International dishes which means that you definitely can never go hungry here! There are also four different bars which are perfect for enjoying a light snack or a drink after a round on one of the great courses which are on-site here. The hotel features the largest private outdoor pool in the whole of the Algarve which has a lovely pool area around it and is perfect for relaxing by after a day at the golf course or exploring one of the towns around the hotel. Just five minutes’ drive from the hotel is the beautiful little town of Alvor which has a stunning beach as well as a great variety of restaurants and bars which is perfect if you want to explore a little and enjoy some time relaxing on the beach. There is no doubt that this is a fantastic destination for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and a stay of this luxury is not to be missed. 04

The Penina boasts the 18-hole Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course which is widely recognised as one of the finest courses in the whole of Europe and this is shown by the fact that it is a regular host of the Portuguese Open. The scene is set here with beautiful eucalyptus trees and the sun shining but this course is a very stern test of golf even to those with a lower handicap. The course is not a long one and is easily walkable as is mainly flat terrain which is great for those who like to savour their round and the scenery just that bit more. With strategically placed trees, water hazards and bunkers this course is a challenge from the outset for sure. The first tee is just a few metres from the hotel and the hole is a dog-leg left which leads to a very guarded and narrow green making it difficult to access. The star hole on the front line has to be the par five 5th hole which is a fantastic risk-reward shot where all those but the cleanest of shots will fall out of bound or into the water making this a frustrating but fun hole. The 12th hole is a great par four which measures 385 metres and is almost completely straight apart from when the golfer gets the green in sight they can see how the lake winds around the green making it difficult to access. To finish off the course there are two par fives which give the golfer a little break and are a bit easier to finish off what is a challenging and stunning Mediterranean style round.05

The Penina Resort course is a 9-hole which is played twice over by golfers so that they can enjoy a full 18-hole round and was also designed by Sir Henry Cotton. This course is also a stern test of golf with carefully placed water hazards and sand hazards meaning that accuracy is definitely key on this course. This course starts off close to the shore with the feature hole being the 3rd hole which is a par five and plays along the beach. The course’s fairways then move further inland and wind through a heavily wooded area before opening up again. This is a great and challenging course and a perfect addition to the resort.06

At the resort, as well as two fabulous golf courses there is the Golf Academy where guests can get great advice from the pros that work there as well as enjoy a few tester shots on the driving range before testing their skills on the golf courses.07

The Algarve is a beautiful region of Portugal and is ideal for sun, sea and surf but also for some of the best golf courses in the whole of Europe which are just waiting to be tried out by you. The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Algarve and a luxury golf break there with fantastic golf, beautiful towns nearby and stunning service is really not to be missed out on.

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The insiders guide to the Pestana Collection on the Algarve…

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This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the group of Pestana hotels in the Algarve and the golf courses too. Although the hotels are all similar in terms of quality and location they all offer something different and unique to offer so make sure you are choosing the right one for you on your next golf break to the Algarve.

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The first hotel is the Pestana Vila Sol hotel which is just 7-minutes from the bustling town of Vilamoura. With 27 holes of fantastic golf on-site this is perfect for those looking to play all the golf that they could possibly want – and for it all to be on their doorstep during the holiday! The hotel is very modern and all the rooms are decorated with a contemporary design and are all fully-fitted. There is also a beautiful garden area around the pool which adds to the relaxing atmosphere at this hotel and is a great place to relax after a day on the course!

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If you’re looking for the best value package in the Algarve, then you cannot go wrong with a golf break to the Pestana Dom Joao II! This stunning 4* hotel is situated directly on one of the prettiest beaches and is just a short walk into the great town of Alvor where guests can find copious amounts of bars and restaurants. This Pestana hotel is very popular with Golf Escapes clients and with its fabulous location and stylish interior that is certainly not a surprise!

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The Pestana Alvor South Beach Hotel is a beautifully modern and colourful boutique-style hotel also situated on the beach. The hotel is always very light as it is built with so much glass making it feel very spacious and open. It is the same distance from Alvor as the Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel is and so you can also enjoy the great town of Alvor and the restaurants and bars it has to offer if you choose to stay here too. With three swimming pools and the beach on the doorstep this is the perfect destination for a relaxing golf break.

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The Pestana Delfim hotel is a great all-inclusive hotel and perfect for those groups who are looking for a fun holiday on the beach where it is possible to play rounds and rounds of golf and drink and eat as much as possible! This hotel is also right on the beach which means that after a few rounds on the golf course there is a great place to relax before taking advantage of the all-inclusive bar!

 

Not only do Pestana offer some fantastic hotels but there are also five fabulous golf courses that guests can play when staying at any one of these hotels.

 

The Pestana Gramacho course has been the host of the Portuguese Ladies Open many times which makes it recognised as a championship course but is playable also by those with a higher handicap! This is a fabulous course with a wide variation of greens which means you can play again and again and have a different experience every time. The course is fully incorporated into its surroundings which make it a stunning course to play with beautiful but challenging hazards!pestana_blog05

 

The Pestana Alto course is very similar to a U.K parkland course but feature views that couldn’t be found in the U.K! Players enjoy a beautiful view across to Lagoa Bay for the first nine before returning back inland. This course also features what is said to be the longest hole in Europe (the 16th hole) at just over 600m. This hole and the entire course are a challenge but a worthwhile one!

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The Pestana Vale de Pinta course is a hilly course with some spectacular views and challenges along the way. With fast, well manicured greens and strategically placed bunkers there is no doubt that this course is a challenge but it is also well-respected for its playability by those of all handicaps! Beautiful lakes, rolling terrain and fig and olive trees are combined to make up this stunning course and present you with one of the best-designed courses in the Algarve.

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The Pestana Vila Sol golf course is made up of 27 holes and is often the most requested course to play! The course is set amongst 75 acres of natural beauty making this one of the finest courses on the Algarve. The 18-hole Championship Golf Course is truly spectacular with a setting of natural trees, flowers, lakes and streams all contributing to the actual greatness of the golf course. The course features narrow fairways which of course means that your drives have to be accurate and with the strategically placed hazards there is little room for error!

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Last but not least is the Pestana Silves golf course. Although those with low-handicaps will definitely find it hard to come in under par, those with high-handicaps will be able to enjoy their game (with much concentration!). Being set at the foot of the Monchique mountain offers some fabulous mountain views throughout the course and with the natural surroundings there is a great feeling that you are playing a proper, authentic Portuguese golf course. The greens are fast and true and straight from the first tee you are hit with a challenge but it is a truly enjoyable round nonetheless!

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We hope that with this insider’s guide you will be able to choose the Pestana hotel and golf itinerary which is the right choice for you on your next superb golf holiday to the Algarve!

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The top 5 courses for medium handicappers…

For those of you with a medium-level handicap will sometimes find some of the trickier courses too much of a challenge to be enjoyable and vice versa with the easier courses! This blog is designed to help you plan your next European golfing holiday making sure that you have got a few ideas of the best courses for you! Here is our list of the best courses for medium-level handicap holders!

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Situated on the Costa del Sol is the Mijas Los Lagos course. This course is a lovely, original course which was built in the mid 1970s making it a classic and very enjoyable course to play. It is set in just over 150 acres of stunning, gently undulating, green landscape with some beautiful natural scenery as its surroundings. This course is a very long course which will make an impact on you – especially if you take it on from the white tees! This course has many memorable holes but a particularly special one is the par five 5th hole where the fairway is restricted by a boundary wall on the left whilst the fairway narrows into a waste bunker with water on the right – a mighty risk-reward hole! With huge open fairways, large greens and vast lakes and bunkers this course has the power to make anyone feel small again, but it will always provide a good challenge to those of you with a mid-level handicap but also not be too tricky that you despair over your scorecard!

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With a backdrop of the Mijas Mountains and set amidst 140 acres of avocado and orange groves sits the Santana golf course on the Costa del Sol. The golf course seems to merge into its surroundings here with crushed marble white sand bunkers and some unusually shaped greens. The best hole on the course has to be the outstanding par five 4th hole which is a spectacularly long hole which features treacherously sloping greens, a little stream waiting to catch your stray balls and some strategically placed bunkers! Although this course is not particularly long, the fast, tricky greens will definitely offer a challenge on this course especially as they are deceivingly generous. The greens paired with the hazards along the way and the interestingly shaped greens and anything-but-flat fairways and you are in for a treat! This course is a fabulous course and cannot be missed off of the itinerary when you are in possession of a mid-level handicap and are looking for a fantastic course to play in the Costa del Sol!

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The Forest course at the Emporda Golf Resort on the Costa Brava is next up on the list of the best European courses for those with a mid-level handicap! These pine flanked fairways and greens are some of the loveliest in Spain and are not to be missed! This course is undeniably a very attractive course and has some quality holes to make it an even more enjoyable game. As early as the 2nd hole you get to experience a great par three with some strategically placed bunkering on the right before venturing through pine trees for the next few holes. Hole 6 can only be described as one of the best short, par fours around. This hole a great risk/reward hole and may leave you with a few lost balls! Make sure that you are not missing off the Forest course at Emporda on your next golf holiday to the Costa Brava and for an extra treat check out its sister course – the Links course at Emporda too, which is another great course for mid-level handicappers.img_Emporda

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The Hills course at Lumine Golf Club on the Costa Dorada is set in forests of white pine trees and with the backdrop of the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Not only are the fairways of the course flanked with olive trees and pine trees but due to being set in the surroundings of a bird sanctuary golfers will never be short of flying company whilst playing a superb round of golf on this course. The two closing holes on this course will stay in your mind for a long time after playing this fabulous course. The backdrop to the 17th is a natural rock-face and it is all about the approach to the very small green making it a little tricky but a beautiful hole indeed. The last hole is simply superb, from the tee all you can see are bunkers and the fairway disappearing in front of you into water but the hole veers off to the right meaning that you have a huge water hazard on your left where you can see yet more bunkers and another stunning rock-face. Make sure that this scenic and enjoyably challenging (but not too challenging!) course is on your to-play-list this coming year!img_Lumine

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Last, but certainly not least on the list is the Alamos course which is situated in the sunny Algarve in Portugal. The course is characterised by two large lakes and stunning views of the Monchique Mountains as you look over the reservoir and the vineyard – this course truly shows the peaceful side of the Algarve! With irregular and tight fairways, strategically placed bunkers as well as small greens this can be a tricky course to play but the variety of holes means that it is kept interesting! Make sure that your putting is on point for this round as the greens are fast and unforgiving but without making you cry at your scoresheet! This course is a course full of variety and beautiful scenery and cannot be missed on your next golf break to the Algarve – especially if you are a mid-level handicapper and are looking for a fine challenge!

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We hope that this list helps you, as a holder of a medium-level handicap, to choose the courses you are wanting to tick off the list! These course are all fantastic courses which will provide a challenge whilst not being heartbreakingly difficult!

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Top 5 courses for high handicappers…

This week’s blog is to help those of you who may not have the lowest handicap or be the most skilled golfer but are still looking to enjoy a fabulous golfing holiday in Europe and are wondering which courses will be the best for you. Here is our blog on the top five courses in Europe for those of you with a high handicap…

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First up we have the Bom Sucesso course which is situated just an hours drive from Lisbon. Although there are many strategically placed bunkers and this course is a little challenging, this is a great course to play for those less experienced golfers as the main challenge of this course is avoiding those obstacles by hitting accurately. Playing from the front tees will eliminate the long carries which means that you can focus on navigating this brilliant course but from the championship tees those with a lower handicap will find it a challenging course too. This course also boasts some beautiful views over the Obidos region and the sea, especially on the last two holes, making the round a scenic and enjoyable one. With gently undulating fairways, fair but fast greens and beautiful scenery when you are next in Lisbon on a golfing holiday make sure to visit the Bom Sucesso course and enjoy a fabulous round here (whilst not scoring badly!).

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PGA-Catalunya

Next up on the list of European courses perfect for those with a higher handicap is the PGA Catalunya Tour course situated in Spain. This course is the kinder of the two courses at the PGA Catalunya resort and offers a great game for players of all levels. Whilst you are never far from a water hazard or a trickily positioned bunker, the course features wide fairways meaning that a few dodgy shots will be forgiven! Having said that, accuracy is key on this course and with the hazards set to trip you up it is a good idea to keep concentration through this round in order to finish with a good score! This course is a breathtakingly beautiful course with its stunning woodland surroundings and of course, the lakes. As this course is a shorter, less undulating course than its sister course it is a walkable course which means that you have more time to enjoy the scenery and socialise with your fellow players. This is great course to add to the itinerary of your next golfing holiday to Spain!

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Next up, on the list we have the well-established and well-known Monte Rei course. This course is considered to be the number one course in Portugal and if that isn’t enough of a reason to come and play then maybe the beautiful surroundings and fabulous layout of the course will tempt you. Monte Rei is set in the hills towards the Spanish border and the mountainous setting is very special to this course. The fairways are bordered with indigenous trees and plants just adding to the beautiful scenery created by the mountainous setting. Although the terrain is very undulating, there is no reason that with concentration and some accurate shots those with a higher handicap cannot score well on this course – as long as you avoid the lakes and bunkers! As you progress throughout the course you will find that each hole is better than the last making this such a superb round of golf it is unmissable. This is one of the finest courses around and it truly is a perfect course for those with all handicap scores making this a must-play on your next golfing holiday to Portugal!

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The next course on the list is the Oceanico Old course situated in the Algarve. This course is a traditional one and is the second oldest course in Portugal, showing how traditional parkland courses which are in tune with their surroundings can still compete with the newer courses. Although the back nine holes on this course have proven to be a challenge for many golfers, the front few holes provide golfers with a chance to get comfortable and hit some accurate shots and score well – just don’t get lulled into a false sense of security! Watch out for the cluster of deep and dangerous bunkers on the 12th hole and maintain concentration the whole way through the round making sure that you are not distracted by the beautiful surroundings. All of the greens are always in immaculate condition and this course is truly at one with its surroundings making it a fabulous round to play! This course is a great one for golfers of all handicaps as it is such a fun and exciting course with wonderful surroundings. Make sure that on your next golfing holiday to the Algarve you add this course to the itinerary!

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Last, but certainly not least, on the list is the Oceanico Victoria course, also situated in the Algarve. This course is essentially a flat course, meaning that navigation is easier than on some of the more undulating courses meaning that it is possible to score well on this course even if you are in possession of a higher handicap score! However, the course boasts many stunning water features and fountains which can be a little tricky to navigate around but add to the natural beauty of the course. These hazards are severe but there are safer routes to make it to the final putt – there is a huge element of risk-reward on this course! The greens and fairways are fast but fair and they are large enough to accept some error in shots meaning that this course is perfect for those of all handicaps. Don’t be put off by the many water hazards and make sure this stunning course is on the agenda for your next golf break to Lisbon!

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We hope that this list has helped you decide which European courses you are going to try and play on your next golfing holiday to Spain or Portugal if you haven’t got the lowest handicap in the world!

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

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

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

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The-Weather

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

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

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

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

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