Belek is back!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

The Gloria & Sirene Experience…

This week’s blog is a feature piece on three fantastic hotels in Turkey which offer the highest quality in service and surroundings as well as golf and activities available at the hotels. These are all perfect for your next golf break to Turkey and we hope that you feel that way too…

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First up we have one of the Gloria hotels. The Gloria Golf Resort is a five-star resort featuring everything from waterslides to a luxury spa area to two championship golf courses on site. The resort is set amongst pine trees in a site of 530 acres which makes guests feel like they’re in their own little world at the hotel. All the rooms are spacious with a satellite TV, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, the rooms also all feature a private balcony which look out onto the stunning grounds around the hotel. With six restaurants to choose from, including several à la carte and a buffet restaurant to enjoy you will always be spoilt for choice when staying here! If you’re tired of enjoying the beautiful pool areas, then to get to the stunning sandy beach all you have to do is walk of the river bridge to start soaking up some rays on the sand! Down by the beach there are also opportunities for watersports which you can enjoy if the golf isn’t enough of an activity for you! This hotel is ideal for couples and groups alike and is not to be missed out on.


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The other Gloria hotel in this week’s blog is the Gloria Serenity Resort also located in Belek. This is one of the most luxurious and finest hotels in the whole of Belek and it is not hard to see why this hotel got its reputation. This hotel features outstanding architecture, combining modern and classical to make one of the most aesthetically interesting hotels. The hotel features a wonderful spa where guests can enjoy a wide range of treatments and enjoy pure relaxation. The dining options here are unbeatable. With 6 restaurants and cuisine ranging from Asian to American to Italian you will be forever spoilt for choice. Not only are the extensive dining options but also extensive bar options, with 10 different bars throughout the hotel you will never be short of a place to enjoy a post-round beverage! The hotel features lovely pool areas and is also situated right on the beach so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds! With all of this and two championship golf courses within a short distance there truly is nowhere better for a golf break to Turkey than the Gloria Serenity Resort.

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The golf courses played by guests at these two fantastic hotels are the Gloria courses. The Gloria Old course is one of the oldest in Turkey and is a renowned favourite for golfers who come to play here year after year. It is located in a beautiful forest location at the feet of the Taurus Mountains and is a classic design that all golfers will enjoy. This course is certainly not a dry course, with a total of seven lakes in play and bunkers its set to be a challenge. The feature has to be the par four 16th hole which is a short par four but is definitely not easy. With a large lake to the left, out of bounds to the right and several bunkers at the green this is a pure test of golf.

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The Gloria New course opened in late 2005 and with undulating greens this course is certainly a challenge of golf. This course winds through pine trees and although there are not as many water hazards as in its sister course there are plenty of bunkers which are waiting to catch any errant shots! With a wide variety of holes which are all different in both layout and ability this is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable round. The 17th hole is a spectacular one, with a little island green and a great trade in lake balls around the green! This is truly a spectacular course and is not to be missed out on when enjoying your next golf holiday to Turkey!

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The Sirene Belek Hotel is yet another fabulous, all-inclusive, five-star hotel in Belek. Guests at this hotel always report about the fantastic service that they receive here along with the activities and facilities available to guests. Guests can enjoy the multiple outdoor pool areas, the tennis courts or the spa which features and indoor pool as well as a wide array of treatments. The rooms are decorated with a modern and contemporary style and all the rooms feature private balconies where guests can enjoy the views around the grounds. With 4 à la carte restaurants, 2 buffet restaurants and 6 bars you will never be hungry or thirsty here! You can experience many different cuisines here including South American, Mediterranean and of course, traditional Turkish dishes. Down by the beach there are also watersports available and there is a kids’ club which is perfect for when you want to enjoy a round of golf without the little ones! With four golf courses within such a short distance and so many activities and things to enjoy at the resort this is a clear choice for your next golf holiday to Belek!

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Sirene Belek is in between two fantastic courses – Pasha and Sultan. The Pasha course is a relatively flat course with tree-lined fairways and many bunkers to catch errant shots. This is a challenging course and although is shorter than its sister course it is no less tricky with its strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The trickiest hole is the 11th which is a short hole with water running beside the fairway for the entirety of the hole and then four bunkers guard the green! This is a fun and exciting round of golf and is certainly not a round to be passed up on.

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The Sultan course is one of the best courses in Europe and it is not hard to see why this course gained that reputation. The course is certainly a long one at over 7,000 yards from the back tees but there are various tee options so this course can essentially be enjoyed by players of all abilities. Much like its sister course, there are water hazards on most holes – 12 out of 18 holes to be exact – and many strategically placed bunkers to work your way around! The final hole is a special one with an island fairway and then the green being surrounded by five bunkers – not an easy hole at all! This is another spectacular round not to be missed out on.

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We hope that this blog opened your eyes to the beautiful hotels and golf courses that Belek has to offer and that you book your flights now!

The Cornelia Experience…

This week’s blog is on the Cornelia experience waiting for you and your loved ones (may they be golfers or not!) in Belek, Turkey. These fantastic resorts offer everything that you could be possibly searching for on your next golf holiday. With guaranteed sun for a vast majority of the year as well as spectacular golden beaches and superb golf courses what more could you be looking for?

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The incredible five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort, Belek is a well-established resort and is considered by many to be a top choice when looking for a beautiful all-inclusive golfing resort on the beach. The hotel is beautifully designed with modern, spacious and well appointed rooms with flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi access as well as stunning ensuite bathrooms and private balconies. The Junior Suite rooms are fantastic and are well-worth the upgrade as they surround their own swimming pool and are set apart from the main building giving guests the ultimate luxury and privacy. With 24-hour room service and many beautiful A’ la carte restaurants to choose from (2 are open during winter, 5 during the summer months) as well as at the main buffet restaurant you could never go hungry or be short of something delicious to eat here! With traditional, local cuisine as well as international cuisine on offer here you can tell why this hotel is so highly regarded. As well as stunning restaurants, the hotel features 7 different bars, of which at least one is open for 24-hours no matter what time of year you travel in. With so many stunning areas to enjoy your pre or post round of golf drink you are spoilt for choice.

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The hotel offers guests direct access to the beautiful sandy beach where guests can enjoy relaxing on the beach or taking part in various activities on the beach. For children there are plenty of different activities available at the kid’s club where they can enjoy swimming pool games, face-painting and other fun activities as well as a mini disco! With the kid’s club as well as many outdoor pool areas and the beach on-site there is always something to be enjoyed around the resort both for children and adults. This resort is the perfect place for your next golfing holiday to Turkey but also as a great family holiday destination due to all its amenities and the activities it has on offer. Don’t miss out on the holiday of a lifetime here at the Cornelia Deluxe Resort.

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The five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa is also situated right on the sandy beach in Belek. The resort boasts beautiful pool facilities including an aqua park and 8 different pool areas meaning that there is always somewhere scenic to relax around the resort. Just like the Deluxe Resort, the Diamond Resort has its own private beach for its guests to enjoy where they can relax or get involved in some of the water sports or other activities run by the animation team down on the beach such as water aerobics. The hotel features a beautiful, modern design with all the rooms furnished and decorated to a high standard and fitted with all the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. The resort boasts one of the largest spa facilities in the whole of Belek with a wide range of treatments available for guests as well as a sauna, Turkish bath, gym, outdoor pool and steam room which guests can use to relax and enjoy during their stay at the resort. As well as the spa there are a range of other sports and activities which guests can enjoy such as bowling, tennis, basketball and beach volleyball. There is also a fabulous children’s club where you can leave your little ones whilst you enjoy a spa treatments or even a round of golf, they will be looked after by professional staff and will be able to enjoy a range of different activities with other children whilst you take some relaxation time!

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For food and beverages, guests can have 24-hour room service but can also enjoy the wide range of different cuisine on offer in either the large buffet restaurant or one of the nine different A’ la carte restaurants. There are also 10 different bars for guests to enjoy, each with their own unique atmosphere and drink selection so you are never short of a place to unwind and relax after a tiring day on the golf course or even just after soaking up the Turkish sun on the beach. This is an ideal location for your next family golfing holiday as there is so much for everyone to enjoy here at the Diamond Resort.

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The Cornelia Faldo is within close proximity to both the Deluxe and the Diamond Resorts and is often rated as one of the top courses in the whole of Turkey. Guests at both resorts are able to get discounted green fees at this course which is a bonus for staying at one of the fabulous resorts as they are able to play this superb course for a discounted rate. The course is always in pristine condition as upkeep of the course is a priority here. The course features 27-holes so guests are able to mix and match their routes to get the most out of the course during their stay. The clubhouse is every bit as majestic as the course with an open-plan style leading you through the golf shop and reception to a great bar and restaurant area. Many holes on the course require the upmost concentration and accurate hitting in order for players to score well. It is recommended to combine the first nine holes with the third nine holes to create the ultimate course sometimes nicknamed as ‘The Prince’. With various obstacles and tall tress throughout the course there is no denying that a player has to play well to score by their handicap but it is a fantastic course with some great scenery to be enjoyed by all.

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the Cornelia Experience which is awaiting you in Belek. If you’re looking for luxury, spectacular golf, great weather and some relaxation then there really is no destination more perfect for you and your family than one of the gorgeous Cornelia Resorts in Belek, Turkey.

 

 

Golf escapes to Belek, one of golfing’s finest destinations…

With perceived levels of security in different places of the world playing a large role in our day to day lives now it is clear that it is affecting the places we choose to holiday to. Belek, Turkey is one of the best golfing resorts around both for service, value and its courses and hotels. This blog is about how we know that things in Belek are as good as they ever have been despite everything that is going on!

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One of the grandest resorts in Belek is the five-star Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort, which like most of the resorts here is situated directly on a beautiful sandy beach. With a fabulous 18-hole golf course on site as well as stunning rooms and 7 different swimming pools this resort is in a league of its own. The hotel also boasts several great restaurants which serve many different cuisines from traditional Turkish specialities to Japanese and Greek food. There are also nine different bars in the hotel which means that you will always be able to find the perfect place to rewind after a long day on the golf course or after soaking up the sun all day! The hotel also features a beautiful spa with a range of treatment options including both skin treatments and massages as well as a traditional Turkish bath. On-site there is also a mini-waterpark and other such activities run by the animation team so there is never a dull moment at the Maxx Royal Resort. This is one of the most luxurious and high-class hotels and a golfing holiday here is definitely not one to be passed up on!

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The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course is a spectacular course and is one of the most sought after courses to play in Belek. With beautiful fairways playing through pine forests and navigating eight lakes over the duration of the course and especially on the front nine holes it is no surprise that this course is a tricky one and ideal for those golfers looking for a stern challenge! On the back nine, there is a lot less water involved but that doesn’t mean that the course gets any easier as the greens are undulating which makes placing the ball where you want to play it most challenging! This course has a multitude of great holes but the 18th is spectacular where you need the upmost skill and concentration to navigate your ball from the tee through a narrow stretch of pine trees before avoiding strategically placed bunkers and a last water hazard that will more often than not trip you up at the final hurdle!

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Voyage Belek Golf & Spa is a five-star, all inclusive resort placed directly on its own stretch of beautiful Mediterranean beach which guests can enjoy. With eight different restaurants serving a range of different cuisines from Italian to Mexican to Japanese to of course, traditional Turkish food there is definitely something for everyone here. All of the rooms are fully-furnished with a lovely balcony on which guests can enjoy their own private views of either the Mediterranean or the stunning gardens surrounding the hotel. As well as many restaurants there are also nine different bars to choose from when deciding where to enjoy your post-round drink! The resort also boasts a stunning spa centre where guests can enjoy a range of massage treatments and a Vitamin Bar. The resort hosts five different swimming pools as well as an adventure park – the excitement never ends here! This is the perfect destination for your next golfing holiday to Belek and with the Titanic Golf Club so close by as well as a regular shuttle to the Maxx Royal Montgomerie course what could be better than a stunning hotel with some great golfing options?

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At Titanic Golf Club there are 27 spectacular holes which are unlike most other courses in Belek. The course is set against the backdrop of the stunning Taurus Mountains and between the river and the seafront which means that there are some truly special views from this great course. With three different loops of nine holes it is possible to mix and match the loops meaning that you can play the course you most want to and will most enjoy – making sure there is something for everyone here! The second loop of nine holes runs along the Mediterranean coastline whilst the others are more of a parkland style! This is a fabulous golf course and is definitely worth a play on your next golf break to Belek due to its diverse course layout and great value!

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A Golf Escapes group of 24 golfers recently came back from staying in the Sueno hotel in Belek and had a fantastic time without any stresses or worries!

“Our group of 24 has just returned from Belek; this was our fourth stay and won’t be our last.

Despite some security concerns from some of the group (and others who decided not to go) the standard is as good as ever, if not better than previous visits. The Sueno hotel was great, staff friendly and the golf courses in excellent condition.  Best of all, because of the “situation”, the courses were the quietest they’ve been and the service and reception we received from the locals was superb.

Security is an obvious concern in the current world we live but I have no hesitations in recommending Belek. The current value is beyond compare, and the service is better than ever.”

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to some of the treasures of Belek and that you will consider a golf break to Turkey in the near future for a golfing holiday full of top quality service, great value and even better hotels and golfing experiences!

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