Insider’s guide to Oliva Nova…

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort in Valencia. Whether you’re thinking of booking a last minute golfing getaway somewhere warm and sunny or just considering your options for your next holiday then this is a perfect hotel for you to look at.

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The four-star Oliva Nova is situated in a beautiful location in Valencia and has all the amenities you would expect of a hotel of this rating. The rooms are large and decorated elegantly, each of the rooms has a seating area, a flat screen TV as well as a terrace or balcony which you can look out onto the complex, the dunes and the Montgo Mountains from. The hotel’s restaurant serves classic Valencian dishes which you are sure to enjoy and there are several bars for you to enjoy a few drinks in! Asides from the hotel’s main restaurant you can also enjoy an Irish pub or the beach bar. Of course, as the hotel is located between the two towns of Oliva and Denia you can easily leave the hotel if you want to try some different restaurants and bars. If you prefer to relax rather than play golf or enjoy the other activities that you can here, like tennis and football, then the hotel’s beautiful spa area will be perfect for you. In the spa area there is an indoor pool with two waterfalls, a jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish Bath – everything you could ever want for the perfect relaxation experience! You can also enjoy a range of different treatments in the aromatic beauty rooms. After a round of golf there is nothing better than relaxing by the lagoon style swimming pool or on the Oliva Nova Beach which all guests have direct access to. This is an ideal hotel in a perfect location and just 45 minutes’ drive from Valencia making it a perfect destination for your next golf break to Spain.


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Oliva Nova Golf Club course is a par-72 links course which stretches across over 50 hectares. The course has an exceptional location and backdrop which makes it one of the top golf courses in the Valencia area. The course has slightly undulating greens as well as many tight doglegs which makes this course a tight and challenging one. To further add to the challenge there are water hazards on 15 out of 18 holes which can prove a test to even the golfers with the lowest handicaps! With only 3 holes being free from water hazards make sure to bring a few extra balls for any wayward shots. As the course is fairly close to the coast, on a breezy day this course can certainly present a strong challenge for any golfer and you must always hit the most accurate of shots to score close to your handicap. With flora and fauna, majestic palm trees and stunning lakes positioned around the course there is no denying that this is a truly picturesque course where you can enjoy stunning scenery with some fantastic golf. A bonus for playing this course is that although the fairways are slightly undulating, the course is mainly fairly flat which means that it is a pleasure to walk and you won’t have the added expense of a golf buggy. The Oliva Nova Golf Club also boasts a stunning club house which features panoramic views of the course and is somewhere that you can enjoy a post-round drink or meal whilst looking out onto the fairways. There is also a pitch & putt 5 hole course which is where you can practice your short game as well as a putting green where you can practice getting out of bunkers! This is a stunning golf course and one that is quite possibly one of the best in the Costa Blanca region and is certainly not one to be passed up on!

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As the resort is situated between two lovely Spanish towns it is possible for you to get out of the resort and enjoy eating and drinking elsewhere as well as soaking up some of the culture. Oliva is a very quiet village with a few restaurants and bars that you can enjoy as well as some great nightlife which is down by the beach. The old town is very beautiful but very hilly so make sure you take some sensible shoes if you’re going to go exploring! There are also some beautiful historical churches for you to admire. Down by the beach there are a few cafes and restaurants and the beach is not crowded for most parts of the year which makes it a perfect place to relax and explore!

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Denia is a cosmopolitan town which offers a wide range of activities from water sports on the beach to mountain climbing, biking and hiking. Along the marina you can find a modern commercial area with plenty of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. This is another lovely town just on your doorstep when you are staying at the Oliva Nova resort.

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We hope that this week’s blog has inspired your next golf holiday to Spain and that you can see the great holiday that could be lying in front of you if you choose to take a break to the Oliva Nova resort where you can experience a fantastic beach, a wonderful golf course and two beautiful coastal towns all in one holiday.

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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!

Dubai

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!

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.

Real-Bellavista

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.

Las-Palmeras

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!