The Insider’s Guide to the Pestana Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the Pestana collection of hotels, Pestana boasts eight stunning properties and all of them are situated on the stunning Algarve. The Algarve is an ideal golf break destination with its beautiful beaches, seaside resort towns, great hotels and some superb golf courses.

Five of the Pestana properties are in, or within a very short distance of Alvor. Alvor is a pretty Portuguese fishing town with cobbled streets and a lively town centre filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Alvor is also a very short walking distance from one of the largest sandy beaches of southern Portugal. Each of the Pestana properties here offers you something different but with five different options you are sure to find one that is perfect for the type of golf break you are looking for…

First up, we have Dom Joao II which is a great four-star hotel and just a stone’s throw away from one of the prettiest beaches in the whole of the Algarve. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy one of the three swimming pools, go to the gym or enjoy one of the many on-site activities that are offered here. The hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Alvor but eating on-site here is delicious with Portuguese and International dishes offered at the restaurants at the hotel.

Just a five-minute walk away from Dom Joao II, we have the three-star Pestana Alvor Atlantico where you can stay in fully-furnished apartments which all have their own private balconies as well as a fully-fitted kitchen and dining room. With all the facilities of Dom Joao II just a five-minute walk away, this makes for a more private and tranquil stay but one where you can have the opportunity to use the facilities at a busier hotel!

Pestana Alvor Praia is a brilliant five-star hotel and is considered to be one of the best hotels in Alvor. The hotel rooms are beautifully decorated and you are just a minutes’ walk to the beach but if you would prefer, the hotel boasts a large outdoor pool to relax around as well. For relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s spa and relax in the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi or enjoy a wide range of different treatments. You are just over a mile into the centre of Alvor here so venturing out is easy, but with all the facilities the hotel has to offer, you may not even need to.

The four-star Pestana Alvor South Beach only opened in September 2014 and has already made a name for itself among one of the top hotels in Alvor. The hotel is right on the beach but it also boasts three outdoor swimming pools so you will never be short of somewhere beautiful to relax and soak up the sun! You are just a short walk here from the centre of Alvor where you can find an array of bars and restaurants, or you can stay at the hotel and enjoy relaxing at the restaurant and bar here.

Last, but not least, of the hotels in Alvor is the Pestana Delfim. This four-star hotel boasts the perfect location just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Alvor ten minutes from the village centre. You can either spend your time relaxing on the beach or by the large outdoor saltwater pool. This is a lively and popular hotel with a great bar area and being so close the centre of Alvor means that you are never far away from a few more bars and restaurants!

Next up, we have two fabulous Pestana properties that are in, or close to Carvoeiro. Carvoeiro is an incredibly popular resort town with a great beach where you can do watersports as well as a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops for you to explore. There are so many different activities to do in and around Carvoeiro from walking to waterparks to exploring the local history.

The four-star Pestana Palm Gardens offers excellent self-catering townhouses with furnished patios. There is a lively bar on-site as well as a large outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym and a massage service for you to enjoy. You are only a ten-minute stroll from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro where you can find everything that you could possibly want and need for your golf break including bustling nightlife and brilliant sandy beaches.

Pestana Carvoeiro Golf Resort is the second property in Carvoeiro. This four-star resort is nestled in amongst acres and acres of beautiful gardens and is just a five-minute drive away from Carvoeiro. Here, you can stay in apartments, townhouses and villas – whatever is suited to you! Whilst you are here, you can spend your time relaxing around the outdoor pool, getting a massage or playing tennis. The restaurant here served local and regional dishes and for after dinner, you can relax at the hotel’s bar.

The final Pestana property, Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel, is situated just a five-minute drive away from the beautiful town of Vilamoura. Vilamoura is beautiful and a walk around the marina is the perfect way to spend an evening here, before choosing from the wide range of different restaurants to eat at. This five-star resort is arguably one of the finest in the Algarve and is decorated in an entirely modern theme. You can spend your days relaxing around the outdoor or indoor swimming pools and the restaurants are excellent here. If you like the beach, Vilamoura’s beach is just a seven-minute drive away from the resort.

All of these properties are absolutely fantastic and have their own reasons for you to choose that particular property. However, all of these properties have the same brilliant golf courses in common – which certainly makes your decision easier! The five course: Vila Sol, Pinta, Gramacho, Silves and Alto are all within close range of each of these properties and will provide you with some excellent and varied rounds of golf!

Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you don’t forget that by booking to visit one of these great properties on the Algarve you will not only get an incredible golf break but also be sent a J. Lindeberg golf shirt just for booking to the Algarve with us…

The Insider’s Guide to the Tivoli Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic Tivoli collection. All of these hotels and residences are situated in stunning areas on the Algarve, where you can experience luxury accommodation, beautiful weather and great golf. The great thing about a golf break to the Algarve is that the weather is perfect golfing weather right though until October/November time which means that it definitely isn’t too late for you to start thinking about one of these superb destinations for your autumn golf holiday…

First up, we have two fantastic options for the bustling town of Vilamoura where you can take walks around the marina and enjoy some superb restaurants and bars after a long day of playing golf and relaxing by the pool.

The Residences at Victoria are located in the centre of Victoria Golf course and comprise of luxury apartments with spacious living rooms, flat-screen TVs and a fully-equipped kitchens. However, if you are not looking to self-cater there are plenty of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of the apartments which serve different cuisines and of course, Vilamoura is just under a ten minute drive away. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can relax around one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or even visit Marina beach which is just a 12-minute drive away. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy golf at the Oceanico courses. Oceanico Pinhal is one of the older Oceanico courses but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best. The holes and their fairways blend effortlessly into the rolling landscape, although this is a tough course with tight fairways and a few water hazards it is a great, scenic course perfect for your next golf holiday. The other frequently played Oceanico course is Laguna which is laid out over flat ground which gives it a links-style feel and with plenty of water and sand hazards to navigate your way around this isn’t an easy course either. With luxury apartments, great leisure facilities and even better golf, this resort offers you everything that you could want for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and more.

Next up we have Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, the second property situated in Vilamoura. This stunning five-star hotel offers the same great golfing options as The Residences at Victoria but gives you the opportunity to stay right in the centre of Vilamoura between the Marina and the beach. All of the guestrooms are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can experience panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not playing one of the fantastic Oceanico golf courses you can relax by the large outdoor pool or take advantage of the extensive spa facilities. Dining at the hotel is fantastic, there are three restaurants: a Portuguese restaurant, an Italian and a steakhouse, which are all divine. As you are in the centre of Vilamoura, once you have tried the hotel’s restaurants you can venture out and experience some of the great eateries and bars that Vilamoura has to offer you. This is a beautiful hotel which has fully earned its five-star rating…

Next up, we have the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated in a prime location, in the middle of the marina in Portimão. This four-star hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beach and only five from Praia do Rocha. All of the studios and apartments here are decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and are each fitted with a kitchenette. Although being in the centre of Portimão means that you have extensive dining options, the hotel boasts two fantastic restaurants serving international cuisines and giving you the chance to dine and enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the marina simultaneously. Whilst you are here, there are three great golf courses within close proximity of the apartments: Alamos, Salgados and Morgado which each offer a different round of golf. Alamos golf course features a variety of different holes from those with undulating fairways and small greens to those requiring large drives and strategically placed hazards. The greens are very fast and hard here which means that in order to score well you must bring your putting touch! Salgados is fairly flat but features many water and sand hazards for you to navigate your way around which makes it a tricky round of golf as you will often find yourself losing a ball or two in the water if you are not playing your best! This is a very interesting and fun course to enjoy here. Lastly, we have Morgado which is set within tranquil surroundings and can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps with its wide fairways and fairly flat terrain (at least one the first nine!). This is a popular course here on the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. With all of these great golfing options, fantastic facilities and the chance to stay in the centre of Portimão, it is no surprise that this is a top choice for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Tivoli Lagos is a four-star resort hotel situated in the centre of Lagos and just nine minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully and are each fitted with a private balcony. Through from March to October, the hotel offers a free shuttle down to its private beach of Meia Praia but you can also stay at the resort and enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool. Whilst you are here, you can dine at the traditional Portuguese outdoor grill, the Pateo Velho Restaurant or the international Lacobriga restaurant. This hotel shares the same golfing options as the Tivoli Marina Portimão so you will not be disappointed by the range of golf courses that you will have the opportunity to play on…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Tivoli Carvoeiro which is another fabulous five-star property overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with an elegant contemporary design. For relaxation, there is nowhere better than the Tivoli Spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, the sauna or the Jacuzzi or you visit the fitness centre for a workout. Whilst you are not on the golf course or taking advantage of the spa facilities, you can relax besides the outdoor pool or take a short walk into the beautiful and picturesque town of Carvoeiro. Although there are plenty of great restaurants in Carvoeiro, you can enjoy eating at one of the three dining options at the hotel including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro where you can enjoy fresh fish caught the same day! The Tivoli Carvoeiro also gives you the chance to play the Alamos, Salgados and Morgado courses as they are in close proximity of the resort here too. This is a great place for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see all the great options that the Tivoli collection has to offer you both in terms of luxury accommodation and great golfing options. Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

Insider’s guide to The Thailand Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Insider’s Guide to Scottsdale

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to Scottsdale, Arizona. Scottsdale is considered to be a golfer’s paradise with more than 200 courses in the city and some fantastic hotels to match. With a wide range of courses from the desert courses of Troom North, Grayhawk and TPC Scottsdale to the more traditional courses of Camelback, Talking Stick and Gainey Ranch. Make sure that Scottsdale is on your list of must-visit locations for some of the best golf in the world.

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There is so much to do, see and appreciate in Scottsdale besides the great golf. With many different historical and cultural landmarks in the area which are easy to take trips to to explore you could never be short of something to do here! Of course, being in a city means that there are copious amounts of great bars and restaurants for you to enjoy whilst soaking up the atmosphere here. If you’re looking for great shopping, beautiful architecture and some lovely eateries and bars then Old Town Scottsdale is perfect for a day trip where you can find all of the above and more!

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is just one of the lovely five-star hotels available and is set at the foot of the McDowell Mountains. This hotel is in an ideal location as not only has it got beautiful scenery but it borders two world-class golf courses but is within close proximity of several more so you can experience a wide variety of different golf courses when staying here. The centre of Scottsdale is just under a 15-minutes’ drive away and Phoenix airport is only 24 miles from the hotel so it is within easy access of home! If golf isn’t all that you have come for then you won’t be disappointed either as the hotel boasts six different pools and a lovely spa for guests to enjoy. The spacious rooms here are beautifully decorated and come fitted with all of the amenities expected from a hotel of this class, the service from the staff here matches the hotel’s rating and you will struggle to find a more luxurious destination for your next golf break to Scottsdale.

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Another fantastic five-star hotel is the JW Mariott Camelback Inn which is set in the heart of Scottsdale and is just a short drive from Scottsdale Old Town. The beautiful rooms all have their own balcony or patio attached and are also fitted with a kitchenette which means that you have the option to self-cater here although there are seven first-class restaurants situated on-site which would question why you would want to cook for yourself! The hotel is set within beautiful gardens which have a variety of different desert plants in and the views are simply stunning – even from the pool area where you can relax with beautiful views of the mountains. For non-golfers (and those who like to relax after a few rounds!) there is a wonderful spa area where you can purchase a range of different health and beauty treatments. This is another superb hotel in Scottsdale and one that should well be considered when you are planning your next golf break here.

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Boulders Resort & Spa is a uniquely beautiful resort tucked into the Sonoran Desert foothills. With two championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a spa and wellness centre, seven different restaurants and four swimming pools as well as tennis courts it would be hard for you to find somewhere with more to do on-site! You can choose to relax after a round on the golf course with a massage at the spa or enjoy the whirlpools and saunas in the spa and wellness centre or even take part in one of the yoga and Pilates classes. There are a range of different accommodation options for you to choose from from casitas to haciendas and villas which are all spacious and beautifully decorated. The two championship golf courses on-site – Boulders North and Boulders South are equally challenging and you will need to be concentrating to score close to your handicap on them. Although, like the other hotels in the area as there are so many golf courses are around you always have the option of travelling a little outside of the resort to another golf course! This unique resort is well worth a trip to.

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Last in this blog but certainly not least on the list of fantastic hotels that there are in Scottsdale for you to visit is the Hyatt House Hotel which is situated in the most perfect location – just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale. Each of the rooms are spacious and include their own fully-fitted kitchen with a dishwasher, oven, a fridge and a microwave which means that you will easily be able to cook for yourself when staying here but with all of the fantastic eateries in Old Town Scottsdale just a short walk away you wouldn’t have the need to! There is a lovely outdoor pool area as well as a fitness centre for guests to enjoy when they are not enjoying a round of golf or exploring Old Town Scottsdale. This is a fantastic hotel that is great value and is perfect if you are looking to stay right in town so that you are close to all of the wonders that Scottsdale has to offer.

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We hope that this blog has shown you what you can expect to experience when vesting Scottsdale, from the magnificent scenery to the vast amounts of fabulous golf. Whichever hotel you choose to stay at will have easy access to at least five different courses so it would be hard to see why anyone would not choose Scottsdale for their next golf holiday to America.


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