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…

Our Top 6 Guide to the Best Facilities in Europe

This week’s blog is a guide to the six golf courses that have the best facilities in Europe. Whether you are planning your next golf escape based on a few superb golf courses you want to play or you want to know where to get to experience the best facilities in Europe this is a guide to help you out in both of those areas…

 

First up, we have the PGA Catalunya resort which boasts two superb courses – the Stadium and the Tour course. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best courses in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. It is a long and hilly course with some very challenging holes but with five different sets of tees it is playable by golfers of all handicaps. The Tour course is slightly easier than the Stadium course but is still a challenge for golfers of all levels with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. There are many practice facilities here from the large natural grace practice tee to a 2,000 square-metre putting green and chipping area to the upgraded driving range with four greens, each surfaced with different grass! The resort also boasts a stunning clubhouse which has the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and enjoying a cold beverage after a fabulous round of golf on one of the courses.

PGA-Catalunya

The Belas golf course in Lisbon is a beautiful and hilly course that offers you fabulous views of the Sintra hills as well as the nature reserve. This course is definitely one to hire a buggy for otherwise your golf as well as your legs may suffer! The Golf Academy here is one of the most well-known in the Lisbon region and has impressive training areas including two short game areas and two putting greens. The course also boasts its own lovely clubhouse where you can relax and enjoy views out onto the course whilst sipping on a cold drink or enjoying a good meal. This is a beautiful, well-kept course with some first-class facilities and is not one to be missed out on!

Belas

Next up we have the Sueno courses in Belek, Turkey. The resort boasts two great courses, the Pines and the Dunes course which are great holiday courses to play and are always kept in perfect condition. The Dunes course is the shorter and easier of the two courses but still has some spectacular views and an interesting layout for players of all abilities to enjoy! The Pines course is a long and challenging course at 6,434 metres from the back tees with some strategically positioned bunkers and water hazards along the way! Both of the courses here will provide you with a great round of golf and a drink in the Birdie Bar afterwards is definitely not to be passed up on!

Sueno

Lumine Golf Club features two fabulous golf courses, the Lakes and the Hills courses. These are both very different courses but offer the same high quality round of golf and facilities that come with the round. The Lakes course offers some simply breathtaking views of the Sèquia Major wetland area but is a challenge with water hazards appearing on 14 holes which means that accuracy is key if you hope to score near to your handicap on this course! The Hills course boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as a tricky round of golf! Just like its sister course, there are many strategically placed hazards but on the Hills course they are bunkers rather than lakes, these hazards combined with the length of the course make this a challenging but fun round. At the golf club, there is a putting green, a chipping green and a driving range for you to make use of before your round if you are feeling a little rusty and not ready to take on these challenging courses!

Lumine

The Albatross Golf Resort, just outside the city of Prague is another fabulous course with great facilities. The course is set 420 metres above sea level which means that it has its own micro-climate and boasts the longest golf season in Europe. It is a truly stunning course with water hazards and sand bunkers just adding to the beautiful design of the course. At the resort, there are some of the highest class facilities available with a world-class golf academy as well as an updated driving range and an extensive short game practise area. The resort also boasts a superb clubhouse where you can enjoy a cold drink or a delicious meal after a round on this impressively designed course. This is another top-class course and a round here is certainly not to be missed out on.

Albatross

Last, but not least is the Amendoeira Golf Resort which boasts two stunning courses, the Oceanico O’Connor and the Oceanico Faldo. The Oceanico O’Connor course is heavily dominated by water hazards which makes it a tricky round where you will have to play accurately in order to achieve a scorecard that reflects your handicap which is similar to the Oceanico Faldo course as there are many holes that require you to think about your shots carefully before teeing off! There are also some great practise facilities here and the clubhouse is very luxurious with spacious changing rooms and lounge areas as well as a great restaurant and bar area for you to enjoy after your round!

Amendoeira

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has provoked thoughts of your next golf break to Europe and which courses you are going to aim to play!

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The insider’s guide to Titanic Deluxe Belek

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Titanic Deluxe in Belek, Turkey. This is a new, all-inclusive, five-star resort which joined the other fantastic hotels and golf courses here in Belek. This blog will give you all the information you need to know about the Titanic Deluxe as well as its surroundings and the great golf you can play when staying here.

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The Titanic Deluxe opened in the Spring of 2013 and has been a hit for golfers and non-golfers alike since. This is one of the larger hotels in Belek with 600 rooms, 9 outdoor pools, 2 indoor pools, an aqua park as well as a spa and fitness centre. With so many places around the hotel grounds to relax and soak up the sun after a round on the golf course it is no surprising how popular this resort is. If soaking up the sun isn’t your cup of tea, then you can enjoy relaxing in the spa centre where you can enjoy the Turkish bath or an array of treatments. Asides from golf, the many swimming pools and the spa area, the hotel offers you the opportunity to play on one of the 9 tennis courts or on the professional grass football pitches. Unlike many of the other hotels in Belek, the Titanic Deluxe is not located directly on the beach but as it is by the river the hotel offers you the chance to have a private boat tour down the river and to the beach rather than walk!

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All of the rooms are fully-furnished and are very modern. They are all fitted with a LED TV, central air conditioning and a minibar with a variety of different drinks. Each of the rooms has their own private balcony where you can enjoy views of the river or the gardens. As with many other fantastic five-star hotels you will never be short of somewhere to get a drink or some food! The hotel boasts five different restaurants including a buffet restaurant and four a la cartes which serve Turkish, Italian and seafood speciality dishes. There are also 14 different bars for you to enjoy, each with a different setting and some with different speciality drinks!

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The hotel is close to two golf courses: Titanic Golf Club and National Golf Club which are the two courses most commonly played by guests to the Titanic Deluxe. Titanic Golf Club (formerly known as Tat Golf Club) features 27 interesting holes for players to enjoy here. The 27 holes are made up of three loops of 9 holes named Mediterranean, River and Forest. As the course is situated between the Besgoz River and the Mediterranean Sea it is no surprise that water comes into play on over half of the holes! This course is a little less challenging than most of the other courses in the area but is a great, fun round full of holes that vary in scenery and difficulty. There are many stand-out holes across the 27 holes but there is a signatory for each set of 9 holes. The par-3, 4th hole on the River loop is played from an elevated tee facing towards the mountains and where you have to aim your ball to the right of the hole to avoid the huge lake. The par-4, 12th hole on the Mediterranean loop is a hole that you play alongside the sea which means that if you’re not careful you could end up landing a ball onto the beach! The 22nd hole on the Forest loop is a par-5 and the hole is on a green surrounded on three sides by water. This is a great course and is a perfect ‘holiday’ course.

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The National Golf Club is a truly magnificent golf course which has been built to incorporate well into its surroundings which is rolling terrain which ventures through pine and eucalyptus trees. To add to the course’s surroundings is the backdrop of the snow-capped Taurus mountains which seem ironic as the course is bathed in hot sunshine for the majority of the year! It is imperative that you choose the correct tee box when taking on this course as if you choose correctly you will have a fantastic time and if not, you may not be celebrating during your post-round drink. This course is very well-kept and has very tight fairways which make it a challenge for all 6,300 yards of it! It is one of the tightest driving courses in the area with plenty of great holes which will certainly keep you on your toes. The bunkers are deep and should be avoided at all costs if you are wanting to score anywhere near your handicap as it is a challenge in itself to get your ball out of one of them! The 2nd and 5th holes are great par-3s and the 18th hole is a superb end to the round where you have to navigate around the water hazards which partially surround the green. This is another spectacular course that you can enjoy when you stay at the Titanic Deluxe.

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With Antalya airport just under 20 miles from the resort this is a great resort, with two fabulous golf courses and plenty to do, eat and drink all in a great location. Furthermore, the Kaleici district (also known as Old Antalya) is 25 miles away and here you can venture out to enjoy the history of Antalya and enjoy fine dining as well as a walk around the harbour.

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This resort is perfect for your next golf holiday to Belek and somewhere where you can enjoy having lots to do and see including some beautiful golf courses, the hotel’s private 1km beach as well as nearby Antalya. You need look no further than Titanic Deluxe for your next luxury golf break.