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The courses and hotels of the Alicante region…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels and golf courses in the Alicante region. Alicante is one of the best places in Spain to go to for your next golf break as it truly has everything that you could possibly want. From miles of golden, sandy beaches to areas full of history, culture and nature to a wide selection of different bars, clubs and restaurants to enjoy…Alicante has it all.

First up we have Hotel Bonalba which is a lovely four-star hotel in a great location just under 2 miles from some great beaches, a 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Alicante and just 20 minutes’ from Alicante airport. The hotel is furnished with a modern and contemporary design and all of the rooms are spacious. There is a lovely spa available to guests at a small extra cost where you can enjoy the indoor pool area and hamman or choose from a range of health and beauty treatments. You can enjoy relaxing by the outdoor pool area, the local beaches or enjoy a fantastic round of golf on the Bonalba course which is on-site! This hotel is great both in terms of the activities you can get involved in when here but also it is great value for money and you are sure to have an excellent time!

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Bonalba golf course is a great and challenging course with some spectacular views of both the ocean and the mountains in the surrounding areas. The fairways are wide and open but there are many strategically placed water hazards and bunkers for you to overcome before you reach the greens. The first 12 holes are shorter than the last 6 and they are all very technical holes but when you reach the last few holes the course opens up and you have to contend with the sea breeze!

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Las Colinas Residences are situated right in the heart of the fabulous 18-hole championship Las Colinas golf course. These apartments offer a fantastic self-catering option which is perfect when you enjoy eating out and being flexible. The apartments are all fully furnished with a well-equipped kitchen, satellite TV, air-conditioning and a large terrace attached to each. You also have easy access to outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants and a beach club – everything you could need on your next golf break! If you’re less into golf but still into activities then you can enjoy tennis, paddle tennis or the gym. With one of Spain’s top courses and the town of Torrevieja just 15-minutes’ drive away this is a superb choice for your next self-catering golf holiday to Alicante.

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Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in this region and it isn’t hard to see why. Although most of the fairways are wide and fairly forgiving, the approaches to the greens are often lined with bunkers and lakes which will always catch your errant shots! This course features a wide variety of different holes from short par-3s to dogleg par-5s which will offer you an interesting and challenging round of golf.

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Hotel Alicante Golf is another fantastic four-star hotel which is situated in an ideal location. The hotel is just 20-minutes’ drive from Alicante airport, 5 miles from the centre of Alicante and only a 10-minutes’ walk from the beach. Each of the rooms are spacious, with air-conditioning, a minibar and a safe. Being so close to Alicante centre means that you are so close to so many fantastic places to eat and drink but if you prefer to stay in the hotel then the Augusta Restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food which you can enjoy whilst looking out onto the golf course! Enjoy relaxing on the beach, by the outdoor pool or by the indoor pool and sauna area after a fantastic round of golf on the course which you don’t even need to travel to get to. This is a superb location for your next golf holiday to Alicante and one not to be missed out on.

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Alicante Golf course is another perfect mix of par-3s, 4s and 5s with six of each on this course! This course is regarded as one of the best designed courses in the region and it really isn’t hard to see why when you see the layout of the course and how diverse each hole is. This is a lovely course to play but it is a tricky one and you have to think out your plan for each hole strategically before teeing off. Another great course in the Alicante region which must be played by any keen golfer.

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Last, but not least is the five-star Denia Mariott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa which is one of the most luxurious resorts in the area. The hotel is set within the 27-hole golf course and also the Montgo National Park so the scenery and setting of the resort is simply beautiful. All of the rooms are decorated with a classic theme and have marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and many either have a balcony or terrace that you can enjoy the stunning surroundings of the hotel from. The resort is just 15-minutes’ drive from Denia and the beaches there but if you want to stay at the resort there are plenty of lovely places to relax in like the spa area with its saunas, Turkish bath and outdoor hot tub or the outdoor pool area. All of this as well as several restaurants and bars to enjoy makes this the perfect destination for your next luxury golf break.

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La Sella Golf Course comprises of three loops of nine holes but all three loops have something that they are known for. The Llebeig loop is known its beautiful views of the national park, the Gregal is known for being a flatter nine holes than the other two loops but that doesn’t make it an easy loop with its many water hazards obstructing play! The Mestral loop boasts wider fairways and large greens where you can enjoy the nature that surrounds the loop.

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These are just four of the lovely hotels and their golf courses that you can enjoy when you book a golf holiday to Alicante and we hope that these have shown you what you are missing! Alicante is also well-known for year-round good weather (unlike the UK!) so there is nothing stopping you from booking your next golf break to the sun now!

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The Best Resorts for Families

This week’s blog is on the best resorts for your family golf holidays. These resorts all provide so many things to do and see that no one could ever be bored. As you have probably already enjoyed a fantastic family holiday this summer it is about time for you to start planning your family holiday for 2017 and these are definitely some fantastic resorts to consider…

 

Undoubtedly, two of the best resorts for your next family getaway are the two Cornelia resorts in Belek – Cornelia Deluxe and Cornelia Diamond. Both of these resorts are fabulous five-star hotels with the highest quality of facilities and service that you could wish for.

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The Cornelia Deluxe resort is situated on the beach where guests can enjoy having a private area of the beach to relax on. There are also several other outdoor pools in the resort with waterfalls and waterslides! The rooms are all very luxurious and spacious with their own private balconies, satellite TV and a minibar. There are plenty of different sporting activities available from watersports to tennis to, of course, golf. Kids can enjoy the mini club where there are plenty of planned activities for them as well as a disco most evenings which is perfect for when you want to enjoy a round of golf or relax in the spa and they want to carry on enjoying an action-packed holiday. When staying here you can appreciate the reduced green fees at the stunning Cornelia Faldo course and as it isn’t far from the hotel at all it means that you can feel comfortable leaving your family in the mini club or at the spa or just relaxing by the pool whilst you go off for a round of golf. With plenty to do, eat and drink in this stunning hotel with several a la carte restaurants and bars at your disposal at all times of day there is nowhere more perfect for your next family golf break!

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The Cornelia Diamond is also just a short walk from the beach where the resort owns a 250-metre-long stretch of beach which is reserved for guests staying at the hotel. The Cornelia’s animation team here is fantastic and they arrange so many different activities both by the beach club and at the different outdoor pools that you can always get involved in – there are activities run from beach volleyball to water aerobics. Down by the beach you can do a range of different watersports or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. In the resort, there is nightly entertainment from dance shows to concerts and everything in-between! This resort boasts one of the biggest spa facilities in the area which you can enjoy whilst staying here whilst the children are busy with the animation team! There is also a free shuttle which only takes two minutes to the great Cornelia Faldo course so you are in close range of everything you could possibly want whilst staying here! Like the other Cornelia resort, there is so much to do, eat and drink here that you are bound to have a fantastic family holiday in a resort which definitely provides ‘something for everyone’.

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Another fantastic family resort is the Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort which is situated on the Algarve. This is a luxurious five-star hotel situated in the middle of the Vale do Lobo estate where there are plenty of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy. On your doorstep here you also have a lovely sandy beach and the San Lorenzo golf course which is one that is a must-play by any discerning golfer. This is a great hotel with a stunning pool area and lovely beach within a short walk away which makes it perfect for your next relaxing family golfing getaway to the sun.dona-filipa-san-lorenzo

La Manga Club Las Lomas Village in Murcia, Spain is another great family holiday destination as staying in one of the apartments here means that you have the option to cook for yourselves which can be easier with a family. There are restaurants nearby to the apartments so if you do want to eat out whilst staying here that is also an option. The apartments are spacious and decorated nicely with a fully-furnished kitchen and they have spectacular views over the North Course and out to the sea. There’s a lovely outdoor pool area for the whole family to enjoy and with three fantastic golf courses within close proximity you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round at!

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The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel in Cyprus is another great hotel perfect for a luxurious family holiday. There are some beautifully decorated suites here which have the option for interconnecting rooms which is perfect for when you need to keep an eye on the whole family. Just a five minutes’ drive away are two beautiful beaches but if you prefer to stay onsite then you can enjoy the lovely outdoor pool areas and the spa and wellness facilities there. The Aphrodite Hills golf course is just a two-minute walk from the hotel where you can enjoy a brilliant round on a top course just outside of your hotel basically! This is fabulous hotel for a relaxing, quiet and luxurious golf break to Cyprus.

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Last, but not least is the five-star Westin Resort in Costa Navarino, Greece. This is a lovely family-friendly resort where kids can get involved in the sporting activities as much as adults can with the kids’ golf and tennis courts available. There are over ten restaurants here offering all kinds of different cuisines which means that even the pickiest eaters will find something that they love. With two golf courses – Dunes course and Bay course – within such close proximity and with many of our packages offering free golf transfers from the hotel this is a no-hassle holiday destination perfect for your next family golf escape.

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We hope that this week’s blog has opened your eyes to some of the superb four and five-star resorts that are around and perfect for your next family holiday whether it be for next Easter or summertime.

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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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