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.

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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.

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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!

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.

 

 

Insider’s guide to Huelva…

If you still haven’t booked this year’s golf break to a place in the sun then this blog is perfect for you. The Costa de la Luz, Huelva, is considered to be Spain’s very own version of Portugal’s stunning Algarve region and is not one that should be missed out on. With some spectacular golfing hotels and beautiful courses your insider’s guide to Huelva should just be the last thing you need to encourage you to book a fabulous golf holiday to this region.

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The region of Huelva is full of unspoilt natural beauty, interesting historical sites, wonderful golden beaches, great hotels and even better golf courses. The region is equidistance between both Faro airport and Seville airport making it easily accessible and we all know that less time travelling means more time holidaying! Huelva is an up and coming region in terms of the golfing opportunities with the already established Islantilla resort as well as Isla Canela and the new championship course at El Rompido. With more and more plans for new golfing opportunities here every year it is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday to sunny Spain.

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Islantilla Golf Resort is a stunning four-star resort and offers everything there is to want when you’re looking for that perfect golfing break to Spain. With a great pool area as well as a fantastic beach club which features a pool, as well as opportunities for water sports, just a mile away from the resort there is no shortage of places to relax and enjoy the endless sun at the Islantilla resort. This lovely hotel is spacious and bright with all rooms featuring a lovely balcony or terrace on which they can enjoy the views of the gardens surrounding the hotel and, of course, the sunshine until late! The hotel also boasts a magnificent spa which features a lovely indoor and outdoor pool area as well as having a variety of different treatments on offer to help further your relaxation here. The hotel features four lovely restaurants serving a range of different cuisine for guests but if you would prefer, the commercial square with other restaurants, bars and a few shops is just a short walk away from the resort. This resort truly is a great one and should definitely be top of the list of considerations when planning your next golf holiday to the sunny region of Huelva.

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The Islantilla golf course opened in 1992 and has now become one of the most well-known and sought after course in Andalusia. Although the course is now 14 years old, playing it you would have no idea as the greens are in as immaculate conditions as ever and no-one could call this course tired or boring. This 27-hole parkland course has hosted a range of prestigious tournaments since its opening including the Spanish Masters in 1995. With three sets of nine holes, golfers can choose which loop to play meaning that they will always get from this course what they want to and there are several combinations to play! The Yellow course is considered to be the easiest nine holes here at Islantilla with the Blue/Green courses usually chosen to play by golfers looking for more of a challenge rather than a practice. The Blue nine holes are thought to be the toughest of the three sets with the first few holes rising and falling over hilly terrain before slightly levelling out to enjoy a great par-4 for the 4th hole with a large tree obscuring the putting surface making it a hole where accuracy is definitely key. With a variety of different holes from hilly with blind shots to undulating greens and hanging lies to the long but not especially difficult holes – Islantilla offers them all and is a great round from start to finish.

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Something a little different in the Huelva region is the five-star luxury hotel El Rompido which is more than worthy of its five-star rating. The hotel is located virtually on top of the two fantastic 18-hole championship courses on the resort – El Rompido North and El Rompido South. The hotel features bright and nicely decorated rooms, most of which have stunning sea views or great views of the golf course and gardens surrounding this spectacular hotel. With great golf on offer, a lovely spa area, a traditional restaurant and bar and the city of Huelva just 10 miles away this is perfect for your next golf escape to Huelva. El Rompido South is a course broken into two sets of nine-holes. The first nine are tight holes where you need to be as accurate as you can in order to score well before the course opens up on the back nine with stunning views of the coast and plenty of open space and scenery to enjoy on this great round. The El Rompido North course can look as if it is not as stern of a challenge as it is due to its relative flatness across all of the holes. However, water comes in to play frequently and the fairways are bordered with pines waiting to catch errant shots. Both of these courses are picturesque and challenging – a perfect combination.

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Another great place to stay and enjoy in Huelva is the Isla Canela Golf Hotel. This four-star hotel is modern and luxurious and is just a five minutes’ drive from Isla Canela as well as only a mile or so from the beach. With a traditional style restaurant, a Tapas bar and a café there is always somewhere to relax and eat at this hotel. The hotel also features a beautiful outdoor pool area as well as a fantastic golf course on site. The Isla Canela Golf course is a great course for golfers with a higher handicap as it is a more straightforward course but of course can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. There are some beautiful views of the beach and the forests which are intermingled with some fantastic dog-leg holes and stunning greens. This course has little undulation so is perfect if you’re looking for a lovely course that you can walk and take in the scenery whilst playing an enjoyable round of golf. This is another perfect destination for your next golf break to Huelva.

We hope that this blog inspired your next golf holiday to Huelva (perhaps in 2016?) and that you realise the gems on offer in this beautiful region of Southern Spain.

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What is more, if the above wasn’t enough to get you reaching for the suncream and polo shirt then here at Golf Escapes we have another great incentive for anybody booking an escape to a hotel or resort in the Huelva region. Book until the end of March with us to the Huelva region for any date and receive a sleeve of Callaway golf balls for every person in your group. Contact us for more details or visit golf-escapes.com

5 up and coming golf resorts you have to try in 2016…

This week’s blog is a guide to five great up and coming golfing resorts which you must give a try in 2016! With a hotel and golf on site as well as many other amenities and activities on the resort what could be more perfect than a fabulous golf break to one of these resorts?

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First up on the list is the Bom Sucesso Resort in Obidos, Lisbon. This four-star resort offers a wide range of unique apartments as well as access to the brilliant golf course, Bom Sucesso. The resort is located in one of the most beautiful regions which offers so much to see and do during your stay here. With many different stunning beaches nearby guests can enjoy watersports or simply lounging around on the golden sand on their days off from the golf course! The medieval town of Obidos is just a 15-minute drive and has a wide range of different bars and eateries as well as some beautiful architecture to enjoy – definitely not to be missed! On-site is the fantastic Bom Sucesso 18-hole golf course which stretches over 60 hectares! The course features a very challenging parkland layout and features stunning views over the Obidos lagoon which can be enjoyed whilst you are trying to navigate the strategically placed bunkers and fast greens! Whilst you are staying at Bom Sucesso there are also opportunities to play other fantastic golf courses in the area so where could be more perfect for your next golf holiday to Lisbon?

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Next up on the list is another resort situated in Portugal but this time in the Algarve region. The Oceanico Amendoeira Resort is located just 7 miles from the historic town of Silves and just 35-minutes’ drive from Faro Airport. The resort features spacious and beautifully decorated apartments, all with private balconies which overlook the stunning gardens and the golf courses surrounding the apartments. With fully-fitted kitchens and large living areas as well, these truly are luxury apartments! Guests also have access to the lovely pool area as well as the two fantastic golf courses on site! The Oceanico Faldo course is a tricky course and requires good placing to score well, this course is lined with some beautiful greenery, undulating greens and some spectacular views which makes this course a great round with a little challenge and a lot of fun. The Oceanico O’Connor features water far more heavily than its sister course and so is a little trickier. Not only does the water add to the challenge of the course but also the beauty of it. With orange groves, different wildlife and great views of the golf course from the top of the 18th hole this is a spectacular show of golf and not to be missed! This resort is perfect for your next golf break to the Algarve.

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The Guadalmina Resort which is situated in Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol is next up on the list. The resort is situated on the beach and on the golf course which of course is a perfect location for when you want to combine great golf with some relaxation time! The rooms are all spacious and modern with superb facilities and great service. Guests also have access to the fitness room, sun terrace and the outdoor pools as well as great discount rates for the range of different spa treatments available! The hotel is just 10-minutes’ drive from Marbella Old Town which is beautiful and offers many different places to eat and drink which is perfect for evenings after a day on the beach or on the golf course! Guadalmina South has narrow fairways which are lined by trees which means that accuracy is certainly key here! The par 3 11th hole is the highlight of the course as it plays parallel to the beach right by the hotel but many can lose their balls here with an errant shot to the left landing you in a bunker or water hazard! The North Course on the resort winds through the resort and features many water hazards and is always kept in immaculate condition. This is a great resort for your next golf break to the Costa del Sol.

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The courses at the Lumine Golf Resort are both spectacular and offer something different from one another. The Lumine South Course, also known as the Hills Course, is so deeply integrated with its surroundings that it is a beautiful and natural course to play. Players can enjoy endless views of the Mediterranean horizon throughout their round which will require them to play accurately through olive and carob plantations as well as avoiding many strategically placed bunkers! The Lumine North Course, also known as the Lakes Course, is also integrated with its natural surroundings which are Sèquia Major wetland area which means that this course features many water hazards which feature on 14 holes! The course has some stunning views and has a great, challenging and interesting layout with a range of different styled holes. These courses are certainly not to be missed on your next golfing holiday to Costa Dorada in Spain as they are a spectacular duo!

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Last, but certainly not least on the list is the Barcelo Jandia Playa Hotel which is situated on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura. The hotel is set on the golden sands of the Jandia Beach and offers a superb all-inclusive package making this perfect for those who want to relax and not worry about eating out all the time on holiday! There are two restaurants and six bars for guests to enjoy as well as a great hotel spa and different pool areas! Although the hotel offers a great all-inclusive option the town centre of Morro del Jable is just 2km away where there are a variety of different restaurants and bars to enjoy as well! The Jandia Golf course was reopened in 2014 and is immaculate condition and surrounded by stunning views of the beach. The course can be a stern challenge but is a great round of golf and is enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. With four lakes and many dry riverbeds this course must be played strategically for anyone to score well and the winds can always make the challenge even sterner! This is a great golfing resort and is perfect for your next golf break to Fuerteventura.

We hope that these resorts have caught your eye and that you will try at least one of them out! With great hotels and great golf in great locations what more could you ask for?

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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