Top Four All-inclusive Escapes to Belek

This week’s blog is a guide to the brilliant all-inclusive resorts on offer at Golf Escapes that are situated in the brilliant area of Belek, Turkey. 2018 is nearing its end and it is time to start thinking about the next time you are going to get to play some brilliant golf in the warm – why not put some dates in the diary soon and book one of these fantastic resorts?

The Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa is a fantastic, luxurious five-star hotel which borders the 5th fairway of the Cornelia Faldo golf course. The hotel boasts eight swimming pools which wind their way down to the sea, passing a variety of lovely bars and restaurants as well as an amphitheatre. Not only does the hotel offer extensive pool facilities, a waterpark and a private beach with a beach club but there is also a fantastic spa where you can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments or relax within the facilities.

Arguably, the best thing about staying at the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa is the fact that you can enjoy discounted green fees and a free shuttle service to the brilliant Faldo course which is just two minutes away. Another great thing about staying at this resort is that you are spoiled for choice in terms of food and drink as during the winter, there are four a la carte restaurants and this increases to eight during the summer season. Similarly, there are eight hotel bars open during the winter and ten in the summer – with at least one being open 24 hours regardless of the season! With so much to do within the hotel, a fantastic beach club and a superb golf course onsite – what more could you be searching for your next golf escape to Turkey?

The five-star Gloria Serenity Resort is, without a doubt, one of the finest golf hotels in Belek. This fantastic hotel opened in 2007 and has since gained a brilliant reputation for superb golf, superb facilities and superb food and drink. The hotel boasts a private Mediterranean beach as well as a Serenity Spa where you can enjoy a vast range of luxury treatments as well as a sauna and steam room. Each of the luxurious guestrooms boasts private balconies from which you can enjoy views of the gardens or the sea and if you want to upgrade to a superior room, you can enjoy having a private hot tub.

There are 10 brilliant golf courses within a short drive of the hotel but the two Gloria courses – the New and the Old are spectacular and will provide guests of all handicaps with an excellent round of golf. Of course, staying in an all-inclusive hotel means that food and drink are very important, and you won’t be disappointed at the Gloria Serenity. The resort boasts six different restaurants which serve a variety of different cuisines from American to Italian to Asian. You can also find 10 different bars in which to enjoy a few beverages including healthy smoothies, vintage wines and a full list of spirits. This is a brilliant hotel and it is no wonder that it made our list of top resorts for your next all-inclusive golf break.

Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek only opened in the spring of 2015 and is located on the beachfront in Belek. This fantastic five-star, all-inclusive resort is regarded as being one of the most luxurious hotels in Belek and it isn’t hard to see why. The hotel is just moments from the beach and situated behind the Sueno driving range, so you need only walk for a few minutes to reach both Sueno golf courses. Besides enjoying some of the fantastic golf courses in the region, you can relax in the modern-oriental designed spa and wellness centre, enjoy the private beach area or take part in the many activities that go on throughout the resort during both the day and night.

All of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air-conditioning, a fully-stocked minibar and a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the resort, the sea or the golf course. For meals, there are the fantastic Turkish and internationally themed a la carte restaurants as well as a brilliant buffet restaurant and a variety of different bars situated throughout the resort. The Sueno Hotels Deluxe Belek boasts everything that you could possibly need for your next brilliant golf break so look no further than this resort for your next golf holiday.

Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek is a fantastic all-inclusive five-star hotel also situated in the region of Belek. The hotel only opened for guests in 2013 and is one of Belek’s biggest hotels with 600 rooms, nine swimming pools, two indoor pools and an aqua park with water slides as well as a full-service spa and fitness centre. You can also catch a boat along the Besgoz River to the hotel’s own secluded beach if the nine outdoor swimming pools aren’t enough for you!

Each of the guestrooms is decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and fitted with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need including a LED TV, central air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony with beautiful garden views. For food and drink, you can enjoy a range of dishes within the hotel’s buffet restaurant as well as four different a la carte restaurants which serve Turkish, Italian and seafood specialities. There are also several different bars located within the resort for you to enjoy. With extensive leisure facilities, the brilliant Titanic Golf Club and a great atmosphere, this is a superb option for your next all-inclusive golf holiday to Belek.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these superb five-star, all-inclusive resorts will have caught your eye for your next golf escape…

Major Golfing Events in 2018

This week’s blog is a guide to the big golfing events that are happening this year. There is something very special about watching the finest golfers in the world play on some of the most breathtaking courses and these are some of the events that you should have the dates in the calendar for…

The 42nd Ryder Cup will be played over the last weekend in September 2018. This year, the tournament will be held at Le Golf National in France on their recently renovated and very difficult Albatros course. This is only the second time in the history of the tournament that the competition has been held in continental Europe (the first being when it was played at the magnificent Valderrama Golf Club in Spain in 1997). The 12-man European team will comprise the first four players from the European Points list as well as the leading four players from the World Point list and four wildcard players. There is still a long way to go before teams will be decided, especially as the competitions held closer to the time reward more points in order for the players that have played best recently to get selected. You can take a look now at the World Point list and the European Point list to see if your favourites are close to being given the chance to play for the European Team this Autumn. The Albatros course at Le Golf National is a spectacular course which combines the traditional feel of a links course with modern features. This is a very tricky course and the final four holes, where the final holes will be played of the Ryder Cup this year, are surrounded by water hazards which will make this a tense and difficult end to the competition. Make sure that you have the dates in the calendar for the 42nd Ryder Cup this Autumn and keep an eye on your favourites on the Points lists.

The US 2018 Masters will be played this year during the week commencing Monday 2nd April and finishing on Sunday 8th April. This year, the tournament will be played at the superb Augusta National Golf Club. Just like membership at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters is an invitation-only event and whilst there are specific criteria that need to be met to be in with a chance of getting an invitation, it is a very exclusive event. Augusta Golf Club is a very exclusive club and it isn’t hard to see why, the course is truly magnificent and is always kept in pristine condition. The layout is superb and is designed to test even the best of golfers. If you have ever wondered what it is like to experience the excitement and buzz of getting to witness the brilliant golf at Augusta National Golf Club first-hand or if you have ever pictured yourself walking along the magnificent course in real life then take a look at our fantastic Golf Escapes US Masters 2018 packages which can all be tailored to fit you so that you can have the best experience at Augusta possible this April.

The 2018 Open Championship will be the 147th Open Championship and will be held from the 19th to 22nd July 2018 at the fantastic Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. There is quite a wide field of entrants for the Open Championships and you can apply to be given the chance to play alongside some of the world’s greatest players. Carnoustie Championship course is a natural seaside links course and is one of the toughest courses in Britain and Ireland. With strategically placed formidable bunkers, sloping fairways and fast greens, this a very challenging course and when the wind is up you must play cautiously to avoid losing a ball to one of the cavernous bunkers.

The 2018 European Tour has announced many different dates and competitions that are to take place all over the world from South Africa to China to the US and Scotland. There are several Major Championships throughout the year including the Masters Tournament in April, the U.S Open in June, The Open Championship in July and the PGA Championship in August. Asides from these, there are many smaller competitions and championships each month which can be viewed and enjoyed by keen golfers such as yourselves…If you are looking for some brilliant golf to immerse yourself in when you don’t have the chance to get out on the course for a round or two then make sure that you are up to date with the golf that you can enjoy even if it is just on the TV.

If you are a keen golfer and want to see some of the greatest players in the world compete for top prizes and recognition then make sure that you take a note of the important dates and maybe even book your package with us to go and see the US Masters or the Ryder Cup! 

Inspiration for 2018 – Long Haul

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best long-haul golf holidays which would be perfect for you to book now to enjoy this year. With a lack of vitamin D available right now in the UK, it is time to start thinking about where your next golf escape will be to and one of these brilliant hotels is the perfect retreat from the bad weather and into the sun…

First up we have the Arabella Hotel and Spa which boasts a fantastic location in the Cape Provinces overlooking a beautiful lagoon and surrounded by stunning lush landscape. The hotel boasts an excellent design where the classic elegance of old world style is mixed with the modern design trends and everything is very luxurious form the service to the spa to the dining options. Whilst you are here, spend time rejuvenating in the Arabella Spa which boasts everything you could need to feel completely relaxed including a sauna, a pool and an extensive list of beauty and massage treatments to choose from. If you are looking to be active, there is a fully-equipped gym and some tennis courts to play on and of course, there is the award-winning golf course onsite. After a day exploring the local area or relaxing within the hotel and playing a round of excellent golf, you can enjoy delicious cuisine and relaxing bars within the hotel that each boast stunning views. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break and it isn’t hard to see why…

Situated just six minutes’ walk from the longest stretch of white sandy beach in the stunning Belle Mare region of Mauritius is the five-star Long Beach Golf and Spa Resort. This hotel boasts excellent views and a stunning surrounding landscape comprising of a tropical lagoon with a beautiful coral landscape perfect for snorkelling and exploring! Whilst you are here, you can enjoy having three outdoor pools, an extensive spa as well as a modern fitness centre and other activities onsite including tennis, windsurfing and snorkelling in the lagoon. You are just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Flacq and 30 minutes’ from the brilliant Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club and many of our packages include free golf transfers to both this course and Anahita Golf Course. Enjoy dining in one of the five restaurants which all serve delicious cuisine which has been created using fresh and seasonal ingredients before enjoying a post-dinner drink out on the terrace. This is a fantastically luxurious hotel with all of the amenities that you would want or need to have the perfect long haul golf escape.

The five-star Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort boasts an excellent location sat right on the trendy Leblon Beach in Rio’s South Zone. Whilst you are not spending time on this beautiful beach, you can relax around the pool area that has been newly designed and features a lush tropical landscape as well as a Jacuzzi which faces the brilliant ocean. Whilst you are not out playing golf or relaxing by the beach or pool, you can relax in the Shine Spa or workout in the fully-equipped gym. There are excellent dining options within the hotel as by the pool you can enjoy Casarao Restaurant where you can access a buffet at lunch but brilliant cuts of meat during dinner whilst enjoying a lovely, casual atmosphere. Alternatively, by the pool area, there is the Casa de Cachaca where you can get some great snacks and drink some classic cocktails. Within the hotel, there is the Bene Restaurant which serves delicious Italian cuisine and boasts a Dry Martini Bar and then, on the 26th floor, you can find L’Etoile which boasts panoramic views from the dining area and superb French food. With so much to do, see, eat and drink both at the hotel and within the local area, it is no surprise that we are highly recommending the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort as your next golf break in 2018…

Last, but certainly not least, is Hyatt House Hotel which is located just five minutes’ walk from the beautiful Old Town Scottsdale. The hotel boasts a year-round outdoor swimming pool as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre for you to enjoy during your stay here. Each of the rooms is fully air-conditioned and spacious with both a seating area, dining area as well as a fully-fitted kitchen. There are other welcome amenities as well including a work desk, a and a flat-screen cable TV. There is a brilliant restaurant onsite and where you can be served breakfast, lunch and dinner but of course, as you are so close to the centre of Scottsdale, you can venture out to find many brilliant restaurants and bars to enjoy! There are many different golf courses in the local area which you can reach easily including: Talking Stick Golf Club, Las Sendas Golf Club, McCormick Ranch and McDowell Mountain. This is a great little hotel which boasts excellent facilities and the facilities for you to enjoy self-catering in your suites. Hyatt House Hotel is a brilliant destination for your next golf break to South Africa where you can find plenty of great golf, service and amenities.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and no matter where you are planning your next golf break to be, that you give us a call to see what we can offer you!

Inspiration for 2018 – Europe

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels, golf courses and areas that there are on offer in Europe. We are almost halfway through January and it is time to start thinking about where your golf escape will be this year. Europe is a great place to go for your golf break with it not being too far but you can still be guaranteed of certain temperatures and climates dependent on what time of year you go which is very different from staying in the UK.

The Hotel Tivoli Carvoeiro is a fantastic five-star hotel which is situated in an idyllic location just 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro and overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. Each of the rooms is spacious and is decorated with an elegant contemporary design and fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a minibar, WiFi and a TV. Although you are within such close distance of Carvoeiro where there are many bars, restaurants and shops to explore, the hotel boasts two of its own restaurants. One of the restaurants specialises in Portuguese cuisine and the “Mare Bistro” serves the freshest catch of the day every day. Whilst you are not out playing on the several golf courses that are nearby – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados, you can spend time relaxing by the hotel’s outdoor pool, venture into Carvoeiro or spend time relaxing at the Tivoli Spa. This is an excellent hotel which boasts everything that you could possibly need for a great golf break to the Algarve whether it be for a trip with a partner, friends or family.

The luxurious four-star Melia Marbella Banus is up next as a suggestion and it isn’t hard to see why. Whilst staying here, you are just one minutes’ walk from the beach and the hotel also boasts other leisure facilities including three outdoor pools, a spa which is fully equipped with a sauna, Turkish bath and hot tub as well as tennis and paddle tennis courts. Each of the 200 modern guest rooms is fully-fitted with air conditioning, a satellite TV and a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views over the hotel’s surroundings. There are two excellent restaurants within the hotel which serve a wide range of different cuisines so that everyone can find something to eat and afterwards you can relax in one of the bars. As you are situated in the heart of Puerto Banus here, you will never struggle to find somewhere great to eat, drink or explore during the day or in the evenings. This is an excellent hotel and one that should be on your radar for 2018, especially as there are so many golf courses within the local area for you to play like Los Naranjos, Atalaya Old, El Paraiso, Rio Real and Santa Clara.

If you are looking for a spectacular golf course to play in 2018 then look no further than the great Crete Golf Club. The course was designed by the highly acclaimed Bob Hunt and the beautiful course is situated in a perfect location in Hersonissos which is on the outskirts of the bustling resort of Malia. With the Mediterranean landscape as its backdrop as well as the year-long warm climate and excellent facilities, it is no surprise that we are highly recommending this course for you to play this year. There is a wide range of different holes with different lengths that you will need to tackle successfully in order to score well including some technically challenging short holes and some very long power play holes. You will wind your way through rocks and ravines and get to look at some truly magnificent views of the coast and nearby mountains as you go. There is no doubt that this is an excellent course and one that is well worth a visit and if you stay at the brilliant Ikaros Beach Luxury Resort and Spa which is a five-star luxury hotel located directly on the beach then you have easy access to Crete Golf Club as it is under 20 minutes’ away.

Costa Navarino is the perfect destination for a golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why it is on our list of recommendations when you learn that it is home to the luxurious five-star hotel as well as some of the most beautiful beaches and superb golf courses. You can reach the resort of Costa Navarino in under an hour’s drive from Kalamata International Airport where it lies in Messinia. If you choose to stay at The Westin Resort then you can enjoy a very luxurious stay with al fresco lunches, poolside refreshments and delicious cocktails in the evenings as well as many different leisure facilities including the Anazoe Spa and Thalassotherapy with an indoor pool. There are also some fantastic restaurants and bars including the Morais Restaurant and the 1827 Lounge and Bar which serves a range of aromatic teas (as well as many stronger beverages!). The on-site Dunes Golf Course is situated close to the sea and boasts a links-like feel and as you venture further inland on the course you can experience a typical Greek landscape with olive and citrus groves. The course can present golfers of all abilities with a challenge with its large undulating greens and steep bunkers that you must avoid! This is a fantastic resort regardless of which hotel and golf courses you choose to sample…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa which is a lovely four-star hotel situated right at the foot of the volcano within the Mount Etna Nature Park. Whilst you are here, you can spend time soaking up the scenery with walks and exploring as you will get to see unforgettable views and scenery with vineyards, orchards and Mediterranean vegetation as well as the stunning beaches and ancient Greek ruins which are nearby. As you are located so far above sea level here (2,133 feet to be exact) there is a pleasant and cool breeze almost all year round. Whilst you are staying here, you can enjoy spending time at the wellness centre with its large swimming pool, sauna and other wellness amenities. There is so much for everyone to do here including exploring the Mount Etna National Park, trekking, mountain biking and wine vineyard tours but the best thing to do is play the excellent Il Picciolo Golf Club. The Il Picciolo Golf Club is an exciting golf course located within the Mount Etna National Park and the course winds its way through a mass of oak trees, vineyards and hazelnut trees as well as ancient lava flows which have been carved out by Mount Etna. This is an excellent hotel and golf club combination and one that you mustn’t miss out on this year.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has sparked your interest for some of the brilliant hotels, courses and resorts that are on offer right now…

Inspiration for 2018 – UK

This week’s blog is on a fantastic golf tour within the UK and should be your inspiration for 2018. Not only are we now offering tours in different counties within the UK and Ireland but there are so many brilliant luxurious hotels and golf courses that you can find and book on our website that are perfect for your 2018 golf holiday.

 

If you are looking for a great golf break in Sussex then our Sussex Tour offers you the chance to stay at the fantastic four-star Ashdown Park Hotel which is a luxurious country house that boasts award-winning dining experiences and an outstanding spa and country club. You can walk from the main building to The Country Club and Spa where you can find the comfy Fairway Lounge to relax in and have a bite to eat or the spa which boasts a large indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room and a Jacuzzi and you can enjoy a range of different health and beauty treatments here as well. Each of the rooms boasts free Molton Brown toiletries, a satellite TV and have stunning views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are staying at the Ashdown Park Hotel, you can play three fantastic golf courses which are in the local area: Piltdown Golf Club, Crowborough Beacon Golf Club and the Royal Ashdown Forest West Course. These are all exciting courses that will complete your stay and your Sussex Tour at this luxurious hotel.

The four-star Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club is just under four miles from Birmingham Airport and boasts extensive leisure facilities and very spacious rooms for you to relax in. The hotel features a spa Cedarwood Spa as well as a fitness centre and a pool complex, all of which you can enjoy whilst you are not playing a round on either of the Forest of Arden courses(Aylesford & Championship). Within the local area, there is the famous Bullring shopping centre which is in Birmingham’s city centre as well as the NEC complex. There are 36-holes of outstanding golf here, one of the courses has been used in the past for both the English Open and the British Masters so make sure that you come and see why this is a great hotel with some very special golf.

Situated in the beautiful county of Hampshire is the four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which boasts three different 9-hole golf courses which means that you can play a different 18-holes of golf up to three times! Whilst you are here and not on the golf course, you can enjoy a massage for a small extra charge, enjoy walking through the hotel’s grounds or spend time exploring the local area. This small but elegant and luxurious hotel is situated halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke and offers guests a chance to stay in a luxurious setting in the countryside but close to some exciting and vibrant cities and towns that you can explore. Every morning, breakfast is served in your room and you can enjoy your other meals in the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant which overlooks the course offering stunning views whilst you eat. With excellent golf, great location and elegant accommodation this is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK.

Set in the Cheshire countryside is the four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa. Each of the rooms within the hotel boast spacious ensuite bathrooms with large bathtubs and walk-in showers, there are also many luxury facilities and amenities in the bedrooms including a flat-screen TV and a minibar. From some of the rooms, you can look out onto the rolling hills beyond the hotel and the golf course. There are two brilliant golf courses for you to play when you stay at the fantastic Macdonald Portal Hotel, the Championship Course and the Premier Course are both situated at the Macdonald Portal Hotel and both of them offer every golfer an enjoyable and challenging round of golf. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can enjoy the extensive spa facilities where there is an indoor pool, a range of different health and beauty treatments available as well as a fully-equipped gym and salt and ice rooms. The dining options within the hotel are also outstanding, you can enjoy a steak in the award-winning Scottish Steakhouse or delicious and organic food within the Ranulf Restaurant. With brilliant golf, beautiful surroundings to explore as well as all of the brilliant facilities and restaurants here, it is no surprise that this is one of our top suggestions for your 2018 UK golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are looking for five-star luxury and to stay in a prestigious hotel and play outstanding golf then there is nowhere better than the Gleneagles Hotel. This prestigious resort is set right in the heart of Scotland and offers 232 individually designed rooms which are all fitted with the amenities and facilities expected of a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are here, you can dine in the only two Michelin Star restaurant in the whole of Scotland and enjoy golf on the three different championship courses: PGA Centenary Course, The Kings Course and The Queens Course. Whether all of your group are going to play golf or not, everyone can appreciate the masterpiece which is the Gleneagles Resort and there are many other facilities and amenities for non-golfers to enjoy including horse-riding and the extensive spa and fitness facilities where you can find two swimming pools, a sauna, a steam room, an outdoor hot tub and a fully-equipped gymnasium. This is a fantastic and luxurious hotel where you can expect the highest service from all of the staff members as well as brilliant facilities, golf, rooms and dining options.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and have taken a note of some of these brilliant hotels and their courses that you could be enjoying soon…

Golfing in the UK

This week’s blog is a UK Special on the great golf resorts and course that are on offer right here in the UK. Although it is a little cold outside, there is nothing better than a great round of golf in some refreshing and bright conditions which you can get without travelling too far. Take a look at some of these brilliant resorts and their courses and book your next UK golf escape for 2018 now…

 

First up, we have The Oxfordshire which is an excellent four-star hotel with luxury rooms and extensive spa facilities just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford. Each of the rooms is very spacious with luxury furnishings and in each of the ensuite bathrooms, there are luxury toiletries. You can also enjoy access to your private balcony from your room from which you can look out across the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. In each of the rooms, there is also a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Whilst you are not playing a round on the fantastic championship Oxfordshire golf course, you can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s Tempus Health and Fitness Centre where you have access to a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a modern gym as well as an array of different health and beauty treatments to choose from. This hotel boasts a fantastic location nearby to many cities as well as excellent services and facilities for you to enjoy here.

The four-star Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club is situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside and boasts everything that you would need to have an excellent golf break including two 18-hole golf courses, beautiful scenery, a modern leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. Each of the bedrooms boast private ensuite bathrooms, cosy seating areas and work desks and some of the rooms boast balconies from which you can look out onto the stunning golf course from. The award-winning Wealden View Restaurant serves delicious British cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list that would suit any diner! You can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s elegant bar where you can find a range of different drinks and snacks available. Whilst you are not out playing on one of the impressive golf courses where you can soak up magnificent views of mature woodland and parkland, you can relax in the hotel’s leisure centre where you can find an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. This hotel boasts two fantastic golf courses on site as well as easy access to Royal Tunbridge Wells where you can find an array of different bars, restaurants and shops as well as activities to enjoy – this is a perfect destination for your next UK golf break.

Next up is the excellent four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which is situated in the heart of Hampshire and boasts three challenging 9-hole golf courses on site where guests can enjoy preferred tee times. Each of the luxurious rooms within the hotel has an ensuite bathroom with a power shower and complimentary toiletries and in the bedroom, you can find a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. You can enjoy having breakfast served in your room each morning and for other meals, you can enjoy eating at the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant. This hotel boasts a great location halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke where there is so much to do and see. This is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK if you are looking for a small and luxurious hotel to enjoy with extensive golf facilities.

The impressive four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa is set amongst beautiful Cheshire countryside just ten miles from the city of Chester. The hotel itself boasts two fantastic golf courses (Championship & Premier), extensive spa facilities, an award-winning restaurant and an indoor pool onsite of the hotel. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boast impressive ensuite bathrooms which have walk-in showers and huge bathtubs. Whilst you are enjoying your luxurious room, you can also look out onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside with views of the rolling hills and the two superb golf courses in sight. After you have enjoyed a round of golf, you can take a dip in the pool or enjoy the spa facilities available before returning to your room to prepare for a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Whilst you are staying here, you can explore stunning surroundings, play some brilliant golf and relax in a luxurious hotel which makes the Macdonald Portal Hotel an excellent choice for your next golf break.

The four-star Macdonald Aviemore is a fantastic family hotel which is located within the Cairngorm National Park. The Macdonald Aviemore Hotel is situated within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort which boasts seven different restaurants and bars, extensive leisure facilities and a nearby championship golf course. Each of the rooms within the hotel feature a flat-screen TV, a private ensuite bathroom with either a shower or bathtub and free Wi-Fi. If you are looking to stay here with your family, you can book one of the family rooms with bunk beds or pop-up beds. The hotel’s restaurant, Spey Burger, is a contemporary American-style family diner which serves delicious burgers, burritos and milkshakes as well as other American diner favourites. There are many other restaurants within the resort including Aspects Restaurant and Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante in another nearby Macdonald Hotel. This is a great hotel if you are looking for lots to do and see within a short distance of the hotel, including the brilliant Spey Valley Golf and Country Club.

The four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club is set in a 13th century building within 300 acres of private parkland. The hotel boasts extensive facilities on-site including a spa, two 18-hole golf courses(Moorland & Priory), an indoor pool and a fitness area. Each of the bedrooms are situated within th 13th century building but boast all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Priory Restaurant which is set in an ancient wine cellar and boasts excellent food and wine. You can eat in the Tempo Restaurant and Bar for a more relaxed atmosphere but still excellent food and drink. This is a beautiful and interesting hotel with the Breadsall Priory golf course within easy access from the hotel.

Another excellent Marriott Hotel is the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. The hotel is set within a 17th century house which is situated within 200 acres of private parkland and boasts its own PGA championship golf course as well as other impressive facilities like an award-winning restaurant and an extensive leisure centre. After you have enjoyed a round on the fantastic Hanbury Manor golf course, you can spend time in the leisure centre where you can find an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, a hot tub and steam rooms to enjoy. The hotel is the perfect blend of modern luxury and old-world charm with traditionally decorated bedrooms fitted with luxury amenities including flat-screen TVs, work desks and laptop safes. The hotel boasts a great sports bar, Vardon’s, which is an old wood-panelled bar serving afternoon teas, drinks and cocktails as well as light meals and snacks. For a more substantial meal, you can enjoy sitting out on the terrace of the Cast Iron Grill enjoying a fantastic meal and looking out onto the 18th hole of Hanbury Manor golf course. If you are looking for a luxurious and beautiful hotel with a simply breathtaking golf course then look no further than the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club for your next golf holiday within the UK.

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Vale Resort which is set amongst 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside. This is a magnificent golf resort with two excellent golf courses on site – The Lake Course and Wales National. Whilst you are not playing a round on one of the great golf courses, there are plenty of other leisure facilities to keep you entertained or relaxed including an impressive gym, a large indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath! You can choose from the two restaurants onsite including the AA Rosette Vale Grill which serves modern welsh cuisine and boasts picturesque views over the Lake Course. Each of the rooms signifies luxury with huge luxurious beds, ensuite bathrooms with power showers and many of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Vale of Glamorgan. This resort is not only very luxurious with excellent facilities and golfing options, but it is just 15 minutes’ drive from the exciting city of Cardiff where you can find so much to do and see including extensive bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to stay for a luxurious golf break close to a vibrant city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will be entering 2018 by booking a brilliant golf escape with us…

Your Guide to some Very Special Golf in 2018

This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.

First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.

The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.

Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.

The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.