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…