Quinta do Lago, Algarve

This week’s blog is a review of the brilliant resort of Quinta do Lago which is the perfect destination for a luxurious and relaxing golf escape. Within the area, there are six brilliant golf courses, tennis centres, a long and beautiful sandy beach which stretches past Vilamoura as well as an excellent selection of great bars and restaurants. With everything that you could possibly want or need for a great golf escape then look no further than a golf break at one of the hotels within this brilliant resort…

The five-star Conrad Algarve offers world-class service and great facilities including a lovely infinity pool which blends with the Atlantic. Each of the rooms within the hotel boasts a contemporary design and all of the facilities and amenities that you could want or need including free Wi-F, a flat-screen TV and lovely marble bathrooms. There are three restaurants and three bars within the hotel’s grounds which includes a lovely Portuguese restaurant. In the evening, make sure that you enjoy a few drinks out on the pool decking. Whilst you are not relaxing around the pool or enjoying the Quinta do Lago resort including the beach, you can enjoy the spa which boasts a relaxing sauna and an indoor pool. This is a spectacular five-star hotel with easy access to the two fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses and is one that is perfect for your next golf break to the Quinta do Lago resort.

Another special hotel within the Quinta do Lago resort is the Formosa Park Hotel which is an all-suite hotel situated just five minutes’ walk from one of the Algarve’s finest beaches, Ancao beach. The hotel boasts a lovely outdoor pool area, a garden and a terrace where you can enjoy a few drinks in the evening. Although the hotel is situated a little further out from the resort in a lovely, quiet location, you can access a great group of restaurants just five minutes’ drive from the hotel. The units are all self-contained and beautifully appointed with bright furnishing and you can use the hotel facilities on site which means that you get the best of both worlds whilst staying here! If you are looking for a great place to stay with lovely apartments, a wonderful beach and an airport less than six miles away then look no further than the excellent Formosa Park Hotel.

The Monte Da Quinta Suites are situated within the Quinta do Lago estate and boasts one, two and three-bedroom suites which are all fully-fitted with the highest levels of comfort and furnishing. The suites are fitted with everything that you could need including flat-screen televisions and fully-equipped kitchens. Whilst you are not exploring the resort and enjoying the local golf courses, you can relax by the huge outdoor pool or even walk through the pine forests to the beach. These are lovely apartments with boast everything that you could need for a lovely golf escape to the Quinta do Lago resort…

The final hotel within the Quinta do Lago resort is the Magnolia Hotel which is a modern and contemporary hotel which boasts a lovely outdoor pool as well as other facilities and it is just 2.5 miles from the lovely Garrao Beach. Each of the rooms within the hotel is decorated with a modern and contemporary design and is equipped with everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air-conditioning, a satellite TV and a private balcony from which you can enjoy lovely views of the hotel’s surroundings. If you are not out enjoying the restaurants and bars situated within the Quinta do Lag resort, then you can enjoy the hotel’s on-site restaurant which boasts a hint of beer in every dish and the hotel’s lounge bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a craft beer or two! This is another brilliant choice for your next golf break to the fantastic Quinta do Lago resort…

Of course, not everything is about the hotels, especially when what you are looking for is a very special golf escape. The golf in and around the Quinta do Lago resort will not disappoint as the local courses include the three Quinta do Lago courses (North, South and Laranjal) as well as Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo Golf Club.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about where you would like to enjoy your next luxurious golf holiday then you will remember the great hotels and the golf courses which are all situated in the brilliant resort of Quinta do Lago

5* Favourites

This week’s blog is a guide to our five-star favourites. If you are looking for that extra bit of luxury for your next golf escape, then look no further than one of these fantastic hotels. Each of these properties offers excellent golf, a superb location, brilliant service and all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need for a fantastic golf trip.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is a fantastic resort set in a charming and beautiful area of Greece which boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need for a superb golf break including two excellent golf courses and easy access to a stunning beach. You are set just a five-minute walk from the Dunes Beach where you can relax but there are also several brilliant pool areas for guests to enjoy as well. If you are looking for somewhere that offers you the utmost luxury, then this is a great resort for you as you can relax further by treating yourself to signature treatments at the Anazoe Spa or enjoying the spa’s sauna. No matter who you are travelling with, there will be something for everyone to do with the resort’s extensive facilities and more importantly, there will be something for everyone to eat and drink. The resort boasts over ten restaurants and bars which serve mouth-watering cuisine from traditional Greek food to Internationally themed restaurants. At one of the three bars and lounges, you can enjoy a signature cocktail or two…Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is decorated with contemporary furniture and light wood and they all boast a private balcony from which you can enjoy views of the resorts’ olive groves and landscaped gardens. From the resort, you can easily explore some brilliant UNESCO World Heritage List sites including Olympia, Mystras and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius. When you are thinking about the destination for your next golf escape look no further than The Westin Resort in Costa Navarino and its two brilliant golf courses…

Next up, we have the superb Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which boasts an idyllic location situated in the heart of the sophisticated resort of Estoril and just four minutes’ walk from the beautiful beach. The resort boasts everything that you could want and more with its five-star accommodation, brilliant casino, a spa and wellness centre and a year-round outdoor pool. During the days, spend time relaxing on the beach, by the pool or in the Banyan Tree spa where you can treat yourself to some luxurious treatments and relax in the dynamic pool. Each of the guestrooms is decorated slightly different but exudes elegance and charm, much like all of the public areas. Each of the rooms is fitted with a seating area as well as all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. Enjoy both continental and oriental buffet breakfast options as well as dinner in the fantastic restaurant which serves delicious European cuisine. If you are looking for a hotel that is filled with old charm and character whilst boasting brilliant service and everything that you could need for a fantastic golf holiday, then look no further than the lovely Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa. For a limited time only, if you are looking to book the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa between November this year and October next year then you will receive up to two nights and two rounds on the fantastic Golf do Estoril course…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel and Spa. Unsurprisingly, this resort was the winner of the IAGTO Best Resort in Europe in 2015 and also the Best Course in Portugal in 2015 and this resort has only improved since then. The hotel only opened its doors in 2014 and has quickly become one of Golf Escape’s favourites with brilliant service, excellent golf and great facilities. Spend your days playing golf on the many local golf courses including Bom Sucesso, Praia d’el Rey, Royal Obidos, Campo Real and West Cliffs Golf Links or relaxing on the beach or in the hotel’s extensive spa. The hotel is situated on the stunning Silver Coast just over an hour from the bustling city of Lisbon. If you are looking for a lovely boutique hotel which boasts a stunning 18-hole, award-winning golf course as well as many local golf courses, a great spa onsite then look no further than the Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel and Spa for your next golf holiday to Portugal.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are looking for a luxurious golf escape, look no further than one of these brilliant resorts…

Murcia Special

This week’s blog is a guide to the brilliant resorts and golf that you can enjoy if you decide to take your next golf break to the stunning region of Murcia which lies in the South East corner of Spain which boasts warm temperatures for most of the year which makes it a prime golfing destination. The flight to Murcia is a short one and possible from most of the UK’s regional airports which means that whether you are looking for a short golf break or a long relaxing golf escape, Murcia is the perfect place for you.

The TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe is a fantastic four-star resort which boasts a fantastic location situated in the centre of Murcia, just 100 yards from the beautiful Murcia Cathedral which means that you have a prime position from which to explore this historic and interesting Spanish city and all that it has to offer. The hotel boasts a number of amenities for you to enjoy including the on-site fitness centre and of course, the Gran Casino Murcia which includes all of the mainstream casino games like Poker, blackjack and roulette. Each of the bright guestrooms is decorated with a modern décor and fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar as well as free toiletries. As the hotel boasts such a brilliant position, you can explore the great bars and restaurants of the city of Murcia but if you choose to dine in the hotel, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel offers two great restaurants, the Rincon de Pepe Restaurant boasts a classic style with an a la carte Mediterranean style menu. Alternatively, you can enjoy a more informal atmosphere at the La Barra del Rincon Restaurant which serves delicious Spanish tapas which you can enjoy in the outdoor dining area. If you are looking for somewhere with some superb golf within close proximity of the hotel as well as the beautiful city of Murcia right on your doorstep then look no further than this fantastic four-star hotel which boasts everything that you could need or want for a brilliant golf escape.

Lorca Golf course is situated close to the historic and pretty town of Lorca and is one of the many golf courses that you could enjoy during your stay at the fantastic TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe. The course is a par 71 and was designed by Dave Thomas and Jorge Soler with undulating greens and many strategically placed bunkers which can cause for this course to pose a challenge to golfers of all abilities. The course only opened in 2011 which means that it is considered to be relatively new to the area, but it has a blossoming reputation due to the quality of the course and the quality of the standard of service that you receive whilst at the golf club. The club also boasts a very special position as not only is it easily accessible from local areas, but it is the only golf course in Murcia that runs alongside at Protected Natural Park. This is a brilliant golf course with a very interesting layout and a stunning position – one that should not be passed up on when you are enjoying a golf break to this lovely region.

Roda Golf is just over a kilometre from Mar Menor Beach and five minutes from the resort of Los Alcazares where there are shops, bars and restaurants. There is a large selection of different apartments and villas to rent which are all within walking distance of the fantastic 18-hole Dave Thomas designed Roda Golf course. All of the apartments boast fully-equipped kitchens as well as seating areas and a TV. There are plenty of local activities for you to enjoy including the swimming pools within the resort, watersports at the beach and of course, the fantastic golf. The resort’s clubhouse boasts a great bar and restaurant which offers free Wi-Fi and a beautiful outdoor seating area with great views over the resort and the golf course. Roda Golf course is a brilliant and interesting course which was built on flat land, so the challenges come from the various strategically placed water hazards and bunkers. If you are looking for a great golf escape to this beautiful region where you can self-cater whilst soaking up the great local activities and beaches, then look no further than Roda Golf.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and with the weather warming up in the UK now, we hope that you are thinking about how you might get some extra sunshine come the Autumn time when the days are drawing in here…with over 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, the region of Murcia sounds like a sensible option for your next golf escape…

Costa del Golf

This week’s blog is on the great courses and golf resorts that you can enjoy if you book your next golf escape to the Costa del Sol. The Costa del Sol has been aptly named the “Costa del Golf” and it isn’t hard to see why, this beautiful region is home to dozen superb golf courses along the coast and the mountains from Malaga in the east to Gibraltar in the west. Another great thing about the Costa del Sol is that there is easy access from the UK with almost all of the major airports providing flights to Malaga at very affordable rates. Whether you are travelling with fellow golfers, your family or in a couple, there is something for everyone to do here with the fantastic golf resorts and range of different attractions dependent upon which area you choose to stay within!

First up, we have the excellent El Chaparral Golf Club which is one of the most well-known golf courses in the Costa del Sol and boasts a beautiful location just 700 metres from the beach and enclosed by a forest of pine trees. This is a brilliant par 72, parkland course which travels along the breathtaking coastline of Mijas Costa just a short drive from Malaga. Although the course is not especially long at 6,000 metres, it is a tricky one which requires accuracy from the outset as there is so much variety between holes. There are very few courses on the Costa del Sol which are appointed with the impressive features of El Chaparral with its exciting topography that boasts dramatic valleys and barrancas that you must be very wary of! There is no surprise that this course consistently ranks as one of the top courses in the whole of Spain with its wonderful layout, excellent maintenance and a brilliant location near to Fuengirola and Malaga.

Situated just one-minute walk from the beach and just over half a mile from central Puerto Banus is the four-star Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach. The hotel is set among lush palm gardens and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need to have a brilliant golf break to the Costa del Sol with outdoor pools, a beach club, two restaurants, a gym and beautifully decorated guest rooms. The hotel boasts a buffet-style restaurant and an a la carte restaurant which is located at the beach club and both of the restaurants serve the traditional Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine. Each of the guest rooms features all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a satellite TV, a safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. Many of the rooms boast stunning views of the sea, the gardens or the pool. Whilst you are not lazing by the pool, exercising in the gym or relaxing within the hotel’s spa then make sure that you experience the golf in the local area. Los Arqueros Golf and El Higueral Golf are within easy access of the hotel and are fantastic golf courses which will round off your holiday at this great hotel perfectly.

The four-star Iberostar Costa del Sol is situated just two minutes’ walk from the beach on the Costa del Sol’s Golden Mile. From the hotel, you can enjoy direct access to the beach as well as a swimming pool complex and the well-equipped spa. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool boasts water slides, jets and a hot tub for you to enjoy. If you are planning on travelling with your family, you can take advantage of the kid’s club and the other entertainment options. Take some time to relax in the hotel’s large Sensations spa which includes various swimming pools, a sauna, a Turkish bath and an ice cave as well as tropical showers and a relaxation area. This is a brilliant hotel with so much to do and enjoy within the resort, the rooms are also lovely, and each boasts its own furnished balcony as well as the other amenities and facilities that you would want or need. The resort boasts easy access to two excellent golf courses – Santa Clara and El Paraiso which are the perfect addition to your stay at this excellent hotel.

El Paraiso is one of the most established courses on the Costa del Sol and all of its 18 holes are set in a valley which runs from the Mediterranean to the foothills of the impressive Sierra Bermaja Mountains where palm trees and a variety of fauna line the lush fairways. This is not a short course at just over 6,600 yards and poses a great challenge to golfers of all abilities with its many strategically placed hazards situated along the course. There are many lakes and streams to test every golfer. There are not many courses that could say that they have two signature holes but the club at El Paraiso considers its signature hole to be the doglegged 6th hole which is a brilliant par five in which a lake must be avoided which is sat to the right of the fairway and the putting surface is a tricky, two-tiered affair! However, many golfers consider the par four 8th hole which is a beautiful and downhill hole the course’s signature hole. Make sure that you book your next golf holiday to the Costa del Sol and make up your own mind about El Paraiso’s signature hole…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these resorts and their courses have caught your eye for your next brilliant golf escape to the Costa del Sol…