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7 Inspirations for your next escape

This week’s blog includes seven fantastic inspirations to get you ready to think about your next golf escape. As the winter blues are finally starting to hit, the prospect of your next golf break might be the only thing getting you through. Any of the seven golf courses, resorts and hotels included in this week’s blog would provide you with a truly unforgettable golf escape, and many golfers find that they return to these spots year after year. They provide luxury, great golf and impeccable service, meaning your next golf break is guaranteed to be a great one.

First up are the Gloria Resorts. The Gloria golfing brand is known for its exemplary service, luxurious facilities, and its two golf courses, the Gloria New and the Gloria Old. All three of the resorts, the Gloria Verde Resort, the Gloria Serenity Resort, and the Gloria Golf Resort, are located in the heart of Belek, one of our most sought-after golfing destinations. Belek is home to a long stretch of Blue Flag awarded beach, as well as several fantastic golf courses and hotels. A stay in any one of the Gloria Resorts would provide any guest with the perfect blend of sun, beach, luxury, and golf. Just like many of the other golf resorts in Belek, the Gloria Resorts offer fantastic all-inclusive options to be enjoyed at one of their many bars and restaurants, so guests can indulge all they want without having to worry about a foot-long bill at the end of their stay. All three of the Gloria Resorts are five star in every way, ranging from their facilities, including multiple outdoor swimming pools and comprehensive spa facilities, their spacious guest rooms, and most importantly, the two spectacular Gloria golf courses. Both the Gloria Old and the Gloria New golf courses match the reputation of all of the Gloria Resorts, as they are two of some of the most highly-regarded golf courses in Belek. With two fantastic golf courses just a stone’s throw away, guests at either one of the Gloria Resorts will never be far away from a fantastic round of golf. As its name suggests, the Gloria Old is one of the original golf courses in the Belek area, and many consider it to be responsible for setting the standard for all of the future creation of golf in Belek.

The Costa Blanca is one of our most popular destinations in Spain, and if you are looking to see what all of the fuss is about, then the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is a great choice. With a fantastic golf course just next door and plenty of facilities to keep all of its guests entertained, the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is perfect for both families and golfers. The resort is set in the perfect position to visit some of the stunning beaches that the Costa Blanca is known so well for, as well as to challenge the greens of the local golf courses. For a relaxing afternoon after spending a few hours on the beach or playing a round of golf, guests can head to the resort’s comprehensive spa facility, or enjoy a leisurely game of tennis. Then in the evenings, guests can head to the hotel’s nightclub, the Suite Lounge Club, after enjoying a great meal at the Mediterranean restaurant. The La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is set around the stunning landscape of the neighbouring La Finca golf course. Not only does this mean that all guests are in easy reach of one of the best golf courses in the area, but it also means that they can enjoy some truly stunning views of the Callosa del Segura Mountains from their room or suite. While the La Finca golf course is a relatively new addition to the wealth of fantastic golf in the Costa Blanca, it has already established itself as one of the most prestigious in the area, offering a stern test of golf and unique layout to all that play it.

The Monte da Quinta Resort is yet another fantastic inspiration for your next golf escape. The resort comprises of a village of one, two- and three-bedrooms suites, all of which are unbeatably luxurious and furnished to a high standard. They all include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay, and they are a great option for all those looking for a relaxing golf holiday with the opportunity for guests to stay self-catered. They are fully-equipped with all of the essential kitchen facilities, as well as a dining area and a spacious living area. If the luxurious suites are not enough to convince you that Monte de Quinta is not the best choice for your next golf holiday, then the fantastic leisure facilities will. The resort is home to two outdoor swimming pools, lined with ‘Bali beds’ and a neighbouring children’s swimming pool. To relax, guests can pop over to the Magnolia Spa for a well-deserved treatment, or they can head to one of the beaches located just next to the Quinta do Lago beaches. Not only is the Monte da Quinta Resort a great choice to experience some of Portugal’s most stunning beaches, but it is also a great choice to play all three of the fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses; the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, the Quinta do Lago North and the Quinta do Lago South golf courses. 

Yet another unbeatable piece of inspiration for your next golf break includes the incredibly luxurious Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, located in the upmarket area of Vilamoura. A classic go-to option for a luxury golf holiday always includes Vilamoura, with its spectacular golf courses, five-star hotels, and a wide range of bars and restaurants situated around its marina. Just like any other Hilton hotel, the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa offers impeccable service and luxurious guest rooms, so it is very worthy of its five-star status. At the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, guests are in the perfect position for a wonderfully relaxing golf break as they are set away from the hustle and bustle of the busy towns in an idyllic spot, however, some of the area’s best spots are still in easy reach. Just a ten-minute drive away from the resort lies the centre of Vilamoura with its famous marina and wide range of bars and restaurants. Furthermore, guests here need not miss out on one of Portugal’s many stunning beaches, as in the summer months, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Falesia Beach. The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa also conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to some of the local golf courses, so golfers can experience one of the many fantastic golf courses with ease. The Dom Pedro Pinhal golf course is positioned just next door to the resort, however, if the golfers here would like to travel slightly further afield to experience yet another spectacular round of golf, then the Vale do Lobo golf courses and the Quinta do Lago golf courses are all within easy reach, and the resort provides a complimentary shuttle service to all of these golf courses.

If you do not fancy the stress of flying or having to organise airport transfers, then a ‘drive and play’ golf break is the perfect option for you. Staying local does not always mean that golfers need to miss out on fantastic golf, as shown with The Shire London golf course, situated in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside. It has a truly unique layout, comprising of three totally different styles; links, parkland, and classic American. Home to a stern test of golf and a varied layout, it comes as no surprise that the golf course has been named London’s best golfing experiences. Despite the golf course only opening its greens to golfers in 2007, decades after the establishment of many of the other classic English golf courses, however, the Shire London golf course has never struggled to make a name for itself as one of the best golf courses in the entire country. Regardless of whether players prefer links, parkland or an authentic American-style layout, the Shire London golf course is sure to accommodate for every taste. This spectacular golf course was designed by the world-famous golf architect Seve Ballesteros, so players are guaranteed to have a fantastic round of golf here. His intention in designing the golf course was to create a golfing experience that provided “maximum variety and maximum enjoyment” to all that attempt to challenge its greens, and with such an innovative design that has been appreciated by so many over the years, it is fair to say that he was succeeded in his ambition.

Yet another incredible golf course that is sure to set you itching for your clubs is the Real Club Sevilla Golf. The golf course is set back just a fifteen-minute drive away from the centre of Seville, a captivating city located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. For golfers staying in the centre of Seville to enjoy all of its fantastic historical attractions, its beautiful architecture and wide range of tapas bars, the Real Club Sevilla Golf is the perfect choice for a great round of golf. Here, golfers can take a break from the buzzing city life in Seville to enjoy a leisurely round in an idyllic atmosphere. Throughout their round, players are provided with stunning panoramic views, spanning right across the Alcala de Guadaira and the Guadaira River. While the Real Club Sevilla Golf is undoubtedly a challenging golf course, its fairways are relatively forgiving, therefore golfers can play with a ‘risk and reward’ concept in mind. However, with nine lakes dotted across the golf course and dense forestry lining the fairways ready to capture any wayward shots, even the most technical of players can struggle to maintain a steady scorecard. As the Real Club Sevilla Golf has played host to many prestigious golfing tournaments, including the Spanish Open three times in the same decade, the golf course is kept in immaculate condition throughout the year.

Last but not least is the Aphrodite Hills Hotel, the perfect option for your next luxury golf holiday. The hotel has an ideal position to enjoy all of the fantastic golf situated nearby; lying next door to the hotel is the famous Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus Golf Course, and less than a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel takes golfers to the Elea Golf Club, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Nick Faldo. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is not only perfectly position to enjoy a spectacular round of golf, but it also has a great location next to Paphos, one of the most popular and upmarket resorts in Greece. Conveniently for all guests that fancy an evening out or a day on one of the stunning beaches here, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect, whether it be its spacious guest rooms, fantastic facilities, or one of its three restaurants located on-site. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms and suites are particularly lavish, and all guests are never without an opportunity to appreciate the hotel’s stunning setting with views spanning across the sea, pool area, or one of the hotel’s several peaceful garden areas. Furthermore, sun worshippers are never without an opportunity to catch a tan around the swimming pool or one of Paphos’ stunning beaches.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that all seven of these golf courses, hotels and resorts have provided you with new inspiration to seek out your best holiday yet. With many deals on offer with great value for money to provide you with an unforgettable golf escape, either one of these options seems very tempting. If you are still lacking inspiration for your next golf holiday, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have your best golf break yet.

About the Author

Natasha Ruben

I am a Politics student at Cardiff University, and I am just coming to the end of the second year of my degree. After I graduate, I am looking to become fluent in a European language so that I can make the most out of my golf holidays. My favourite golfing destination has to be the Costa del Sol as it offers the perfect combination of sun, sea, golf and nightlife.

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