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7 of the Best 4-Star Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best four-star escapes. With spectacular golf, fantastic facilities and impeccable service, any one of these four-star hotels and resorts offer an unforgettable golf escape. As shown with these resorts and hotels; a four-star status does not necessarily mean that any of the value and luxury needs to be missed out on, as all of these offer the same standard as a five-star hotel for service, facilities, and most importantly, golf. For your next golf holiday, a four-star hotel is an unbeatable option; you get all the luxury and fantastic golf at a cheaper rate.

First up is the four-star Isla Canela Golf, a four-star hotel located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz Huelva. Just next door to the hotel lies the Isla Canela golf course, where golfers can enjoy a leisurely round of golf on a beautiful landscape, dotted with the terrain’s natural fauna and flora. Despite the layout being relatively straightforward compared to the other golf courses on the Costa de la Luz Huelva, the Isla Canela offers a fantastic round, meaning golfers are sure to return there year after year. The Isla Canela Golf is not just perfectly positioned to enjoy a great game of golf; the hotel is set in the countryside, but it is still in walking distance of a good selection of bars and restaurants, so guests are not completely isolated. For a wider selection of bars, restaurant and things to do, the Isla Canela Marina is just a few kilometres away, and the authentic Spanish town of Ayamonte is just a short drive away. The Isla Canela is a relatively small hotel with just 56 guest rooms, so with a quaint countryside location as well, guests can expect to have a truly relaxing golfing getaway. All of the guest rooms here have fantastic views spanning across the neighbouring Isla Canela golf course so that golfers know a great round of golf is never far away. For a lazy afternoon, guests can lounge around the outdoor pool area, then head to the hotel’s spa area for a session in the sauna. If guests choose to stay local for dinner, then they can either choose from the Thebussem Restaurant for a classic Mediterranean meal, or the hotel’s café which serves a range of tapas.

Yet another unbeatable four-star golf resort in the south of Spain includes the La Cala Golf Resort, set in the rolling countryside surrounding Mijas. The La Cala Golf Resort is undoubtedly one of the Costa del Sol’s best golf resort with a huge range of golf courses surrounding the resort, including the likes of the Chaparral Golf Club, the Calanova and the Santana Golf. However, the golf resort itself is home to an impressive three golf courses; the La Cala America, the La Cala Asia, and the La Cala Europe. With three fantastic golf courses located on-site, golfers are provided with plenty of options for their next round of golf. The resort is positioned perfectly for its guests to make the most out of the Costa del Sol’s best towns and golf courses as Marbella is just a twenty-minute drive away, and La Cala de Mijas is also just ten minutes away by car. At the La Cala Golf Resort, guests can enjoy a peaceful countryside setting and enjoy all of the fantastic golf on offer, but a short car journey will also take them into the popular towns of Marbella and La Cala de Mijas. Even if guests choose to stay in the resort on most days, they will never find themselves short of options to relax. Guests can enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa or catch a tan around the outdoor pool area. Furthermore, for a quiet night in the resort, guests are still given plenty of options to dine local as the resort is home to four restaurants to suit every preference and occasion. For an unforgettable stay filled with golf and relaxation, the La Cala Golf Resort is a great choice for your next four-star golf holiday.

For a self-catered golf holiday with all the perks of staying in a fantastic four-star resort, then the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is an unbeatable choice. All of the spacious apartments here include all the necessities to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a separate lounge area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests can enjoy the perks of staying self-catered in a peaceful setting; all of the apartments and townhouses are arranged like a village in the La Manga Resort. While guests stay self-catered, they can also enjoy all of the fantastic facilities located in the La Manga Resort, including the huge health spa, a fitness centre, private tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool area. Furthermore, if guests fancy a night off cooking duty, then the La Manga Resort is home to ten restaurants as well as a selection of cafes and bars, so they are never short of options. The La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is the perfect option for all those looking to enjoy a relaxing stay in a four-star resort, while also being able to make the most out of all the spectacular golf courses in the Murcia region. The La Manga Resort has three fantastic golf courses located on-site; the La Manga North, the La Manga South, and the La Manga West. Therefore, it is fair to say that all of the guests here are in an unbeatable position to enjoy some great golf during their stay.

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is yet another fantastic choice for your next golf holiday. With a stunning location and a handful of the region’s best-known golf courses just a stone’s throw away, here golfers are in the ideal position to have a fantastic golf holiday comprising of sun, sea, and golf. This modern four-star hotel is situated directly on top of a stunning beach, so guests here are never without the opportunity to soak up the sun. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is set in the coastal village of Sesimbra, so a great range of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops are just a few minutes away on foot. To explore the local area, Lisbon city centre is under an hour away by car, or guests can explore the neighbouring Arrábida Nature Reserve. Both the Aroeira I and the Aroeira II golf courses are a forty-minute drive away from the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa, and the Quinta do Peru is just half an hour away. Despite the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa being a four-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious and are very modern in design. The hotel is relatively new, therefore all of the facilities here are of a high standard. All of the guest rooms and suites here overlook the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean and beach and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatable stay. Guests will never be without an opportunity to admire the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa’s stunning coastal location around the outdoor infinity pool. If guests fancy a quiet night in the hotel, then the Sesimbra Hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves up a fantastic menu of seafood and classic Portuguese cuisine.

Another fantastic four-star hotel in Portugal is the Vila Gale Ampalius, set in the centre of Vilamoura, one of the most-visited areas in Portugal. Vilamoura is known to be one of the best destinations in Europe for an upmarket golf holiday with its excellent range of golf courses in the surrounding area, its stunning beach, and a great range of bars and restaurants. At the Vila Gale Ampalius, guests are just steps away from the Praia da Marina beach, one of Portugal’s many fantastic beaches. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel takes guests into the centre of Vilamoura; it’s luxury marina filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The Vila Gale Ampalius is not just a great four-star hotel to visit one of Europe’s most sought-after golfing destinations; it is also a great hotel to play some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Some of the region’s most played golf courses are just a short drive away from the hotel, including the three Quinta do Lago golf courses, and conveniently for golfers, these golf courses are easily accessible with a complimentary shuttle service. The Vila Gale Ampalius offers luxury to its guests at every angle, from its fantastic location in the centre of Vilamoura to its spacious guest rooms and impeccable service. The hotel is relatively large with 357 guest rooms, yet they are particularly roomy, even for a four-star hotel. After a relaxing lunch at the Vilamoura Marina, or a round of golf on one of the many surrounding golf courses, guests can head to the beach or outdoor pool area to catch a tan, then enjoy a relaxing session in the hotel spa. Alternatively, more energetic guests can make the most out of the hotel’s sporting activities, including tennis.

Another unbeatable four-star hotel located on one of Portugal’s many stunning beaches is the Pestana Dom Joao II. The Pestana Dom Joao II has been recently refurbished, so all of the guest rooms and public areas here are very modern in design. Here, guests can have an unforgettable golf holiday filled with golf and afternoons at the beach, which is conveniently just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Guests can enjoy direct access to one of the Algarve’s best beaches, as well as one of its best towns. Alvor is a quaint white-washed coastal town, home to a great range of golf courses, and of course, its well-known beach. Much of the town is pedestrianised with cobbled streets, so visitors can spend hours meandering around the town, admiring the charming architecture. At the Pestana Dom Joao II, guests are not just in an ideal position to explore one of the Algarve’s most charming towns; they are also in an ideal position to play one of the five Pestana golf courses in the region. The Pestana Dom Joao II offers fantastic value for money with a great range of facilities, its coastal location, and modern guest rooms. On the nearby beach, guests can enjoy a range of water sports or a game of volleyball, alternatively, for guests to relax, they can just catch a tan around the outdoor swimming table. While guests here are spoilt for choice for places to eat out in the centre of Alvor, the hotel has a great restaurant and three bars.

Last but not least is the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, undoubtedly one of our best golf resorts in Italy. At the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, golfers can indulge in a luxury golf holiday set in the idyllic countryside surrounding Lecce. Guests could not be in a better position here; they are just a five-minute drive away to the beach, twenty minutes into the centre of Lecce, a classic charming Italian town, and there is also a spectacular golf course located on-site. Just next door to the hotel lies the Acaya Golf Club where the best views across the resort can be admired. The resort is set amongst olive groves and lush greenery, and as the golf course has maintained much of the original features of the former landscape, the views here are truly stunning. Whether they are playing golf, lounging at the beach or exploring one of the many sites in Lecce, at the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic stay. Even when guests are taking a break from exploring the local area and challenging the greens of the golf course next door, they will never find themselves short of options of things to do as the hotel has a great range of leisure facilities, including a comprehensive spa facility and two outdoor swimming pools. 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best four-star golf hotels and resorts. A fantastic golf holiday need not break the bank; with any of these hotels and resorts, you can have all the benefits of a five-star hotel for the price of a four-star hotel. Furthermore, with regular deals and offers, especially for large golfing groups, there really is no excuse to miss out. To keep up to date on the latest deals and offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to make sure that you have your best golf holiday 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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