Algarve Special

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best resorts that the region of the Algarve has to offer anyone looking for a great golf escape. The Algarve is just a short flight away from any of the UK’s major airports and boasts excellent weather for most of the year which makes it an ideal destination for your next golf escape. The Algarve is widely considered to be one of the best golfing destinations in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. The region boasts many luxurious golfing resorts and so many fantastic golf courses for you to enjoy here. For a golf escape filled with culture, great weather, amazing golf courses and a wonderful resort, look no further than the Algarve…

The Monte Rei Golf & Country Club boasts spacious villas which are fully-fitted with well-equipped kitchens so that you can enjoy the luxury of being able to self-cater or enjoy the brilliant international cuisine that is served at the Vistas Restaurant. Alternatively, you can venture into the brilliant town of Tavira where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy. You can choose between one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and they are all decorated beautifully in a typically Portuguese style. Within the resort, there is the Veranda where the restaurant and bar are situated. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying a fantastic round of golf on the fantastic Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, you can relax around the pool, take the short drive to the sandy beaches or enjoy the other facilities at the resort which include tennis courts, a fully-equipped gymnasium and spa facilities. The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Monte Rei opened in the summer of 2007 and has already earned itself a brilliant reputation. The course is bordered by indigenous trees and plants and features five lakes which means that this course poses a stern but fun challenge of golf. From the minute that you tee off here, the holes just get better and better! If you are looking for a special resort with a very special course, then look no further than the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club and its superb golf course for your next golf break to the Algarve…

The five-star Tivoli Carvoeiro is a spectacular hotel situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro and boasts everything that you could need or want for your next fantastic golf break including a brilliant golf course on-site and the perfect location. The hotel is perfectly positioned on a cliff top overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. All of the rooms are light and spacious and equipped with everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a minibar, a TV and a lovely ensuite bathroom. For those of you looking for a relaxing golf escape, you can enjoy the Tivoli Spa where you can experience a variety of different treatments and relax in a wonderful atmosphere. As you are only 10 minutes’ walk from the lovely town of Carvoeiro, you may choose to enjoy the many different bars and restaurants that you can find there but the hotel’s restaurant is also excellent. The Med Food and Wine serves delicious seafood which is accompanied by divine wines and stunning views of the sea. The hotel offers a wonderful buffet breakfast which is excellent for both cooked dishes and fresh fruits. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy a few rounds on some of the Algarve’s finest courses – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados. The Tivoli Carvoeiro is a true gem of a hotel with first-class service, facilities and a prime location for you to experience the best golf holiday that you possibly could.

Situated just two minutes’ walk from Vale do Lobo Beach and within the exclusive Vale do Lobo estate sits the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. The Dona Filipa Hotel is arguably one of the finest hotels and golf resorts in the Algarve and is somewhere where you can enjoy first-class levels of service, brilliant golf courses and Vale do Lobo’s plaza which boasts a wide selection of shops and restaurants. If you prefer relaxing in the spa to playing golf, you won’t be disappointed here as many of our packages allow for golf to be swapped for spa access. In the Estetica Spa, you can enjoy a relaxing body massage and enjoy the amenities within it like the sauna. The best thing about staying at the Dona Filipa is the access that our guests have to pre-booking tee times at the brilliant and exclusive San Lorenzo Golf Club. Not only would you have the option for pre-booking tee times at San Lorenzo, but you also can enjoy other golf courses in the area like the excellent Pinheiros Alto. For dinner, we recommend the brilliant Primavera Restaurant which serves extravagant buffets boasting both international and regional delicacies. For your next golf escape to the Algarve, if you are looking for a lovely hotel with excellent service, first-class golfing options and a great location then look no further than the brilliant Dona Filipa Hotel.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about the location for your next golf holiday, make sure that you consider the Algarve as it has so much to offer both golfers and non-golfers. There has never been a better time to book your golf break to the Algarve as we are including a J. Lindeberg golf shirt with every golf package booked…

Please note that the new shirts are of the JV design which is very forgiving for larger golfers!

Algarve Special

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the brilliant hotels and resorts that are on offer in the Algarve. The Algarve is known as a brilliant golfing destination due to its great weather almost year-round, excellent golf courses and luxurious hotels and resorts. With the end of 2017 fast-approaching, it is time that you start to consider your next golf escape and this is the perfect blog to help you do so.

First up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts an excellent location set within five of the best golf courses in the Algarve and just two minutes’ drive from the hotel is Vilamoura marina where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants. At the Hilton Vilamoura you can experience the ultimate luxury with lake-style outdoor pools with waterfalls and a futuristic spa as well as your rooms. Each of the rooms is decorated with a contemporary design and boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony from which you can enjoy views of the nearby golf course or the hotel’s gardens. This is a hotel where you can have a very luxurious golf escape whilst playing some of the best courses on the whole of the Algarve…

Nestled in the Monchique mountains is the fantastic five-star Macdonald Monchique hotel. The hotel boasts an excellent location in an area of outstanding beauty away from the hustle and bustle of towns but in a position which means that access to some of the best courses in Vilamoura, Lagos and Silves are within easy distance from the hotel. You can spend your days here either on one of the local golf courses or relaxing by one of the outdoor pools, subject to charge, you can get the shuttle to Alvor Beach which is a beautiful place to relax! The hotel boasts four brilliant restaurants including an award-winning restaurant to a pizzeria to a tapas restaurant and an internationally themed buffet restaurant there is certainly something for everyone. If you are looking for a hotel in a stunning location away from busy places but close to some excellent golf courses then this is the perfect destination for you.

Situated in the Eastern Algarve just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tavira is the brilliant Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. The Country Club is situated on the same property of the fantastic Monte Rei course which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Here, you can stay in spacious villas which are all fully-fitted with a kitchen, living room and all of the amenities you would need for a golf break here. There is a restaurant onsite if you don’t want to self-cater all of the time which is a magnificent place to eat with high vaulted ceilings, and stunning views out across the 18th hole and the ocean. With a swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities as well as the brilliant Monte Rei course, it is no surprise that this is a golfer’s favourite.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort is a beautifully luxurious hotel situated in a fabulous location within the elite Vale do Lobo estate. Guests at the hotel have the exclusive chance to pre-book tee times at the fantastic San Lorenzo course which is just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel. On your doorstep, you have the stunning Vale do Lobo beach, the brilliant spa and many other sporting and leisure facilities to enjoy on the estate. When it comes to dining, the Primavera Restaurant serves amazing buffets with both international and regional delicacies for both breakfast and dinner. This is a fantastic hotel where you will experience nothing but high levels of service, a warm welcome and brilliant facilities (including excellent golfing opportunities).

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel situated in the centre of Vilamoura but perhaps not looking to pay extortionate prices then the five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is the perfect choice for your next golf escape. The hotel is situated between the Marina and the beach and boasts excellent facilities such as its excellent spa where you can find a range of different treatment options, saunas and a hot tub. All of the rooms boast a furnished balcony from which you can look out onto the beautiful surroundings of the hotel and the rooms also feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries and a TV. With vast private gardens, a lovely outdoor pool, extensive spa facilities, easy access to everything that the town of Vilamoura has to offer and excellent golf courses nearby – this is the perfect hotel for your next golf break to Vilamoura.

The four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set in a lush green forest of pine trees and boasts luxurious suite accommodation in Castro Marim just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. Each of the very spacious suites is decorated with earthy tones and boasts a satellite TV, a balcony, a separate lounge area and a fully-fitted kitchenette. The hotel’s brilliant A Terre restaurant is a lovely place to eat where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean food. This is a beautiful place to enjoy your next golf break with easy access to the Quinto do Vale course and the Praia Verde beach.

The five-star Lake Resort is last, but certainly not least. The hotel boasts an excellent location in the heart of the great town of Vilamoura and has become a firm favourite for people looking for a golf break with a beautifully luxurious resort. Here, you are just 350 yards from the beautiful Falesia Beach and at the hotel, there is a natural, sandy beach pool as well as a floating restaurant. Although you are located so close to some of the best restaurants and bars in Vilamoura, the hotel boasts three restaurants and two bars which range from Oriental cuisine to fresh fish to a casual pool bar so you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. With a prime location, great golf including all three of the Dom Pedro courses and excellent facilities onsite of the hotel, this is the ideal resort for your next golf break to Vilamoura if you are looking for ultimate luxury.

We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has made you consider some of the brilliant options both hotel and golf-wise in the Algarve

Spotlight on the JJW Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the JJW collection. This collection of hotels: Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort, Penina Hotel and Golf Resort and the Formosa Park are three fantastic properties which offer luxurious accommodation, brilliant facilities and most importantly, excellent golf. They are also all situated on the beautiful Algarve where you can experience lovely temperatures through from April to October-November time for golf which makes one of these properties the ideal place for your next golf escape…

First up, just two minutes’ walk from Vale do Lobo Beach is the five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort. This is arguably one of the finest hotels in the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. Whilst you are staying here, you can enjoy spacious rooms which boast all of the modern amenities that you could need including a flat-screen TV and a minibar whilst the rooms still retain old-world charm. You can spend your days relaxing by the large outdoor pool from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, or you can venture just 200 yards to Vale do Lobo Beach. If you are looking for the ultimate relaxation experience, take a trip to the Estetica Spa where you can enjoy a massage or the other spa facilities. The hotel’s main restaurant, the Primavera Restaurant, serves delicious buffets which boast both regional delicacies and international dishes and after dinner, you can enjoy a cocktail and other beverages at the San Lorenzo Bar. Of course, the hotel and all of its facilities, including its brilliant location, is very important but one of the best things about staying here is that you can pre-book tee times for the Algarve’s premium course – San Lorenzo.

In the past, San Lorenzo golf course has been ranked as the second best course in the whole of Europe which means that is a must-play for any keen golfer when visiting the Algarve. This world-class golf course is set alongside the Atlantic upon sandy and undulating terrain. The course’s fairways are lined with umbrella pine trees and the course borders on to the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. The first five holes wind through a pine tree forest before the course opens up at the par 3 5th hole where the backdrop is the coastline, after this hole you venture past the Ria Formosa before finishing at the opposite side of the Ria Formosa which actually comes into play for the final two holes. The 18th hole is a brilliant risk-reward hole and is a difficult long par 4 where you have to avoid the water which runs up the left side of the hole before trying to land your shot on the island green – a spectacular finish to an incredible round of golf indeed. If the hotel isn’t luxurious enough then the chance to play at this gem of a course should be enough reason to book your next golf break to Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort tomorrow.

Another brilliant five-star resort is the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort which is a beautiful and elegant hotel with an outstanding reputation among many golfers and non-golfers alike. The hotel is set within lush gardens and boasts a wide range of sports and leisure facilities including three golf courses and a huge outdoor swimming pool to relax around during the day. The hotel boasts an excellent location, just five minutes’ drive from Alvor Beach and Continente Shopping Centre. All of the rooms at Penina are light and airy and many have private balconies and seating areas which overlook the pool area. Whilst you are not out on one of the golf courses or relaxing by the pool, you can take a trip to the spa where you can have a massage from a wide range of treatments, enjoy the sauna or workout in the fully-fitted fitness centre. Whilst you are here, you will never be short of somewhere excellent to eat or drink as there are five restaurants onsite, each of which has a different speciality whether it be traditional Portuguese dishes or Italian or other international cuisines. Besides all of the excellent facilities and restaurants, the most important thing about a golf escape is the golf and the golf here will not disappoint you as you can enjoy the Penina Championship and the Penina Resort courses.

Penina Championship course is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel’s front door and although the course is fairly flat and walkable, it is a stern test of golf with many trees, water hazards and strategically placed bunkers. It is impossible to pick out just one brilliant hole from the Penina Championship course as so many of them are memorable and present different challenges from the brilliant risk-reward 5th hole where you must either take a risk but play accurately to avoid the large lake and out of bounds and reach the green in two shots or take the longer but safer route. Then, there is the 12th which is a long par 4 where the small green sits directly behind a lake. The Penina Resort course is only 9 holes but you play the course twice to make it to 18 holes. The Resort course is tricky with many lakes and bunkers but it is an enjoyable one where your skills will be tested (but not as much as they are on the Championship course) in beautiful surroundings. So many people return to Penina Hotel and Golf Resort year after year after year and once you take a trip here you will be sure to understand why…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Formosa Park which is situated between the Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo resorts within a protected nature reserve on the coast and is just five minutes’ walk from one of the Algarve’s finest beaches: Ancao Beach. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach, you can enjoy the hotel’s lovely outdoor pool area which can also be overlooked whilst you are out enjoying a delicious breakfast on the terrace. All of the accommodations boast private balconies and fully-equipped kitchens which means that you have no reason to venture out of the hotel even if you don’t want to overspend on your next golf break. However, there are a good selection of restaurants within five minutes’ driving radius of the hotel. Not only can you get the chance to play the world-class San Lorenzo course here but you can also play Pinheiros Altos which is situated in the Quinta do Lago estate and has wide fairways which are heavily lined with trees and are undulating which can make this course a little tricky. The course’s name translates to “tall pine trees” and you can see how this course was so aptly named but its beautiful surroundings can distract you from the fact that this is a challenging course to even golfers with the lowest of handicaps. After your round, you can enjoy a drink and even a meal in the luxurious clubhouse. The Formosa Park Hotel is an ideal destination for any type of golfing holiday whether it be with a family or a group or if you are just looking for a quiet romantic getaway.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about the destination for your next golf break, you consider the JJW Collection of hotels and all that they have to offer in terms of service, luxury and golfing opportunities…

East Algarve to the Costa de la Luz

This week’s blog is our East Algarve special which moves on to the brilliant resorts and golf courses on the Costa de la Luz. With the days drawing shorter and the weather getting colder, it is time to start thinking about your next golf break abroad where you can get some sunshine and excellent golfing in. The Algarve & Costa de la Luz boast fantastic weather through from April to November usually and there are some great golf courses to enjoy as well as the weather, beaches, food and drink.

The four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is situated amongst lush pine trees in a quiet location within the town of Castro Marim. Although the hotel is situated in a quiet location, it is just nine minutes’ walk from the beautiful Praia Verde beach and five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo. Whilst you are not out exploring the local area, you can spend time relaxing by the hotel’s pool (and the pool’s bar!) or explore the hotel’s Lobby Market where there is a grocery store, bar, lounge and play area. The hotel is beautifully decorated with modern furnishings and all of the rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. As you are close to nearby towns whilst staying here, you can venture out for food and drink but the hotel’s own restaurant, À Terra, serves delicious Mediterranean dishes made with locally sourced produce.

Whilst you are staying at the lovely Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, you can play on the brilliant Quinta do Vale which overlooks the Guadiana where you can play a challenging but fun course with its many doglegs and wide fairways. Quinta do Vale is a great holiday course as there are many strategically placed bunkers and other various hazards which will test players of all handicaps from amateurs to professionals. This is the perfect destination for your next sunny golf break in a beautiful boutique hotel with plenty to do and see in the local areas including beautiful beaches and great food and drink!

Hotel Isla Canela Golf is a brilliant four-star hotel which is just 17 minutes’ walk from the nearest beach and only five minutes’ drive from Isla Canela. Not only does the hotel boast its own brilliant 18-hole golf course on site but there is a lovely outdoor swimming pool for you to enjoy. All of the rooms are beautifully decorated with dark wood furnishings and colourful bathrooms, the rooms also have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a satellite TV. The hotel’s own restaurant, Thebussem Restaurant, serves both Mediterranean and International dishes for you to enjoy and there is also a café serving international breakfast and a tapas bar where you can enjoy tapas out on a terrace. Just 25 minutes’ walk from the hotel is a small selection of bars and restaurants besides the Guadiana estuary and of course, being only five minutes’ drive from Isla Canela means that there is so much to explore in terms of food and drink especially. Isla Canela golf course on site, is a brilliant course and one that many high handicappers enjoy due to the fact that it is fairly straightforward and boasts some amazing views. This is a great place for your next stay and play golf escape…

The five-star Precise Resort El Rompido is one of Andalucia’s gems with its lovely, peaceful setting, spa, outdoor pool and other facilities. The rooms are all beautiful and bright with private balconies, most of which have stunning sea views and all of which feature a minibar and satellite TV. You can spend your days relaxing around the outdoor pool, enjoying each of the spa facilities, out on one of the two golf courses which are on your doorstep or you can take a short drive into Huelva. The spa boasts an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths, a sauna and many treatment rooms in which you can enjoy different massages and treatments. The hotel’s main restaurant is the Binidali Restaurant which is where you can enjoy a range of traditional Andalucian dishes as well as international cuisine either in the restaurant or out on the terrace. The hotel also boasts several bars, each with a different speciality and atmosphere for you to enjoy.

There are two excellent golf courses onsite, El Rompido South and El Rompido North. El Rompido South has a front nine which is very tight but the back nine opens up with far reaching views out across the coast – a very picturesque and interesting course, perfect for a holiday. El Rompido North is a fairly flat course but you must play with caution otherwise you will fail to avoid the many water hazards and the marshes which border a few holes on the back nine. This is the ideal destination for your next luxurious golf break with its two great courses, excellent facilities, stunning views and brilliant food – especially with the new semi-all-inclusive board basis.

Last, but not least, is the excellent four-star Islantilla Golf Resort which boasts a superb location next to the clubhouse and just a short walk from a commercial centre which has a small selection of shops and restaurants and just a short drive from a beautiful sandy beach and a main resort centre where you can find more restaurants and shops. There are lots of different leisure facilities on site of the resort including an outdoor pool and the Beach Club where you can take part in different watersports. This is a wonderful hotel with a lovely atmosphere and you must take advantage of the half-board basis so you can enjoy meals in the excellent buffet restaurant. In high season, the hotel’s Andalusian grill bar is open which is fantastic and there is also the Italian Restaurant which is open all year round and at the Beach Club there is a great lounge terrace which overlooks the sea. Islantilla Golf is a great 27-hole complex, the fairways meander through pine trees and from many of the holes you can enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. It can be a tricky course as the wind frequently comes into play but this is a great holiday course. When you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa de la Luz this is the perfect place for you to stay and play…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about the best place for your next golf holiday, you remember all of the brilliant resorts and courses that the East Algarve & Costa de la Luz have to offer, not to mention the beaches and towns that accompany these resorts…

The Insider’s Guide to the Pestana Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the Pestana collection of hotels, Pestana boasts eight stunning properties and all of them are situated on the stunning Algarve. The Algarve is an ideal golf break destination with its beautiful beaches, seaside resort towns, great hotels and some superb golf courses.

Five of the Pestana properties are in, or within a very short distance of Alvor. Alvor is a pretty Portuguese fishing town with cobbled streets and a lively town centre filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Alvor is also a very short walking distance from one of the largest sandy beaches of southern Portugal. Each of the Pestana properties here offers you something different but with five different options you are sure to find one that is perfect for the type of golf break you are looking for…

First up, we have Dom Joao II which is a great four-star hotel and just a stone’s throw away from one of the prettiest beaches in the whole of the Algarve. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy one of the three swimming pools, go to the gym or enjoy one of the many on-site activities that are offered here. The hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Alvor but eating on-site here is delicious with Portuguese and International dishes offered at the restaurants at the hotel.

Just a five-minute walk away from Dom Joao II, we have the three-star Pestana Alvor Atlantico where you can stay in fully-furnished apartments which all have their own private balconies as well as a fully-fitted kitchen and dining room. With all the facilities of Dom Joao II just a five-minute walk away, this makes for a more private and tranquil stay but one where you can have the opportunity to use the facilities at a busier hotel!

Pestana Alvor Praia is a brilliant five-star hotel and is considered to be one of the best hotels in Alvor. The hotel rooms are beautifully decorated and you are just a minutes’ walk to the beach but if you would prefer, the hotel boasts a large outdoor pool to relax around as well. For relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s spa and relax in the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi or enjoy a wide range of different treatments. You are just over a mile into the centre of Alvor here so venturing out is easy, but with all the facilities the hotel has to offer, you may not even need to.

The four-star Pestana Alvor South Beach only opened in September 2014 and has already made a name for itself among one of the top hotels in Alvor. The hotel is right on the beach but it also boasts three outdoor swimming pools so you will never be short of somewhere beautiful to relax and soak up the sun! You are just a short walk here from the centre of Alvor where you can find an array of bars and restaurants, or you can stay at the hotel and enjoy relaxing at the restaurant and bar here.

Last, but not least, of the hotels in Alvor is the Pestana Delfim. This four-star hotel boasts the perfect location just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Alvor ten minutes from the village centre. You can either spend your time relaxing on the beach or by the large outdoor saltwater pool. This is a lively and popular hotel with a great bar area and being so close the centre of Alvor means that you are never far away from a few more bars and restaurants!

Next up, we have two fabulous Pestana properties that are in, or close to Carvoeiro. Carvoeiro is an incredibly popular resort town with a great beach where you can do watersports as well as a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops for you to explore. There are so many different activities to do in and around Carvoeiro from walking to waterparks to exploring the local history.

The four-star Pestana Palm Gardens offers excellent self-catering townhouses with furnished patios. There is a lively bar on-site as well as a large outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym and a massage service for you to enjoy. You are only a ten-minute stroll from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro where you can find everything that you could possibly want and need for your golf break including bustling nightlife and brilliant sandy beaches.

Pestana Carvoeiro Golf Resort is the second property in Carvoeiro. This four-star resort is nestled in amongst acres and acres of beautiful gardens and is just a five-minute drive away from Carvoeiro. Here, you can stay in apartments, townhouses and villas – whatever is suited to you! Whilst you are here, you can spend your time relaxing around the outdoor pool, getting a massage or playing tennis. The restaurant here served local and regional dishes and for after dinner, you can relax at the hotel’s bar.

The final Pestana property, Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel, is situated just a five-minute drive away from the beautiful town of Vilamoura. Vilamoura is beautiful and a walk around the marina is the perfect way to spend an evening here, before choosing from the wide range of different restaurants to eat at. This five-star resort is arguably one of the finest in the Algarve and is decorated in an entirely modern theme. You can spend your days relaxing around the outdoor or indoor swimming pools and the restaurants are excellent here. If you like the beach, Vilamoura’s beach is just a seven-minute drive away from the resort.

All of these properties are absolutely fantastic and have their own reasons for you to choose that particular property. However, all of these properties have the same brilliant golf courses in common – which certainly makes your decision easier! The five course: Vila Sol, Pinta, Gramacho, Silves and Alto are all within close range of each of these properties and will provide you with some excellent and varied rounds of golf!

Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you don’t forget that by booking to visit one of these great properties on the Algarve you will not only get an incredible golf break but also be sent a J. Lindeberg golf shirt just for booking to the Algarve with us…

The Insider’s Guide to the Tivoli Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic Tivoli collection. All of these hotels and residences are situated in stunning areas on the Algarve, where you can experience luxury accommodation, beautiful weather and great golf. The great thing about a golf break to the Algarve is that the weather is perfect golfing weather right though until October/November time which means that it definitely isn’t too late for you to start thinking about one of these superb destinations for your autumn golf holiday…

First up, we have two fantastic options for the bustling town of Vilamoura where you can take walks around the marina and enjoy some superb restaurants and bars after a long day of playing golf and relaxing by the pool.

The Residences at Victoria are located in the centre of Victoria Golf course and comprise of luxury apartments with spacious living rooms, flat-screen TVs and a fully-equipped kitchens. However, if you are not looking to self-cater there are plenty of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of the apartments which serve different cuisines and of course, Vilamoura is just under a ten minute drive away. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can relax around one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or even visit Marina beach which is just a 12-minute drive away. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy golf at the Oceanico courses. Oceanico Pinhal is one of the older Oceanico courses but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best. The holes and their fairways blend effortlessly into the rolling landscape, although this is a tough course with tight fairways and a few water hazards it is a great, scenic course perfect for your next golf holiday. The other frequently played Oceanico course is Laguna which is laid out over flat ground which gives it a links-style feel and with plenty of water and sand hazards to navigate your way around this isn’t an easy course either. With luxury apartments, great leisure facilities and even better golf, this resort offers you everything that you could want for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and more.

Next up we have Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, the second property situated in Vilamoura. This stunning five-star hotel offers the same great golfing options as The Residences at Victoria but gives you the opportunity to stay right in the centre of Vilamoura between the Marina and the beach. All of the guestrooms are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can experience panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not playing one of the fantastic Oceanico golf courses you can relax by the large outdoor pool or take advantage of the extensive spa facilities. Dining at the hotel is fantastic, there are three restaurants: a Portuguese restaurant, an Italian and a steakhouse, which are all divine. As you are in the centre of Vilamoura, once you have tried the hotel’s restaurants you can venture out and experience some of the great eateries and bars that Vilamoura has to offer you. This is a beautiful hotel which has fully earned its five-star rating…

Next up, we have the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated in a prime location, in the middle of the marina in Portimão. This four-star hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beach and only five from Praia do Rocha. All of the studios and apartments here are decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and are each fitted with a kitchenette. Although being in the centre of Portimão means that you have extensive dining options, the hotel boasts two fantastic restaurants serving international cuisines and giving you the chance to dine and enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the marina simultaneously. Whilst you are here, there are three great golf courses within close proximity of the apartments: Alamos, Salgados and Morgado which each offer a different round of golf. Alamos golf course features a variety of different holes from those with undulating fairways and small greens to those requiring large drives and strategically placed hazards. The greens are very fast and hard here which means that in order to score well you must bring your putting touch! Salgados is fairly flat but features many water and sand hazards for you to navigate your way around which makes it a tricky round of golf as you will often find yourself losing a ball or two in the water if you are not playing your best! This is a very interesting and fun course to enjoy here. Lastly, we have Morgado which is set within tranquil surroundings and can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps with its wide fairways and fairly flat terrain (at least one the first nine!). This is a popular course here on the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. With all of these great golfing options, fantastic facilities and the chance to stay in the centre of Portimão, it is no surprise that this is a top choice for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Tivoli Lagos is a four-star resort hotel situated in the centre of Lagos and just nine minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully and are each fitted with a private balcony. Through from March to October, the hotel offers a free shuttle down to its private beach of Meia Praia but you can also stay at the resort and enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool. Whilst you are here, you can dine at the traditional Portuguese outdoor grill, the Pateo Velho Restaurant or the international Lacobriga restaurant. This hotel shares the same golfing options as the Tivoli Marina Portimão so you will not be disappointed by the range of golf courses that you will have the opportunity to play on…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Tivoli Carvoeiro which is another fabulous five-star property overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with an elegant contemporary design. For relaxation, there is nowhere better than the Tivoli Spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, the sauna or the Jacuzzi or you visit the fitness centre for a workout. Whilst you are not on the golf course or taking advantage of the spa facilities, you can relax besides the outdoor pool or take a short walk into the beautiful and picturesque town of Carvoeiro. Although there are plenty of great restaurants in Carvoeiro, you can enjoy eating at one of the three dining options at the hotel including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro where you can enjoy fresh fish caught the same day! The Tivoli Carvoeiro also gives you the chance to play the Alamos, Salgados and Morgado courses as they are in close proximity of the resort here too. This is a great place for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see all the great options that the Tivoli collection has to offer you both in terms of luxury accommodation and great golfing options. Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

Spotlight on Luxury in the Algarve

This week’s blog is a guide to the luxury that awaits you with a holiday to the Algarve. Summer is fast approaching us and in order for you to get some guaranteed sunshine as well as all of the other fabulous things the Algarve has to offer you then take a look at these luxury resorts and start planning your next luxury golf break to the Algarve

First up, we have the five-star Lake Resort situated in Vilamoura, just two minutes’ walk from the beach and easy access to the fantastic town of Vilamoura. This hotel offers its guests the height of luxury with three lovely pool areas and a private sandy beach solely for use of the guests here. The hotel has been recently refurbished and its rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious, asides from the hotel rooms, there are apartments in which you can stay in here which have fully-fitted kitchens giving you the option of self-catering. The resort boasts two restaurants: the Fusion restaurant where you can enjoy Oriental cuisine and the Marenostrum restaurant in the gardens where you can taste delightful fresh fish. The location of this resort is unbeatable, with easy access to the Oceanico courses, Vilamoura town and just 20 minutes’ drive from Albufeira. With a great location, great golf within close proximity and luxurious facilities it is no surprise that this is a recommendation by us, to you.

Next up, set amongst green pine forests in Castro Marim, just a five minute drive from Monte Gordo and a stone’s throw away from the stunning Praia Verde beach is the four-star Praia Verde boutique hotel. The suites here are all fitted with a fully functional kitchenette, giving you the option of self-catering here. They also all feature a private balcony, Wi-Fi and a separate lounge area to enjoy. If you are looking to take a break from cooking you can enjoy the homemade cuisine served at the À Terra restaurant or venture into Monte Gordo. Here, you can enjoy a few rounds at the Quinto do Vale golf course and spend time relaxing on the fantastic beach or by the pool making it a luxury destination and somewhere that you can enjoy some peace and quiet. The hotel is very close to the Spanish border where you can take a trip into Spain just for the day if you wish and when it comes to accessibility to airports, you are just under 40 miles from Faro meaning that this can be a perfect luxury golfing getaway even if just for a long weekend!

Another fantastic and luxurious resort for your next golf break to the Algarve is the five-star Quinta do Lago. All of the villas and townhouses here are fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating and are in close range of the fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses. You are also within nine minutes’ walk of the beach, where you can enjoy the privacy and tranquillity that Quinta do Lago’s private area on the beach has to offer you. If you are not so much into playing golf every day, then you will not be disappointed with the alternative facilities that are offered here like the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the well-equipped spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst staying in the villas gives you that all important self-catering option, you can enjoy delicious Algarvian cuisine or Venetian cuisine at one of the resort’s restaurants. This is considered to be one of the most sophisticated destinations on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale do Lobo is one of the finest resorts in the Algarve and offers its guests top-class services and facilities. Whilst you are staying here, you have the opportunity to pre-book your tee times at the Algarve’s premium course, San Lorenzo which is just a ten minute drive from the resort. Whilst you are not playing at the fabulous San Lorenzo course, you can enjoy your luxurious golf break relaxing by the pool, on the beach or at the spa. Vale do Lobo’s plaza boasts a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops for you to mooch around and choose your destination for that evening! This resort is the height of luxury and it is no surprise that it made our list of recommendations for luxurious golfing destinations on the Algarve…

Last, but not least, we have the four-star Pestana South Beach which only opened in 2014 and is located just a few steps away from the beach. The rooms are all decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and feature Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. With Alvor just a five minute walk away you are never far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but there are also dining options on-site too where you can enjoy traditional dishes. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach, spend time relaxing by one of the three outdoor swimming pools or in the spa and outdoor fitness centre. The Pestana golf courses are all within easy reach of the hotel so you can golf whilst staying here until your heart is content! This is a beautiful destination which offers all of its guests a luxurious stay in a superb location.

An added bonus to booking any of these superb hotels on the Algarve at the moment is our fantastic ATA promotion. This means that with every booking you will receive a J. Lindeberg golf shirt to enjoy and if your mind wasn’t already set upon one of these luxurious destinations then we are sure that it is now.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are looking forward to your next luxurious golfing getaway to the Algarve…

The Insider’s Guide to Monte Rei

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the world-class Monte Rei golf course which is widely considered to be the best course in the Algarve, and more impressively is considered to be the best course in the whole of Portugal. If you want to play Monte Rei, the best option is to stay at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club which is a stunning five-star resort…almost as impressive as the golf course! A great thing about the Monte Rei resort is that it boasts a fantastic location just 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Tavira. This is a super resort and we hope that after reading this you can see why…

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club features stunning, spacious one, two, three and four bedroom villas that guests can enjoy staying in whilst here. All of the villas are built in a traditional Portuguese style and decorated beautifully, they are also all fitted with a living room, a TV and a DVD player as well as a modern kitchen for you to do as much self-catering as you wish to! If you don’t wish to cook for yourselves, the resort features a great restaurant – Vistas Restaurant – which is a lovely dining experience with fabulous high ceilings and stunning views across the 18th hole of the Monte Rei course. Along with the restaurant, the hotel boasts a lovely bar area, swimming pools and tennis courts. Also, if you are less into golfing and more into relaxation, there is a fully-fitted spa and gymnasium where you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as a great workout if you feel up to it! The location of the Monte Rei resort is a main reason to choose to stay and play here (asides from the world-class golf course!) as it is just 12 minutes drive to beautiful sandy beaches and just 20 from the town of Tavira.

Tavira is considered to be the gem of the Algarve and is a traditional Portuguese fishing town with cobbled streets, a beautiful riverside harbour and ancient churches for you to enjoy. Surrounding Tavira, are some of the most unspoilt, sandy beaches you will ever have the opportunity to go to and enjoy. There are many excellent restaurants here for you to enjoy, many of them with al fresco dining so you can enjoy the beautiful weather here that is experienced for most week of the year on the Algarve, there are also a range of different bars so you should make sure that you get a taxi if you are hoping to fully enjoy Tavira! If all of this isn’t enough for you then you can always take the train to another beautiful town or city from here for only a small price!

On to the main attraction… the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Monte Rei which was opened in 2007 and quickly rose to be one of the most popular and sought after courses on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why. Everything about this course is high-class from the conditions of the greens to the clubhouse and the service that you can expect to experience here. The course is set amongst the mountains which gives it a special backdrop with some simply stunning views right from when you arrive at the clubhouse, this just sets the scene of the course for what is a fantastic round of golf on a course with an unforgettable layout and breathtaking scenery.

You open with a par-4 hole from an elevated tee onto the fairway which then doglegs to the right and from then on you are tackling a large amount of strategically placed bunkers and water hazards whilst trying to navigate round the course! There are so many fantastic holes here, each with different and unique layouts and challenges that are beautifully presented to you on this well-kept course. The 13th hole is a downhill par-4 which has bunkers waiting for you at the bottom which you have to navigate around before attempting to get your shot to land on the undulating lakeside green. This is followed by the 14th hole which can arguably considered to be the prettiest hole on the course, where your tee shot determines how you score on the hole as if you don’t manage to place it correctly then your ball will end up in the water. Like most great golf courses, the 18th here is a fabulous finishing hole which is a great one for you big hitters but make sure that you watch out for the lake! There is no doubt about it that this is certainly a golf course for the bucket list for any discerning golfer.

This is just one of the fantastic hotels and golf courses that are on offer if you decide to book a trip to the Algarve where you can definitely expect to experience great weather, superb golf and lovely hotels for many weeks of the year (unlike here in the UK!). Something that makes booking to the Algarve even more of a good idea is the fact that at the moment, there is a promotion with which, courtesy of Golf Escapes and the Algarve Tourist Board, you receive a free J. Lindeberg golf polo shirt with every booking…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see what is on offer from this beautiful region of Portugal, not only in terms of hotels and golf courses but also in terms of golf polo shirts!

 

 

The insider’s guide to the Tivoli Hotels Collection

This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the Tivoli hotels which are all situated on the Algarve in Portugal. These hotels are fantastic four and five-star properties which offer guests a full range of facilities and the opportunity to play some fantastic golf courses when they are staying there. With the summer weather drawing to a close and the dark evenings starting to appear it is time for you to start thinking about where you want to take a short golf break this autumn or next spring to give you the chance to see some sun before August of next year! These hotels are perfect for your autumnal golf break as the weather is still so good in the Algarve for a couple more months.

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The Tivoli Carvoeiro is a stunning four-star hotel situated on a cliff top with stunning views of the beach nestled below and the surroundings areas. The lovely town of Carvoeiro is just a 10 minutes’ walk away so you have a wide choice of bars and restaurants whilst you are here as the hotel also boasts two fantastic restaurants, one of which serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and the other serves international dishes in a buffet-style. The hotel also offers guests a lovely terrace bar area to sit and enjoy a few drinks in which has views of the Atlantic right from where you sit to enjoy your drink! If golf isn’t your number one priority when staying here then you won’t be disappointed with the other facilities on offer as there is a fantastic spa here with a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a range of different treatments available. This is a great hotel, close to a fantastic town, Faro airport and some great golf courses. It is worth noting that unfortunately this hotel is closed from November this year through to July 2017 so this is a great one for next autumn when the hotel is reopened.

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Tivoli Lagos is another beautiful Tivoli hotel and it is situated right in the centre of Lagos. From March through to October guests can enjoy the free shuttle service from the hotel down to the private beach club on Meia Praia. Being located right in the centre of town there is so much for you to do and see within a short walk when you are staying here or if you prefer to stay at the resort there are plenty of things to do there too. The resort offers a lovely outdoor pool area, spa facilities and each of the spacious rooms has its own balcony. There are three different restaurants on-site as well as a beach bar which is only open during the summer months. This hotel is ideal for your next golfing getaway and is within a short distance from several fantastic golf courses including Boavista and Onyria Palmares.

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Tivoli Marina Portimão hotel is situated in an ideal location just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and five-minutes’ walk from Praia de Rocha. The hotel is also in very close proximity to some of the best courses on the Algarve such as Salgados, Alamos and Morgado which makes it the ideal destination for your next golf break to Portugal. The modern studios and apartments are all fully-fitted with a kitchenette and dining area as well as a satellite TV. The hotel boasts three swimming pools, a fitness centre, bike-hiring facilities and massage rooms which means that even if you’re not here to play the fabulous golf on offer there is still plenty for you to do! The hotel also has two restaurants if you want to eat at the hotel rather than cook for yourselves but there are also plenty of options for dining outside of the hotel as well. This is a great hotel for your next golf holiday either this autumn or for next summer!

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The five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is situated right in the heart of Vilamoura, with the marina on one side and the beach on the other, this hotel offers guests pure luxury in stunning accommodation. All the rooms are recently refurnished and have their own private balcony, a satellite TV and floor-to-ceiling windows. For non-golfers the hotel is perfect as it features extensive spa facilities including dry and wet saunas, a hot-tub as well as a wide range of healthy and body treatments available. As the hotel is located in the heart of Vilamoura you are never far from somewhere where there is fantastic food and drink but the hotel also offers three great restaurants which you must try when you stay here – an Italian, a Steakhouse and a Portuguese restaurant. With vast gardens, a beach just a minutes’ walk away and a lovely outdoor pool area and the Oceanico golf courses within a short distance away, it would be hard to find somewhere more luxurious in such a great location for your next golf break to the Algarve.

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Last but not least we have the five-star Tivoli Victoria Hotel. Although not situated right in the heart of the town there is a free shuttle service available for guests from the hotel to Vilamoura Marina but this is such a beautiful and tranquil hotel that you may not even want to leave the hotel much at all! There is a top championship golf course on site but there are also several others within just a short drive away from the hotel that you are encouraged to play during your stay at the Tivoli Victoria. All of the rooms here are modernly furnished with all the facilities you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony attached to each room where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. For those of you who are less interested in the golf or who will only play a few rounds then there are two outdoor pool areas as well as a spa where you can enjoy a range of different beauty treatments as well as the indoor pool there. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and there is a lovely bar area for you to enjoy a few drinks in. This is an ideal location for your next golf break where you can enjoy tranquil surroundings in a beautiful hotel as well as some superb golf. tivoli-logo

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has provoked thoughts of an autumn golf break for this year or maybe even a golf holiday next spring to give you the chance to play some fantastic golf in the sun instead of waiting for the sunshine to (hopefully!) make an appearance next summer!

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The Insider’s Guide to Details Hotels

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Details Hotels which are all situated on the Algarve. These hotels all have unique selling points and with the lack of summer weather here in England you might want to think about booking a last minute golfing getaway to one of these superb hotels…

Magnolia

First up is the Magnolia Golf & Wellness Hotel in Quinta da Lago. This is an adults-only hotel so perfect if you are looking for a more sophisticated and relaxed holiday without children around. This is a contemporary and modern hotel which boasts a superb location near to some of the best beaches, shops and restaurants in the area. It is also within close distance to the Vale de Lobo courses which are well-known to be a couple of the best courses around. Not only is the hotel close to the Vale de Lobo courses but also Quinta do Lago and San Lorenzo golf clubs which are other fantastic golf courses close-by which means that you will never have to travel far from the hotel to find a great round of golf here! The Quinta do Lago beach is just over 2 miles from the hotel but there are plenty of other areas around the hotel to relax in including the pool areas, the spa and wellness facilities and the hotel bars. Each of the rooms are well-fitted with everything you would expect from a hotel of this standard as well as a private balcony per room, here you can enjoy the views of the gardens and the area around the hotel. This is a fantastic, modern hotel with some great facilities and in an amazing location meaning that taking golfing holiday here could be nothing but a perfect choice.

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Next up is the Vale D’el Rei Suite & Villas Hotel in Carvoeiro. This is a more secluded hotel as it is nestled in the Algarve countryside and is surrounded by vineyards, mountains and white cliffs. Although it is a more secluded hotel and has a tranquil setting it is not too far from Carvoeiro’s centre and other beachside resorts. The rooms are all decorated in warm, earthy tones to fit in with the hotel’s surroundings and all have a satellite TV. There are two hotel restaurants, the Pool Terrace serves breakfast and lighter meals whilst the Serenata restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine and whilst you are here you must enjoy one of the delicious cocktails served at the Calabash Café. The golf courses you will most likely play here are Alamos, Salgados and Morgado. These are all fantastic courses and a round on each should never be passed up on! If you’re looking for other activities to enjoy besides golfing on holiday then you would not be disappointed here, the hotel can arrange mountain biking or horse riding or you can enjoy a trip to the hotel spa where you can enjoy the Turkish Bath, sauna and the hot tub. This is a fantastic, quiet hotel where you can enjoy a variety of activities or just lay by the pool all day!

Velamar

The Velamar Boutique Hotel is another fabulous hotel to consider for your next Portuguese golfing getaway. This hotel is situated in Albufeira and was fully renovated this year and re-opened as a boutique style hotel. All of the rooms are elegantly decorated with a luxury bathroom and some of the rooms feature a private balcony which overlooks the beautiful fishing village or the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the breakfast room as well as enjoy the surrounding scenery from the hotel bars whilst sipping on a few drinks post-round! You can enjoy the lavish outdoor pool area when you are not playing one of the fantastic courses that are situated in and near Albufeira. The hotel is located in the fishing village of Olhos D’Agua and is also very close to the resort of Albufeira, this means that you can enjoy copious places to eat and drink as well as explore the history of Albufeira. The hotel offers guests bike hire and car hire which means that the great areas and towns around the hotel are easily accessible. This is a great, modern hotel in which you can relax and unwind whilst enjoying the hotel’s superb location and some excellent golf within close proximity.

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Last, but not least of the Details Hotels is Aqua Pedra Dos Bicos adults-only hotel, also situated in Albufeira. This hotel boasts the perfect location, it is set in a Mediterranean garden with direct access to the beach as well as having the vast array of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops of Albufeira just a short stroll away. There is no doubt that if you’re looking for somewhere with direct access to some bustling nightlife, wonderful restaurants and delightful little bars whilst staying in a hotel which feels separate from the bustle of the town then this is the perfect place for you. All of the rooms here are furnished with a modern design and open up onto private balconies where you can enjoy views of the gardens and the ocean. If you prefer to eat in at the hotel rather than venture out into Albufeira then you will not be disappointed with the traditional cuisine served in the main hotel restaurant. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy the abundance of golf courses within a short distance away from the hotel as well as the outdoor pool area at the hotel and the direct access to the sandy beach. There is definitely not a shortage of places for you to relax here or if you prefer to be more active then there are different activities and sports which can be found in Albufeira or you can just enjoy learning the history of Albufeira – another ideal golfing getaway destination!

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the great Details Hotels which all offer guests something unique and are all brilliant holiday destinations! Make sure to book your last minute golf break away before the English weather starts to get you down…