3 of our Favourite Escapes to South Africa

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our brilliant South African escapes. These trips will offer you the trip of a lifetime where you will get to enjoy the culture, cuisine and golf that this wonderful country has to offer you.

Fancourt Hotel is a truly charming five-star hotel nestled between mountains and forests at the heart of the Garden Route. All of the rooms within the hotel boast elegant furnishings and private balconies from which you can see stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Of course, they are all fitted with the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries, a minibar and a satellite TV. It is no surprise that Fancourt is considered to be South Africa’s premier leisure resort due to the three excellent golf courses situated onsite which were all carefully designed by Gary Player: Links, Montagu and Outeniqua.

The hotel offers a range of dining options from casual through to classic and all of the food is made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. There is also a bar which boasts delicious regional wines as well as a spacious garden terrace on which to enjoy these wines. Besides the three fantastic Gary Player designed golf courses situated onsite of this luxurious hotel, there is also a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. With wonderful facilities, a stunning location and outstanding golf, it is no surprise that we highly recommend this resort for your next golf escape to South Africa.

Next up we have the five-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort which is situated within the exclusive and tranquil Zimbali Coastal Resort eco-estate. The hotel boasts 154 rooms and suites which are all fitted with contemporary amenities including Wi-Fi and a TV as well as complimentary Le Labo products and dressing gowns within the spacious ensuite bathrooms. Within the resort, you can find a luxurious spa, three outdoor swimming pools and eight different restaurants and bars which are all open to guests to enjoy. You can enjoy casual poolside dining at Ayoba, Indian Fusion cuisine from OSA and international dishes at the Coral Tree Restaurant. Not only does the resort have so much to offer its guests, but its location means that you can explore Durban and Umhlanga as well as Ballito which is just five minutes’ drive from the resort.

This hotel offers a luxurious and relaxing stay for all guests as well as the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic golf. Most of our packages to Fairmont Zimbali include brilliant courses like Durban Country Club, Zimbali Coastal Resort and Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate. For your next golf break to South Africa, look no further than this stunning resort.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Rovos Rail. The Rovos Rail can be considered as more than a holiday as it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and since then it has earned an international reputation for its world-class travel experiences with brilliant service, delicious cuisine and some of South Africa’s finest wines. You can choose from journeys that last from 48 hours to 15 days and whilst you are aboard the train, you wind through South African countryside soaking up the best culture, golf and safari experiences that this beautiful country has to offer you. The trains are beautifully decorated, and you can enjoy being fully all-inclusive which includes champagne! There are a variety of different trips to choose from, but the golf safari is perfect for those looking to sample some of the country’s finest golf and non-golfers are equally well catered for with exciting excursions and safaris.

The Rovos Rail Golf Safari lasts for nine days and is perfect for even the most discerning golfers, but it also offers brilliant excursions for those who aren’t going to play golf at all. The train departs from Pretoria and journeys north towards Sun City before turning eastwards to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then find yourself travelling towards the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before heading north and running up the Indian Ocean coast into Swaziland. The final visit for the train is to the magnificent Kruger National Park. This is a fantastic experience and for anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience, look no further than choosing a journey aboard the fantastic Rovos Rail…

Our Top Canary Island Golf Escapes…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the special properties situated in the stunning Canary Islands. If you are looking for some winter sun, beautiful golf and beautiful beaches then look no further than a golf break to the Canary Islands to either finish off 2018 perfectly or get yourself off to a good golfing start by booking for the first few months of 2019.

 The five-star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is a luxurious hotel which boasts a stunning beachfront location set within a tranquil area of Costa Adeje. The resort boasts everything that you could possibly want or need in order to have a brilliant golf escape including three swimming pools, a freshwater lagoon and the beach as well as two very special golf courses – Abama and Golf Costa Adeje.

All of the guestrooms within the hotel is beautifully decorated and fitted with all of the amenities and facilities that you need including air-conditioning, a luxurious private bathroom, bathrobes and slippers as well as a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. You also have access to your own private terrace on which you can soak up the sun which is present for most months of the year in Tenerife!

There are some brilliant dining options within the resort including Montauk which is a special meat restaurant and there is also Aliole which boasts the best Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine created using locally sourced ingredients. After your meal, enjoy a few drinks at one of the bars within the resort like the rooftop sky lounge or the sports bar.

With a stunning location, truly fantastic golf within the local area and great facilities including extensive spa facilities for those less into golfing, look no further than the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife for your next golf break to Tenerife.

Hotel Jardin Tropical is another of our top suggestions for your next golf break to the Canary Islands and it isn’t hard to see why. This four-star deluxe hotel offers guests beautiful scenery, culture and extensive leisure facilities to enjoy during a stay here.

The hotel is situated on the edge of both Playa De Las Americas and Costa Adeje so you are just minutes away from the stunning beach of Playa del Bobo as well as being just 20 minutes’ drive from Abama and under 10 from Golf Las Americas. Besides from the fantastic golf in the local area, guests can enjoy water sports at the beach, whale and dolphin watching trips as well as leisure facilities including a gym, sauna, Turkish bath and a range of health and beauty treatments available.

The hotel boasts a brilliant location and there is an abundance of great bars and restaurants at your fingertips during your stay here but if you choose to dine within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed either. There are three different restaurants and all of them serve authentic and delicious dishes including the Las Rocas restaurant which serves delightful seafood and the Las Mimosas restaurant where you can find a buffet of authentic, Mediterranean dishes. With unbeatable golf courses within the local area, stunning beaches, towns filled with culture, bars and restaurants as well as beautifully appointed guest rooms, make sure to consider Hotel Jardin Tropical for your next golf break to Tenerife and you won’t be disappointed.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star resort Ritz-Carlton, Abama where you can enjoy a peaceful and unforgettable stay in this brilliant resort situated just outside of the more commercialized areas of the island of Tenerife. The best thing about this resort is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a tranquil and peaceful location yet still near enough to the hustle and bustle that you can explore the island with ease from the resort. Like the other hotels mentioned, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is no different with easy access to the brilliant courses that Tenerife has to offer including Abama and Golf Costa Adeje which are within 15 minutes’ drive of the resort.

Besides from golf, you can explore the local towns and villages and what they have to offer or, you can stay within the resort and relax around one of the swimming pools and make the most out of the resort’s facilities. Besides swimming pools, you can play tennis, or relax within the hotel’s spa where you can find everything that you need to reach ultimate relaxation and more.

Within the resort, you are spoilt for choice with dining options as there are 10 restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a bite to eat including the hotel’s Michelin star restaurants – M.B and Kabuki. Whether you prefer steak, Japanese cuisine or Mediterranean dishes, you will not be disappointed here and everyone is catered for beautifully.

It is no surprise that the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is one of our top recommendations for your next golf holiday to the Canary Islands with superb golf, superb leisure facilities and a superb location.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these hotels will have caught your eye for your next golf escape to the Canary Islands where the weather is a lot warmer and sunnier than it is in the UK…

Top 4 Escapes with Golf on-site

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the great resorts that we have available to you that have excellent golf courses onsite. These resorts are perfect for those of you that don’t want to leave the hotel to play golf. If you are looking for excellent resorts with excellent golf courses and excellent leisure facilities, then look no further than one of these properties for your next golf break.

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is situated in Turkey just a few minutes’ walk from the beach (or a golf buggy shuttle!) and within close distance of Antalya airport. This is undoubtedly a first-class golfing property that boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have the perfect golf holiday including superior rooms, a brilliant beach club during the summer months with a pier jutting into the ocean and hammocks to relax in as well as a great spa and outdoor pool area. During the day, you can enjoy a round on either the Dunes or Pines golf course, both of which are just a few minutes’ walk from the reception of the hotel and both will give you a fantastic and challenging round of golf. After your round, enjoy a drink in the Birdie Bar whilst overlooking the stunning course which boasts platforms on the lake in front of the lake and of course, is free of charge to those staying within the resort on the all-inclusive package! This a special and relaxing golf hotel with a great spa, great beach club and great 18-hole golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that we recommend this hotel for your next golf escape…

Next up, we have the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a stunning location situated beside one of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed rooms which boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole championship golf course. The West Cliffs Golf Links is the perfect blend between links and parkland holes which has caused it to be ranked 13th in continental Europe and 80th in the world by Golf World Magazine. Not only does the resort boast a brilliant golf course but also a range of brilliant leisure facilities including the Kalyan Spa which boasts Turkish baths, a hot tub and an indoor and an outdoor pool as well as a health club with a well-equipped gym. There are two restaurants and a bar within the hotel. The restaurants serve a delicious buffet and a la carte dishes and boast ocean and pool views. If you would like to eat outside of the hotel, the hotel is located midway between Peniche and Obidos and both are around a 15-minute drive from the resort and both boast a fantastic array of restaurants and bars. The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is the perfect destination for your next golf break with a fantastic golf course onsite.

The five-star modern Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort situated in the beautiful Costa Brava. The hotel has been newly refurbished in a contemporary design and is decorated with warm and welcoming colours. Each of the 145 guestrooms is spacious and comfortable and equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a minibar and an elegant, modern bathroom. Besides enjoying a round of golf or two on the truly brilliant PGA Catalunya golf courses, you can relax in the hotel’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and a Hamman as well as a range of health and beauty treatments available.

Nearby to the hotel, you can visit the towns of Caldes de Malavella and Girona which are five- and 15-minutes’ drive respectively. These towns boast an abundance of bars and restaurants that you can enjoy which is great for when you want to explore the local area and enjoy a bite to eat at the same time. Of course, if you choose to remain within the hotel for food you won’t be disappointed as the airy restaurant within the hotel boasts a piano bar and a pub as well as delicious a la carte dishes. With an abundance of facilities, a beautiful location and some of the world’s best golf – look no further than Hotel Camiral for your next golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, is Bom Sucesso Resort which sits on the banks of the Obidos Lagoon, just 15 minutes’ drive from the medieval town of Obidos and boasts uniquely designed apartments as well as the brilliant Bom Sucesso golf course. All of the apartments and villas are beautifully appointed and located conveniently close to the clubhouse. They also all have a private furnished patio that leads into the garden as well as well-equipped kitchens and lounges. Whilst you can cook within the apartments and villas, you can either venture into Obidos and find an array of restaurants and bars there or eat within the resort at the restaurants and bars situated on the resort. During the summer months, you can enjoy the shuttle which transports guests to the beach and the town. The Bom Sucesso Resort is the perfect destination for your next golf escape where you can enjoy the great Bom Sucesso course as well as both Campo Real and Royal Obidos which are in the local area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these resorts will have caught your eye for your next golf holiday.

 

 

 

Top 3 Golf Escapes for a tight budget

This week’s blog is on booking your next golf break with a budget. If you are looking for brilliant golf and luxurious accommodation but for a lesser price then look no further than our suggestions within this piece…

Hotel Bonalba is a great four-star hotel situated in the heart of the Bonalba Championship golf course just over 100 metres from the clubhouse. The hotel is situated within one of the most exclusive and luxurious residential areas of the Costa Blanca and is surrounded by the golf course with a backdrop of the mountains.

Besides playing golf on the fantastic Bonalba Championship course, you can spend time relaxing in the world-class spa, scuba diving in the sea nearby as well as sailing. The Bonalba course opened for play in 1995 and has since then, become a firm favourite of golfers visiting the region of Alicante. The course boasts a great parkland design with wide, rolling fairways which boast stunning ocean and mountain views but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the openness of this course as there are many strategically placed bunkers which can damage your scorecard substantially! There are also vast lakes for you to contend with from various tee shots and approach shots which come into play on seven of the holes along the course. With the Bonalba course on-site as well as a few other great courses in the area, Hotel Bonalba is a great destination for your next golf break and not just for the golf!

The hotel is just 10 minutes’ drive from central Alicante and its port which means that you can drive into Alicante (or get a taxi) for little bother and enjoy some of the great bars, restaurants and nightlife that the bustling city has to offer. Alternatively, if you choose to remain within the hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed as there is a large buffet restaurant and in the summer months. There are also shows in the evenings for three nights a week as well as barbecue dinners and late-night swimming in the pool.

With spacious guestrooms boasting all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard, beautiful and peaceful surroundings as well as the bustling city just 10 minutes’ drive away look no further than Hotel Bonalba for your next golf escape for that bit less…

Boasting a brilliant coastal location close to many of the region’s best golf courses is Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela. Just on the doorstep of this four-star hotel sits the stunning, white sandy beach as well as a commercial centre where you can find an array of shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy during your stay here and if you take a quick stroll into Punta del Moral, you can find even more restaurants. However, if you decide to remain within the hotel for food for a few meals or take advantage of the all-inclusive option, you can enjoy a large buffet restaurant which serves a wide selection of both Mediterranean and international cuisine as well as a weekly themed buffet.

During the day, play rounds of golf at Isla Canela and the other great courses like Costa Esuri in the region or relax on the beach or by the hotel’s outdoor pool. For those who aren’t as interested in golf, there is a wide range of leisure facilities on offer including tennis, paddle tennis, water aerobics and a wellness centre fully-fitted with a sauna and a fitness centre.

The rooms are all luxuriously decorated and most of them boast private balconies from which you can enjoy the hotel’s beautiful coastal setting. The rooms are also all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you need to enjoy your stay including complimentary Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a safe, air-conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Whether you opt for all-inclusive of half board, this hotel is fantastic value for money with everything that you could ever need to have a brilliant golf escape.

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend the Isla Canela Golf Apartments for your next golf break on a budget. The apartments are situated between the Isla Canela golf course and the beach and are all two-bedrooms which make them perfect for groups looking for a quiet Spanish break with some brilliant golf courses in the local area.

All of the apartments boast a spacious living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, air-conditioning and a sun terrace. When you are staying within the apartments, you have use of the outdoor swimming pool, the communal gardens and the tennis courts and you can utilise the cycling path that runs from the apartments down to the beach and the resort town of Ayamonte which is nearby. The apartments boast a fantastic location within close distance to some of the best courses around including Castro Marim, Quinta da Ria courses and Monte Rei which are all within a 30-minute drive from the apartments. For a great self-catering option look no further than the Isla Canela Golf Apartments for your next golf holiday to Costa de la Luz.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will remember these brilliant options when you are looking to book your next golf escape that won’t break the bank…

Golf Escapes by the Beach

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our resorts that boast a prime location just a stone’s throw from a stunning beach that you can relax on and soak up the sun. There is nothing nicer than enjoy a stroll along the beach and a few drinks at a beach bar in the late afternoon sun and these resorts give you the opportunity to enjoy that luxury as well as great golf…

The four-star suite accommodation retreat of Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set within a lush green pine forest just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and only 900 yards from the beautiful Praia Verde Beach. Not only is the location of the hotel stunning, but there are 40 spacious guest suites within the hotel which are all beautifully decorated in earthy tones and all boast the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of a hotel of this rating including Wi-Fi, a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the views, a separate lounge and kitchenette area. Although the suites are equipped for self-catering, you can venture into Monte Gordo where you will find a variety of great restaurants and bars and if you so choose, you can stay within the hotel as their restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean-style food.

During the days, spend your time exploring nearby coves or relaxing on the beach or around the outdoor pool. You can also take a boat trip on the Guadiana River and of course, enjoy the brilliant golf at Quinta do Vale. Quinta do Vale is a course that only opened in 2008 but has already gained an excellent reputation for its open layout with wide fairways and plenty of doglegs. The course also boasts a very luxurious clubhouse which is the perfect place to end a round of golf here with a few drinks and a bite to eat. If you are looking for a hotel which allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of big towns and cities and just enjoy a beautiful beach, beautiful countryside and beautiful golf then look no further than the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel for your next golf escape…

Thanos Hotel Almyra is a brilliant five-star hotel which is the perfect place to base your next golf break to Cyprus for many reasons. Firstly, this beautiful property boasts a great location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with a lovely beach and coves just 10 minutes away. This is another hotel which is perfect for you if you are looking to enjoy both towns as well as the tranquillity of a quiet resort as you can find great nightlife in Paphos as well as a range of good bars and restaurants but within the hotel, you feel as though you are much further than just a short walk away from the action.

There are several local golf courses that we recommend you take advantage of if you choose Thanos Hotel Almyra for your next golf break including Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Golf Club and Secret Valley Golf Club. These are all excellent and varied courses sure to test golfers of all abilities. Besides golf, you can relax on the beach, relax around one of the four freshwater pools, workout in the gym or enjoy a massage within the spa. There are just under 200 guestrooms within the hotel and they are all beautifully decorated with contemporary furnishings and all boast either garden or sea views from which you can admire from the balconies and terraces.

With an excellent half-board option, a stunning location just a short walk into a bustling town where you can find everything from a relaxing bar to a club as well as several local golf courses in the area, it is no surprise that we recommend Thanos Hotel Almyra for your next golf holiday to Cyprus.

The Tivoli Carvoeiro is situated in a breathtaking position above a clifftop overlooking a stunning beach which is nestled in the bay below. This is a stunning five-star hotel which is the perfect destination for your next golf break as you can enjoy a stunning beach, the captivating town of Carvoeiro and some of the most prestigious golf courses in the Algarve.

There are 246 guest rooms within the hotel and they are all elegantly furnished and boast all of the amenities that you could want or need from a hotel including air-conditioning, a satellite TV, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. Of course, whilst you are here you won’t spend much time in your room as there are so many leisure activities and relaxing spots to enjoy around the hotel. You can relax around the outdoor swimming pool, workout in the fitness centre or play a game of tennis.

The main highlight of the Tivoli Carvoeiro is the brilliant local golf that you will get the opportunity to enjoy. You can find excellent courses like Alamos, Morgado and Salgados all situated within a short distance of the hotel. With excellent leisure facilities, a charming town within a short drive of the hotel where you can find an abundance of bars and restaurants as well as fantastic golf – what more could you want for your next golf escape to the Algarve?

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these excellent properties will have caught your eye and that you will be planning your next golf break very very soon…

Four of our Favourite Adult Properties

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best adult properties that we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a quiet golfing getaway with a partner or with a group of friends, these hotels offer everything that you could need or want in order to have a relaxing and enjoyable golf trip. 

 

First up we have the five-star Iberostar Sabila which is situated on Fanabe Beach on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Within the hotel’s grounds, there are large gardens, an infinity pool, a chill-out area and you are situated just a short walk from the beautiful beach. Besides relaxing around the hotel, you can work out in the gym or visit the Spa Sensations which boasts a spa circuit and a range of different health and beauty treatments which is perfect for those who may not be playing as much golf.

For those who do enjoy a great round of golf, a holiday here will not disappoint you as you have easy access to some of the best courses in the region including Amarilla Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas. All of these courses are fantastic and access to these courses is one of the reasons that this hotel is so highly recommended by us. For food and drink, the hotel’s main restaurant serves delicious international cuisine and from Wednesday through to Sunday every week, there is a Gourmet Market where you can find seven different styles of cuisine as well as live music. With luxurious accommodation which includes all of the amenities and facilities that you may need as well as delicious food, activities within the hotel and brilliant golf courses nearby, there is no surprise that we recommend Iberostar Sabila for your next golf escape.

 

The five-star Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated just eight minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooks the Port of Paphos. This luxurious resort boasts tropical landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool with swim-in caves as well as beautifully-appointed rooms and a brilliant location. The best thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds; you are nearby to the vibrant and bustling resort of Paphos where you can find nightlife and great bars and restaurants, but you are also situated far enough from the town that you can enjoy peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

It is no surprise that the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is popular with golfers as the resort is so close to the four excellent golf courses which are situated within Paphos: Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Minthis Golf Club, Secret Valley and Elea Golf Club are all within 20 minutes’ drive of the hotel. Besides golfing, relaxing within the hotel and exploring Paphos, you can work out in the hotel’s gym or play squash or tennis. The hotel boasts 218 spacious guest rooms which all boast marble bathrooms, superb views from the balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. With everything that you could need for the perfect golf break to Paphos, look no further than the Thanos Hotel Annabelle.

 

Situated in Marrakech is the adults-only, five-star Be Live Collection Marrakech. The hotel is a brilliant all-inclusive resort which boasts a great position within close proximity of some of the great courses situated in Marrakech including The Montgomerie Marrakech, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and Tony Jacklin Signature Course and it is also just four miles from the centre of the city where you can enjoy city tours or explore independently.

This is a new hotel and offers two outdoor swimming pools, one pool which has poolside activities and music and the other which boasts a swim-up bar and chill-out areas. Besides from playing golf, exploring Marrakech and relaxing around the pool, you can also enjoy the hotel’s extensive spa facilities.

 

There are three restaurants within the hotel, a traditional Moroccan a la carte restaurant which you have a complimentary meal at once during your stay, the buffet restaurant where you can find a variety of different dishes every night and the pool bar which serves light snacks and lunch food which you can enjoy out on the terrace by the main pool. If you are looking for a relaxing golf break where you can find exciting golf courses and wonderful culture within the city, then look no further than the brilliant Be Live Collection Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

 

Last, but certainly but not least is the Precise Resort El Rompido which is a fantastic five-star hotel located on-site to the two brilliant golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does this hotel offer a prime golfing location but it is just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido where you can find a few good bars and restaurants as well as beautiful scenery.

The hotel offers a range of different accommodation from double rooms to lavish apartments and suites so there is something to suit everyone and every type of golf escape! For food, the hotel features a great buffet breakfast and there are a lounge bar and restaurant where you can enjoy fresh, local dishes for lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round of golf on one of the brilliant courses, you can relax within Rompido’s spa where there are an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments available. Just an hour’s drive from both Faro and Seville Airports, with two spectacular courses on-site and brilliant facilities, look no further than Precise Resort El Rompido for your next golf break to Spain.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these resorts has piqued your interest and inspired your next golf escape…

Four-Star Favourites from Golf Escapes

Back at the end of May, you may have seen our blog on some of our four-star favourites resorts here at Golf Escapes and in this blog, there are even more lovely resorts for you to consider for your next golf break. The temperature is dropping in the UK now and it is time to start thinking about the next time you will get to play some golf somewhere warm and there are some excellent resorts within this post that may interest you…

 

First up we have the lovely Isla Canela Golf which is the ideal hotel for golfers who are wanting to seize the opportunity to enjoy a few rounds of golf on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course as the hotel is situated on-site of the course. Not only is the hotel situated on the same property as a fantastic golf course, but it is also situated within close proximity to a range of different bars and restaurants as well as a lovely beach. The hotel offers an excellent half-board option if you are looking to remain in the hotel for dinner which wouldn’t be a bad thing as the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant offers a wide menu with delicious Mediterranean dishes and international favourites and there is also a separate café which boasts a lovely terrace overlooking the golf course and serves light snacks and tapas.

Besides the fantastic golf course, the best thing about Isla Canela Golf is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds as the hotel is set away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal resorts but it is still within walking distance to a few bars and restaurants and just a ten minutes’ drive will take you into the charming centre of Ayamonte where there are many bars and restaurants.

 

Within the hotel, there are just 56 double guestrooms and all of them are decorated with modern furnishings to a high standard and they all boast all of the amenities that you could want or need including a private balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings as well as a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Whatever it is that you are looking for from your next golf escape, Isla Canela Golf has everything that you could possibly need or want and boasts an idyllic location just outside of Ayamonte.

 

Situated in the heart of the Mar Menor Golf Resort are The Residences which are all beautifully furnished and well designed and are all fantastic value for money. Much like Isla Canela, staying within the resort means that you are away from the hustle and bustle of bigger towns, but you are still just 15 minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport and just a bit further from the fantastic city of Cartagena. The best thing about staying within the Mar Menor Golf Resort is the fact that you not only have the brilliant Mar Menor course on-site but there are so many other brilliant courses situated in the area including La Torre, El Valle, Alhama Signature Course and Hacienda Riquelme. Besides from playing golf, you can relax around one of the swimming pools within the resort or workout in the gym or on the tennis courts.

The apartments are one, two and three bedrooms and they are all spacious and well-furnished with well-equipped kitchens as well as a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings and the golf course. All of the apartments come with all modern essentials including kitchen appliances, internet access and a TV in the lounge area. If you are looking for an excellent self-catering option with excellent golf, beautiful surroundings and easy access to nearby towns and cities as well as the airport, look no further than The Residences at Mar Menor Golf Resort for your next golf break.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa which is situated just a mile from Whitchurch and boasts two excellent golf courses as well as extensive leisure facilities and a wonderful restaurant for you to enjoy during your tranquil golf break here. The hotel is situated within acres and acres of peaceful and beautiful gardens but is still close to the motorway which means that exploring the local area around the hotel is easy. You can spend your days here relaxing in the hotel’s grounds, eating and drinking within the hotel’s excellent Borders Restaurant and the Masters Bar and of course, playing a few rounds of golf on the golf courses here.

There are two courses onsite: Emerald Course and Sapphire Course. The Emerald Championships course boasts undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers and a stern challenge of golf to those of all abilities. The Sapphire Course is the perfect course for a great round of golf but it slightly less challenging than the Emerald Course.

 

Within the hotel’s grounds, there is a great leisure centre which boasts a pool, a gym and a nail bar. There is also the Hill Valley spa which is a lovely place to relax within as there are a steam room and sauna and there you can find a range of different health and beauty treatments on offer for a small extra charge. Not only are the leisure facilities excellent but the rooms are lovely and spacious and boast all of the amenities that you could want or need for your next golf break within the UK. With wonderful golf, great facilities and a lovely location, look no further than the Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a look at these properties further and give us a call if you are thinking about booking your next golf holiday wherever it may be…

 

Four of our Favourite Luxury Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our luxury golf holidays that you can choose from if luxury is the main thing that you are looking for from an excellent golf escape. Wherever you are looking to go, we have something brilliant on offer that is sure to catch your eye.

 

First up we have the Westin Resort in Costa Navarino which is a beautiful five-star resort situated within a lovely area of Greece. Within close proximity of the hotel, you can find not only two excellent golf courses but also many different leisure activities and facilities for you to enjoy during your time here. The hotel is set just five minutes’ walk from The Dunes Beach and boasts stunning views from the hotel of the Ionian Sea.

Within the hotel, there are 445 rooms and suites which are all fully fitted with all of the modern amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including jetted tubs in the bathrooms and stunning views from each of the rooms’ private balconies. During the day, spend time relaxing on one of the local beaches or around one of the pools or even in the Anazoe Spa which boasts extensive facilities. Of course, the highlight of your trip will be playing on the Dunes and Bay golf courses which both boast stunning coastline and fantastic reputations for being the best courses in the whole of Greece. For your next luxurious golf escape, look no further than Costa Navarino where you can find the most luxurious hotels, golf courses and beaches for you to enjoy to the full.

 

Next up, situated in Cyprus in the region of Paphos is the brilliant Thanos Hotel Annabelle which is a luxurious five-star hotel set amongst beautiful tropical gardens with palm trees and flowers and just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront. Paphos is well-known for its golden beaches and great harbour which boasts an array of great restaurants and bars. This harbour is just ten minutes’ walk from the hotel’s entrance!

Whilst you are here, you can enjoy Paphos’ nightlife but you can also enjoy the tranquillity of the local beaches and areas around the resort as you are far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle of the harbour.

 

The hotel boasts 218 spacious guestrooms which boast marble bathrooms, stunning views from the rooms’ private balconies as well as Wi-Fi, satellite television and air conditioning. Whilst you are staying within Thanos Hotel Annabelle, you can access the sister hotel’s (Almyra’s) spa and leisure facilities but you can also choose to remain within the hotel and enjoy soaking up the Greek sun! The best thing about a golf escape to Thanos Hotel Annabelle is that there are four brilliant championship golf courses within a short drive of the hotel including Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, Elea Golf Club and Minthis Golf Club which means that you really can have the best of both here with a luxury hotel as well as excellent golfing opportunities…

 

Another luxurious hotel is the new Golf du Medoc which is situated within 200 acres of beautiful French countryside just outside of the city of Bordeaux and boasts two brilliant 18-hole golf courses onsite of the hotel. The two courses, Les Chateau and Les Vignes are both pristine and have both hosted a number of international tournaments and have both been consistently ranked as two of the top 100 courses in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why.

Not only is the golf extremely impressive here, but the hotel boasts modern spa facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a Hamman and a fully-equipped fitness centre as well as a range of health and beauty treatments for you to enjoy at your leisure. The hotel boasts 79 rooms and suites which are all beautifully decorated and boast all of the amenities and facilities that you could need or want in order to enjoy your stay including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safe as well as a hairdryer. This hotel is a must-visit for those looking for wonderful food, golf and wine as well as somewhere to truly relax and unwind. Look no further than Golf du Medoc for your next luxurious golf escape to France…

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Fancourt Hotel which is situated in Cape Provinces nestled between mountains and forests in the heart of the Garden Route. Not only does the hotel boast luxurious accommodation and extensive facilities but there are three Gary Player designed golf courses situated on-site of the hotel.

 

All of the guestrooms at The Fancourt boast elegant furnishings and private balconies from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Within the rooms, there are minibars and a satellite TV as well as toiletries and spacious private bathrooms. During the day, when you are not enjoying one of the fantastic golf courses, you can relax within the hotel’s spa or the leisure centre or around the large outdoor swimming pool. There are many other activities to enjoy including walking trails, bird watching and fishing.

There are four restaurants within the hotel which means that you will be spoilt for choice during your stay. The restaurants serve international cuisine which is created using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and make sure to enjoy a few drinks within the hotel’s bar where you can find regional wines and a spacious garden terrace to relax on. With extensive facilities, three very impressive golf courses and luxury accommodation, it is no surprise that The Fancourt Hotel is recommended by us for your next golf escape…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about booking a golf break if it is luxury that you are looking for, look no further than these fantastic resorts.

Preview of the 2018 Ryder Cup

This week’s blog is a preview for the Ryder Cup which is starting tomorrow (the 28th) and is going to be played over the weekend at the brilliant Le Golf National in Paris. This weekend’s golfing competition will see Europe try to regain the Ryder Cup against a very powerful American team.

This biennial tournament is always an exciting one with the best European players competing against the top American golfers in order to claim victory for their team. This year, The US has 11 of the top 20 players in the world and Europe have just six of them but that doesn’t mean that Europe cannot reclaim the title this weekend after the USA won at Hazeltine in 2016 by 17 points to 11.

The Albatros Course at Le Golf National is a really beautiful course and it is widely recognised as being one of the best championship golf courses in the whole of Europe. The course has played host to the French Open since 1991 and boasts a spectacular golfing challenge to even the most experienced and brilliant golfers which makes it an ideal venue to hold this exciting event. The course lies just 20 miles outside of Paris and opened in 1991 after three years of construction. The course itself is firm but fair and measures over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, it is also arguably the toughest test of golf in the Paris region and is an exciting round of golf both for players and spectators. The final four holes of the course are surrounded by water hazards and these difficult holes will make or break for the teams’ scorecards this weekend which will be thrilling to watch.

The American captain, Jim Furyk, will be hoping for a repeat of Team USA’s performance back at Hazeltine but Team Europe’s captain, Thomas Bjorn will be sure to try his hardest to reclaim the title for his team and this weekend, we will get to watch this battle unfold. Thomas Bjorn has been on the winning side in his three appearances as a player and only on the losing side once as a vice-captain in four events. He has had plenty of leadership experience whilst being a vice-captain in 2010, 2012 and 2016 and previously, in 2004. Bjorn has had a great career on the European Tour and captaining Team Europe to victory at Le Golf National this weekend will top off this career nicely.

Jim Furyk, like Bjorn, has not captained before but he has made more starts in the Ryder Cup for the US than any other player and in the past few years, has shown his talent at different competitions including tying for second place at the 2016 U.S. Open and becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event back in 2016 as well. Another great player who will be fighting hard for Team USA will be Tiger Woods and many people have been speculating whether this weekend will become a lot about Woods showing off his return to form. Woods has won an astounding 80 events on the PGA Tour, including 14 major championships and was previously named as one of the Vice Captains under Jim Furyk for this year’s event before being named as a captain’s pick. With Furyk and Woods, as well as other world class players, Team USA will be a tough team for Team Europe to beat.

Sergio Garcia has been named as one of the captain’s pick by Thomas Bjorn and it isn’t hard to see why. He is a veteran of eight Ryder Cups and has won 22.5 points during these appearances and just last year, he won his first Major Championship at the 2017 Masters Tournament where he beat Justin Rose, his Ryder Cup teammate this weekend. Justin Rose is another strong player for Team Europe has this will be his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup with Team Europe and he has been both on the winning side and the losing side twice. Rose recently reached a career-high World Ranking of second after he finished as a runner-up at The Open.

With both teams bringing out their best and most experienced players, this weekend is sure to be an exciting one with play at Le Golf National starting this Friday so make sure that you are tuned in and keeping up with play over the weekend.

Whilst you may not be out on the golf course this weekend as you may prefer to sit back on the sofa and enjoy the action, there is still plenty of time for you to plan an Autumn golf escape somewhere nice…

A Treat for Golfers and Non-Golfers Alike

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best resorts that are perfect for both golfers and non-golfers. Whether you are looking for great golf or excellent leisure facilities and luxurious accommodation, look no further than one of these superb resorts next time you are looking to travel as a group of both golfers and non-golfers, with your family or with a partner who isn’t as keen to spend time on the golf course as you are!

First up we have the brilliant Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is a lovely, five-star hotel situated in the heart of the luxurious resort of Estoril just a few minutes’ walk from the sandy beaches. This hotel boasts so much charm and character, as well as access to some of the best golf courses in the area including Golf do Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha and Penha Longa. If you are a non-golfer, you can enjoy your time here relaxing in the hotel’s excellent spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a hot tub as well as massage and beauty sessions. This beautiful hotel offers four brilliant dining outlets including The Grill Four Seasons where you can find a wide range of both Portuguese and international specialities. This luxurious hotel offers great deals on golf packages where you can receive free transfers to and from the courses and for non-golfers, the spa here is unrivalled and you also have easy access to the stunning beaches and the casino. Look no further than this five-star property for your next golf break with a non-golfer!

Another brilliant resort for both golfers and non-golfers is the five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort which is situated in Belek and offers an excellent all-inclusive option. You can enjoy a wide range of activities during your stay here including tennis, aerobics, billiards and bowling and there is also a great kids club if you are planning on a golf break with your family! The best thing about staying here is the reduced green fees for the Cornelia Faldo course but for non-golfers, you have to be impressed with the hotel’s direct access to its own private beach where you can find an abundance of sunbeds and a great beach bar. With beautiful and well-appointed accommodation which boasts everything that you could need or want in order to have a perfect golf break, access to a private beach and brilliant leisure facilities including the Cornelia Faldo golf course, you need look no further than the brilliant Cornelia Deluxe Resort for your nets golf escape to Turkey.

The brilliant La Manga Resort boasts two excellent accommodation options; you can either stay win the Prince Felipe Hotel or the apartments with Las Lomas Village. The apartments are all very well-appointed with fully-equipped kitchens and living areas which means they are the perfect option for those who want to self-cater as you still get access to everything within the resort including the swimming pools, the spa and the La Manga golf courses. The Hotel Prince Felipe is widely considered to be the centrepiece of the fantastic La Manga Resort and is a beautiful and luxurious hotel. All of the rooms within the hotel boast private balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of is standard including satellite tv and tea and coffee making facilities. With two brilliant accommodation options, extensive leisure facilities and three excellent golf courses, there is nowhere better for your next golf break to Spain than the fabulous La Manga Resort in Murcia whether you re a golfer or non-golfer.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel situated in Sicily. The resort is situated within 230 hectares of olive groves and other beautiful Sicilian countryside. The resort boasts lovely, spacious rooms and some of the rooms even boast their own private courtyard and terraces which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts great leisure facilities including tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, a large infinity pool and a gym. For those who aren’t planning on spending time on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy a range of different beauty treatments and massages. There are some great dining options within the resort with four excellent restaurants for you to choose from. Whether you are coming to enjoy the golf or just the local area, brilliant weather and extensive facilities within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed if you choose the Verdura Resort for your next holiday to Sicily.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about where to travel to with your group of friend, partner or family, consider one of these fantastic resorts for your next golf break…