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The Best 4* and 5* Golf Resorts

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. There are some excellent golf resorts within this post that may interest you, all with an impressive 4* or 5* rating.

Isla Canela Golf

First up we have the lovely Isla Canela Golf, which is the ideal hotel for golfers who want to seize the opportunity to enjoy a few rounds of golf on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf 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. Enjoy delicious Mediterranean dishes and other international favourites at the Thebussem Restaurant, which offers a wide menu everyone will be able to enjoy. 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 it 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. Just ten minutes drive will take you into the charming centre of Ayamonte, where there are more places to eat, drink and enjoy local culture.

There are 56 double guest rooms within the hotel, each decorated with modern furnishings to a high standard. All of the amenities that you could want or need can be found in these rooms, 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.

The Residences at Mar Menor Golf Resort 

Situated in the heart of the Mar Menor Golf Resort are The Residences, which are all beautifully furnished, well designed and 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 golf course on-site, but plenty of other brilliant courses situated in the area including La Torre, El Valle, Alhama Signature Course and Hacienda Riquelme. Besides playing golf, you can relax around one of the swimming pools within the resort or work out in the gym or on the tennis courts.

The apartments have one, two or three bedrooms and 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. Each also includes modern essentials such as 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.

Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa

Next up is Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa which is situated just a mile from Whitchurch and boasts two excellent golf courses, extensive leisure facilities and a wonderful restaurant for you to enjoy during your tranquil golf break. 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 grounds, eating and drinking at excellent Borders Restaurant and Masters Bar, and of course, playing a few rounds of golf on the golf courses here.

There are two courses on site: 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 is 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 with a steam room, sauna and a range of different health and beauty treatments on offer. Not only are the leisure facilities excellent, but the rooms at this resort are lovely and spacious and boast all of the amenities that you could want or need for your next golf break within the UK.

Westin Resort Costa Navarino

The first of our 5* resort recommendations is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino. With impeccable service, a huge range of facilities and luxury guest rooms, it really does come as no surprise that the Westin Resort Costa Navarino has been voted as one of the best resorts in Greece, as well as also being voted as a nominee for one of the Best Resorts in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards. 

As expected at any luxury five-star resort, all of the guest rooms and suites at the resort are huge and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a great stay. Depending on their personal preferences and budgets, guests can choose from a comfortable Deluxe Room to a Premium Infinity Suite with its own private infinity pool. 

Guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are never without an opportunity to relax on a well-deserved golf holiday, enjoying the resort’s beachfront location that places it next to two of the region’s most loved golf courses; the Dunes Course and The Bay Course. Whether the guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are looking to challenge the fairways at the local golf courses, catch a tan on the beach or explore some of the region’s charming local towns, they can do so with ease. Alternatively, if they are looking to stay local for a relaxing day, the resort has a huge wealth of facilities to keep all kinds of guests entertained, including an aquapark, ten-pin bowling, a surf school and a fantastic spa facility.

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is another great option for your next golf escape, especially if you’re looking to kick back and enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’, as well as playing some spectacular golf. With its ideal location, the resort is a great option for an extended weekend full of golf, sun, and exploring the South of France’s charming villages, towns, and beaches.

The resort is set in the heart of the countryside in Southern France, positioned less than an hour away from Nice by car. Throughout the resort, guests can enjoy stunning views across the surrounding countryside and enjoy the idyllic ambience that is not commonly found at other popular golf resorts. 

The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is set out in the style of a whitewashed village, with just 114 suites and villas dotted around the resort’s beautiful landscaped gardens. Guests could not be in a better position to enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway in a secluded position in the countryside, with the opportunity for a great round of golf on either Le Chateau Course and the Le Riou Course at Terre Blanchejust next door. Even non-golfers will enjoy staying at the resort, kicking back and relaxing with a great range of five-star facilities on offer.

Verdura Resort

Set on 230 hectares of coastline neighbouring the Mediterranean coastline, the Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel is a five-star resort home to two of Sicily’s best-known golf courses. This resort is widely considered to be a premier golf location and it is surely a very strong contender for your next luxury golf holiday.

Guests can fill their days lounging on the neighbouring white beach or making the most out of the activities on offer within the resort. The Verdura Resort is known best for both its spectacular golf course and its comprehensive spa facility, which helps all of its guests have an unbeatably relaxing stay. 

The spa is widely considered to be among one of Italy’s finest, so a treatment or massage here is imperative for visiting guests. Alternatively, guests can also relax around the two-tiered infinity pool, or enjoy a leisurely game of tennis on one of the resort’s private tennis courts. 

If guests are looking to stay local for their evening meal or fancy a quick spot of lunch, then the resort is also home to four fantastic restaurants to suit every preference and occasion.

Moon Palace Cancun

If golfers are willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable luxury golf holiday, then there could not be a better option than the Moon Palace Cancun, located on the doorstep of the Caribbean Sea.

The Moon Palace Cancun is a five-star resort in every aspect, with an all-inclusive accommodation option that comes in at superb value. Guests can enjoy all the luxury without the huge costs, with spacious and modern rooms fitting for a five-star hotel. 

Each room includes all of the modern essentials to ensure guests have a luxurious stay, and many of them face the sea. Furthermore, with an all-inclusive accommodation option, guests can indulge without having to worry about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. 

The resort is home to an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, so it is fair to say that guests will never be short of opportunities to make the most out of the all-inclusive deals, with plenty of options for a great evening to round up a fantastic round of golf. The resort is also home to five swimming pools, so guests here are never without an opportunity to enjoy the almost guaranteed sunshine and warm weather.

Penha Longa Resort

Set in the beautiful Sintra Cascais Nature Reserve is the Penha Longa Resort. At this resort, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are set back in an idyllic setting surrounded by the rolling hills of a beautiful nature reserve, but still have the charming town of Cascais just down the road.

Cascais is home to a great beach as well as a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops if guests want to enjoy a fun evening out. Alternatively, guests can also just jump on the train and a short journey will take them into Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital with ease. 

With so many options available to explore all that the Lisbon region has to offer, the Penha Longa Resort could not have a better location. However, the local towns are not the only thing that the region has to offer; there is also a wealth of fantastic golf on offer surrounding the resort. 

The Penha Longa Atlantic is a great golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Penha Longa Resort, is situated just next door, so a great round of golf is never far away. For guests to totally unwind and relax, they can enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa, or they can enjoy a sociable game of tennis with friends.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Another great option for your next golf holiday is the Constance Belle Mare Plage, if you are willing to travel the long haul. Positioned on a mile-long stretch of stunning sandy beach facing the ocean, the Constance Belle Mare Plage is not just a great option for your next luxury golf holiday, but it is also a superb choice for a family holiday. 

With impeccable service, a beautiful coastal location and five-star facilities, it comes as no surprise that the Constance Belle Mare Plage was voted the ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort in the Indian Ocean’ at the World Luxury Travel Awards 2016. In 2016, the resort underwent huge renovations with a hefty investment, meaning all of the guest rooms here are unbeatably modern and many of the facilities have been redesigned. 

If guests fancy a break from lounging on the beach next door, then they can just head to one of the resort’s four swimming pools. Alternatively, more active visitors can head to the beach for an opportunity to enjoy a range of exhilarating water sports including snorkelling trips, diving and jet skiing. 

For the younger guests, the resort runs a daily entertainment programme, so children can be looked after while the parents challenge the fairways of the two golf courses at the Constance Belle Mare Plage. Both the Legend and the Links Golf Courses offer a great round of golf, and conveniently for golfers at the hotel, they are both positioned just next door.

Rovos Rail Golf Safari

For something a bit different for your next luxury golf holiday, the Rovos Rail Golf Safari is the perfect mix of all of the best elements of a golf holiday and a safari combined. 

The Rovos Rail Golf Safari is a nine-day trip, beginning in Pretoria and then runs through many of South Africa’s most captivating regions and attractions, before finishing in the Kruger National Park. On the rail journey, golfers will have the opportunity to visit some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches and charming towns, leaving no stone unturned to be explored. 

The Rovos Rail Golf Safari offers golfers the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful regions in the world while still being able to play some spectacular golf across the country. Golfers have the opportunity to play five of South Africa’s most sought-after golf courses, meaning it is a great choice to make the most out of all the superb golf that South Africa has to offer. Guests stay in suites on a train which include all of the modern essentials to ensure you have everything they need to have a great trip.

The Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech

Marrakech has successfully established itself as an up and coming golf destination, making it a great option for your next luxury golf escape. There is a huge range of golf courses, hotels and resorts available to suit golfers of all preferences and budgets, with a huge number of resorts offering all-inclusive accommodation options.

Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech

The Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a superb five-star resort that is ideally located for guests to make the most out of Marrakech’s rich culture, as well as the great range of golf on offer. The resort is conveniently located just a twenty-minute walk away from the centre of the city, so guests are never without an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out, or spend an afternoon exploring Marrakech’s most captivating attractions. 

However, if guests want to relax and stay local to the resort during their stay, there are five restaurants to choose from, as well as a great range of facilities including three outdoor swimming pools and a comprehensive spa centre.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post exploring some of the best 4* and 5* golf resorts on our website. If you’d like to find out more about these properties and look at the holiday packages available, give us a call to discuss booking your next golf holiday.

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About the Author

Matt Standley

I'm a Marketing Executive at Golf Escapes and have been here for over six years. I love my golf and try to get out as much as possible. I play off of a handicap of 18 and my favourite course I've played is either Aphrodite Hills in Paphos or the South Course at La Manga Club in Murcia.

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