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!