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The 12 Best Golfing Holiday Destinations

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our most-visited destinations. All of these golf hotels and resorts guarantee golfers an unforgettable golf escape, set close to some of the most sought-after travel destinations, as well as some spectacular golf courses. For all golfers looking to experience something more than golf on their next golf escape, any one of these hotels and resorts are an unbeatable option. 

While the location of these resorts and hotels are their main selling points, set nearby to some truly captivating towns and cities, conveniently for golfers, they are also set just a stone’s throw away from some of our most played golf courses. Take a look at these suggestions and start planning your next golf escape.

Hotel Jardin Tecina

First up we have Hotel Jardin Tecina which is situated on the beautiful island of La Gomera. The resort is situated at the top of the village, where you can find an array of bars and restaurants as well as a beautiful beach. 

From the resort, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring island of Tenerife. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts stunning garden or sea views which you can enjoy either from a private terrace or balcony. The rooms also feature all of the modern luxuries that you could want or need to make the most out of your stay here including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV.

During the day, you can take a stroll into the fishing village of Playa de Santiago, enjoy a round on Tecina Golf or take advantage of the range of leisure facilities and activities offered at the hotel. There are five pool areas, extensive sporting facilities including tennis and squash courts as well as beach volleyball and table tennis. If you are looking to relax and indulge, take a visit to the hotel’s spa where you can enjoy a signature massage or facial.

Within the village, you can find an array of restaurants and bars, but you can also choose to stay within the hotel and make the most of the great half-board option that is on offer. In the main restaurant, there is a daily buffet and for those looking for true Spanish and Canary cuisine, you can enjoy a meal in the Tasca Fandango. There are five different bars for you to enjoy including the terrace bar which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cold drink! For your next golf holiday to the Canary Islands, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina.

Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech

Movenpick

Up next is the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech; a fantastic five-star resort set in walking distance to the centre of Marrakech. Marrakech is home to all of the essentials for an unforgettable golf holiday; world-class golf courses, a fascinating culture, and a great range of hotels, most of which offer all-inclusive boarding options for a cost-effective stay. 

Marrakech is rapidly becoming a hugely popular destination for golf holidays, overtaking many of the typical golf holiday destinations in Europe. It’s easy to see why as soon as you visit; a golf holiday in Marrakech truly has something for everyone, whether they play golf or not.

Guests are just a twenty-minute walk from the centre of Marrakech, with its famous Jemaa El Fna Square and Djemaa El Fna Square, or Koutoubia Mosque. Not only does the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech have the perfect location to explore all of Marrakech’s best attractions and its rich history, but it is also perfectly located to play some of Morocco’s best golf courses. 

Both the Montgomerie Marrakech and the Tony Jacklin Signature Course are widely considered among the best golf courses in Marrakech, and conveniently for golfers staying at the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, they are approximately fifteen minutes away from the hotel. Even for non-golfers, the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi is a fantastic hotel with its spacious guest rooms and its excellent range of bars and restaurants, all serving up authentic Moroccan cuisine. Its best facility is undoubtedly its spa, offering a huge selection of indulgent massages and treatments.

Hotel Sevilla Green Suites

​​Another fantastic choice for your next golf holiday in a must-visit city is the Hotel Sevilla Green Suites, situated in the surrounding area around Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds, set back from the hustle and bustle of the inner city. 

In Seville, visitors can enjoy the true tastes of Spain in one of the many tapas bars and restaurants, as well as explore some of its authentic culture and history. There are several tour companies located in the city; a great option for visitors to make sure they do not miss out on any of the key sites. In the evenings, guests can head into town with ease to enjoy a leisurely meal, then they can walk off dinner meandering around the cobbled streets of the city to also admire its beautiful architecture. 

The Hotel Sevilla Green Suites is a great option for golfers looking to play one of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz’s best golf courses with ease, as well as having easy access to one of Spain’s best cities. The Real Club Sevilla Golf is just next door to the hotel, meaning a fantastic round of golf is never far from the reach of guests. Even experienced golfers will find a round of golf here to be a stern challenge, but it has never failed to attract players back to tackle its greens year after year.

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is yet another great choice for your next golf holiday, situated in the heart of the popular up-and-coming golf destination, Abu Dhabi. This five-star resort is the ideal choice for all golfers looking to treat themselves and loosen the purse strings a bit, but at the Westin Abu Golf Resort and Spa, you certainly get what you pay for; spacious guest rooms, impeccable service, excellent facilities, and most importantly, spectacular golf. 

The guest rooms here are spacious, even for a five-star hotel, and all of them include all of the essentials to ensure guests have a fantastic stay. Furthermore, when guests are taking a break from playing the nearby golf courses and exploring the local area, they will never find themselves short of things to do. The resort is home to a huge range of facilities to keep all of its guests entertained, and even has its own private beach area on the nearby Saadiyat beach. 

Without a doubt, the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa’s best feature is its golf course located on-site. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is one of the most played golf courses in Abu Dhabi, and with a unique layout and impeccable greens, it comes as no surprise. Abu Dhabi is home to a host of fantastic attractions suitable for every guest. 

On their non-golfing days, guests might decide they want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach catching a tan, the more active guest might opt for a day out on Yas Island to visit its huge waterpark or shopping mall, or you can even travel just twenty minutes away to visit the Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Grand Prix.

Aphrodite Hills Hotel

Another fantastic option for your next luxury golf holiday is the Aphrodite Hills Hotel, located in the prestigious Aphrodite Hills Resort in the highly sought-after area of Paphos. Paphos is undoubtedly a must-visit golf destination with its selection of world-class golf courses, beautiful beaches and luxury hotels. A golf holiday at the Aphrodite Hills Hotel offers prospective guests an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of sun, sea and most importantly, golf. 

Paphos is the ideal location for your next upmarket golf holiday as it is known for its stunning white beaches and quaint cobbled streets, filled with authentic Cypriot restaurants. Its harbour is one of the main features here, home to a wide range of bars and restaurants. 

While the Aphrodite Hills Hotel is set slightly back from the centre of Paphos, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of town. Set away from the centre of Paphos, guests can enjoy all of the fantastic golf that the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus has to offer in a peaceful setting. Undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in Paphos, this is widely considered to be an essential item on any itinerary for an unforgettable golf break in Cyprus.

Hotel Guadalmina

Located in the popular resort of Puerto Banus lies the Hotel Guadalmina, a superb four-star hotel that is centrally positioned to explore the beautiful Old Town in Marbella, as well as enjoy a night out on the town in Puerto Banus. The hotel is set directly on top of one of the Costa del Sol’s lovely sandy beaches, meaning guests are never without an opportunity to catch a tan. 

Puerto Banus and Marbella are both considered to be key towns in the Costa del Sol and are a consistent favourite among golfers for more reasons than just the fantastic courses in the region. Puerto Banus is the perfect place for large golfing groups to visit for a buzzing nightlife or a sophisticated dinner on its upmarket marina. 

Alternatively, Marbella’s Old Town is home to beautiful classic Spanish architecture and a host of authentic Tapas bars and restaurants. There are many quaint squares filled with bars and restaurants, and even during the day visitors can spend their afternoons walking around the quiet cobbled side streets to explore some of Marbella’s hidden treasures. 

The Hotel Guadalmina is not just perfectly positioned to explore the popular towns of Marbella and Puerto Banus, but it also has an ideal location to help its guests enjoy some of the fantastic golf that the Costa del Sol has to offer. Located just next door to the hotel are the Guadalmina North and the Guadalmina South golf courses, two of the area’s most-played golf courses. 

Even when guests are not playing either of the two Guadalmina golf courses, they will never find themselves short of things to do at the hotel. There’s always an opportunity to catch a tan as you are just metres away from a fantastic beach, and the hotel also has an outdoor pool area with sunbeds and parasols.

Dona Filipa Hotel

Vale do Lobo is Portugal’s biggest and most exclusive luxury holiday destination. The estate spans over 400-hectares and boasts beautiful scenery, two championship golf courses and a three-mile-long sandy beach. Within the estate, you can find dozens of bars, shops, bistros, cafes and even a nightclub as well as extensive sporting facilities. 

Within the estate sits the brilliant five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. This hotel sits next to the Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course and is within close proximity to San Lorenzo Golf Course. For those looking for relaxation, there is the brilliant Vale do Lobo spa where you can choose from a range of different health and beauty treatments or just enjoy the facilities including the sauna, hot tub and jacuzzi.

The hotel boasts a wonderful location and is beautifully peaceful, yet you are just seconds away from all of the leisure facilities within the Vale do Lobo Estate. You can enjoy access to the stunning Vale do Lobo beach as well as the rest of the estate, home to a great range of leisure facilities, a children’s Kangaroo Club, private tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and a great selection of spa facilities.

Within the hotel, you can find the Dom Duarte Grill and enjoy a fine dining experience with authentic cuisine originating from India, Africa and South America. There is also a great cocktail bar with its own outdoor terrace that features live piano music during the summer months.

Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully decorated and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private, spacious balcony as well as Wi-Fi access and complimentary toiletries. Alternatively, when you choose Vale do Lobo Estate you can opt to stay within the Deluxe Apartments, which are a great option if you are looking for a self-catering golf break. 

The apartments sit in the heart of the estate with the Vale do Lobo Royal and Ocean Golf Courses located just next door. You can choose from a one, two or three-bedroom Margarida apartment, each featuring attractive décor and modern amenities to make sure that you can fully enjoy your stay at the Vale do Lobo Estate.

Verdura Resort

Situated in Sicily is the Verdura Resort, which lies on the South West coast near the seaside town of Sciacca. The hotel plays host to the fantastic Verdura Golf Course which is a stunning course and will test golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has established itself as being amongst Europe’s premier golfing destinations and provides guests with an air of unspoilt exclusivity that very few places in Europe can rival.

There are excellent facilities within the hotel including an award-winning spa, the championship golf course, six tennis courts, a two-tiered infinity pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre and various water sports. It is safe to say that you would never be bored during a stay at this fantastic resort.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully appointed with Olga Polizzi-designed interiors as well as a private balcony or terrace offering stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The rooms are all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. If you are looking for a luxury golf holiday, look no further than the Verdura Resort in Sicily.

Acaya Golf Resort and Spa

Next, we have the stunning Acaya Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Italian countryside but still boasts a great location as you can drive into the historical centre of Lecce in just 20 minutes and out to the beautiful coastline of Southern Italy in just 5!

With a great golf course next door, a beautiful, historical town just a short drive away as well as easy access to a stunning beach, it is no surprise that this hotel made our list of must-visit destinations for your next golf escape. In the town of Lecce, you can take part in a range of different historical excursions and explore the local attractions.

Whilst you’re not exploring Lecce, sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying a round of golf, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include two outdoor swimming pools and an excellent spa. Within the spa, you can find a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi and a Turkish bath to help you relax after a testing round of golf!

The Acaya Golf Resort boasts an array of drinking and dining options. At the Gian Giacomo restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of fine, Italian cuisine which is all created using the region’s freshest, local produce from a Michelin star chef. In the mornings, you can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold breakfast foods.

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech is a great four-star hotel that sits overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option that is perfect for those wanting to eat and drink as they please on their golf escape!

The resort spans over 10-hectares and features a range of leisure facilities including three swimming pools, landscaped gardens and a small lake. There are plenty of sporting activities available as well as Spa Sensations where you can relax and opt to purchase a treatment or two.

Whilst you are not enjoying everything that the resort has to offer, you can venture out into the city and take part in various excursions that will be offered to you. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service which runs six times a day from the hotel to the centre of Marrakech.

Of course, there are some great golf courses nearby to the hotel – nine to be exact! With nine different golf courses to choose from, we know that no one could get bored here. Golf courses in the area include Al Maaden, The Montgomerie, Noria and Tony Jacklin Signature Course, all of which are just a short drive from the hotel.

The hotel’s main restaurant boasts a vast and delicious menu, offering a wide array of different cuisines to cater for everyone. The hotel’s guest rooms are all decorated beautifully and boast private balconies as well as other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Situated in Madeira, Portugal is Casa Velha do Palheiro. This is a stunning five-star golf resort that boasts 37 luxurious guest rooms as well as a full spa. The hotel lies next to the famous Palheiro Gardens which were created over 200 years ago.

From the hotel, you can enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course. When you’re not playing a round on the golf course, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a heated swimming pool with a sauna, steam room and a full spa.

Something unique to this hotel is that you can make use of the hotel’s private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ which sits at the Funchal Marina. You can use the yacht for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep-sea big game fishing.

Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort

Last but not least is the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort, positioned in the heart of the rolling hills in Andalucía in the Costa de la Luz. With a world-class golf course located on-site and a fantastic location close to the nearby town of Benalup-Casas Viejas, it comes as no surprise that the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is widely considered to be a go-to golf destination. 

Despite the rapid growth of golf in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz, the Fairplay Golf Club has never failed to stand out from all the other golf courses in the area, as its quality is unmatched. The resort layout mimics a classic Andalusian village, as all of the guest rooms are scattered throughout the resort, linked by cobbled pathways and picturesque squares. 

Aside from its golf course, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort has a great range of leisure facilities for its guests. It’s the ideal setting for guests to totally relax and indulge in a well-deserved massage or treatment at the on-site spa. Alternatively, guests can spend their afternoons soaking up the sun around the outdoor swimming pool area, or they can head to the fully-equipped fitness centre, or play a leisurely game of tennis. 

The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, and its guest rooms are no exception. There are just 134 guest rooms here, all of which are spacious and elegantly decorated, and include all of the essentials to ensure all of its guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on our must-visit destinations for your next golf holiday. Whether you are looking to recharge your batteries while enjoying some spectacular golf, or you are just looking to make the most out of staying nearby to some fantastic towns and cities, get in touch to get started with booking your perfect golfing 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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