This week’s blog is a guide to a couple of the best properties and golf courses that we have on offer for groups. Besides great value, these properties offer excellent golf either on-site or within the local area, lovely facilities and the atmosphere that you would want from a resort that you were staying at for your next group golf escape.
We’re here to find a package that suits all your group members’ needs and to make sure you choose the destination right for the holiday you want!
Pestana Dom Joao II
First on the list we have the Pestana Dom Joao II, which is situated in the Algarve. With one of the prettiest beaches just next door and five fantastic golf courses available to play, what could be more appealing?
The hotel is also just a short walk into the fabulous town of Alvor where there are copious amounts of bars and restaurants that are perfect for an evening out after a tough round on one of the Pestana courses. The hotel has been decorated with a modern style and all the rooms are fitted to a high standard and are of a comfortable size.
Not only does the hotel boast a beachside location, but there is also an indoor and an outdoor pool perfect for relaxing after a good night out in Alvor. This hotel is truly in the ideal position both for fantastic golf courses, with the five Pestana courses all being within a 25-minute drive and for great nightlife and eateries in the centre of town. Look no further than this hotel for a lively group golfing escape.
Islantilla Golf Resort
Islantilla Golf Resort is a brilliant four-star hotel that boasts an excellent location next to the fantastic 27-hole Islantilla golf course and is only a 10-minute walk from the beach. This is an excellent hotel with stylish rooms, a pleasant atmosphere, excellent facilities and great golf as well as its brilliant beach club where you can find a pool, watersports and a beach bar.
There are plenty of things to do at the resort besides playing golf including two paddle tennis courts and a spa to relax in. As there are four restaurants within the resort, you will never be short of somewhere excellent to eat and drink, with a varied buffet restaurant, an Andalusian grill bar, an Italian restaurant and the Beach Club where you can sit and enjoy a bite to eat and a few drinks on the lounge-terrace overlooking the sea.
Islantilla is a great 27-hole complex just an hours’ drive from Faro Airport and is regarded as one of Southern Spain’s finest courses. All three of the nine loops meander through pinewoods and many of the holes boast stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The beauty of having three different 9-hole layouts is that you can choose to play the two loops that take your fancy or the ones that are most suited to your golfing ability. Each one of the 27-holes at Islantilla is kept in perfect condition all year round and you are sure to have a superb golfing experience here. With three different loops of 9-hole which are all excellent, a brilliant resort to enjoy and beautiful weather on the Costa de la Luz for many months of the year, it is no surprise that we highly recommend Islantilla Golf Resort for your next group golf break.
Next up we have the Luna Olympus apartments which are situated just 250 metres from the beach and surrounded by the commercial areas of Vilamoura. This is the perfect location for those groups looking for the best nightlife that the Algarve has to offer as well as a great beach and some fabulous restaurants.
The apartments are spacious and fully fitted with air conditioning, an LCD TV with satellite and a kitchenette. There is also a large balcony attached to each to enjoy the views and a cold beer after a long day at the golf course.
Golf Escapes clients will receive free shuttles to Vilamoura’s golf courses during their stay, making this perfect for those groups looking for some great golfing in the day and then a walk into town in the evening! As well as the beach, the hotel also has a lovely outdoor pool area which is great if you’re not looking to venture from the hotel for the day! If your group is after a great town with superb nightlife as well as a lovely beach and marina, then these apartments are ideal for you.
Holiday Polynesia Hotel
Groups seeking something a little calmer should look into staying at the fabulous Holiday Polynesia Hotel in Benalmadena. With some fabulous golf courses just a few minutes drive away as well as plenty of great activities on-site such as diving and tennis this really is an all-inclusive gem in the Costa del Sol.
The hotel also boasts a spa complete with a sauna, whirlpool and a steam room as well as a gym which is great for a little bit of relaxation! There’s also a complimentary shuttle most mornings to the marina and Costa Mijas, which guests should take advantage of!
All the rooms at this hotel are spacious and clean and the food options are varied but high quality. The hotel is actually situated right on the beach which is perfect for chilling out after a night in the bars!
Although the hotel is not within walking distance to extensive nightlife, the hotel offers a shuttle down to the bus stop where you can travel to different towns and explore a bit more – even catching the train to Malaga! This is perfect for an all-inclusive group golf holiday to the Costa del Sol.
The four-star Magnolia Hotel boasts a fantastic location situated in the surroundings of the prime golf destination of Quinta do Lago, which means that it is close to some of the finest golf courses, most beautiful beaches and great shops in the Algarve. Each of the 74 stylish and well-appointed guest rooms is equipped with air-conditioning, modern amenities and private balconies. When you aren’t enjoying a round at one of the excellent Quinta do Lago golf courses, you can spend time relaxing by the heated outdoor pool, work out in the gym or on the tennis court or relax in the hotel’s sauna and steam room.
The hotel’s poolside restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner where you will be served a variety of different local dishes as well as international favourites. At the bar, you can enjoy cocktails and other beverages either at the indoor bar or poolside.
The highly acclaimed Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo courses are just a short drive from the hotel which makes this an ideal option for a great stay-and-play golf break to the Algarve. Quinta do Lago Laranjal was originally an orange grove but today it is a stunning 18-hole championship golf course where you can enjoy a challenging round of golf with its undulating fairways, large lakes and well-defined greens. This is a superb golf course where accuracy is key if you are hoping for a good scorecard.
Quinta do Lago North has undergone extensive redevelopments alongside Paul McGinley and it has been developed into a superb course with some very impressive holes. In particular, the finishing holes offer you the chance to take some great risks and maybe get rewarded if you play well!
Last, but not least, is Quinta do Lago South which is one of the most popular courses on the Algarve and is perfect if you are a long but accurate hitter. With stunning surroundings, many water hazards and weaving fairways in and out of the pine trees, this is a challenge but an excellent round of golf for those of all abilities.
La Manga Club
The apartments at Las Lomas village in La Manga offer a fantastic self-catering opportunity to those groups wanting to cook for themselves or even eat out rather than eat in the hotel all the time. There is a huge outdoor pool perfect for soaking up a little bit of sun after a round or two on one of the great La Manga golf courses which are close by to the apartment village.
The apartments are in a stunning location and overlook the sea and the North course. There is a fantastic shuttle service at the resort which means that all the bars and restaurants are within reach by using this service, although there is also the option of cooking in the apartments as they are all fitted with a full kitchen. The apartments also feature a large balcony as well as spacious bedrooms making it perfect for a group as you will all have your own space.
If you have a car or choose to get a taxi then the Cabo De Palos harbour is just a few minutes drive away and offers a wide range of bars and fish restaurants. This resort is ideal for those groups looking for the opportunity to cook for themselves as well as having everything they could possibly need onsite and not to forget the fabulous La Manga golf courses nearby!
Hotel Melia Villaitana
Last but not least on the list we have Hotel Melia Villaitana. This hotel is situated just 20 minutes from the vibrant city of Alicante and between two fantastic courses: the Levante course and the Poniente course. These courses offer a challenge whilst being great fun to play on your next golfing holiday!
The hotel features two lovely pool areas around which you can relax pre or post-round. The breakfast buffet is extensive and you have the opportunity to eat out on the lovely terrace.
Guests can venture into Benidorm on a night out which has a vast array of bars and restaurants and some fun nightlife, but the hotel bar is also reasonably priced and has a great atmosphere too. For those looking for more nightlife, Alicante is just a taxi ride away.
The rooms at the Hotel Melia Villaitana are all spacious and fitted to a high standard, making your stay here both comfortable and enjoyable. It’s an ideal place for those looking for peace, serenity, relaxation and some great golf during the day and then some fun and lively evenings in Benidorm. Another ideal location for a fun and exciting golfing trip away for groups!
With these three excellent golf courses as well as the other facilities and excellent accommodation options within the resort, we hope that you consider this excellent resort for your next group golf holiday.
If you’d like to find out more about holidays at any of these resorts, get in touch and speak to a member of our team to start booking your next golf escape.