This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf resorts that Golf Escapes has to offer. All seven of these resorts offer all three components needed for an unforgettable golf holiday; sun, luxury, and most importantly, fantastic golf. Whether golfers are looking to spend their non-golfing days lounging around the side of a pool or exploring the neighbouring towns and cities, any one of these seven resorts would be an unbeatable option for your next golf break. While all of these resorts are undoubtedly a luxurious option for a golfing getaway, they still offer excellent value for money. With a great round of golf never far away and impeccable service, all seven of these golf resorts would be a great choice for your next golf escape.

First up is the four-star La Cala Golf Resort, one of our bestsellers and a popular favourite for many. With three award-winning golf courses on-site and a great location just a short drive away from La Cala de Mijas, this does not come as a surprise. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds in an idyllic golfing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring town of La Cala de Mijas, but for an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out, the town is just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel. Furthermore, the La Cala Golf Resort is also positioned just a short drive away from one of the stunning beaches that the Costa del Sol is known so well for. The resort’s location is not its only selling point, however, guests will never struggle to enjoy their relaxing golfing retreat with the resort’s many leisure facilities, including a fantastic spa area and outdoor swimming pool area. The La Cala Golf Resort is an unbeatable option for any serious golfer with an impressive three golf courses located on-site to the resort, so golfers are always overwhelmed with options for their next round of golf. The La Cala America, the La Cala Asia and the La Cala Europa all offer players a fantastic round of golf with stunning panoramic views across the rolling hills of the Spanish countryside. Out of the three, the La Cala America is said to offer the best views, however, the La Cala Asia is undoubtedly the most challenging, despite it being the shortest in length.

The La Manga Club Resort is home to anything and everything that a golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; fantastic golf, excellent leisure facilities, and both the option of having a self-catered golf holiday in a luxury apartment, as well as a five-star hotel. For all those seeking a luxury golf holiday in Spain, the La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a great choice with its spacious guest rooms, spa and wellness centre, and impeccable service. Here guests can fully indulge in relaxation to make the most out of the fantastic golf on offer just next door. Alternatively, for a more laidback golf holiday, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a great option. The Las Lomas Village comprises of a range of four-star apartments, perfect for a self-catered golf break. Guests can enjoy the La Manga Resort’s excellent facilities at great value for money, including the resort’s highly-acclaimed three golf courses. All three of the golf courses at the La Manga Resort offer golfers the opportunity for a fantastic round of golf, and conveniently for guests, they are never more than a stone’s throw away. Higher handicappers may lean towards the La Manga North more than the other two golf courses as it is typically viewed as the easiest of the trio, whereas the La Manga is home to the best views and the most unique layout. However, out of the three La Manga golf courses, the La Manga West is considered to be the best golf course and it holds the best reputation as it is consistently awarded one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe.

Another great option for your next luxury golf holiday includes the Praia d’el Rey Resort, home to both a five-star hotel and a ‘village’ of apartments and townhouses. Guests here can enjoy a stunning coastal location just next door to one of the many beautiful beaches that Portugal has to offer. Furthermore, the Lisbon province in Portugal is known for its mild climate throughout the year, so the fantastic golf courses in this region can be enjoyed throughout the year. For all those looking for an unbeatably luxurious golfing getaway, the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a great option with its modern guest rooms, ideal location and of course, an award-winning golf course just next door. Here, golfers can enjoy the perfect medley of sun, sea, and most importantly, golf. After a fantastic round of golf, guests can head to the neighbouring beach to catch some rays, then head into the local town of Obidos to spend the afternoon meandering around the old cobbled streets. The Silver Coast in Portugal is known across Europe for its golf courses, and the Praia d’el Rey is widely considered to be a centrepiece for it. With a tricky layout that is often prone to strong prevailing winds across the coast, golfers must anticipate a stern test of golf here as they will be forced to utilise every club in their arsenal. Even the most experienced of players will find this golf course to be challenging, so it hardly comes as a surprise that the golf course has been labelled as “wild and wonderful” by the famous Golf World Magazine. For a round of golf, you are sure not to forget anytime soon, the Praia d’el Rey is a great choice.

The Verdura Resort is an unbeatable option for your next luxury golf holiday, and it would make the perfect base to explore the best-golfing treasures that Italy is known so well for. Here, golfers can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway positioned away from all the busy tourist spots in Italy or the cities, set in the rolling hills of the Sicilian countryside. The resort is home to a luxury five-star hotel located just a stone’s throw away from one of Italy’s best-known golf courses, the Verdura Golf Course, and a long stretch of beach with clear waters and white sand. Not only is the Verdura Resort perfectly positioned to make the most out of Italy’s stunning beaches and fantastic golf, but here guests are also just a short drive away from two of Sicily’s main Greek temples; Agrigento and Selinunte. For a relaxing afternoon when guests are taking a break from enjoying all the local golf courses and the nearby beach, they can head to the resort’s spa centre which is known to be the best in the whole of Sicily with a huge range of facilities and treatments. When the guests at the Verdura Resort have enjoyed a relaxing session at the hotel spa, they can get their heart racing again with a round of golf at the neighbouring Verdura Golf Course. On this golf course, players can take full advantage of the resort’s beautiful coastal setting overlooking the sea and the Sicilian countryside. While the coastal views are undoubtedly stunning, the golf course’s location can cause havoc for a steady scorecard if the prevailing winds are particularly strong, so players must come armed with their A-game here.

Yet another great golf resort located in Portugal is the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, home to one of the Algarve’s best-known golf courses, and the luxurious Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. This five-star resort comprises of a village of self-catered villas with excellent facilities and an unbeatable location positioned just next door to Portugal’s number one golf course, and several towns are also located just a short drive away. For an afternoon of exploring the local area, guests can head into either Tavira, Monte Gordo or Cabanas with ease as they are all less than a twenty-five-minute drive away from the resort. Therefore, if guests also fancy an evening off cooking and a night exploring the local bars and restaurants, then an opportunity to do so is never far away. However, anything and everything that guests could ever want can be found within the resort; great service, fantastic golf, and five-star leisure facilities. The resort is home to a wide range of leisure facilities including a spa area, tennis courts, a fitness centre, and several outdoor swimming pools. The Monte Rei golf course was only opened in 2007, however, it has already established itself as one of Portugal’s best golf courses, and its condition and reputation are certainly enough to rival any one of the classic golf courses in the Algarve region. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, all golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf here. With such a prestigious golf course on-site, it comes as no surprise that the Monte Rei Resort is widely regarded as a fantastic golf resort.

The Costa del Sol is easily one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe, and a consistent favourite amongst those that frequent here is the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa due to its stunning location, luxurious facilities and fantastic golf. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the neighbouring Finca Cortesin golf course, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach to the guests at this hotel. Aside from its world-class golf course, the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is also home to a wide range of leisure facilities which are nothing less than what anyone would expect to find at a five-star resort. The fitness centre here has an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as three other outdoor swimming pools, perfect for soaking up the sun on a relaxing afternoon. Alternatively, the resort is also home to a great range of bars and restaurants to suit any taste. The Finca Cortesin is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, and this does not stop at its golf course. The golf course, designed by the famous golf architect Cabell Robinson, has consistently been ranked amongst the best in the whole of Spain, and it is not difficult to see why. The challenge on this golf course predominantly lies in its size, and even the professionals have struggled to maintain a steady scorecard at one of the many events and tournaments the golf course has hosted.

Last but not least is the Hotel Las Madrigueras, home to the Golf Las Americas golf course. This adults-only hotel is the ideal option for your next luxury golf break with stunning surroundings, impeccable service and great golf just next door. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making the Hotel Las Madrigueras an unbeatable choice for a well-deserved winter golfing getaway. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from the buzzing resort centre, but they are still just a short distance away from the Los Cristianos harbour, as well as a range of bars and restaurants. The Hotel Las Madrigueras is perfect for all those looking to relax during the day, either lounging around the pool or at the beach, followed by a spa session, to then enjoy the lively atmosphere that Tenerife is known so well for. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms at the Hotel Las Madrigueras as very spacious, and the top floor guest rooms overlook the neighbouring Golf Las Americas golf course and the ocean. The Golf Las Americas first opened its greens back in 1998, and it is widely considered to be one of the original golf courses responsible for the huge growth of golf in the Canary Islands, as well as setting the standards high for the creation of all future golf courses here. Its greens are kept in immaculate condition throughout the year, so golfers can take full advantage of Tenerife’s yearly average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The Golf Las Americas is a leisurely golf course for a great sociable round of golf with a fantastic mix of par 3s, 5s and 4s.

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We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post on seven of the best golf resorts you can find across the globe. Any one of these golf resorts would provide you with an unforgettable golf escape, regardless of whether you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway or a cultural trip balanced with some fantastic golf. But if you are finding it too difficult to pick just one, then just give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to help you have your best golf holiday yet, filled with sun, sea, luxury, and golf. 

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic Tivoli collection. All of these hotels and residences are situated in stunning areas on the Algarve, where you can experience luxury accommodation, beautiful weather and great golf. The great thing about a golf break to the Algarve is that the weather is perfect golfing weather right though until October/November time which means that it definitely isn’t too late for you to start thinking about one of these superb destinations for your autumn golf holiday…

First up, we have two fantastic options for the bustling town of Vilamoura where you can take walks around the marina and enjoy some superb restaurants and bars after a long day of playing golf and relaxing by the pool.

The Residences at Victoria are located in the centre of Victoria Golf course and comprise of luxury apartments with spacious living rooms, flat-screen TVs and a fully-equipped kitchens. However, if you are not looking to self-cater there are plenty of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of the apartments which serve different cuisines and of course, Vilamoura is just under a ten minute drive away. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can relax around one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or even visit Marina beach which is just a 12-minute drive away. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy golf at the Oceanico courses. Oceanico Pinhal is one of the older Oceanico courses but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best. The holes and their fairways blend effortlessly into the rolling landscape, although this is a tough course with tight fairways and a few water hazards it is a great, scenic course perfect for your next golf holiday. The other frequently played Oceanico course is Laguna which is laid out over flat ground which gives it a links-style feel and with plenty of water and sand hazards to navigate your way around this isn’t an easy course either. With luxury apartments, great leisure facilities and even better golf, this resort offers you everything that you could want for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and more.

Next up we have Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, the second property situated in Vilamoura. This stunning five-star hotel offers the same great golfing options as The Residences at Victoria but gives you the opportunity to stay right in the centre of Vilamoura between the Marina and the beach. All of the guestrooms are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can experience panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not playing one of the fantastic Oceanico golf courses you can relax by the large outdoor pool or take advantage of the extensive spa facilities. Dining at the hotel is fantastic, there are three restaurants: a Portuguese restaurant, an Italian and a steakhouse, which are all divine. As you are in the centre of Vilamoura, once you have tried the hotel’s restaurants you can venture out and experience some of the great eateries and bars that Vilamoura has to offer you. This is a beautiful hotel which has fully earned its five-star rating…

Next up, we have the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated in a prime location, in the middle of the marina in Portimão. This four-star hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beach and only five from Praia do Rocha. All of the studios and apartments here are decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and are each fitted with a kitchenette. Although being in the centre of Portimão means that you have extensive dining options, the hotel boasts two fantastic restaurants serving international cuisines and giving you the chance to dine and enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the marina simultaneously. Whilst you are here, there are three great golf courses within close proximity of the apartments: Alamos, Salgados and Morgado which each offer a different round of golf. Alamos golf course features a variety of different holes from those with undulating fairways and small greens to those requiring large drives and strategically placed hazards. The greens are very fast and hard here which means that in order to score well you must bring your putting touch! Salgados is fairly flat but features many water and sand hazards for you to navigate your way around which makes it a tricky round of golf as you will often find yourself losing a ball or two in the water if you are not playing your best! This is a very interesting and fun course to enjoy here. Lastly, we have Morgado which is set within tranquil surroundings and can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps with its wide fairways and fairly flat terrain (at least one the first nine!). This is a popular course here on the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. With all of these great golfing options, fantastic facilities and the chance to stay in the centre of Portimão, it is no surprise that this is a top choice for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Tivoli Lagos is a four-star resort hotel situated in the centre of Lagos and just nine minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully and are each fitted with a private balcony. Through from March to October, the hotel offers a free shuttle down to its private beach of Meia Praia but you can also stay at the resort and enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool. Whilst you are here, you can dine at the traditional Portuguese outdoor grill, the Pateo Velho Restaurant or the international Lacobriga restaurant. This hotel shares the same golfing options as the Tivoli Marina Portimão so you will not be disappointed by the range of golf courses that you will have the opportunity to play on…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Tivoli Carvoeiro which is another fabulous five-star property overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with an elegant contemporary design. For relaxation, there is nowhere better than the Tivoli Spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, the sauna or the Jacuzzi or you visit the fitness centre for a workout. Whilst you are not on the golf course or taking advantage of the spa facilities, you can relax besides the outdoor pool or take a short walk into the beautiful and picturesque town of Carvoeiro. Although there are plenty of great restaurants in Carvoeiro, you can enjoy eating at one of the three dining options at the hotel including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro where you can enjoy fresh fish caught the same day! The Tivoli Carvoeiro also gives you the chance to play the Alamos, Salgados and Morgado courses as they are in close proximity of the resort here too. This is a great place for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see all the great options that the Tivoli collection has to offer you both in terms of luxury accommodation and great golfing options. Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

This week’s blog is a guide to the best places for you to enjoy your family holiday with some fantastic golf on the side. With the Easter holidays fast approaching we are getting to that time of the year where you should be thinking about your family holiday for this year and this is the perfect place for you to start with some fantastic options and great deals to explore…

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First on our list of suggestions is the Holiday Polynesia Hotel which is a great four-star hotel with extensive facilities on the Costa del Sol. The hotel is just under a five minutes’ walk from the beach and features a lagoon-style pool as well as their facilities (including a waterpark!) at the beach club which is open during the summer months. All of the rooms here are decorated with an oriental theme and come with a hob and a microwave which means that although self-catering would be limited, it is possible. However, the hotel does boast a range of restaurants for you to choose from including the Maeva buffet restaurant and Uro Wok which serves oriental cuisine. With plenty of leisure facilities including tennis courts, mini-golf, a cinema and a spa with a separate children’s area this is a superb destination for your next family holiday and with many golf courses within close proximity of the hotel you will get your golf fix too…

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Next up we have La Manga Club Las Lomas Village in Murcia where guests are offered well-furnished apartments that have been built into the hillside here and feature stunning views of the golf courses and out to sea. There are a wide range of different accommodation options here which makes this resort perfect for your next family holiday as you can tailor your holiday to what you and your family want. The village offers a wide range of facilities from the mini-market to tennis courts to a wide range of restaurants for you to enjoy but there is always the option of self-catering in your apartment. There are multiple pools on the resort including specific children’s areas and an extensive spa that everyone can enjoy. This is a super resort for your next family golf holiday and with La Manga Golf Club just a short shuttle away you are never far from the facilities you would want for your ideal golf holiday.La-Cala

Another property which makes the cut is the amazing La Cala Golf Resort, situated in the lovely La Cala de Mijas area. Taking into account the luxury accommodation comprising of the delightful 4* hotel and a list of great amenities, there is no question as to how it has established itself as the premier resort on the Costa del Sol. These amenities include the great bar to relax in after a round of superb golf at one of the three on-site courses, evening entertainment, gym and spa facilities, tennis courts, golf practice facilities, indoor and outdoor pools and a highly rated restaurant serving a large menu of high quality Spanish cuisine, plus much more!

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Aphrodite Hills in Paphos is a luxurious and contemporary five-star resort with deluxe apartments that boast panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea or the on-site golf course that you can enjoy from the floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the apartments and villas. The suites have the option of interconnecting rooms which are perfect for families and there is also a Kids Club and a Crèche Facility. This means that when you are wanting to relax in the spa or play a round on the golf course, your children will be well looked after and they will get the chance to enjoy some fun activities. There are many other activities and facilities that as a guest here you can make good use of and there are several bars and restaurants for you to choose from when it comes to dining options. This is a lovely resort, perfect for a family golfing holiday as there are several courses within a short distance of the hotel.

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In Turkey, we highly recommend the Gloria Golf Resort which is just a six minutes’ walk from the beach and features an on-site waterpark as well as two championship golf courses. All of the rooms are fitted with air conditioning and feature private balconies that look out onto the resort. This hotel boasts a fantastic all-inclusive option which is always great for families and there are six restaurants to choose from both buffet and a la carte options. For children, the resort offers a zoo where there are lots of supervised activities available for children of all ages so that you can enjoy a few peaceful hours away either at the spa or enjoying a round or two of golf! Whilst you are here, you can also enjoy the services and facilities of the Gloria Verde and Gloria Serenity Resorts if you fancy a change of scenery. This hotel offers high-class services and facilities to all of their guests and with there being so many activities, pools and of course, the beach available here it is the perfect destination for your next family golf break.Kristallii

 

Last, but not least, is the Kristalli Apartment Hotel which is a lovely, family-run four-star hotel in Greece. The hotel is set in the picturesque old town of Malia just a stroll away from the beach. The accommodation is modern and spacious here with a private balcony or terrace, a kitchenette and satellite TV. You can relax by the pool or take a stroll down to the beach or into town very easily here. Just ten minutes’ walk away from the hotel are a wide range of different shops, restaurants and bars so you will always be able to find something that everyone would like to eat! This is a lovely destination for your next family golf holiday with the superb Crete Golf Club just 15 minutes’ drive away from the hotel and a town full of culture and history just a short stroll away.

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s guide to the top resorts for your next family golf holiday and that you will take a closer look at anything that has taken your fancy and start preparing fully for Summer 2017…

 

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This week’s blog is an insiders guide to Emporda Golf. This hotel and its surrounding area is perfect for your next golf escape to the Costa Brava as it really has everything – location, great golf and great amenities and service for you to enjoy. This blog will tell you all you need to know about staying at Doubletree by Hilton Golf & Spa Emporda as well as the superb golf courses which are on-site for you to enjoy on your next golf break to the Costa Brava!

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The Doubletree hotel is a small and modern hotel set in the grounds of two fantastic golf courses: Emporda Forest and Emporda Links. All the rooms are decorated in a modern, contemporary style and have their own private balconies as well as free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and an Mp3 docking station. Although this is a fairly small hotel, it has a lovely restaurant serving traditional Catalan dishes as well as a cocktail lounge for you to enjoy a lovely post-round cocktail or beer and maybe an aperitif before dinner!

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You can also enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool and the spa (for a small extra charge) where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a hot tub as well as a fitness centre. Not only does this hotel have two beautiful golf courses and an outdoor pool for you to enjoy but it is also in a fantastic location with several different towns and areas for you to visit and just under 2 miles from the lovely L’Estartit beach. The L’Estartit beach is 5km of golden sand with the beachside town at the end of the beach where you can enjoy an array of shops, bars and restaurants or even hire out equipment for watersports. Although the beach is often quite busy during the summertime, if you walk a little down towards the River Ter you can often have an area all to yourself.

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Just a 15-minute drive away from the hotel are the lively and fun beach resorts of Pals and L’Estartit where you can enjoy a wide array of different bars and restaurants as well as vibrant nightlife. But, on the other hand, if you’re looking for a more charming town with history and culture as well as bars and restaurants for you to enjoy then just a few minutes’ drive from the hotel is the lovely old town of Toroella de Montgri and you certainly won’t be disappointed here. Here you can go scuba diving, visit the castle, enjoy a walk round the old town and experience some old culture and admire the old buildings or enjoy one of the many restaurants which serve everything from fresh fish to tapas to traditional Catalan dishes.

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The Emporda Forest course is a superb course which looks a little average until you get the chance to play a round or two here. With fairways winding in and out of pine trees, strategically placed bunkers and a sprinkling of water throughout the course this is a must-play venue and is one of the most popular courses with the Golf Escapes clients. This is a tough and long course (especially off the back tees) and can prove to be a real challenge for golfers of all abilities. As early as the 2nd hole you are rewarded with a quality hole which is a mid-range par 3 with some strategically placed bunkering on the right. From the 3rd hole up to and including the 5th you play through the pine tree lined, narrow fairways. The 6th hole is one of the best holes that you may get the chance to play and is a great and short par 4 which is a great risk-reward hole where you have to decide right from the tee which line of play you are going to take. The back nine holes are all fabulous holes and close with the 18th which is a par 5 with plenty of water in play and just to make it trickier – 10 bunkers which surround the green!

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Just like its sister course, the Emporda Links course is a long and difficult course with some superb holes that you can enjoy. Unlike the Forest course, the fairways are wide but this doesn’t mean that they are slow by any stretch of the imagination. The course certainly requires precise shot-making in order to score well with rolling bunkers, two large lakes and dunes which fit into the stunning Mediterranean landscape which means that no matter how low your handicap you need to have a lot of concentration! This course is modelled on the classic Links courses that you may find in Ireland or Scotland and the designers here have done a great job of keeping the course in-tune with its surroundings. The Links course also features a great deal of water hazards as well so make sure that you have packed a few extra balls when you are planning on playing either of these courses. The 2nd and 11th holes are often the favourites of the course where you can expect a challenge with some stunning views thrown in. These two golf courses are just another reason why this resort is perfect for your next stay and play golf break to the Costa Brava.7

 

We hope that this blog opened your eyes to the great golf, restaurants, bars, beaches and towns that are awaiting you if you choose Doubletree Hotel for your next golf holiday to the Costa Brava. This really is an ideal hotel in an ideal location with some ideal golf and scenery to top it all off.

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