Spotlight on the JJW Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the JJW collection. This collection of hotels: Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort, Penina Hotel and Golf Resort and the Formosa Park are three fantastic properties which offer luxurious accommodation, brilliant facilities and most importantly, excellent golf. They are also all situated on the beautiful Algarve where you can experience lovely temperatures through from April to October-November time for golf which makes one of these properties the ideal place for your next golf escape…

First up, just two minutes’ walk from Vale do Lobo Beach is the five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort. This is arguably one of the finest hotels in the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. Whilst you are staying here, you can enjoy spacious rooms which boast all of the modern amenities that you could need including a flat-screen TV and a minibar whilst the rooms still retain old-world charm. You can spend your days relaxing by the large outdoor pool from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, or you can venture just 200 yards to Vale do Lobo Beach. If you are looking for the ultimate relaxation experience, take a trip to the Estetica Spa where you can enjoy a massage or the other spa facilities. The hotel’s main restaurant, the Primavera Restaurant, serves delicious buffets which boast both regional delicacies and international dishes and after dinner, you can enjoy a cocktail and other beverages at the San Lorenzo Bar. Of course, the hotel and all of its facilities, including its brilliant location, is very important but one of the best things about staying here is that you can pre-book tee times for the Algarve’s premium course – San Lorenzo.

In the past, San Lorenzo golf course has been ranked as the second best course in the whole of Europe which means that is a must-play for any keen golfer when visiting the Algarve. This world-class golf course is set alongside the Atlantic upon sandy and undulating terrain. The course’s fairways are lined with umbrella pine trees and the course borders on to the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. The first five holes wind through a pine tree forest before the course opens up at the par 3 5th hole where the backdrop is the coastline, after this hole you venture past the Ria Formosa before finishing at the opposite side of the Ria Formosa which actually comes into play for the final two holes. The 18th hole is a brilliant risk-reward hole and is a difficult long par 4 where you have to avoid the water which runs up the left side of the hole before trying to land your shot on the island green – a spectacular finish to an incredible round of golf indeed. If the hotel isn’t luxurious enough then the chance to play at this gem of a course should be enough reason to book your next golf break to Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort tomorrow.

Another brilliant five-star resort is the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort which is a beautiful and elegant hotel with an outstanding reputation among many golfers and non-golfers alike. The hotel is set within lush gardens and boasts a wide range of sports and leisure facilities including three golf courses and a huge outdoor swimming pool to relax around during the day. The hotel boasts an excellent location, just five minutes’ drive from Alvor Beach and Continente Shopping Centre. All of the rooms at Penina are light and airy and many have private balconies and seating areas which overlook the pool area. Whilst you are not out on one of the golf courses or relaxing by the pool, you can take a trip to the spa where you can have a massage from a wide range of treatments, enjoy the sauna or workout in the fully-fitted fitness centre. Whilst you are here, you will never be short of somewhere excellent to eat or drink as there are five restaurants onsite, each of which has a different speciality whether it be traditional Portuguese dishes or Italian or other international cuisines. Besides all of the excellent facilities and restaurants, the most important thing about a golf escape is the golf and the golf here will not disappoint you as you can enjoy the Penina Championship and the Penina Resort courses.

Penina Championship course is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel’s front door and although the course is fairly flat and walkable, it is a stern test of golf with many trees, water hazards and strategically placed bunkers. It is impossible to pick out just one brilliant hole from the Penina Championship course as so many of them are memorable and present different challenges from the brilliant risk-reward 5th hole where you must either take a risk but play accurately to avoid the large lake and out of bounds and reach the green in two shots or take the longer but safer route. Then, there is the 12th which is a long par 4 where the small green sits directly behind a lake. The Penina Resort course is only 9 holes but you play the course twice to make it to 18 holes. The Resort course is tricky with many lakes and bunkers but it is an enjoyable one where your skills will be tested (but not as much as they are on the Championship course) in beautiful surroundings. So many people return to Penina Hotel and Golf Resort year after year after year and once you take a trip here you will be sure to understand why…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Formosa Park which is situated between the Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo resorts within a protected nature reserve on the coast and is just five minutes’ walk from one of the Algarve’s finest beaches: Ancao Beach. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach, you can enjoy the hotel’s lovely outdoor pool area which can also be overlooked whilst you are out enjoying a delicious breakfast on the terrace. All of the accommodations boast private balconies and fully-equipped kitchens which means that you have no reason to venture out of the hotel even if you don’t want to overspend on your next golf break. However, there are a good selection of restaurants within five minutes’ driving radius of the hotel. Not only can you get the chance to play the world-class San Lorenzo course here but you can also play Pinheiros Altos which is situated in the Quinta do Lago estate and has wide fairways which are heavily lined with trees and are undulating which can make this course a little tricky. The course’s name translates to “tall pine trees” and you can see how this course was so aptly named but its beautiful surroundings can distract you from the fact that this is a challenging course to even golfers with the lowest of handicaps. After your round, you can enjoy a drink and even a meal in the luxurious clubhouse. The Formosa Park Hotel is an ideal destination for any type of golfing holiday whether it be with a family or a group or if you are just looking for a quiet romantic getaway.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about the destination for your next golf break, you consider the JJW Collection of hotels and all that they have to offer in terms of service, luxury and golfing opportunities…