4* Favourite Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our four-star favourite hotels which boast fantastic facilities, excellent locations and superb golf that you can enjoy. With the sun starting to come out, it is time to start thinking about your summer golf escape to make sure that you get to enjoy some sunshine and some beautiful golf this year…

The excellent four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel boasts an amazing location just nine minutes’ walk from the beach in the heart of Eastern Algarve. The hotel is set amongst lush green pine trees, so you can enjoy the feeling of peace and tranquillity, but you are just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo where there is a variety of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. This is a beautiful and classy hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms which are fully-equipped with all of the amenities that you could need including free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. As you are so close to so many bars and restaurants, you may choose to eat out but if you decide to remain within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed as the hotel’s restaurant serves homemade, delicious cuisine. This is a great little hotel with everything that you could possibly need for a brilliant golf break to the Algarve with an outdoor pool, the beach and a great town nearby and fantastic golf at Quinta do Vale.

The charming Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is situated just 30 minutes south of Lisbon and boasts its own 18-hole golf course on site as well as other excellent facilities. The great thing about Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is that it is situated in a beautiful and tranquil location surrounded by the region’s best vineyards, but it is also just 15 minutes from the historic city centre of Setubal and five minutes’ drive from Palmela village. Each of the guestrooms boasts a contemporary theme and boasts a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as stunning views overlooking the golf course. At the hotel’s Pitch and Putt Bar, you can enjoy a range of light meals, drinks or pastries whilst overlooking the golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant offers a superb menu with a collaboration of regional and international dishes. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the Montado golf course, you can access the hotel’s spa facilities or go for a swim in the pool. Whether you are looking to travel with friends, family or a group, this is an excellent four-star hotel for you to choose for your next golf break to the Lisbon area.

Hotel Alicante Golf is a brilliant four-star hotel situated on the stunning Costa Blanca. Situated just ten minutes’ walk from the beach (there is a free transfer during the summer months) and set in beautiful gardens sits this lovely hotel which also features its own 18-hole golf course as well as other excellent facilities. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of brilliant golf, you can relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool or in the designated relax area. There is also the hotel’s spa for you to enjoy which boasts an indoor pool, a sauna and a massage service. The hotel is situated along Playa San Juan where there is a fantastic array of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy which means that you will never be short of some great food and wine during your stay here. It is no surprise that Hotel Alicante Golf is one of our recommendations for a brilliant golf escape to the Alicante area with everything that you could need or want for a fantastic golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant Crete Golf Club Hotel where you can enjoy world-class service at a stunning hotel in an excellent location. The hotels itself is situated at The Crete Golf Club which is a fantastic 18-hole championship course in Hersonissos. Whilst you are not out enjoying a fantastic round of golf, you can spend time relaxing around the hotel’s pool which is a beautiful infinity pool which boasts stunning views overlooking the golf course, the nearby mountains and the sea. Alternatively, you can use the hotel’s well-equipped fitness centre. All of the hotel’s rooms are fitted with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need for a brilliant golf escape including flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. If you are looking for somewhere where there is plenty to do in the local area, then this is a great one for you as Aquaworld Aquarium and Labyrinth Park are just over a mile away from the hotel. The popular resort of Malia is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel and boasts great nightlife and stunning beaches. With so much to do, see, eat and drink in the hotel and the hotel’s local area as well as the superb golf course onsite, this is the perfect place for your next golf holiday.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that this blog has piqued your interest about some of the excellent hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy somewhere sunny this year…

Golfing in the UK

This week’s blog is a UK Special on the great golf resorts and course that are on offer right here in the UK. Although it is a little cold outside, there is nothing better than a great round of golf in some refreshing and bright conditions which you can get without travelling too far. Take a look at some of these brilliant resorts and their courses and book your next UK golf escape for 2018 now…

 

First up, we have The Oxfordshire which is an excellent four-star hotel with luxury rooms and extensive spa facilities just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford. Each of the rooms is very spacious with luxury furnishings and in each of the ensuite bathrooms, there are luxury toiletries. You can also enjoy access to your private balcony from your room from which you can look out across the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. In each of the rooms, there is also a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Whilst you are not playing a round on the fantastic championship Oxfordshire golf course, you can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s Tempus Health and Fitness Centre where you have access to a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a modern gym as well as an array of different health and beauty treatments to choose from. This hotel boasts a fantastic location nearby to many cities as well as excellent services and facilities for you to enjoy here.

The four-star Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club is situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside and boasts everything that you would need to have an excellent golf break including two 18-hole golf courses, beautiful scenery, a modern leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. Each of the bedrooms boast private ensuite bathrooms, cosy seating areas and work desks and some of the rooms boast balconies from which you can look out onto the stunning golf course from. The award-winning Wealden View Restaurant serves delicious British cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list that would suit any diner! You can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s elegant bar where you can find a range of different drinks and snacks available. Whilst you are not out playing on one of the impressive golf courses where you can soak up magnificent views of mature woodland and parkland, you can relax in the hotel’s leisure centre where you can find an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. This hotel boasts two fantastic golf courses on site as well as easy access to Royal Tunbridge Wells where you can find an array of different bars, restaurants and shops as well as activities to enjoy – this is a perfect destination for your next UK golf break.

Next up is the excellent four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which is situated in the heart of Hampshire and boasts three challenging 9-hole golf courses on site where guests can enjoy preferred tee times. Each of the luxurious rooms within the hotel has an ensuite bathroom with a power shower and complimentary toiletries and in the bedroom, you can find a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. You can enjoy having breakfast served in your room each morning and for other meals, you can enjoy eating at the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant. This hotel boasts a great location halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke where there is so much to do and see. This is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK if you are looking for a small and luxurious hotel to enjoy with extensive golf facilities.

The impressive four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa is set amongst beautiful Cheshire countryside just ten miles from the city of Chester. The hotel itself boasts two fantastic golf courses (Championship & Premier), extensive spa facilities, an award-winning restaurant and an indoor pool onsite of the hotel. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boast impressive ensuite bathrooms which have walk-in showers and huge bathtubs. Whilst you are enjoying your luxurious room, you can also look out onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside with views of the rolling hills and the two superb golf courses in sight. After you have enjoyed a round of golf, you can take a dip in the pool or enjoy the spa facilities available before returning to your room to prepare for a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Whilst you are staying here, you can explore stunning surroundings, play some brilliant golf and relax in a luxurious hotel which makes the Macdonald Portal Hotel an excellent choice for your next golf break.

The four-star Macdonald Aviemore is a fantastic family hotel which is located within the Cairngorm National Park. The Macdonald Aviemore Hotel is situated within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort which boasts seven different restaurants and bars, extensive leisure facilities and a nearby championship golf course. Each of the rooms within the hotel feature a flat-screen TV, a private ensuite bathroom with either a shower or bathtub and free Wi-Fi. If you are looking to stay here with your family, you can book one of the family rooms with bunk beds or pop-up beds. The hotel’s restaurant, Spey Burger, is a contemporary American-style family diner which serves delicious burgers, burritos and milkshakes as well as other American diner favourites. There are many other restaurants within the resort including Aspects Restaurant and Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante in another nearby Macdonald Hotel. This is a great hotel if you are looking for lots to do and see within a short distance of the hotel, including the brilliant Spey Valley Golf and Country Club.

The four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club is set in a 13th century building within 300 acres of private parkland. The hotel boasts extensive facilities on-site including a spa, two 18-hole golf courses(Moorland & Priory), an indoor pool and a fitness area. Each of the bedrooms are situated within th 13th century building but boast all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Priory Restaurant which is set in an ancient wine cellar and boasts excellent food and wine. You can eat in the Tempo Restaurant and Bar for a more relaxed atmosphere but still excellent food and drink. This is a beautiful and interesting hotel with the Breadsall Priory golf course within easy access from the hotel.

Another excellent Marriott Hotel is the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. The hotel is set within a 17th century house which is situated within 200 acres of private parkland and boasts its own PGA championship golf course as well as other impressive facilities like an award-winning restaurant and an extensive leisure centre. After you have enjoyed a round on the fantastic Hanbury Manor golf course, you can spend time in the leisure centre where you can find an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, a hot tub and steam rooms to enjoy. The hotel is the perfect blend of modern luxury and old-world charm with traditionally decorated bedrooms fitted with luxury amenities including flat-screen TVs, work desks and laptop safes. The hotel boasts a great sports bar, Vardon’s, which is an old wood-panelled bar serving afternoon teas, drinks and cocktails as well as light meals and snacks. For a more substantial meal, you can enjoy sitting out on the terrace of the Cast Iron Grill enjoying a fantastic meal and looking out onto the 18th hole of Hanbury Manor golf course. If you are looking for a luxurious and beautiful hotel with a simply breathtaking golf course then look no further than the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club for your next golf holiday within the UK.

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Vale Resort which is set amongst 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside. This is a magnificent golf resort with two excellent golf courses on site – The Lake Course and Wales National. Whilst you are not playing a round on one of the great golf courses, there are plenty of other leisure facilities to keep you entertained or relaxed including an impressive gym, a large indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath! You can choose from the two restaurants onsite including the AA Rosette Vale Grill which serves modern welsh cuisine and boasts picturesque views over the Lake Course. Each of the rooms signifies luxury with huge luxurious beds, ensuite bathrooms with power showers and many of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Vale of Glamorgan. This resort is not only very luxurious with excellent facilities and golfing options, but it is just 15 minutes’ drive from the exciting city of Cardiff where you can find so much to do and see including extensive bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to stay for a luxurious golf break close to a vibrant city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will be entering 2018 by booking a brilliant golf escape with us…

Algarve Special

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the brilliant hotels and resorts that are on offer in the Algarve. The Algarve is known as a brilliant golfing destination due to its great weather almost year-round, excellent golf courses and luxurious hotels and resorts. With the end of 2017 fast-approaching, it is time that you start to consider your next golf escape and this is the perfect blog to help you do so.

First up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts an excellent location set within five of the best golf courses in the Algarve and just two minutes’ drive from the hotel is Vilamoura marina where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants. At the Hilton Vilamoura you can experience the ultimate luxury with lake-style outdoor pools with waterfalls and a futuristic spa as well as your rooms. Each of the rooms is decorated with a contemporary design and boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony from which you can enjoy views of the nearby golf course or the hotel’s gardens. This is a hotel where you can have a very luxurious golf escape whilst playing some of the best courses on the whole of the Algarve…

Nestled in the Monchique mountains is the fantastic five-star Macdonald Monchique hotel. The hotel boasts an excellent location in an area of outstanding beauty away from the hustle and bustle of towns but in a position which means that access to some of the best courses in Vilamoura, Lagos and Silves are within easy distance from the hotel. You can spend your days here either on one of the local golf courses or relaxing by one of the outdoor pools, subject to charge, you can get the shuttle to Alvor Beach which is a beautiful place to relax! The hotel boasts four brilliant restaurants including an award-winning restaurant to a pizzeria to a tapas restaurant and an internationally themed buffet restaurant there is certainly something for everyone. If you are looking for a hotel in a stunning location away from busy places but close to some excellent golf courses then this is the perfect destination for you.

Situated in the Eastern Algarve just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tavira is the brilliant Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. The Country Club is situated on the same property of the fantastic Monte Rei course which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Here, you can stay in spacious villas which are all fully-fitted with a kitchen, living room and all of the amenities you would need for a golf break here. There is a restaurant onsite if you don’t want to self-cater all of the time which is a magnificent place to eat with high vaulted ceilings, and stunning views out across the 18th hole and the ocean. With a swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities as well as the brilliant Monte Rei course, it is no surprise that this is a golfer’s favourite.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort is a beautifully luxurious hotel situated in a fabulous location within the elite Vale do Lobo estate. Guests at the hotel have the exclusive chance to pre-book tee times at the fantastic San Lorenzo course which is just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel. On your doorstep, you have the stunning Vale do Lobo beach, the brilliant spa and many other sporting and leisure facilities to enjoy on the estate. When it comes to dining, the Primavera Restaurant serves amazing buffets with both international and regional delicacies for both breakfast and dinner. This is a fantastic hotel where you will experience nothing but high levels of service, a warm welcome and brilliant facilities (including excellent golfing opportunities).

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel situated in the centre of Vilamoura but perhaps not looking to pay extortionate prices then the five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is the perfect choice for your next golf escape. The hotel is situated between the Marina and the beach and boasts excellent facilities such as its excellent spa where you can find a range of different treatment options, saunas and a hot tub. All of the rooms boast a furnished balcony from which you can look out onto the beautiful surroundings of the hotel and the rooms also feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries and a TV. With vast private gardens, a lovely outdoor pool, extensive spa facilities, easy access to everything that the town of Vilamoura has to offer and excellent golf courses nearby – this is the perfect hotel for your next golf break to Vilamoura.

The four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set in a lush green forest of pine trees and boasts luxurious suite accommodation in Castro Marim just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. Each of the very spacious suites is decorated with earthy tones and boasts a satellite TV, a balcony, a separate lounge area and a fully-fitted kitchenette. The hotel’s brilliant A Terre restaurant is a lovely place to eat where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean food. This is a beautiful place to enjoy your next golf break with easy access to the Quinto do Vale course and the Praia Verde beach.

The five-star Lake Resort is last, but certainly not least. The hotel boasts an excellent location in the heart of the great town of Vilamoura and has become a firm favourite for people looking for a golf break with a beautifully luxurious resort. Here, you are just 350 yards from the beautiful Falesia Beach and at the hotel, there is a natural, sandy beach pool as well as a floating restaurant. Although you are located so close to some of the best restaurants and bars in Vilamoura, the hotel boasts three restaurants and two bars which range from Oriental cuisine to fresh fish to a casual pool bar so you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. With a prime location, great golf including all three of the Dom Pedro courses and excellent facilities onsite of the hotel, this is the ideal resort for your next golf break to Vilamoura if you are looking for ultimate luxury.

We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has made you consider some of the brilliant options both hotel and golf-wise in the Algarve

Focus on Costa Blanca

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels and their golf courses that are on offer on the Costa Blanca. The Costa Blanca comprises of 200km of Mediterranean coastline with some fantastic coastal destinations for your next golf escape. With brilliant weather for most of the months of the year, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and incredible resorts and golf courses there is nowhere better to escape to…

The five-star La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort offers guests brilliant value for money and boasts a superb location set in La Finca Golf Course. Whilst you are not on the La Finca Golf Course or one of the other golf courses in the area, you can spend time doing other sporting activities like tennis and the gym, relaxing at the hotel by the hotel or in the spa. The spa boasts all of the amenities that you would expect including a sauna, a hot tub and a range of different treatments available. Each of the lovely rooms here at the hotel boasts either golf course views or views of the outdoor pool area. If you are looking to leave the hotel, Alicante Murcia are just 40 minutes’ drive away and there are the brilliant beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja just 15 minutes from the hotel. Within the hotel, you can find its own brilliant restaurant which serves delicious and creative Mediterranean food and there is also a poolside bar and café for lighter meals which you can eat out on the terrace. This is a great place for your next golf escape to the Costa Blanca…

Situated just one minute’s walk away from the beach is the lovely four-star Oliva Nova Beach and Golf Hotel. Whilst you are not out relaxing on the beautiful beach to which you have direct access from the hotel to, you can spend time relaxing around the large outdoor lagoon-style pool or in the hotel’s brilliant spa. Each of the elegantly designed rooms is very spacious with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi throughout your stay. Each of the rooms boasts its own covered terrace from which you can have brilliant views out across the complex and of the nearby sand dunes or Montgo Mountains. There are two restaurants onsite, the El Olivio Restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and a restaurant situated on the poolside’s terrace. You can also find an Irish pub on site and a beach bar. This is a brilliant hotel where you can enjoy a lovely stay and play golf break to the Costa Brava, especially with the excellent Oliva Nova Golf Club.

Hotel Alicante Golf is an excellent four-star hotel situated in a stunning part of the Costa Blanca just 900 yards from San Juan Beach and in the summer, a free transfer from the hotel to the beach is offered but even if you walk, it is only ten minutes. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony as well as all of the other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a TV, minibar and safe. Within the area, you have access to a large shopping area which is also where you can find some restaurants and bars if you are looking to eat and drink outside of the hotel. With beautiful gardens, a fantastic beach nearby, Alicante Golf – the brilliant 18-hole course designed by Seve Ballesteros, a relax area and an outdoor pool – this hotel really has everything that you could possibly need or want for a great golf holiday to the Costa Brava.

The four-star Melia Villaitana is located just under two miles from Benidorm and 20 minutes’ drive from Alicante. The resort offers you a fantastic place to stay with some brilliant amenities and facilities within the hotel as well as easy access to the Villaitana courses. The Melia Villaitana was built in the style of a traditional Mediterranean village and each of the large rooms boasts its own private balcony or terrace. The 25 separate buildings that Melia Villaitana is comprised of imitate picturesque plazas and historic corners of the region which makes staying here a novel experience. Whilst you are not playing on one of the fantastic Villaitana courses (Levante & Poniente) that you are situated between at Melia Villaitana, you can relax in the wellness centre in the sauna or water circuit with thermal baths. Although you are so close to both Alicante and Benidorm where you can find a wide array of different restaurants, bars and nightlife entertainment, the hotel boasts its own excellent restaurants and bars for you to enjoy! This is the perfect place for you to stay if you are looking for great golf, great weather and somewhere to stay which is of excellent quality and value.

Last, but certainly not least on our guide to some of the best hotels and resorts for your next golf break to the Costa Brava is the Las Colinas Residences which are situated in the heart of the beautiful Las Colinas golf course and is a fantastic option for you if you are looking for somewhere great to stay and play where you have the option of self-catering. Each of the individual apartments is fully-fitted with a kitchen, air-conditioning, a satellite TV and a large private terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views. Whilst you are staying in the apartments, you have easy access to the resort’s communal pools and you can eat out at the clubhouse’s restaurants or choose to dine out on your own private balcony or terrace at your leisure! With arguably one of the best courses in Spain just a few minutes’ walk from your apartment, this really is the ideal place for you if you are looking for the ultimate stay and play resort on the Costa Blanca.

We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and whilst the weather is getting colder you are thinking about when you are going to book your next golf escape to the sun…

Focus on Lanzarote

This week’s blog is a focused piece on the brilliant Canary Island – Lanzarote. Lanzarote boasts great golf-playing temperatures almost all-year round with a mild and dry climate which also makes it perfect for holidaying. This is a beautiful place to talk a golf break to and with so many brilliant hotels and golf courses it isn’t hard to see why…

Costa Teguise Golf is a brilliant golf course which is a firm but fair challenge of golfers of all handicaps. This is arguably one of the most prestigious courses in the Canary Islands due to the fact that it boasts spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean, excellent training facilities and a varied course design that anyone will most certainly enjoy. The course features a range of different holes including doglegs and those that are filled with hazards which means that you will have to rely on your accuracy and strategy if you are looking to score well here especially as its seaside location means that there is always at least a soft breeze making things a little trickier. This is a scenic and impressive course and one that must not be missed out when you are planning your next golf escape to Lanzarote.

Another impressive course the Lanzarote Golf Resort which is set in the heart of Puerto del Carmen and from the course you can enjoy picturesque views of volcanoes. The golf course was designed so that it is playable for golfers of all handicaps which is one of the things that makes it so brilliant as it is a fair challenge for everyone. The course blends into its natural landscape which is very hilly which means that this course has wide undulating fairways which are lined with indigenous plants and mature palm trees which are lying in wait for errant shots. The 12th hole which is a par-3 is considered to be the signature hole here as it is played from the highest point on the course where you can experience simply breathtaking views. This is a brilliant round of golf for golfers of all abilities – a true gem.

If you are looking for a luxurious and peaceful hotel to stay in in Lanzarote then you need look no further than the Barcelo Teguise Beach which is an adult-only hotel just three minutes’ walk from the beach in Costa Teguise. Whilst you are not lying on the beach or by the large outdoor pool you can spend time on one of the nearby golf courses (including Costa Teguise Golf) or if you are looking for a luxurious experience, you can enjoy time in the wellness centre where there is a Turkish Bath as well as some sensation showers and a sauna. Each of the spacious rooms boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony and outdoor furniture. This is a great hotel in a brilliant location – the perfect destination for your next golf break.

Also close to Costa Teguise Golf and LanzaroteGolf Resort and located just 200 metres from the lovely Playa Grande Beach is Apartamentos Fariones. This lovely apartment resort boasts a brilliant location close to the beach, the promenade where there is an array of shops, bars and restaurants as well as close to two excellent golf courses. There are 138 apartments here and each of them boasts excellent views as well as either a private balcony or terrace, a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom as well as Wi-Fi. After you have enjoyed a round on one of the excellent golf courses in the area, you can spend time relaxing on the beach or around one of the outdoor pools and this resort is perfect both for families and couples as there is a designated adults-only pool as well as a kids’ club. If you are looking for a place to stay where you are at the centre of all of the action then this is perfect for you.

The four-star Sol Lanzarote Resort is an all-inclusive resort that is set in the centre of Puerto del Carmen on Playa de Matagorda. Within easy distance from the hotel you have access to a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as 6km of beaches and some brilliant golf. There is so much to do and see within the local area including Cueva de Los Verdes which is one of the world’s largest volcanic tunnels or the Timanfaya National Park where you can enjoy untouched scenery of a volcanic park. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and decorated beautifully as they were all renovated recently in 2015. Each of the rooms boasts a private and furnished terrace where you can relax and enjoy either garden, sea or mountain views. With everything that there is to do and see in the area as well as three outdoor pools, a gully-equipped gym, a tennis court and a spa you will never be short of something relaxing to do here.

Another all-inclusive four-star resort is the Hotel Grand Teguise Playa. The hotel is located right on the beachfront of Teguise where you can enjoy different watersports as well as easy access to the bustling Pueblo Marinero square which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel boasts two sea water pools and a botanical garden as well as brilliant fitness amenities and the option for a luxurious massage or a trip to the sauna. Whilst you are not out exploring the local area’s different restaurants and bars, you can enjoy brilliant food and drink in the hotel with the hotel’s El Jabillo Restaurant which serves lovely Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. This is another stunning resort with lovely rooms (some of which boast their own private balcony with sea views) and great facilities in an excellent location.

The five-star Hesperia Lanzarote is a scenic and luxurious resort which is located close to Puerto del Carmen and the brilliant golf courses in the area. Puerto del Carmen is just 10 minutes’ away from the hotel which means that you are within easy access of lots of different bars and restaurants but there are some excellent restaurants at the resort including the a la carte restaurant El Risco which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Each of the 331 rooms at the resort are light and airy with a private balcony or terrace attached to each room from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views. On the resort, there are four swimming pools, a spa and sports club where you can find a gym, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish Bath. There is also a kid’s club if you are planning on bringing your family. This is the perfect resort for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

Yet another brilliant resort which boasts easy access to both Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf is Seaside Los Jameos Playa which is set just a stone’s throw from the stunning Playa Pocillos Beach in the area of Puerto del Carmen. This four-star resort boasts an excellent beach front location and is only ten minutes’ walk from the town of Matagorda where you can find excellent beaches as well as many different restaurants and bars to enjoy and Puerto del Carmen is only ten minutes’ drive away. All rooms feature the amenities that would be expected from a hotel of this standard as well as either a private furnished terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not out exploring or on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy spending time relaxing by one of the outdoor pools or in the Finnish Spa which is arguably one of the best on the island. This is the perfect resort for you if you are looking for a quieter golf escape but somewhere where you can access lively places easily.

Last, but certainly not least, is Suite Hotel Fariones Playa which is another brilliant four-star complex from which you can have direct access to the beautiful beach as well as easy access to the two brilliant golf courses – Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf as you are situated in Puerto del Carmen. The Playa Grande is arguably the most popular beach on the island and it isn’t hard to see why with its white sands and crystal-clear waters and by staying at this resort, you have direct access onto this beach. Each of the luxurious suites within the resort features its own kitchenette and private terrace from which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the local surroundings. With direct access onto the beach, easy access to two brilliant golf courses, several outdoor pools, a spa and a gym you really don’t need much more when you are looking for somewhere lovely to stay for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

With all of these fantastic resorts and hotels as well as the two excellent and scenic golf courses and of course, the year-round mild temperatures – there truly is nowhere better for you to start planning your next golf break to than the beautiful island of Lanzarote.

Your Guide to some Very Special Golf in 2018

This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.

First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.

The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.

Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.

The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.

Courses Close to the Airport

This week’s blog is a guide to some great courses and hotels that are close to an airport. When you are looking for your next golf break, it is sometimes good to consider courses to base your break around that are nearby to an airport. This can be ideal for short golf escapes to a sunny destination, perfect for long weekends away or even if you are not keen to hire a car whilst you are away as transfers are obviously cheaper if you stay closer to an airport.

A short drive from Lisbon’s city centre is the brilliant Belas golf course, just 25 minutes from Lisbon airport. The course meanders through mounds and from many of the tees you can enjoy stunning views across the Sintra Hills. From the white tees, this course is a long one at over 6,700 yards which makes it a fair challenge of golf, especially due to the other features of the course, including the penal rough where you could lose more than a few balls. Throughout the course, there is a selection of good par 3s including a few spectacular drop holes. There are some standout holes, including the 5th which is very long and has many strategically placed bunkers. The finishing four holes is brilliant beginning with the 15th hole which is a downhill rollercoaster par 5, there is then the heavily bunkered dogleg 16th hole, then the 17th which is exceptionally tricky with water on both sides of the green. The 18th is a fantastic finishing hole, it is a short par 4 where you are hitting downhill from the raised tee whilst avoiding the pond to the right. The course features some very memorable holes and views which makes it a great course to base your next golf holiday around, especially as it boasts such a great location between Belas and Lisbon. If you are looking to plan your golf break around this great course, look at the fabulous Sheraton Cascais Resort as you can play many more courses with that hotel as your base.

Next up, is the stunning four star Hotel Gran Ultonia – 18 minutes from Girona Airport. This hotel boasts a great location just a few hundred yards from Girona Cathedral and the Barri Vell District. Each of the rooms at this hotel is stylish and functional with elegant and modern bathrooms as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. As the hotel boasts such a fantastic location, you are never far from great bars and restaurants but there are also two brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the hotel. The PGA Catalunya courses are both excellent but different which means that they are the perfect addition to your stay at Hotel Gran Ultonia. The PGA Catalunya Tour course may be a little shorter and easier to play than the Stadium course but with an abundance of pine trees and water hazards lying in wait for any errant shots, you cannot afford to not play with accuracy. It is a brilliant holiday course as it provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium is arguably one of the best courses in Spain but it is a very challenging one, located just 7 minutes from Girona Airport. The course is very long and very hilly, however, there are five sets of tees to choose from so even golfers with higher handicaps are catered for here and may have a chance at scoring well if they can still play with accuracy! Right from the 1st tee you can see how brilliant this course is as you start off with an elevated drive to a dogleg left par 4 hole. Not only is the course a magnificent round of golf, but the scenery is beautiful – this is a world class course and not one to be missed out on when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa Brava.

Alicante Golf Resort is located just on the edge of Alicante City, near San Juan Beach where the weather is great golfing weather practically all year round and as the course and Hotel Alicante Golf is 21 minutes from Alicante airport, so this is the perfect destination for a golf escape any time of the year. The course is a traditional one and since it opened in 1998, several alterations have been made including the addition of artificial lakes and rivers which have made the course a very tricky one. In order to score well, you must play strategically as there are many hazards along the course that can cause you to lose your ball. This is a brilliant course and Hotel Alicante Golf is a stunning hotel with brilliant facilities. This is the perfect hotel and course combination for a great golf break to Alicante regardless of the time of year…

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf boasts a stunning location just 10 minutes from Tenerife South Airport, and it is positioned right in the centre of its very own nature reserve and allows you to feel like you are separated from the rest of the world with nearby golf courses and the brilliant facilities at the hotel to enjoy. However, although everything here is peaceful and calm, just 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the town of Los Abrigos where you can find a wide array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. The prestigious Golf del Sur sits just next door to the property and there are other courses nearby including: Amarilla Golf, Buenavista Golf, Golf Costa Adeje and Golf Las Americas. Golf del Sur is just 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel and the course runs along the stunning coastline. This is a truly scenic course with stunning views and interesting black volcanic sand bunkers, cacti and palm trees dotted around. Arguably, the signature hole of the course is the par 4 3rd hole on the North nine which is a lush and long hole and has a long and narrow green to reach beyond the bunkers and other hazards waiting. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Tenerife, especially with the tropical climate here all year round…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, consider somewhere easy to access from an airport so that you can make the most out of your time there – especially if it is a long weekend to blow away the cobwebs until we reach the summer months.

Chase the Sun on Your Next Golf Escape

This week’s blog is about some of our lovely resorts at which you can stay and still enjoy brilliant sunshine. With winter fast approaching us, it is time to think about when you will next be able to get out of the rain and onto the golf course somewhere warm and sunny and it isn’t too late to get some much-needed vitamin D this side of Christmas or at least book something for early next year to avoid the January blues!

First up, we have the fantastic five-star Korineum Golf and Beach Resort which is located in North Cyprus in the foothills of the Five Finger Mountain and since opening in 2009, has established itself as one of the most luxurious and beautiful resorts in the region. The resort boasts spacious and beautifully decorated rooms which all feature private balconies from which you can enjoy views across the gardens, the mountains and out towards the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts an excellent location within stunning surroundings and just 3 kilometres from Turtle Beach and just 20 minutes’ drive from Kyrenia town. Whilst you are not out on the golf course, which is just a few minutes’ walk, you can enjoy the resort’s well-equipped fitness centre, play a game of tennis or relax by the resort’s large outdoor pool area. For the ultimate relaxation experience, you can take full advantage of the spa and wellness centre where you can choose from a range of treatments or just use the sauna and Jacuzzi. This is a great resort where you can stay and play an excellent golf course as well as enjoy high levels of service and high temperatures throughout many months of the year.

Islantilla Golf Resort is a lovely four-star hotel situated in an idyllic location just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach as well as just a few minutes’ walk from a commercial centre which hosts a small but substantial selection of different restaurants and shops. The hotel is also just over 30 miles from Faro Airport. With a 27-hole golf course to enjoy as well as the hotel’s other facilities including the beach club which is just a mile away which boasts a great pool area as well as watersports. Not only does the hotel have excellent facilities to enjoy and relax in but the dining options here are also excellent with the nearby commercial centre and also the fact that our prices include the half board option which can be used in the resort’s buffet restaurant. After a long day on the golf course or relaxing on the beach or by the pool and after a few courses in one of the restaurants you can enjoy the stylish and air-conditioned rooms which are all fitted with the amenities expected from a hotel of this standard. Being located on the Costa de la Luz Huelva means that the sun shines on through to late October normally and begins shining again as early as March time which makes this an excellent destination for your winter break.

Located in sunny Belek is the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa which boasts a stunning location, just five minutes’ walk onto the hotel’s own private beach area on Iskele Mevkii beach. This is a truly luxurious hotel with staff who try their upmost to make your stay as wonderful as possible and excellent facilities and rooms to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The hotel’s all-inclusive option is excellent as the hotel’s buffet restaurant serves delicious food with delicacies from all around the world including traditional Turkish dishes. The hotel boasts 571 beautifully decorated and spacious rooms and there are many different room styles to choose from to make your stay as tailored to your preferences as possible. Whilst you are not on the Cornelia Faldo golf course or relaxing by one of the resorts’ pool areas or on the private beach then you can take a trip to the hotel’s spa where there is a range of different treatments and massages or if you are looking to stay active there are many different activities run daily with the hotel’s entertainment team or you can take part in watersports and even play tennis or billiards. A stay at the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort is a truly luxurious experience and in Belek you can get some sunshine late into the year and even early next year…

Lauro Golf Resort boasts lovely, well-appointed apartments which boast an excellent location as they overlook the brilliant 27-hole complex at Lauro Golf as well as the stunning Andalucian countryside. Guests also enjoy the location here as it is just five minutes’ drive to both Alhaurin de la Torre and Alhaurin El Grande and only 20 minutes’ drive from beautiful beaches and the airport. This is the perfect place for a winter golf escape to the Costa del Sol, especially for small groups and families who are looking for a quiet break with excellent golf, great nearby towns and plenty of things to do and see in the local areas.

Oliva Nova Golf & Beach Resort, Valencia offers a great stay for any guest, for families & groups alike. Overlooking the gleaming ocean lies the 4* hotel, boasting a lagoon style pool, fully equipped spa facility, pubs & restaurants, tennis court, football fields & the on-site Seve Ballesteros designed Oliva Nova golf course. Each room offers a splendid view of either the Mongo Mountains or surrounding areas…A great place to relax in the sun.

 

Although there are many great resorts, there are also many great golf courses and you can always base your next winter golf escape around a brilliant course on the Canary Islands, especially as any course there is somewhere that you can experience lovely temperatures through Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer…

Lanzarote Golf Resort boasts an idyllic location in the heart of Puerto Del Carmen. The course is an undulating one which has wide fairways and spacious greens but these features don’t make it a walk in the park as it is a fairly long course at 6,133 metres from the back tees. As the course is not overly difficult and has a few challenging holes, it is the perfect holiday course as you can experience stunning weather year round on this course as well as get the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lanzarote’s traditional landscapes. With year round playability and stunning surroundings, this is an ideal golf course to add to your itinerary (or base your golf break around!) next time you are planning a winter golf escape…

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…

Cyprus Special

This week’s blog is on the joys of Cyprus and some of the best hotels and golf clubs that Cyprus has to offer you for your next golf break. Cyprus boasts brilliant long summers right through from mid-May to mid-October and even at other times of the year, the weather is still mild and mostly dry which makes it an ideal destination for your next golf escape. With beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and fantastic golf courses you need to look no further than Cyprus when thinking about planning your next golf holiday…

The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated right in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos. The hotel is a perfect example of how classic and contemporary styles can be combined in order to create a luxury hotel within stunning surroundings that boasts excellent facilities and accommodation. Each of the 290 opulent guest rooms each feature their own private terrace or balcony where you will either be able to see out across the Aphrodite Hills course, over the hotel’s gardens or out to sea. The rooms are all fitted with everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a spacious luxury bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, a mini bar and a satellite TV. Dining at the resort is excellent, there is a wide range of different restaurants and bars where you can find everything from evening fine dining to local casual daytime dining. Some of the most popular places include the Greek Cypriot tavern Pithari Tavern where you can eat out on the terrace that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea or the Gate to Indian Restaurant where you can enjoy innovative Indian cuisine within an elegant setting.

You can spend your time here relaxing by the large outdoor pool and if you prefer somewhere quieter you can even make use of either the indoor pool or the adult-only swimming pool. There is also a 24-hour gym and the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy as well as two brilliant golf courses to play on: Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus and Minthis Hills.

The five-star Thanos Almyra Hotel is set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical grounds just five minutes’ walk from Paphos Harbour. There are no fewer than four freshwater pools for you to swim in or relax around and if that isn’t enough relaxation for you then you can enjoy time in the fully-fitted spa where you can choose from a range of holistic treatments and massages as well as the sauna and the gym. Each of the rooms are spacious and either have floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies or terraces from which you can look out to the stunning views of the garden or the Mediterranean Sea. They also have a satellite TV, a minibar and a safe. There is plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink at the hotel as there are four different restaurants which serve different cuisines ranging from traditional Cypriot dishes to international dishes. As well as the hotel’s fantastic restaurants, you are within short walking distance of Paphos Harbour where you can find many different restaurants and bars as well as the Medieval Castle of Paphos which is the perfect place to explore. This is a beautiful hotel and one where you can spend your time relaxing, playing golf or exploring the local area…

Thanos Annabelle Hotel is another five-star luxury hotel which is set amongst tropical gardens which boast palm trees, flowers and the seafront. Once you have stepped out of the hotel, you are only eight minutes’ walk from the golden beach but right at the hotel you can enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool with its swim-in caves. Whilst you are not by the pool or on one of the great golf courses nearby, you can take a walk through the landscaped gardens to admire the waterfalls or even use the spa at Thanos Almyra Hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms are elegantly designed with marble features and fitted with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including bathrobes and slippers as well as a minibar, a satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The Annabelle’s on-site Mediterranean Restaurant serves delicious traditional Cypriot and Greek dishes as well as international dishes. Of course, as you are so close to Paphos Harbour whilst staying here, you can venture out for food and drink if you would prefer. Whilst you are out of the hotel, you can take a trip to the local shops or take advantage of the watersports and other activities that are available in the local area. This is the perfect destination for your next golf escape and it isn’t hard to see why…

Thanos Almyra Hotel and Thanos Annabelle Hotel are both beautifully designed and boast of all the facilities and qualities of five-star hotels but the best thing about staying in either of these lovely hotels is the fact that within a short distance of both hotels lie three brilliant golf courses: Elea Golf Club, Secret Valley and Minthis Hills.

Minthis Hills Golf Club is just 25 minutes’ drive outside of Paphos Town and sits 550 metres above sea level which means that from the course you can see stunning views across the surroundings which include the grounds of a 12th century monastery. This is a very scenic course as not only are there stunning views to see but the fairways are lined with fruit trees and grapevines. Although the course is not the longest at 5843 metres long, it is a tricky one which requires accuracy if you are to avoid the various hazards including water, trees and bunkers and not only are there hazards on the course, but due to the position of the course, there is a constant sea breeze which can sway your game off track! The signature hole of the game is arguably the 13th hole which is a difficult par 3 where the green is situated on an island which is surrounded by water. This is a seemingly straightforward course but one that must be approached strategically – a brilliant addition to your golf break to Cyprus.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can appreciate all the brilliant hotels and golf courses that you could enjoy if you book your next golf escape to Cyprus