Insider’s Guide to Italy Golf and More

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best resorts and golf that Italy has to offer. With autumn and winter fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about your next golf escape to the sun and with great food, drink, service, golf and accommodation make sure that Italy is on your radar…

First up, we have Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa which is a superb four-star resort located at the foot of the volcano. The resort offers a stunning location within the Mount Etna Nature Park and many of the spacious guestrooms here offer you beautiful panoramic views over the park of the volcano and the surrounding Sicilian countryside. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the resort’s golf course, Il Picciolo Golf Club, you can spend time relaxing in the resort’s fully-fitted spa which includes a swimming pool, a gym, a sauna, a Turkish bath as well as beautifully decorated massage rooms in which you can choose from a wide range of treatments. The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghiandaia, serves traditional Sicilian dishes or you can have lunch at the golf club where you can enjoy a brilliant and varied lunch menu. This is a great four-star resort which boasts all of these amenities as well as a great half-board option. The golf course, Etna Golf, is the oldest course in Sicily and although is a smaller course, accuracy is required to score well and the course always features a breeze but stunning views due to the fact that it is over 2,000 feet above sea level. This is a perfect destination for your next golf escape to Italy…

The four-star Acaya Golf Resort and Spa boasts a superb location as it is nestled within the Italian countryside surrounded by olive groves and breathtaking Mediterranean landscape but only 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Lecce and just five minutes’ from the beach. The rooms are elegantly decorated and furnished and are equipped with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating including a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. From the rooms, you can enjoy the views across either the golf course, or the Puglia countryside or the hotel’s gardens. This is another brilliant Italian resort which boasts extensive spa facilities including a Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, whirlpool and a steam room as well as a wide array of different treatments on offer. The hotel’s main restaurant, Gian Giacomo, serves up traditional dishes which have all been prepared using local produce. Here, you can either enjoy the B&B option or for a small extra supplement, the half board option and whilst you are not out exploring, enjoying the resort’s facilities or relaxing in the spa then you must play the brilliant (and onsite) Acaya Golf Club which is a charming course with magnificent views of the countryside which boasts a wide variety of different but equally challenging holes. This is a brilliant resort for your next golf break to the Puglia area.

Our next suggestion is the four-star Meltar Boutique Hotel is a converted historic property from the 1800’s which boasts elegant rooms and suites from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s gardens and the surrounding mountains and countryside. This is a perfect hotel for your next couples golf escape to the area as the hotel is located within a golf course but for non-golfers there is an excellent spa which includes a sauna, Turkish bath, a hot tub and a fully-fitted gym. in the summer, breakfast is served in the gardens which is beautiful but the interior of the hotel is equally as elegant with a lounge and fireplace for you to enjoy. The Asiago Golf Club is well-known as one of the most stunning courses in Europe and its fairways wind through pine forests, woods and natural clearings whilst maintaining a fairly flat layout. Not only is the course superb with breathtaking views but it has good levels of playability and boasts some excellent facilities including the club house where you can get some great food and drink after your round. This resort and its course are highly recommended by our team at Golf Escapes and it isn’t hard to see why…

Next, we have the well-appointed three-star Porta San Mamolo Hotel which boasts a central location just 10 minutes’ walk from Bologna’s main square and it isn’t far from some top tourist attractions including the Basilica of San Domenico. The rooms are decorated with a modern theme and a many have terraces with great city views or that boast private entrances from the gardens. In the mornings, you can enjoy your breakfast out in the courtyard and when you are finished playing rounds on one of the nearby three high standard golf courses or exploring the city then you can relax and unwind in the hotel’s 24-hour bar. This is a perfect destination for combining your golf and city break with so many great bars and restaurants nearby to the hotel as well as three excellent golf courses Golf Club Bologna, Le Fonti Golf Club and Modena Golf & Country Club and the hotel is just 15-minutes’ drive from the airport.

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Villaverde Resort which boasts an excellent location where you can have the feeling of isolation and tranquility as well as be very close to some great golf and beautiful historic villages as the resort is nestled in the Fagagna Moraine Hills but is less than a kilometer away from the village of Fagagna and just two-minutes’ walk away is Golf Club Udine. All of the rooms boast private terraces from which you can look out onto the golf course and are fully-equipped with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. This is a new resort as it only opened in 2016 and since then it has gained a brilliant reputation for being a great resort with a fully-equipped spa including a sauna, a Turkish bath, an indoor pool as well as a fitness centre and a seasonal outdoor pool. The hotel’s main restaurant serves local dishes to you whilst you can sit overlooking the beautiful countryside and golf course which surrounds the hotel. This is a modern hotel which is perfect for your next couples golf escape.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, Italy and all it has to offer in terms of cuisine, golf, service and resorts comes to mind.

The Best Resorts for Groups

This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts for your next group golf holiday. When you’re planning a group golf holiday you have to make sure there is some fantastic golf, great bars and excellent restaurants for you to enjoy during the holiday. Spring is a perfect time to go on your next group golf break where you can enjoy the bright and dry weather that England rarely offers us at that time of year!

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Voyage Belek Golf & Spa is arguably one of the best resorts for groups and with Turkey’s climate you are almost guaranteed some fantastic weather from April through to October! This 5-star, all-inclusive resort offers everything you could need for a fantastic group holiday from the spa to the private beach to the fact that you can play two superb nearby courses – Montgomerie Maxx Royal and Titanic Golf Club. The resort boasts a wide range of different eating a drinking options with eight restaurants serving specialities from Mexican to Japanese to traditional Turkish dishes. There are also nine bars for you to all relax in after 18-holes on one of the golf courses or just if you fancy a few after dinner drinks! All of the rooms are beautifully furnished with a flat-screen TV each as well as private balconies for you to enjoy stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea or the golf course. The Voyage is a great resort for your next group golf break because of everything it has to offer in terms of a range of facilities, activities and the golf in the surrounding area is fantastic. With all of this as well as a great spa area and five swimming pools you cannot deny that this is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday as there truly is something for everyone!

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The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course has a fantastic layout making it one of the most popular courses in the Belek region. It’s a fantastic course with water featuring heavily throughout the round making it a tricky one! The 18th is certainly something to look forward to on this course as you will require accuracy in your shot to get to the well-protected green at the end. This course is a scenic one with wide fairways meandering through forests of pine and eucalyptus trees and is certainly one not to be missed. Voyage guests get prime tee times and discounted green fees at this course and if that doesn’t seal the deal for you then nothing will!

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Titanic Golf Club is another beautiful course that you can play when staying at the Voyage and has 27 great holes for you to play. This course has a real mixture of holes from beachside ones to parkland to links style holes! This is a lovely course to play and can be a real test of ability!

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Another great resort for your group golfing holiday is the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated on the Algarve. This stunning 4-star hotel is situated in the centre of the marina in Portimão just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and five-minutes’ from Praia de Rocha. There are three fantastic courses within close proximity to the hotel – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados – so you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round of golf! Each of the studio apartments that you can stay in feature a kitchenette so it is possible to do a little self-catering if you don’t want to venture out for dinner or to one of the hotel’s two restaurants. If there are some of the group less into golf, then they can enjoy being in such a central location or just use the hotel’s swimming pools and fitness rooms whilst the others are golfing!

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Also situated on the Algarve is the Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa which is another resort to consider when you are thinking about your next group golfing holiday. This resort boasts an ideal location as it is so close to the centre of Albufeira which is well known for its busy nightlife and wide range of restaurants and bars. The hotel’s rooms are all spacious and fully-fitted with everything you would expect from a hotel of this standard and there is also a spa and health club for those of the group who may not want to go on all the golfing excursions! With all of this and the fact that there are several golf courses within close proximity of the hotel this definitely is a resort we recommend for the perfect group golf break.

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Hotel Melia Villaitana is a 4-star hotel situated just 20 minutes from Alicante and just between two fabulous golf courses. The hotel offers a wonderful spa area, outdoor swimming pools and an artificial beach all for guests to enjoy at their leisure. The hotel is designed to replicate an old Mediterranean village and all of the rooms have private balconies or terraces as well as a satellite TV. There are a range of restaurants for you to enjoy at the hotel but Alicante is a short drive away where you can find more restaurants, bars and nightlife to enjoy! The Villaitana courses are simply stunning and will provide great rounds for guests at the hotel. This is another fantastic option for your next group golf holiday to Spain and although you can venture out to get the nightlife and bars the actual hotel is a little quieter and more exclusive than other busier resorts.

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Mar Menor Golf Resort boasts some beautiful and well-appointed apartments which are perfect for when you are travelling as a group here. They are all spacious with well-equipped kitchens and either a private balcony or terrace for you to relax out on. The Residences give you that option of self-catering which can be great for when you are travelling as a group rather than eating out all the time but there are plenty of options for food and drink nearby as well! This is a great destination for your next golf break as there are a wide range of different courses within such close proximity of the hotel as well as the well-known Mar Menor course on-site!

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We hope that this week’s blog has encouraged you to think about your next group golf holiday that you will be taking, perhaps even in Spring 2017! There are plenty of fantastic options available and some of the best resorts are perfect for group golf holidays.

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