Insider’s guide to Huelva…
If you still haven’t booked this year’s golf break to a place in the sun then this blog is perfect for you. The Costa de la Luz, Huelva, is considered to be Spain’s very own version of Portugal’s stunning Algarve region and is not one that should be missed out on. With some spectacular golfing hotels and beautiful courses your insider’s guide to Huelva should just be the last thing you need to encourage you to book a fabulous golf holiday to this region.
The region of Huelva is full of unspoilt natural beauty, interesting historical sites, wonderful golden beaches, great hotels and even better golf courses. The region is equidistance between both Faro airport and Seville airport making it easily accessible and we all know that less time travelling means more time holidaying! Huelva is an up and coming region in terms of the golfing opportunities with the already established Islantilla resort as well as Isla Canela and the new championship course at El Rompido. With more and more plans for new golfing opportunities here every year it is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday to sunny Spain.
Islantilla Golf Resort is a stunning four-star resort and offers everything there is to want when you’re looking for that perfect golfing break to Spain. With a great pool area as well as a fantastic beach club which features a pool, as well as opportunities for water sports, just a mile away from the resort there is no shortage of places to relax and enjoy the endless sun at the Islantilla resort. This lovely hotel is spacious and bright with all rooms featuring a lovely balcony or terrace on which they can enjoy the views of the gardens surrounding the hotel and, of course, the sunshine until late! The hotel also boasts a magnificent spa which features a lovely indoor and outdoor pool area as well as having a variety of different treatments on offer to help further your relaxation here. The hotel features four lovely restaurants serving a range of different cuisine for guests but if you would prefer, the commercial square with other restaurants, bars and a few shops is just a short walk away from the resort. This resort truly is a great one and should definitely be top of the list of considerations when planning your next golf holiday to the sunny region of Huelva.
The Islantilla golf course opened in 1992 and has now become one of the most well-known and sought after course in Andalusia. Although the course is now 14 years old, playing it you would have no idea as the greens are in as immaculate conditions as ever and no-one could call this course tired or boring. This 27-hole parkland course has hosted a range of prestigious tournaments since its opening including the Spanish Masters in 1995. With three sets of nine holes, golfers can choose which loop to play meaning that they will always get from this course what they want to and there are several combinations to play! The Yellow course is considered to be the easiest nine holes here at Islantilla with the Blue/Green courses usually chosen to play by golfers looking for more of a challenge rather than a practice. The Blue nine holes are thought to be the toughest of the three sets with the first few holes rising and falling over hilly terrain before slightly levelling out to enjoy a great par-4 for the 4th hole with a large tree obscuring the putting surface making it a hole where accuracy is definitely key. With a variety of different holes from hilly with blind shots to undulating greens and hanging lies to the long but not especially difficult holes – Islantilla offers them all and is a great round from start to finish.
Something a little different in the Huelva region is the five-star luxury hotel El Rompido which is more than worthy of its five-star rating. The hotel is located virtually on top of the two fantastic 18-hole championship courses on the resort – El Rompido North and El Rompido South. The hotel features bright and nicely decorated rooms, most of which have stunning sea views or great views of the golf course and gardens surrounding this spectacular hotel. With great golf on offer, a lovely spa area, a traditional restaurant and bar and the city of Huelva just 10 miles away this is perfect for your next golf escape to Huelva. El Rompido South is a course broken into two sets of nine-holes. The first nine are tight holes where you need to be as accurate as you can in order to score well before the course opens up on the back nine with stunning views of the coast and plenty of open space and scenery to enjoy on this great round. The El Rompido North course can look as if it is not as stern of a challenge as it is due to its relative flatness across all of the holes. However, water comes in to play frequently and the fairways are bordered with pines waiting to catch errant shots. Both of these courses are picturesque and challenging – a perfect combination.
Another great place to stay and enjoy in Huelva is the Isla Canela Golf Hotel. This four-star hotel is modern and luxurious and is just a five minutes’ drive from Isla Canela as well as only a mile or so from the beach. With a traditional style restaurant, a Tapas bar and a café there is always somewhere to relax and eat at this hotel. The hotel also features a beautiful outdoor pool area as well as a fantastic golf course on site. The Isla Canela Golf course is a great course for golfers with a higher handicap as it is a more straightforward course but of course can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. There are some beautiful views of the beach and the forests which are intermingled with some fantastic dog-leg holes and stunning greens. This course has little undulation so is perfect if you’re looking for a lovely course that you can walk and take in the scenery whilst playing an enjoyable round of golf. This is another perfect destination for your next golf break to Huelva.
We hope that this blog inspired your next golf holiday to Huelva (perhaps in 2016?) and that you realise the gems on offer in this beautiful region of Southern Spain.
What is more, if the above wasn’t enough to get you reaching for the suncream and polo shirt then here at Golf Escapes we have another great incentive for anybody booking an escape to a hotel or resort in the Huelva region. Book until the end of March with us to the Huelva region for any date and receive a sleeve of Callaway golf balls for every person in your group. Contact us for more details or visit golf-escapes.com