Murcia Special

This week’s blog is a guide to the brilliant resorts and golf that you can enjoy if you decide to take your next golf break to the stunning region of Murcia which lies in the South East corner of Spain which boasts warm temperatures for most of the year which makes it a prime golfing destination. The flight to Murcia is a short one and possible from most of the UK’s regional airports which means that whether you are looking for a short golf break or a long relaxing golf escape, Murcia is the perfect place for you.

The TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe is a fantastic four-star resort which boasts a fantastic location situated in the centre of Murcia, just 100 yards from the beautiful Murcia Cathedral which means that you have a prime position from which to explore this historic and interesting Spanish city and all that it has to offer. The hotel boasts a number of amenities for you to enjoy including the on-site fitness centre and of course, the Gran Casino Murcia which includes all of the mainstream casino games like Poker, blackjack and roulette. Each of the bright guestrooms is decorated with a modern décor and fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar as well as free toiletries. As the hotel boasts such a brilliant position, you can explore the great bars and restaurants of the city of Murcia but if you choose to dine in the hotel, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel offers two great restaurants, the Rincon de Pepe Restaurant boasts a classic style with an a la carte Mediterranean style menu. Alternatively, you can enjoy a more informal atmosphere at the La Barra del Rincon Restaurant which serves delicious Spanish tapas which you can enjoy in the outdoor dining area. If you are looking for somewhere with some superb golf within close proximity of the hotel as well as the beautiful city of Murcia right on your doorstep then look no further than this fantastic four-star hotel which boasts everything that you could need or want for a brilliant golf escape.

Lorca Golf course is situated close to the historic and pretty town of Lorca and is one of the many golf courses that you could enjoy during your stay at the fantastic TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe. The course is a par 71 and was designed by Dave Thomas and Jorge Soler with undulating greens and many strategically placed bunkers which can cause for this course to pose a challenge to golfers of all abilities. The course only opened in 2011 which means that it is considered to be relatively new to the area, but it has a blossoming reputation due to the quality of the course and the quality of the standard of service that you receive whilst at the golf club. The club also boasts a very special position as not only is it easily accessible from local areas, but it is the only golf course in Murcia that runs alongside at Protected Natural Park. This is a brilliant golf course with a very interesting layout and a stunning position – one that should not be passed up on when you are enjoying a golf break to this lovely region.

Roda Golf is just over a kilometre from Mar Menor Beach and five minutes from the resort of Los Alcazares where there are shops, bars and restaurants. There is a large selection of different apartments and villas to rent which are all within walking distance of the fantastic 18-hole Dave Thomas designed Roda Golf course. All of the apartments boast fully-equipped kitchens as well as seating areas and a TV. There are plenty of local activities for you to enjoy including the swimming pools within the resort, watersports at the beach and of course, the fantastic golf. The resort’s clubhouse boasts a great bar and restaurant which offers free Wi-Fi and a beautiful outdoor seating area with great views over the resort and the golf course. Roda Golf course is a brilliant and interesting course which was built on flat land, so the challenges come from the various strategically placed water hazards and bunkers. If you are looking for a great golf escape to this beautiful region where you can self-cater whilst soaking up the great local activities and beaches, then look no further than Roda Golf.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and with the weather warming up in the UK now, we hope that you are thinking about how you might get some extra sunshine come the Autumn time when the days are drawing in here…with over 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, the region of Murcia sounds like a sensible option for your next golf escape…

Golf On-site

This week’s blog is a guide to the great hotels and resorts that you can enjoy which boast an incredible 18-hole golf course onsite. Stay-and-play holidays are perfect if you have an excellent resort and a great golf course that you can enjoy for a few rounds and these recommendations are not exceptions to that criteria.

La Cala Golf Resort has established itself as being the premier golf resort on the Costa del Sol and it isn’t hard to see why with its luxurious accommodation, brilliant facilities and no less than three excellent golf courses onsite. The resort is up in the hills just ten minutes from the bustling town of La Cala which makes it the perfect destination for a great stay and play golf escape as you have the luxury of playing on three different golf courses – La Cala America, Asia and Europa – as well as being just ten minutes from a great town where you can find the beach and an array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. La Cala America is a hilly and brilliant course which is built high up in the hills around La Cala Resort and boasts excellent views because of this marvellous position but, don’t be distracted by the views as you must hit straight in order to score well. La Cala Asia is similar to the America course except that it is narrower and shorter, but this doesn’t mean that it is easy, as it is actually the most difficult course out of the trio. La Cala Europa was the third and final course to be built at La Cala and boasts the same excellent features including elevated tees, rolling fairways and big, undulating greens but is a little easier with wider fairways and less penal rough. With three excellent courses, a superb location and lovely accommodations to enjoy it is no surprise that we recommend this resort for your next stay and play golf break.

Next up, we have the fantastic La Manga resort which boasts a whole range of different leisure activities as well as two excellent options for accommodation and three excellent golf courses. You can choose to stay at the five-star hotel – La Manga Club Principe Felipe – which boasts stunning public areas, beautiful guest rooms and a lovely pool area and pool bar which you can enjoy after a tough morning out on one of the golf courses. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in the four-star La Manga Club Las Lomas Village where you can find excellent apartments which are fully-fitted with a kitchen and living area each to make your break an easy one with self-catering options. These apartments are built into the hillside and are a great option whether you are travelling as a group, a couple or with your family. At La Manga, you can enjoy access to their impressive spa which is built across two floors and boasts all of the facilities that you would expect from a spa on a resort as impressive as this one. The three La Manga courses offer you enjoyment right from the first tee with stunning views and tricky shots to contend with. This is another excellent resort, but this time situated in Murcia, that we highly recommend for your next golf break.

Precise Resort El Rompido is a fabulous and luxurious five-star hotel situated overlooking the two El Rompido courses just a short drive from the picturesque fishing village of El Rompido. The hotel offers excellent facilities including a brilliant spa which boasts an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna. There is also a lovely outdoor pool which you can relax around after enjoying a round or two on the excellent 36-hole golf course situated on-site of the hotel. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and boast all of the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a satellite TV and a minibar. You can enjoy rounds on both the El Rompido North and El Rompido South whilst you are here, but this hotel is in a great location for golfers as there are so many other great golf courses in the area that you can enjoy as well. If you are looking for a beautiful hotel in which to enjoy an excellent stay and play golf escape, then look no further then Precise Resort El Rompido.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set in the stunning Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by vineyards and lovely villages. The resort is located just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon and the airport, the model hotel offers a wide range of facilities including the excellent 18-hole Camp Real golf course, tennis courts, a lovely spa and a variety of different restaurants to enjoy. Nearby to the hotel, you can reach the stunning beaches of the Silver Coast which are perfect to relax on after a difficult round on the golf course if you can drag yourself away from relaxing in this luxurious hotel. This is an excellent location for your next stay-and-play golf escape and it isn’t hard to see why with its excellent golf course, great facilities and superb location.

The Murcia Experience…

This week’s blog is on the Murcia experience. Murcia is a great region located in south-eastern Spain and has many fantastic resorts and golf courses in the region, as well as some fantastic spas which are great for non-golfers, which makes it an ideal destination for your next golf break to Spain.

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The resort of La Manga features both a luxurious five-star hotel – Principe Felipe – as well as the apartments in the Las Lomas village. This means that there are plenty of options for when you are deciding what type of holiday that you want to have at La Manga whilst still being within five minutes’ drive of any of the three La Manga courses.

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Principe Felipe Hotel offers guests an extensive range of facilities from tennis courts and football pitches to the three golf courses to the outdoor pools. If you choose to stay in the hotel at La Manga you will never be bored as there is so much to do here. La Manga’s restaurants offer guests a wide range of different cuisines from Italian to Asian to Indian. There are, of course, several different restaurants on-site for you to enjoy traditional Mediterranean food and some Spanish tapas! The La Manga Club where the restaurants, private beach and the spa is located is just under 2 miles from the hotel and there is free transport available to guests. With extensive facilities on offer as well as a beautiful resort to stay in it is no wonder that this resort is so highly regarded.

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Set in the hillside at La Manga Club are the luxury apartments that make up Las Lomas Village. When staying in the apartments in Las Lomas village you have everything that the La Manga resort has to offer right on your doorstep from the minimarket to the sporting facilities. There is also a free shuttle service which goes around the resort taking guests to and from the different areas of the club. These luxury apartments offer you all the great facilities at La Manga whilst giving you a more flexible dining plan as you have your own kitchen to prepare food in rather than eating out all the time. La Manga is a superb resort and there is so much to do and see here including the three La Manga golf courses that a golf break here should never be one that is passed up on!

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Roda Golf and Beach Resort is another fantastic resort located in the Murcia region where you can stay in a range of different apartments and villas to suit your preference. All of the accommodation at Roda Golf is within walking distance to the fantastic 18-hole Roda Golf course. On-site the resort boasts a fantastic bar and restaurant area at the clubhouse overlooking the picturesque resort and there is also a little shop where you can purchase basic shopping essentials. Just a 20 minutes’ walk away (or 5 minutes’ taxi) from the resort is the beach with a square full of bars and restaurants as well as a supermarket store. As the accommodation at Roda Golf features kitchens in each of the apartments and villas you have flexibility with eating when you are there as you can enjoy a meal at the clubhouse restaurant, walk into town or just cook for yourself. There are some lovely outdoor pool areas for guests to enjoy here and as stated earlier, the beach is very close to the resort as well. This is another fantastic resort perfect for a golf holiday with some great weather whilst staying in a lovely resort.

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Mar Menor Golf Resort boasts some beautiful, well-appointed apartments where you can stay and enjoy a wide range of different courses as there are so many great courses in the surrounding area including the courses of Saurines de la Torre, Alahama Signature Golf, La Torre Golf Resort, El Valle Golf Resort and Hacienda Riquelme as well as the Mar Menor course. Each of the spacious apartments has a well-equipped kitchen as well as a terrace which overlooks either the garden, the pool or the golf course. You also have access to the large communal swimming pool whilst you are staying in the apartments and you are just a 15 minutes’ drive from the beaches of Mar Menor. Guests at the apartments also have access to the facilities at Hotel Intercontinental for a small extra charge where you can visit the spa or enjoy the restaurants there. This is a great destination for your next golf holiday to Murcia as there are so many different courses that you can have the opportunity to play and with everything you could need (including the airport!) within a 15 minutes’ drive it would be hard to find somewhere more accessible!

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Whilst the Las Colinas Residences are not in the Murcia region as they are just over the border in the Valencia region they are still a fantastic option for your next golf break to Spain and are close to the courses in the Murcia region. Each apartment is well-fitted with a kitchen, air-con and a satellite TV and there are also some lovely outdoor areas around the apartments including the gardens and the large terraces attached to each one for you to enjoy the beautiful weather here. You will also have access to the communal pools as well as the restaurants at the clubhouse and Campoamor’s beaches are just five miles away from the apartments. With one of Spain’s finest golf courses on-site – Las Colinas Golf & Country Club – as well as Torrevieja just a 15 minutes’ drive from the resort this is a great option for your next stay and play golf holiday!

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All of these resorts boast excellent facilities, restaurants and golf courses either on site or within a short drive from the main resort which make them perfect for your next golf holiday to Spain. They are also all very accessible from Murcia airport which is a lovely, compact airport and makes for a good travelling experience. With the good weather practically all year round here and all of these fantastic golf courses and facilities on offer it is no surprise that these are popular resorts and are highly recommended!

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