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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of our best value golf escapes. All eight of these hotels and resorts offer unbeatable value for money with their current deals, so an unforgettable golf escape need not break the bank. For great golf, excellent facilities and impeccable service, either one of these eight resorts or hotels will guarantee you with a fantastic golf holiday. Golf is undoubtedly enjoyed best in a group, so luckily there is a range of great value offers and deals on offer.

First up is the Cornelia Deluxe Resort, situated in the highly sought-after area of Belek. Here, golfers are in the ideal position to play some of the area’s best golf courses, as well as catch a tan on the neighbouring Blue Flag beach. The Cornelia Deluxe Resort offers its guests fantastic value for money as they offer a great all-inclusive option, so guests need not worry about a hefty bill at the end of the stay for all their food and drink. Furthermore, with an impressive seven à la carte restaurants and eight bars, everyone is spoilt for choice and there will never be a lack of opportunity to make the most out of the all-inclusive accommodation option. Furthermore, whether they play golf or not, with such a wide range of leisure facilities, guests will never find themselves without something to do. On their non-golfing days, guests can soak up the sun on the beach or around one of the four outdoor swimming pools, or alternatively they can keep active with one of the many sporting activities on offer. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Cornelia Deluxe Resort is the Cornelia Faldo golf course, designed by golfing legend Nick Faldo. This golf course is without a doubt one of the best golf courses in the Belek region, and its reputation has easily been maintained throughout the development of other golf courses in Belek threatening to rival it. With a unique layout and its impeccable maintenance, it comes as no surprise that it has been consistently awarded one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe”.

Another golf escape on offer to prospective travellers that currently has some superb deals on is the Precise Resort El Rompido. This fantastic five-star hotel is nestled in between two golf courses at the El Rompido Golf Club, meaning an unforgettable round of golf is never far from reach. Both the El Rompido North and the El Rompido South are known across golfers in the Costa de la Luz Huelva as being among some of the most prestigious in the area, and luckily for the guests staying at the Precise Resort El Rompido, both of these golf courses can be enjoyed and at fantastic value as well. Not only are these golf courses great to play, but the El Rompido Golf Club also has excellent practice facilities to help golfers fine tune their game. Aside from the spectacular golf located just minutes away from the hotel, the hotel itself is truly five-star in every aspect. The resort regularly runs superb offers for golfing groups, including one golfer in eight going free, as well as complimentary airport transfers for some of the packages. Therefore, the Precise Resort El Rompido is the perfect choice for golfing groups looking for an unforgettable golf escape at great value. The hotel is positioned a short drive away from El Rompido, a classic Spanish fishing town where guests will find a great range of bars and restaurants for the evenings. To relax after a challenging round of golf on the nearby golf courses, golfers can head to the huge spa facility here for a well-deserved session in the hot tub, or a massage. 

The Residences at the Mar Menor Golf Resort is the perfect option for your next self-catered golfing getaway. The resort is known for its fantastic deals, allowing all of its guests to enjoy all of the surrounding golf in the hills of Murcia at great value. All of the apartments here are modern in design and include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatable stay, including spacious lounge areas and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is also a communal outdoor swimming pools for guests to use, lined with sunbeds and parasols. While the apartments are self-catered, guests still have options if they want to take the night off of cooking as the resort is home to a handful of restaurants, and the city of Cartagena is also just a twenty-five-minute drive away. Here, guests can enjoy a peaceful golfing getaway in a beautiful location overlooking the neighbouring Mar Menor golf course. The Mar Menor Residences regularly offers fantastic deals for its golf course located on-site the resort, the Mar Menor golf course. Designed by the world-famous golf architect Jack Nicklaus, golfers are guaranteed to have a great round of golf here; and the best part is that it is only a stone’s throw away for the guests here. Alternatively, if guests decide to travel slightly further afield for a great round of golf, then they need not travel far as there is an abundance of choice in the surrounding areas around the Mar Menor Golf Resort, including the Saurines de la Torre, the El Valle, as well as several others.

Yet another great option for a golf escape in Spain at fantastic value is the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort. This resort is still relatively new, however armed with the excellent reputation of the Hacienda del Alamo golf course, it has already established itself as one of the best golf resorts in the Murcia region. With great deals and offers being regularly run, there is not excuse not to come and stay. Furthermore, the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit the needs of all of its prospective guests. Perfect for large golfing groups, in addition to 155 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a selection of apartments ranging between two and three bedrooms. Despite many opting to go self-catered for their golf break here, the resort is home to three restaurants in case they fancy a night off cooking duty. Even non-golfers will not struggle to find things to do during the day at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort with a wide range of leisure facilities on offer. Aside from the Hacienda del Alamo golf course located on site to the resort, there are plenty of things to do. The resort is the perfect place for guests to relax after a gruelling round of golf as it has a huge spa facility where they can indulge in a massage, or a well-deserved session in the jacuzzi. Alternatively, the more active guest can enjoy a game of tennis or cycling, or go hiking in the surrounding hilly areas of Murcia.

The Valle Del Este Golf Resort has everything that any golfer could possibly want for an unforgettable golf escape and more, including a private beach club, impeccable service, and of course, a fantastic golf course located on site. The resort is set nearby one of the many stunning beaches in the area, and the resort even has its own beach club here with private sun beds, parasols, and a bar. The Valle Del Este Golf Resort is positioned in an area with its own micro-climate, so the resort enjoys more than three hundred hours of sunshine per year, meaning guests will never find themselves short of an opportunity to catch a tan. Its location is not the only selling point of the Valle Del Este Golf Resort; its guest rooms are particularly spacious and modern in design, even for a four-star hotel. Many of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring golf course and the Mediterranean Sea, and these stunning views can be enjoyed best from their private balconies or terraces. Located on site to the Valle del Este Golf Resort is the Valle del Este golf course, designed by one of Spain’s most famous golf architects, José Canales. The Valle del Este golf course is highly-acclaimed by all golfers that play it, so it comes as no surprise that players return here year after year to continue to challenge its greens. The golf course offers every component needed for a great round of golf; a stunning landscape, a unique layout and a stern challenge. With several tee-off options on offer, both high and low handicappers can enjoy a round of golf here.

Another fantastic option for a self-catered golf escape at great value is the Village at the Praia d’el Rey Golf and Beach Resort. The Village in the resort comprises of a selection of apartments and villas, all of which are very modern in design and spacious. Guests can enjoy a relaxing golf break here, situated away all of the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts. The Praia d’el Rey Golf and Beach Resort is positioned on top of one of the stunning beaches that the Silver Coast is known so well for, so golfers can have an unforgettable holiday with the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf. The apartments are either set within the resort gardens, or just metres away from the neighbouring beach. Not only are the guests here in the perfect position to make the most out of some of the stunning beaches that Portugal is known so well for, but the Village is also just a stone’s throw away from the Praia d’el Rey golf course. The Praia d’el Rey is one of Portugal’s classic link golf courses, designed by Cabell B. Robinson. His vision for the Praia d’el Rey was to create a fantastic golf course that offered even the experienced golfers a vigorous round of golf. It is fair to say that he succeeded with his vision as the Golf World Magazine accurately described the golf course as being “wild and wonderful”. Alternatively, another great golf course located in the area is the West Cliffs Golf Links, yet another excellent links golf course.

The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is a great choice for your next luxury golf break. With its regular deals and offers, golfers can enjoy this five-star hotel and its paired golf course with superb discounts. The hotel is set in the beach resort of Estoril, known for its upmarket restaurants and stunning beach. Estoril has an authentic character, with quaint cobbled streets and a long stretch of unspoilt beach. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa continues the idyllic ambience from Estoril itself, and its beautiful whitewashed architecture totally blends in; the sixth instalment of the James Bond films was even set around some of the hotel’s public areas! The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is a five-star hotel in every aspect, including its guest rooms which are luxurious in design and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a five-star stay, and they are well-rested to face an unruly round of golf at the Golf do Estoril. Last but not least is the Pestana Blue Alvor All Inclusive Beach and Golf Resort. As its name suggests, this five-star resort offers an all-inclusive accommodation option that gives guests great value for money as they can indulge all they want, without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. With three restaurants and two bars located at the resort, guests will never be short of opportunities to make the most out of its all-inclusive option.

Whether they play golf or not, guests will always have things to do or see during the day with the resort’s unbeatable position in close proximity to Alvor, its excellent range of leisure facilities, and a range of spectacular golf courses just a short drive away. Alvor is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants set around its old cobbled streets, and a stone’s throw away from the shores of one of its stunning beaches. Alternatively, during the day, guests can lounge around one of the Pestana Blue Alvor All Inclusive Beach and Golf Resort’s swimming pools or enjoy a round of mini golf. Due to its central position in Alvor, the resort is surrounded by a range of spectacular golf courses, including the Alto, Silves, Gramacho and the Pinta. All four of these golf courses are located within a twenty-minute drive of the resort, and they are regularly included in superb package deals with the resort.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best value golf escapes we have on offer. With unbeatable golf, luxury hotels and almost guaranteed summer sunshine, these deals offer every component needed for an unforgettable golf escape. To catch up on the latest deals on offer, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have your best golf holiday yet.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf resorts that Golf Escapes has to offer. All seven of these resorts offer all three components needed for an unforgettable golf holiday; sun, luxury, and most importantly, fantastic golf. Whether golfers are looking to spend their non-golfing days lounging around the side of a pool or exploring the neighbouring towns and cities, any one of these seven resorts would be an unbeatable option for your next golf break. While all of these resorts are undoubtedly a luxurious option for a golfing getaway, they still offer excellent value for money. With a great round of golf never far away and impeccable service, all seven of these golf resorts would be a great choice for your next golf escape.

First up is the four-star La Cala Golf Resort, one of our bestsellers and a popular favourite for many. With three award-winning golf courses on-site and a great location just a short drive away from La Cala de Mijas, this does not come as a surprise. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds in an idyllic golfing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring town of La Cala de Mijas, but for an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out, the town is just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel. Furthermore, the La Cala Golf Resort is also positioned just a short drive away from one of the stunning beaches that the Costa del Sol is known so well for. The resort’s location is not its only selling point, however, guests will never struggle to enjoy their relaxing golfing retreat with the resort’s many leisure facilities, including a fantastic spa area and outdoor swimming pool area. The La Cala Golf Resort is an unbeatable option for any serious golfer with an impressive three golf courses located on-site to the resort, so golfers are always overwhelmed with options for their next round of golf. The La Cala America, the La Cala Asia and the La Cala Europa all offer players a fantastic round of golf with stunning panoramic views across the rolling hills of the Spanish countryside. Out of the three, the La Cala America is said to offer the best views, however, the La Cala Asia is undoubtedly the most challenging, despite it being the shortest in length.

The La Manga Club Resort is home to anything and everything that a golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; fantastic golf, excellent leisure facilities, and both the option of having a self-catered golf holiday in a luxury apartment, as well as a five-star hotel. For all those seeking a luxury golf holiday in Spain, the La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a great choice with its spacious guest rooms, spa and wellness centre, and impeccable service. Here guests can fully indulge in relaxation to make the most out of the fantastic golf on offer just next door. Alternatively, for a more laidback golf holiday, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a great option. The Las Lomas Village comprises of a range of four-star apartments, perfect for a self-catered golf break. Guests can enjoy the La Manga Resort’s excellent facilities at great value for money, including the resort’s highly-acclaimed three golf courses. All three of the golf courses at the La Manga Resort offer golfers the opportunity for a fantastic round of golf, and conveniently for guests, they are never more than a stone’s throw away. Higher handicappers may lean towards the La Manga North more than the other two golf courses as it is typically viewed as the easiest of the trio, whereas the La Manga is home to the best views and the most unique layout. However, out of the three La Manga golf courses, the La Manga West is considered to be the best golf course and it holds the best reputation as it is consistently awarded one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe.

Another great option for your next luxury golf holiday includes the Praia d’el Rey Resort, home to both a five-star hotel and a ‘village’ of apartments and townhouses. Guests here can enjoy a stunning coastal location just next door to one of the many beautiful beaches that Portugal has to offer. Furthermore, the Lisbon province in Portugal is known for its mild climate throughout the year, so the fantastic golf courses in this region can be enjoyed throughout the year. For all those looking for an unbeatably luxurious golfing getaway, the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a great option with its modern guest rooms, ideal location and of course, an award-winning golf course just next door. Here, golfers can enjoy the perfect medley of sun, sea, and most importantly, golf. After a fantastic round of golf, guests can head to the neighbouring beach to catch some rays, then head into the local town of Obidos to spend the afternoon meandering around the old cobbled streets. The Silver Coast in Portugal is known across Europe for its golf courses, and the Praia d’el Rey is widely considered to be a centrepiece for it. With a tricky layout that is often prone to strong prevailing winds across the coast, golfers must anticipate a stern test of golf here as they will be forced to utilise every club in their arsenal. Even the most experienced of players will find this golf course to be challenging, so it hardly comes as a surprise that the golf course has been labelled as “wild and wonderful” by the famous Golf World Magazine. For a round of golf, you are sure not to forget anytime soon, the Praia d’el Rey is a great choice.

The Verdura Resort is an unbeatable option for your next luxury golf holiday, and it would make the perfect base to explore the best-golfing treasures that Italy is known so well for. Here, golfers can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway positioned away from all the busy tourist spots in Italy or the cities, set in the rolling hills of the Sicilian countryside. The resort is home to a luxury five-star hotel located just a stone’s throw away from one of Italy’s best-known golf courses, the Verdura Golf Course, and a long stretch of beach with clear waters and white sand. Not only is the Verdura Resort perfectly positioned to make the most out of Italy’s stunning beaches and fantastic golf, but here guests are also just a short drive away from two of Sicily’s main Greek temples; Agrigento and Selinunte. For a relaxing afternoon when guests are taking a break from enjoying all the local golf courses and the nearby beach, they can head to the resort’s spa centre which is known to be the best in the whole of Sicily with a huge range of facilities and treatments. When the guests at the Verdura Resort have enjoyed a relaxing session at the hotel spa, they can get their heart racing again with a round of golf at the neighbouring Verdura Golf Course. On this golf course, players can take full advantage of the resort’s beautiful coastal setting overlooking the sea and the Sicilian countryside. While the coastal views are undoubtedly stunning, the golf course’s location can cause havoc for a steady scorecard if the prevailing winds are particularly strong, so players must come armed with their A-game here.

Yet another great golf resort located in Portugal is the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, home to one of the Algarve’s best-known golf courses, and the luxurious Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. This five-star resort comprises of a village of self-catered villas with excellent facilities and an unbeatable location positioned just next door to Portugal’s number one golf course, and several towns are also located just a short drive away. For an afternoon of exploring the local area, guests can head into either Tavira, Monte Gordo or Cabanas with ease as they are all less than a twenty-five-minute drive away from the resort. Therefore, if guests also fancy an evening off cooking and a night exploring the local bars and restaurants, then an opportunity to do so is never far away. However, anything and everything that guests could ever want can be found within the resort; great service, fantastic golf, and five-star leisure facilities. The resort is home to a wide range of leisure facilities including a spa area, tennis courts, a fitness centre, and several outdoor swimming pools. The Monte Rei golf course was only opened in 2007, however, it has already established itself as one of Portugal’s best golf courses, and its condition and reputation are certainly enough to rival any one of the classic golf courses in the Algarve region. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, all golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf here. With such a prestigious golf course on-site, it comes as no surprise that the Monte Rei Resort is widely regarded as a fantastic golf resort.

The Costa del Sol is easily one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe, and a consistent favourite amongst those that frequent here is the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa due to its stunning location, luxurious facilities and fantastic golf. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the neighbouring Finca Cortesin golf course, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach to the guests at this hotel. Aside from its world-class golf course, the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is also home to a wide range of leisure facilities which are nothing less than what anyone would expect to find at a five-star resort. The fitness centre here has an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as three other outdoor swimming pools, perfect for soaking up the sun on a relaxing afternoon. Alternatively, the resort is also home to a great range of bars and restaurants to suit any taste. The Finca Cortesin is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, and this does not stop at its golf course. The golf course, designed by the famous golf architect Cabell Robinson, has consistently been ranked amongst the best in the whole of Spain, and it is not difficult to see why. The challenge on this golf course predominantly lies in its size, and even the professionals have struggled to maintain a steady scorecard at one of the many events and tournaments the golf course has hosted.

Last but not least is the Hotel Las Madrigueras, home to the Golf Las Americas golf course. This adults-only hotel is the ideal option for your next luxury golf break with stunning surroundings, impeccable service and great golf just next door. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making the Hotel Las Madrigueras an unbeatable choice for a well-deserved winter golfing getaway. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from the buzzing resort centre, but they are still just a short distance away from the Los Cristianos harbour, as well as a range of bars and restaurants. The Hotel Las Madrigueras is perfect for all those looking to relax during the day, either lounging around the pool or at the beach, followed by a spa session, to then enjoy the lively atmosphere that Tenerife is known so well for. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms at the Hotel Las Madrigueras as very spacious, and the top floor guest rooms overlook the neighbouring Golf Las Americas golf course and the ocean. The Golf Las Americas first opened its greens back in 1998, and it is widely considered to be one of the original golf courses responsible for the huge growth of golf in the Canary Islands, as well as setting the standards high for the creation of all future golf courses here. Its greens are kept in immaculate condition throughout the year, so golfers can take full advantage of Tenerife’s yearly average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The Golf Las Americas is a leisurely golf course for a great sociable round of golf with a fantastic mix of par 3s, 5s and 4s.

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We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post on seven of the best golf resorts you can find across the globe. Any one of these golf resorts would provide you with an unforgettable golf escape, regardless of whether you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway or a cultural trip balanced with some fantastic golf. But if you are finding it too difficult to pick just one, then just give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to help you have your best golf holiday yet, filled with sun, sea, luxury, and golf. 

This week’s blog is a guide to six of the Algarve’s best golf courses, resorts, and hotels. Despite the development of budget golf holidays in other areas in Europe, the Algarve has remained to be one of Europe’s best kept golfing treasures. The Algarve has resisted the competition and has never failed to prove itself to be a fantastic golf destination. With options to suit every budget and preference, and a range of excellent golf courses and hotels, it comes as no surprise that the Algarve is a consistent go-to option for many golfers in Europe. Better yet, this coming September, all those that decide to book an unforgettable golf escape in the Algarve will be in with the chance of winning a full set of Titleist golf clubs with a golf bag included. Here, there is well and truly something for everything; two of the most popular destinations include Albufeira, most popular with golfers looking for a vibrant nightlife and cheap restaurant options, or for a luxurious golfing getaway, Vilamoura is an unbeatable option. Regardless of your budget or preference, the Algarve is sure to have something to offer each and every golfer.

 

The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a fantastic five-star option for a self-catered golf holiday in the foothills of Tavira. With Portugal’s best golf course located just next door, luxury villas and some stunning Portuguese villages just a short drive away, it comes as no surprise that the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is one of our most popular accommodation options in Portugal. All of the villas here offer guests an unbeatably luxurious stay, with modern décor, large outdoor terraces and spacious living areas. While the resort comprises of self-catering villas, guests can easily opt for a night off cooking duty with one of the four restaurants located in the resort. Alternatively, the towns of Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas are all located within a twenty-five-minute radius of the resort, so guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see during their stay here.

It is fair to say that while the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club offers golfers a fantastic five-star stay due to its excellent facilities, stunning location and modern villas, its main attraction is undoubtedly the Monte Rei golf course located just next door to the resort. The Monte Rei golf course was designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, so golfers are guaranteed an unforgettable round of golf here. With an impressive five lakes, a unique layout and some truly stunning landscapes set across the Serra do Caldeirão mountains, the Monte Rei golf course is an unbeatable option for a round of golf on your next golf holiday in the Algarve, providing your budget permits it! Despite only opening fairly recently in 2007, the Monte Rei has not struggled to prove itself to be one of the best golf courses across the whole country.

 

Another fantastic option for your next golf holiday in the Algarve is the Magnolia Hotel, set in the luxury Quinta do Lago resort, home to three excellent golf courses. The Quinta do Lago has aptly been labelled the ‘California of Europe’, and it is hardly difficult to see why. Home to stunning white beaches, some great golf courses and exclusive bars and restaurants, the Quinta do Lago resort is easily considered one of the most sought-after areas in the whole of the Algarve. The Magnolia Hotel is a great accommodation option to act as a base to enjoy all of the best highlights of this fantastic resort. The four-star hotel offers great value for money with three golf courses just a stone’s throw away, as well as some stunning local beaches. At the Magnolia Hotel, guests are in an unbeatable position to enjoy an unforgettable golf escape comprising of sun, golf and relaxation.

Just a stone’s throw away from the Magnolia Hotel in the Quinta do Lago resort are three of the area’s most popular golf courses; the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, the Quinta do Lago North, and the Quinta do Lago South. All three of these golf courses offer golfers a fantastic round of golf and an unruly challenge. The Quinta do Lago South is the ideal option for long hitters, as there is little demand for accuracy here, despite the abundance of water hazards. With fast greens, dense forest areas and beautiful landscapes, players are set to have a great round of golf here. Alternatively, the Quinta do Lago North has recently undergone dramatic renovations to bring it up to the standards of its sister golf courses in the Quinta do Lago resort, meaning it offers fantastic playability throughout the year. The Quinta do Lago Laranjal has often been described as the most challenging of the trio with its unforgiving narrow fairways with subtle undulations to test even the most experienced of players.

 

The Amendoeira Golf Resort is yet another excellent self-catered accommodation option for golfers in the Algarve. Located just a stone’s throw away from the prestigious Amendoeira Faldo and Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr, guests here are in the perfect position to enjoy some of the fantastic golf the Algarve has to offer. The Amendoeira Golf Resort comprises of a range of self-catered apartments and villas with panoramic views across the neighbouring Monchique Mountains, the Amendoeira Faldo and the Amendoeira O’Connor golf courses. All of the accommodation here is furnished in classic Moroccan décor with all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay. Aside from the accommodation, the resort also offers a great range of leisure facilities to be enjoyed when golfers are taking a break from challenging the greens at the local Amendoeira golf courses, including several football pitches, tennis courses and a floodlit academy golf course to warm up for a gruelling round of golf.

Both the Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr and the Amendoeira Faldo golf courses are guaranteed to offer players a spectacular round of golf. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Nick Faldo, the Amendoeira Faldo is a demanding par-72 championship golf course that is guaranteed to test even the most experienced of golfers. Golfers here are eased into their round with a leisurely front nine, then they are swiftly thrown into the challenge at the back nine holes with hilly terrain and an abundance of desert bunkers. The terrain at the Amendoeira Faldo is generally characterised by desert shrubbery and strategically placed bunkers, however in contrast, at the Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr golf course, players must use their A-game to overcome several water hazards that make up a wildlife sanctuary. Across the golf course, players must manoeuvre their shots around many lakes, streams and orange groves in order to finish with a steady score.

 

At the Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel, golfers are in the best position possible to make the most out of the stunning beaches the Algarve is known so well for. The resort is situated in the heart of Alvor, home to a great range of bars, restaurants, beaches and most importantly, fantastic golf. The entire interior of the resort was completely renovated just a few years ago so that the resort could compete with the high standards of many of the other hotels in the Algarve. All of the guest rooms here take advantage of the hotel’s stunning coastal setting just a short walk away from the beach, as all of the guest rooms have their own private balcony or terrace. Even when they are taking a break from playing golf at the local courses or soaking up the sun at the beach, guests will never find themselves short of things to do with a fantastic range of leisure facilities on offer. This hotel is a great option for families with a ‘Kid’s Club’, and at the beach, guests can find a great selection of water sports including jet skiing and windsurfing.

Not only is the Dom Joao II Hotel a great option for guests to make the most out of the Algarve’s best beaches, but it is also an unbeatable option for golfers to make the most out of the Algarve’s best golf courses with an impressive five golf courses just a short drive away from the resort. All of the Alto, Pinta, Gramacho, Vila Sol and Silves golf courses offer players an unforgettable round of golf, and conveniently for guests at the Dom Joao II Hotel, they are just a short drive away. Here, a fantastic round is never far from reach.

 

The Tivoli Lagos is yet another great accommodation option located in the heart of the Algarve in Lagos. Lagos is a great destination for a golf holiday with a range of bars and restaurants, as well as authentic Portuguese charm found in the cobbled streets of the old town area. Furthermore, during the summer season, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the local Meia Praia Beach, a beautiful beach with clear waters and white sand. The hotel has its own private beach club here, with a bar and large swimming pool lined with parasols and sunbeds, so the Tivoli Lagos is a great option for golfers looking to make the most out of the Algarve’s famous beaches. Furthermore, if guests want to stay local during the evenings and choose not to venture out into the centre of Lagos, then the hotel is also home to a great range of bars and restaurants, including an Italian, Portuguese and international restaurant, as well as a cocktail bar.

We offer a fantastic range of golf packages with the Tivoli Lagos so that golfers can enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses with great value for money. The golf courses on offer in the packages include the two spectacular golf courses at the Vale do Lobo golf resort, the Royal and the Ocean golf courses, as well as the Espiche, Boavista and the Onyria Palmares golf courses. The Vale do Lobo Royal is without a doubt one of the most photographed golf courses in the world, and with its stunning landscapes and idyllic setting, it is not difficult to see why. Its sister golf course, the Vale do Lobo Ocean is home to a unique landscape with many pine, olive and orange groves to create beautiful views and a great challenge throughout. The Boavista is the most accommodating out of the golf courses on offer, with its rolling fairways and naturistic scenery that can even act as a stern test of golf to low handicappers. However, the Onyria Palmares is without a doubt a must-play golf course in the Algarve, as it is widely considered to be one of the golf courses responsible for the take-off of golf in the Algarve, setting the standard for the future of golf.

 

One of the most popular golf packages we offer in the Algarve includes the highly acclaimed Espiche Golf Lagos, located in the western province of the Algarve in the outskirts of the Monchique Mountains. The Espiche Golf Lagos is undoubtedly a challenging golf course that demands skill from even low handicappers. The fairways are very tight in areas, and to add to the unruly challenge, large bunkers are thrown into the mix on one of the many undulating greens. Despite being a relatively new addition to the fantastic range of golf in the Algarve, the Espiche Golf Lagos has steadily proved itself to be a valued member of the many golf courses in the Algarve. With an unforgiving hilly terrain, natural scenery and some unique holes, it comes as no surprise that the Espiche Golf Lagos is widely considered to be a must-play golf course in the Algarve.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of the best golf courses and accommodation options in the Algarve. With short and cheap flights, fantastic golf and a great range of hotels and resorts, the Algarve undoubtedly deserves all of the praise it receives. Even in the winter months, golfers can still enjoy a mild climate here to venture out onto one of the many golf courses in the area. With a great selection of package deals on offer, there has never been a better time to book your next golf escape to the Algarve

To celebrate this fine destination, we are giving away a full set of Titleist golf clubs, along with a Titleist golf bag and full fitting experience. All you have to do is book an escape to The Algarve with us from now until the end of October to be in with a chance of being the lucky winner. Contact the team for more details.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the most luxurious golf resorts that can be found across the globe. All seven of these hotels offer an unbeatably lavish stay with five-class service and excellent facilities, guaranteeing an unforgettable golf escape. If your budget permits, a stay in any one of these resorts would be a fantastic experience that would be sorely missed by settling for just your average hotel. All seven of these hotels are five-star in every aspect, making them worth every penny.

First up is the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club, a fantastic five-star hotel located on the stunning sands of the Dominican Republic. This resort offers its guests the perfect combination of sun, sea, golf, and above all else, luxury. Guests will find themselves just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful white sands and clear waters that the Dominican Republic is known so well for. The resort owns a private three-mile stretch of coastline along the beach, where it offers many sporting activities including scuba diving and paddleboarding. All of the rooms and suites at the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club are very open with modern décor, offering guests an unbeatably comfortable stay. Most of the rooms take advantage of the resort’s stunning coastal setting with beautiful sea views, and some of the rooms even have direct beach access. The luxury does not stop at the guest rooms; the resort is home to a fantastic range of leisure facilities to keep each and every guest entertained when they are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local La Cana and Corales golf courses. To totally relax and indulge in the five-star experience, guests can head to the Six Senses Spa for a well-deserved massage or facial. To finish off an unforgettable day exploring the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches, guests can enjoy a fantastic meal in one of the hotel’s eight restaurants. The resort offers guests an excellent range of all-inclusive accommodation packages, meaning guests can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic restaurant options without worrying about the price tag at the end of it.

The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious resorts we offer in Portugal, with its stunning classic Portuguese architecture and unbeatable location situated just moments away from Estoril’s main beach. Despite its opening way back in the 1930s, the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa has still maintained its authentic charm and character in its décor and style. A stay here would not just be a fantastic option for your next holiday in Portugal because of its excellent service and facilities, but also because the hotel is located in easy reach of the Golf do Estoril, one of the most sought-after golf courses in the Lisbon region. The Golf do Estoril is widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious golf courses in Portugal, and conveniently for all guests at the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, this outstanding golf course is less than a five-minute drive away. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa proved itself to be James Bond worthy in 1969 when it featured heavily in many of the scenes in the sixth instalment, many of which were set around the hotel’s stunning pool area. The hotel truly has something for all guests, whether they are looking for a relaxing yoga session, an indulgent massage, or a swim in the large outdoor swimming pool. If guests want to explore the local surrounding area, the centre of Estoril is literally on their doorstep. The hotel offers its guests two fantastic restaurants and a bar, but if guests are looking to travel further afield, then there is a huge range of bars and restaurants just a few steps away from the hotel.

Another fantastic option for a luxury golf holiday by the beach is the five-star Westin Resort Costa Navarino. This resort is not only great for a golf break, but it also caters fantastically for families so that everyone can make the most of their holiday. Guests will find themselves in the perfect position to make the most out of some of Greece’s most stunning beaches, and of course, its capitating history. The resort is set on top of the beautiful Dunes Beach, and just an hour and a half away from the iconic Ancient Olympia site. If guests can manage to tear themselves away from the neighbouring beach and local historic attractions, then they can also enjoy an unforgettable round of golf on either the Dunes or the Bay golf courses. The guest rooms at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are set in villas, and some of them even have their own infinity swimming pool. All of the accommodation here are fully equipped with all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatably luxurious stay. The resort offers guests endless opportunities to fill their days, aside from the two neighbouring golf courses, the Dunes and the Bay golf courses. Whether guests want to make the most out of the resort’s beach location with a range of water sports or spend their day in the recreational centre for a fun game of ten-pin bowling, volleyball, or badminton. Guests are also well and truly spoilt for choice with the resort’s huge range of bars and restaurants; whatever they fancy for dinner, they are sure to be accommodated for with an impressive eleven restaurants.

The Westin brand does not fail to disappoint yet again at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. This resort offers guests the best of both worlds as they are tucked away in a resort away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist areas in Abu Dhabi, but many of the area’s key attractions are just a short drive away. Two of the area’s most popular attractions, Ferrari World and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, are conveniently located just a fifteen minute drive away, or if guests are looking to make the most out of the guaranteed sunshine, then Abu Dhabi’s best beach, the Corniche, is located just a twenty minute drive away. Not only is the resort’s location a major selling point due to its close proximity to some of the area’s key attractions, but the resort is also located just twenty minutes away from both the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, host to the HSBC Golf Championship, and the Yas Links golf course. The service at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa has said to be unmatched, and the standard of its facilities are set to follow. The resort’s main leisure facility is its spa which offers a huge range of treatments and special adults-only areas to ensure its guests are in the right position to take full advantage of the luxury the resort has to offer. Furthermore, only of the three outdoor swimming pools is strictly adults only, and guests can enjoy complimentary access to the exclusive Saadiyat Beach Club.

Yet another fantastic option for your next luxury golf holiday is the Hotel Las Madrigueras, located in Tenerife, one of the most popular golf holiday destinations on offer. Set just a ten-minute walk away from one of Tenerife’s stunning beaches and directly neighbouring the Golf Las Americas golf course, guests here are in the perfect position to have their best luxury golf break yet. Guests can benefit from the resort’s idyllic location away from the popular tourist spots in Tenerife so they can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic five-star facilities and the highly sought-after golf course located just next door. Furthermore, guests need not worry about a lack of dinner options with the hotel’s secluded location as the hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant which serves a varied a la carte menu every evening. Compared to many of the other luxury golf resorts, the Hotel Las Madrigueras offers a much more ‘intimate’ stay as there are only 44 guest rooms and just 13 suites. The hotel is also strictly adults only, meaning a peaceful and relaxing stay is guaranteed. All of the guest rooms here offer stunning views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean, the Las Americas golf course, and Tenerife’s small sister island, La Gomera. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms here are particularly spacious with all of the essentials to ensure all guests have a fantastic stay. Tenerife benefits from a mild all-year round climate, so the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pool is always a popular spot to enjoy this.

Vilamoura is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious destinations in the Algarve, known for its world-class golf courses and its upmarket marina. A stay in Vilamoura is a luxurious experience in itself, let alone a stay in the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa. Here, guests will never find themselves short of things to do; the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Falesia Beach in the summer season, plus the hotel lies just next to the Dom Pedro Pinhal golf course, widely considered to be among the best golf courses in the Algarve. With a fantastic range of leisure facilities, modern décor and spacious guest rooms, it comes as no surprise that the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is widely considered to be a go-to option for a luxury golf holiday in Portugal. While the adults are challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, the resort’s children’s club can keep the little ones entertained so golfers never have to miss out. To fully relax and indulge in the five-star experience, guests can head to the 7Seven Spa, the largest spa facility in the whole of Portugal. Or alternatively, guests can make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine around one of the resort’s five outdoor swimming pools, all of which have different features, such as adults-only access or a faux beach setting. If guests would prefer a quiet night in and they do not fancy venturing into town for dinner, then the hotel is home to two a la carte restaurants. After a fantastic meal, guests can head down to the Beach Club for a well-deserved cocktail.

Last but not least is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort, located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz. Guests here are truly in the perfect position to make the most out of the stunning views that Andalucía is known so well for. The resort offers an idyllic stay set in the rolling hills of Andalucía, with the well-known Fairplay Golf Club just next door. The Fairplay Golf Club was designed by Baron Paul Rolin who successfully created a fantastic golf course that can accommodate players of all skillsets and handicaps. With some technical holes, a beautiful landscape and superb facilities, it comes as no surprise that the Fairplay Golf Club is widely considered to be a must-play golf course on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. If the neighbouring Fairplay Golf Club is not enough to keep guest preoccupied during their stay, then the resort is also home to a wide range of leisure facilities to keep each and every guest entertained. After a gruelling round of golf, guests can head to the Fairplay SPA for a well-deserved treatment, then head to the outdoor pool area to catch some rays. The resort was recently closed for a few years and only reopened in 2017 after completely renovating the guest rooms, so it is fair to say that they meet every standard for your next luxury golf holiday. Furthermore, the resort also opened with a brand new a la carte restaurant which offers al fresco dining on the sun terrace.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has encouraged you to loosen your purse strings to splash out on an unforgettable luxury golf holiday. To be well and truly looked after in a stunning resort with some of the most sought-after golf courses just a short distance away, any one of these seven resorts would be an unbeatable option. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to convince you otherwise.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to nine tricky golf courses for those who like a challenge. It is fair to say that golfers often do not tend to go after the easy option; they would much rather seize the opportunity to show off to their fellow players. Here, we have hand-picked some of the most challenging golf courses in Europe. All nine of these fantastic golf courses offer a stern test of golf that can be best appreciated by players that like to be kept on their toes, and those that ultimately search for an invigorating challenge.

The Espiche Golf Lagos is a hidden gem in the Algarve, one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe. Players must navigate around the 18 holes here, through a unique layout with a challenge characterised by the strategic placement of greenery and fauna. While the fairways may appear to be on the generous side, with dense forestry lining the edges and subtle contouring, golfers are guaranteed an unforgettable test of golf. This par 72 golf course has been designed to incorporate most of the landscape’s natural features, which in turn creates a stunning landscape, and of course a fantastic challenge. Not only must golfers anticipate masses of greenery and fauna to manoeuvre their shots around; the layout is also rife with bunkers and water features that run their natural course throughout the course. Despite the Espiche Golf Lagos being a relatively new golf course in the Western Algarve, it has already established itself as one of the most challenging and unique golf courses in the area. With this layout, players will find they will succeed more in course management if they prioritise accuracy over the length of their shots. There are some truly tricky tight spots throughout, therefore the general line of advice for those that want to attempt the Espiche Golf Lagos is to take plenty of spare balls! Golfers must anticipate the challenge at the par-4 3rd hole as it is widely considered to be the most difficult on the course with a 409-metre-long uphill fairway. Whilst the fairway here appears to be generously wide, the subtle undulations are sure to trip up even the most experienced player.

The Dolce Campo Real Lisboa golf course is situated just half an hour’s drive away from the centre of Lisbon. Here, golfers can enjoy an invigorating round of golf across a unique terrain with rolling hills and valleys. The challenge does not end here; not only is the landscape truly unique with consistent elevation changes, but there are also dense areas of greenery and forestry throughout. Golfers must play with the perfect balance of accuracy and length in order to manoeuvre their shot across the many water hazards and some tricky doglegs which demand a blind shot. Even the most skilled players will find every element of their game challenged at the Dolce CampoReal Lisboa as they must overcome the natural terrain of the original landscape. Donald Steel, one of the most famous golf architects in the world, has created a fantastic golf course built on the natural beauty of the former terrain. The golf course that stands today is rife with the original landscape’s features, including the natural greenery and fauna weaving in and out of the stunning valleys and hills. Players are wrong for assuming they have an advantage with an anticipated view from the elevated tees; the greens are subtly undulating, creating a surprising challenge.

The Shire is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the UK, as well as one of the most challenging. Designed by the leading golf architect Seve Ballesteros, the Shire golf course is guaranteed to keep golfers on their toes throughout their game. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf; at this golf course, no hole is even remotely similar. The golf course comprises of six par threes, six par fours and six par fives, all of which offer a unique layout and a stern test of golf. Long hitters will feel right at home here as their skills will be utilised best with the challenge to overcome the many large water hazards. They can reap the benefits of the risk-reward system at this golf course, and those that cannot rise to the challenge will be penalised. The challenge here does not just end at the strategic placement of the water hazards and the sheer size of them; there are over 10,000 trees at this parkland golf course just waiting to swallow any wayward shots. Furthermore, the greens are unbeatably fast and feature subtle contours to trip up even the most skilled golfer.

The Salobre New, formerly known as the Salobre North, is a distinctive golf course that is guaranteed to set the hearts racing of all players, regardless of their skill set or experience. This golf course offers a unique round of golf to its players with an original landscape that is sure to be remembered for years to come. Despite the fact that this par 69 golf course is not nearly as long as its sister golf course, the Salobre Old, nor the other golf courses in the surrounding area, that is not to say that golfers will find a round of golf here a walk in the park. The Salobre New was designed with the emphasis on the use of accuracy instead of length, meaning golfers must be sure to play with their A-game throughout their round. Despite only opening in 2008 as a new addition to the huge variety of golf in Gran Canaria, the Salobre New has already created a steady reputation for itself as one of the most challenging golf courses on the island. A highlight of the stern test of golf on offer at the Salobre New includes the par-4 10th hole where players must utilise the use of their iron in order to cross an undulating fairway to reach the multi-tiered green.

One of the most unique golf courses in the Algarve includes the Monte Rei, which has accurately been labelled as “the jewel in the crown of Portuguese golf”. Conveniently for players, the Monte Rei is home to a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere to soothe any tempers raised from the challenging layout they have to overcome. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the most famous golf architects in history, at the Monte Rei, golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf. Despite the huge range of golf in the Algarve and its constant expansion, the Monte Rei has continued to maintain a big name for itself in Europe. The main challenge here is characterised by the nature and placement of water hazards and bunkers; in order to maintain a steady scorecard, golfers must play with the perfect balance of length and accuracy across the 7,224-yard-long layout. Nicklaus certainly did not hold back in the use of water hazards for this layout, as they feature in eleven out of the eighteen holes here. The challenge does not simply end here; with original fauna and greenery, strategic bunkering and undulating terrain, the Monte Rei is not a good golf course for players to choose if they want to show off to their fellow players.

The par 73 Alferini golf course is a stand-out course in the midst of all the classic Spanish layouts in the Costa del Sol. Instead of just providing an attractive layout and a pretty scenery, the architect of the Alferini, Antonio Garcia Garrido, has succeeded in striving to create a fantastic golf course that offers a great challenge. Many of the golf courses in the Costa del Sol are typically attractive, and some might say they lack a certain edge to them. However, the Alferini puts this preconception to waste with a truly unique layout that is sure to provide a stern test of golf to all those that attempt it. The golf course was designed and created with its natural features in mind in order to preserve its original beauty and to maintain the landscape’s unique features. The par 5 16th hole is a particular stand-out to all of its players. At this hole, long hitters may initially revel in the lengthy and seemingly straightforward fairway. However, as any experienced golfer can advise – looks can often be deceiving! As the fairway approaches the green, it narrows significantly, therefore the element of accuracy must be focused in on as players soon find themselves surrounded by bunkers. With a unique layout that is sure to make low handicappers break a sweat, it comes as no surprise that Michael Campbell has labelled this hole as his favourite across the entire golf course.

The Le Golf National Albatros is known as the most challenging golf course in the surrounding areas around the French capital, therefore it hardly comes as surprising that it was selected as the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. It is fair to say that this golf course has lived up to each and every one of its expectations, and this has been shown to be the case as players return year after year. Golfers push their skills to their limit to make the most out of the risk-reward system the golf course operates on. Golfers are thrown into the challenge here from the get-go; however, the real challenge lies right at the end of the round at the par 4 18th hole. This is the hole to make or break an unforgettable round of golf with a huge water hazard positioned to the left side of the fairway and areas of dense bunkering on the right side. Here, the determinant of success lies in the approach shot. Whether players are happy with the end result or not, their round at the Le Golf National Albatros is sure to be a memorable one.

The La Manga Club West is the perfect golf course for any golfer looking for a challenging yet varied round of golf. The front and the back loops of nine differ in both their characteristics and the skills that they demand. The front nine holes demand golfers play with precise accuracy, and while the back nine appear to be more open, any decent player knows never to take anything at face value. The back nine might comprise of a more open layout in comparison to the narrow and compact front nine, however that is not to say that they are any less challenging. Golfers will find themselves thrown into the challenge from the very first hole, and they must do their best to play consistently as the course rapidly changes in elevation. If players are able to focus on anything but the challenge at hand, they should take their time to appreciate the immaculately kept landscape here; spectators frequently comment on the fantastic condition of the West golf course. At the La Manga West, the best is saved until last at the final 18th hole. Here, golfers must push themselves for one last time in order to give a half-decent tee shot. If they cannot do this, then there is usually some leeway due to the width of the fairway, but golfers should not count on this.

At the Acaya Golf Club, the challenge lies in the difficulty of club selection. If players can manage this, then they have a chance to do well here. There is a huge range of challenges to be met at the Acaya Golf Club, therefore golfers must choose their club carefully. Players must overcome strategically placed bunkers and water hazards that come into play at many of the holes here in order to score well. Whilst the Acaya Golf Club is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in Italy, it is also one of the most breath-taking due to its stunning location in the heart of the countryside. The architects of the Acaya Golf Club sought to incorporate the features of the natural landscape with their vision to create a fantastic golf course that forces players to use all of the clubs in their arsenal. It is certainly a unique aim to want to encourage players to use all fourteen of their clubs, however it is fair to say that this has been achieved, and it simply adds to the challenge. With three huge lakes and dense green areas consisting of olive groves, players must anticipate a testing round of golf that they are sure not to forget any time soon. The main challenge here is characterised by water hazards as the three lakes at the golf course come into play mainly in the back nine holes. The 16th, 17th and 18th holes comprise of tricky par fours; therefore, players must be sure to save the best of their game until last.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, and hopefully, we have inspired you to push beyond your boundaries to truly test your golfing skills on your next golf holiday in Europe.

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This week’s blog is a guide to the Pestana golf course collection. The Pestana golf courses are situated on the Algarve and each boasts a great round of golf. Whether you are looking for a great holiday round or a stern test of golf, these courses can offer you that variety. Take a look at this great collection of courses and be inspired for your next golf holiday to the Algarve.

Alto Golf and Country Club was one of the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton and features brilliant, winding fairways and elevated greens which are a stern test for those playing with a lower handicap but also fair to those who are less accomplished golfers. The course’s features are similar to that to a UK parkland course, but of course, you have the weather associated with the Algarve to remind you that you are in fact, not in England. The course is beautifully positioned near to the picturesque village of Alvor and offers beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and interesting cliffs which add to the charm and character of the round. As you play the first nine holes of the course, you can enjoy the stunning views over Lagos Bay. The last nine holes travel back inland, running through gentle mountain slopes. This course is home to the longest home in Europe, the 66o-yard par 5 16th which is known as “The Giant”. This hole requires both concentration and skill in order for you to leave the hole with a respectable score. After your round, take a trip to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks whilst you reminisce over your round.

Silves is a beautifully picturesque course which opened for play in 2006 and since then, has gained a brilliant reputation for being a course that is always in immaculate condition. The course is set on gently undulating terrain in a rural area just 15 minutes inland. The course is surrounded by typical Algarve fruit orchards and small farms adding to the character of this beautiful layout. The first tee shot is a daunting one on this round as you must hit straight in order to avoid the water hazards strategically positioned on the fairway both on the right and the left. There are also many strategically placed bunkers in order to thwart those big hitters. However, this course is not an overly difficult one making it ideal as a holiday course for groups who have golfers of varying handicaps. Most of the holes along the course boast spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves. After your round, take a visit to the Silves Clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat whilst discussing the round.

Next up, we have the Gramacho Golf Course which is situated near Carvoeiro in the Algarve. This course was originally a nine-hole course which has been extended and beautifully redesigned by Nick Price to become a full 18-hole course. Pestana Gramacho has hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions and is recognised as a championship course which is enjoyable and playable by those with a higher handicap. The course winds its way over undulating terrain with olive, almond and carob trees scattered along the way. This is a challenging course which requires its players to be technically accurate in order to score well on the round. The Gramacho Clubhouse is the perfect place to sit and relax after your round, it is situated in the heart of the resort and boasts many services including club and buggy rental. There is a great restaurant and bar which boasts the most stunning views on the misty blue backdrop of the Monchique Mountains as well as overlooking the 18th hole.

The Vale da Pinta golf course is set in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro is a quality course which beautifully incorporates the course’s natural landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and other indigenous trees and vegetation. The course is beautifully framed by the Monchique Hills. Shot-making and accuracy are very important on this course as there are many tight fairways, doglegs and an assortment of strategically placed hazards positioned to challenge golfers of all abilities. One of the most challenging holes is the par-five 4th hole which measures over 500 metres from the back tee. This hole requires a long and accurate uphill tee-shot towards a marker post, this is made more challenging by the fact that the fairway is bordered by rough on the right and out of bounds on the left. The rest of the hole stretches downhill, but the fairway narrows drastically towards the end before you reach the undulating green. Another brilliant hole on this course is the 13th which is a short par four which may seem easy, but there is a large lake and bunker on the far bank from the tee ensuring that a very good strike is necessary if you are to clear this combination of hazards. You can take the safer route right of the water, but this still means that you will have a tricky approach to reach the well-guarded, shallow green. There are several stand-out holes along this course but particularly special is the 18th which is a wonderful par five finishing hole measuring just under 600 metres. The hole requires three long, straight shots and if you make par, you have finished well. There is no doubt that Vale de Pinta boasts a great round of golf filled with excellent and testing holes as well as a superb location and wonderful clubhouse for you to enjoy after your round. Vila Sol is one of the most requested courses in the Algarve, there are 27 brilliant holes situated at the complex.

Vila Sol has hosted the Portuguese Open and is a brilliant test of golf designed by the famous English architect, Donald Steel. The course winds its way through an immense pinewood in which there are fig trees, oaks and almond trees. This is a typical inland golf course with narrow fairways which demand accurate driving as well as water and sand hazards and fast greens. Players of all abilities will find Vila Sol to be a stern but fair test of golf. The fairways are always maintained beautifully and of course, there are many strategically placed hazards along the course to catch any errant shots. Right from the first few holes, it is evident that Vila Sol is a challenging course. There are three holes which are par fours in excess of 380-metres long. There are many notable holes along the course including the 6th, 7th and 8th. The 6th is a long, downhill par five which features a large lake protecting the left half of the fairway, you then have to tackle the uphill approach to a small, heavily guarded green. The 7th is also a long, downhill hole during which you must carry your shot back over the lake towards a large, sloping green. Finally, the 8th is a classic park-like par five which gently doglegs right with a narrow stream running just in front of the green and back down the left side of the fairway.  The back nine holes at Vila Sol are slightly shorter but still maintain the challenge of the course. This is a solid course that challenges and rewards at every turn.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in order to have the opportunity to enjoy the Pestana golf courses, then look no further than the Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel. This hotel is perfectly located for those looking to enjoy Vilamoura’s nightlife, restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches. You can reach several brilliant golf courses easily from this hotel. The hotel boasts 189 spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms, all of which boast stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. Many of the guest rooms are scattered across the resort in lovely, Portuguese cottages. Besides exploring the wonderful town of Vilamoura and playing plenty of golf on the surrounding golf courses, you can take advantage of the facilities within the hotel. These include an indoor heated swimming pool, a large outdoor pool lined with sun loungers and parasols. There are also private tennis courts and spa facilities. This is a superb hotel with brilliant facilities and a superb location – perfect for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Another hotel ideal for exploring the Pestana golf courses is Pestana Delfim. This hotel boasts a brilliant location situated just a couple of minutes stroll away from Alvor’s golden beaches. This is a fantastic all-inclusive hotel which is perfect for both families and groups of golfers looking to make the most of the facilities within the hotel. The Pestana Delfim is a great base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses in the Western Algarve and explore the lively town of Alvor. You can reach Alvor within ten minutes on foot and the hotel also runs a regular shuttle bus there. The rooms within the hotel are all spacious and are equipped with all of the essentials including complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying the town of Alvor or the wonderful golf courses within close proximity of the hotel, you can spend your days lounging around the pool, play tennis or use the fully-equipped fitness centre. As the hotel is all-inclusive, you can have your breakfast served in the buffet restaurant and dine on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar. You can enjoy great restaurants and bars in the town of Alvor. The Pestana Delfim is another superb option for your next golf escape to Portugal, especially if you are looking to enjoy some of the great golf in this area – including the Pestana courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that perhaps, some more information on these exciting holiday golf courses has inspired you to book your next golf escape to the Algarve. If you have been inspired, or if you want to talk through some other golf holiday options, give us a call or send us an enquiry on our website to get in touch.

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This week’s blog is a guide to the seven most relaxing golf and spa breaks. Whether you are travelling with non-golfers or you are just interested in experiencing some pampering during your holiday, take a look at one of these luxurious resorts…

First up, we have the five-star luxurious La Cala Golf Resort. This complex is beautifully positioned between the Sierra de Mijas National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts three golf courses, swimming pools and a luxurious spa. Within the spa, you can find hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath and a sauna as well as a number of different health and beauty treatments available including massages and facials.
Each of the hotel’s guest rooms boasts stunning views over the golf course which you can admire from your room’s private balcony. The rooms are also equipped with all of the modern facilities and amenities that you could need in order to make the most out of your stay here including satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
During the day, whilst you are not tackling one of the three brilliant La Cala courses – America, Asia and Europa, you can spend time in the hotel’s spa, relax around the pool or take the short 10-minute drive to the nearest beach. The resort is also just 35 minutes’ drive from Malaga Airport.
La Cala’s Restaurant serves both international and local cuisine and you can enjoy a few drinks within the clubhouse or the lobby bar.
There is no doubt that La Cala Resort is the perfect destination for your next stay-and-play golf break to the Costa del Sol with excellent golf, a wonderful spa and a beautiful location.

Next, we have the four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa which is a modern, beachfront hotel situated in the fishing village of Sesimbra which boasts beautifully appointed rooms and facilities. The hotel was refurbished in 2015 and so all of the rooms and the spa boast a stylish and modern décor.
Each of the guestrooms is equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a standard of this hotel including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a minibar and a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings.
Within the spa, you can enjoy a wide range of different health and beauty treatments including massages and hot stone massages. Other spa facilities include a small heated indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna, a Tropical Shower and a Vertical Hydromassage.
The hotel boasts a beautiful location surrounded by the Arrabida Natural Reserve and has its own awnings for clients to use during the summer months at the beach. You are also within easy walking distance of the town’s restaurants and bars. The hotel is situated just under 20 miles from Lisbon’s city centre where you can find an abundance of restaurants, bars, nightlife and history.
Due to the hotel’s location, it is easy for you to walk out to enjoy a meal and a few drinks in the town, however the hotel boasts a great restaurant, Aquarius, which specialises in traditional Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes.
Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the perfect hotel for you to enjoy the great local golf courses of Aroeira I and Aroeira II as well as Quinta do Peru. Look no further for a relaxing golf escape than Sesimbra Hotel and Spa situated in the Lisbon region.

Situated in Sicily is the four-star Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel boasts a beautiful location in the East of Sicily within the breath-taking Mount Etna National Park, located on the lower slopes of the volcano.
The hotel is situated more than 2000ft above sea level which means that guests to the hotel can enjoy a pleasant year-round temperature with stunning panoramic views of the volcano and the surrounding countryside. There is so much to do and visit within the local area like trekking, mountain biking and wine vineyard tours. Arguably, the two best things about this resort is the fact that the great Il Picciolo Golf Club is conveniently situated next door and that there is a luxurious, comprehensive spa facility located within the hotel. The spa area boasts the perfect place for you to unwind, within the facility you can find a sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and a large massage and treatment area. There is also a great hotel swimming pool which you can lay around whilst enjoying the sun.
Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is beautifully appointed and takes advantage of the hotel’s lovely setting with beautiful views of the vineyards and the orchards. The room types range from a comfortable classic room to a stunning suite so everyone can take their pick! The rooms boast all of the essentials including complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV.
The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghiandaia, serves delicious traditional Sicilian cuisine. Within the clubhouse, you can enjoy a great lunch menu. In the Lounge Bar, you can enjoy a few drinks after your meal.

Next, situated on the exclusive Quinta do Lago Estate is the Monte Da Quinta Resort. This is a luxurious resort with a great range of leisure activities situated nearby as well as a selection of brilliant golf courses including the brilliant Quinta do Lago courses.
The Resort boasts a range of one, two- and three-bedroom suites which are all furnished to a very high standard to ensure that you have a brilliant and luxurious stay here. The suites all provide the modern essentials for your stay including a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access as well as a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the views. They are all fully equipped for self-catering with a fridge, microwave, oven and a dishwasher.
As the suites are so well-equipped, you can easily self-cater here. However, if you want to take a night off from cooking, take a trip to the Melange Bistro Restaurant where you can enjoy a large buffet meal. Alternatively, head to the Peacock’s Grill for an a la carte meal before enjoying a few drinks in the Peacock Bar.
The Monte Da Quinta Resort boasts a great range of leisure facilities including two outdoor swimming pools and an indoor pool. You can also enjoy access to the wonderful Magnolia Spa which boasts a sauna, steam room and a Turkish bath as well as the opportunity to take advantage of a range of massage and beauty treatments.
For a relaxing golf and spa escape, look no further than the wonderful Monte Da Quinta Resort situated in the exclusive Quinta do Lago Estate.

The Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is a luxurious hotel which boasts a high standard of accommodation with impeccable service and a brilliant range of leisure facilities. The great thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds as you are just a short journey into the centre of Vilamoura, but you are still able to relax in the peaceful setting of the hotel.
There are so many great things about this luxurious hotel, one of which is the fact that you can enjoy being situated in a prime position surrounded by a selection of the Algarve’s best golf courses including Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course and Dom Pedro Millennium Golf Course.
Another great thing about this hotel is its leisure facilities. You can enjoy an impressive six swimming pools which are each lined with sun loungers and parasols, you can also enjoy private tennis courts and the beach club at the nearby Falesia Beach. Of course, there is also a great spa within which you can enjoy a wide range of health and beauty treatments including massages and facials.
There are 176 guest rooms within the hotel and each of the boasts all of the essentials that you need for an unbeatable luxurious stay. The guest rooms and the suites all come with private balconies from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. There are also 66 one or two-bedroom apartments which are all air-conditioned and boast a spacious lounge area.
The hotel’s Moscada restaurant boasts a great breakfast and dinner buffet filled with international and local dishes. You can also choose to head to the Cilantro or Aquarela for an a la carte meal of either Italian or seafood dishes. For daily evening entertainment, cocktails and snacks check out the Rubi bar.
Whatever it is that you are looking for from your next golf escape, the Hilton Vilamoura has it all. Look no further for your next golf and spa break than this excellent hotel.

Situated amongst the beautiful foothills, in between the mountains and the ocean, sits the beautiful Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. This is a great, villa-based resort which boasts everything that you could possibly need or want from your next golf break to the Algarve.
You can enjoy rounds on Portugal’s number one golf course, stunning accommodation, excellent gastronomy and first-class service within this great hotel. From the hotel, you can explore Eastern Algarve’s towns of Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas which are all within a 25-minute drive of the resort.
Due to the location of the resort, you can easily venture outside of the hotel to enjoy a meal and a few drinks. However, there are three great restaurants onsite of the hotel including Vistas which has been included within the Michelin Guide for Portugal which means that it really is worth having a meal in that restaurant if you choose to stay at Monte Rei.
The resort offers guests a great range of self-catered luxury villas which have all been built in a typically Portuguese style and have been furnished to a very high standard. You can find all of the modern amenities that you could need for your stay within the villas including a large terrace with a great outdoor dining area as well as complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Of course, the most impressive thing about Monte Rei Golf and Country club is the beautiful, Jack Nicklaus-designed Monte Rei course. The course boasts 18 quality holes, stunning surroundings and a stern test of golf.
Another impressive thing about the resort is the range of leisure facilities that you can enjoy. There are private tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre and extensive spa facilities. Within the spa, you can opt to enjoy a range of treatments and massages.
This is a wonderful resort and offers guests the chance to self-cater, explore the local towns and the chance to play on the brilliant Monte Rei Golf Course. Look no further than the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club for a great golf and spa escape.

Last, but certainly not least, to make the list of our suggestions for a great golf and spa break, is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa. This luxurious hotel is situated in the heart of the brilliant resort of Estoril, adjacent to the Casino and just a few minutes’ walk to the sandy beach.
This five-star hotel boasts beautiful interiors and boasts a beautiful location set within lush gardens with the brilliant Golf do Estoril. The guest rooms are all spacious and beautifully decorated, they also all include the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.
The spa is brilliant with a sauna and a Turkish bath as well as a wide range of massages, facials and other treatments available. There is also a large indoor pool and a hot tub within the Banyan Tree Spa and the Estoril Wellness Center you will find everything you need in order to have a luxurious and relaxing stay.
The hotel boasts a great restaurant, The Grill Four Seasons, which boasts a selection of both Portuguese and International specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. You can also dine in on the Bougainvillea Terrace and enjoy a few drinks within Bar Estoril.
If you are looking for a luxurious golf escape with great golf, a great spa and a great restaurant, look no further than Palacio Estoril for your next golf holiday.

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This week’s blog is a guide to our 7 must-visit destinations. Summer is almost upon us and it is time to start thinking about where you will be playing golf over the next few months. There is no denying that it is nice to get away and play somewhere that you know will be warm! Take a look at these suggestions and start planning your summer golf escape.

 

First up we have Hotel Jardin Tecina which is situated on the beautiful island of La Gomera. The resort is sat on top of the village where you can find an array of bars and restaurants as well as a beautiful beach. From the resort, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts stunning garden or sea views which you can enjoy either from a private terrace or balcony. The rooms also feature all of the modern luxuries that you could want or need in order to make the most out of your stay here including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV.

During the day, you can take a stroll into the fishing village of Playa de Santiago, enjoy a round on Tecina Golf or take advantage of the range of leisure facilities and activities offered at the hotel. There are five pool areas, extensive sporting facilities including tennis and squash courts as well as beach volleyball and table tennis. If you are looking to relax and indulge, take a visit to the hotel’s spa where you can enjoy a signature massage or facial.

Within the village, you can find an array of restaurants and bars, but you can also choose to stay within the hotel and make the most of the great half-board option that is on offer. In the main restaurant, there is a daily buffet and for those looking for true Spanish and Canary cuisine, you can enjoy a meal in the Tasca Fandango. There are five different bars for you to enjoy including the terrace bar which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cold drink! For your next golf escape to the Canary Islands, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina.

 

Vale do Lobo is Portugal’s biggest and most exclusive luxury holiday destination. The estate spans over 400-hectares and boasts beautiful scenery, two championship golf courses and a three-mile-long sandy beach. Within the estate, you can find dozens of bars, shops, bistros, cafes and even a nightclub as well as extensive sporting facilities. For those looking for relaxation, there is the brilliant Vale do Lobo spa where you can choose from a range of different health and beauty treatments or just enjoy the facilities including the sauna, hot tub and jacuzzi.

Within the estate, sits the brilliant five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. This hotel sits next to the Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course and within close proximity to San Lorenzo Golf Course. You can enjoy access to the stunning Vale do Lobo beach as well as the rest of the estate.

The hotel boasts a wonderful location, it is beautifully peaceful within the hotel, yet you are just seconds away from all of the leisure facilities within the Vale do Lobo Estate. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully decorated and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private, spacious balcony as well as Wi-Fi access and complimentary toiletries.

The hotel offers its guests a great range of leisure facilities throughout the Estate as well as the children’s Kangaroo Club, private tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and a great selection of spa facilities.

Within the hotel, you can find the Dom Duarte Grill where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with authentic cuisine originating from India, Africa and South America. There is also a great cocktail bar with its own outdoor terrace where you can find live piano music during the summer months.

Alternatively, when you choose Vale do Lobo Estate you can opt to stay within the Deluxe Apartments. These are a great option if you are looking for a self-catering golf break. The apartments sit in the heart of the estate with the Vale do Lobo Royal and Ocean Golf Courses located just next door. You can choose from a one, two or three-bedroom Margarida apartment. Each of the apartments feature attractive décor and modern amenities to make sure that you can fully enjoy your stay at the Vale do Lobo Estate. The amenities within the apartments include an LCD television, DVD player, Wi-Fi access an air-conditioning. You have your own spacious living room, dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Of course, these are the perfect option for those wanting to self-cater, but you can take a night off to enjoy one of the many restaurants situated around the estate! Vale do Lobo Estate is the perfect destination for your next golf escape, whether you choose to stay within the Dona Filipa Hotel or within the apartments, you will have a brilliant stay.

 

Situated in Sicily is the Verdura Resort, the resort lies on the South West coast near to the seaside town of Sciacca. The hotel plays host to the fantastic Verdura Golf Course which is a stunning course and will test golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has established itself as being amongst Europe’s premier golfing destinations and provides guests with an air of unspoilt exclusivity that very few places in Europe can rival.

There are excellent facilities within the hotel including an award-winning spa, the championship golf course and other sports facilities including six tennis courts, a two-tiered infinity pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre and various water sports. It is safe to say that you would never be bored during a stay at this fantastic resort.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully appointed with Olga Polizzi-designed interiors as well as a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The rooms are all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. If you are looking for a luxury golf holiday, look no further than the Verdura Resort in Sicily.

 

Next, we have the stunning Acaya Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Italian countryside but still boasts a great location as you can drive into the historical centre of Lecce in just 20 minutes and out to the beautiful coastline of Southern Italy in just five!

With a great golf course next door, a beautiful, historical town just a short drive away as well as easy access to a stunning beach, it is no surprise that this hotel made our list of must-visit destinations for your next golf escape. In the town of Lecce, you can take part in a range of different historical excursions and explore the local attractions.

During the day, whilst you are not exploring Lecce, sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying a round of golf, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include two outdoor swimming pools and an excellent spa. Within the spa you can find a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam room, jacuzzi and Turkish bath to help you relax after a testing round of golf!

Of course, you can find some dining options within the town of Lecce but, if you stay within the hotel, we know that you won’t be disappointed. The Acaya Golf Resort boasts an array of drinking and dining options. At the Gian Giacomo restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of fine, Italian cuisine which is all created using the region’s freshest, local produce from a Michelin star chef. In the mornings, you can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold breakfast foods.

For your next golf break, look no further than the Acaya Golf Resort for a relaxing golf escape to Sicily.

 

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech is a great four-star hotel which sits overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option that is perfect for those wanting to eat and drink as they please!

The resort spans over 10-hectares and features a range of leisure facilities including three swimming pools, landscaped gardens and a small lake. There are plenty of sporting activities available as well as Spa Sensations where you can relax and maybe opt to purchase a treatment or two.

Whilst you are not enjoying everything that the resort has to offer, you can venture out into the city and take part in various excursions that will be offered to you. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service which runs six times a day from the hotel to the centre of Marrakech.

Of course, there are some great golf courses nearby to the hotel – nine to be exact! With nine different golf courses to choose from, we know that no one could get bored here. Golf courses in the area include Al Maaden, The Montgomerie, Noria and Tony Jacklin Signature Course, all of which are just a short drive from the hotel.

The hotel’s main restaurant boasts a vast and delicious menu, offering a wide array of different cuisines to cater for everyone. The hotel’s guest rooms are all decorated beautifully and boast private balconies as well as other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

This is a brilliant hotel and a stay here gives you the opportunity to explore the brilliant city of Marrakech and enjoy some fantastic golf.

 

Last, but certainly not least, situated in Madeira, Portugal is Casa Velha do Palheiro. This is a stunning five-star golf resort which boasts just 37 luxurious guest rooms as well as a full spa. The hotel lies next to the famous Palheiro Gardens which were originally created over 200 years ago.

From the hotel, you can enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course, guests at the hotel get the best tee times at this course. Whilst you are not playing a round on the golf course, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include a heated swimming pool with sauna, seam room and a full spa. There are other sporting facilities including a tennis court.

Something unique to this hotel is that you can make use of the hotel’s private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ which sits at Funchal marina, you can use the yacht for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to Fuchal twice in the morning and twice in the evenings.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf escape to Portugal, look no further than a stay at the Casa Velha do Palheiro.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider some of these must-visit destinations for your next golf break. Whether you are looking to travel as a group, with your family or just with a partner, we can tailor-make a golf escape which will meet your needs perfectly. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 to chat through some of your options!

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This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best all-inclusive golf breaks that we have. Each of these resorts offers excellent leisure facilities, excellent golf and excellent food and drink. The great thing about going on an all-inclusive golf break is that you can eat and drink as much as you like without having to worry about a budget as everything is prepaid. It is often the best way to travel if you are going with a group or on a tight budget as no one will need to worry once you are there! Take a closer look at one of the following resorts for your next all-inclusive golf holiday…

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a brilliant five-star golf hotel situated in the heart of Belek. It is no surprise that we have requests for golfers to go back to this hotel year upon year due to its great golf, stunning location and lovely food and drink. The hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have a great golf break to Turkey.

Within the local area, you can find an array of great golf courses including the two Sueno golf courses which are on-site of the hotel – Sueno Dunes and Sueno Pines. The great thing about the location of this hotel is that you can enjoy great golf as well as the beautiful beach which is just a five-minute walk from the entrance of the hotel – you can enjoy a free shuttle service down to the beach from the hotel’s entrance.

The guestrooms are all beautifully furnished and are all fully-equipped with everything that you could need or want in order to make the most of your stay here. The rooms include either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. There is also a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a large ensuite within each of the rooms. During the day, spend time relaxing around the pool or enjoying the hotel’s beach club where you can find hammocks and a pier jutting out into the Mediterranean with its own bar and sun loungers. The hotel also features a great spa where you can opt for a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Of course, one of the most important things to consider when you are travelling all-inclusive is the food and drink options. The hotel’s main buffet restaurant serves a wide range of food that you can enjoy out on the terrace or within the airconditioned restaurant. Alternatively, you can find the Birdie Bar at the golf club which features its own outdoor terrace. There are a few a la carte restaurants which you can book during your stay for a small extra charge. Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a fantastic option for your next all-inclusive golf holiday to Turkey.

 

Also situated in Belek is the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel, like most of the other Belek hotels, is situated on top of a long stretch of beach. There is no doubting that this is one of the most luxurious hotels in this area with high levels of service, brilliant facilities and fantastic golf at the neighbouring Cornelia Faldo golf course.

During your stay, you can enjoy the fantastic array of leisure facilities that you can find within the hotel. These facilities include aerobics, table tennis and tennis, you can also find ten different outdoor swimming pools as well as an indoor pool to relax around. If you are looking for relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s large spa where you can enjoy the sauna, Turkish baths or opt for a treatment. Alternatively, of course, you can choose to make the most of the discounted green fees and free shuttle service to the fantastic Cornelia Faldo golf course.

There is a range of room options at the Cornelia Diamond but all of them are very luxurious. If you are travelling as a family, you can opt for a swim-up family room which is interconnected by a swimming pool which guests have direct access to from the room. All of the rooms come with a satellite TV, air conditioning, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a private balcony or terrace.

In terms of food and drink, you are truly spoilt for choice here. There are four a la carte restaurants during the winter months and eight during the summer season. There are also eight different bars – with one of them being open 24 hours a day! Look no further than the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa for your next all-inclusive golf escape.

 

Another one of our best all-inclusive hotels is also situated in Belek, the Sirene Belek Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Belek and offers true five-star accommodation as well as excellent golfing options at the Pasha and Sultan golf courses.

Much like the other hotels in Belek, the Sirene backs onto the 16km long Blue Flag Belek Beach. The hotel boasts its own pier with sun loungers, parasols and a bar to relax on! Besides from relaxing at the beach club, you can enjoy the other leisure facilities including an outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor pool and an aqua park. There are also a variety of sports to enjoy including tennis, water sports and volleyball.

The hotel boasts an impressive five restaurants including an adults-only seafood restaurant, a large buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant. In the evenings, you can head to the Hoope bar where you can enjoy a wide range of beverages. This is a fantastic hotel with a wide range of leisure activities and beautifully furnished guest rooms as well as a great all-inclusive option.

 

The Pestana Delfim is situated just a few minutes’ stroll from Alvor’s golden beach and just a couple of kilometres from the centre of Alvor. This hotel is the perfect base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses situated in the local area, including Pinta, Gramacho, Vila Sol, Silves and Alto.

In the town of Alvor, you can find a wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops which means that you could choose to eat out easily. However, the hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option. Breakfast is served within the hotel’s buffet restaurant where you can find a delicious spread of food that can be enjoyed out on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar where you can find evening entertainment.

During the day, whilst you are not spending time on one of the many great golf courses in the area, you can lounge around the pool or on the beach or take advantage of the many leisure facilities. These facilities include the fully-equipped fitness centre, water sports and private tennis courts.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TVs and air conditioning.

Situated just 45 minutes’ drive from Faro airport in a desirable location, with plenty of leisure facilities and a stunning beach and town nearby, look no further for your next golf break than Pestana Delfim.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort. You can enjoy spectacular views of the rolling countryside as you enter the hotel and it doesn’t get any less luxurious. The accommodation at the hotel resembles a typical Andalusian white village with 134 spacious guestrooms and suites which are all decorated in traditional Spanish décor. You are situated on the outskirts of Benalup in a rural part of Spain, you can find a host of restaurants and bars which are worth exploring when you are not enjoying the food and drink within the hotel!

Within the resort, you can find outdoor swimming pools, a comprehensive spa facility, a fitness centre, tennis courts and the fantastic Fairplay Golf Club. Within the spa, you can find Jacuzzis, saunas, a Turkish bath and a solarium, there is a supplement or entrance into the spa, but it is worth enjoying a spa day during your stay.

The hotel boasts a great all-inclusive option, you can enjoy international and local cuisine within the Mar de Campo Restaurant, a buffet-style menu at Acebushes and a barbeque by the pool at Atalaya. There is also a lovely eatery overlooking the 9th hole at Hoyo 19 Restaurant. Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a luxurious golf resort which can offer you an unforgettable and exclusive experience for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz.

 

The four-star Iberostar Founty Beach is located on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco. Here, you can enjoy nine kilometres of unspoilt coastline as well as everything else the hotel hías to offer you. The hotel is situated just a few kilometres from the majestic city of Agadir making it the perfect location for your next golfing getaway to Morocco.

You can easily venture out into the city where you can find out more about the Moroccan culture. During the day, you can relax on the beach or explore the local bars and restaurants or the souks. Of course, due to its location, you are close to a few great golf courses including Golf de L’Ocean, Golf du Soleil and Golf Les Dunes.

Each of the 470 guestrooms within the hotel is comfortable and spacious and fitted with everything that you could need in order to fully enjoy your stay. The rooms all feature their own private balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a large ensuite bathroom.

You can find a wide array of leisure facilities and activities within the hotel including several large outdoor pools, a spa, volleyball, basketball and a kid’s fun park. There is also the fully-equipped fitness centre if golf isn’t enough exercise for you!

Due to the hotel’s location, you can venture out for food, but there are excellent restaurants within the hotel. There are three modern restaurants which serve both local and international cuisine in an elegant setting, you can enjoy drinks at the Lobby Bar where there is live music. The Iberostar Founty Beach is a great hotel and one that allows you to explore the city of Agadir as well as stay within a luxurious resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. This extensive golf resort is situated just a few steps away from the sands of Punta Cana. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach or playing one of the local golf courses including La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course, you can enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts, a large spa area and beautiful gardens.

The hotel features 200 spacious guest rooms which all feature air conditioning, a rain shower, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning sea views.

As part of the hotel’s all-inclusive programme, they offer an abundance of restaurants for you to choose from. There are eight international restaurants as well as many bars and public areas for you to enjoy a few drinks within! This resort is perfect for those travelling as a group or a couple. Look no further for your next all-inclusive golf break than the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that maybe one or more of these resorts has caught your eye. Whatever you are looking for from your next golf escape, we can definitely find something to suit yours and your group’s needs so make sure to give us a call today.

To keep your Golf Escape under the budget you desire can sometimes be a tricky job for the tour leader. Of course, everyone wants to play the best courses and stay in the nicest hotels possible, but often, it cannot be done for the set budget. If you can be flexible with your dates, then there are always some little periods in the year where there is a deal to be had. So here are our top tips of when to stay and play at certain hotels and courses for the 2019/20 season.


Our first visit is to Las Colinas golf course on the border of the Costa Blanca and Murcia regions. Voted Spain’s best course 3 years in a row at the World Golf Awards, this is one that should be on everyone’s list to play. Littered with bunkers and huge water hazards, it is a course that is very pleasant on the eye. With little else around the course too, it is a peaceful experience, which helps as you work your way around this challenging course. But when should you play it? September. Las Colinas class September as their ‘low season’, even though it is a lot of regions most popular month for golfers. They cut the prices by 25% and makes one of Europe’s best courses a very affordable round of golf. Coming in at below £80 per person with a buggy included too, you have to include it in your itinerary for anybody staying from La Manga right up to Benidorm. It is well worth the journey.


The next stop off is in the Eastern Algarve and we are going to talk luxury. Not just luxury accommodation, but a golf course to match it too. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is one of Portugals finest golf resorts, perhaps even the best. Its huge Villas are traditional in design with modern touches throughout, making it the perfect place to relax before tackling the demanding
course on site. The Nicklaus course of Monte Rei is a Golf Escapes favourite and has to be considered a bucket list course that competes with some of the best courses in the world. Perfectly maintained all year, stunning surroundings and a level of service you can’t imagine is why this course is so superior to many others. Sounds expensive right? For a resort this good, it is worth paying for, but in the prime golfing period between 01st – 14th March, You could do 3 nights and 2 rounds (with buggies and range balls) from £359 per person! So, I bet we can guess where you will be going next March!

The Canary Islands. Known for its steady warm temperatures all year round, making it a fantastic winter golf destination where you can get away from the rain, wind and snow in the UK for some golf in the sun. The golf courses know this though and for that reason, their high seasons are from October through to April. So why don’t we go there in May or September? Same weather, same golf courses, but a fraction of the price. For example, Costa Adeje Golf in Tenerife. If you were to play this course on the 1 st of May or September, compared to the 1 st of November or February you would save over £35 per round!

The same for Salobre Old Course in Gran Canaria. You would save over £25 per round at this golf course. These are just two examples, but similar savings are to be had at all courses in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura during the ‘summer’ months. It seems strange to think things would be cheaper at these times of the year, but it really is the case, we promise.


When you think of a good time of year to play golf abroad, most people would say April, May September give you the full package. Sun, but not too hot and also not paying the high hotel prices that June, July and August bring. Nestled right in the centre of Paphos new town is the Dionysos Hotel, this property offers an unbelievable price in April. Peak golf season and with average temperatures 21°, this has to be the perfect opportunity to visit such a fantastic golf destination. The 3-star hotel in a perfect location is £20 per person, per night cheaper in April that it is in September! This hotel paired with the fabulous courses the island has to offer such as Aphrodite Hills, Secret Valley, Elea and Minthis makes for the perfect golfing getaway for couples and groups alike. They very much look forward to welcoming you in the most wonderful Cypriot manor.

Next is an option for groups on a budget. Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia is a resort that continues to baffle everyone here at Golf Escapes, but for all the right reasons. The resort has a 5-star hotel, 4-star apartments, a good selection of bars and restaurants and a lovely Jack Nicklaus golf course all within a stone’s throw of each other. Yet the apartments, known as ‘The Residences at Mar Menor’ is one of the cheapest and best value packages available in Europe. The resort is cheap all year
round, but to make it even better, they class the golfing peak season of May as their ‘low season’. So let’s talk numbers. 3 nights 2 rounds from £159 & 7 nights 4 rounds from £309 in May, yes May! Not only is there a great course on-site, but there are also 6 other courses that you can play for no extra cost and use the free shuttle bus provided by the resort to take you there too. We hope to see you there in May, because we will be there.


Praia D’el Rey. I am sure most of you have heard of the resort north of Lisbon and most would think of it as a prestigious golf course. That’s because it is. It has recently had a rather good addition to the resort too. West Cliffs golf course opened 18 months ago and has quickly become one of the most sought- after courses in the country. These two courses mixed with Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso (all within 15 minutes of each other) makes for one of the best selections of courses to play in Europe.
Back to the question of when to visit though… To be honest, we’ve cheated with this one. Go at any time. Any time from April until June and from September until the end of October is when we would recommend though. It can be a bit chillier here in the lower seasons, so nice to wait until the weather warms up, but when it does, it is a place of stunning natural beauty. Prices at either the 5 star Marriot Praia D’el Rey Hotel or the Praia D’el Rey Village (apartments and villas) are fantastic value for money during these periods. It is another resort that is hard to understand why it is so cheap considering the quality of golf courses. With 4 nights and 3 rounds staying in the village starting from £245 this package would be at least double the price if the resort was based in the Algarve. Golf Escapes really can’t applaud this resort highly enough as it is a truly unbelievable destination for the keenest of golfers.


Last but certainly not least… The Conrad Algarve. Voted in the top 5 hotels in the Algarve on TripAdvisor, a Michelin Star restaurant and awards under its belt such as having the best spa and the best hotel suite in Europe. The hotel is situated in the perfect location of the classy town, Quinta do Lago. Opposite bars and restaurants and 3 world class golf courses (Quinta do Lago North, South & Laranjal) within 5 minutes, this hotel has everything to offer. The hotel is luxury in every sense of the
word and is one of the most expensive hotels in the Algarve and rightly so. It is quite simply outstanding. Of course, though, it wouldn’t be in this article if it didn’t have a sneaky period where it becomes a place where anybody can visit. This period is from the beginning of March until the beginning of April, the perfect time of the year for golfers. It is literally half the price in March
compared to June & September. A Golf Escape of pure quality throughout is very possible and more than affordable in the month of March and if you wanted to treat yourself next year, get it booked sooner rather than later for even further discounts.
We hope this might have helped plan your holiday for this year and next. Be as flexible as possible with your dates and you never know what deals might just be a few days away from the dates you were first thinking.