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This week we have 7 brilliant resorts for you to learn a bit more about and maybe even consider one or two of them for your next golf escape…

The Arabella Hotel and Spa is situated within the Cape Provinces in South Africa and is a delightful five-star hotel. The hotel overlooks the spectacular natural lagoon and is surrounded by lush landscape, this golf estate is a beautiful place and if you are looking for indulgence, look no further.

The hotel itself is the perfect blend of old-world style and modern design to produce a hotel with soaring wooden beams, bright and warm interior and an eclectic aura that promotes relaxation. You can find a world-class spa within the hotel, where you can relax in the sauna or get a soothing massage. Alternatively, you can work out in the gym, hit some balls on the tennis court or take a dip in the pool. Each of the beautiful guest rooms and suites includes air-conditioning, a seating area, a desk and a TV and of course, they all boast their own private bathrooms.

The hotel’s Jamani Restaurant serves up delicious international and contemporary South African cuisine, but you can enjoy a lighter meal and cocktails at Barnabas Bar which overlooks the pool. The main attraction here is the fantastic Arabella Country Estate where you can find one of the top-ranked courses in South Africa. The course boasts pristine grass, strategically placed bunkers and challenging water hazards. This is a brilliant course and will offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and scenic round of golf. With so much to do from wine tasting, whale watching, horse riding and bike riding as well as a fantastic golf course onsite, what more could you be looking for when it comes to your next golf escape?

 

Next up, we have the luxurious, four-star Villaverde Resort which is situated in the tranquil Fagagna Moraine hills in the province of Udine, Italy. The hotel boasts a brilliant location as just 1km away from the hotel, you can find the historic village of Fagagna and within two-minutes’ walk, you can take on the challenging Golf Club Udine.

The resort only opened in 2016 but it has already proved itself to be a well-loved, fantastic hotel due to its fantastic facilities and wonderful location. You can find a fully-equipped spa which features a sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Within the spa, you can choose from three exclusive treatments, including a floatation room. As the hotel boasts a great location, you can venture out to explore different bars and restaurants but, if you stay within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel’s restaurant is accessible over a bride, serves a range of local delicacies in a wonderful setting overlooking the surrounding countryside and the golf course. You can also enjoy the show cooking where fine Italian cuisine is prepared. After dinner, enjoy a few drinks at the Degusto Lounge Bar.

Golf Club Udine is within minutes’ walk of the hotel and it is a stunning course. The club is positioned within the Friulian countryside and is surrounded by rolling hills and boasts a stunning backdrop of the Carnic Alps. This championship standard course boasts a combination of traditional English feel combined with Italian flair and will pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. Whether you are looking to travel with family, friends or just in a couple, look no further than the fantastic Villaverde Resort for your next golf holiday to Italy.

 

The stylish and modern five-star Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort in the delightful setting of Costa Brava. Not only does the hotel boast an excellent location for playing some world-class golf, but there are two delightful towns which are under 15-minutes’ drive from the resort: Caldes de Malavella and Girona.

Each of the 145 guest rooms within the hotel is extremely comfortable with all mod-cons and brilliant showers! You can find everything that you could want or need for your stay within your room including a flat-screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Due to the hotel’s location, it would be easy to drink and dine out of the hotel, but the hotel offers some great options as well including the hotel’s own restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious a la carte cuisine and you can find a piano bar and pub for after dinner drinks. During the summer months, take your drinks outside and relax on the terrace.

Not only is there spectacular golf onsite but also Hotel Camiral’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and Hamman as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Undoubtedly, the main attraction of Hotel Camiral is the very special golf that you can enjoy during your stay here with two spectacular golf courses. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Spain and ranks within Europe’s top 50 courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course opened in 1999 and was already considered to be something special after hosting the 2000 Spanish Open. The course itself is very long and hilly with plenty of challenges along the way, however, there are five sets of tees which means that those with a higher handicap can still enjoy this magnificent course.

The Tour course is a slightly easier course than the Stadium but is dominated by pine trees and lakes which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots which means that it may be easier, but it is still a stern challenge of golf. With very special golf, wonderful facilities and a superb location, take a further look at Hotel Camiral online or give us a call if you think this may be your preferred next destination for a fantastic golf break to Spain.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a five-star resort nestled amongst the stunning foothills in between the mountains and the ocean just 20-minutes’ drive from the town of Tavira. In Tavira, you can find lots of things to do and see as well as a range of authentic Portuguese restaurants and bars perfect for if you don’t feel like cooking one night. This exclusive resort boasts luxury self-catered accommodation, breath-taking golf at the Monte Rei Golf Course and stunning views across the Eastern Algarve.

Besides Tavira, you can find four excellent restaurants or bars located on-site of the resort, the Grill Restaurant offers a range of meals and light snacks and the Veranda is the perfect place for you to enjoy a couple of drinks in the sunshine.

The range of self-catered luxury villas range from one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and all of them have been built in a typical Portuguese style and furnished to a very high standard. Each of the villas boasts a large terrace with an outdoor dining area as well as all of the modern essentials like complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

Within the heart of the resort, you can find the “Veranda” which boasts the leisure facilities of the resort including private tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre and extensive spa facilities and swimming pools. Of course, the best leisure activity that you can enjoy within the resort is playing a round of golf on the Monte Rei course. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course opened in 2007 and has since established itself as being one of the finest courses on the Algarve. The course boasts five lakes which are bordered by indigenous trees and plants. From the moment that you tee off, the holes get better and better – this course is a real must-play for any discerning golfer. The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a perfect choice for your next golf break.

 

JA The Resort is a fantastic 250 acre resort that offers a variety of accommodation and has a choice of 23 restaurants and bars to cater for your every need. The Resort is located just 40 minutes from Dubai airport and is in a prime location for easy access to the top golf courses in Dubai.

There are three places to stay within The Resort. The first and the original hotel is the JA Beach Hotel which offers 253 rooms and suites all of which have a private balcony or terrace with views of the sea, the private marina or the hotel gardens. The property is located on the beach and has a variety of accommodation to suit your requirements.
The second is Palm Tree Court which comprises of 212 suites which look out onto the Persian Gulf where The Resort has is very own private beach for you to enjoy. These suites are built in a Mediterranean style featuring junior suites and one bedroom suites. For the ultimate in the luxury there is “The Residence” with a host of added values including butler service.

 

Once in resort you will be able to explore the many restaurants and bars which are all included in the All-Inclusive package. There is everything from the casual Sports Cafe or Republik the gastro pub, to Asian fusion at the White Orchid or the award winning Kinara by Vikas Khanna for speciality Italian cuisine, whatever takes your fancy you will not be going hungry with the choices on offer here.
The activities available in resort will guarantee you get the most out your trip. There is 9 hole championship golf course along with a floodlit driving range for you to practice on whenever you please. There are 7 swimming pools, swim up bars, water sports and many other sports available.
The Resort is the ultimate All-inclusive destination for golfers and should go straight to the top of your list for your next golf Escape.

 

The five-star Martins Chateau du Lac is an elegant five-star property which boasts an idyllic location on Genval Lake and a charming landscaped park. You can reach the centre of Brussels within a 30-minute drive as well as a range of superb championship golf courses.

The hotel boasts an extensive wellness area where you can relax after you have taken on some of the challenging golf courses in the area. Within the wellness area, you can enjoy the sauna, a solarium, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a range of different massage treatments.

The hotel offers elegant, five-star rooms between Genval Lake and a spacious landscaped park. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar within all of the guest rooms.

The hotel’s lounge and bar combine gourmet cuisine with a casual modern setting, you can find a wide range of drinks including draught beers in the Kingfisher bar. In the mornings, you can choose to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast buffet with scenic lake views each morning at Genval Les Bains. This is a fantastic hotel with brilliant golf and great facilities in a great location outside of Brussels.

 

Last, but not least, is the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah which located on the beachfront of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. The resort is just a 50-minute drive from Dubai Airport and boasts an 18-hole championship course with a private beach which stretches over 400 yards of golden sands along the Arabian Sea.

The hotel boasts a luxurious spa which has been designed in an underwater theme and is where you can find a range of health and beauty treatments to choose from. There are a gym and two tennis courts for you to enjoy during your stay as well.

Each of the 346 elegant guestrooms is all designed in a plush style and boasts all of the modern amenities that you can expect from a hotel of this standard. From the rooms, you can enjoy beautiful views of either the sea, the golf course or the garden. The hotel boasts a variety of different restaurants including international favourites like Japanese cuisine at UMI, Steak and grill at Lexington Grill as local cuisine at Marjan and Qasr Al Bahar.

During your stay, you can enjoy a round at the Al Hamra Golf Club which is an exciting and challenging golf course which measures a whopping 7,325 yards. The course is playable for golfers of all abilities as it has five varied tee shots which means that it is a challenge for everyone. The course flows through four interconnected open water lagoons which merge with the sparkling blue Arabian Golf. This is a special course and shouldn’t be missed out on.

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is a great choice for your next golf break to the United Arab Emirates and will offer you a wonderful stay with brilliant facilities and golf courses.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and if you haven’t already, check out the first part of this blog which you can find on the website.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best ‘golf and drive’ packages for those living in the UK. All seven of these hotels offer fantastic value for money, great facilities, and of course, unbeatable golf. However, the main attraction to these hotels is that to stay in them, golfers need not bother with the stress, cost and hassle of flying. Instead, they can simply drive, which takes away a major cost involved in having a great golf break. Any one of these seven hotels would be a fantastic choice for those looking to have an unforgettable golf holiday, without the cost and effort of flying.

First up is the Martins Brussels EU, a four-star hotel situated right in the heart of Brussels. This hotel is the ideal choice for those looking for a centrally located hotel whilst also being in easy reach to some of the fantastic golf courses that Brussels has to offer. Brussels is known for its stunning architecture, museums and quaint squares filled with bars and restaurants. Conveniently for guests at the Martins Brussels EU, most of Brussel’s best attractions are located just a five-minute journey away on the metro, so a fun day out is never far away. Not only is the Martins Brussels EU a popular hotel for those looking for a ‘golf and drive’ break due to its great location, but it also offers its guests spacious guest rooms and good facilities, especially for a city hotel. At the Martins Brussels EU, guests are not just in easy reach of the city’s best attractions, but they are also in close proximity to some of the region’s best golf courses, making it an ideal option for your next golf break. Brussels is a popular golf destination in Europe for all golfers that can appreciate a good parkland golf course, including both the Chateau de la Bawette Golf Club and the Golf du Bercuit. Both of these fantastic golf courses are approximately half an hour away from the Martins Brussels EU, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach.

The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is the ideal option for all golfers looking to indulge in an idyllic golfing getaway, positioned just a stone’s throw away from the beach. This four-star hotel boasts a truly stunning location on the ‘Velvet Strand’, a five-kilometre stretch of unspoilt coastline with beautiful views throughout, perfect for an evening stroll in the summer months. This hotel proves that you do not need to bother with the cost and effort of flying to visit some truly stunning beaches. Golfers here really can enjoy the best of both worlds as the hotel is tucked away in an idyllic location, but it is also just fifteen minutes away from the centre of Dublin. Dublin is home to a fantastic range of nightlife and historic attractions, including Dublin Castle and the Guinness Storehouse. When the guests at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links are taking a break from exploring the best pubs in Dublin or taking scenic walks around the hotel, they can enjoy a fantastic round of golf at the Portmarnock Golf Club. This parkland golf course is a favourite amongst golfers in Ireland due to its stunning scenery and its distinctive links feel. Three sides of the golf course face the coastline of the Velvet Strand, so its golfers can enjoy some beautiful coastal views throughout their round of golf. On a clear day, both Ireland’s Eye and the Mountains of Mourne are visible from the golf course, creating a dramatic backdrop to a round of golf.

Located in easy reach of France’s famous capital is the Novotel Saint Quentin en Yvelines at the Le Golf National. Guests here are just moments away from two of the best golf courses in the country, the Aigle and the Albatros golf courses. The Albatros Le Golf National, in particular, is a must-play golf course, as any serious golfer would have it as a solid candidate on their golf bucket list. The golf course hugely benefitted from a seven-million-euro investment prior to it hosting the Ryder Cup, therefore golfers will find the greens to be in impeccable condition throughout the year. Alternatively, the Aigle golf course offers a more leisurely round of golf in comparison to the relentlessly fast greens at the Albatros. Designed with all players in mind, at the Aigle golf course, golfers of all abilities can enjoy a fantastic round of golf. Aside from the golf, the Novotel Saint Quentin en Yvelines at the Le Golf National is a great option for a ‘drive and golf’ option as it provides its guests with the opportunity to appreciate the local French history as well as enjoy some of the region’s best golf courses. The hotel is situated just a few miles outside of Versailles, home to the Palace of Versailles and the Royal Opera. Furthermore, guests are also less than an hour away from the centre of Paris, meaning guests here will never find themselves short of things to do or see. If guests at the hotel choose to have a relaxing afternoon, they can make the most out of the hotel’s fantastic leisure facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

The Dorset Golf and Country Club is the perfect option for a luxury ‘drive and golf’ break in England. This five-star resort comprises of log cabins that sleep up to eight guests, ideal for large golfing groups. All of them include all of the essentials to ensure guests have a fantastic stay, and they are even fully equipped with self-catering facilities including a kitchen and dining area. Alternatively, there is also a small hotel at the resort with just sixteen bedrooms, so guests also have the choice of being catered for. Aside from the award-winning golf course on-site, the Dorset Golf and Country Club has an excellent range of leisure facilities, including a fitness centre, a sauna and fishing lakes. The resort itself is set in over three hundred acres of forest and stunning countryside, so guests can even spend their mornings enjoying a peaceful walk in the local forest. The Championship Course at the Dorset Golf and Country Club is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the country. There are 27 holes to play at the Championship Course, all integrated into three distinctive loops of nine holes, meaning players can pick and choose their favourite loops depending on their skill set and preference. The golf course stretches out to an impressive 7,048 yards from the back tees, perfect for all golfers that are looking for a challenge. Golfers should not be deterred by the prospect of rain ruining their round of golf, as the Championship golf course has a great drainage system, meaning this fantastic golf course can be enjoyed throughout the year.

The Belfry has been awarded the Best Golf Hotel in Europe, and conveniently for golfers, they do not have to endure the cost and effort of flying in order to stay there. This hotel does not only offer a luxurious accommodation option for your next golf break in England due to its facilities and service, but it is also an amazing option because it has an impressive three world-class golf courses on-site. All of the 319 guest rooms and suites feature luxurious décor and all of the essentials to ensure you have a five-star stay. The hotel boasts a fantastic range of leisure facilities including a fully-equipped fitness centre, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. If guests want to totally indulge in relaxation, they can head to the hotel’s spa, then enjoy some afternoon tea at the Brabazon Bar. Not only is the Belfry a fantastic option for your next luxury golf break in England due to its facilities and service, but it is also an unbeatable choice due to the three award-winning golf courses located on-site. Guests at the Belfry are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf as they have the choice of playing three fantastic golf courses; the Brabazon, the Derby and the PGA National. The PGA National golf course is widely considered to be among one of the best golf courses in England, therefore it does not come as a surprise that it was the first golf course in Europe to be taken under the wing of the PGA brand. Alternatively, the Brabazon golf course also provides a great round of golf, and it has played host to the Ryder Cup on multiple occasions. For the more amateur player, the Derby golf course is a better option, however, that is not to say even the more experienced player will not find their skills challenged.

The Carton House Resort is one of the most sought-after golf resorts in Ireland with two world-class championship golf courses and a luxury four-star hotel. The hotel is a converted Palladian house with stunning architecture and classic décor throughout. The guest rooms are especially luxurious, even for a four-star hotel. if your budget permits, an upgrade to a suite is really worth it as they are located in the ‘Old House’, a timeless 18th-century building. Aside from the guest rooms, the Carton House Resort is also an excellent choice for your next ‘golf and drive’ break with a great selection of leisure facilities. When its guests are recovering from a round of golf from either the Montgomerie or the O’Meara golf course, they can head to the hotel’s sauna, steam room, or indoor swimming pool. Two of the best golf courses in Ireland are located at the Carton House Resort; the Montgomerie and the O’Meara. The Montgomerie golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie, is arguably the best of the two with its clever design which creates an unruly challenge; even those with a low handicap and plenty of experience will find it a challenge to play consistently well across all 7,300 yards of the golf course. Alternatively, the O’Meara golf course too offers a great round of golf, with even better scenery than the Montgomerie. This golf course is set on a relentlessly hilly terrain which demands that all players utilise each and every club in their bag.

Last but not least is the Hotel Le Manoir, a three-star hotel located just five minutes away on foot from the centre of Touquet. Aside from the two fantastic golf courses located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see here. Touquet is a quaint French town with plenty of classic cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as the occasional market. The Hotel Le Manoir is the ideal option for all golfers looking for an idyllic golfing getaway, as the hotel offers a relaxing stay set in the heart of the stunning Le Touquet Foret with just 41 guest rooms. The hotel is based in a renovated 20th century English manor house, and its original character and décor have been maintained in all of the guest rooms. Furthermore, most of the guest rooms here have a private terrace so they can make the most out of the hotel’s stunning setting in the middle of a forest. Both the Le Touquet La Mer golf course and the Le Touquet La Foret golf course a fantastic round of golf, and the best bit is that golfers need not have to bother with flying to reach them. With a stunning landscape, a unique layout and perfectly maintained greens, it comes as no surprise that the La Mer golf course is consistently ranked one of the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’. For a tamer round of golf, the Le Touquet La Foret course is arguably a better option with its generously wide fairways and spacious greens.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have been persuaded that flying really is not worth the cost and hassle when there are so many fantastic options accessible by car. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to change your mind.

This week’s blog is dedicated to the fantastic Martins properties. These properties are all situated in Brussels and Waterloo which is widely considered to be a fantastic up and coming golfing destination in Europe. It isn’t hard to see why Brussels, Belgium’s fascinating capital, is a top pick for those looking for a great golf break. The region is home to an array of brilliant golf courses, interesting history and great food and drink. As it is situated just a few hours’ flight away from the UK, Brussels and Waterloo are the perfect destinations for those looking for a short weekend break, or a longer golf holiday.

First up, we have Martins All Suites which is a great four-star property situated in the beautiful city of Louvain La Neuve, nestled between the lake and the city centre. This hotel is located right next door to the sister property, Martins Louvain La Neuve.

There are 102 spacious guest rooms within the hotel and all of them feature a separate seating area and modern décor. You can also take advantage of the retractable kitchen and the private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy breath-taking city views. As you are close to the city centre when staying at Martins All Suites, you can easily venture out for your meals but, if you choose to stay within the resort, we know you won’t be disappointed. The B’ Comme Brasserie boasts Belgian culinary delights in the evenings and boasts a great menu as well as a lovely ambience. The hotel is situated within the heart of the Agora complex, so you have full access to the spa and wellness facilities on offer within the complex as well as some brilliant golf nearby including Golf Club de Louvain La Nueve, Golf du Bercuit and Golf L’Empereur.

Situated next-door to Martins All Suites is the three-star Martins Louvain La Neuve. This comfortable hotel is situated close by to the Golf Club de Louvain La Nueve and boasts 108 guest rooms. Within each of the rooms, you will find everything that you need in order to have a great stay including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a safe and air conditioning.

The hotel boasts a great location in the pedestrian centre of Louvain Le Neuve. Like the Martins All Suites, the Martins Louvain La Neuve is situated within the Agora complex where you can make use of the spa and wellness facilities. Whilst you are here, you can also enjoy the B’ Comme Brasserie both in the mornings for a varied American breakfast and at night for some Belgian specialities. You can also relax in the lounge bar. These two properties are an excellent choice for your next golf break to Louvain Le Neuve.

Martins Brussels EU is a modern, four-star hotel which boasts a great, central location in the heart of the city of Brussels, just five minutes’ walk from the historical centre.

Whilst you are not challenging one of the brilliant golf courses in the area, you can make use of the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a gym and sauna, or you can explore the capital of Belgium. As you are located so centrally here, it is easy to venture out of the hotel to explore the culinary delights that Brussels has on offer. But, if you stay in the hotel, there is the great Icones restaurant which serves a range of international cuisine and Belgian fusion in a stylish setting as well as a hot and cold buffet selection in the mornings. This is the perfect hotel for those wanting to explore the city whilst enjoying some excellent golf like Brabantse Golf Club, Golf d’Hulencourt and Golf Club de Sept Fontaines.

The five-star Martins Chateau Du Lac is set in an idyllic location on Genval Lake and a beautiful landscape park. You can reach the centre of Brussels within a 30-minute drive as well as an abundance of fantastic golf courses.

Whilst you are not out challenging some of Belgium’s top golf courses, you can enjoy the hotel’s extensive wellness area which comprises a sauna, solarium, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and a range of massage treatments. Alternatively, you can keep active on the tennis courts and at the fitness centre. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed, modern guestrooms which are all fully-equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. In the evenings, relax in the Genval Les Bains lounge and bar and in the mornings, you can enjoy a lovely breakfast served at the hotel’s restaurant whilst you enjoy scenic views of the Genval lake. If you are looking for a luxurious and relaxing golf break, somewhere you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity that this beautiful area has to offer then look no further than a golf break at Martins Chateau du Lac.

Just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Brussels and near the centre of Waterloo, sits the four-star Martins Grand Hotel. The hotel boasts just 79 spacious, well-equipped guest rooms which are all decorated in a modern fashion and feature all of the amenities that you could need in order to make the most of your golf escape.

The hotel boasts some great leisure facilities onsite including the fully-functional fitness centre. For food and drink, you will not be disappointed with the bars within the hotel or the restaurant, Lu Sucrerie which offers a delightful menu filled with both Belgian and International favourites. There is the onsite Club bar where you can enjoy a few drinks in the evening and down the road, there is a lively Irish bar where you can have a more eventful evening! It is no surprise that Martins Grand is becoming a popular destination for golfers due to its great location in Waterloo where you have some great golf courses nearby like Golf du Bercuit, Golf du Hulencourt and the two excellent courses at Golf de Sept Fontaines.

The four-star Martins Klooster is a former 16th century convent which has been crafted into a modern, four-star hotel which boasts large amounts of character and charm. The hotel is sityated in the centre of Louven just 300 yards from the Oude Markt and a short drive away from the city centre of Brussels.

There is a lot to explore in the area around Martins Klooster including the Museum Leuven and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Beguinage. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the brilliant golf that you can play during your stay like Winge Golf and Country Club, Golf du Bercuit and Brabantse Golf Club. Each of the hotel’s elegant guest rooms has been decorated with warm tones and they are all fully-equipped with a satellite TV, a mini bar and a contemporary bathroom. The hotel’s restaurant, The Winter Garden, serves delicious international dishes. After your meal, you can relax in the bar area where you can find an open fire place. Due to the hotel’s location, you can find plenty of outdoor cafes and boutique restaurants within a short distance of the hotel. From the minute that you walk into Martins Klooster, you will start to enjoy your great golf break here where you can explore the brilliant golf courses of the area.

The four-star Martins Patershof is situated in the historic city of Michelen, in the north of Brussels and is a great, unique accommodation choice. The hotel is set within a former church and beautifully combines the original features with the stylish, modern interior.

Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is fully-equipped with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, an in room safe and tea and coffee making facilities. In the mornings, you can enjoy the hotel’s buffet breakfast where you can get a healthy start to your day before tackling one of the challenging nearby golf courses. The hotel’s restaurant can be found within the choir of the old church building. In the evenings, take some time to relax within the bar where you can find a range of Belgian beers and cocktails. Michelen itself is well worth exploring on the days where you are not playing golf as there is so much on offer for those of you who are culture enthusiasts. You can find resorted buildings and museums amongst other attractions. Martins Patershof is the perfect hotel for those looking for a peaceful golf escape to Belgium where you can enjoy the history and cuisine of the area whilst being a little set back from the action.

Next, we have Martins Red which was built in 2005 and stands today as a fantastic, modern four-star hotel situated in the small town of Tubize, 12 miles from Brussels. This hotel is nationally famous for being the headquarters and training centre for the Belgian International football team, the Red Devils.

As you would expect, there are optimised sporting facilities here including a fully-equipped gym, a wellness centre, football fields and tennis courts. However, the main attraction of this hotel is the fantastic nearby golf courses including Golf Club de Sept Fontaines and the parkland courses at Golf Chateau de La Tournette. Within the hotel, you can find the hotel’s restaurant which boasts fantastic international cuisine and Belgian favourites. There is also the sports bar where you can find multiple screens to watch the latest golfing highlights and other sports channels. The hotel only features 79 guest rooms and they all feature the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a Smart TV, air conditioning, a safe, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. This is an ideal hotel for those who are sports fanatics and who are looking for a lovely hotel from which they can easily explore the surrounding courses of Brussels and Waterloo.

Martins Rentmeesterij is a four-star hotel situated in the town of Blizen. This beautiful, historic building dates back to the 13th century and is located just 150 metres from the region’s most famous landmark, the Grand Commandery of Alden Biesen and only 10 minutes’ drive from Maastricht.

Whilst you are not out tackling challenging golf courses, you can relax within the hotel’s spa and wellness sanctuary or venture out to explore the cultural Belgian towns which are within close proximity of this great hotel. Due to the fact that there are so many great towns on the doorstep of the hotel, it is easy for you to venture out to explore the culinary delights these towns have on offer. However, the hotel’s restaurant, AKKO serves a delicious continental breakfast and a variety of different dishes in the evening. There are different hotel unit options including rooms and suites. Each unit is equipped with a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. Whether you are looking to explore courses like Winge Golf and Country Club or Golf du Bercuit or explore the region’s local towns, look no further than a golf holiday to Martins Rentmeesterij.

Last, but certainly not least, is the charming, three-star Martins Waterloo which is situated in a local residential area just outside of the historic centre of Waterloo. This is a relatively new hotel but is has quickly established itself as being one of the most popular in Belgium due to its superb location and great value.

Whilst you are here, you are just a short walk from Waterloo and only 25 minutes’ drive into Brussels. As the hotel boasts such a great location, you will never be short of things to do, see, eat or drink during your stay here. Also, the hotel itself boasts a great restaurant, La Sucrerie Restaurant serves both Belgian and international dishes within a prime setting. You can enjoy a few drinks at The Bar Club whilst you reminisce over the highs and lows of your round of golf that day. The Martins Waterloo hotel is a great choice for those looking for value for money as well as the chance to play the courses at Golf de Sept Fontaines, Golf du Hulencourt and Golf du Bercuit.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog. Although Belgium may not have been on your radar prior to reading this, we hope that it is now! There are some truly excellent properties situated in Brussels and Waterloo waiting for you to explore. Make sure to give us a call if you would like to discuss your next golf holiday – wherever that may be!

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This week’s blog is a blog on our driving golf holidays. If you are looking for inspiration for your next 2018 golf break then we hope to provide you with some here. The advantages of going on a driving golf holiday are that you don’t have to worry about how much you pack and paying extra baggage allowance for your golf clubs and that once you are at the hotel, you can venture out to many different golf courses and explore the local area easier.

Galgorm Resort and Spa is situated in Northern Ireland and boasts a beautiful location situated within 163 acres of lush parkland and the River Maine flows through the estate. In 2016, Galgorm Resort and Spa won the IGTOA award for “Large Golf Hotel of the Year” and it isn’t hard to see why with its unique setting, impressive facilities and amenities as well as easy access to some world-class golf. The hotel boasts an excellent spa and Thermal Village which comprises of both indoor and outdoor spa facilities and the access to these facilities is included within your B&B rate. Each of the 122 guest rooms is beautifully luxurious with spacious ensuite bathrooms and many of them offer stunning views out across the River Maine and the surrounding countryside. Whilst you are here, especially if you have a car, you have so much to do, see and explore as you are within close proximity of both Belfast and the North Antrim Coast. Whilst you are not out in the local area, you can enjoy relaxing at the hotel and dining at one of the three onsite restaurants including a traditional Italian, a Bar and Grill and a fine dining restaurant. Not only does Galgorm Resort and Spa offer all of these great facilities but you can easily drive out to the nearby golf courses of Galgorm Castle, Portstewart Golf Club and Royal Portrush. This is the perfect place for your next golf break.

Situated just three minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooking the famous Old Course in St. Andrews centre is the brilliant Macdonald Rusacks Hotel. This is a wonderfully traditional pub which features a brilliant gastro pub and a luxury champagne bar which is in keeping with the style of this plush hotel. There are only 68 guest rooms, but they are all luxuriously decorated and boast high quality facilities and amenities including air conditioning, designer toiletries, a satellite TV, a hairdryer and Wi-Fi. Besides from the brilliant The One Under Gastro Pub which serves traditional Scottish food accompanied with an extensive wine list, there is the Rocco Bar and Grill which serves a rustic Italian menu and boasts views over the West Sands Beach. You are situated in a prime position here to enjoy some excellent golf including the Jubilee Course and the Old Course and there is so much to do within the local area as you are just 10 minutes’ walk from St Andrews Castle and 20 minutes’ drive from Dundee. With two fantastic restaurants, luxurious rooms, an excellent location and some world-class golf within close proximity of the hotel, it is no surprise that this is a recommendation of ours for your next driving golf holiday.

In Northern France, in the centre of the wonderful town of Le Touquet and nearby to several excellent golf courses is Hotel Red Fox. Whilst here, you are just five minutes’ walk from the beach and 150 yards from the brilliant Casino. Each of the guest rooms features air-conditioning, Wi-Fi access and a satellite TV. In the mornings, you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with fresh pastries and fruit in the breakfast room and for other meals, you will be sure to find somewhere excellent to eat in the local town. This is a great value hotel where you can enjoy the charm of the local area and get the chance to play some of the best golf courses in Northern France. In Le Touquet, you can explore the local area in style by going on a Segway tour or visit the Marche Couvert market to do a bit of shopping and appreciate the French culture of the town. You are also nearby to the beach and a brilliant waterpark which is situated on the beach. If you are looking to explore some of the history of the region and don’t mind venturing a little further by car then you can drive 90 minutes to Nord Pas de Calais where there are some fascinating World War sites. This is a very popular hotel with golfers and it isn’t hard to see why as you are within such close proximity of fabulous courses like La Touquet’s La Mer and La Foret courses and if you are happy to drive a little further afield, 40 minutes away are the renowned Hardelot’s Les Dunes and Les Pins courses. This is a great destination for your next driving golf holiday as you can get to many of the brilliant courses in the area easily with your car.

The Martins Brugge is a great three-star hotel which boasts an excellent location just a few steps away from the main market square, Grote Market and the 13th century Belfort Tower. This little hotel is the perfect place to base your golf break in Bruges with a central location and easy access to some brilliant sites and golf courses. There are many historical sites within close proximity of the hotel including the Belfry of Bruges, the medieval bell tower which you can climb up to enjoy panoramic views of the city. There is also the Sint-Salvators cathedral and the Picasso Exhibit. The hotel boasts a modern theme and all of the guest rooms boast a flat-screen TV as well as air conditioning, complimentary WI-Fi and a well-stocked minibar. Whilst you are not exploring the local area and enjoying the many restaurants and bars that are to offer in the city, you can enjoy the Arthies restaurant which serves delicious Belgian cuisine which is created using locally sourced produce. Of course, the most important benefit of this hotel is that it is not far from some fantastic golf courses. Just 35 minutes’ drive away is the Executive and Championship course at the Royal Zoute Golf Club and you are 40 minutes’ drive from the Langleed Golf Course. There are other golf courses closer to the hotel including Damme Golf and Country Club and Golf Club Oostburg. This is a brilliant hotel for your next driving golf break for 2018 and is one that provides you with an excellent base to explore the exciting city of Bruges from.

These are just a few of the brilliant tours that we offer within the UK, Northern Ireland, France and Belgium so make sure that you have a browse of the website or give us a call to find out the full range of options including a range of hotels and B&Bs from three to five-star as well as various exciting golf courses ranging in levels of difficulty – the world is your oyster with all of these different options to explore.