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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of our top resorts which would be a perfect match for your next Golf Escape. Whether golfers are looking to catch a tan, play on some superb golf courses or just indulge in luxury, then any one of the eight resorts offer an opportunity for an unforgettable golf escape. All of these resorts have everything and more than a golfer would ever need for a great golf holiday, so they should all be thoroughly considered!

First up is the five-star Westin Resort Costa Navarino. Not only is this resort a perfect choice for a golf holiday, whether it be with a small group, a large group or if you are just going as a couple due to its huge wealth of facilities that go beyond the realm of golf. The Westin Resort Costa Navarino offers all of its guests the opportunity to have their best golf holiday yet with an impressive two highly acclaimed golf courses on-site. Both the Dunes Course and The Bay Course offer a superb round of golf to be enjoyed by players of all skill sets and abilities. With two fantastic golf courses in such close proximity, guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino could not be in a better position to make the most out of the best golf in the Messinia region. Aside from the golf onsite, there are plenty of other things for guests to do here, whether they are looking to explore some captivating Greek culture or a stunning sandy beach, they could not be in a better position to make the most out of all that the region has to offer. The resort itself is truly worthy of its five-star status with its lavish guest rooms, fantastic facilities, and impeccable service. Guests will never find themselves without a choice for dinner as the Westin Resort Costa Navarino is home to over ten bars and restaurants.

Set in the heart of Estoril on the outskirts of Lisbon lies the Penha Longa Resort, home to an excellent Michelin star-rated restaurants and a popular championship golf course on-site, the Penha Longa Atlantic, designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Junior. The Penha Longa Resort is the ideal choice for all those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of normal life to enjoy some great golf and sunshine. The hotel is set in the rolling hills surrounding the neighbouring Sintra Cascais Nature Reserve on the coast near Cascais, so golfers are sure to have their most peaceful golf break yet. While guests are taking a break from challenging the nearby golf course, they can have a relaxing session in the huge spa facility, or take a dip in the outdoor or indoor swimming pool. All of the guest rooms here take full advantage of the hotel’s beautiful naturistic setting as they all feature views which span out across the nature reserve and the nearby sea. The hotel itself is truly stunning in its design as its architecture dates back to the 14th century, and its elegant décor is consistent throughout the property as well. One of the resort’s best-selling features is its range of restaurants; the hotel is home to six restaurants serving a range of top-quality cuisine to suit every taste and preference. Whether guests fancy some sushi, tapas, or authentic Portuguese cuisine, all tastes will be accommodated for here. 

One of the most popular golf resorts in the Costa del Sol includes the fantastic La Cala Golf Resort. With an impressive three award-winning championship golf courses located on-site, impeccable service and an ideal location, it really does come as no surprise that the La Cala Golf Resort is returned to year after year by many of the golfers that come and stay. The La Cala Golf Resort is a consistent favourite among golfers due to its three fantastic golf courses, all of which designed by the famous golf architect Cabell Robinson. At the La Cala Golf Resort, golfers could not be in a better position to make the most out of all of the superb golf that the Costa del Sol is known so well for. The Costa del Sol is widely considered to be one of Europe’s best golf destinations, and it is easy to see why with great beaches, fantastic golf courses and luxury hotels. The La Cala Golf Resort is set just a ten-minute drive from the centre of La Cala de Mijas, a charming coastal town with plenty of options for an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out with a good range of bars and restaurants on offer. Alternatively, if guests at the hotel are looking to explore a little further to see all that the Costa del Sol has to offer, then Marbella is just a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel. While there is plenty to do outside of the La Cala Golf Resort, the resort is home to everything and more to ensure that all of its guests have an unbeatable stay including a comprehensive spa facility, four restaurants, and an outdoor swimming pool. 

For the ultimate luxury golfing getaway, the Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a fantastic choice. This five-star hotel is situated in the Aphrodite Hills Resort, home to the world-famous Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, therefore guests at this hotel are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf. Whether guests are looking to play a challenging round of golf on the neighbouring Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, explore the centre of Paphos or visit one of the most stunning beaches in Greece, there is something for everyone here. The Aphrodite Hills Resort runs a complimentary shuttle service into Paphos, the nearby town so that guests at the hotel can easily visit the beautiful white sandy beach here, or spend an afternoon meandering around one of the quaint cobbled streets to enjoy some authentic Greek food. Alternatively, the hotel itself has plenty to offer its guests. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms here are particularly spacious, and all of them take advantage of the hotel’s idyllic setting as guests can enjoy either a sea, pool, garden or golf course view. For those guests who are just looking to relax on their golf holiday in between playing a round or two, they can head to the spa area or lounge around the outdoor swimming pool. While there are plenty of options in the nearby town Paphos, the hotel is home to three excellent restaurants, so guests can easily stay local for a great meal.

One of our best-selling golf resorts includes the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort, making it a strong contender for your next golf escape. Golfers never fail to return here year after year due to its impeccable service, great facilities, and most importantly, the superb golf course just next door to the hotel. The Penina Championship is one of the most played golf courses in the Algarve, and arguably one of the best. The golf course was one of the Algarve’s original golf courses, therefore it is known for setting the standard high for the creation of future golf courses in the following years. With immaculately manicured greens, a varied layout and stunning views, players are guaranteed to have a great round of golf here. Aside from the superb golf course just next door, the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort would make a fantastic choice for your next golf escape with its ideal location. The resort is positioned just a few minutes’ drive away from Alvor where there are a beach and a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops, so when golfers are taking a break from challenging the greens of the nearby golf courses, they will always have plenty of things to do. Alternatively, if guests are just looking to relax on their next golf holiday, they can play a leisurely game of tennis on one of the hotel’s tennis courts, or just catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.

For all those willing to go an extra bit further to have an unforgettable golf escape, the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is an ideal choice. This resort is perfect for all those looking to have an unforgettable golf holiday comprising of sun, sea, luxury, and golf. The resort is set just steps away from the beautiful white sands and clear waters of the nearby beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to catch a tan or make the most out of one of the many stunning beaches that the Dominican Republic is known so well for. However, the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is not just ideally situated for all those looking to make the most out of one of the area’s beautiful beaches; it is also ideally situated for all those looking to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses. There are 45 holes of fantastic golf just a stone’s throw away collectively located at the La Cana Golf Course and the Corales Golf Course, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach of the guests staying at this hotel. The resort itself is nothing but worthy of its five-star status; the service is unbeatable, the guest rooms and spacious and modern, and there are tonnes of facilities so that non-golfers will never find themselves without something to do or a chance to relax. There is a great range of water sports located at the nearby beach, or for something a little bit more low key, guests can head to the comprehensive spa facility, or enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the eight on-site restaurants.

Yet another fantastic golf resort for your next Spanish golf break includes the La Manga Club Principe Felipe, a five-star hotel located in the well-known La Manga Club Resort. The La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a great choice for a ‘play and stay’ golf holiday as it lies just next door to three of the best golf courses in the Murcia region; the North, South and West golf courses. All three of these golf courses provide a great round of golf, and conveniently for golfers staying at the La Manga Club Principe Felipe, they are just next door. However, spectacular golf is not the only thing on offer at the La Manga Club Resort; guests here are never without a chance to truly relax and enjoy their golf break with a range of fantastic facilities, and a consistently warm climate. Guests can catch a tan around the outdoor pool area, then enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa. Even for a large and popular resort, the La Manga Club Resort is home to a wide range of bars and restaurants for a fun evening out. With sun, golf and great service, guests at the La Manga Club Principe Felipe are set to have their best golf holiday yet.

 

Last but not least is the Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel. The Verdura Resort has everything a golfer could ever need and more for an unforgettable golf holiday, making it the perfect choice for your next golf escape. Guests here can expect five-star service and facilities, but more importantly, five-star golf. The resort is home to the Verdura Golf Course, a critically acclaimed golf course, the Verdura Golf Course, designed by the well-known golf architect Kyle Phillips. The Verdura Golf Course is known for its beautiful coastal views and an unruly challenge, so golfers are set to have an unforgettable round of golf here. Even for non-golfers, they will never find themselves short of things to do at the Verdura Resort; they can enjoy a leisurely game of tennis or water sports, or alternatively for the more laidback guest, they can enjoy a massage or treatment in the huge spa facility. Guests at the Verdura Resort are truly never without an opportunity to relax with five-star service, great facilities, and an unbeatably idyllic setting in the heart of the Sicilian countryside.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of our top golf resorts for your next golf holiday. To have your best golf holiday yet, any one of these resorts would be a fantastic choice. If you are still finding yourself uninspired, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have your best golf holiday to date.

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best golf hotels with nightlife. For many, a golf holiday should provide more than great golf and some good weather; many golfers want the opportunity to enjoy a lively atmosphere in the surrounding area come night-time. All nine of these golf hotels provide golfers with the perfect mix of sun, golf and great nightlife, meaning they are set for one of their best golf holidays to date.

Up first is the Thanos Almyra, a seafront hotel located in the heart of Paphos. The Thanos Almyra has an unbeatable location for all those wanting to make the most out of the beautiful beaches that Cyprus is known so well for, as well as having plenty of options to go out in the evening. Just a few minutes away on foot takes guests into the centre of Paphos where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants and clubs to suit every preference and budget. Then to recover the following day, guests can lounge on the neighbouring beach or relax around one of the four swimming pools at the hotel. Aside from the great range of nightlife options in the centre of Paphos, there are also plenty of other things to do here. Three of the area’s best golf courses are situated within a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel. The award-winning Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Course are all within close proximity to the Thanos Almyra, so a great round of golf is never far away. The Thanos Almyra is a five-star hotel in every aspect, ranging from its fantastic facilities, impeccable service and modern guest rooms. Guests here are never without an opportunity to relax with a huge spa facility as well as two adult-only swimming pools and a rooftop lounge area. Furthermore, there are private tennis courts as well as a fitness centre for guests to keep active when they are taking a break from playing the local golf courses. 

Vilamoura is widely considered to be one of the most sought-after golfing locations in Europe with its upmarket marina, fantastic hotels and superb golf courses in the surrounding area. While a golf holiday here undoubtedly demands loosening of some of your purse strings, it is fair to say that it is definitely worth it. The Vila Gale Marina is a fantastic four-star hotel that offers great value for a golf holiday in Vilamoura. The hotel boasts an excellent position for its guests to make the most out of Vilamoura’s buzzing nightlife, fantastic beach and some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Just a few minutes on foot takes guests to Vilamoura’s marina which it is known so well for, with its wide range of upmarket bars and restaurants which stay open until late. Despite the Vila Gale Marina’s central location in Vilamoura, it is still quiet, meaning guests can relax to make the most out of the nearby golf courses. Perfect for golfers, the hotel even runs a complimentary shuttle bus service to some of the area’s golf courses. The fantastic location of the Vila Gale Marina is undoubtedly its main selling point, but the hotel is also a great option for your next golf holiday with its spacious guest rooms and fantastic facilities. All of the guest rooms here are large and modern in design, with some of them overlooking the neighbouring marina. The hotel has a fantastic health club with a fitness centre, hot tub and Turkish bath, as well as three restaurants and two bars located within the hotel. 

Yet another great option for your next golf holiday with a fantastic range of nightlife is the Hotel Melia Villaitana. This hotel has the perfect location for all those looking to relax and enjoy some local golf, as well as having the ability to jump in the car and be in the centre of Benidorm in just a few minutes. Benidorm is known for its huge range of nightlife with a wide selection of bars and clubs open until late. Whether visitors here are looking to stay up until the early hours or grab some drinks after dinner, there are more than enough options located here. The centre of Benidorm is located just a ten-minute drive away from the Hotel Melia Villaitana, and taxis in the nearby area are cheap and very plentiful. Whether they play golf or not, guests at the Hotel Melia Villaitana will never find themselves short of things to do or see. The hotel is positioned just a few minutes away by car from a nearby sandy beach, and it is also just a stone’s throw away from two of the Costa Blanca’s most-played golf courses, the Villaitana Levante and the Villaitana Poniente. To keep active, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s private tennis and paddle courts, or to catch a tan, they can head to one of the hotel’s two outdoor swimming pools. 

For all golfers who want to enjoy a fantastic golf holiday without having to go to all of the trouble, stress and expense of flying, the Belfry is an unbeatable option. With three superb golf courses and impeccable service, it really comes as no surprise that the Belfry has been awarded the Best Golf Hotel in Europe. Here, there is no need for golfers to go abroad to enjoy some truly fantastic golf as the resort is home to three of the country’s best golf courses. The PGA, the Derby and the Brabazon Course are some of England’s most sought-after golf courses, and conveniently for guests staying here, they are all located just a stone’s throw away. At the Belfry, golfers can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are tucked away in a peaceful countryside location, but the centre of Birmingham is easily accessible for all guests staying here. In the centre of Birmingham, there is a huge range of nightlife options on offer for all budgets and preferences. The Belfry is not just a great location for your next golf holiday due to its unbeatable location; the hotel has benefitted from huge renovations in recent years, so all of the guest rooms and facilities here are to a very high standard. 

Another fantastic golf holiday option in the Algarve is the Pestana Dom Joao II. The hotel has the perfect location for all beach-lovers as guests are never more than a few steps away from a stunning sandy beach. The Pestana Dom Joao II does not just have a great location for golfers to enjoy one of the Algarve’s many beautiful beaches; the hotel boasts a central location in Alvor. Despite the development of Algarve’s most popular areas over the years as golf here has become increasingly popular, Alvor has still managed to retain more of its classic Portuguese charm, meaning this town offers guests the best of both worlds. Alvor has everything any golfer could ever want for an unforgettable golf escape; a fantastic range of bars and restaurants, a stunning beach and a good atmosphere. In recent years, the hotel has benefitted from major renovations meaning all of the guest rooms are very modern in design and non-golfers can enjoy a fantastic range of facilities. There is a wide range of sports activities at the hotel including volleyball and tennis, then at the beach guests can enjoy some water sports, and there are five of the region’s best golf courses just a short drive away from the hotel.

The Hotel Red Fox is a great option for a budget golf holiday for all those looking to play some of Le Touquet’s best golf courses and enjoy some French food and culture. Le Touquet is positioned in Northern France, so it is also a great option for a ‘drive and stay’ golf holiday as guests need not have to bother with the expense and stresses of flying, making it a fantastic option for your next golf holiday. In Le Touquet, golfers are in a great position to play some of the region’s fantastic golf courses, as well as enjoy a relaxing golf holiday in an idyllic town. Come night-time after golfers have had a great day enjoying a gruelling round of golf, they can head into the centre of Le Touquet where there is a good range of bars and restaurants, many of which are low cost. During the day, golfers can make the most out of being in such close proximity to two fantastic golf courses; the La Mer and the La Foret golf courses both offer a great round of golf, and conveniently for guests at the Hotel Red Fox, they are both approximately ten minutes away by car.

The Canary Islands are a hugely popular golf holiday destination with its mild climate throughout the year, buzzing nightlife and superb golf courses. The Zentral Center Hotel could not have a better location; the Playa de Las Americas Beach is positioned just across from the hotel, and the Las Americas Golf Club is also just a few minutes away, meaning a fantastic round of golf is never far from reach. Las Americas is Tenerife’s key area, home to a huge range of nightlife options with many bars and nightclubs just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. However, the Zentral Center Hotel is not just perfectly located to make the most out of the nightlife that Tenerife is known so well for; the Las Americas Golf Club is just next door to the hotel, and if golfers want a bit more variety, then the Golf Costa Adeje is also a fifteen-minute drive away. For golfers to relax after a challenging round of golf on one of the area’s many fantastic golf courses, they can either head to the neighbouring beach, or catch a tan on the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool.

Albufeira is known for its buzzing nightlife, and at the Real Bellavista, guests are in the perfect position to make the most out of it. The Real Bellavista is an unbeatable option for all those looking to enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses in the daytime, then come night-time, they can easily head out into the centre of Albufeira for a fun night out. Furthermore, the Real Bellavista offers a great all-inclusive accommodation option, meaning guests can indulge without having to worry about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. Also, as the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby beach, guests can enjoy a great golf holiday with the perfect mix of nightlife, beach, and golf. When golfers are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can soak up the sun on one of the hotel’s outdoor swimming pools, or head to the hotel’s spa for a well-deserved massage or treatment. 

Last but not least is the Hotel Alay, a relatively new hotel positioned just steps away from Benalmadena Marina with its wide range of bars and restaurants. This four-star hotel is a great option for all those looking for a fantastic golf holiday with the ability to enjoy a lively atmosphere in the evenings and one of the Costa del Sol’s stunning sandy beaches. The Hotel Alay is not just perfectly positioned to visit Benalmadena’s beach or make the most out of its great range of bars, restaurants and clubs; the hotel is located just a half an hour’s drive away from the Chaparral Golf Club, and the Cabopino Golf is also just forty minutes away. Aside from its fantastic location, the Hotel Alay is also a great option for your next golf holiday with its spacious and modern guest rooms and leisure facilities. The hotel is home to three outdoor swimming pools, and it even has its own private beach area located at the Malapesquera Beach Club. 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best golf hotels for nightlife and that you have been given plenty of inspiration for your next golf holiday to make it your best one yet. All nine of these golf hotels offer everything and more to ensure a fantastic golf holiday, no matter what your budget or preferences. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will ensure you have your best golf holiday yet.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best four-star escapes. With spectacular golf, fantastic facilities and impeccable service, any one of these four-star hotels and resorts offer an unforgettable golf escape. As shown with these resorts and hotels; a four-star status does not necessarily mean that any of the value and luxury needs to be missed out on, as all of these offer the same standard as a five-star hotel for service, facilities, and most importantly, golf. For your next golf holiday, a four-star hotel is an unbeatable option; you get all the luxury and fantastic golf at a cheaper rate.

First up is the four-star Isla Canela Golf, a four-star hotel located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz Huelva. Just next door to the hotel lies the Isla Canela golf course, where golfers can enjoy a leisurely round of golf on a beautiful landscape, dotted with the terrain’s natural fauna and flora. Despite the layout being relatively straightforward compared to the other golf courses on the Costa de la Luz Huelva, the Isla Canela offers a fantastic round, meaning golfers are sure to return there year after year. The Isla Canela Golf is not just perfectly positioned to enjoy a great game of golf; the hotel is set in the countryside, but it is still in walking distance of a good selection of bars and restaurants, so guests are not completely isolated. For a wider selection of bars, restaurant and things to do, the Isla Canela Marina is just a few kilometres away, and the authentic Spanish town of Ayamonte is just a short drive away. The Isla Canela is a relatively small hotel with just 56 guest rooms, so with a quaint countryside location as well, guests can expect to have a truly relaxing golfing getaway. All of the guest rooms here have fantastic views spanning across the neighbouring Isla Canela golf course so that golfers know a great round of golf is never far away. For a lazy afternoon, guests can lounge around the outdoor pool area, then head to the hotel’s spa area for a session in the sauna. If guests choose to stay local for dinner, then they can either choose from the Thebussem Restaurant for a classic Mediterranean meal, or the hotel’s café which serves a range of tapas.

Yet another unbeatable four-star golf resort in the south of Spain includes the La Cala Golf Resort, set in the rolling countryside surrounding Mijas. The La Cala Golf Resort is undoubtedly one of the Costa del Sol’s best golf resort with a huge range of golf courses surrounding the resort, including the likes of the Chaparral Golf Club, the Calanova and the Santana Golf. However, the golf resort itself is home to an impressive three golf courses; the La Cala America, the La Cala Asia, and the La Cala Europe. With three fantastic golf courses located on-site, golfers are provided with plenty of options for their next round of golf. The resort is positioned perfectly for its guests to make the most out of the Costa del Sol’s best towns and golf courses as Marbella is just a twenty-minute drive away, and La Cala de Mijas is also just ten minutes away by car. At the La Cala Golf Resort, guests can enjoy a peaceful countryside setting and enjoy all of the fantastic golf on offer, but a short car journey will also take them into the popular towns of Marbella and La Cala de Mijas. Even if guests choose to stay in the resort on most days, they will never find themselves short of options to relax. Guests can enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa or catch a tan around the outdoor pool area. Furthermore, for a quiet night in the resort, guests are still given plenty of options to dine local as the resort is home to four restaurants to suit every preference and occasion. For an unforgettable stay filled with golf and relaxation, the La Cala Golf Resort is a great choice for your next four-star golf holiday.

For a self-catered golf holiday with all the perks of staying in a fantastic four-star resort, then the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is an unbeatable choice. All of the spacious apartments here include all the necessities to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a separate lounge area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests can enjoy the perks of staying self-catered in a peaceful setting; all of the apartments and townhouses are arranged like a village in the La Manga Resort. While guests stay self-catered, they can also enjoy all of the fantastic facilities located in the La Manga Resort, including the huge health spa, a fitness centre, private tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool area. Furthermore, if guests fancy a night off cooking duty, then the La Manga Resort is home to ten restaurants as well as a selection of cafes and bars, so they are never short of options. The La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is the perfect option for all those looking to enjoy a relaxing stay in a four-star resort, while also being able to make the most out of all the spectacular golf courses in the Murcia region. The La Manga Resort has three fantastic golf courses located on-site; the La Manga North, the La Manga South, and the La Manga West. Therefore, it is fair to say that all of the guests here are in an unbeatable position to enjoy some great golf during their stay.

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is yet another fantastic choice for your next golf holiday. With a stunning location and a handful of the region’s best-known golf courses just a stone’s throw away, here golfers are in the ideal position to have a fantastic golf holiday comprising of sun, sea, and golf. This modern four-star hotel is situated directly on top of a stunning beach, so guests here are never without the opportunity to soak up the sun. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is set in the coastal village of Sesimbra, so a great range of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops are just a few minutes away on foot. To explore the local area, Lisbon city centre is under an hour away by car, or guests can explore the neighbouring Arrábida Nature Reserve. Both the Aroeira I and the Aroeira II golf courses are a forty-minute drive away from the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa, and the Quinta do Peru is just half an hour away. Despite the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa being a four-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious and are very modern in design. The hotel is relatively new, therefore all of the facilities here are of a high standard. All of the guest rooms and suites here overlook the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean and beach and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatable stay. Guests will never be without an opportunity to admire the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa’s stunning coastal location around the outdoor infinity pool. If guests fancy a quiet night in the hotel, then the Sesimbra Hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves up a fantastic menu of seafood and classic Portuguese cuisine.

Another fantastic four-star hotel in Portugal is the Vila Gale Ampalius, set in the centre of Vilamoura, one of the most-visited areas in Portugal. Vilamoura is known to be one of the best destinations in Europe for an upmarket golf holiday with its excellent range of golf courses in the surrounding area, its stunning beach, and a great range of bars and restaurants. At the Vila Gale Ampalius, guests are just steps away from the Praia da Marina beach, one of Portugal’s many fantastic beaches. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel takes guests into the centre of Vilamoura; it’s luxury marina filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The Vila Gale Ampalius is not just a great four-star hotel to visit one of Europe’s most sought-after golfing destinations; it is also a great hotel to play some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Some of the region’s most played golf courses are just a short drive away from the hotel, including the three Quinta do Lago golf courses, and conveniently for golfers, these golf courses are easily accessible with a complimentary shuttle service. The Vila Gale Ampalius offers luxury to its guests at every angle, from its fantastic location in the centre of Vilamoura to its spacious guest rooms and impeccable service. The hotel is relatively large with 357 guest rooms, yet they are particularly roomy, even for a four-star hotel. After a relaxing lunch at the Vilamoura Marina, or a round of golf on one of the many surrounding golf courses, guests can head to the beach or outdoor pool area to catch a tan, then enjoy a relaxing session in the hotel spa. Alternatively, more energetic guests can make the most out of the hotel’s sporting activities, including tennis.

Another unbeatable four-star hotel located on one of Portugal’s many stunning beaches is the Pestana Dom Joao II. The Pestana Dom Joao II has been recently refurbished, so all of the guest rooms and public areas here are very modern in design. Here, guests can have an unforgettable golf holiday filled with golf and afternoons at the beach, which is conveniently just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Guests can enjoy direct access to one of the Algarve’s best beaches, as well as one of its best towns. Alvor is a quaint white-washed coastal town, home to a great range of golf courses, and of course, its well-known beach. Much of the town is pedestrianised with cobbled streets, so visitors can spend hours meandering around the town, admiring the charming architecture. At the Pestana Dom Joao II, guests are not just in an ideal position to explore one of the Algarve’s most charming towns; they are also in an ideal position to play one of the five Pestana golf courses in the region. The Pestana Dom Joao II offers fantastic value for money with a great range of facilities, its coastal location, and modern guest rooms. On the nearby beach, guests can enjoy a range of water sports or a game of volleyball, alternatively, for guests to relax, they can just catch a tan around the outdoor swimming table. While guests here are spoilt for choice for places to eat out in the centre of Alvor, the hotel has a great restaurant and three bars.

Last but not least is the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, undoubtedly one of our best golf resorts in Italy. At the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, golfers can indulge in a luxury golf holiday set in the idyllic countryside surrounding Lecce. Guests could not be in a better position here; they are just a five-minute drive away to the beach, twenty minutes into the centre of Lecce, a classic charming Italian town, and there is also a spectacular golf course located on-site. Just next door to the hotel lies the Acaya Golf Club where the best views across the resort can be admired. The resort is set amongst olive groves and lush greenery, and as the golf course has maintained much of the original features of the former landscape, the views here are truly stunning. Whether they are playing golf, lounging at the beach or exploring one of the many sites in Lecce, at the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic stay. Even when guests are taking a break from exploring the local area and challenging the greens of the golf course next door, they will never find themselves short of options of things to do as the hotel has a great range of leisure facilities, including a comprehensive spa facility and two outdoor swimming pools. 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best four-star golf hotels and resorts. A fantastic golf holiday need not break the bank; with any of these hotels and resorts, you can have all the benefits of a five-star hotel for the price of a four-star hotel. Furthermore, with regular deals and offers, especially for large golfing groups, there really is no excuse to miss out. To keep up to date on the latest deals and offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to make sure that you have your best golf holiday yet.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our must-visit destinations. All seven of these hotels and resorts guarantee golfers an unforgettable golf escape, set in close proximity to some of the most sought-after travel destinations, as well as some spectacular golf courses. For all golfers looking to experience something more than golf on their next golf escape, any one of these hotels and resorts are an unbeatable option. While the location of these resorts and hotels are their main selling points, set nearby to some truly captivating towns and cities, conveniently for golfers, they are also set just a stone’s throw away from some of our most played golf courses.

Up first is the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, a fantastic five-star resort set in walking distance to the centre of Marrakech. Marrakech is home to all of the essentials for an unforgettable golf holiday; world-class golf courses, a fascinating culture, and a great range of hotels, most of which offer all-inclusive boarding options for a cost-effective stay. Marrakech is rapidly becoming a hugely popular destination for golf holidays, overtaking many of the typical golf holiday destinations in Europe, but it is hardly difficult to see why. A golf holiday in Marrakech truly has something for everyone, whether they play golf or not. Just a twenty-minute walk away from the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech takes guests into the centre of Marrakech with its famous Jemaa El Fna Square and Djemaa El Fna Square, or Koutoubia Mosque. Not only does the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech have the perfect location to explore all of Marrakech’s best attractions its rich history, but it is also perfectly located to play some of Morocco’s best golf courses. Both the Montgomerie Marrakech and the Tony Jacklin Signature Course are widely considered among the best golf courses in Marrakech, and conveniently for golfers staying at the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, they are approximately fifteen minutes away from the hotel. Even for non-golfers, the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi is a fantastic hotel with its spacious guest rooms and its excellent range of bars and restaurants, all serving up authentic Moroccan cuisine. Its best facility is undoubtedly its spa, offering a huge selection of indulgent massages and treatments.

Another fantastic choice for your next golf holiday in a must-visit city is the Hotel Sevilla Green Suites, situated in the surrounding area around Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds, set back from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, so they can enjoy a peaceful stay set in the countryside, but they are still just a twenty-minute drive away from the centre of Seville. In Seville, visitors can enjoy the true tastes of Spain in one of the many tapas bars and restaurants, as well as explore some of its authentic culture and history. There are several tour companies located in the city; a great option for visitors to make sure they do not miss out on any of the key sites. In the evenings, guests can head into town with ease to enjoy a leisurely meal, then they can walk off dinner meandering around the cobbled streets of the city to also admire its beautiful architecture. The Hotel Sevilla Green Suites is a great option for golfers looking to play one of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz’s best golf courses with ease, as well as having easy access into one of Spain’s best cities. The Real Club Sevilla Golf is just next door to the hotel, meaning a fantastic round of golf is never far from the reach of guests. Even experienced golfers will find a round of golf here to be a stern challenge, however, it has never failed to attract players back to challenge its greens year after year. 

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is yet another great choice for your next golf holiday, situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, a popular up and coming golf destination. This five-star resort is the ideal choice for all golfers looking to treat themselves and loosen the purse strings a bit, but at the Westin Abu Golf Resort and Spa, you certainly get what you pay for; spacious guest rooms, impeccable service, excellent facilities, and most importantly, spectacular golf. The guest rooms here are spacious, even for a five-star hotel, and all of them include all of the essentials to ensure guests have a fantastic stay. Furthermore, even when guests are taking a break from playing the nearby golf courses and exploring the local area, they will never find themselves short of things to do at the resort is home to a huge range of facilities to keep all of its guests entertained; the resort even has its own private beach area on the nearby Saadiyat beach. However, without a doubt, the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa’s best feature is its golf course located on-site. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is one of the most played golf courses in Abu Dhabi, and with a unique layout and impeccable greens, it comes as no surprise. Abu Dhabi is home to a host of fantastic attractions suitable for every guest. On their non-golfing days, guests might decide they want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach catching a tan, or alternatively, the more active guest might opt for a day out on Yas Island to visit its huge waterpark or shopping mall, or they can even travel just twenty minutes away to visit the Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Grand Prix.

Another fantastic option for your next luxury golf holiday is the Aphrodite Hills Hotel, located in the prestigious Aphrodite Hills Resort in the highly sought-after area of Paphos. Paphos is undoubtedly a must-visit golf destination with its selection of world-class golf courses, beautiful beaches and luxury hotels. A golf holiday at the Aphrodite Hills Hotel offers prospective guests an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of sun, sea and most importantly, golf. Paphos is the ideal location for your next upmarket golf holiday as it is known for its stunning white beaches and quaint cobbled streets, filled with authentic Cypriot restaurants. Its harbour is one of the main features here, home to a wide range of bars and restaurants. While the Aphrodite Hills Hotel is set slightly back from the centre of Paphos, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of town. Set away from the centre of Paphos, guests can enjoy all of the fantastic golf that the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus has to offer in a peaceful setting. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel has everything and more to ensure that all of its guests have their best stay yet. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is home to the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in Paphos, and it is widely considered to be an essential item on any itinerary for an unforgettable golf break in Cyprus. Aside from the spectacular golf course on-site, the Aphrodite Hills Hotel also has plenty of other options to keep its guests entertained, including a range of sporting activities such as tennis, or they can simply soak up the sun around the hotel’s spacious pool area.

Located in the popular resort of Puerto Banus lies the Hotel Guadalmina, a superb four-star hotel that is centrally positioned to explore the beautiful Old Town in Marbella, as well as enjoy a night out on the town in Puerto Banus. The hotel is set directly on top of one of the Costa del Sol’s lovely sandy beaches, meaning guests are never without an opportunity to catch a tan. Puerto Banus and Marbella are both considered to be key towns in the Costa de Sol, and they are a consistent favourite among golfers for many reasons aside from the fantastic range of golf courses in the region. Puerto Banus is the perfect place for large golfing groups to visit for a buzzing nightlife or a sophisticated dinner on its upmarket marina. Alternatively, Marbella’s Old Town is home to beautiful classic Spanish architecture and a host of authentic Tapas bars and restaurants. There are many quaint squares filled with bars and restaurants, and even during the day visitors can spend their afternoons walking around the quiet cobbled side streets to explore some of Marbella’s hidden treasures. The Hotel Guadalmina is not just perfectly positioned to explore the popular towns of Marbella and Puerto Banus, but it also has an ideal location to help its guests enjoy some of the fantastic golf that the Costa del Sol has to offer. Located just next door to the hotel are the Guadalmina North and the Guadalmina South golf courses, two of the area’s most-played golf courses. Even when guests are not playing either of the two Guadalmina golf courses, they will never find themselves short of things to do at the hotel. Guests are never without an opportunity to catch a tan as they are just metres away from a fantastic beach, and the hotel also has an outdoor pool area with sunbeds and parasols.

The Canary Islands are a consistent favourite among golfers for their best golf destination with its beautiful beaches, mild climate and spectacular golf courses. The Hotel Jardin Tecina is a great option for your next golf holiday in the Canary Islands, set on the idyllic island of La Gomera, set just off the coast of Tenerife. Conveniently for all prospective guests, La Gomera has a mild climate throughout the year, making it a great choice for a well-deserved winter getaway. Just like its name suggests, the Hotel Jardin Tecina is set in a stunning garden landscape, ensuring guests are set to have their most relaxing golf holiday yet. Golfers here are in the perfect position to enjoy some fantastic golf in idyllic scenery, looking out across the ocean with Mount Teide as a dramatic backdrop. While guests here can enjoy being away from all of the noise of one of the busy resorts in the Canary Islands, they are still in walking distance of a village with a good range of bars and restaurants.  Conveniently for all golfers staying at the Hotel Jardin Tecina, one of the Canary Island’s best golf courses is just next door. The Tecina Golf is home to a challenging layout that is only intensified its coastal location with the prevailing sea breeze. The guest rooms and facilities at the Hotel Jardin Tecina are nothing less than what one would expect at a luxury four-star resort. The guest rooms here are particularly spacious and modern in design, and all of them take full advantage of the hotel’s beautiful coastal location as they all have their own private balconies or terraces. Furthermore, the hotel is home to five swimming pools, as well as tennis and squash courts, and many other sporting activities.

Last but not least is the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort, positioned in the heart of the rolling hills in Andalucía in the Costa de la Luz. With a world-class golf course located on-site and a fantastic location in close proximity to the nearby town of Benalup-Casas Viejas, it comes as no surprise that the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is widely considered to be a go-to golf destination. Despite the rapid growth of golf in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz, the Fairplay Golf Club has never failed to stand out from all the other golf courses in the area as its quality is unmatched. The resort layout mimics the classic Andalusian white village, as all of the guest rooms are scattered throughout the resort, linked by cobbled pathways and picturesque squares. Not just counting its golf course, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort has a great range of leisure facilities for its guests. Most notably, the Fairplay SPA is the ideal setting for guests to totally relax and indulge in a well-deserved massage or treatment. Alternatively, guests can spend their afternoons soaking up the sun around the outdoor swimming pool area, or they can head to the fully-equipped fitness centre, or play a leisurely game of tennis. The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, and it’s guest rooms are no exception. There are just 134 guest rooms here, all of which are spacious and elegantly decorated, and include all of the essentials to ensure all of its guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our must-visit destinations for your next golf holiday. Whether you are looking to recharge your batteries while enjoying some spectacular golf, or you are just looking to make the most out of staying nearby to some fantastic towns and cities, we have something for you.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best golf packages for an unforgettable golf holiday on the Costa del Sol. Featuring fantastic golf courses and luxury hotels at an unbeatable value, any one of the packages we offer are guaranteed to ensure a great golf break. The Costa del Sol is a consistent favourite among golfers for its warm climate, popular resorts and cheap flights. Whether golfers are looking to have a fun golf holiday with lots of evenings out, or whether they are just after a relaxing golfing getaway, the Costa del Sol has something for everyone. Furthermore, with great deals popping up all the time, such as group offers, free transfers and early booking discounts, these packages are too good to ignore.

First up is the Chaparral Golf Club, one of the most played golf courses on the Costa del Sol. While the golf course is not very long, it still provides a great round of golf and an exciting challenge. Here, golfers must play with more emphasis on precision instead of length, so long hitters must approach it with caution. The Chaparral Golf Club is a highly sought-after golf course as it is the only golf course on the Costa del Sol with a composition of six par 5s, six par 4s and six par 3s, so golfers have all the opportunity to show their skill. While the layout is by no means boring, golfers can enjoy a relaxing round here. The golf course is set in an idyllic location, just a stone’s throw away from the coast, and it is also submerged in the heart of a pine forest. During their round of golf, players can admire some of the beautiful coastlines that the Costa del Sol is known so well for at nearly every hole across the golf course. The golf course is situated just 700 metres away from the coast, and while its coastal location provides stunning views throughout if the prevailing winds are particularly strong that day, then a steady scorecard can easily be hindered. At the 10th hole, players can enjoy some of the best views as they play their shot to the green from an elevated tee position. With a varied layout, a fantastic challenge and peaceful scenery, golfers are guaranteed to have a great round of golf.

The four-star Iberostar Costa del Sol is a popular choice among large golfing groups looking to make the most out of the buzzing nightlife at one of the Costa del Sol’s best spots. The hotel is positioned just a ten-minute drive away from Puerto Banus, where golfers can head in the evenings to explore some of the many different bars and restaurants, or on their non-golfing days, they can head here for a spot of shopping or a sophisticated lunch on the marina. Alternatively, guests can make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine here on the neighbouring beach located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. However, the location of the hotel is not its only selling point; the Iberostar Costa del Sol offers a great all-inclusive boarding option so that guests need not worry about the bill at the end of their stay.  Guests here will never find themselves short of things to do and see at the Iberostar Costa del Sol, whether guests want to make the most out of the hotel’s fantastic leisure facilities, or if they want to soak up some rays at the neighbouring beach, or even spend an afternoon meandering around the quaint cobbled streets of Marbella’s old town. Furthermore, the hotel is also located just a short distance away from the Santa Clara and the El Paraiso golf courses, and both of these courses can be enjoyed in a great-valued golf package. Despite the creation of many new golf courses in the Marbella region in the Costa del Sol, both the Santa Clara and the El Paraiso have maintained their high reputations, and never fail to attract golfers back to their fairways year after year.

Yet another fantastic four-star hotel located on the outskirts of Marbella is the Hotel Guadalmina. Here, guests can enjoy the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf with a beachfront location, and both the Guadalmina North and Guadalmina South golf courses are just next door at the Guadalmina Golf Club. A short drive away from the hotel will bring guests to the centre of Puerto Banus, known for its buzzing nightlight and upmarket marina, or Marbella’s old town, where visitors can spend their afternoons visiting one of the many authentic tapas bars or admiring the historical architecture. Marbella has a distinct charm and classic character about it with its beautiful buildings and cobbled streets, so it comes as no surprise that it is considered to be one of the Costa del Sol’s best towns for culture and food. The Hotel Guadalmina certainly has a great location, with so many options for a fun day out or a night on the town on its doorstep. Included in the Hotel Guadalmina package is a round of golf at both the Guadalmina Golf Club golf courses, as well as a round at the Rio Real. The Rio Real golf course is a classic Andalusian golf course as it first opened its fairways in 1965, so many consider it to be responsible for the huge growth of golf in the Costa del Sol, as well as setting the standards high for all new golf courses. Its layout is typically characterised by generous fairways, but the greens are known to be fast, so players are kept on their toes throughout.

Benalmadena is yet another resort in the Costa del Sol popular with golfers. It is situated just a stone’s throw away from the Benalmadena beach, as well as the Benalmadena marina with a range of bars, cafes and restaurants to suit every preference and budget. At the Hotel Alay, golfers can spend their days lounging on the beach or challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, and in the evenings, they can head into town for a meal and some drinks. Guests can take full advantage of the hotel’s stunning beach setting by opting for a sea view guest room with a private balcony. All of the guest rooms at the Hotel Alay are modern in furnishings and design, and they include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay. When guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can catch some rays around one of the three outdoor swimming pools at the hotel. But if they prefer a more naturistic setting, then the beach is also just opposite the hotel. Once guests have enjoyed some ‘R and R’ at the Hotel Alay, they can then focus their sights on playing some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses. In the Hotel Alay package, golfers can enjoy a round of golf at either the Chaparral Golf Club, the Cabopino, or the El Paraiso golf courses. All three of these golf courses are hugely sought-after as they are widely considered to be among the best in the area. While the Cabopino is admittedly a fair distance shorter than the other golf courses in the Costa del Sol, measuring out to just five and a half thousand yards, it still provides a fantastic round of golf. Alternatively, the El Paraiso is one of Gary Player’s best classic designs with its unforgiving fast greens and plenty of water hazards to challenge players.

The Pyr Fuengirola is a popular package deal with big golfing groups due to its central location in the heart of Fuengirola, and with some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses just down the road. At this hotel, guests are in a prime position to enjoy the resort’s buzzing nightlife, home to a huge range of bars and nightspots. Furthermore, guests are also located just a minute away from a long stretch of sandy beach, perfect for making the most out of the warm weather. At the Pyr Fuengirola, guests could not be more central to all the action. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as not only are they located just a stone’s throw away from a great evening out, but they are also a short walk away from Fuengirola’s old town, with quaint squares, classic tapas bars and classic Andalusian architecture. The Pyr Fuengirola is not just popular due to its location; the hotel offers a great range of accommodation options as guests can choose to dine self-catered in one of the hotel apartments as they have a kitchenette and a separate dining area. At the Pyr Fuengirola, guests are not just in the perfect position to make the most out of Fuengirola’s buzzing nightlife and beach, but they are also just a short drive away from some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses. The highly sought-after Marbella Golf and Country Club and the Torrequebrada golf courses are located under a twenty-five-minute drive away from the hotel. Alternatively, both the Cabopino and the Chaparral Golf Club are also great golf courses, and there are regular deals with these golf courses, including free buggies.

At the Hotel Almenara, guests can enjoy a relaxing golfing getaway, set back from all the busy resorts in the Costa del Sol on a hill top in the Sotogrande golf resort. Here, golfers can make the most out of playing some of the fantastic golf courses that the Costa del Sol is known so well for, including the Almenara Golf Club, the Valderrama Golf Club, and the Sotogrande Real Club. On their non-golfing days, guests can grab lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants located at the resort marina, then they can hop on the complimentary shuttle service to the local Trocadero Beach Club to enjoy an afternoon at the beach. Alternatively, they can make the most out of the hotel’s facilities with a well-deserved spa session, or a swim in the adults-only swimming pool. Lying just next door to the Hotel Almenara is the 27-hole Almenara golf course. The golf course layout comprises of three returning loops of nine holes, so players can customise their round depending on their preferences and skill set. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Dave Thomas, golfers here are guaranteed to have a great round of golf. The golf course is known to be challenging, but the test of golf is not always made obvious with the seemingly wide fairways. With dense oak tree areas and an abundance of bunkers, even the most experienced golfers will find their skills challenged.

Located on the famous ‘Golden Mile’ beach in the heart of Puerto Banus is the four-star Melia Marbella Banus. This hotel is the ideal option for all golfers looking to have a lively golf break in one of the Costa del Sol’s best spots. With a great location in the centre of Puerto Banus, modern guest rooms and fantastic facilities, at the Melia Marbella Banus, guests are set to have their best golf holiday yet. Just across from the hotel is a long stretch of golden beach, lined with a range of bars and restaurants, or the Puerto Banus’s famous upmarket marina is also just up the road. If guests are looking to experience some classic Spanish culture, then they can easily head into Marbella’s old town and dine at one of the many Spanish tapas bars. Aside from its location, the Melia Marbella Banus is also a popular hotel due to its spacious and modern guest rooms, with many of them overlooking the neighbouring beach. Furthermore, with three outdoor swimming pools and a beach just next door to the hotel, guests will never find themselves short of opportunities to make the most out of the sun. At the Melia Marbella Banus, guests are not only in a great position to make the most out of Puerto Banus’s nightlife, restaurants and beach, but they are also set just a short distance away from some of the most sought-after golf courses in the Costa del Sol. Conveniently for golfers, many of these golf courses are regularly included in package deals, offering great value for money. The Marbella Golf and Country Club and the Santa Clara Golf Club are located just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Los Naranjos Golf Club is just ten minutes away.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best golf holiday packages on the Costa del Sol. With short and cheap flights, great deals and fantastic golf, a package holiday on the Costa del Sol should be the next item on your golf holiday itinerary in Europe. To catch up on the latest deals and the best offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have an unforgettable golf escape. 

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 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 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 seven of the best short breaks that you could choose for this Easter. Whether you are travelling alone, with a couple or group or with your family – there is something for everyone. Take a look at these fantastic hotels and resorts and see whether any of them catch your eye…

 

La Manga Club boasts a brilliant hotel as well as a village full of self-catering apartments. The resort is just 20 minutes’ drive from Murcia airport which means that if you are only going for a short break, you don’t need to worry about spending half of your holiday in the car! The third brilliant thing about La Manga is that it boasts over three hundred days of sun every year, making it perfect for this time of year when we are not sure whether we will see the sun in the UK.

The Five-star Hotel Principe Felipe is considered to be the centrepiece of the resort and boasts the perfect location surrounded by fantastic facilities and three brilliant golf courses within the resort. There are almost 200 guestrooms within the hotel and each of them is luxuriously decorated and fully-fitted with all of the things that you could want or need whilst you are away. There are plenty of leisure activities to enjoy around the resort including the spa and you can find two brilliant restaurants situated within the hotel.

Las Lomas Village boasts four-star apartments and offers a great self-catering alternative to those who are happy to cook for themselves a few times! As the apartments are situated within the resort, you can find all of the leisure activities as well as the three golf courses within striking distance of your front door. The apartments are all built into a hillside so you can enjoy stunning views over the North course and out to sea. You can choose from spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size, each of the houses and apartments boasts all of the modern facilities you might need including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private balcony.

La Manga Club is the ideal golf break destination with so many brilliant leisure facilities from the 200 square metre Spa La Manga Club to the three different swimming pools to the tennis courts – you will never be bored here! Of course, the main highlight is the three brilliant golf courses onsite you will not be disappointed by. Take a look at La Manga Club for your Easter golf escape today.

 

Next up, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a spectacular location beside one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The Praia d’el Rey golf course sits onsite of the resort and has been ranked as 13th in continental Europe meaning that if you choose this resort, you will have a world-class golf course to enjoy. Nearby to the resort, you can venture into the town of Obidos or enjoy golf at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos Golf Club and Bom Sucesso Golf Club.

Not only is there brilliant golf both onsite and nearby to the resort, but you can enjoy access to the extensive spa, free Wi-Fi and a health club which features an indoor and an outdoor pool. Each of the rooms is decorated beautifully and boasts either ocean or golf views. They are all fully-equipped with the amenities that you may need throughout your stay. There are two restaurants on site and a bar, each offers either ocean or pool views for you to enjoy whilst you eat your meal or relax and have a few drinks. This resort boasts a brilliant location with easy access to the beach and some truly superb golf courses – book Praia d’el Rey for your next golf break this Easter.

 

The four-star Magnolia Hotel is situated in the heart of the great resort of Quinta do Lago. The hotel is the perfect destination for your next golf break to the Algarve for an abundance of reasons including the brilliant facilities, excellent service and the two prestigious golf courses which are within a ten-minute drive of the resort. Whilst you are here, you can spend time relaxing on the white sands of the Quinta do Lago beach or take part in the exciting water sports down there, alternatively, you can relax around the pool or in the spa.

If you are looking to go away this Easter to play some brilliant golf course, look no further than this hotel. You can enjoy rounds on both of the Quinta do Lago courses and the Vale do Lobo courses very easily as they are within such close proximity of the hotel. Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and fitted with all of the essentials that you might need for your golf break including a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Each of the standard rooms boasts a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings.

Whether you are looking to enjoy leisure facilities, play lots of excellent golf, relax on the beach or explore the local area, a stay at The Magnolia Hotel is one that you certainly won’t regret. Take a further look at the hotel on our website or give us a call to discuss your Easter golf escape now.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz is the brilliant, five-star Precise Resort El Rompido. The hotel is located onsite to the two outstanding golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club and just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido. Here, you will find impeccable service, brilliant golf, excellent leisure facilities and a beautiful town nearby. El Rompido is lovely and boasts an excellent selection of shops and authentic Spanish bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. However, if you don’t want to venture out, you can find everything that you could want or need within the hotel including a brilliant buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant.

You can choose from a range of options at the hotel from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with their family or friends. There are also suites if you’d prefer. Each of the rooms boasts a spacious balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, a satellite television and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The apartments are larger with a living room and a terrace which overlooks either the resort, the gardens, the pool or the golf courses. The resort is family-friendly and offers leisure facilities for children as well as adults like a mini-club and music shows. Whilst you are here, you can relax around the large outdoor swimming pool or enjoy the spa facilities. This is a truly brilliant resort and one that should not be passed up on. This hotel is a Golf Escape’s favourite, so make sure that you give us a call to talk about your next golf holiday to El Rompido today!

 

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant four-star hotel situated in the lovely fishing village of Sesimbra. This beachfront hotel boasts stunning rooms which boast Atlantic Ocean views and extensive leisure facilities including an outdoor infinity pool and a spa. Each of the guest rooms were refurbished in 2015 and they all boast a stylish and modern décor, they are all equipped with the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe and a private balcony.

Whilst you are not out enjoying the golf, you can relax in the spa which offers a range of health and beauty treatments as well as other spa facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Vertical Hydromassage. Not only do you have the large infinity pool to enjoy, but you can enjoy direct access to Sesimbra’s lovely beach. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the great golf that you can play including rounds at Aroeira I, Aroeira II and Quinta do Peru which are all fantastic golf courses.

The hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves delicious traditional Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes as its speciality as well as a range of other divine dishes. However, due to your location, you can easily venture into the town of Sesimbra where you can find a range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Make sure to check out this hotel as an option for your Easter golf break.

 

Next, we have one of Europe’s most famous golf resorts, Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is a very special resort and it is one that golfers return to year after year and it isn’t hard to see why. You can enjoy unbeatable service, great leisure facilities and a world-renowned golf course on your doorstep during your stay here. The hotel has undergone many renovations over the years, but it has always kept its unique charm and character which is probably one of the things that makes it so popular among golfers and non-golfers alike.

The hotel boasts a great location just outside of the pretty village of Alvor where you can find a beautiful beach, lots of bars and restaurants as well as shops to enjoy. Just a little further (10 minutes’ drive) is where you can find the towns of Lagos and Portimao where you can find yet more stunning beaches, bars and restaurants. Of course, if you choose not to dine out, you can enjoy one of the hotel’s four restaurants which serve a range of authentic Italian, Portuguese and international cuisine. There is also Bar Monchique where you can enjoy cocktails and live music in the evenings.

Each of the guestrooms boasts everything that you could need or want during your stay as well as a private balcony or terrace from which you can appreciate fully the hotel’s lovely setting. The resort boasts an extensive range of leisure facilities including tennis courts, a large outdoor pool area and a children’s club, you can also take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service that runs to the nearby beach or relax within the spa. Of course, the world-renowned Penina Championship course is often the reason that golfers will come back year upon year, this course is an excellent test of golf and boasts a beautiful setting. This is an ideal destination for your next golf escape, and it isn’t hard to see why – come and find out why this resort has been voted as Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort before.

 

Last, but not least, we have Macdonald Dona Lola Resort which is situated on the Costa del Sol. The resort boasts a fantastic beachfront location just a short walk from Calahonda where you can find an abundance of shops, tapas bars, restaurants and nightlife. The resort is built around the impressively large curved swimming pool, the resort boasts two swimming pools in total as well as an indoor pool, tennis courts, golf courses and excursions to the local area. You can enjoy regular entertainment in the evenings as well as other leisure facilities. Whilst you are not playing on one of the local golf courses, you can relax within the health and relaxation centre or take a trip into Calahonda. This is a brilliant resort if you are looking to go somewhere where you can easily venture out for meals and nightlife. Of course, the main attraction here is the brilliant golf that you can find locally at Cabopino and Chaparral Golf Club. Look no further than Macdonald Dona Lola Resort for your next golf escape this Easter.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one or more of these hotels and their courses may have caught your eye. Feel free to give us a call to chat through some of these properties and what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away this Easter?

 

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best courses situated on the Costa del Sol. Whether you are looking for courses to base your next golf escape around or for inspiration for a golf break, look no further than one of these superb courses.

 

Santana is one of the newest golf courses on the Costa del Sol and has been constructed to a very high standard by Cabell Robinson. The course has been built on an avocado plantation and boasts the backdrop of the majestic Mijas Mountains. Despite the fact that this is one of the newest courses to have opened on the Costa del Sol, you wouldn’t know it as the course blends so beautifully into its surroundings – it could have been here for years and years.

The course is not the longest course in the area at just over 6,200 metres from the back tees, but it still poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. There are many strategically placed bunkers and unusually-shaped, deep greens to contend with along your route round the course. There are also a few water carry-overs required as well. One of the most special holes on the course is the par 5 4th which is an incredibly long and spectacular hole with sophisticated bunkering, a little stream which lies in wait for your errant shots and a treacherous sloping green. With its unique ground, stunning scenery and an impressive layout has meant that this course will be on many players’ itinerary in the coming years. Make sure that this course is one you look out for an opportunity to play; the course is situated between Mijas and Fuengirola where you can find an abundance of brilliant properties to base yourself.

 

Next up, we have Real Club Valderrama which has been home to many prestigious golfing tournaments including the Ryder Cup in 1997 and the World Golf Championships in 1999 to 2002. This club regularly ranks within the top 10 courses in Europe and it really isn’t hard to see why. The club is an elite private members club, but you can still play during the set tee times for outside players. The green fee is not cheap but if you can justify it, definitely take your chance to play this incredible golf course as you really will remember the experience forever.

The course is beautifully in tune with its surroundings and it is always in perfect condition as the course is never over-played. The closing holes are considered to be the most difficult holes of the round but if you choose your tee option correctly, the whole course is playable for golfers of most abilities. The 17th is particularly special and it boasts water situated just in front of the green. This special course is one that should be on every discerning golfer’s bucket list so make sure that when you can, you grab the opportunity to book a tee time here.

 

A superbly challenging course; San Roque Old is a challenge for those of all abilities and boasts gently undulating, narrow fairways, large greens and many water hazards. The San Roque Club lies nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and the Old course is set within a 340-acre estate where a luxury hotel and spa once sat. The course was designed by Dave Thomas and Tony Jacklin and opened for play in 1990. From the moment that the course opened, it has been regarded as a great test of golf, even for those with the lowest of handicaps. The course measures just under 6,500 metres from the back tees and has been the home to many professional tournaments in the past.

Although the course is considered to be undulating rather than hilly, there are some shocking elevation changes which mean that you must make your club selection correctly. The front nine of the course meander their way through mature forests of cork oak which means that your drive must be accurate to avoid the trees which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots. There are new bunkers and water hazards which make it that bit more challenging. The back nine holes are less undulating but there are deep ravines and many bunkers lying in wait for errant shots. On some courses, once you reach the greens, your work is pretty much over but on this course, the greens are superbly contoured, always fast and generous in size. This is another very special course and is close to Valderrama so you can plan a golf break around these superb golf courses.

 

Torrequebrada golf course was designed by Jose Gancedo and was actually one of his first designs back in the mid-70s. The course isn’t overly long at 6,400 yards from the back tees but do not let its length fool you into thinking that this course is an easy round of golf. The course hugs the contours of its hilly landscape and tests golfers of the lowest handicaps with strategically positioned water hazards, doglegged fairways and deep, greenside bunkers.

The fairways are all tree-lined and they rise and fall over the hilly terrain, twisting and dipping in all directions making this a fun, challenging and exciting round of golf for all players. There are some particularly scenic and unusual holes situated along the course including the 7th which boasts an elevated tee, you must take the tee shot over a city street to a very narrow fairway. We would advise you not to use the driver as there is a lake guarding the hole which is tucked into the left corner. Like many brilliant courses, the 18th is a superb finishing hole. It boasts a grand view from the tee which is situated to the left of the fairway at the top of a hill, from which you can see both the 18th and the 6th fairways, the clubhouse and the stunning mountain backdrop. The tee shot is across a ravine and if you miss the fairway you are in trouble as there are sharp slopes to the left and bunkers to the right. Your approach shot must also be accurate as you have the same steep hill to the left and a large bunker to the right – this hole can ruin many scorecards. This course is definitely worth the green fee and is one that you should take a look at when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa del Sol…

 

Chaparral Golf Club is one of the most recognisable golf courses in the Costa del Sol. It is a superb parkland course situated just 700 metres from the beach and enclosed by a forest of pine trees. The course follows the beautiful coastline of Mijas Costa which is just a short drive from the centre of Malaga and each of the holes along the course boasts stunning sea views. It is no surprise that this course is one of the most requested courses and regularly ranks as one of the top courses in Spain due to its stunning layout and beautiful location.

The course boasts undulating fairways which meander through dense, tree-lined fairways, if you manage to successfully navigate your way through the trees, avoiding the strategically placed bunkers then you will reach big greens with big borrows! One of the standout holes is the 477-metre long, 3rd hole which looks like a straightforward par-5 but it actually doglegs left and your tee shot must be placed down the right-hand side of the fairway in order to see what you must do for your second shot. The green is very long and narrow and there is a ditch which cuts diagonally across the fairway 100 metres from the green. This is a very special course and it is no surprise that is one of our most requested courses.

 

Next, we have the Marbella Club which is a very impressive and exclusive golf course situated just a few miles west of Marbella, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. The course opened in 1999 and was designed by Dave Thomas. One of the great things about this course is that the club only allows 75-80 players to play the course each day in order to keep it in good condition and to make sure that you can enjoy your round at your own pace. The course was designed to test golfers of all abilities with its strategically placed bunkers, well-manicured greens and sloping fairways.

The course measured just over 6,900 yards from the back tees and has a hefty par of 73 to match the course’s yardage. The two loops of nine holes are routed over hilly terrain and both return to the impressive clubhouse at the lowest points on the course. A round on Marbella Club is a great, exciting one and due to its location, you can find other brilliant golf courses and some superb resorts to base your golf break from.

 

Alcaidesa Links is one of the best links courses in Spain. The course was opened in 1990 and then remodelled in 1999 where its playability was improved, fairways were widened and some of the more severe undulations of the greens were ironed out. This undulating, cliff-top seaside course boasts stunning views over the Mediterranean, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains in North Africa in the distance.

The course boasts a classic out-and-back routing, the first four holes head towards the shoreline and the mile-long beach, holes five to 14 play out along the coast where the wind will challenge you. The fairways then head back inland to finish the round in front of the clubhouse. If you are looking for an impressive course with stunning views, an interesting layout and one that poses a challenge to golfers of all abilities then look no further than Alcaidesa Links for your next golf break.

 

Finca Cortesin was designed by the world-famous architect, Cabell Robinson. The layout of this course is simply spectacular, it is a long one at 6,808 metres and boasts a variety of natural vegetation like olive trees and corks around the course. It opened for play in 2007 and has since built up a great reputation and the course has played host to European Tour events including the Volvo World Matchplay Championship.

There are many great holes within the course but there are a few very special ones. The 3rd hole is a delightful par-5 which boasts a difficult approach shot over water. There is the 10th which is a long, down-hill par-3 which has far-reaching views of the Estepona Mountains. This brilliant hole is followed by the 11th which is a double doglegged par-5 which is a stern test of golf and an exciting hole to play. The club boasts excellent practice facilities and a lovely clubhouse. In 2008, the five-star Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa opened which is a perfect place for you to base your next golf escape from. Although a tee time at Finca Cortesin is not cheap, it is well worth it, and you will not be disappointed.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Rio Real which is one of the oldest courses in the area as it opened in 1965. This course is one of the coast’s most requested courses due to its superb condition, excellent value and very convenient location just north-east of Marbella. This is a delightful, walkable golf course as the terrain is just gently undulating. The course has retained much of its original charm with its pine and palm tree-lined fairways, well-bunkered green sites and a few water hazards for you to contend with along the way.

One of the most memorable holes along the course is the par-4 4th hole which doglegs left from the background sound of the traffic on the tee to the crashing of waves on the seafront. The green is located right on the coastline. You can find another long, par-4 at the 8th hole which is a brilliant hole that veers left from an elevated tee position and ends with a downhill approach to a very small green that is situated into the hillside. This is a very special course and boasts the great Rio Real Golf Hotel from which you can easily play this stunning course and those in the local area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will think about one, or hopefully more, of these courses next time you are booking a golf escape to the Costa del Sol. Make sure to give us a call to discuss these courses and the brilliant hotels in the area.