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This week’s blog is a guide to nine of our best island destinations. All of these luxury golf resorts and hotels offer golfers the perfect opportunity to have their best golf holiday yet with the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf. For your next island golf holiday, you can prepare to totally relax and make the most out of all the spectacular golf on offer on some of the most prestigious golf courses that we have to offer.

First up is the Hotel Jardin Tecina, situated on the Canary Islands’ smallest island, La Gomera. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making the Hotel Jardin Tecina the ideal option for an autumn or winter golf holiday. La Gomera’s average temperature even in the depths of winter fluctuates around sixteen degrees Celsius, meaning its fantastic golf courses can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Hotel Jardin Tecina is the perfect choice for any golfer that is looking to escape it all to play some fantastic golf in a peaceful environment. The hotel is positioned on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, amongst vast areas of forest. Both the local village of Playa de Santiago and the Tecina Golf Course are located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, so both golfers and non-golfers will never find themselves short of something to do. The hotel is home to five swimming pool areas, as well as tennis and squash courts, and beach volleyball. Should guests choose not to meander down to the local village, they can enjoy a well-deserved drink at one of the hotel’s five bars.

The Casa Velha do Palheiro is an unbeatable choice for a relaxing golfing getaway. The hotel has just thirty-eight guest rooms, so it definitely has a boutique feel to it with personalised service and a quiet atmosphere. Positioned high up in the hills surrounding Funchal, Madeira’s capital, guests can enjoy panoramic views across the golf resort of the rolling countryside and the resort’s idyllic gardens. The relaxing atmosphere is continuous throughout the resort, as the guest rooms and suites are among perfectly manicured gardens which guests must walk through to access the main manor house. The guest rooms are bright, decorated in regency décor, with all the essentials to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay. With impeccable service, stunning surroundings and a fantastic golf course just next door, the Casa Velha do Palheiro is a great option for your next island golf holiday. The hotel is positioned with direct access to the neighbouring Palheiro Golf Course, so an unforgettable round of golf is never far away. Despite being a small hotel, the Casa Velha do Palheiro has a great range of facilities, even when you are not considering its fantastic golf course. Guests can enjoy a relaxing dip in the swimming pool or a session in the spa, or alternatively, guests can explore Madeira’s captivating capital city with ease, as the hotel runs four complimentary shuttle services into Funchal every day.

Yet another fantastic option for your next island golf holiday in the Canary Islands includes the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, home to two championship golf courses, the Salobre New and the Salobre Old. The resort is truly five-stars in every aspect, ranging from its unbeatable service, its two golf courses, and spacious guest rooms. Even for a five-star resort, the guest rooms at the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity are especially large and luxurious. All of the guest rooms and suites have a private balcony or terrace where guests can make the most out of Gran Canaria’s beautiful rolling countryside surrounding the resort. The resort is located in the perfect position for both golfers and families to enjoy a relaxing golf holiday, set away from all the noise from the busy towns. However, the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity is still in easy reach in some of Gran Canaria’s best attractions and beaches. When guests are taking a break from a gruelling round of golf at either the Salobre golf courses, they can take a day out to visit the Maspalomas Natural Dunes, or they can catch a tan around one of the seven outdoor swimming pools. To make the most out of the Gran Canaria’s warm climate and stunning beaches, guests can head to the resort’s private beach club located in Maspalomas, with its own sun loungers and beach bar, and the resort runs its own shuttle service down to the beach several times a day.

The Troia Design Hotel is the perfect golf holiday option for all those that are looking to catch a tan on one of the many stunning beaches that Portugal is known so well for, as well as enjoy some fantastic golf. This five-star hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from the local beach, in the heart of the idyllic Arrabida Hills on the island of Setubal. Setubal is located just below the coast of Lisbon and is known for its stunning beaches, so it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded one of the ’35 Most Beautiful Bays in the World’. Not only is the Troia Design Hotel perfect for visiting some stunning beaches, but it is also a great option for all those golfers looking to play the prestigious Troia golf course, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior. With a fantastic golf course next door, a beautiful sandy beach in easy reach and a wide range of leisure facilities at their doorstep, it is fair to say that the guests at the Troia Design Hotel will never find themselves short of things to do; the hotel even has its own casino. 

For the ultimate luxury golf holiday, the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island is a truly unbeatable option. The W Abu Dhabi Yas Island sets itself aside from all of the other luxury resorts in Abu Dhabi as it is positioned half on land, half on water, set just next door to the famous Grand Prix circuit. The hotel truly has an unbeatable location to explore all Abu Dhabi has to offer, including its spectacular range of golf courses. At the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island, guests are in the middle of all of the action as the hotel is situated on top of the Yas Marina, and Yas Waterworld and the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi are just ten minutes away by car. Guests here will never be without an opportunity to soak up the sun with two roof-top swimming pools, and the Yas Beach is located a five-minute drive away from the hotel, and the hotel conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to it throughout the day. To play some of Abu Dhabi’s best golf courses, golfers truly couldn’t be in a better location with the Yas Links Golf Club just a five-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, host to the HSBC Golf Championship.

Located on the Velvet Strand, a beach widely considered to be one of the UK’s most beautiful sites lies the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. The hotel is set on top of a long stretch of sandy beach with a spectacular golf course located just next door. Here, golfers can enjoy the idyllic Irish countryside with the opportunity for many scenic walks, or alternatively, just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel takes guests to the centre of Dublin, with its huge range of bars, restaurants and attractions. Guests are positioned with the best of both worlds; a beautiful coastal location with a fantastic golf course next door, but a fun day out or evening on the town is just a short distance away from the hotel. If golfers can tear themselves away from one of the many pubs in Dublin, they can treat themselves to a round of golf at the well-known Portmarnock Golf Club, known for its unruly greens and beautiful views, spanning right across to the Mountains of Mourne and Ireland’s Eye.

With a range of nightlife, beautiful beaches and a fantastic championship golf course just next door, the Crete Golf Club Hotel should undoubtedly be a strong contender for your next island golf holiday. The hotel is relatively new and has just twenty-five suites, meaning guests can expect impeccable service and a relaxing stay. All of the guest rooms here have all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay, with modern décor, high-speed internet access as well as a spacious lounge area, and private balconies to view the hotel’s beautiful surroundings amongst the mountains and the neighbouring sea. Despite being a small hotel, the Crete Golf Club Hotel has a great range of facilities including an infinity pool, the perfect spot to catch some rays and admire the hotel’s stunning views across the neighbouring Crete Golf Club, mountains, and the sea, and the hotel is also home to a comprehensive fitness centre. If guests are looking to round up a relaxing day with a fun night out, then they need not travel far, as the vibrant resort of Malia is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel, or alternatively for a more authentic evening out for some classic Greek food, guests can head to the nearby towns of Chesonissos or Stalis.

The Caribbean is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, and at the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club, guests could not be in a better position to visit them themselves. This five-star resort exudes luxury from every angle with its own three-mile-long private beach area, spacious rooms, and fantastic leisure facilities. At the beach, guests can enjoy a range of water sport activities, or simply soak up the sun then grab a drink at the beach bar. Aside from its private beach area, The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club has a great range of facilities so that even non-golfers will never find themselves short of things to do. To relax and unwind after a challenging round of golf on the local La Cana and Corales golf courses, golfers can treat themselves to a session in the Six Senses Spa, then enjoy a meal at one of the eight restaurants located within the resort. Perfect for all those that love to indulge on their holiday, the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club offers a fantastic all-inclusive accommodation option, meaning guests need not stress about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. 

Last but not least is the adults-only Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel, yet another great option for a luxury golf holiday in the Canary Islands. Regardless of what time of year you are looking to visit, due to the warm climate in Fuerteventura, all of the fantastic golf courses are easily playable. As the hotel is relatively small with just sixty-two guest rooms, and as it is an adults-only hotel, guests are guaranteed to have a wonderfully relaxing stay. Just next door to the Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel is the Fuerteventura Golf Club, one of the five members of the spectacular golf family located on this idyllic island. Even non-golfers will never find themselves without something to do as the hotel accommodates perfectly for them with a complimentary daily shuttle service to the nearby town of Caleta de Fuste. Aside from its location, the Elba Palace Golf is also a great choice for your next island golf escape due to its excellent facilities and luxury guest rooms overlooking the hotel’s beautiful surroundings in the heart of the countryside. For an unbeatably relaxing and luxurious golf break, the Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel is a classic go-to option.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best island golf destinations and that you have been inspired to select an idyllic golf retreat for your next golf escape. All nine of these resorts and hotels offer impeccable service, fantastic facilities, stunning beaches, and most importantly, spectacular golf. With all of these in mind, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to ensure you have your most relaxing golf holiday to date.

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us here at Golf Escapes, we hope that this year is filled with great rounds of golf, beautiful hotels and brilliant weather. Of course, as you may know, there are few places better to find inspiration for your next golf break than right here on the Golf Escapes blog page and this week you will not be disappointed. Here are our top seven golf escapes that should serve as inspiration for your next golf holiday…

Firstly, we have the four-star Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel which boasts an idyllic location on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco where its guests can enjoy almost 10km of unspoilt coastline. The property was renovated just last year and now boasts plenty of leisure facilities including a large outdoor pool, a fitness centre, a spa and tennis courts as well as beautiful accommodation. Each of the guestrooms is air-conditioned and boasts a seating area, minibar, TV and a private ensuite bathroom. In addition, all of the rooms boast a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Whilst you are here, you are within easy access of some of the best golf clubs in the area including Golf du Soleil which boasts two courses, Golf Les Dunes and Golf de L’Ocean. Golf de L’Ocean officially opened in December 2009 and within a year had already built up a brilliant reputation for being a fantastic course with three uniquely characterised sets of nine holes for players to enjoy. Golf du Soleil is another 36-hole complex which has been separated into two combinations of 18-holes to create the Tikida and Championship golf courses. One of the best things about these courses is that golfers of all skills are accommodated for, so everyone is sure to enjoy a round or two here.

With several excellent golf courses within the local area, wonderful amenities, a stunning beach and three different modern restaurants serving local and international cuisine onsite of the hotel, it is no surprise that we recommend the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel for your next golf escape.

Up next, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which is situated in the region of Obidos besides one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed guestrooms which boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole championship golf course as well as all of the other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including TVs and air-conditioning. The Praia d’el Rey course is considered to be one of Europe’s finest and is a classic links course which is spread over dunes and cliffs. This course is a real challenge off the back tees and is a must-play for any discerning golfer due to its stunning views and setting. Along with playing the superb Praia d’el Rey course, you can also enjoy rounds at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso.

Besides fantastic golf, the hotel offers a range of other leisure activities including the Kalyan Spa which boasts eight treatment and massage rooms as well as a range of facilities. There is also a health club with a well-equipped gym, a hot tub and an indoor and outdoor pool.

The hotel is located midway between Peniche and Obidos and within both cities, you can find an abundance of activities, great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Of course, being so close to a city means that you can easily eat out during your stay here but if you choose to dine within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed with the two restaurants that are onsite. The restaurants offer pool or ocean views and their dishes are created using locally sourced ingredients. This is a very special hotel boasting a fantastic location, whether you are travelling with a group, your family or in a couple, this is a perfect place for your next golf break.

The five-star Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is another one of our suggestions for your 2019 golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The resort boasts an idyllic beachfront location in Messenia and is a picture-perfect resort as the design was inspired by old Messinian mansions, so the villa clusters use natural stone and local design elements to make this beautiful resort.

Each of the guestrooms runs in line with the design of the resort as they are all decorated with contemporary furniture, light wood and muted tones. Each of the rooms boasts its own private balcony overlooking the olive groves and landscaped gardens which surround the hotel.

Whilst you are here, you can experience the resort’s seemingly unlimited options for food and drink with over ten restaurants and bars serving delicious cuisine ranging from traditional Greek food to internationally themed eateries. There are three bars and lounges where you can enjoy some of the hotel’s signature cocktails and other beverages.

The resort boasts an abundance of leisure facilities with a health and fitness centre, an indoor pool, squash courts, tennis courts and water sports on the beach. Of course, for you, the main attraction is the wonderful golf that you have the chance to enjoy whilst staying here. The resort boasts two very special golf courses – The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. The Dunes Course was the first 18-hole signature-designed golf course in Greece and is highly regarded as one of the finest courses in Europe. The course meanders through olive trees and citrus groves and offers stunning sea and river views as well as spacious undulating greens, large fairways and strategically placed bunkers to provide all golfers with a fun but challenging round of golf. The Bay Course is a slightly shorter course than the Dunes and boasts holes of varying lengths and features as well as spectacular landscapes with holes running alongside the bay of Navarino making this a truly impressive course for you to play.

With two stunning golf courses, extensive facilities and a beautiful location, look no further than the Westin Resort, Costa Navarino for your next golf escape.

Next, we have the fantastic five-star Westin Puntacana Resort and Club which is an extensive golfing resort situated just steps from the beautiful sands of Punta Cana. This resort boasts stunning gardens, an abundance of recreational activities and beautiful guestrooms. Within the resort, you can find a swimming pool, a well-equipped gym, tennis courts and a large spa area which is the perfect place to relax after you have taken on one of the nearby golf courses. La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course are within short distance of the resort and both offer superb rounds of golf. La Cana Golf club is a 27-hole championship course which has been described as being one of the best courses in the Caribbean and it isn’t hard to see why. The layout features 27 holes which have been split into three unique 9’s, the Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. There are 14 ocean-side holes which boast amazing sea views making this course a must-play whilst you are here. The Corales Golf Course is a well-known course which has been designed along the natural cliffs, bays and coves which make the West Coast so popular. The course features six ocean-side holes but also meanders inland through lakes and coralina quarries. This is a long, scenic and challenging course for you to enjoy.

The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is an idyllic resort with stunning golf courses nearby, wonderful facilities and beautiful guestrooms making it a perfect recommendation from us to you for 2019.

Next on the list of our recommendations for your 2019 golf break is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa which boasts a great location set in the heart of Abu Dhabi and just 15 minutes’ drive from the National Exhibition Centre. There are many local attractions including Ferrari World, the Marina Circuit Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld as well as the Corniche which are all within 25 minutes’ drive of the hotel. The resort boasts the Abu Dhabi Golf Club – National onsite which is the home to the PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championships.

The Abu Dhabi Golf Club provides 27 championship holes which stretch out over 162 hectares of stunning landscapes. The course is considered to be a tropical haven with rolling terrain, palm trees, saltwater lakes and lush fairways creating a very special golfing experience indeed. You can also enjoy a round at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club whilst you are here.

Each of the 172 open-plan guestrooms boasts a private balcony, flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine and a large ensuite bathroom equipped with complimentary toiletries. Not only will you stay within comfort, but you will be able to sample some delicious cuisine from the five different restaurants onsite of the resort which range from a buffet restaurant to fine dining, tapas-style cuisine and authentic Italian cuisine. With extensive leisure facilities, beautifully-appointed guestrooms and brilliant golf courses both onsite of the hotel and within close proximity – what more could you be looking for from your next golf holiday?

The five-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort is another of our brilliant recommendations and it isn’t hard to see why this resort made the list due to its world-class service and stunning location within the exclusive Zimbali Coastal Resort eco-estate. The hotel boasts 154 rooms and suites which combine cosmopolitan flair with contemporary amenities, each of the rooms boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you could need in order to have a relaxing stay including Wi-Fi, a TV and complimentary toiletries. Onsite of the hotel, you can enjoy a luxurious spa and three outdoor swimming pools with serviced loungers.

You will never be short of somewhere great to eat or drink during your stay here as the resort boasts a range of dining opportunities including casual poolside dining, Indian Fusion cuisine, international flavours as well as a lobby bar and tea lounge. The hotel boasts wonderful facilities but also a brilliant location as whilst you are here, you can easily explore Durban, Umhlanga and the bustling holiday town of Ballito which is just five minutes’ drive from the resort. The main attraction, the brilliant golf, is also not far away from the resort. You can easily enjoy rounds at Durban Country Club and Zimbali Coastal Resort during your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Resort Hotel. Durban Country Club is a brilliant parkland course and boasts nine very tricky opening holes as well as undulating fairways and stunning views of the landscapes surrounding the club. Zimbali Coastal Resort boasts two brilliant golf courses. The Coastal Forest course is a challenge to golfers of all handicaps, even off the White club tees and the Zimbali Lakes course is a beautiful but challenging course as well.

With beautiful guest rooms, a stunning location and brilliant nearby golf courses, take a closer look at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort Hotel for your 2019 golf escape.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Crete Golf Club Hotel which is situated at the Crete Golf Club. The hotel boasts a seasonal outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the golf course, mountains and sea as well as a fitness centre and beautiful gardens. The hotel’s restaurant overlooks the golf course and serves up delicious European and Cretan cuisine.

There are 25 modern suites within the hotel, and they are all fully-fitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and private marble bathrooms. The suites also boast a large private balcony with partial views of the golf course, mountains and sea. For guests who are not keen golfers, you will not be disappointed with the Aquaworld Aquarium and the Labyrinth Park which are situated just over a mile from the hotel. Just 15 minutes’ drive away is the popular resort of Malia where you can find an abundance of bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Crete Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole golf course which is set to become the next big golf course in Europe, and it isn’t hard to see why. The landscape surrounding the course is breathtakingly beautiful, you can enjoy 365-day long warm climate here as well as luxurious facilities. The course itself boasts a technical challenge with tricky short holes as well as lengthy power-play holes, the course meanders through rocks and ravines featuring magnificent views of the coast and mountains.

The Crete Golf Club Hotel is a special hotel with extensive facilities, a superb location and a magnificent golf course. For your next golf escape, look no further than this hotel.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic resorts and their courses for your next golf escape…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the fantastic properties that are new to Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for something a bit different or just fancy a new resort for a change then check some of these brilliant properties out next time you are thinking about booking a golf break…

First up is the brilliant five-star Crete Golf Club Hotel and is situated at The Crete Golf Club which is a stunning 18-hole championship golf course situated within Hersonissos. There is plenty to do within the local area including Aquaworld Aquarium and Labyrinth Park. The hotel itself also boasts a lovely seasonal outdoor swimming pool as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre and gardens to walk around and explore. Each of the guestrooms boasts all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV, a spacious ensuite bathroom, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The hotel’s restaurant offers a lovely a la carte breakfast in the mornings and delightful European cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Whether you are travelling with friends or family, this is a lovely and well-appointed hotel which boasts everything that you could need for a very special golf break with an excellent golf course onsite of the resort, brilliant facilities and a great location just over 10 miles from Heraklion International Airport.

Just five minutes’ walk from La Barrosa Beach and offering stunning sea views because of its position sits the lovely four-star Iberostar Royal Andalus. The hotel was renovated last year and there are now six different outdoor swimming pools as well as a range of leisure facilities for you to make the most of during your stay here. There is a brilliant sensations spa, a gym, tennis courts and a fantastic beach club to name just a few facilities. The best thing about this fantastic resort is its onsite Novo Petri Golf Course where you can enjoy a brilliant round of golf. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and boast bright décor, a satellite TV, premium Wi-Fi, a minibar and either a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the hotel’s stunning surroundings. At this hotel, you can opt for all-inclusive which is a brilliant option for this hotel as there are two divine restaurants as well as a snack bar which both offer excellent international buffets and a la carte menus to suit guests of all tastes! In high season, there is an extra a la carte restaurant available. If you are looking for a great all-inclusive hotel with brilliant facilities, a superb location and wonderful weather then look no further than the brilliant Iberostar Royal Andalus.

The stunning Dolce Chantilly Hotel is situated just 45 minutes North of Paris and just 25 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport in the heart of the Chantilly Forest. The hotel has recently undergone expansion and there are now 200 modern and well-appointed guestrooms which all boast stunning views of either the golf course or the forest. The hotel’s Donatello Restaurant offers wonderful fine dining and serves delicious food which has been created using locally sourced ingredients. In the mornings, you can enjoy an amazing breakfast at La Veranda where you can enjoy your food whilst looking out across the hotel’s winter garden. Within the clubhouse, you can find the Swing restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere which makes this the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat after your round of golf on the Garden Golf de Chantilly course. If you are looking for a relaxing golf escape with some brilliant golf and a hotel set within lovely surroundings, then look no further than the lovely Dolce Chantilly.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star luxurious Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife which is the perfect destination for your next winter sun golf escape. The hotel is set in a quiet area in the South West of the island and is positioned on the outskirts of Costa Adeje in between the brilliant courses of Abama and Golf Costa Adeje. As the resort boasts a beachfront location, you can easily spend most of your time lounging on the beach but there are also three swimming pools as well as a freshwater lagoon to enjoy. There is also an extensive entertainment programme to keep you busy in the evenings with live music and dancing. All of the guestrooms are beautifully decorated and furnished with a private ensuite bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you are more into relaxation, then golf then you can enjoy the hotel’s Rock Spa where you can find an extensive and varied beauty and massage menu as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre. This is a luxurious and fun hotel with plenty to do and see including some excellent golf which makes it the perfect place for you to enjoy your next winter sun golf break…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these superb properties for your next golf escape…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our four-star favourite hotels which boast fantastic facilities, excellent locations and superb golf that you can enjoy. With the sun starting to come out, it is time to start thinking about your summer golf escape to make sure that you get to enjoy some sunshine and some beautiful golf this year…

The excellent four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel boasts an amazing location just nine minutes’ walk from the beach in the heart of Eastern Algarve. The hotel is set amongst lush green pine trees, so you can enjoy the feeling of peace and tranquillity, but you are just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo where there is a variety of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. This is a beautiful and classy hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms which are fully-equipped with all of the amenities that you could need including free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. As you are so close to so many bars and restaurants, you may choose to eat out but if you decide to remain within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed as the hotel’s restaurant serves homemade, delicious cuisine. This is a great little hotel with everything that you could possibly need for a brilliant golf break to the Algarve with an outdoor pool, the beach and a great town nearby and fantastic golf at Quinta do Vale.

The charming Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is situated just 30 minutes south of Lisbon and boasts its own 18-hole golf course on site as well as other excellent facilities. The great thing about Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is that it is situated in a beautiful and tranquil location surrounded by the region’s best vineyards, but it is also just 15 minutes from the historic city centre of Setubal and five minutes’ drive from Palmela village. Each of the guestrooms boasts a contemporary theme and boasts a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as stunning views overlooking the golf course. At the hotel’s Pitch and Putt Bar, you can enjoy a range of light meals, drinks or pastries whilst overlooking the golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant offers a superb menu with a collaboration of regional and international dishes. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the Montado golf course, you can access the hotel’s spa facilities or go for a swim in the pool. Whether you are looking to travel with friends, family or a group, this is an excellent four-star hotel for you to choose for your next golf break to the Lisbon area.

Hotel Alicante Golf is a brilliant four-star hotel situated on the stunning Costa Blanca. Situated just ten minutes’ walk from the beach (there is a free transfer during the summer months) and set in beautiful gardens sits this lovely hotel which also features its own 18-hole golf course as well as other excellent facilities. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of brilliant golf, you can relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool or in the designated relax area. There is also the hotel’s spa for you to enjoy which boasts an indoor pool, a sauna and a massage service. The hotel is situated along Playa San Juan where there is a fantastic array of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy which means that you will never be short of some great food and wine during your stay here. It is no surprise that Hotel Alicante Golf is one of our recommendations for a brilliant golf escape to the Alicante area with everything that you could need or want for a fantastic golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant Crete Golf Club Hotel where you can enjoy world-class service at a stunning hotel in an excellent location. The hotels itself is situated at The Crete Golf Club which is a fantastic 18-hole championship course in Hersonissos. Whilst you are not out enjoying a fantastic round of golf, you can spend time relaxing around the hotel’s pool which is a beautiful infinity pool which boasts stunning views overlooking the golf course, the nearby mountains and the sea. Alternatively, you can use the hotel’s well-equipped fitness centre. All of the hotel’s rooms are fitted with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need for a brilliant golf escape including flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. If you are looking for somewhere where there is plenty to do in the local area, then this is a great one for you as Aquaworld Aquarium and Labyrinth Park are just over a mile away from the hotel. The popular resort of Malia is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel and boasts great nightlife and stunning beaches. With so much to do, see, eat and drink in the hotel and the hotel’s local area as well as the superb golf course onsite, this is the perfect place for your next golf holiday.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that this blog has piqued your interest about some of the excellent hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy somewhere sunny this year…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the most unusual places and courses that you will get to enjoy a round of golf on. In many incidences, it is the case that golf is the main highlight of your holiday and it is often easy to find a fantastic hotel almost anywhere but these are courses which are well worth basing your entire holiday around…

Fist up we have Jardin Tecina which is arguably one of the most special and impressive courses in the Canary Islands. You tee off at the top of a hill and then for the duration of the course you slowly zigzag back down without playing one single uphill shot. With the course measuring a long 6,900 yards from the back tees it is not an easy round of golf. However, with the wide fairways and option of closer tees it is playable by golfers of all standards. The views from every shot are simply stunning with trees, flowers and other tropical plants adding to the stunning panoramic views of the ocean. Although all of the holes are brilliant, there are a few spectacular ones which you definitely won’t forget for a while like the downhill short 4th hole where if you don’t place your ball carefully it may get swallowed up by the ravine which is on your left. The finishing hole for this course is a great one where you will have to hit two well-placed shots in order to score well on this hole and the entrance to the green is framed by two impressive palm trees. This is a beautiful but challenging round of golf and one not to miss out on!

Up next we have the Crete Golf Club which is located in the hills of Hersonnisos and boasts spectacular views from this ideal location. Not only is this course built in a beautiful location but Crete’s year-round mild climate provides excellent golfing conditions. There are a wide variety of holes that will challenge even the golfers with the lowest handicaps here from short par-3s to long par-5s. As you play the course, the fairways wind through rocks and ravines where you can experience stunning views of the mountains and the coast. This is a beautiful course with some very memorable holes and scenery for you to experience – another course definitely not to be missed out on!

The four-star Bogogno Golf Resort is situated in Lake Maggiore where you can experience beautiful surroundings which can be enjoyed even more so when you are playing on the two parkland golf courses situated on the resort – the Bonora and the Del Conte Course. The rooms are all spacious and boast their own private terraces which overlook either one of the golf courses or the pool areas. This is a beautiful resort with some stunning surroundings and great facilities including two tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a great restaurant in which you can dine outside enjoying the views. Both of the golf courses onsite are regarded as two of the finest courses in Italy and blend effortlessly into their Italian countryside surroundings. The Bonora course is the more challenging of the two courses with its undulating fairways with many strategically placed hazards for you to navigate around.

Minthis Hills Golf Club is just a short drive from the bustling town of Paphos but far enough from the town that its setting is tranquil and relaxing set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. The course sits so naturally in its surroundings and offers stunning views away from the hustle and bustle of the towns nearby. There are a wide variety of different holes here and many will leave a lasting impression like the short 12th where you have to navigate the valley on your left and the challenging 17th hole where you will need to be very accurate and strong to reach the green in just two shots. The fairways are far from flat and are lined thickly with fruit trees and grape vines which can make this a challenge, however, with its range of tee options it is playable by golfers of all abilities which makes it a great course for an enjoyable golf break to Cyprus.

Up next we have the five-star Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. The hotel rooms here all boast a private balcony or terrace as well as a flat-screen TV, walk-in closet and other luxury furnishings. This is a very special golf resort and whilst staying here you will experience the height of luxury wherever you go within the resort. The resort boasts many facilities including a shooting centre, water sports, tennis courts as well as a private beach and a fantastic spa facility in which you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst you are here you will never be short of somewhere fantastic to dine as there are seven superb restaurants where you can find anything from seafood to Italian to International cuisines. There are three fabulous golf courses on the resort, each of which offers something different from the last and will complete your luxury golfing experience here.

Hotel Antik is a fantastic, new, four-star hotel situated in the marina of Balchik and is just three minutes’ walk from the beach. All of the rooms here are beautifully designed and fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Within walking distance, you can enjoy a wide variety of different bars and restaurants but the hotel’s on-site restaurant is superb and offers delicious food. With all of this as well as three signature golf courses within a 15 minutes’ drive away it would be hard to find anywhere better for your next golf break.

Another fantastic property located in Balchik is the four-star Hotel Mistral which overlooks the marina and all of the rooms here have stunning views out across the Black Sea. You are only a three minute walk from the beach here and being so close to the marina means that you are never short of somewhere fantastic to eat or drink. However, if you prefer to stay in, you can enjoy local and international dishes at the open-air restaurant at the hotel where you can enjoy views of the marina whilst you eat. This is a stunning hotel in a perfect location being in the centre of the marina but also only 10km from three superb golf courses.

Last but not least, we have two fantastic and unusual golf courses situated in Bulgaria. Thracian Cliffs is considered to be “Gary Player’s gem” and its setting is breathtaking. Every one of the 18 holes runs alongside the coast of the Black Sea and we can guarantee that you will never play a course anything like this one. Although this course seems daunting, with its many different tee positions, it is possible for golfers of all abilities to play and enjoy a round here – even if your golf is poor, the surroundings are anything but! The 7th and 8th holes are particularly tricky where if you are not entirely accurate you will lose your ball very easily. It is a tough course and one where you will have to take a lot of risks (and many might not pay off!) but it is one of a kind and definitely one that has to be on ever discerning golfer’s must-play list!

BlackSeaRama is another Gary Player special. This course is relatively flat, set upon the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea, although the course is flat, being so high means that the wind will affect your play and make scoring close to your handicap very tricky indeed. There are also a fair few water hazards that come into play, especially in the later holes which add to the trickiness of this course. Its finishing hole is the signature hole here, the 18th is a par-3 over the valley and the views are simply breathtaking. This is another spectacular course that you could easily base your holiday around…

We hope that this blog has inspired your next golf break…it isn’t too late to book for this year!