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This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best deals in the Algarve. With cheap flights, stunning beaches, and most importantly, fantastic golf courses, it comes as no surprise that the Algarve is considered to be their favourite European golf destination by many golfers. Also, with many new deals and offers, a golf holiday to the Algarve is an unbeatable option for your next golf escape.

Up first is the Pestana Dom Joao II, a fantastic four-star hotel situated just a stone’s throw away from all five of the Pestana golf courses. At this hotel, golfers could not be in a better position to play some of the golf courses that the Algarve is known so well for. All five of the Pestana golf courses are considered to be some of the best found in the Algarve, and conveniently for guests at the Pestana Dom Joao II, they are all under a twenty-five minute drive away from the hotel, with the exception of the Vila Sol golf course which takes about forty-five minutes by car. Not only is the Pestana Dom Joao II perfectly located for guests to play some of the area’s best golf courses; the hotel is positioned directly on top of one of Alvor’s stunning beaches, and just a few minutes’ walk takes guests into the centre of Alvor with its wide range of bars, restaurants and shops. The Pestana Dom Joao II is not just a great choice for your next golf break in the Algarve due to its unbeatable location; it has a fantastic range of leisure facilities to keep even non-golfers entertained. Guests can enjoy sporting activities, including volleyball and tennis at the hotel, or they can head down to the beach to sunbathe and take a dip in the sea. With a perfect location, impeccable service and spacious guest rooms, the Pestana Dom Joao II is the ideal choice for your next golf break in the Algarve.

For an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday in one of Europe’s most sought-after golf destinations, the Dona Filipa Hotel is the perfect option. This five-star golf hotel is set in the Vale do Lobo resort, home to the Vale do Lobo Royal Course and the Vale do Lobo Ocean Course, so a fantastic round of golf is never far away from guests staying here. To fill their days, guests here can either spend their mornings challenging the greens of the local golf courses, or take a scenic walk down the Vale do Lobo beach, then head into the centre of the Vale do Lobo to its plaza, where guests are met with a range of bars and restaurants for a spot of lunch. Both golfers and non-golfers alike are set to have an unbeatable golf holiday here set in one of the Algarve’s most exclusive golf resort, home to a stunning beach, two fantastic golf courses, and a range of bars, shops, and restaurants. The Dona Filipa Hotel is a five-star hotel in every aspect from its luxury décor in the recently refurbished guest rooms, its impeccable service, and a fantastic range of leisure facilities. The more active guest does not need to ever find a reason to sit still here as there is a wide selection of sporting activities. Alternatively, for guests to relax, they can just head to the resort’s spa for a well-deserved treatment or session in the sauna or one of the Turkish baths. While deals can often change, the Dona Filipa Hotel often gives its non-golfing guests free access to the Vale do Lobo Spa, so even if guests do not play golf, they do not have to miss out on all that the Vale do Lobo Resort has to offer.

Yet another great choice for your next golf holiday in the Algarve includes the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. Just like many of the other hotels in the Algarve, the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set just a stone’s throw away from just one of the several stunning beaches in the Algarve. The Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is the perfect option for all those looking for a relaxing golfing getaway as it has just forty guest rooms and it is set away from some of the busier resorts in the Algarve. Here, guests are in the ideal position to relax and enjoy some fantastic golf in an idyllic setting in the countryside surrounding Monte Gordo. Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can relax in the comforts of the hotel and the neighbouring Praia Verde beach, but they are also still a few minutes’ drive away from the centre of Monte Gordo where they will find a good selection of bars and restaurants for an evening out. While Monte Gordo is just down the road from the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, the hotel is also home to a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant if guests would prefer a quiet night in. Guests at the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel will never find themselves short of things to do or see, whether it be soaking up the sun at the Praia Verde beach or enjoying a walk around Monte Gordo and its beach promenade. Golfers can enjoy a gruelling round of golf at the Quinta do Vale Golf Course, then spend a relaxing afternoon around the swimming pool or in the surrounding hotel gardens. 

Lagos is the biggest town in the western region of the Algarve. It is undoubtedly one of the best golf destinations in the Algarve, and it is not difficult to see why. It is home to a stunning sandy beach, a marina filled with bars and restaurants, and an authentic Portuguese charm that can be difficult to come across in a popular town. The four-star Boavista Golf and Spa Resort is positioned just a short drive away from the centre of Lagos, so a fun evening out on the town is never far away. Golfers and non-golfers alike will find everything they need and more in the Boavista Golf and Spa, including a fantastic championship golf course, the Boavista, as well as tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. If non-golfers decide to take up the game, then the Boavista also has a great range of practice facilities to help amateurs fine-tune their game before the round ahead. Furthermore, both the Espiche Golf Lagos and the Onyria Palmares golf courses are less than a fifteen-minute drive away from the resort, so there are always plenty of options for a great round of golf. The Boavista Golf and Spa Resort is the perfect option for a self-catered golf holiday in the Algarve with its modern apartments. All of the apartments here are nothing less than what one would expect at a four-star resort, and they all include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatable stay. Guests are provided with a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living area, as well as a private balcony to enjoy the surrounding views. Even if guests fancy a night off of cooking duty, the centre of Lagos is less than a ten-minute drive away.

Yet another great choice for your luxury golf holiday in the Algarve is the five-star Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve. The Vidamar Hotel Algarve is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect, ranging from its impeccable service, spacious and modern guest rooms, and its fantastic leisure facilities. While the hotel is large, guests are never without an opportunity to relax and enjoy their golfing holiday. The Vidamar Hotel Algarve offers its guests four outdoor swimming pools, one of which is strictly ‘adults only’, so guests are never without a spot where they can relax. Alternatively, for the ultimate luxury experience, adult guests can head to the MAR Club with its own private pool area and designated sunbeds where guests can expect to receive impeccable service and fantastic facilities. To relax even further, the OSMOS Wellness Centre is a comprehensive spa facility where guests can enjoy a well-deserved massage, treatment or even a session in the ice fountain. The Vidamar Hotel Algarve boasts an unbeatable location, providing stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring Lagoon Nature Reserve. Not only does the Vidamar Hotel Algarve have the perfect location to relax and take in the stunning countryside in the Algarve, but it is also perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the area’s best golf courses. Just next door to the hotel lies the Salgados golf course where golfers can anticipate a gruelling round of golf, or alternatively the Alamamos golf course is just half an hour away by car.

To make the most out of one of the Algarve’s most popular golf destinations, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is an unbeatable option. The hotel is very modern and contemporary in design, so combined with being an adults-only hotel, guests are set to have a relaxing stay. Even for a four-star hotel, the guest rooms here are spacious and include all of the essentials to ensure that all of the guests here have a fantastic stay. All of the guest rooms include a private balcony so that guests are never without an opportunity to appreciate the stunning scenery surrounding the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel, spanning out across the rolling countryside and Tavira. When guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses and exploring the centre of Tavira, they can lounge around one of the two outdoor swimming pools to catch a tan, or they can enjoy a gym session or treatment in the spa. Just a few minutes away on foot from the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel takes guests into the centre of Tavira. Despite the build-up of other popular resorts and towns in the Algarve, Tavira has still maintained its authentic Portuguese charm, making it a go-to destination for a relaxing golf holiday in Portugal. The Maria Nova Lounge Hotel does not just make a great base to explore one of the Algarve’s best towns; it is also just a stone’s throw away from some of the region’s most played golf courses. For example, the hotel is just a ten-minute drive away from the Benamor golf course, the Quinta de Cima golf course, and it is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the Quinta da Ria.

Last but not least is the Tivoli Lagos, a fantastic four-star hotel situated in Lagos, the Algarve’s best town for a lively golf holiday. The Tivoli Lagos is the ideal option for all golfers looking to have an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of sun, sea, and golf. Just a few minutes down the road on foot takes guests into the centre of Lagos with its wide range of bars and restaurants, as well as it’s Old Town’ with its quaint charm and winding cobbled streets. Alternatively, come the evening time, there is a good selection of bars and clubs for a fun night out. The hotel is set back from the coast slightly, but that does not mean that guests need to miss out on one of the Algarve’s best beaches as the hotel runs a shuttle service to and from the Meia Praia Beach, and the hotel even has its own private beach club here. The Onyria Palmares is one of the most played golf courses in the Algarve due to its unique layout and the stern test of golf that it offers. Designed by the world-famous Sir Robert Trent Jones II, one of the most respected golf architects, players here are guaranteed to have a fantastic round of golf, and conveniently for all of the guests at the Tivoli Lagos, this superb golf course is just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel. Aside from its unbeatable location, the Tivoli Lagos would also make a great base for your next golf holiday in the Algarve with its fantastic range of facilities, including a private beach club, an outdoor pool area, a spa facility, as well as several bars and restaurants.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of the best deals in the Algarve. With spectacular golf courses, fantastic hotels and stunning beaches, it is no wonder that the Algarve is one of the most popular golf destinations in Europe, and with regular deals and offers, a golf holiday here is truly an unbeatable option. To keep up to date with the latest deals and offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will ensure that you have your best golf holiday yet.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best packages in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. The Costa de la Luz Cadiz is known for its stunning cities, authentic culture, and great food, making it an unbeatable option for your next golfing getaway with the best highlights thrown in from a city break. The cities here are full to the brim with 16th-century cathedrals and old cobbled streets that all golfers can spend their afternoons meandering around, to then finish off with a late lunch at one of the many tapas bars. Aside from its history, architecture and culture, the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is also a great choice for your next golf holiday in Spain with its fantastic selection of golf hotels and resorts, as well as an abundance of fantastic golf courses. The Costa de la Luz Cadiz is a strong competitor to all the other main golfing areas in Andalusia, and it is known well for its beautiful beaches and world-class golf courses.

First up is the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort, a five-star resort home to the Fairplay Golf Club, making it the ideal choice for a luxury golf holiday in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. Here, guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding Andalusian countryside and the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve. The resort itself is set as a classic white-washed Andalusian town, as the rooms are set apart by cobbled pathways and small squares. In the evenings or on their non-golfing days, guests can head out to Benalup-Casas Viejas, with a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants set across this beautiful town. Or alternatively, if guests are looking to stay local, then they can just make the most out of the resort’s excellent leisure facilities, including the Fairplay SPA, offering a range of treatments and massages. Located on-site to the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is the Fairplay Golf Club, a fantastic golf course designed by the world-renowned golf architect Baron Paul Rolin. The Fairplay Golf Club is easily considered to be one of the most sought-after golf courses in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz, so the opportunity for a round of golf here must not be passed up on. Conveniently for even amateur golfers, the Fairplay Golf Club is playable for golfers with all levels of ability with its spacious fairways and generously large greens. Just like the resort itself, on the golf course, all players can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside so they can enjoy an idyllic round of golf. With one in every eight going free, a package deal here is an unbeatable choice.

The perfect option for all those golfers looking for a golf package holiday in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz which is filled with great golf, a fantastic hotel and stunning beaches is the four-star Iberostar Royal Andalus. Here, guests are in the ideal position to make the most out of the beaches that Andalusia is known so well for, as well as being just a stone’s throw away from both the A Course and the B Course located at the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club. Golfers could not be in a better location to play all five of the golf courses located in the Novo Sancti Petri region, as they are all located within a ten-minute drive of the hotel. Even on their non-golfing days, guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see, as the hotel is just a short walk away from the neighbouring La Barossa beach and the hotel runs a shuttle bus service to Chiclana, a classic small Andalusian seaside town. Alternatively, if golfers decide to not venture outside of the hotel, then they can just walk a minute to the La Barossa beach to catch a tan, or they can lounge around one of the two outdoor swimming pools. Guests also need not worry about there not being a huge range of options to dine out surrounding the hotel as the Iberostar Royal Andalus has an impressive four restaurants and three bars, so guests will never find themselves short of choice. The hotel also offers a fantastic half board or all-inclusive option which always mean great value for money.

Yet another great option for your next luxury golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is the Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel. This five-star hotel is positioned just next door to the Montecastillo Golf, one of the most prestigious golf courses in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz region. The Montecastillo Golf holds a high reputation in Spain as it was the first-ever golf course designed in a classic Spanish layout. Since its opening, the Montecastillo Golf has set the standards for all the future creation of golf courses in Andalusia, and many would say it is wholly responsible for the huge growth of golf here. With a stunning landscape, a unique challenge and its world-class status, it comes as no surprise that Jack Nicklaus has claimed that this golf course is one of his best pieces of work. At the Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel, guests are in the perfect position to enjoy a round of golf at the Montecastillo Golf, as well as explore the neighbouring town of Jerez, which is known for its historic quarter, home to a range of tapas bars serving authentic Spanish cuisine. Not only is the hotel a great choice for all those looking to play the highly sought-after Montecastillo Golf, it is also perfect for couples looking for an idyllic golfing getaway as the hotel has an intimate boutique-style feel to it as it does not have many guest rooms and it is set away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts. There are plenty of opportunities to unwind and relax, whether it be at the in one of the hotel’s garden areas, in the spa, or at the hotel bar enjoying a well-deserved drink.

 

For an unforgettable golf escape filled with sun, sea and golf, then the Elba Costa Ballena Beach and Thalasso Resort is the hotel for you. The resort is set just a stone’s throw away from a long stretch of sandy beach, so guests are never far from an opportunity to catch some rays. Furthermore, the resort has a fantastic golf course on site, the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club. For a classic Spanish layout with a unique twist, then the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club is the perfect golf course for you. The golf course comprises of twenty-seven holes overlooking the neighbouring beach, so all players can enjoy stunning coastal views throughout. The Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club is relatively flat and is generally considered to be easily walkable, so it is the perfect golf course for amateurs to fine-tune their game, but by no means is this golf course boring. Aside from a fantastic golf course on-site, the Elba Costa Ballena Beach and Thalasso Resort is also a great accommodation option for your next golf break in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz due to its impeccable service, spacious guest rooms and range of leisure facilities. Furthermore, a regular feature of a package deal with the Elba Costa Bellena Beach and Thalasso Resort is a semi-all-inclusive boarding option. The resort is home to a restaurant located in the centre of the resort and down at the beach, as well as a few bars, so this boarding option offers great value for money.

The Hacienda Montenmedio is yet another fantastic golf resort located on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. Set in the heart of the rolling hills in the countryside, guests here can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway and beautiful views throughout the hotel. The Hacienda Montenmedia is the perfect option for all those looking to escape all the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday to set back in a secluded yet natural location to enjoy some truly fantastic golf. Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds here as they are not totally secluded; just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel lies Vejer de la Frontera, a classic whitewashed town with many options for a meal out or an evening stroll. Alternatively, if guests are more interested in catching some rays, then a fantastic beach is just fifteen minutes away from the hotel. The Hacienda Montenmedio is home to an excellent range of facilities so that guests will never find themselves short of things to do, even when they are taking a break from challenging the greens at the Montenmedia Golf and Country Club. This par-72 golf course is kept in immaculate condition throughout the year, so it is playable all year. Furthermore, with a wide range of tee-off options, all golfers are accommodated for, regardless of their skillset or handicap. Aside from the golf course located on-site, the hotel has a great range of facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, surrounding garden areas and the MNAC Contemporary Art Museum is also located just next door.

Set slightly away from the centre of Seville is the new four-star Hotel Sevilla Green Suites. Seville is without a doubt one of the best cities located in southern Spain, home to beautiful architecture, culture and history. Guests here could spend days meandering around the cobbled streets to explore the best tapas bars and cafes. With the centre of the city just twenty minutes away by car, the Hotel Sevilla Green Suites offers the perfect medley of golf, sun, and culture. The Hotel Sevilla Green Suites does not just have a great location to explore the captivating city of Seville, but it is also perfectly positioned for golfers to play the world-class Real Club Sevilla Golf. This fantastic golf course is located literally across the road from the hotel, and it is known amongst all golfers that frequent in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz as one of the region’s showpieces for golf. Players must not be too distracted by the stunning views across the Guadaira River as they must anticipate a stern test of golf here. For an unforgettable round of golf on your next golf break in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz, the Real Club Sevilla Golf is an unmissable golf course.

Last but not least is the Iberostar Selection Andalucía Playa, yet another fantastic accommodation option for an unforgettable golf escape in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz filled with sun, sea and golf. This hotel is five-star in every aspect, and it was recently renovated in 2018, so guests are guaranteed a truly luxurious stay. The guest rooms here are especially spacious, even for a five-star resort. They all offer stunning views of the neighbouring golf course or hotel gardens, and with all of the modern essentials included, guests are sure to have a fantastic stay. Furthermore, even on their non-golfing days or whether the guest is a non-golfer, there is still plenty for them to do. Furthermore, the hotel has three fantastic restaurants on site, so their half-board accommodation option offers great value for money. Located just a five-minute drive away from the Iberostar Selection Andalucía Playa are the 36 holes located at the Novo Santi Petri Golf Club, so guests are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf. The A Course at the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club offers an invigorating round as it forces all players to utilise each and every club in their arsenal. The neighbouring B Course is just as challenging; however, the terrain here is generally flatter. Both golf courses were designed by the world-renowned golf architect Seve Ballesteros, so a fantastic round of golf is guaranteed.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best packages for a great golf holiday on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. With plenty of short-haul budget flights available and regular deals on offer, a package deal here is too good to pass up on. 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 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 some of Italy’s best golf courses and hotels. Italy is a favourite European golfing destination with its stunning countryside, cultural cities and most importantly, fantastic golf courses. A golf holiday here can easily be combined with a city break or even a beach getaway on one of the many stunning coastal areas. While a golf holiday in Italy normally demands a higher and a more flexible budget, it is fair to say that the quality on offer for both the accommodation and golf is well worth the price. All of the golf courses and hotels featured in this blog would make an unbeatable option for your next golf escape to Italy. For an unforgettable golf break with culture, fantastic food, excellent golf and luxury hotels, Italy is a great option.

 

First up is the Golf Club Bologna, located in the highly sought-after region of Emilia Romagna. The Golf Club Bologna is one of the original golf courses in Italy, responsible for the country’s fantastic reputation in the golfing world. On this golf course, players can truly appreciate the stunning Italian countryside with sweeping panoramic views across the neighbouring rolling hills of Bologna. This classic Italian golf course is situated in the heart of the hills surrounding Bologna, and it has recently undergone renovations so that the golf course could maintain its high standards while retaining its original charm. While the golf course itself here is the main attraction, the golf club restaurant is rumoured to be of a particularly high standard, and it has even been rated in the top ten golf club restaurants in the whole of Italy on multiple occasions.

This par 72 is widely considered to be a must-play golf course for any serious player on their next golf holiday in Italy. This golf course is not just known for its beautiful views; it is a golf course that players frequently return to in search for an invigorating round of golf on a truly unique layout. The architects of the Golf Club Bologna, Cotton and Harris, succeeded in their aims to utilise the natural landscape’s terrain to create a fantastic layout that can accommodate all golfers. This excellent golf course has hosted the Italian Amateur Championships multiple times, which hardly comes as surprising with its great reputation and impeccable condition.

For a luxury golfing getaway in Sicily, a beautiful region in the Italian countryside, the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa is a fantastic option. The resort is set next door to the Il Picciolo Golf Club, set deep in the rolling hills of Mount Etna National Park. The Mount Etna National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage, and it is widely considered to be one of Italy’s best treasures. Alternatively, when guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways of the local golf courses, they can tour some of the best-known wine vineyards in Sicily. Aside from its fantastic location to help guests make the most out of the Italian countryside, the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa is also an excellent accommodation option with its luxury guest rooms and range of leisure facilities including an extensive spa facility and a large outdoor swimming pool.

Conveniently for guests at the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa, a fantastic round of golf is never far away. The Il Picciolo Golf Club is located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. This golf club was designed by one of the most prestigious golf architects in Italy, Luigi Rota Carenmoli, so a great round of golf is basically guaranteed. Just like the resort, the golf club is set next to the stunning landscapes of the Mount Etna National Park, meaning golfers can enjoy beautiful views throughout their round. Despite the creation of other modern golf courses in the Sicilian golf courses, the Il Picciolo Golf Club has never failed to attract golfers back to play year after year. Golfers can enjoy a stern test of golf here with a unique and tight layout that is sure to test every aspect of their game.

 

Another great accommodation option for a luxury golf holiday in Italy is the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, situated in an idyllic position on the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. The resort boasts an ideal location, just a stone’s throw away from one of the many stunning beaches that Southern Italy is known so well for. At this resort, golfers can easily combine their golf break in Italy with many cultural excursions, including the well-known Basilica di Santa Croce. If the location of this fantastic resort is not enough to draw in the likes of golfers, then the guest rooms and leisure facilities are sure to sway them. All of the guest rooms here give guests the opportunity to fully appreciate the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa’s beautiful setting in the Puglia countryside. Aside from the neighbouring Acaya Golf Club, the resort is home to a wide selection of leisure facilities including two outdoor swimming pools and a large spa facility, giving guests the opportunity to completely relax.

The Acaya Golf Club offers players a great round of golf in a stunning setting in the Puglia region. This golf course is not for the faint-hearted, but with multiple tee-off options, even amateurs will not have to miss out on the golf course’s beautiful landscapes and unique layout. The Acaya Golf Club is known for its several tricky holes that force golfers to carefully select their next club or iron in order to maintain a steady scorecard. While its stunning landscape creates multiple beautiful panoramic views throughout, it can also add to the challenge at hand. Players must manoeuvre their shots across the dense areas of forest and greenery, as well as an abundance of water hazards that are generally found more on the back nine. While the most stunning views can be found on the front nine holes here, players are swiftly thrown into the challenge in the back nine where they will find their skills tested the most.

 

One of the most luxurious accommodation options in Italy includes the Borgo Egnazia, an architecturally beautiful hotel located in close proximity to Lecce. In Lecce, guests can find a great range of bars and authentic Italian restaurants to serve every taste and budget, as well as many cultural excursions, including the Castle of Charles V. The hotel is a sight in itself with its stunning architecture set out like a traditional village, overlooking the neighbouring rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see here with a wide range of luxury leisure facilities, including an impressive four swimming pools, creating the perfect setting for guests to truly relax and soak up the Italian sun. Guests are provided with the ideal opportunity to indulge in relaxation at the hotel’s award-winning spa, the Vair. After a round of golf at the San Domenico Golf, guests are sure to need a good relaxation session! The San Domenico is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Italy, and the challenge it presents to even the most experienced of golfers is said to be unmatched. Conveniently for golfers staying at the Borgo Egnazia, an unforgettable round of golf here is never far from reach.

The Borgo Egnazia is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect, and this does not stop at its restaurants. Lecce is just down the road from this hotel, home to a wide range of Italian restaurants. However, if guests decide to have a relaxed evening and stay local, then they are still guaranteed to have a fantastic meal at the hotel’s Due Camini restaurant, a Michelin-starred restaurant. After a great meal, guests will not struggle to find an idyllic setting for a well-deserved nightcap as the hotel is home to three great bars serving a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks.

 

The Bogogno Golf Resort is yet another new addition to the fantastic range of accommodation on offer in Italy. Ideal for golfers, the Bogogno Golf Resort is home to two spectacular golf courses, the Del Conte and the Bonora. Both of these golf courses offer a stern test of golf across a stunning landscape with panoramic views of the Lake Maggiore, and the best part is that they are only a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Here, golfers can truly take in the peace and idyllic atmosphere of the Italian countryside, away from all of the hustle and bustle of Milan, located just an hour’s drive away. Alternatively, the Golf Club Castelconturbia is also just a ten-minute drive away from the resort, so it is fair to say that golfers here are in the best position to enjoy all the golf that Italy has to offer.

The location of the Bogogno Golf Resort is not its only attraction; the hotel offers a personal boutique-style stay with just fifty guest rooms. The guest rooms here are particularly spacious, even for a four-star hotel. All of the guest rooms have a private balcony where guests can enjoy stunning views across the two golf courses next door and Lake Maggiore. Guests can have a truly relaxing golfing getaway here with the hotel’s fantastic leisure facilities including an excellent spa facility, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and private tennis courts. In the afternoon, after a gruelling round of golf in the morning, guests can have some ‘R and R’ lounging around the adults’ only swimming pool. In the evening, after a great meal at the hotel restaurant, guests can enjoy a well-deserved drink on the roof terrace overlooking the Monte Rosa.

 

Last but not least is the Mare Pineta Resort, the perfect option for a relaxing golfing getaway for all those looking to enjoy some of the excellent golf that Italy has to offer. The Mare Pineta Resort is a popular choice for golfers looking for an unforgettable golfing getaway comprising of sun, sea and of course, fantastic golf. The hotel is set in an idyllic pine forest, just a few minutes’ walk away from the beach where the resort has its own private stretch of coastline with designated sun loungers, a bar and parasols. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds, located a short distance away from the beach and the lively tourist centre of Cervia where guests can find a wide range of bars and restaurants to suit every budget and preference. Alternatively, if guests fancy a more relaxed evening and decide to stay local, then the hotel has a great restaurant in the resort and another located at the beach with a sun terrace overlooking the sea.

The Mare Pineta Resort is five-star in every aspect, from its leisure facilities, private beach club, and modern guest rooms. The resort offers guests a range of rooms, suites and apartments, all luxuriously furnished and with all of the modern necessities one would expect at a five-star resort. The apartments are perfect for families or small golfing groups as they can accommodate for up to five guests. However, the resort’s beach club is arguably its main selling point, with designated sunbeds and ‘Bali beds’, as well as a restaurant and lounge bar area. Here, guests can understand the popularity of Italian coastal regions with such easy access to the neighbouring stunning beach. Alternatively, if guests would prefer a more upbeat golf holiday, then the resort will definitely have something for them with several private tennis courts and a tennis club for tuition.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog highlighting Italy’s best golf and its most luxurious resorts and hotels. Italy is a fantastic option for your next golf break in Europe with great food, stunning beaches, luxury resorts and most importantly, world-class golf courses. For all those looking for an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of sun, sea and golf, then Italy is certainly the unbeatable option for you. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best South African golf experiences. South Africa has frequently been labelled ‘a world in one country’, and it is hardly difficult to see how or why with its fantastic capital city and unique provinces with their own distinct cultures and characteristics. The Western Cape, home to the capital city Cape Town, is known for its wine vineyards and Boulders Beach. Alternatively, the Eastern Cape is home to some of the best golf courses in the country, including both the Fancourt and the Oubaai golf courses. To truly experience the all stunning scenery that South Africa has to offer, then golfers should head to either Mpumalanga or Kwa Zulu Natal. However, the Rovos Rail experience normally steals centre stage as it enables all golfers to experience the best highlights of South African golf and culture. Yet whatever golfers choose to do, they are guaranteed to have an unforgettable golf escape in one of the world’s most diverse and captivating countries.

The Rovos Rail is one of the most sought-after golf experiences with options ranging from 48 hours to 15 days, spanning across South Africa’s key areas in a golf safari. The train accommodates just 76 people, and the guest rooms range from a comfortable 76 square feet to the lavish Royal Suites that measure out to 172 square feet. This golf safari does not just provide players with an opportunity to play some of the country’s best golf courses, but they can also enjoy some of the country’s key sites and attractions, so it would be an unforgettable experience for even non-golfers. The Rovos Rail offers travellers the perfect mix of both golf and safari experiences, including the Addo Elephant Park, the famous KWV Brandy Distillery, and the stunning Kruger National Park. This golf safari truly provides a one in a lifetime experience, and it is without a doubt one of the best experiences that South Africa has to offer. The Rovos Rail is the perfect option for all those that want to experience the country’s best golf without missing any of the culture or beauty in between. It offers all of its guests a luxury golf holiday experience with impeccable service, fantastic facilities, and most importantly, unbeatable golf.

Another excellent option for an unforgettable golf experience in South Africa is the Fancourt Hotel, a five-star luxury golf hotel set in the heart of the Western Cape. There are just 115 guest rooms at the Fancourt Hotel, meaning guests can enjoy an intimate and personalised stay while they experience some of the country’s best golf. The Fancourt is one of the best-known golf hotels in South Africa due to its two fantastic golf courses located on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua. The Fancourt Hotel and its two golf courses are situated on the Garden Route, meaning its guests and golfers will never find themselves without stunning panoramic views of some of South Africa’s most stunning landscapes. Both of the Fancourt golf courses were designed by Gary Player, so players are guaranteed an unforgettable round of golf. Guests will never find themselves short of things to do, even when they are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses. They can make the most out of the Fancourt’s setting in the centre of the Garden Route with day excursions to its best sites, or they can take a trip to the Knysna Waterfront, one of the most beautiful areas in the Garden Route. Or alternatively, guests can make the most out of the hotel’s luxurious facilities, including a fantastic spa area or the hotel’s four swimming pools.

Another fantastic hotel located in the Western Cape is the Arabella Hotel and Spa with its beautiful setting overlooking a neighbouring lagoon and the well-known Arabella golf course, one of the best ranking golf courses in South Africa. The final 18th hole at the Arabella golf course has even been voted the best closing whole in the country, so its impeccable quality never goes unnoticed. The Arabella Hotel and Spa is the perfect luxury hotel for all those looking to fully indulge in the five-star relaxation and enjoy a well-deserved golfing getaway. The hotel is home to an excellent spa facility with a huge range of treatments and massages to ensure that all guests have their most relaxing golf holiday yet. Other leisure facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, tennis courts and a large outdoor swimming pool area. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious with modern décor and a bright interior. If its guests can tear themselves away from the hotel’s fantastic facilities, then they can make the most out of the Western Cape’s main attractions, including wine tasting, great white shark watching and the local national parks.

Despite the Pearl Valley Hotel being a relatively new addition to the great collection of luxury hotels in the Western Cape, it has already earnt itself a fantastic reputation for a five-star golf hotel. The hotel is situated in the Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate which is also home to the prestigious Pearl Valley Golf Course, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus. The Pearl Valley Golf Course boasts a fantastic reputation, and its impeccable greens never go unnoticed; for three consecutive years, the golf course was awarded the Best Conditioned Golf Course in South Africa. Golfers can make the most out of the Pearl Valley’s stunning setting throughout their round here, as the holes wind through the neighbouring mountains, creating both an invigorating challenge and a beautiful landscape throughout. The hotel itself is set in the heart of three of best-known wine land routes in the Cape province, including Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, so a fantastic day excursion is never far from reach. Alternatively, the hotel offers its guests an excellent range of leisure facilities so they will never find themselves short of things to do, even if they do not fancy a round of golf. For a relaxing afternoon, guests can enjoy a cocktail in the sun around the outdoor swimming pool, or for the more active guest, they can take advantage of the 42 kilometres of mountain bike routes surrounding the hotel in the neighbouring vineyards.

Located just a forty-minute drive away from Cape Town in the heart of the Western Cape lies the Erinvale Estate Hotel. The hotel has just 57 guest rooms, meaning it is the perfect option for all those looking for great facilities with the perks of a boutique-style hotel. With a Gary Player-designed golf course on-site, an excellent spa facility and a great position located just a twenty-minute drive away from Stellenbosch, one of the most vibrant towns in the Western Cape, at the Erinvale Estate Hotel, guests are guaranteed an unforgettable stay. Guests here are in the perfect position to enjoy all of the fantastic experiences that the Western Cape has to offer, including olive picking, mountain biking, and of course, wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards. The guest rooms here offer its guests an unbeatably comfortable stay with modern décor and all of the amenities they could ever need. They are set around the hotel’s lush gardens and the courtyard with a large water fountain and a relaxing ambience. At the Erinvale Estate Hotel, players are guaranteed a relaxing stay so they are well rested to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses, including the Erinvale Golf Course. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf here with a contrasting front and back nine holes; the front nine are widely considered to be more challenging of the pair, but the back nine offers the best views across the False Bay.

The Western Cape is known for its beautiful beaches, huge nature parks and lush forests. At the five-star Oubaai Resort and Spa, guests are in the perfect position to make the most of all the Western Cape has to offer. The hotel is situated on the Garden Route which stretches from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean right up to the heights of the Outeniqua Mountains. With just one-hundred guest rooms, guests can enjoy a relaxing and personal stay to appreciate the resort’s impeccable service. There are 8 kilometres of hiking trails surrounding the resort, as well as a fitness centre, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and an excellent spa centre, so guests will never find their days to have an empty itinerary. The resort is home to a signature restaurant, the Waterside Grill, with show cooking and al fresco dining on an outdoor terrace overlooking the neighbouring Oubaai Golf Club. The Oubaai Golf Club is home to a traditional links layout which boasts stunning views across the neighbouring Outeniqua Mountains. The Oubaai Golf Club is a consistent favourite amongst golfers in South Africa due to its forgiving landing areas and stunning backdrop views of the Indian Ocean. With a unique layout, a good mix of short and long par fours and threes and impeccable maintenance, it is fair to say that Ernie Els succeeded in creating one of the most sought-after golf courses in the whole of South Africa.

Last but not least is the Cascades at Sun City, a five-star resort situated in the Northern Province of South Africa. The Northern Province is known for the famous Sun City and the Kruger National Park, as well as some fantastic golf courses. Perfect for those with a nasty case of the winter blues, the Northern Province boasts the best climate with reliable warm weather and sunshine throughout the majority of the year. Furthermore, with some of the country’s best national parks, a golf holiday to the Northern Province of South Africa could easily be combined with a safari holiday to create a holiday of a lifetime. Out of the most popular five-star hotels, the Cascades at Sun City is the most suitable for families with a range of facilities and services for younger guests, as well as specialised family guest rooms. Its main outdoor swimming pool is set in a faux sandy beach area, and the hotel also has a fantastic range of restaurants so guests will never find themselves short of options for a relaxing evening meal. The hotel is conveniently located on the edge of the final 18th hole of the Gary Player Country Club, with a unique location next to an extinct volcano. With a classic parkland layout, beautiful views across the neighbouring Pilanesburg National Park and US PGA standard maintenance, it comes as no surprise that the Gary Player Country Club is consistently ranked in the Top 5 Golf Courses in South Africa.

Here at Golf Escapes, we have tailored a fantastic experiences package consisting of the best attractions of golf that South Africa has on offer. The package is 14 nights long with six rounds of golf at six of the best golf courses, including the Pearl Valley Golf Estates and the De Zalze Golf Estate. For an unforgettable golf escape set in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and South Africa’s famous Winelands, this package is an unbeatable option. South Africa truly has everything any golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; unbeatable golf courses, luxury hotels, stunning landscapes and rich history. The package’s grand finale includes seven nights in the five-star Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, one of the most luxurious hotels we offer.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of South Africa’s best experiences. All seven of these options provide all golfers with the perfect opportunity to enjoy a golf holiday of a lifetime in one of the world’s most diverse countries. With a variety of regions and provinces, South Africa truly has something for anyone and everyone. The main beauty with a golf holiday in South Africa is that there is so much more to it than golf; a golf break can easily be combined with a safari experience. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf residences we offer. While the golf courses are just one aspect of any good golf holiday, the accommodation itself is a huge attraction. All seven of these golf residences offer their guests the most luxurious stay, and of course, they are all in close proximity to some of the best golf courses that Golf Escapes offer. Any one of these residences is sure to provide you with an impeccable stay with their excellent facilities, impeccable service and direct access to some fantastic golf.

The Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus is widely regarded as one of the best golf courses in Europe, and conveniently for all of the guests at the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences, this fantastic golf course is just next door. With fantastic facilities, a world-class golf course and an ideal location, it comes as no surprise that the Aphrodite Hills Resort was named the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year’ in 2018 at the IAGTO Awards. When its guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus, they can enjoy one of the many leisure facilities on offer at the resort. The resort has its own tennis academy and Zias Beach Club where guests can go to make the most out of the sun on some of Europe’s most stunning beaches. There is a wide range of self-catered accommodation options at the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences. Smaller groups and couples can opt for a luxury apartment, whereas families and larger golfing groups can splash out on a villa with their own private swimming pool. If guests choose to not make the most out of the self-catered option and choose to venture out to the centre of Paphos, then they can do so with ease as the resort runs a complimentary shuttle service to Paphos. Here, they will find a huge range of bars and restaurants, as well as some truly stunning beaches. Alternatively, the resort is home to an impressive eighteen restaurants, so guests here will never find themselves short of options.

The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is the ideal accommodation option for all golfers wanting to make the most out of Portugal’s best golf course, the Monte Rei. This fantastic golf course boasts a classic Jack Nicklaus design which can be enjoyed by all players, regardless of their skillset or handicap. Recently the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club announced that they have commissioned the design of a second Nicklaus golf course at the resort which has come as music to the ears of many. While the Monte Rei Golf Course is obviously the main attraction of the resort, it also offers its guests an excellent range of facilities including tennis courts, a spa centre, swimming pools and a fully-equipped fitness centre. The resort is renowned for its luxurious villas, all of which are furnished in classic Portuguese décor with large outdoor terraces so that all guests can make the most out of the resort’s stunning views. Despite being in a large resort, guests never feel ‘locked in’ or isolated here due to the resort’s excellent position in close proximity to some of the region’s main towns where they can really appreciate Portuguese culture. Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas are all popular towns located in the Eastern Algarve, and conveniently for guests at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, they are all located within a 25-minute drive away from the resort. Not only does this give them plenty of options for things to do during the day, but it also means that if they choose to have a night off cooking duty then they do not have to travel far for a great meal. However, the resort also has three restaurants, one of which is included in the Michelin Restaurant Guide for Portugal, so at least one meal in the resort is cannot be missed.

The Bom Sucesso Resort is situated just a fifteen-minute drive away from the stunning town of Obidos, and on-site to one of the best golf courses on the Silver Coast, the Guardian Bom Sucesso. This beautiful golf course was designed by one of the world’s best golf course designers, Donald Steel, therefore players are guaranteed a fantastic round of golf before they even set foot on the first green. In recent years the Bom Sucesso Resort has come under new ownership, therefore the golf course and the resort itself underwent major renovations so it could reach its maximum potential. To warm-up for the game ahead, guests at the resort can make use of the fantastic golf academy and driving range. Other leisure facilities at the resort include tennis and paddle courts, and the resort is also just a short drive away Obidos Lagoon, the perfect spot for sailing and windsurfing. The Bom Sucesso Resort is home to a huge range of apartments and villas all varying in size and design. The resort was designed by many different architects so that very few villas are the same, however, their luxurious features are consistent. All of the villas have their own outdoor swimming area and outdoor terraces so that guests can make the most out of stunning views across the golf course. Many of the villas back onto the golf course, so a fantastic round of golf is never far away. All of the apartments and villas are very modern in their design and furnishings, with clean white interior and lots of open space.

The La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a fantastic self-catered accommodation option located in the heart of Murcia, one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe. The resort benefits from its own micro-climate, therefore its guests can benefit from sunshine an impressive three hundred days a year! This resort is certainly the ideal option for those looking for a golfing getaway with guaranteed sunshine and of course, some fantastic golf. On-site to the La Manga Club Resort are the three award-winning golf courses, the North, South and West golf courses. With three excellent golf courses just next door, golfers will never find themselves short of opportunities for an unforgettable round of golf. Even for non-golfers, the La Manga Resort has a great range of options including swimming pools, a huge spa centre, tennis courts and a gym. Just like the name of the resort implies, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is set out just like a village comprising of large townhouses or spacious apartments. The resort has been awarded four stars, however, the accommodation here is particularly spacious. All of the villas and apartments are luxuriously furnished and include all of the essentials to provide its guests with a fantastic stay. Furthermore, all of the accommodation options here have a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare meals, as well as a separate lounge area and dining table. Should guests decide to have a night off cooking if they are feeling a bit lazy, then they need not have to travel far for a fantastic meal. The La Manga Resort is home to ten restaurants and two cafes, so guests will never find themselves short of options.

Situated in the heart of the Costa Blanca in the popular tourist destination Alicante is the Las Colinas Residences, located next door to the prestigious Las Colinas Golf and Country Club. The resort is also located just a stone’s throw away from Torrevieja, a fantastic city with a great atmosphere, stunning beaches and a huge range of bars and restaurants. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds situated away from the busy hustle and bustle of the popular resorts in Spain, but they still have plenty of options of things to see and do just a short drive away. Of course, the main attraction of the Las Colinas Residences is the golf; the Las Colinas Golf and Country Club is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Spain, and conveniently for guests at the Las Colinas Residences, this fantastic golf course is just next door. If golf is not the priority of guests here, then that is no problem as the resort offers other excellent leisure facilities to keep all of its guests busy. To make the most out of the sun, guests can lounge around the large outdoor swimming pool, or they can enjoy a game of tennis or paddle tennis. The resort offers its guests an excellent range of villas and apartments, all of which are fully-furnished with all of the essentials for a great self-catered holiday. They are feature modern furnishings and include outdoor seating areas on a terrace so that guests can enjoy the resort’s beautiful setting throughout their stay.

The Amendoeira Golf Resort is undoubtedly one of the best golf residences in the Algarve, situated just a stone’s throw away from two of the region’s golf courses, the Amendoeira Faldo and the O’Connor Jnr Golf Courses. Both of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf, making the Amendoeira Golf Resort an unbeatable option for a ‘stay and play’ golf holiday in Portugal. The Amendoeira Golf Resort is also home to an excellent range of sports facilities aside from the golf course. To keep active, its guests can make use of the resort’s private tennis courts and football pitches, as well as the resort’s fully-equipped gym. The resort is decorated in a stunning Moroccan theme with unique stone architecture. The resort offers prospective guests an excellent range of accommodation, ranging from luxury apartments to spacious villas. The lounge areas in the apartments and villas are particularly large, and all accommodation here overlooks the two neighbouring golf courses, so they are provided with beautiful views throughout. They all include all of the necessities for a self-catered holiday, but if guests choose to venture outside of the resort for a meal, then Silves is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel. Silves is a quaint Portuguese town which has retained its authentic character and charm despite the development of other tourist areas in the Algarve. Here, visitors can spend hours meandering around the quaint cobbled streets to discover some of the town’s best traditional restaurants and bars.

The Hunter Lodges at the Celtic Manor Resort are arguably the best golf residences in the United Kingdom. The lack of sun here compared to some of the other golf residences in Europe is compensated for in its luxurious features and fantastic golf. The Hunter Lodges comprises of a range of four-bedroom houses which overlook the neighbouring golf courses at the Celtic Manor Resort. These houses are ideal for those looking for a self-catered luxury golf break where they can indulge in five-star service and facilities. All of the houses come with their own private outdoor hot tub where they can spend their evenings overlooking the resort’s beautiful scenery. The houses are modern in their interior design with wide and open spaces, as well as luxurious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All of the bedrooms here have king-size beds and televisions, and the houses even come with their own indoor sauna. The kitchens are notably spacious and well-equipped so that guests can prepare their own meals with ease. With five-star facilities and luxurious features, the Hunter Lodges at the Celtic Manor Resort are the ideal option for all those looking for an unforgettable self-catered golf break without the fuss of flying abroad. Aside from the several award-winning golf courses at the Celtic Manor Resort, the resort has plenty of things for its guests to see and do. Cardiff city centre is just a half an hour’s drive away from the resort, where there is a huge range of nightlife, a historic castle and restaurants. Alternatively, guests can make the most out of the resort’s naturistic setting and enjoy hikes through the woods and mountain biking.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best golf residences. All seven of these resorts are the ideal choice for those looking for a relaxed golf holiday without the effort of having to go out to eat. If you are still having trouble being persuaded that a self-catered golf holiday is the right choice for you, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.