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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best hotels and resorts with the best spa facilities and golf courses. For the perfect golf escape, golfers need to find the perfect balance between getting some well-deserved ‘R and R’ and challenging the greens of the local golf courses, and luckily for golfers, all eight of these hotels and resorts offer just that.

First up is the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, a fantastic hotel situated in one of Europe’s top luxury golf holiday destinations, Vilamoura. Golfers continue to flock to Vilamoura year after year in huge numbers with its great climate, superb golf courses and its well-known marina. Just a ten-minute drive away from the Hilton Vilamoura takes guests into the centre of Vilamoura where they can enjoy a spot of leisurely lunch around the marina, or alternatively enjoy some well-deserved retail therapy at one of the many upmarket shops on offer. Vilamoura is a great destination for all those looking to enjoy the finer things in life, including some fantastic golf. The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort could not make it easier for its guests to enjoy all of the fantastic golf that is on offer in Vilamoura as the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the local golf courses. The hotel is positioned just across from the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course, so a great round of golf is never far away. For guests to unwind after challenging the greens of the local golf courses, they can head to the Falesia Beach which the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to in the summer season, or alternatively, guests can just make the most out of the hotel’s excellent facilities. The hotel’s 7Seven Spa is said to be the biggest spa in Portugal, so the guests here are in a great position to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in the spa’s unique water tunnel experience.

Another great resort for the perfect golf and spa escape is the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. The resort is set in the beautiful rolling hills of the South of France’s countryside, so guests can enjoy beautiful views throughout the resort during their stay, as well as an unbeatably idyllic atmosphere. Just to add to the resort’s idyllic atmosphere, the layout is set like a village of small villas with just 115 suites and villas, so there is the perfect boutique-hotel feel. The service here is impeccable, and with so many great facilities and a relaxing atmosphere, meaning Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf is an unbeatable option for your next golf escape. The excellent quality of the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf has not gone unnoticed in the travel industry; the Terre Blanch Hotel Spa Golf Resort was voted the Golf Resort of the Year in 2013, and more recently awarded the World’s Leading Golf and Villa Resort in 2019. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf is the perfect resort for both a golf escape and a spa retreat with a comprehensive spa facility on-site, as well as two spectacular golf courses. Both the Le Chateau Course and the Le Riou Course at Terre Blanche are widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the French Riviera region, and conveniently for all golfers looking to challenge its greens, they are located onsite at the resort. Aside from its fantastic golf courses, the resort’s best facility is its spa centre with 14 treatment rooms, a private terrace, and a wide range of facilities to help guests relax.

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the ideal choice for all those looking for the perfect mix of sun, sea, and spa. This four-star hotel boasts an ideal coastal location positioned on a stunning white sandy beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to catch a tan and make the most out of one of the beautiful beaches that Portugal is known so well for. All of the guest rooms here are spacious and modern in design, and they are all facing the coast, so beautiful sea views can be enjoyed by the whole hotel. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is not just ideally located to make the most out of the region’s stunning beaches; it is also ideally located to make the most out of exploring one of the region’s most charming coastal towns, home to a great range of bars, restaurants and shops. Once guests here have had enough of lounging on the neighbouring beach or exploring Sesimbra, they can focus their sights on playing some of the region’s best golf courses. Both of the Aroeira golf courses are located just a forty-minute drive away from the hotel, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. To relax after a gruelling round of golf, guests can head to the spa for a well-deserved session of ‘R and R’ with a massage or treatment. Alternatively, the more active guest can head to the outdoor swimming pool for a swim or a session in the gym.

Yet another great choice for your next golf and spa escape in the Lisbon region is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a stunning five-star hotel located in Estoril, one of the region’s most sought-after towns. Estoril is one of Portugal’s most upmarket areas, but it is fair to say that a golf escape here is worth every penny with the great weather, beautiful beach, and charming town. This luxury destination is widely considered to be among one of Europe’s best golf destinations, and it is not difficult to see why. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests are in the perfect position to make the most out of all that Estoril can offer as it is set just a stone’s throw away from the centre of town where there is a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a stunning sandy beach. The hotel opened its doors in the 1930s, but it has still maintained all of its charms throughout its stunning architecture and décor. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa’s beautiful décor has never gone unnoticed; the hotel was the setting for a scene in a well-known James Bond film. The hotel’s best facility to help its guests unwind has to be the Estoril Wellness Centre with various treatment rooms, a Pilates and yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. For all guests looking for a leisurely round of golf, there is no need to look far, as the Golf do Estoril is set just a five-minute drive up the road.

Perfect for all those who are looking to stay local on their next golf escape, but they are still looking to enjoy some spectacular golf, the East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is a great option. The East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect choice for golfers who do not want to have to deal with the cost and stress of flying and going abroad, as they can still play some superb golf and enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’. The resort is set in the heart of the English countryside, so guests can enjoy an unbeatably idyllic golfing getaway, but the resort is still perfectly positioned next to great transport links, so it is highly accessible for all prospective guests. The hotel is relatively small in size, with all of the guest rooms overlooking the stunning rolling hills of the South Downs and the two neighbouring golf courses, the East Sussex National East Course and the East Sussex National West Course. Both of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf which can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps. However, golf is not the only thing that the East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa offers its guests; it also boasts an excellent spa facility to help all guests unwind on their golfing getaway. The Horsted Spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages to guests should they choose to indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’.

The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a consistent favourite amongst all golfers, and it is hardly difficult to see why with its fantastic facilities, impeccable service, and most importantly, its spectacular golf course located on-site. This resort is truly five-stars in every aspect, ranging from its spacious and modern guest rooms to its comprehensive spa facility. Set in the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve, guests here can enjoy beautiful views across the surrounding landscapes, as well as the superb golf course next door. The Fairplay Golf Club was designed by the world-renowned golf architect Baron Paul Rolin, and with its generous fairways and well-thought-out layout, it welcomes golfers of all handicaps and skill. Perfect for all golfers who are looking to challenge the greens of the Fairplay Golf Club, this fantastic golf course is located on-site, so a fantastic round of golf is never far from reach. However, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is not just perfectly located to enjoy one of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz’s best golf courses; it is also perfectly located to explore one of the region’s most charming towns. Benalup is home to a good range of bars, restaurants and shops to suit all budgets and preferences, and it is located just a twenty-minute walk away from the resort. If the guests here want to stay local and relax, then the resort is also home to a great range of facilities to help them do just that. Guests can lounge around the outdoor swimming pool, or head to the Fairplay SPA, one of the most luxurious spas in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz.

The Quinta do Lago Resort has often been described as the ‘California of Europe’ with its beautiful beaches and warm climate, meaning it is a top option for your next golf break in the Algarve. The Conrad Algarve is a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of this resort, home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, stunning 18th-century architecture, and great service. The Quinta do Lago offers absolutely everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape; world-class golf courses, stunning beaches, and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops to suit all preferences and budgets. Both of the Vale do Lobo golf courses and both of the Quinta do Lago golf courses are just a stone’s throw away from the Conrad Algarve, so a superb round of golf is never far from reach. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms here are especially modern in design, providing the perfect base for guests to relax. Arguably the Conrad Algarve’s best facility is its world-class spa, the Conrad Spa, home to an infinity pool, a private lounge, as well as an extensive menu of treatments and massages.

Last but not least is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, a coastal golf resort positioned in the heart of the Costa Navarino. With its great facilities and location, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is not just the perfect choice for your next golf and spa escape; it is also a superb option for a family holiday. The resort boasts a beachfront position in Messinia, so guests here are always just a stone’s throw away from one of the many stunning white sandy beaches that Greece is known so well for. With its picturesque beach location, all guests here are set to have an unbeatably idyllic golfing getaway. The resort itself is set out in small low-rise buildings across manicured gardens, with all of the great facilities in easy reach of its guests. The Westin Resort Costa Navarino’s best facilities include its two world-class golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, both of which are located on-site. For all non-golfers and for younger guests, there is still plenty of things going on. The resort is also home to two swimming pools, an aquapark, a cycling tour activity school, and a unique spa centre which focuses on the use of locally grown olive oil.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best golf and spa escapes. All eight of these hotels and resorts offer the perfect mix of golf and relaxation, meaning anyone of them would be an unbeatable option for your next golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best five-star escapes. For all those who are looking for an unbeatable golf holiday with plenty of sun, golf and luxury, then any one of these five-star hotels and resorts would be an ideal choice. While some of these resorts and hotels admittedly require golfers to loosen their purse strings more than the average golf holiday, they are all sure to be worth the investment by a mile.

First up is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino. With impeccable service, a huge range of facilities and luxury guest rooms, it really does come as no surprise that the Westin Resort Costa Navarino has been voted as one of the best resorts in Greece, as well as also being voted as a nominee for one of the Best Resorts in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards. As expected at any luxury five-star resort, all of the guest rooms and suites at the resort are huge and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a great stay. Depending on their personal preferences and budgets, guests can choose from a comfortable Deluxe Room to a Premium Infinity Suite with its own private infinity pool. Guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are truly never without an opportunity to completely relax on a well-deserved golf holiday with its beachfront location which also neighbours two of the region’s most loved golf courses, the Dunes Course and the Bay Course. Whether the guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are looking to challenge the fairways at the local golf courses, catch a tan on the beach or explore some of the region’s charming local towns, they can do so with ease. Or alternatively, even if they are looking to stay local for a relaxing day, the resort has a huge wealth of facilities to keep all kinds of guests entertained, including an aquapark, ten-pin bowling, a surf school and a fantastic spa facility.

Alternatively, the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is another great option for your next golf escape, especially if golfers are just looking to kick back and enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’, as well as play some spectacular golf. With its ideal location, the resort is a great option for an extended weekend full of golf, sun, and exploring the South of France’s charming villages, towns, and beaches. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is set in the heart of the countryside in Southern France, positioned less than an hour away from the West of Nice by car. Throughout the resort, guests can enjoy stunning views across the surrounding countryside and enjoy the idyllic ambience that is not commonly found at other popular golf resorts. The resort itself is set out in the style of a whitewashed village with just 114 suites and villas dotted around the resort’s beautiful landscaped gardens. At the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, guests could not be in a better position to enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway in a secluded position in the countryside while still maintaining the opportunity for a great round of golf as there are two fantastic golf courses just next door. Both the Le Chateau Course and the Le Riou Course at Terre Blanche offer a superb round of golf, and conveniently for the guests at the resort, they are both positioned just next door. Even for non-golfers staying at the resort, they can kick back and relax with a great range of five-star facilities on offer.

Set on 230 hectares of coastline neighbouring the Mediterranean coastline lies the Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel. This five-star resort is home to two of Sicily’s best-known golf courses, yet one of which is currently closed as it is undergoing a complete renovation. Golfers staying at the Verdura Resort are never far away from a superb round of golf with a fantastic golf course located on site, the Verdura Golf Course. The Verdura Resort is widely considered to be a premier golf resort and it is surely a very strong contender for your next luxury golf holiday. Guests can fill their days lounging on the neighbouring white beach or making the most out of the activities on offer within the resort. The Verdura Resort is known best for both its spectacular golf course and its comprehensive spa facility which helps all of its guests have an unbeatably relaxing stay. The spa is widely considered to be among one of Italy’s finest, so a treatment or massage here is an imperative for guests here. Alternatively, guests can also relax around the two-tiered infinity pool, or enjoy a leisurely game of tennis on one of the resort’s private tennis court. If guests are looking to stay local for their evening meal or fancy a quick spot of lunch, then the resort is home to four fantastic restaurants to suit every preference and occasion.

If golfers are willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable luxury golf holiday, then there could not be a better option than the Moon Palace Cancun, located on the doorstep of the Caribbean Sea. The Moon Palace Cancun is a five-star resort in every aspect, and with an all-inclusive accommodation option that comes in at superb value, guests can enjoy all the luxury without the huge costs. All of the guest rooms here are very spacious and modern, even for a five-star hotel. They all include all of the modern essentials to ensure guests have a luxurious stay, and many of them face the sea. Furthermore, with an all-inclusive accommodation option, guests can indulge without having to worry about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. The resort is home to an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, so it is fair to say that guests will never be short of opportunities to make the most out of the all-inclusive deals, and that they will always have plenty of options for a great evening to round up a fantastic round of golf. The bars and restaurants at the Moon Palace Cancun are not the only feature that comes with a huge variety; the resort is also home to five swimming pools, so guests here are never without an opportunity to enjoy the almost guaranteed sunshine and warm weather. If guests have had enough of lounging about, they can head to the resort’s superb golf course, the Moon Palace Golf Course, for a great round of golf.

Set in the beautiful Sintra Cascais Nature Reserve lies the Penha Longa Resort. At the Penha Longa Resort, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are set back in an idyllic setting surrounded by the rolling hills of a beautiful nature reserve, but they still have the charming town of Cascais just down the road. Cascais is home to a great beach as well as a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops if guests want to enjoy a fun evening out. Alternatively, guests can also just jump on the train and a short journey will take them into Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital with ease. With so many options available to explore all that the Lisbon region has to offer, the Penha Longa Resort could not have a better location. However, the local towns are not the only thing that the region has to offer; there is also a wealth of fantastic golf on offer surrounding the resort. The Penha Longa Atlantic is a great golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Penha Longa Resort, is situated just next door, so a great round of golf is never far away. Aside from the neighbouring golf course and the vibrant city of Lisbon just half an hour away, there is plenty of things for guests to do at the resort. For guests to totally unwind and relax, they can enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa, or they can enjoy a sociable game of tennis with friends.

Another great option for your next golf holiday if you are willing to travel the long haul is the Constance Belle Mare Plage positioned on a mile-long stretch of stunning sandy beach facing the ocean. The Constance Belle Mare Plage is not just a great option for your next luxury golf holiday; with a huge range of facilities and accommodation options, it is also a superb choice for a family holiday. With impeccable service, a beautiful coastal location and five-star facilities, it comes as no surprise that the Constance Bella Mare Plage was voted the ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort in the Indian Ocean’ at the World Luxury Travel Awards 2016. In 2016, the resort underwent huge renovations with a hefty investment, meaning all of the guest rooms here are unbeatably modern and many of the facilities have been redesigned. If guests fancy a break from lounging on the beach next door, then they can just head to one of the resort’s four swimming pools. Or alternatively, the more active guest can head to the beach for an opportunity to enjoy a range of exhilarating water sports including snorkelling trips, diving and jet skiing. For the younger guests, the resort runs a daily entertainment programme, so they can be looked after while the parents challenge the fairways of the two golf courses at the Constance Bella Mare Plage. Both the Legend and the Links Golf Courses offer a great round of golf, and conveniently for golfers at the hotel, they are both positioned just next door.

For something a bit different for your next luxury golf holiday, the Rovos Rail Golf Safari is the perfect mix of a golf and a safari holiday. Golfers can enjoy the best of both worlds with all of the best elements of a golf holiday and a safari combined. The Rovos Rail Golf Safari comprises of a nine-day trip which commences in Pretoria and then runs through many of South Africa’s most capitating regions and attractions, to then finish in the Kruger National Park. On the rail journey, golfers will have the opportunity to visit some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches and charming towns, leaving no stone unturned to be explored. The Rovos Rail Golf Safari offers golfers the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful regions in the world while still being able to play some spectacular golf across the country. On the Rovos Rail Golf Safari, golfers have the opportunity to play five of South Africa’s most sought-after golf courses, meaning it is a great choice to make the most out of all the superb golf that South Africa has to offer. Guests on the Rovos Rail Golf Safari stay in suites on a train which include all of the modern essentials to ensure all guests have everything they need to have a great trip.

Marrakech has successfully established itself as an up and coming golf destination, making it a great option for your next luxury golf escape. There is a huge range of golf courses, hotels and resorts available to suit golfers of all preferences and budgets. Marrakech is the perfect destination for all those who are looking for a five-star golf holiday at great value for money as a huge number of resorts here offer an all-inclusive accommodation option, meaning guests can make the most out of their holiday. The Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a superb five-star resort which is ideally located for guests to make the most out of Marrakech’s rich culture, as well as the great range of golf on offer. The resort is conveniently located just a twenty-minute walk away from the centre of the city, so guests are never without an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out, or spend an afternoon of exploring Marrakech’s most captivating attractions. However, if guests want to relax and stay local to the resort during their stay, there are five restaurants to choose from, as well as a great range of facilities including three outdoor swimming pools and a comprehensive spa centre.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best five-star hotels and that you have been given newfound inspiration to book with us to make your next golf escape your best one yet. If you are still finding yourself uninspired for your next luxury golf holiday, then give us a call on 01342 811777.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of our best options to inspire you for your next golf escape. As a new year commences, it is now the time more than ever to look forward to booking your next golf holiday. With so many great options on offer, you are sure to be inspired for your next golf holiday.

First up is the Dona Filipa Hotel, one of our best-selling hotels in the Algarve, and it is hardly difficult to see why with its ideal coastal location in the centre of the luxurious Vale do Lobo resort, its fantastic facilities, and most importantly, a spectacular golf course just next door. The Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course lines the surroundings of the Dona Filipa Hotel, meaning that all golfers at this hotel are never without an opportunity to enjoy a fantastic round of golf. With fantastic golf on offer on-site, a five-star status and impeccable service, the Dona Filipa Hotel has everything a golfer could ever need for an unbeatable golf escape. Golfers here could not be in a better position for an idyllic retreat; the hotel is positioned just a stone’s throw away from the beach and guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views throughout. The hotel is five stars in every aspect, ranging from its highly acclaimed golf course to its luxurious and spacious guest rooms decorated in a classic Portuguese style. While the Vale do Lobo resort is home to a great range of bars and restaurants, should guests decide to stay local for their evening meal, the hotel is home to a good selection of bars and restaurants.

Another fantastic golf resort to contend to be chosen for your next golf holiday is the PGA Catalunya Resort, located in the Girona region on the Costa Brava. The PGA Catalunya is sure to provide all golfers with plenty of inspiration with the choice of two fantastic hotels and two superb golf courses. The Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort is a relatively new five-star hotel, so all of the facilities and guest rooms are to a really high standard, even for a five-star hotel. Another great accommodation option at the PGA Catalunya Resort is the La Vida Hotel. The La Vida Hotel is a fraction of the size of the neighbouring Hotel Camiral; with just fifty guest rooms here, guests can enjoy an unbeatably peaceful and idyllic stay. Both guests at the La Vida Hotel and the Hotel Camiral are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf with two world-class golf courses located on-site at the PGA Catalunya Resort. The PGA Catalunya Resort is home to 36 holes of fantastic golf set across the Stadium and the Tour golf courses. Golfers are guaranteed to have a great round of golf at the Stadium golf course as it is repeatedly voted in Europe’s Top 50 Golf Courses, and while the Tour golf course is a somewhat tamer golf course, players are still set to have a superb round of golf.

Located in the heart of the Costa Blanca lies the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort, the perfect option for an idyllic golfing retreat for your 2020 Golf Escape. The hotel is perfectly positioned to make the most out of the Costa Brava’s best beaches, as well as its fantastic golf courses. As the Costa Brava has a relatively consistent climate, golfers always have a great opportunity to make the most out of the golf and the beaches. Next to the hotel lies the La Finca golf course with its stunning setting across the Callosa del Segura Mountains. Despite La Finca being a relatively new addition to the family of golf courses in the Costa Blanca, it has already established itself as a superb golf course; it is widely considered to be a must-play golf course, meaning you should definitely consider the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort for your next golf holiday. Aside from its great location for golf, the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is a perfect choice for a 2020 Golf Escape with its fantastic facilities including a comprehensive spa facility, as well as a range of sporting activities so that even non-golfers will never fail to find something to do!

The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a perfect for all golfers looking to have an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of golf, sea and sun. Guests at this hotel will find themselves just a stone’s throw away from one of the most stunning beaches on the Silver Coast on the surrounding coastline around Lisbon. Guests will never find themselves short of things to do here, regardless of whether they play golf or not. Just a short drive away from the Praia d’el Rey Resort lies the medieval town of Obidos where guests can spend their afternoons meandering around its quaint cobbled streets, or alternatively, guests can enjoy some of the fantastic golf that is on offer. The Praia d’el Rey Resort is home to a world-class golf course, the Praia d’el Rey. This classic links golf course is set in a truly dramatic landscape right on the coast. Not only does its location provide stunning views, but due to the often powerful coastal winds, any weak shots will be carried wayward! When guests here are taking a break from challenging the neighbouring golf course and soaking up the sun on the beach, they can enjoy some of the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort’s fantastic facilities. The hotel has recently undergone complete renovations, so the facilities here are to the highest of standards. There is a good range of sporting activities here to help golfers keep fit off the golf course, or to help golfers relax after a gruelling round of golf on the neighbouring Praia d’el Rey golf course, they can head to the hotel’s luxurious Kalyan SPA for a well-deserved treatment.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the perfect inspiration for your next golf holiday, regardless of whether you are intending to travel as a family, a couple, or as a large golfing group. The resort is home to two fantastic golf courses, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach to all guests staying in the resort. Furthermore, guests could not be in a better spot to enjoy some of Greece’s most stunning beaches, namely the Voidkollia Beach. For golfers, both the Dunes Course and The Bay Course are some of the highest-rated golf courses in the Costa Navarino region, and conveniently for golfers staying at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, they are just a stone’s throw away. The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is not just a great choice for your next golf holiday due to its location next to some great golf and a stunning beach; it is home to a wealth of facilities to ensure that all guests have their best golf holiday yet. For the younger ones, there is an aqua park, and for non-golfers, they can head to the Anazoe Spa to totally indulge in relaxation. Guests will never find themselves short of options for food and drink on their holiday at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino; there are over ten restaurants for guests to choose from, and there is also a good selection of bars and drinks lounges as well.

Yet another fantastic golf hotel to offer the perfect inspiration for your next golf break is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa. With its unbeatable location, impeccable service and stunning architecture, the hotel has everything a golfer could ever need and more to ensure that they have an unbeatable stay. The hotel itself is stunning in its design, and guests here can enjoy beautiful coastal views throughout the hotel as the main beach in Estoril is literally just moments away from the hotel. Furthermore, the Golf do Estoril, one of Lisbon’s best golf courses is also just a stone’s throw away. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is seen to be more than worthy of its five-star status, which comes as unsurprising as so many golfers return here year after year. Non-golfers can fill their days exploring Estoril, or simply catching a tan on the neighbouring beach. Alternatively, the hotel offers a great range of facilities, including a comprehensive spa facility for all those guests looking for some well-deserved ‘R and R’, as well as a large outdoor swimming pool area.

Vilamoura is one of Europe’s most sought-after golf destinations with its upmarket marina, its superb golf courses, and its great range of bars, restaurants and clubs. Conveniently for all golfers looking to experience and make the most out of one of the best golf destinations, the Vila Gale Marina is perfectly positioned to help them do just that. The Vila Gale Marina is just a short walk away from Vilamoura’s marina and its sandy beach, therefore guests will always find a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops in close proximity. Furthermore, just a ten-minute drive from the hotel takes golfers to two of the most popular golf courses in the area, the Laguna Golf Course and Millennium Golf Course; at the Vila Gale Marina, golfers could not be better located to have a fantastic golf holiday. The hotel itself has been recently renovated and refurnished in modern years, so all of the guest rooms and the facilities here are to the highest of standards, so guests are ensured to have an unforgettable stay. Facilities at the Vila Gale Marina include a large outdoor swimming pool area, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and guests staying here can also enjoy access to some of the facilities at the nearby Vila Gale Ampalius.

The Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel is located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz with the vibrant town of Jerez on its doorstep, as well as the Montecastillo Golf, one of Jack Nicklaus’ best pieces of work. The Montecastillo Golf is easily considered to be one of Spain’s most sought after golf courses as it is known to be the first-ever golf course in Spain to be designed in a classic Spanish layout, meaning many golfers consider it to be a must-play golf course. This golf course carries a world-class status; and deservedly so. While guests at the Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel are in the ideal setting to play this golf course, they are also in the perfect location to make the most out of all the things Jerez is loved so much for by all those that visit. Guests at the Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel are in the best of all world at here; they can enjoy an unbeatably luxurious and peaceful stay in a stunning hotel, as well as enjoy a fantastic round of golf with ease. The hotel is known for its impeccable service, meaning it comes as no surprise that so many guests return here year after year.

Last but not least is the Melia Marbella Banus, a great hotel for your next golf holiday. The Melia Marbella Banus is the perfect choice for all those looking for an unforgettable golf break filled with sun, sea, and great nightlife. The hotel is positioned on top of the Golden Mile, a long stretch of stunning sandy beach that runs across the Marbella and Puerto Banus region. At the Melia Marbella Banus, guests will find themselves just a few minutes away from the centre of Puerto Banus where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants, clubs and shops to suit every budget and preference. Alternatively, to make the most out of authentic Spanish culture, they can travel into the centre of Marbella’s Old Town to enjoy some classic tapas. The Melia Marbella Banus is the perfect choice for all those looking to explore some of the Costa del Sol’s best towns, as well as its best golf courses as two of the region’s most played golf courses are under a twenty-five-minute drive away from the hotel. Even for a four-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious and overlook the neighbouring sandy beach, and there is a great range of facilities including three outdoor swimming pools and a comprehensive spa area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of some of our best golf resorts and hotels, and that you have been inspired to book your next golf holiday. If you somehow find yourself still lacking inspiration, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to ensure your next golf holiday is your best one to date.

This week’s blog is a guide to the best golf resorts and hotels to all those who are looking for a bit extra on their golf holiday. It is widely known that any great golf holiday requires fantastic accommodation, warm weather and superb golf; however, all seven of these golf hotels and resorts give all golfers something extra to enjoy on their next golf holiday, making sure that it is their best one to date.

First up is the Precise Resort El Rompido, one of the most popular golf resorts on the Costa de la Luz Huelva. Home to two fantastic golf courses, it really comes as no surprise that the Precise Resort El Rompido is returned to year after year by many that come and stay. Two of the region’s most respected golf courses, the El Rompido North and the El Rompido South, are located at the El Rompido Resort, meaning an unforgettable round of golf is never far away from golfers. With beautiful views, a varied layout and an invigorating challenge, either one of these golf courses provides you with everything you need and more for a great round of golf. Aside from the fantastic golf on offer within the resort, the Precise Resort El Rompido is also an unbeatable choice for your next golf break with impeccable service, great facilities and a perfect location just a short drive away from the town of El Rompido. The Precise Resort El Rompido is a five-star resort in every way, making it a perfect option for all those who are looking for a little extra for their next golf holiday. Just a few minutes in the car takes guests into the centre of El Rompido. Despite the huge growth in golf and tourism in the surrounding area, El Rompido has retained much of its authentic Spanish culture. Alternatively, when guests are looking to take a break from enjoying a fantastic round of golf or walking around the local town, they can head to the hotel’s huge spa facility, or catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.

The Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is widely considered to be one of Europe’s best golf courses, meaning it is a perfect option for those looking for a little bit more out of their golf holiday. It is hardly difficult to explain the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort’s excellent reputation; the hotel offers its guests unbeatable service and great facilities; combined with a mild climate all year round and a superb golf course just next door, it comes as no surprise that golfers return here year after year. At the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort, guests could not be in a better position to enjoy all the fantastic golf that the Algarve is known so well for. Guests are never more than a few moments away from a golf course that has never failed to attract the global recognition that it deserves. The Penina Championship golf course is positioned just moments away from the hotel in the resort, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in arm’s reach. All of the facilities, guest rooms and the service at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort are nothing less than what would be expected at an award-winning five-star golf hotel. The guest rooms here are lavishly decorated and include everything needed for a wonderful stay. Even for non-golfing guests, there is still plenty of things to do and see at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort. If guests are looking to make the most out of the sun and catch a tan, they can head to one of the local stunning beaches that the Algarve is known so well for, or alternatively they can relax around the hotel’s huge outdoor swimming pool.

Belek is one of our most up and coming golf destinations, and it is not difficult to see why with guaranteed warm weather and sun throughout the year, as well as some fantastic golf courses. The Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek is not just an ideal hotel choice for those looking to enjoy some well-deserved sun and play some great golf; with a fantastic all-inclusive accommodation option, guests can indulge all they want without the fear of a hefty bill at the end of their stay. The hotel is home to an impressive five restaurants, all of which serve up a wide range of international cuisine, meaning all tastes are catered for here. The wide range of restaurants is not the only thing that the Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek offers its guests in excess; the hotel is also home to nine outdoor swimming pools, and combined with the fact that the hotel is positioned directly on top of the sixteen-kilometre long Blue Flag Beach, guests here have plenty of opportunities to soak up the guaranteed sunshine. If guests do not find themselves sufficiently relaxed with a long session lounging on the beach or around one of the outdoor swimming pools, then they can head to the Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek’s comprehensive spa facility for a well-deserved massage or treatment. Alternatively, arguably the Titanic Deluxe Golf Belek’s best feature is its golf club positioned just next door to the hotel. the Titanic Golf Club sets itself aside from many of the neighbouring golf courses in the Belek area with its unique layout comprising of three loops of nine holes, so players always get plenty of variety in their round of golf.

Another great option for your next golf holiday in the Algarve for all those looking for a little bit extra is the Magnolia Hotel, located in the heart of the prestigious Quinta do Lago. Regularly labelled the ‘California of Europe’, the Quinta do Lago resort has all of the components a golfer could ever need for an unforgettable golf holiday; a range of fantastic golf courses are just a short drive away in the Quinta do Lago resort including the Quinta do Lago South, the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, and the Quinta do Lago North. All three of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf; with such a range of golf courses nearby, it comes as no surprise that the Magnolia Hotel attracts so many golfers. Even for non-golfers, the Magnolia Hotel is still a great option for those looking for a little extra for their next golf holiday. Golf is certainly not the only option for guests staying in the Quinta do Lago Resort; guests can visit the nearby sandy beach which spans along the coastline past Vilamoura or alternatively enjoy a leisurely round of tennis. Furthermore, perfect for golfing groups or families, the Magnolia Hotel offers a range of accommodation, including guest rooms, suites, and cottages. If their budget permits it, a cottage is a great option for an unforgettable luxury golf holiday. 

If golfers are willing to travel a bit further for an unforgettable golf holiday, then the Casa de Campo Resort and Villas is an ideal choice. This five-star resort is positioned on the coast in the Dominican Republic, just moments away from a beautiful white sandy beach. The Casa de Campo Resort and Villas is widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious golf resorts in the world with three superb golf courses located within the resort. The resort is stunning in its design, set out in the style of a village with striking white-washed architecture spanning across seven thousand acres. Just a few moments from the resort takes guests to the neighbouring white sandy beach where the resort has its own private beach area. There is a wealth of options at the Casa de Campo Resort for guests; they can enjoy a range of water facilities at the beach, enjoy a game of tennis, and in the evenings, the resort runs a daily entertainment program. Furthermore, the guest rooms here are unbeatably luxurious and modern in design. For the ultimate luxury experience, guests could opt for a lavish Suite or a private Villa. Not only is the Casa de Campo Resort and Villas the ideal choice for your next luxury golf holiday due to its stunning coastal location and fantastic leisure facilities, but it is also a great choice for any golfer looking to play some of the Dominican Republican’s best golf courses. The Casa de Campo Resort and Villas is home to three award-winning golf courses; the Teeth of the Dog, the Dye Fore and the Links. As the name suggests, the Casa de Campo Teeth of the Dog is the most challenging of the trio, however, any one of these golf courses offer an unforgettable round of golf.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is not just perfect for a luxury golf holiday; with a great range of facilities and accommodation options, it is also a fantastic choice for a family holiday. Here, guests can enjoy the perfect mix of sun, sea, and most importantly, golf. The resort is positioned within arms’ reach of a beautiful sandy beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to catch a tan and enjoy the sunshine. The resort is not just perfectly positioned to make the most out of one of Greece’s stunning beaches; the resort is also positioned nearby to some of the area’s best attractions so that all guests can enjoy a true taste of authentic Greek history and culture. Alternatively, golfers can just choose to make the most out of the region’s fantastic golf courses; two of Costa Navarino’s best championship golf courses, the Dunes Course and the Bay Course, are located in easy reach to all guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. Aside from its great location, the Westin Resort Costa Navarino is also a perfect choice for your next luxury golf holiday with its fantastic facilities, perfect for couples, golfers and families alike. For families, there is plenty for the younger ones to do in order to keep them entertained, such as a daily children’s’ activity club and an aqua park. For the older ones to relax to make the most out of the local golf, they can head to the resort’s spa, or alternatively they can partake in some sporting activities. Furthermore, with more than ten bars and restaurants to suit every preference, the Westin Costa Navarino really does have everything and more to ensure all of its guests have an unforgettable golf escape.

Last but not least is the Rovos Rail golf holiday package. This golf package is the perfect composition of a golf holiday with all of the best highlights offered from a safari holiday. A Rovos Rail goes beyond any golf holiday that golfers previously would have experienced, and it is truly an unmissable experience. This nine-day golf safari runs from Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, though many of South Africa’s key areas, and it ends in the Kruger National Park. A Rovos Rail golf holiday package is an unbeatable choice for any golfer looking to experience something more than a classic golf holiday with causal trips into beaches and the local towns; with this package, golfers have the opportunity to explore all that South Africa has to offer. Golfers stay in accommodation suites on the train which range in sizes from 172 square feet to 76 square feet, depending on the individual requirements and budgets of golfers. Golfers get to play five of South Africa’s best golf courses, leaving no stone unturned in its range of superb golf courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of the best golf hotels and resorts for all golfers that are looking to enjoy a little bit extra on their golf holiday, whether it be accommodation on a train or direct access to some of the most stunning beaches. To find out more ways to ensure you have your best holiday yet, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to ensure you have your best golf holiday to date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

This week’s blog is a guide to the 7 best hotels with the best reviews. We all know that there is nothing more assuring than booking somewhere that is based upon a recommendation from someone else. Whether you are looking to travel with a partner, in a group or with your family, these hotels have been given excellent reviews both by us and by our clients at Golf Escapes. Take a look and see whether any of these could be where you choose to spend your next golf escape…

 

First up, we have the five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel. This luxurious hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort, right next to the PGA National Cyprus. Besides from the spectacular golf course, you can find a range of leisure facilities, entertainment options and brilliant service here. Not only can you find all of this onsite of the resort, but you can take the short trip into the resort of Paphos where you can find stunning beaches, a picturesque harbour and an array of restaurants and bars.

Each of the guest rooms within the hotel boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, the pool or the gardens. You can choose from a range of room options and upgrades including suites which have the option of interconnecting rooms and luxurious family suites which have private pools. Whilst you enjoy your stay, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure activities. These include the modern fitness centre, the tennis courts and a large pool area as well as the Retreat Spa. You can easily take the short trip into Paphos where you can find a variety of great bars and restaurants but, if you choose to remain within the hotel then you won’t be disappointed. There are three fantastic restaurants situated within the hotel. The main Eleonas Restaurants offers breakfast and a lunch buffet with themed evening dining. There is the Jasmine a la carte Restaurant which serves delicious Asian cuisine and the Fig and Olive Restaurant which serves authentic Mediterranean dishes. You can enjoy live entertainment and cocktails within the Carob Lounge in the evenings.  

The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a fantastic hotel, perfect for your next golf escape to Cyprus, take our reviews seriously and take a further look at this hotel on our website!

 

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort is the ideal hotel for your next luxurious golf break in the heart of the Costa Brava. The hotel holds a worthy spot as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is onsite of the 36-hole PGA Catalunya golf complex making this a first-class golf resort situated in a beautiful area.

There are 145 guest rooms within the hotel, each of them is beautifully appointed and boasts all of the features that you would expect to find within a five-star resort, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and mood lighting. Like with most other brilliant hotels, you can opt for a room upgrade.

During your stay, you can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities within the resort. Whether you are a golfer or not, you can find plenty to do. There is a large, outdoor infinity swimming pool that you can relax around. There is also the hotel wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments or workout in the gym facilities. The main hotel’s restaurant, the 1477, serves delicious Mediterranean dishes with a Catalan twist, guests can enjoy their meal out on the terrace whilst they look over the Pyrenees mountains. After your meal, you can head to the Lounge Bar where you can enjoy a few beverages. For your next golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than the beautiful Hotel Camiral.

 

Located in a perfect beachfront location in Messinia, Greece is the five-star Westin Resort Costa Navarino where you can find two excellent golf courses and a range of excellent facilities and leisure activities to enjoy. The design of the hotel was inspired by old Messinian mansions, the resort’s villa clusters boast natural stone and local design elements making them looks as if they are in perfect harmony with the sandy beach and the hillside landscape.

Each of the guest rooms within the hotel is decorated with contemporary furniture and are fully-equipped with all of the facilities that you could possibly need or want for your next golf escape including a well-stocked minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi and stunning views from your private balcony. During the day, spend time exploring the local beaches, treating yourself to a few treatments in the spa, enjoying the aqua park or take on one of the many exhilarating activities including hiking, cycling and water sports.

The hotel offers a great bed and breakfast package but there are over ten restaurants for you to choose from for your lunches and dinners. You can find everything from traditional Greek food to internationally themed eateries. There are also three bars and lounges that you can venture to for a few drinks and a signature cocktail. It is no surprise that this hotel has such brilliant reviews from our clients and staff, especially as there are two excellent golf courses onsite: The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. The Dunes was the first 18-hole signature-designed golf course in Greece and is widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe. Whether you are travelling with a family, a partner or a group – check this hotel out for your next golf break to Greece.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is situated amongst the stunning foothills, in between the mountain and the ocean. This is a villa-based resort and boasts everything that you could possibly need or want from your next golf escape – including rounds on Portugal’s top golf course. There is a range of self-catered luxury villas for guests to stay in, most of which are spacious three-bedroom villas. They have everything that you could need including large terraces with outdoor dining areas as well as other facilities including complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Besides playing on the spectacular, Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, guests can use the private tennis courts, workout in the fitness centre or head to the resort’s spa where you can treat yourself to a range of health and beauty treatments. If you are travelling with children, there is a separate children’s pool as well as a few large swimming pools for adults.

Of course, the villas are equipped so that you can cook for yourselves, however, if you choose to, you can venture into the nearby towns where you will find cobbled streets, quaint tapas bars and other delights. If you fancy eating at the resort, you can head to one of the four excellent restaurants and bars onsite. The Grill Restaurant boasts a range of meals and light snacks which you can enjoy whilst soaking up the beautiful views of the Monte Rei Golf Course. This is a fantastic resort with so much to enjoy onsite, it also offers a fantastic self-catering option which can be good if you are looking to enjoy your holiday on a budget!

 

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a stunning five-star hotel set within the Portuguese countryside, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful villages.  This is a popular golfing resort and it isn’t hard to see why! The resort is situated just 30 minutes’ drive outside of Lisbon and the airport and boasts the 18-hole Campo Real golf course, tennis courts, extensive spa facilities and a wide range of restaurants and other leisure facilities. Close by to the resort, you can visit the Silver Coast and even venture into Lisbon and its surrounding towns.

The resort boasts individually decorated rooms which feature either courtyard or golf views. There are three restaurants on-site which provide a good range of choice as well as two bars – one of which is a great pool bar.

Of course, the best thing about this resort is the Campo Real golf course, the course opened for play in 2005 and boasts a range of exciting challenges, tight driving holes, undulating fairways and small greens. The front nine in particular, are a stern test of golf. After your round, enjoy a few drinks in the modern clubhouse where you can enjoy panoramic views of the course. Another great thing about this resort is that you can also play the likes of Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso.

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a highly-rated property – perfect for your next golf break to Lisbon.

 

Intercontinental Mar Menor is a great option for those looking for a luxury golf escape to Murcia. The hotel boasts a range of brilliant facilities, excellent service and the prestigious Mar Menor golf course, as well as easy access to some other fantastic golf courses nearby to the resort. This is a convenient resort to choose as it is just 15- minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport which means that even if you are looking for a short break, you can easily make this your destination.

Each of the 64 guest rooms is lavishly decorated with modern furnishings and great private balconies or terraces from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. You can opt for an upgrade here as there are a variety of room options within this boutique-like hotel.

Throughout your stay, you can make use of the excellent leisure facilities within the resort, these include a large outdoor swimming pool, an indoor swimming pool in the hotel’s spa and a Kid’s Club as well as tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

For dining, you can find an excellent range of restaurants and bars from the Mizu Japanese Restaurant to the Fontana di Pietra Italian Restaurant. This hotel offers all of its guests an unforgettable golf escape – make sure to check this hotel out if you are looking for a luxurious holiday.

 

Last, but certainly not least, the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is located in the heart of the exclusive resort of Estoril, adjacent to the Casino and just a stone’s throw from the stunning sandy beach. Each of the rooms within the hotel is beautifully decorated in traditional Portuguese style. The rooms are fitted with every comfort including a spacious work area and a flat-screen TV as well as luxury amenities.

You can indulge in the hotel’s spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, massage and beauty treatments as well as a hot tub and an indoor pool. For dining options, you can enjoy The Grill Four Seasons’ international specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. You can also dine in style on the Bougainvillea Terrace. After dinner, you can enjoy relaxing in Bar Estoril which boasts a charming atmosphere and a variety of drinks to choose from.

The prestigious Golf do Estoril is situated onsite of the resort. This course has stood the test of time and stands today as one of the most enjoyable golfing experiences in Portugal. The course comprises of a fairly straightforward layout but features very narrow fairways and undulating landscape which can pose a challenge to even the most discerning golfer. Look no further than Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa for your next golf escape to Lisbon.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will give us a call to talk through what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Don’t forget that we can tailor make any golf escape to fit you and your party’s requirements!

This week’s blog is a guide to the best nine courses that you will (probably) not have heard of! Whether you are looking for a golf course to centre your next trip around or just interested in hearing about what is out there, this is the perfect blog for any discerning golfer.

 

Real Club Sevilla Golf was designed by Jose Maria and boasts one of the finest courses in Europe as well as a central location just a few minutes from the centre of Sevilla. The course boasts beautiful scenery, tree-lined fairways, numerous strategically placed bunkers, undulating greens and nine lakes to contend with. The course is relatively flat which means that you can easily walk your way around, but it does feature a testing layout. As you make your way around the course, you will find a challenge on every corner. This is a brilliant course ideal for both amateurs and professionals alike.

The first signature hole of the course is a 160-yard par-3 from an elevated tee over a lake towards a narrow green which is set at 45 degrees – you must control your tee shot on this hole. With each hole, the course increases in difficulty and the 18th is a spectacular finishing hole. It is a long, 440-yard par-4 where you must carry your tee shot over 200 yards in order to miss the water, your approach is then uphill to a green protected by more water both at the front and to the left. One of the best things about this course is that it is a little off the beaten track, which means that it is unspoilt and well-manicured all year round. With the beautiful and historic city of Seville on its doorstep and a brilliant round of golf on offer, you cannot go wrong with this club for your next golf escape. If you are looking for a great, testing round of golf which will offer you a delightful golfing experience, look no further than a round on the Real Club Golf Sevilla.

 

Up next, we have Crete Golf Club which was designed by the highly-acclaimed golfing legend, Bob Hunt. This stunning 18-hole course boasts a very special location in Hersonissos just on the outskirts of the resort of Malia. The backdrop of the course as you make your way around is simply breath-taking with views of the Mediterranean landscape. The course opened in 2003 and has since become popular with locals and alike, since then, the course has undergone extensive renovations and reopened in 2015. There is no doubting that this course will become even more popular among discerning golfers in the next couple of years.

The course boasts a complete technical challenge with both short and lengthy holes, its layout winds its way through rocks and ravines whilst offering its guests the most stunning views of Cretan landscapes. The course has a quartet of memorable par-3s along the course, two on the front nine and two on the back. Many players would say that the best of these is the 6th which is 198 yards long from the back markers. You must carry your tee shot over a deep gorge to reach the two-tiered green which has been cut into the foot of a hillside – many would say that if you score 3 on this hole, you have achieved a birdie. Stunning scenery, year-round beautiful weather and a brilliant round of golf – why wouldn’t you choose Crete Golf Club for your next golf escape?

 

Situated in Etnas Natural Park within the North-Eastern region of the mountains in Sicily sits the Il Picciolo Golf Club. This special course is one of only half a dozen golf courses that are currently open for play in Sicily – however, there are many more under construction. The course winds its way through a mass of oak trees, vineyards, hazelnut trees and even ancient lava flows which have been carved out by Mount Etna. This is a course where the holes will be etched in your memory long after you walk off the 18th. The club is very special as it was developed in 1989 but due to its remarkably unique landscape, it feels as if it has been situated here for centuries. However, you must make sure to not be distracted by the interesting scenery as the course boasts plenty of challenges including water hazards and brutal out of bounds to steer clear of.

The course measures just under 6,000 metres from the championship tees and plays to a par of 72. There are some brilliant highlight holes including the short par-4s like the 3rd hole where out of bounds run the length of the fairway to the left making it a tight hole to play. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the very short 15th (it measures less than 100 metres from the back tees) where the backdrop is Mount Etna and there is a three-tiered green, this hole rarely yields anything less than a “3” on the scorecard. Il Picciolo is a special golf club and with more courses coming to the region of Sicily, it will soon be a popular golfing destination.

 

The Al Hamra Golf Club is a brilliant, exciting and challenging golf course which is situated in Ras Al Khaimah. The course was designed by Peter Harradine and flows through four inter-connected open water lagoons which merge with the Arabian Gulf. The course measures a long 7,325 yards from the back tees and was designed in the manner of a traditional links course. This course is perfect as a holiday course as it is playable for all standards of golfers as there are five varies tee shots meaning that those from accomplished player to novices can enjoy their round. Water hazards come into play at several of the holes; most notably on either side of the fairway on the 3rd hole. The 18th is an intimidating par-5 where water is lying in wait to catch any errant shots along the right of the hole right from the tee to the triple-tiered green.

The club is situated 50 minutes’ drive from Dubai airport and right next to the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah where you can find world-class facilities and luxurious service. This is arguably the best links layout in the UAE, so make sure that it is on your radar next time you are planning a golf break.

 

Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is De Zalze Golf Club. The course measures 6,369 yards from the back tees and boasts a mixed parkland and woodland layout. Golfers of all standards will find this course a challenge as accuracy is very important if you are to finish the round with a pleasant scorecard. The course’s signature hole is the short par-4 13th hole where you walk out onto a boardwalk where you can find three tees out in a lake from which you must carry your ball onto the fairway which is to the right-hand side of the water. Those who are big hitters may be tempted to go straight for the green but that would be inadvisable!

After your round, make sure to venture into the clubhouse as you can enjoy a few beverages whilst looking out across the Blauuwklippen River and the Stellenbosch Mountains. With a very special location, an interesting layout and beautiful scenery, make sure that you take a look into taking your next golf escape to South Africa as you will be surprised at the brilliant courses that you can find there.

 

The Emporda Links course boasts fast and wide fairways which have been defined with mounding and deep rough but very little trees. This course is a complete contrast to its neighbour, the Forest course, but it is a stunning test of golf which requires the utmost accuracy if you are to score well. It is no surprise that the course consistently ranks as one of the top 20 courses in Northern Spain due to its interesting layout and excellent condition.

Although the course is quite open, there are many strategically placed water hazards which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots as you make your way around the courses. One of the best things about this course is that it is rarely very busy which means that you can enjoy a leisurely round taking in the scenery and enjoying the layout of this brilliant course. If you are thinking about taking a golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than Emporda Links for an excellent round of golf.

 

Now, technically, this blog contains information about ten impressive golf courses rather than nine as there are two brilliant courses situated at Ribagolfe which is up next on our list. Ribagolfe is located an hour’s drive from the city of Lisbon but it is well worth the drive with 36 brilliant holes of golf situated here.

Ribagolfe I is considered to be one of the best courses that we have ever played, although the course only opened in 2004, it is already mature with 18 very memorable holes. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and is not an easy round of golf. Treacherous lakes come into play on the back nine holes on the 12th, 14th and 15th and these late holes can really damage your scorecard if you aren’t an accurate player. With cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating well-bunkered greens create one of the finest courses that you will ever have the opportunity to play.

Ribagolfe II is a slightly shorter but tighter round of golf than its older sibling but still enjoys the magnificent setting. This course is more suited to the club handicap golfer due to the extensive water hazards which must be taken seriously if you are not to damage your scorecard irreparably. The course boasts large, contoured greens and a beautifully balanced set of par-3s with the toughest being the 3rd where trees partially block the route to the green on the right-hand side. With two stunning golf courses at this complex, it is well worth driving that little bit extra to enjoy these courses when you are next in Lisbon.

Situated in Almeria is Aguilon which is a course that opened in 2007. The course boasts a very special location situated at the foot of the Sierra Aguilon mountains which means that the scenery is simply stunning. This course is definitely not one for beginners as there are many strategically placed bunkers, lakes, palm trees and ravines which you must navigate your way around successfully in order to finish the round with a nice scorecard. Besides from the hazards, there are further distractions due to the spectacular sea and mountain views that you can enjoy as you make your way around the course. If you are going to choose to stay in one of the popular golf resorts further to the south, this is worth the drive up to enjoy this gem of a golf course.

If you are looking for a firm but fair test of golf on a beautiful course, make sure that you make the journey to play at Aguilon as it is truly a round that you won’t forget anytime soon!

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Hanbury Manor which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus II. The course opened for play in 1990 and has since become to be one of the most well-respected golfing venues in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is kept in brilliant condition all year round and has hosted the English Open on the European Tour.

Measuring over 6,660 yards from the medal tees, this course is not an easy one. The 8th hole is the toughest hole of the course, it measures 425 yards with out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. The approach shot to the green is a difficult one, even if you are lucky enough (or skilled enough!) to be in the middle of the fairway when you take the shot. The green is elevated and protected to the left by a lake and a grassy hollow to the right, the green slopes towards the lake so watch out when you are making your putt. A variety of holes, beautiful scenery and a great location makes this an ideal destination for your next golf escape.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that a few of these courses have caught your eye! Make sure to give us a ring if you want to discuss any of these further or take a look around the website for further inspiration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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