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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best packages for a great golf holiday on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. With plenty of short-haul budget flights available and regular deals on offer, a package deal here is too good to pass up on. To catch up on the latest deals and the best offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have an unforgettable golf escape.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf resorts that Golf Escapes has to offer. All seven of these resorts offer all three components needed for an unforgettable golf holiday; sun, luxury, and most importantly, fantastic golf. Whether golfers are looking to spend their non-golfing days lounging around the side of a pool or exploring the neighbouring towns and cities, any one of these seven resorts would be an unbeatable option for your next golf break. While all of these resorts are undoubtedly a luxurious option for a golfing getaway, they still offer excellent value for money. With a great round of golf never far away and impeccable service, all seven of these golf resorts would be a great choice for your next golf escape.

First up is the four-star La Cala Golf Resort, one of our bestsellers and a popular favourite for many. With three award-winning golf courses on-site and a great location just a short drive away from La Cala de Mijas, this does not come as a surprise. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds in an idyllic golfing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring town of La Cala de Mijas, but for an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out, the town is just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel. Furthermore, the La Cala Golf Resort is also positioned just a short drive away from one of the stunning beaches that the Costa del Sol is known so well for. The resort’s location is not its only selling point, however, guests will never struggle to enjoy their relaxing golfing retreat with the resort’s many leisure facilities, including a fantastic spa area and outdoor swimming pool area. The La Cala Golf Resort is an unbeatable option for any serious golfer with an impressive three golf courses located on-site to the resort, so golfers are always overwhelmed with options for their next round of golf. The La Cala America, the La Cala Asia and the La Cala Europa all offer players a fantastic round of golf with stunning panoramic views across the rolling hills of the Spanish countryside. Out of the three, the La Cala America is said to offer the best views, however, the La Cala Asia is undoubtedly the most challenging, despite it being the shortest in length.

The La Manga Club Resort is home to anything and everything that a golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; fantastic golf, excellent leisure facilities, and both the option of having a self-catered golf holiday in a luxury apartment, as well as a five-star hotel. For all those seeking a luxury golf holiday in Spain, the La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a great choice with its spacious guest rooms, spa and wellness centre, and impeccable service. Here guests can fully indulge in relaxation to make the most out of the fantastic golf on offer just next door. Alternatively, for a more laidback golf holiday, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a great option. The Las Lomas Village comprises of a range of four-star apartments, perfect for a self-catered golf break. Guests can enjoy the La Manga Resort’s excellent facilities at great value for money, including the resort’s highly-acclaimed three golf courses. All three of the golf courses at the La Manga Resort offer golfers the opportunity for a fantastic round of golf, and conveniently for guests, they are never more than a stone’s throw away. Higher handicappers may lean towards the La Manga North more than the other two golf courses as it is typically viewed as the easiest of the trio, whereas the La Manga is home to the best views and the most unique layout. However, out of the three La Manga golf courses, the La Manga West is considered to be the best golf course and it holds the best reputation as it is consistently awarded one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe.

Another great option for your next luxury golf holiday includes the Praia d’el Rey Resort, home to both a five-star hotel and a ‘village’ of apartments and townhouses. Guests here can enjoy a stunning coastal location just next door to one of the many beautiful beaches that Portugal has to offer. Furthermore, the Lisbon province in Portugal is known for its mild climate throughout the year, so the fantastic golf courses in this region can be enjoyed throughout the year. For all those looking for an unbeatably luxurious golfing getaway, the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a great option with its modern guest rooms, ideal location and of course, an award-winning golf course just next door. Here, golfers can enjoy the perfect medley of sun, sea, and most importantly, golf. After a fantastic round of golf, guests can head to the neighbouring beach to catch some rays, then head into the local town of Obidos to spend the afternoon meandering around the old cobbled streets. The Silver Coast in Portugal is known across Europe for its golf courses, and the Praia d’el Rey is widely considered to be a centrepiece for it. With a tricky layout that is often prone to strong prevailing winds across the coast, golfers must anticipate a stern test of golf here as they will be forced to utilise every club in their arsenal. Even the most experienced of players will find this golf course to be challenging, so it hardly comes as a surprise that the golf course has been labelled as “wild and wonderful” by the famous Golf World Magazine. For a round of golf, you are sure not to forget anytime soon, the Praia d’el Rey is a great choice.

The Verdura Resort is an unbeatable option for your next luxury golf holiday, and it would make the perfect base to explore the best-golfing treasures that Italy is known so well for. Here, golfers can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway positioned away from all the busy tourist spots in Italy or the cities, set in the rolling hills of the Sicilian countryside. The resort is home to a luxury five-star hotel located just a stone’s throw away from one of Italy’s best-known golf courses, the Verdura Golf Course, and a long stretch of beach with clear waters and white sand. Not only is the Verdura Resort perfectly positioned to make the most out of Italy’s stunning beaches and fantastic golf, but here guests are also just a short drive away from two of Sicily’s main Greek temples; Agrigento and Selinunte. For a relaxing afternoon when guests are taking a break from enjoying all the local golf courses and the nearby beach, they can head to the resort’s spa centre which is known to be the best in the whole of Sicily with a huge range of facilities and treatments. When the guests at the Verdura Resort have enjoyed a relaxing session at the hotel spa, they can get their heart racing again with a round of golf at the neighbouring Verdura Golf Course. On this golf course, players can take full advantage of the resort’s beautiful coastal setting overlooking the sea and the Sicilian countryside. While the coastal views are undoubtedly stunning, the golf course’s location can cause havoc for a steady scorecard if the prevailing winds are particularly strong, so players must come armed with their A-game here.

Yet another great golf resort located in Portugal is the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, home to one of the Algarve’s best-known golf courses, and the luxurious Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. This five-star resort comprises of a village of self-catered villas with excellent facilities and an unbeatable location positioned just next door to Portugal’s number one golf course, and several towns are also located just a short drive away. For an afternoon of exploring the local area, guests can head into either Tavira, Monte Gordo or Cabanas with ease as they are all less than a twenty-five-minute drive away from the resort. Therefore, if guests also fancy an evening off cooking and a night exploring the local bars and restaurants, then an opportunity to do so is never far away. However, anything and everything that guests could ever want can be found within the resort; great service, fantastic golf, and five-star leisure facilities. The resort is home to a wide range of leisure facilities including a spa area, tennis courts, a fitness centre, and several outdoor swimming pools. The Monte Rei golf course was only opened in 2007, however, it has already established itself as one of Portugal’s best golf courses, and its condition and reputation are certainly enough to rival any one of the classic golf courses in the Algarve region. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, all golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf here. With such a prestigious golf course on-site, it comes as no surprise that the Monte Rei Resort is widely regarded as a fantastic golf resort.

The Costa del Sol is easily one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe, and a consistent favourite amongst those that frequent here is the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa due to its stunning location, luxurious facilities and fantastic golf. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the neighbouring Finca Cortesin golf course, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach to the guests at this hotel. Aside from its world-class golf course, the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is also home to a wide range of leisure facilities which are nothing less than what anyone would expect to find at a five-star resort. The fitness centre here has an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as three other outdoor swimming pools, perfect for soaking up the sun on a relaxing afternoon. Alternatively, the resort is also home to a great range of bars and restaurants to suit any taste. The Finca Cortesin is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, and this does not stop at its golf course. The golf course, designed by the famous golf architect Cabell Robinson, has consistently been ranked amongst the best in the whole of Spain, and it is not difficult to see why. The challenge on this golf course predominantly lies in its size, and even the professionals have struggled to maintain a steady scorecard at one of the many events and tournaments the golf course has hosted.

Last but not least is the Hotel Las Madrigueras, home to the Golf Las Americas golf course. This adults-only hotel is the ideal option for your next luxury golf break with stunning surroundings, impeccable service and great golf just next door. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making the Hotel Las Madrigueras an unbeatable choice for a well-deserved winter golfing getaway. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from the buzzing resort centre, but they are still just a short distance away from the Los Cristianos harbour, as well as a range of bars and restaurants. The Hotel Las Madrigueras is perfect for all those looking to relax during the day, either lounging around the pool or at the beach, followed by a spa session, to then enjoy the lively atmosphere that Tenerife is known so well for. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms at the Hotel Las Madrigueras as very spacious, and the top floor guest rooms overlook the neighbouring Golf Las Americas golf course and the ocean. The Golf Las Americas first opened its greens back in 1998, and it is widely considered to be one of the original golf courses responsible for the huge growth of golf in the Canary Islands, as well as setting the standards high for the creation of all future golf courses here. Its greens are kept in immaculate condition throughout the year, so golfers can take full advantage of Tenerife’s yearly average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The Golf Las Americas is a leisurely golf course for a great sociable round of golf with a fantastic mix of par 3s, 5s and 4s.

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We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post on seven of the best golf resorts you can find across the globe. Any one of these golf resorts would provide you with an unforgettable golf escape, regardless of whether you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway or a cultural trip balanced with some fantastic golf. But if you are finding it too difficult to pick just one, then just give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to help you have your best golf holiday yet, filled with sun, sea, luxury, and golf. 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Morocco is an up and coming golf destination with its popularity on the rise year after year. Golf may not be the first thing to spring to mind when someone mentions Morocco, however with fantastic golf courses and a wide range of hotels, many of which offer an all-inclusive option, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are choosing Morocco for their golf holiday. Furthermore, with a warm climate throughout the year, there is never an excuse to not play one of the many excellent golf courses here. But golf is not the only thing to be enjoyed on a golf holiday here; Morocco is home to a rich history and culture that can be best explored in its many delightful areas.

First up is the Iberostar Founty Beach, located directly on top of Agadir beach. This four-star hotel boasts the ideal position to make the most out of all of the local golf courses and Agadir’s fantastic nine-kilometre beach. Agadir’s beach is one of its main attractions when people consider it for their next golfing destination. The beach is lined with a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes and shops. Guests at the hotel can enjoy direct access to the beach, where they will be met with sun loungers and parasols.  Furthermore, a huge attraction of the Iberostar Founty Beach is its all-inclusive option in which guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink, so they need not fret about the bill at the end of their stay. The hotel is home to three restaurants, so the all-inclusive option can certainly be made the most out of. Not only is the Iberostar Founty Beach the perfect hotel for those looking to explore Morocco’s unique culture, or for those looking to make the most out of the guaranteed sunshine, but it is also an excellent option for all golfers wanting to play some of the best golf courses in Morocco. Perfect for golfers, the hotel is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the Golf du Soleil, and the Golf Les Dunes is ten minutes away by car. Both of these fantastic golf courses are widely considered to be essential golf courses on any itinerary for a golf holiday in Agadir, and conveniently for prospective guests at the Iberostar Founty Beach, they are in easy reach. Guests at the Iberostar Founty Beach are just a kilometre away from the centre of Agadir where they will never find themselves short of something to do or see. Here, guests can spend hours meandering around the traditional bazaars and they can explore the local spice souks. In 1990, the new Medina was built however the city has still managed to maintain its authentic charm and character. The Medina is situated a few miles outside of the city centre; however, it is worth the journey. Here, visitors will find a range of classic Moroccan restaurants, a museum as well as many souks. All of the guest rooms and the leisure facilities are nothing less than what one would expect at a four-star hotel. Guests can enjoy the beautiful coastal setting from their room on their own private balcony or terrace. The hotel caters particularly well for younger guests with a mini club and a ‘fun park’, meaning that the adults can make the most of the local golf courses.

The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is the perfect option for a luxury golf holiday in Morocco. This fantastic resort is situated in a prime position in the heart of the captivating Hivernage district in Marrakech. Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, guests will find themselves at some of Marrakech’s best attractions. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is located half an hour away from the famous Jemaa El Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque, two of Marrakech’s most famous sites. Furthermore, just a few minutes away on foot, guests will find the Menara Gardens, a botanical garden constructed in the 12th century with stunning mountain views on show throughout. Should guests here decide to dine outside of the hotel, there is a huge range of authentic Moroccan restaurants just a short walk away into the city centre. Not only is the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech in the perfect position for its guests to explore the most popular sites in Marrakech, but it is also fantastic for golfers to play some of Marrakech’s best golf courses. The Al Maaden golf course is just a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Montgomerie Marrakech, widely considered to be one of the most prestigious golf courses in the area, is literally just around the corner from the hotel. With such a fantastic location, golfers will never find themselves far away from a fantastic round of golf. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a five-star hotel in every aspect, and it’s guest rooms and leisure facilities are no exception to this. All of the guest rooms feature modern décor with Moroccan design and black marble showers. Some of the guest rooms feature views of the surrounding gardens around the hotel that can be enjoyed from their private balcony or terrace. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech offers its guests a range of guest rooms ranging from a comfortable Classic Room to a lavish Penthouse with its own infinity pool. Guests will never struggle to relax at this hotel with its excellent leisure facilities including its spa facility with a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam treatments. To totally unwind, guests can enjoy a spot of yoga or lounge on a sun lounger around the outdoor swimming pool.

For a luxury adults-only golf holiday to Marrakech, the Be Live Collection Marrakech is an unbeatable option. This five-star hotel offers a fantastic all-inclusive package, so guests can make the most out of the hotel’s excellent bars and restaurants without having to worry about the price tag. The hotel has three restaurants including a Moroccan a la carte restaurant, an international buffet restaurant and a snack bar so its guests will never be short of options. If guests can tear themselves away from the fairways at the local golf courses, then they can enjoy some of the hotel’s excellent leisure facilities. The Be Live Collection Marrakech is home to a huge spa centre with a jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool and a menu of beauty and massage treatments. For non-golfing days, guests can participate in the hotel’s sporting activities such as football, snooker and tennis. All of the guest rooms at the Be Live Collection Marrakech include all of the essentials to ensure that all of their guests have a wonderful stay. They are particularly spacious, even for a five-star hotel. if they wish and their budget permits it, guests can upgrade their room for a swim-up room with direct access to an outdoor swimming pool. The Be Live Collection Marrakech has a great location for both golfers and those that are just looking to explore some of Marrakech’s best attractions. The hotel is set in the Palmeraie district, home to many of the fantastic golf courses in Marrakech, making it an ideal option for your next golf break in Morocco. For example, both the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and the Palm Golf Marrakech are just a half an hour’s drive away from the hotel. Both of these golf courses offer an unforgettable round of golf, and they are widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious in Morocco. Not only is the Be Live Collection Marrakech in the ideal position to play some of the surrounding golf courses; guests of this hotel are also in a great location to explore the best of Marrakech. The centre of Marrakech is just a fifteen drive away from the hotel where they can explore the Jemaa El Fna Square or the Saadian Tombs.

The Mazagan Beach Resort is home to Morocco’s largest casino, and it is located directly on top of the beach with a fantastic golf course just next door. Guests are positioned in an excellent location on top of a seven-kilometre-long beach where they can make the most out of the guaranteed Moroccan sunshine. Here they can properly relax away from all of the hustle and bustle from the cities and indulge in some fantastic golf. The resort is situated just a twenty-minute drive away from the captivating city of El Jadida, known for its beautiful architecture and authentic Moroccan charm which can be best appreciated at the Cite Portugaise, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is the Mazagan Beach Resort the ideal resort for golfers to enjoy the Moroccan sun and the sea, but it is also a great choice for them to play some of the region’s best golf courses. The resort is home to a fantastic golf course, the Mazagan. This Gary Player designed golf course was only opened in 2009, however, it has already earned itself an excellent reputation in the area for its impeccable greens and interesting layout. At this golf course, guests can really make the most out of the resort’s stunning coastal location as the golf course hugs the edges of the neighbouring sandy beach. For an unforgettable round of golf, the Mazagan is a fantastic choice on your next golf break to Morocco. When the guests at the Mazagan Beach Resort want to take a break from challenging the holes at the neighbouring Mazagan golf course, they can enjoy the vast range of leisure facilities at the resort. Regardless of whether the guests are golfers or not, they will never find themselves without something to do. At the beach, they can enjoy a range of water sports or they can soak up the sun on a sun lounger, or alternatively, they can take full advantage of complimentary access to the resort’s own casino or nightclub. The resort is great for accommodating for young guests as well as it has three different ‘Kid’s Clubs’ as well as a children’s swimming pool.

Last but not least is the Tikida Golf Palace, a five-star luxury boutique hotel nestled in the heart of a Eucalyptus forest. Guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway here situated next door to the Golf du Soleil golf course and in close proximity to one of Morocco’s best beaches. Agadir is one of Morocco’s tourist hotspots, and conveniently for guests at the Tikida Golf Palace, it is just a short drive away. Here, visitors can enjoy the guaranteed sunshine on the beach which runs for nine kilometres along the coast. To have a taste of authentic Moroccan culture, guests can head into the centre of Agadir to spend hours meandering around the traditional souks and bazaars, or they can enjoy a meal at one of the many Moroccan restaurants. With a 36-hole golf course just next door to the Tikida Golf Palace, guests will never find themselves far away from a fantastic round of golf. Both the Tikida and Championship golf courses are widely considered to be must-play golf courses in Morocco due to their impeccable quality and the invigorating challenge they offer. The Tikida golf course is rife with African fauna and vegetation that creates a beautiful landscape to be incorporated with a stern test of golf. Alternatively, the Championship golf course’s layout is dominated by water hazards, therefore players must make careful use of every club in their bag. The Championship golf course has hosted many international golfing tournaments which is clear evidence that it is widely considered to be one of the best golf courses in the region; in 2011, it hosted the Ladies European Tour, then it hosted the EPD Tour. The Tikida Golf Palace is a luxury boutique hotel, so its five-star service is guaranteed. The hotel has just 54 rooms, but they are all especially spacious, even for a five-star hotel. Most of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring golf courses at the Golf du Soleil which can be enjoyed from their own private balcony or terrace. To relax when guests are taking a break from playing some of the local golf courses or exploring the captivating city of Agadir, guests can lounge around the outdoor pool or they can visit the hotel’s spa for a well-deserved treatment or massage.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already looking forward to your next golf holiday to Morocco. For a golf holiday with guaranteed sunshine, challenging golf and luxurious hotels, Morocco is an excellent destination. If you still find yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf hotels by the beach. All seven of these hotels boast a fantastic coastal location, just a few steps away from some truly stunning beaches. For all those that enjoy the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf, all of these golf hotels would be an unbeatable option. When golfers decide to take a break from challenging the fairways of the local golf courses, they can simply head down to the beach for some well-deserved ‘R and R’.

The Thanos Hotel Almyra is a fantastic five-star hotel, situated just a stone’s throw away from a Blue Flag beach and of course, all four of Paphos’s excellent golf courses. Paphos is known well for its stunning beaches, clear waters and excellent weather all year round, making it an ideal location for a luxury golf holiday. The Thanos Almyra is a five-star hotel in every aspect; the guest rooms are spacious and modern, and guests can enjoy a wide range of leisure facilities. The hotel has four swimming pools and a fantastic spa facility so that all guests can well and truly unwind. There are four golf courses in Paphos: the critically-acclaimed Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, the PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Course. Conveniently for golfers, all four of these fantastic golf courses are located twenty minutes away from the hotel; therefore, an unforgettable round of golf is never far away. The Alykes Beach lies directly opposite the Thanos Almyra, and here guests can find an unspoilt stretch of sandy coastline lined with a promenade packed with a range of bars and restaurants. Guests can rent sunbeds here to make the most out of the sun or take a dip in the clean waters. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the beach and the neighbouring Mediterranean Sea from the pool area of the hotel and in some of the guest rooms. Furthermore, the hotel is located just a ten-minute walk away from the Paphos Harbour where guests will find an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and shops. For a fantastic evening out, visitors can enjoy a meal at the harbour looking out across the sea.

Another fantastic golf hotel located directly on the beach is the Gloria Golf Resort. Belek is an up and coming golf destination and its popularity increases year after year. Many golfers flock here for the guaranteed sunshine, fantastic all-inclusive options and unbeatable golf. The Gloria Golf Resort is no exception; the hotel offers great all-inclusive rates at superb value and has two of Belek’s best golf courses on-site to the resort. Furthermore, just a few steps away from the hotel guests will find themselves on Belek Beach, a Blue Flag beach comprising of sixteen kilometres of stunning beach. Most of Belek’s resorts and hotels are positioned on top of this beach, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some water sports or indulge in a spot of sunbathing. At the Gloria Golf Resort, golfers are never far away from a fantastic round of golf. Both the Gloria Old and the Gloria New golf courses are located on-site at the Gloria Golf Resort, and they are both accessible by a complimentary shuttle service offered by the resort. The Gloria Old and the Gloria New golf courses are two of the best-known golf courses in the whole of Belek, therefore the Gloria Golf Resort is a fantastic option for all golfers in Belek as they are right on the doorstep of two excellent golf courses. Guests will never find themselves short of something to do at the Gloria Golf Resort, regardless of whether they play golf or not. There are five outdoor swimming pools, all of which are lined with sunbeds and parasols so that guests are never without an opportunity to get a tan and relax in the sun. Furthermore, there is also an aqua park and sports activities including tennis and mini-golf.

The Verdura Resort is situated in the south-west coast of Sicily, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This golf resort is the ideal options for all those that want to escape the normal hustle and bustle of the busier resorts and enjoy an idyllic atmosphere in a coastal setting. The resort is set in a valley, surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the naturistic setting throughout the resort, especially on the Verdura Golf Course designed by famous golf architect Kyle Phillips. The Verdura Golf Course is one of the most prestigious golf courses in Sicily; with a unique design, beautiful coastal setting and a fantastic challenge, it comes as no surprise that the Verdura Golf Course has such an excellent reputation. Sicily is renowned in Europe for its beautiful beaches with clear waters and white sand. At the Verdura Resort, golfers are in the best of both worlds just moments away from one of the best golf courses in Sicily and a long stretch of stunning beach. The resort runs along two kilometres of stunning coastline, and the hotel has its own stretch of private beach with sunbeds and parasols, as well as a range of water sports. Guests can take full advantage of the resort’s stunning coastal setting from their guest rooms as all the rooms here boast coastal views that can be best appreciated from their private balcony or terrace. Aside from its private beach, the Verdura Resort has many other fantastic facilities including tennis courts, a sixty-metre-long outdoor infinity swimming pool overlooking the sea and an excellent spa centre. For an unforgettable luxury golf holiday in a beautiful coastal setting, the Verdura Resort is a fantastic option.

The Hotel Le Palme boasts an unbeatable location nestled in the heart of the Italian Riviera on the Adriatic Coast. This four-star hotel is situated just a short drive away from the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia, one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the Emilia Romagna region. The Adriatic Golf Club Cervia is home to 27 fantastic holes that create a fantastic golfing challenge to be appreciated by golfers of all standards and ability. The Hotel Le Palme offers a shuttle service to the Adriatic Golf Club, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach. Furthermore, there are other great golf courses to be players in the vicinity including both the Rimini Verucchio Golf Club and the Riviera Golf Club. If guests can tear themselves away from the fairways at the local golf courses, they can make the most of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including its semi-Olympic swimming pool and rooftop terrace. The centre of Milano Marittima is just a ten-minute stroll away from the Hotel Le Palme where they will find an excellent range of shops, bars and restaurants. Milano Marittima’s beach is widely considered to be its main attraction, and conveniently for guests at the Hotel Le Palme, it is just a short walk away from the hotel. The beach stretches out to four kilometres and is filled with a selection of beach clubs and some restaurants. Conveniently for guests, they can admire the hotel’s stunning coastal setting at all times from their own private balcony in guest rooms. Furthermore, the hotel has its own private beach area with direct access.

Islantilla Golf Resort is one of our most popular golf resorts, and it is not difficult to see why. This four-star golf resort is located on-site to the 27 holes at the fantastic Islantilla Golf Course, where golfers can enjoy a varied round of golf on its three nine-hole loops. The Islantilla Golf Course is a great golf course for all players, regardless of their skillset or handicap because their round of golf can be individually tailored to their own abilities. For example, a higher handicapper might opt for the Yellow course and the Green, whereas a skilled player would select the Blue and the Green loops. The Islantilla Golf Course is not the only option for guests at the Islantilla Golf Resort; both the prestigious golf courses at the El Rompido Golf Club and the Isla Canela are situated less than half an hour’s drive away from the resort. The Islantilla Golf Resort does not just have a fantastic location in the eyes of any avid golfer; the resort is conveniently positioned just a short walk away from the Blue Flag Playa Islantilla beach. This beach is perfect for all those looking to catch some rays on their golf holiday with its warm waters and pristine condition. Also, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the centre of Islantilla where guests will find an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and cafes for every taste and budget. Its location is not the only attraction for the Islantilla Golf Resort; the guest rooms are particularly spacious and are fully-equipped with all of the essentials to ensure that all of their guests have a fantastic stay. The hotel even offers a selection of villas with two bedrooms, perfect for golfing groups or families. Furthermore, it offers guests a wide range of leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

Located in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve lies the four-star Formosa Park Hotel. This luxury resort is the ideal option for a golfing getaway to Portugal, nestled in between the Quinta do Lago and the Vale do Lobo resorts. Furthermore, perfect for all golfers looking to make the most out of the sun on their next golfing holiday, the Formosa Park Hotel is located just a five-minute walk away from Ancao Beach, widely considered to be among some of the best beaches in the whole of the Algarve. At the Formosa Park Hotel, guests can enjoy the perfect mix of sun, golf and sea with such a fantastic beach located just a short walk away, as well as some of the best golf courses in close proximity. Two of the most prestigious golf courses in the Algarve include the Pinheiros Altos and the San Lorenzo, and conveniently for golfers at the Formosa Park Hotel, both of these fantastic golf courses are less than a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel. When guests aren’t soaking up the sun at the beach or challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can enjoy some of the leisure facilities at the Formosa Park Hotel. This apartment complex is home to two outdoor swimming pools lined with sunbeds and parasols, and guests can also enjoy the use of the tennis courts at the Dona Filipa Hotel which is located just a few minutes away from the Formosa Park Hotel.

The Hotel Guadalmina boasts a superb location, situated directly on the beach and just a fifteen-minute drive away from both Marbella and Puerto Banus. Furthermore, with two of the region’s best golf courses, the Guadalmina North and the Guadalmina South next door, the Hotel Guadalmina is an unbeatable choice for your next golf holiday. The Guadalmina South is the original golf course at the Guadalmina resort, and it is highly regarded amongst golfers as one of the most challenging golf courses in the Costa del Sol. Alternatively, the Guadalmina North is generally considered to be more straightforward, but the prevailing coastal winds can always threaten this perception. Not only is the Hotel Guadalmina in the perfect position to make the most out of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses, but it is also an excellent choice to relax and make the most out of Puerto Banus’ stunning beaches and its vibrant atmosphere. The hotel is located directly on top of the San Pedro Beach, with its own stretch of private beach filled with sunbeds and parasols. Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to enjoy some water sports or visit some small cafes and bars. Guests can fully appreciate the coastal position of the Hotel Guadalmina as most of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring beach and sea. The guest rooms and leisure facilities here are nothing less than what one would expect at a luxury four-star hotel; guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, the hotel’s sun terrace and large outdoor swimming pool overlooking the beach.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have some new inspiration for finding your next golf holiday by the beach. If you are finding it too hard to decide, just give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to ensure you have the best golf break yet.

This week’s blog is a guide to nine tricky golf courses for those who like a challenge. It is fair to say that golfers often do not tend to go after the easy option; they would much rather seize the opportunity to show off to their fellow players. Here, we have hand-picked some of the most challenging golf courses in Europe. All nine of these fantastic golf courses offer a stern test of golf that can be best appreciated by players that like to be kept on their toes, and those that ultimately search for an invigorating challenge.

The Espiche Golf Lagos is a hidden gem in the Algarve, one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe. Players must navigate around the 18 holes here, through a unique layout with a challenge characterised by the strategic placement of greenery and fauna. While the fairways may appear to be on the generous side, with dense forestry lining the edges and subtle contouring, golfers are guaranteed an unforgettable test of golf. This par 72 golf course has been designed to incorporate most of the landscape’s natural features, which in turn creates a stunning landscape, and of course a fantastic challenge. Not only must golfers anticipate masses of greenery and fauna to manoeuvre their shots around; the layout is also rife with bunkers and water features that run their natural course throughout the course. Despite the Espiche Golf Lagos being a relatively new golf course in the Western Algarve, it has already established itself as one of the most challenging and unique golf courses in the area. With this layout, players will find they will succeed more in course management if they prioritise accuracy over the length of their shots. There are some truly tricky tight spots throughout, therefore the general line of advice for those that want to attempt the Espiche Golf Lagos is to take plenty of spare balls! Golfers must anticipate the challenge at the par-4 3rd hole as it is widely considered to be the most difficult on the course with a 409-metre-long uphill fairway. Whilst the fairway here appears to be generously wide, the subtle undulations are sure to trip up even the most experienced player.

The Dolce Campo Real Lisboa golf course is situated just half an hour’s drive away from the centre of Lisbon. Here, golfers can enjoy an invigorating round of golf across a unique terrain with rolling hills and valleys. The challenge does not end here; not only is the landscape truly unique with consistent elevation changes, but there are also dense areas of greenery and forestry throughout. Golfers must play with the perfect balance of accuracy and length in order to manoeuvre their shot across the many water hazards and some tricky doglegs which demand a blind shot. Even the most skilled players will find every element of their game challenged at the Dolce CampoReal Lisboa as they must overcome the natural terrain of the original landscape. Donald Steel, one of the most famous golf architects in the world, has created a fantastic golf course built on the natural beauty of the former terrain. The golf course that stands today is rife with the original landscape’s features, including the natural greenery and fauna weaving in and out of the stunning valleys and hills. Players are wrong for assuming they have an advantage with an anticipated view from the elevated tees; the greens are subtly undulating, creating a surprising challenge.

The Shire is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the UK, as well as one of the most challenging. Designed by the leading golf architect Seve Ballesteros, the Shire golf course is guaranteed to keep golfers on their toes throughout their game. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf; at this golf course, no hole is even remotely similar. The golf course comprises of six par threes, six par fours and six par fives, all of which offer a unique layout and a stern test of golf. Long hitters will feel right at home here as their skills will be utilised best with the challenge to overcome the many large water hazards. They can reap the benefits of the risk-reward system at this golf course, and those that cannot rise to the challenge will be penalised. The challenge here does not just end at the strategic placement of the water hazards and the sheer size of them; there are over 10,000 trees at this parkland golf course just waiting to swallow any wayward shots. Furthermore, the greens are unbeatably fast and feature subtle contours to trip up even the most skilled golfer.

The Salobre New, formerly known as the Salobre North, is a distinctive golf course that is guaranteed to set the hearts racing of all players, regardless of their skill set or experience. This golf course offers a unique round of golf to its players with an original landscape that is sure to be remembered for years to come. Despite the fact that this par 69 golf course is not nearly as long as its sister golf course, the Salobre Old, nor the other golf courses in the surrounding area, that is not to say that golfers will find a round of golf here a walk in the park. The Salobre New was designed with the emphasis on the use of accuracy instead of length, meaning golfers must be sure to play with their A-game throughout their round. Despite only opening in 2008 as a new addition to the huge variety of golf in Gran Canaria, the Salobre New has already created a steady reputation for itself as one of the most challenging golf courses on the island. A highlight of the stern test of golf on offer at the Salobre New includes the par-4 10th hole where players must utilise the use of their iron in order to cross an undulating fairway to reach the multi-tiered green.

One of the most unique golf courses in the Algarve includes the Monte Rei, which has accurately been labelled as “the jewel in the crown of Portuguese golf”. Conveniently for players, the Monte Rei is home to a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere to soothe any tempers raised from the challenging layout they have to overcome. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the most famous golf architects in history, at the Monte Rei, golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf. Despite the huge range of golf in the Algarve and its constant expansion, the Monte Rei has continued to maintain a big name for itself in Europe. The main challenge here is characterised by the nature and placement of water hazards and bunkers; in order to maintain a steady scorecard, golfers must play with the perfect balance of length and accuracy across the 7,224-yard-long layout. Nicklaus certainly did not hold back in the use of water hazards for this layout, as they feature in eleven out of the eighteen holes here. The challenge does not simply end here; with original fauna and greenery, strategic bunkering and undulating terrain, the Monte Rei is not a good golf course for players to choose if they want to show off to their fellow players.

The par 73 Alferini golf course is a stand-out course in the midst of all the classic Spanish layouts in the Costa del Sol. Instead of just providing an attractive layout and a pretty scenery, the architect of the Alferini, Antonio Garcia Garrido, has succeeded in striving to create a fantastic golf course that offers a great challenge. Many of the golf courses in the Costa del Sol are typically attractive, and some might say they lack a certain edge to them. However, the Alferini puts this preconception to waste with a truly unique layout that is sure to provide a stern test of golf to all those that attempt it. The golf course was designed and created with its natural features in mind in order to preserve its original beauty and to maintain the landscape’s unique features. The par 5 16th hole is a particular stand-out to all of its players. At this hole, long hitters may initially revel in the lengthy and seemingly straightforward fairway. However, as any experienced golfer can advise – looks can often be deceiving! As the fairway approaches the green, it narrows significantly, therefore the element of accuracy must be focused in on as players soon find themselves surrounded by bunkers. With a unique layout that is sure to make low handicappers break a sweat, it comes as no surprise that Michael Campbell has labelled this hole as his favourite across the entire golf course.

The Le Golf National Albatros is known as the most challenging golf course in the surrounding areas around the French capital, therefore it hardly comes as surprising that it was selected as the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. It is fair to say that this golf course has lived up to each and every one of its expectations, and this has been shown to be the case as players return year after year. Golfers push their skills to their limit to make the most out of the risk-reward system the golf course operates on. Golfers are thrown into the challenge here from the get-go; however, the real challenge lies right at the end of the round at the par 4 18th hole. This is the hole to make or break an unforgettable round of golf with a huge water hazard positioned to the left side of the fairway and areas of dense bunkering on the right side. Here, the determinant of success lies in the approach shot. Whether players are happy with the end result or not, their round at the Le Golf National Albatros is sure to be a memorable one.

The La Manga Club West is the perfect golf course for any golfer looking for a challenging yet varied round of golf. The front and the back loops of nine differ in both their characteristics and the skills that they demand. The front nine holes demand golfers play with precise accuracy, and while the back nine appear to be more open, any decent player knows never to take anything at face value. The back nine might comprise of a more open layout in comparison to the narrow and compact front nine, however that is not to say that they are any less challenging. Golfers will find themselves thrown into the challenge from the very first hole, and they must do their best to play consistently as the course rapidly changes in elevation. If players are able to focus on anything but the challenge at hand, they should take their time to appreciate the immaculately kept landscape here; spectators frequently comment on the fantastic condition of the West golf course. At the La Manga West, the best is saved until last at the final 18th hole. Here, golfers must push themselves for one last time in order to give a half-decent tee shot. If they cannot do this, then there is usually some leeway due to the width of the fairway, but golfers should not count on this.

At the Acaya Golf Club, the challenge lies in the difficulty of club selection. If players can manage this, then they have a chance to do well here. There is a huge range of challenges to be met at the Acaya Golf Club, therefore golfers must choose their club carefully. Players must overcome strategically placed bunkers and water hazards that come into play at many of the holes here in order to score well. Whilst the Acaya Golf Club is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in Italy, it is also one of the most breath-taking due to its stunning location in the heart of the countryside. The architects of the Acaya Golf Club sought to incorporate the features of the natural landscape with their vision to create a fantastic golf course that forces players to use all of the clubs in their arsenal. It is certainly a unique aim to want to encourage players to use all fourteen of their clubs, however it is fair to say that this has been achieved, and it simply adds to the challenge. With three huge lakes and dense green areas consisting of olive groves, players must anticipate a testing round of golf that they are sure not to forget any time soon. The main challenge here is characterised by water hazards as the three lakes at the golf course come into play mainly in the back nine holes. The 16th, 17th and 18th holes comprise of tricky par fours; therefore, players must be sure to save the best of their game until last.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, and hopefully, we have inspired you to push beyond your boundaries to truly test your golfing skills on your next golf holiday in Europe.

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This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best golf escapes that have a bit of a twist on them. Whether you are looking for something luxurious and breath-taking or interesting and exciting, this blog has it all…

Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and has since earned itself a fantastic international reputation for its world-class travel experiences, brilliant service and superb cuisine. You can choose from a range of different journeys in South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail that range from 48 hours right through to 15 days. The trains are beautifully intimate with just 76 passengers aboard the train at once. The African Golf Collage is a panoramic 10-day journey aboard the Rovos Rail. The train winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and boasts a variety of different golfing and safari excursions. Activities along the journey include a game drive in the Kruger, Hluhluwe and Addo Elephant Park, a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery and tours of both Durban and Bloemfontein. The 9-day golf safari by Rovos Rail is perfect for even the most discerning golfer and also boasts excellent excursions for non-golfers. You will depart from Pretoria northwards towards Sun City before turning east to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then travel onwards to the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before turning north and travelling up the coast into Swaziland. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Kruger National Park before heading back to Pretoria. Whichever Rovos Rail adventure you may choose, you will stay in beautifully furnished suites, eat delicious food and drink divine African wines. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime trip where you will have the opportunity to play South African’s finest courses as well as enjoy the nature that South Africa has to offer, then look no further than a journey on the Rovos Rail.

Situated in Abu Dhabi is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi and is home to the 27-hole championship golf course of PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities as well as a brilliant location making it the ideal place for your next golf break to Abu Dhabi. Due to the hotel’s location, you are never far from something exciting to do nearby. You can find many of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions within close proximity of the hotel including the Corniche, Ferrari World and Yas Island where you can find Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld. Within the hotel, there is also plenty to do including two outdoor swimming pools which are both lined with sun loungers and the Heavenly Spa where you can choose from a range of health and beauty treatments. When it comes to food and drink, you could never be bored or go hungry at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa as there are five different restaurants. The Fairways Restaurant serves a delightful international buffet menu and for fine dining, you can venture to the Sacci Restaurant which serves the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The Lemon and Lime Restaurant is well-known for its delicious brunch and tapas-style cuisine. Whatever you are looking for from your next dining experience, this hotel has everything that you could possibly need or want. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is beautifully appointed and are equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat screen TV, a private balcony and a Nespresso coffee machine. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf and Resort Hotel boasts excellent leisure facilities, a brilliant location and beautiful guestrooms, look no further than this great hotel for your next golf escape.

Casa Velha do Palheiro is a stunning five-star golf resort situated in Madeira next to the famous Palheiro Gardens. Within the hotel’s grounds, you can find a heated swimming pool as well as a sauna, steam room and a full spa within which you can choose from a range of treatments. There are some sporting facilities including a tennis court as well as croquet and billiards available. The hotel boasts its own private motor yacht “Balancal” which is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. This yacht can be found at Funchal marina which Is easily reached via the free shuttle bus from the hotel. From the hotel, you can also enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course with reserved tee times from the halfway house which is just a short stroll from the gate. The golf course was designed by Cabell Robinson and opened for play in 1994. Two-thirds of the course lies within a pine forest and botanical woodland, the fairways are very generous. Although the course is not very long, there are some very difficult bunkers to negotiate and many of the greens are both raised and small. This course is a brilliant course which provides players with a stern but fair test of golf. This beautiful hotel and the stunning golf course are the perfect pair for your next golf break to Madeira.

For those looking to enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines, we would heavily recommend a golf escape to the city of Murcia. The Murcia region lies in the South East corner of Spain between Andalucía and Valencia and often boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year with very mild temperatures year-round. You can enjoy easy access through most of the UK’s regional airports making this a popular destination for both short breaks and long, relaxing holidays. There are 12 golf courses already open in the region with more than 30 currently under construction. It is fair to say that this will soon become one of the most popular golfing regions in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. There are some fantastic resorts which boast facilities for both golfers and non-golfers. The city of Murcia serves some of the best food in Spain, you can find an abundance of tapas bars but there are some great historical and cultural sights to enjoy, too. There is the cathedral on Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, the Casino on Calle de la Traperia and the convent of Santa Clara la Real. In the evenings, before your meal, enjoy a walk down the elegant riverside Paseo del Malecon before watching the sun go down from the Glorieta de Espana square. In the Plaza San Juan, you can then find an array of tapas bars to complete your evening adventure. This is a beautiful city and you can enjoy some of the great golf within the region whilst soaking up everything that this city has to offer in terms of delicious food, stunning wines and interesting architecture.

Situated on the captivating island of La Gomera is Hotel Jardin Tecina. This hotel stands complete with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife. The resort is perched on top of the village where you can find an array of great bars and restaurants as well as the beach. The resort is situated amongst over 70,000 square metres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. From the resort, you can enjoy direct access to the fishing village of Playa de Santiago where you can find some great bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you can choose to dine within the hotel where you will find a daily buffet on offer within the main restaurant or great Spanish and Canary cuisine served within the Tasca Fandango. There are all five bars within the resort, including the terrace bar from which you can enjoy breath-taking views of the hotel’s scenery. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views depending on your room’s position. The rooms are also appointed with all of the facilities and amenities that you could expect from a hotel of this standard including Wi-Fi, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. During the day, if you are not exploring the village or taking on the challenge that is Tecina Golf, you can spend your time relaxing around one of the five different pool areas or enjoy the sporting facilities. There is also a great spa in which you can opt to purchase a massage or facial. This is a superb hotel with wonderful facilities and a stunning location, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina for your next golf escape.

Situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region is the five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf. The hotel is nestled in the midst of one of the Costa Brava’s favourite golf courses – the Golf Club Peralada. Whilst you are here, you are just a short drive from the bet beaches in the Costa Brava. This hotel is perfect for golfers who are partial to an excellent wine due to the hotel’s position situated in the heart of the well-known Peralada wine estate. Besides from the great wine and golf, you can find a wide range of leisure activities within the resort including the outdoor swimming pool, the wine spa where you can choose from a range of treatments which use products sourced from its own wine vineyard. Within the spa, there is a jacuzzi, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. As the hotel is a small, boutique hotel, there are just 64 guestrooms. Each of them is beautifully furnished and equipped with all of the modern essentials that guests may need in order to make the most of their stay. These essentials including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a plasma screen TV. Due to the hotel’s position, you can venture into the village to enjoy a meal but, there is the excellent Restaurant l’Olivera which is the ideal setting for those looking for a great evening meal partnered with stunning views over the golf course. The Hotel Peralada is a beautiful hotel, perfect for a luxurious and relaxing golf escape to Girona.

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend the five-star Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for those looking for the chance to explore the wonderful city of Marrakech whilst enjoying some excellent golf. The resort is set in the popular Hivernage district of Marrakech in the centre of the city, just a short walk to many historic monuments and the main market square. There is no way that anyone could ever find themselves with a lack of things to do and see whilst staying here. Whether you are out exploring the city’s souks and historical monuments or taking on one of the challenging golf courses situated nearby, you will always find yourself doing something enjoyable here. For those looking to relax as well as explore, the resort offers a luxurious poolside setting as well as a spacious spa. You can enjoy a full spa programme including a range of treatments within the O de Rose spa and yoga studio. Of course, due to the hotel’s wonderful location, you can venture into the market square to find somewhere excellent to eat, however, you can also stay within the hotel. The resort boasts numerous restaurants within which you can indulge in traditional Moroccan dining. There is also the Marcelona Restaurant which serves a delicious Catalan and Spanish menu. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is decorated in a contemporary Moroccan fashion and all of them boasts a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers and a private balcony from which you can enjoy the Moroccan sun and beautiful views. This hotel offers its guests the chance to explore this fantastic city as well as the nearby golf. Look no further than the Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these seven fantastic options may be what you are looking for from your next golf escape with a twist…

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After the glare of a sunlit day, I try to block the evening sun by sitting behind the wrought iron work – just a little, the dust motes dancing in our little space, the cushions plumped behind our backs as we sit sheltered from an evening breeze up on the terrace; a bottle of red wine from Casablanca, fiery olives and breadsticks to soak it up being devoured by us four. Mohammed told of his people, the politics, the poor, the king and we told a little of our land. Shared humanity, shared laughter, breaking the bread.
Back down the marble staircase, polished to a shine with the local ‘black soap’ made from the olive trees, back to the ‘Geranium’ room.
Then I hear the call to prayer and, compelled, I climb again to the rooftop. Against a now lavender and lemon sky four, no, five voices compete in the air across the tiled roofs for attention. Haunting, mystical and timeless, declaring God is great, who can argue with that, on an evening such as this. The swifts feel they can do better, their little cries are drowned but still they swoop, supper on the wing, the cries building to a crescendo and I see the dive bombing as they expel a bird of prey from their piece of sky territory.


I want to tell of the day, the things we have seen, roads leading to the Mosque lined with trees dripping marmalade oranges, the water sellers with their huge bell jingling hats, ornate carvings on the arches and ceilings of the Bahia Palace, the concubine’s quarters, twenty four of them, the square where slaves were traded, the metallic flare and grind from the blacksmiths souk, the four pairs of babouche I haggled for, the pungent smell of spices now tucked away within my clothes. I’ll try to take your hand and lead you through souks and the medina where there is everything for sale that you must have heard of; leather, jewellery, clothes, food, baskets of cactus flowers, bright carpets hanging from wide ropes and slung across stone walls, glaring sun copper and moonshine silver, yarns of dripping wool drying above our heads, an assault and a shaking joy. I’ll lead you swiftly past the snake charmers, the monkeys on chains, the skinny cats, the weary mules pulling heavily laden wagons through the alleyways. I can try to tie a silk pashmina across your nose to reduce the pollution from the hundreds of mopeds skimming our ankles, but then I would be depriving you of this experience which makes us alive. I’m tired, just footsore and weary, so I’ll tell you of it all, the food we’ve eaten, the people we’ve met, the beggars we’ve shed our tears for, the beauty of this place – I’ll tell you all – another time. When my mind is a little stiller, my heart a little less  full and when I have yet more to tell, but now I go to slip between crisp white cotton sheets, curling around my newly made memories with my loved ones, and await the call to prayer as the sun rises again above the sandstone rooftops. Sweet dreams.

After the tranquillity of the riad, another mad dangerous taxi ride through the centre of the city where there are no discernible rules, the cars and the motorbikes, the donkeys and the mules, the old man and the sleek black taxis cut across our path, honking, swerving, stopping, starting until we reach the Majorelle gardens where the long queue is made so much shorter by our chat with a globetrotting pair of Canadians. We pass giant massed cacti in every design of nature, some proudly sprouting bright yellow bulbous flowers, past groves of thick bamboo standing next to towering palms and banana plants. We have lunch in the gorgeous courtyard restaurant: thick spicy soup, the ubiquitous bread and sticky almond tarts, bougainvillaea and jasmine spilling over the balustrades. Yves St Lauren once owned this garden and had splashed his colours and design upon the paths, the walls, the rills, and the giant urns outside the stuccoed ‘garden rooms’
As we venture out for an evening meal we crane our necks to watch dozens of vultures circling their supper out on the dusty plains of the low Atlas mountains. We’re just meandering through the dusty alleyways feeding the stray cats along the way, greeting the police and the sellers, – back from a fabulous restaurant where the banana trees rise from the floor where they’d nestled by a lighted pool, – through a skylight to the roof terrace two storeys above. We’ve had coffee and the little sweet honey cakes, tucked beneath a blanket, high above the city with the lighted minarets competing against a clear full moon. We’re sated and chilly, drunk on the atmosphere when a mule comes spinning around the corner, picks up a fast trot, eager for his supper, trailing a huge wooden cart full of the day’s collected garbage. One experience to the other! -Katie and I are quite overwhelmed; it’s taken only two days for us to fall in love with Marrakech!

By now Simon, with the help of Google tracker is confident he can lead us back to the souks, but first, we find The Secret Garden, restored to the original design of over one hundred years ago. Another cacti garden, this time next to jacaranda trees and a pool where terrapins climb upon the stones to sunbathe. A typical Islamic garden with water courses, gurgling colourful tiled water features, draped pavilions and more of those exotic doorways and arches through which one expects to find a belly dancer or sultan on his throne. We drink in the heady scent of the clipped rosemary bushes and the wavy bee soaked lavender before we climb yet another of the smooth staircases that you can’t help but stroke on your way up, and down until we sit with coffee overlooking the peace amidst the bustling city outside its walls.

Two wrong turns, three, then only four before we’re where we want to be: lunch on a high terrace overlooking the ‘slave square’ where young boys and women preside over mountains of knitted hats and baskets of every colour. Handmade wooden kitchen utensils, handmade most things, the square lined with cafes and spice shops spilling their pungency across the dusty street.

Lugging our hard bartered for goods (we were fair, there’s been no aggressive selling here) -we just have time for a rest, a shower and tea of course before we’re collected and driven for thirty minutes outside the city where we see a ‘Berber fort’ against a quickening red horizon. We can’t quite work out what this is, the ‘Fantasia show’ sounding cheap, tacky, but oh no, the tribal music, the dancing, the smoky sandalwood fires roaring in braziers transports us to an older time. I feet the lump in my throat and a smart in my eyes that has nothing to do with the smoke. Marquees made as Berber tents set amid high walls around a hard packed dirt arena. The meal is chunks of oily delicious lamb and towering chicken tagines served by waiters in traditional dress, followed by fresh fruit then mint tea poured from high.

We sit around the vast arena and find we’re holding our breath. We know something special is about to happen. Over three hundred people are quiet and we can hear the horses snorting and stamping, just make out the white of the Berber horsemen’s shirts, the dust spattered shine of their boots as the thunder of the hooves start, racing before us, rifles aloft and with an ear-splitting BANG! they are discharged. The air is thick with blue smoke, some women are screaming, not us. Then in quick succession sleek muscled horses gallop not a meter in front, their riders performing the skills of their ancestors. This night I will never forget.  

Some last moments up on the roof in the cold light of a new day, one last  stroll past the man turning honey spoons on a hand lathe steadied with his toes, one last haggle for a camel leather backpack, one last goodbye, Stirling changed for Dirham to press into the hands that have welcomed and looked after us before we are collected to make our way through the white and glass modern design of the airport, bathed in sunlight. We turn to each other, my daughter and I know that we will be back.

The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a fantastic five-star hotel situated in the Hivernage district of Marrakech. The hotel boasts a fantastic location just a short walk from many historical monuments including the Koutoubia Mosque as well as the main market square where you can find an array of souks.

The resort boasts spacious guest rooms which are beautifully decorated and are all appointed with the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and a private balcony from which you can enjoy lovely views of the hotel’s surroundings.

During the day, whilst you are not taking on one of the challenging local golf courses, you can spend time relaxing around the hotel’s pool or in the spa.

You can find numerous restaurants within the resort (five to be exact) which all boast fantastic traditional Moroccan and international dishes.

If you are looking for a relaxing golf escape to Marrakech, where you will have opportunity to play courses like The Montgomerie Marrakech and Tony Jacklin Signature Course as well as explore the delights that Marrakech has to offer – look no further!

This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best all-inclusive golf breaks that we have. Each of these resorts offers excellent leisure facilities, excellent golf and excellent food and drink. The great thing about going on an all-inclusive golf break is that you can eat and drink as much as you like without having to worry about a budget as everything is prepaid. It is often the best way to travel if you are going with a group or on a tight budget as no one will need to worry once you are there! Take a closer look at one of the following resorts for your next all-inclusive golf holiday…

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a brilliant five-star golf hotel situated in the heart of Belek. It is no surprise that we have requests for golfers to go back to this hotel year upon year due to its great golf, stunning location and lovely food and drink. The hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have a great golf break to Turkey.

Within the local area, you can find an array of great golf courses including the two Sueno golf courses which are on-site of the hotel – Sueno Dunes and Sueno Pines. The great thing about the location of this hotel is that you can enjoy great golf as well as the beautiful beach which is just a five-minute walk from the entrance of the hotel – you can enjoy a free shuttle service down to the beach from the hotel’s entrance.

The guestrooms are all beautifully furnished and are all fully-equipped with everything that you could need or want in order to make the most of your stay here. The rooms include either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. There is also a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a large ensuite within each of the rooms. During the day, spend time relaxing around the pool or enjoying the hotel’s beach club where you can find hammocks and a pier jutting out into the Mediterranean with its own bar and sun loungers. The hotel also features a great spa where you can opt for a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Of course, one of the most important things to consider when you are travelling all-inclusive is the food and drink options. The hotel’s main buffet restaurant serves a wide range of food that you can enjoy out on the terrace or within the airconditioned restaurant. Alternatively, you can find the Birdie Bar at the golf club which features its own outdoor terrace. There are a few a la carte restaurants which you can book during your stay for a small extra charge. Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a fantastic option for your next all-inclusive golf holiday to Turkey.

 

Also situated in Belek is the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel, like most of the other Belek hotels, is situated on top of a long stretch of beach. There is no doubting that this is one of the most luxurious hotels in this area with high levels of service, brilliant facilities and fantastic golf at the neighbouring Cornelia Faldo golf course.

During your stay, you can enjoy the fantastic array of leisure facilities that you can find within the hotel. These facilities include aerobics, table tennis and tennis, you can also find ten different outdoor swimming pools as well as an indoor pool to relax around. If you are looking for relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s large spa where you can enjoy the sauna, Turkish baths or opt for a treatment. Alternatively, of course, you can choose to make the most of the discounted green fees and free shuttle service to the fantastic Cornelia Faldo golf course.

There is a range of room options at the Cornelia Diamond but all of them are very luxurious. If you are travelling as a family, you can opt for a swim-up family room which is interconnected by a swimming pool which guests have direct access to from the room. All of the rooms come with a satellite TV, air conditioning, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a private balcony or terrace.

In terms of food and drink, you are truly spoilt for choice here. There are four a la carte restaurants during the winter months and eight during the summer season. There are also eight different bars – with one of them being open 24 hours a day! Look no further than the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa for your next all-inclusive golf escape.

 

Another one of our best all-inclusive hotels is also situated in Belek, the Sirene Belek Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Belek and offers true five-star accommodation as well as excellent golfing options at the Pasha and Sultan golf courses.

Much like the other hotels in Belek, the Sirene backs onto the 16km long Blue Flag Belek Beach. The hotel boasts its own pier with sun loungers, parasols and a bar to relax on! Besides from relaxing at the beach club, you can enjoy the other leisure facilities including an outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor pool and an aqua park. There are also a variety of sports to enjoy including tennis, water sports and volleyball.

The hotel boasts an impressive five restaurants including an adults-only seafood restaurant, a large buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant. In the evenings, you can head to the Hoope bar where you can enjoy a wide range of beverages. This is a fantastic hotel with a wide range of leisure activities and beautifully furnished guest rooms as well as a great all-inclusive option.

 

The Pestana Delfim is situated just a few minutes’ stroll from Alvor’s golden beach and just a couple of kilometres from the centre of Alvor. This hotel is the perfect base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses situated in the local area, including Pinta, Gramacho, Vila Sol, Silves and Alto.

In the town of Alvor, you can find a wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops which means that you could choose to eat out easily. However, the hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option. Breakfast is served within the hotel’s buffet restaurant where you can find a delicious spread of food that can be enjoyed out on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar where you can find evening entertainment.

During the day, whilst you are not spending time on one of the many great golf courses in the area, you can lounge around the pool or on the beach or take advantage of the many leisure facilities. These facilities include the fully-equipped fitness centre, water sports and private tennis courts.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TVs and air conditioning.

Situated just 45 minutes’ drive from Faro airport in a desirable location, with plenty of leisure facilities and a stunning beach and town nearby, look no further for your next golf break than Pestana Delfim.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort. You can enjoy spectacular views of the rolling countryside as you enter the hotel and it doesn’t get any less luxurious. The accommodation at the hotel resembles a typical Andalusian white village with 134 spacious guestrooms and suites which are all decorated in traditional Spanish décor. You are situated on the outskirts of Benalup in a rural part of Spain, you can find a host of restaurants and bars which are worth exploring when you are not enjoying the food and drink within the hotel!

Within the resort, you can find outdoor swimming pools, a comprehensive spa facility, a fitness centre, tennis courts and the fantastic Fairplay Golf Club. Within the spa, you can find Jacuzzis, saunas, a Turkish bath and a solarium, there is a supplement or entrance into the spa, but it is worth enjoying a spa day during your stay.

The hotel boasts a great all-inclusive option, you can enjoy international and local cuisine within the Mar de Campo Restaurant, a buffet-style menu at Acebushes and a barbeque by the pool at Atalaya. There is also a lovely eatery overlooking the 9th hole at Hoyo 19 Restaurant. Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a luxurious golf resort which can offer you an unforgettable and exclusive experience for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz.

 

The four-star Iberostar Founty Beach is located on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco. Here, you can enjoy nine kilometres of unspoilt coastline as well as everything else the hotel hías to offer you. The hotel is situated just a few kilometres from the majestic city of Agadir making it the perfect location for your next golfing getaway to Morocco.

You can easily venture out into the city where you can find out more about the Moroccan culture. During the day, you can relax on the beach or explore the local bars and restaurants or the souks. Of course, due to its location, you are close to a few great golf courses including Golf de L’Ocean, Golf du Soleil and Golf Les Dunes.

Each of the 470 guestrooms within the hotel is comfortable and spacious and fitted with everything that you could need in order to fully enjoy your stay. The rooms all feature their own private balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a large ensuite bathroom.

You can find a wide array of leisure facilities and activities within the hotel including several large outdoor pools, a spa, volleyball, basketball and a kid’s fun park. There is also the fully-equipped fitness centre if golf isn’t enough exercise for you!

Due to the hotel’s location, you can venture out for food, but there are excellent restaurants within the hotel. There are three modern restaurants which serve both local and international cuisine in an elegant setting, you can enjoy drinks at the Lobby Bar where there is live music. The Iberostar Founty Beach is a great hotel and one that allows you to explore the city of Agadir as well as stay within a luxurious resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. This extensive golf resort is situated just a few steps away from the sands of Punta Cana. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach or playing one of the local golf courses including La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course, you can enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts, a large spa area and beautiful gardens.

The hotel features 200 spacious guest rooms which all feature air conditioning, a rain shower, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning sea views.

As part of the hotel’s all-inclusive programme, they offer an abundance of restaurants for you to choose from. There are eight international restaurants as well as many bars and public areas for you to enjoy a few drinks within! This resort is perfect for those travelling as a group or a couple. Look no further for your next all-inclusive golf break than the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that maybe one or more of these resorts has caught your eye. Whatever you are looking for from your next golf escape, we can definitely find something to suit yours and your group’s needs so make sure to give us a call today.