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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

This week’s blog is a guide to just seven of the reasons as to why you should book with Golf Escapes. With consistently high ratings, financial protection for yourself and your fellow travellers, as well as expert knowledge, your next golf holiday could truly not be in better hands. When our customers book their holiday with us, they can be assured that their holiday has both financial and legal protection. Furthermore, since opening in 2002, all of our staff has accumulated a great deal of knowledge and experience in regard to golf all over the world, so regardless of what you are looking for in your next golf escape, we can give unbeatable advice to ensure that it is your best golf holiday to date.

All of the golf holidays sold by Golf Escapes are protected under ABTA; the Association of British Travel Agents. ABTA is the UK’s biggest travel association which works on the behalf of travel agents and tour operators like Golf Escapes, to provide key support and advice to travellers. As Golf Escapes is covered under ABTA, customers can put their trust in us to deliver on their golf holiday. ABTA regulates areas such as advertising and trading regulations, as well as alterations to bookings and managing customer complaints should any traveller find their holiday falls short of expectations. Furthermore, ABTA also provides financial protection in the event of company failure. For those who travel with an unprotected travel agency or tour operator, in the event of the company struggling financially and forcing to close, they risk losing the full sum of money that they paid for their holiday in advance. Therefore, it is highly beneficial for prospective travellers to opt for a travel agency or tour operator which is covered by ABTA as they have both financial protection and resolution advice. As ABTA has been established for more than 60 years, it has a high reputation in serving the interests of travellers and golfers alike, to ensure that they can book their next holiday with peace of mind knowing that they are protected under all eventualities. In summary; ABTA offers travellers both legal and financial protection so that they receive the holiday that they paid for, and also so that they receive a refund should the tour operator and travel agency go bust.

Secondly, ATOL, the Air Travel Organiser’s License, is a further reassurance for all golfers booking their next golf holiday through Golf Escapes. As all of the golf holidays and packages are sold with ATOL protection, in the event an airline goes into administration or fails, then all holiday-purchasers are entitled to a refund. ATOL protection only applies to golf holidays sold with flights, therefore our ‘stay and play’ golf holidays in the UK such as Celtic Manor and the Belfry are not ATOL protected because, for residents in the UK, flights are not required. For holidays booked in Europe such as Spain and Portugal, all of the options are ATOL protected because they include flights. If a golf holiday or package has ATOL protection, then if a travel company ceases trading, then travellers and golfers are entitled to a refund for both their holiday (including accommodation) and flights. ATOL is purely a financial protection scheme that guarantees customers a refund if their holiday fails to go ahead due to company failure. Should travellers already be on their holiday when they find that they cannot travel home due to company failure, then under ATOL protection, their additional accommodation (such as a hotel) and flights home will be covered, so customers do not need to fear being stranded abroad with no funds to get home. To keep up to date with the latest terms and conditions of your ATOL coverage, please check the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate, or alternatively, as a member of our staff for further guidance. Upon booking your holiday, you will be given an ATOL certificate; we ask that you ensure everything you have booked including flights, hotels and services are included in the certificate.Furthermore, outside of the realm of financial and legal protection, Golf Escapes is also a great company to book your next golf holiday with due to its excellent service. While there is quite a small and compact team here at Golf Escapes to deal with your inquiries, this only means that the service we provide is a standard above that provided by other companies, especially some of the larger tour operators. We pride ourselves in being efficient, courteous and friendly to all customers to ensure that they get their best golf holiday to date. Since 2002, we have successfully delivered more than 120,000 golf holidays to both golf lovers and amateurs. Regardless of what golfers are looking for in their next golf escape, with our fantastic service, all of our members of staff will constantly strive to ensure that all customers have their best golf holiday to date. All of our staff are committed to delivering golfers with an unforgettable golf escape filled with sun, fantastic accommodation, and superb golf courses. Every client is treated as an individual with their own needs, preferences and budgets; here at Golf Escapes, we never assume that any golfer or golfing group is the same, therefore we make a special effort to ensure that all customers are accommodated for. As a commitment to our customers, we promise to work with you to deliver an unforgettable golfing experience comprising of fantastic golf courses, impeccable service and great destinations. At any point in the booking or the duration of your golf holiday, all of our staff is fully committed to delivering unbeatable service and accommodate all your needs.

The level and standard of service at Golf Escapes does not go unnoticed by our customers with our outstanding Feefo rating. We have received 73 reviews over the past year, and we are proud to say that our Feefo rating currently stands at 4.9 stars; a true testament of the fantastic service we offer here at Golf Escapes. Our team has been described as “efficient and friendly”, which delivers “top class service”. Our customers have especially noted our efficiency at accommodating for changes in bookings, as well as our knowledge and experience in helping customers find the perfect golf holiday for them. Throughout the booking process, our staff has been commended for their attentiveness and professionalism in delivering customers with a fantastic and well-deserved golf holiday. With such superb service and efficiency, it really does come as no surprise that golfers return to us year after year for their golfing holidays. Furthermore, it has also been noted how our sales team is able to tailor a package holiday to the individual needs of all of our customers; if a prospective customer has a particular concern or preference for their golf holiday, any one of our members of staff will be more than happy to try to help. Even if golfers find themselves lost on what they are looking for out of their next golf holiday, our previous customers in their Feefo reviews have celebrated the fact that our staff have been able to advise prospective customers on our best deals and the best destinations for them.

If golfers are finding themselves unsure of where to go on their next golf holiday, then any one of our members of staff on our sales team will be more than happy to advise. At Golf Escapes, we have a wealth of knowledge of the world’s best golf that has been steadily growing since we set up in 2002. Understandably, golfers have different interests and needs; some might be opting for a quick golf break to escape everyday life, in which case some of our UK golf options would be a great choice, or alternatively, some golfers might be willing to travel across the pond to explore the best highlights of our US golf programme. However, regardless of the preferences and needs of golfers, with a huge amount of knowledge and experience, we can help all golfers have an unforgettable golf escape. Collectively, our staff have decades and decades of both general travel knowledge and golf travel experience, meaning your booking could not be in better hands. Our team is committed to ensuring that you have your best golf holiday yet, so whatever qualms or suggestions customers may have about their booking, we will be sure to accommodate. Whether golfers are looking for a golf holiday of a lifetime at a five-star resort with plenty of luxury, or if they are just simply trying to find out the latest deals and offers, with our expert knowledge, we are more than capable of advising golfers. There are many components of a golf holiday that need to be considered; the destination, hotel, boarding type, golf and spa. Therefore, it is very important that a tour operator has excellent knowledge in all these areas to ensure that all golfers have an unbeatable stay.

Contrary to belief, a fantastic golf holiday or golf break need not always break the bank; there are a wide range of deals and offers to ensure that golfers can have a fantastic trip at a great value. If golfers have a smaller budget, then using our knowledge and expertise, we can ensure they have an unforgettable golf escape, nonetheless. Across all of our programmes, whether it be in Europe, the UK, or long haul, we offer fantastic deals, meaning your golf holiday can be tailored to your own needs. Golf is a sport that is best enjoyed amongst friends, so conveniently for golfing groups, the best offers and deals benefit large golfing groups the most. Many of our golf hotels, resorts and golf courses offer fantastic value for money, so superb golf and luxury accommodation can be enjoyed at a discounted price. If golfers are finding themselves tired of the winter blues, then they can be tempted with a well-deserved winter getaway without having to be concerned with the price. The prices of our package deals and holidays remain competitive, and we will always strive to guarantee our customers with the best price available to help to give the best value for money. Some of our best deals can be found in the Algarve and the Costa del Sol; two of our most sought-after golf destinations, and with warm weather, great beaches and superb golf, this really is not surprising. A fantastic golf holiday does not always demand a huge budget, and as your holiday can be specifically tailored to your own needs and preferences, you are guaranteed to have your best golf escape yet.

Since opening in 2002, our travel programme has expanded rapidly all over the globe. While Portugal and Spain are a typical option for golfers with its huge range of hotels, resorts, and its rapid expansion of golf courses, there are plenty of other destinations that guarantee you an unforgettable golf escape. To escape the winter blues and to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine, the Canary Islands or Turkey is a great choice, or alternatively, for those willing to travel a little bit further for a fantastic golf holiday, they can try out our growing golf holiday programme in the United States. For golfers on a smaller budget or for those who are just looking for a last-minute golfing getaway, then our ‘drive and stay’ golf breaks are a fantastic choice as they need not bother with all of the hassle and cost of flying. We understand that all golfers have different needs, preferences and budgets, therefore it is important that they have the choice from a wide range of destinations to ensure that they have a fantastic golf holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven reasons as to why you should choose Golf Escapes to book your next golf holiday. The reviews speak for themselves; you are guaranteed to receive five-star service for an unforgettable golf escape. If you are looking to see what all of the fuss is about, then give us a call on 01342 811777 to have your best golf holiday yet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Year has only just begun, leaving you plenty of time to start planning your holidays for the remainder of it. Instead of just laying on the beach in the Caribbean, why not plan your holiday around one of your favorite past times; golf. Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is king when it comes to the sport and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here just to check out the courses. The views are absolutely stunning and the actual courses are impeccably designed. Check out the courses here.

Scotland

Suggested Course

The Queens Course: It’s one of the most beautiful in the Gleneagles region; full of woodlands and the occasional roaming deer. It was opened in 1917, has a challenging par of 68 and is actually less than 6000 yards.

Where to Stay

Gleneagles Hotel: Stay here for a luxurious experience with fantastic views. It’s a five star resort with exclusive dining options and a great location for people heading to the golf courses.

What to do

When you aren’t on the golf course, there is plenty to explore in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Cairngorms National Park, tour the Dunrobin Castle or wander through Inverewe Gardens.

 

Catalonia, Spain

One of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Catalonia is located in the northeast and is characterized by its beaches and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Barcelona

Suggested Course

Bonmont: It’s located in the hills of the surrounding mountains and offers views over the Mediterranean. The course is also quite versatile so golfers at most levels can have a good time here. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona: Situated in an ideal location, guests can easily walk to the beach and the historical center. It also has a rooftop lounge, pool, and spacious, modern rooms.

What to do

Take some time to visit Barcelona and taste the tapas, wander through Sagrada Familia and lounge on the beaches. If you can, rent a car and check out the beaches of Costa Brava, climb up Montserrat and visit the Dali Museum.

 

Antalya, Turkey

It’s the largest city on the country’s Mediterranean coast and is also the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The city is also a great starting point if you want to visit the region of Belek, a natural beauty and great place to play golf.

turkey

Suggested Course

Carya: Opened in 2008, the course is quite new and is made up of 7,186 yards and has a 72 par. You can also play golf here well into the evening as it has plenty of lights.

Where to Stay

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa: This hotel overlooks the beach and is only a short drive from Montgomerie golf course. It’s an absolutely huge resort with swimming pools, plenty of dining options and entertainment.

What to do

Wander through the old quarter of Antalya to view the mosque, make a visit to some of the beaches and check out the zoo.

 

Paphos, Cyprus

This coastal location is a hot spot for tourists due to its history and cultural treasures. While it has been a holiday destination for years, the area is increasingly becoming known for its golf courses.

Paphos

Suggested Courses

Aphrodite Hills: It’s an award-winning course that is well manicured and full of native plants. It also features a challenging, 130 meters-long gorge to work your shots around.

Where to Stay

Aphrodite Hills Hotel: This hotel is five stars and known for its elegance. Guests are offered fine dining and entertainment as well as pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and garden views.

What to do

Wander through the archaeological park, visit the Tomb of Kings and spend some time learning a bit at the Episkopi Environmental Center.

 

Lisbon, Portugal

The weather is fantastic and the golf courses are in abundance around Portugal. While there are courses all over the country, the bustling city of Lisbon makes a great place to stay.

Lisbon Portugal

Suggested Course

Aldeia dos Capuchos: It features 9 holes and is one of the newest courses in the country. The ocean serves as the backdrop here and visitors will love the strategic bunkers, sloping greens and large lake.

Where to Stay

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa: Located right on the beach, this hotel is four stars and is in walking distance of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a long day of golf.

What to do

It’s impossible to get bored in this thriving city. Visit the various parks and gardens, wander the historic streets and dig into the night life if you have the energy.

 

Costa Brava, Spain

It used to be an unlikely golfing destination but now has been voted one of the most up and coming spots to golf. While the resorts are modern and lush, there are plenty of quaint fishing villages and culture to explore when you’re finished your game.

Catalunya Resort

Suggested Course

Emporda Links: The fairways are fast and wide with very little tree coverage. To have success on this challenging course, make sure that your shots are precise!

Where to Stay

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort: It’s a five-star hotel that is actually located right on a 36-hole golf course. Enjoy the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub and hammam when you finish your game.

What to do

Wander the fishing village of Tossa de Mar if you want to add a little bit of culture and beauty to your trip. The old Jewish quarter of Girona as well as the Dali museum and marine park make great destinations as well.

 

Algarve, Portugal

This destination offers fantastic value as a golfing vacation spot. The course options are pretty wide and amongst the large hotels, there are also interesting fishing villages to explore.

Lagos

Suggested Course

Alamos: This course offers a variety of holes as well as undulating fairways and small sized greens. Conditions are great and the whole course is delightfully secluded.

Where to Stay

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: It’s one of the most famous golf resorts in Europe and has quite a loyal following. It has charm, personality and offers elegant amenities on top of the fact that it has superb golf facilities.

What to do

Make sure to visit the old inner city of Lagos and see the red stone castle, Silves. Wander through the trails of Monchique mountains and try out one of the activities like mountain biking or a boat trip.

 

Cape Provinces, South Africa

This stunning area is characterized by good weather and is home to the country’s most famous city, Cape Town. The area is also full of vineyards and stunning desert scenery.

vineyard

Suggested Course

Arabella Country Estate: This estate is home to one of the most highly ranked courses in the country. There are tricky bunkers, pristine grass and an infamous closing hole.

Where to Stay

Arabella Hotel and Spa: It’s highly rated and offers rooms with private terraces to overlook the scenery. There is a swimming pool, plenty of elegant dining options and an award-winning spa.

What to do

Make sure to explore all of the museums and restaurants in Cape Town and take a drive to the wine growing region of Stellenbosch.

 

Vienna, Austria

This city is famous for the river that runs through it as well as the distinct culture. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a golf getaway, it’s actually home to some pretty amazing courses.

vienna

Suggested Course

Adamstal Golf Club: You’ll find this course amongst the alpine foothills. The holes are actually quite flat while still offering up a challenge. There is also a bonus 19th hole!

Where to Stay

Diamond Country Club: It’s located an hour west of Vienna but is well known as the home of the PGA European Tour Lyoness Austrian Open.

What to do

There is an overwhelming amount of sites to see here but try to make it to the MAK museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the outdoor markets.

 

Bruges, Belgium

Known for its Medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and fairytale-like atmosphere, Bruges makes a lovely destination for your next golfing vacation.

belgium

Suggested Course 

Royal Zoute Golf Club: Only 25 minutes from Bruges, this course is one of the most premier in the country. It was designed by Harry Colt back in 1907 and is one of the top links courses in Europe. It resembles an English golf course and has hosted the Belgian Open for many years.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel Casselbergh: It’s a historic hotel located in the center of Bruges. Guests can enjoy the wellness center, the bar, sauna and Turkish bath. All of the amenities are perfect for relaxing after a long day of golf.

What to do

Make sure to check out the Brewery De Halve Maan to learn all about Belgian beer making and the Choco-Story Museum to learn all about how Belgian chocolate is made. There are actually enough museums to keep your schedule filled throughout the entire trip.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Another fairytale city, Prague is home to Medieval architecture, a 9th-century castle and an old town square. The outskirts of the city are home to some prestigious golf courses that have seen some pretty prominent players over the years.

albatross

Suggested Course

Albatross Golf Resort: Opened in 2009 and located just outside of Prague, this course sits at 420 meters above sea level. Due to its own distinct micro-climate, this course has the longest golf season in central Europe. It has 65 sand bunkers, seven lakes and is comprised of 50,400 square meters.

Where to Stay

Hotel Majestic Plaza: This hotel is located right in the center of Prague and offers a prestigious and elegant experience for guests. Guests can enjoy the outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, hot tub and restaurant which serves up some international cuisine.

What to do

Make sure to wander around both new and old town, walk along the Charles Bridge, and get a photo in front of the Dancing House.

 

Basque, France

Located in southern France, the Basque region has a French elegance with some Spanish flair. The natural scenery here is stunning, especially with the Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.

Basque

Suggested Course

Golf de Chantaco: This golf course is especially interesting as it’s located in the small fishing village of St. Jean de Luz. The course is family owned and was designed by Harry Colt. Golfers here can look forward to both coastal and woodland views.

Where to Stay

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz: This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of Biarritz. Guests here can walk to the casino, old port and 4 different golf courses.

What to do

Look at the architecture of the churches, visit the Museum of The Sea and spend some time lounging on the beaches.

 

South Coast, Ireland

This region of Ireland is full of history from castles and abbeys to stately homes. There is so much that visitors can see here aside from the pristine golf courses.

ireland

Suggested Course

Dingle Links: The scenery here is breathtaking and makes it worth visiting even if you aren’t playing golf. The course is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Where to Stay

Hayfield Manor: It’s said that this is the grandest hotel in Cork as it’s perfectly secluded and rated five stars.

What to do

Have a look at the Ring of Kerry, view the lakes of Killarney and wander through the lovely fishing villages of Waterford and Wexford. Also, head to Cork if you want to spend a little time wandering a city.

 

Western Gulf, Thailand

This popular area of the country is home to some of Thailand’s most visited places like Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. While each of the islands are great for beach lounging and partying, Hua Hin is especially good for golfing.

Hua Hin

Suggested Course

Banyan Golf Club: Rolex named this course one of the top 1000 in the world. The course is 7,361 yards par-3 and has plenty of sand traps, waste bunkers and water hazards.

Where to Stay

Wannara Hotel: This four-star property is located in walking distance of Hua Hin beach. It’s modern in style and offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and on site restaurant.

What to do

If you can, head on over to the islands for a relaxing getaway once you finish your golfing. While in Hua Hin, try to get to the Railway Station, Klai Kangwon Palace, and Sam Roi Yot National Park.

 

Arizona, U.S.A

It’s full of desert, cacti and of course, the Grand Canyon. The weather here is ideal and the golf courses are abundant.

grand canyon

Suggested Course

Boulders North Course: Designed by Jay Morrish, this course is considered one of the very best in the area. It is 7000 yards with a par 72 and is surrounding by spectacular landscapes of desert and mountains.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House Hotel: It’s located in Scottsdale and is only a short walk from a nice selection of bars and restaurants. They have suites available that offer plenty of comforts like a lounge and equipped kitchen.

What to do

Make sure to visit the Grand Canyon! It should be the top destination on your list. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are also gorgeous, natural sites that are worth visiting too.

 

North Region, Puerto Rico

This region of the country is full of caves, lagoons and rugged coastline. It’s all about the nature here which make the golf courses particularly beautiful.

Royal Isabela

Suggested Course

Royal Isabela-The Links: It’s a challenging 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is run by one of Puerto Rico’s most respected golf professionals.

Where to Stay

Royal Isabela: This hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the golf course. Plus, it also overlooks the ocean as well as all of the other natural scenery.

What to do

Check out the bioluminescent bays, hang in the casinos and go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re up for it.

 

Marrakech, Morocco

This city will take you back in time while offering up all of the best of the country’s culture. It has a stunning backdrop and plenty to do.

morocco

Suggested Course

Al Maaden Golf Course: It’s a par 72 course that measures 6644m and has strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water. The course can be quite challenging, but in a good way!

Where to Stay

Riad Cinnamon: This boutique hotel is tiny, housing only 5 suites. However, it offers the chance to stay amongst the winding streets of the ancient city and has pretty gardens, a roof terrace and dipping pools.

What to do

Make sure to wander around the souks, get a glimpse at the tanneries and view the architecture of the mosques. Don’t forget to drink the mint tea too.

 

Check out our destinations page for more inspiration of where to go on your golfing holiday. If you’d like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

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.