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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This week’s blog is a guide to the seven most relaxing golf and spa breaks. Whether you are travelling with non-golfers or you are just interested in experiencing some pampering during your holiday, take a look at one of these luxurious resorts…

First up, we have the five-star luxurious La Cala Golf Resort. This complex is beautifully positioned between the Sierra de Mijas National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts three golf courses, swimming pools and a luxurious spa. Within the spa, you can find hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath and a sauna as well as a number of different health and beauty treatments available including massages and facials.
Each of the hotel’s guest rooms boasts stunning views over the golf course which you can admire from your room’s private balcony. The rooms are also equipped with all of the modern facilities and amenities that you could need in order to make the most out of your stay here including satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
During the day, whilst you are not tackling one of the three brilliant La Cala courses – America, Asia and Europa, you can spend time in the hotel’s spa, relax around the pool or take the short 10-minute drive to the nearest beach. The resort is also just 35 minutes’ drive from Malaga Airport.
La Cala’s Restaurant serves both international and local cuisine and you can enjoy a few drinks within the clubhouse or the lobby bar.
There is no doubt that La Cala Resort is the perfect destination for your next stay-and-play golf break to the Costa del Sol with excellent golf, a wonderful spa and a beautiful location.

Next, we have the four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa which is a modern, beachfront hotel situated in the fishing village of Sesimbra which boasts beautifully appointed rooms and facilities. The hotel was refurbished in 2015 and so all of the rooms and the spa boast a stylish and modern décor.
Each of the guestrooms is equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a standard of this hotel including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a minibar and a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings.
Within the spa, you can enjoy a wide range of different health and beauty treatments including massages and hot stone massages. Other spa facilities include a small heated indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna, a Tropical Shower and a Vertical Hydromassage.
The hotel boasts a beautiful location surrounded by the Arrabida Natural Reserve and has its own awnings for clients to use during the summer months at the beach. You are also within easy walking distance of the town’s restaurants and bars. The hotel is situated just under 20 miles from Lisbon’s city centre where you can find an abundance of restaurants, bars, nightlife and history.
Due to the hotel’s location, it is easy for you to walk out to enjoy a meal and a few drinks in the town, however the hotel boasts a great restaurant, Aquarius, which specialises in traditional Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes.
Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the perfect hotel for you to enjoy the great local golf courses of Aroeira I and Aroeira II as well as Quinta do Peru. Look no further for a relaxing golf escape than Sesimbra Hotel and Spa situated in the Lisbon region.

Situated in Sicily is the four-star Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel boasts a beautiful location in the East of Sicily within the breath-taking Mount Etna National Park, located on the lower slopes of the volcano.
The hotel is situated more than 2000ft above sea level which means that guests to the hotel can enjoy a pleasant year-round temperature with stunning panoramic views of the volcano and the surrounding countryside. There is so much to do and visit within the local area like trekking, mountain biking and wine vineyard tours. Arguably, the two best things about this resort is the fact that the great Il Picciolo Golf Club is conveniently situated next door and that there is a luxurious, comprehensive spa facility located within the hotel. The spa area boasts the perfect place for you to unwind, within the facility you can find a sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and a large massage and treatment area. There is also a great hotel swimming pool which you can lay around whilst enjoying the sun.
Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is beautifully appointed and takes advantage of the hotel’s lovely setting with beautiful views of the vineyards and the orchards. The room types range from a comfortable classic room to a stunning suite so everyone can take their pick! The rooms boast all of the essentials including complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV.
The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghiandaia, serves delicious traditional Sicilian cuisine. Within the clubhouse, you can enjoy a great lunch menu. In the Lounge Bar, you can enjoy a few drinks after your meal.

Next, situated on the exclusive Quinta do Lago Estate is the Monte Da Quinta Resort. This is a luxurious resort with a great range of leisure activities situated nearby as well as a selection of brilliant golf courses including the brilliant Quinta do Lago courses.
The Resort boasts a range of one, two- and three-bedroom suites which are all furnished to a very high standard to ensure that you have a brilliant and luxurious stay here. The suites all provide the modern essentials for your stay including a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access as well as a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the views. They are all fully equipped for self-catering with a fridge, microwave, oven and a dishwasher.
As the suites are so well-equipped, you can easily self-cater here. However, if you want to take a night off from cooking, take a trip to the Melange Bistro Restaurant where you can enjoy a large buffet meal. Alternatively, head to the Peacock’s Grill for an a la carte meal before enjoying a few drinks in the Peacock Bar.
The Monte Da Quinta Resort boasts a great range of leisure facilities including two outdoor swimming pools and an indoor pool. You can also enjoy access to the wonderful Magnolia Spa which boasts a sauna, steam room and a Turkish bath as well as the opportunity to take advantage of a range of massage and beauty treatments.
For a relaxing golf and spa escape, look no further than the wonderful Monte Da Quinta Resort situated in the exclusive Quinta do Lago Estate.

The Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is a luxurious hotel which boasts a high standard of accommodation with impeccable service and a brilliant range of leisure facilities. The great thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds as you are just a short journey into the centre of Vilamoura, but you are still able to relax in the peaceful setting of the hotel.
There are so many great things about this luxurious hotel, one of which is the fact that you can enjoy being situated in a prime position surrounded by a selection of the Algarve’s best golf courses including Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course and Dom Pedro Millennium Golf Course.
Another great thing about this hotel is its leisure facilities. You can enjoy an impressive six swimming pools which are each lined with sun loungers and parasols, you can also enjoy private tennis courts and the beach club at the nearby Falesia Beach. Of course, there is also a great spa within which you can enjoy a wide range of health and beauty treatments including massages and facials.
There are 176 guest rooms within the hotel and each of the boasts all of the essentials that you need for an unbeatable luxurious stay. The guest rooms and the suites all come with private balconies from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. There are also 66 one or two-bedroom apartments which are all air-conditioned and boast a spacious lounge area.
The hotel’s Moscada restaurant boasts a great breakfast and dinner buffet filled with international and local dishes. You can also choose to head to the Cilantro or Aquarela for an a la carte meal of either Italian or seafood dishes. For daily evening entertainment, cocktails and snacks check out the Rubi bar.
Whatever it is that you are looking for from your next golf escape, the Hilton Vilamoura has it all. Look no further for your next golf and spa break than this excellent hotel.

Situated amongst the beautiful foothills, in between the mountains and the ocean, sits the beautiful Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. This is a great, villa-based resort which boasts everything that you could possibly need or want from your next golf break to the Algarve.
You can enjoy rounds on Portugal’s number one golf course, stunning accommodation, excellent gastronomy and first-class service within this great hotel. From the hotel, you can explore Eastern Algarve’s towns of Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas which are all within a 25-minute drive of the resort.
Due to the location of the resort, you can easily venture outside of the hotel to enjoy a meal and a few drinks. However, there are three great restaurants onsite of the hotel including Vistas which has been included within the Michelin Guide for Portugal which means that it really is worth having a meal in that restaurant if you choose to stay at Monte Rei.
The resort offers guests a great range of self-catered luxury villas which have all been built in a typically Portuguese style and have been furnished to a very high standard. You can find all of the modern amenities that you could need for your stay within the villas including a large terrace with a great outdoor dining area as well as complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Of course, the most impressive thing about Monte Rei Golf and Country club is the beautiful, Jack Nicklaus-designed Monte Rei course. The course boasts 18 quality holes, stunning surroundings and a stern test of golf.
Another impressive thing about the resort is the range of leisure facilities that you can enjoy. There are private tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre and extensive spa facilities. Within the spa, you can opt to enjoy a range of treatments and massages.
This is a wonderful resort and offers guests the chance to self-cater, explore the local towns and the chance to play on the brilliant Monte Rei Golf Course. Look no further than the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club for a great golf and spa escape.

Last, but certainly not least, to make the list of our suggestions for a great golf and spa break, is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa. This luxurious hotel is situated in the heart of the brilliant resort of Estoril, adjacent to the Casino and just a few minutes’ walk to the sandy beach.
This five-star hotel boasts beautiful interiors and boasts a beautiful location set within lush gardens with the brilliant Golf do Estoril. The guest rooms are all spacious and beautifully decorated, they also all include the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.
The spa is brilliant with a sauna and a Turkish bath as well as a wide range of massages, facials and other treatments available. There is also a large indoor pool and a hot tub within the Banyan Tree Spa and the Estoril Wellness Center you will find everything you need in order to have a luxurious and relaxing stay.
The hotel boasts a great restaurant, The Grill Four Seasons, which boasts a selection of both Portuguese and International specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. You can also dine in on the Bougainvillea Terrace and enjoy a few drinks within Bar Estoril.
If you are looking for a luxurious golf escape with great golf, a great spa and a great restaurant, look no further than Palacio Estoril for your next golf holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs, give us a call anytime or submit an online request for a call-back if you are looking to book your next golf escape…

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To keep your Golf Escape under the budget you desire can sometimes be a tricky job for the tour leader. Of course, everyone wants to play the best courses and stay in the nicest hotels possible, but often, it cannot be done for the set budget. If you can be flexible with your dates, then there are always some little periods in the year where there is a deal to be had. So here are our top tips of when to stay and play at certain hotels and courses for the 2019/20 season.


Our first visit is to Las Colinas golf course on the border of the Costa Blanca and Murcia regions. Voted Spain’s best course 3 years in a row at the World Golf Awards, this is one that should be on everyone’s list to play. Littered with bunkers and huge water hazards, it is a course that is very pleasant on the eye. With little else around the course too, it is a peaceful experience, which helps as you work your way around this challenging course. But when should you play it? September. Las Colinas class September as their ‘low season’, even though it is a lot of regions most popular month for golfers. They cut the prices by 25% and makes one of Europe’s best courses a very affordable round of golf. Coming in at below £80 per person with a buggy included too, you have to include it in your itinerary for anybody staying from La Manga right up to Benidorm. It is well worth the journey.


The next stop off is in the Eastern Algarve and we are going to talk luxury. Not just luxury accommodation, but a golf course to match it too. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is one of Portugals finest golf resorts, perhaps even the best. Its huge Villas are traditional in design with modern touches throughout, making it the perfect place to relax before tackling the demanding
course on site. The Nicklaus course of Monte Rei is a Golf Escapes favourite and has to be considered a bucket list course that competes with some of the best courses in the world. Perfectly maintained all year, stunning surroundings and a level of service you can’t imagine is why this course is so superior to many others. Sounds expensive right? For a resort this good, it is worth paying for, but in the prime golfing period between 01st – 14th March, You could do 3 nights and 2 rounds (with buggies and range balls) from £359 per person! So, I bet we can guess where you will be going next March!

The Canary Islands. Known for its steady warm temperatures all year round, making it a fantastic winter golf destination where you can get away from the rain, wind and snow in the UK for some golf in the sun. The golf courses know this though and for that reason, their high seasons are from October through to April. So why don’t we go there in May or September? Same weather, same golf courses, but a fraction of the price. For example, Costa Adeje Golf in Tenerife. If you were to play this course on the 1 st of May or September, compared to the 1 st of November or February you would save over £35 per round!

The same for Salobre Old Course in Gran Canaria. You would save over £25 per round at this golf course. These are just two examples, but similar savings are to be had at all courses in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura during the ‘summer’ months. It seems strange to think things would be cheaper at these times of the year, but it really is the case, we promise.


When you think of a good time of year to play golf abroad, most people would say April, May September give you the full package. Sun, but not too hot and also not paying the high hotel prices that June, July and August bring. Nestled right in the centre of Paphos new town is the Dionysos Hotel, this property offers an unbelievable price in April. Peak golf season and with average temperatures 21°, this has to be the perfect opportunity to visit such a fantastic golf destination. The 3-star hotel in a perfect location is £20 per person, per night cheaper in April that it is in September! This hotel paired with the fabulous courses the island has to offer such as Aphrodite Hills, Secret Valley, Elea and Minthis makes for the perfect golfing getaway for couples and groups alike. They very much look forward to welcoming you in the most wonderful Cypriot manor.

Next is an option for groups on a budget. Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia is a resort that continues to baffle everyone here at Golf Escapes, but for all the right reasons. The resort has a 5-star hotel, 4-star apartments, a good selection of bars and restaurants and a lovely Jack Nicklaus golf course all within a stone’s throw of each other. Yet the apartments, known as ‘The Residences at Mar Menor’ is one of the cheapest and best value packages available in Europe. The resort is cheap all year
round, but to make it even better, they class the golfing peak season of May as their ‘low season’. So let’s talk numbers. 3 nights 2 rounds from £159 & 7 nights 4 rounds from £309 in May, yes May! Not only is there a great course on-site, but there are also 6 other courses that you can play for no extra cost and use the free shuttle bus provided by the resort to take you there too. We hope to see you there in May, because we will be there.


Praia D’el Rey. I am sure most of you have heard of the resort north of Lisbon and most would think of it as a prestigious golf course. That’s because it is. It has recently had a rather good addition to the resort too. West Cliffs golf course opened 18 months ago and has quickly become one of the most sought- after courses in the country. These two courses mixed with Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso (all within 15 minutes of each other) makes for one of the best selections of courses to play in Europe.
Back to the question of when to visit though… To be honest, we’ve cheated with this one. Go at any time. Any time from April until June and from September until the end of October is when we would recommend though. It can be a bit chillier here in the lower seasons, so nice to wait until the weather warms up, but when it does, it is a place of stunning natural beauty. Prices at either the 5 star Marriot Praia D’el Rey Hotel or the Praia D’el Rey Village (apartments and villas) are fantastic value for money during these periods. It is another resort that is hard to understand why it is so cheap considering the quality of golf courses. With 4 nights and 3 rounds staying in the village starting from £245 this package would be at least double the price if the resort was based in the Algarve. Golf Escapes really can’t applaud this resort highly enough as it is a truly unbelievable destination for the keenest of golfers.


Last but certainly not least… The Conrad Algarve. Voted in the top 5 hotels in the Algarve on TripAdvisor, a Michelin Star restaurant and awards under its belt such as having the best spa and the best hotel suite in Europe. The hotel is situated in the perfect location of the classy town, Quinta do Lago. Opposite bars and restaurants and 3 world class golf courses (Quinta do Lago North, South & Laranjal) within 5 minutes, this hotel has everything to offer. The hotel is luxury in every sense of the
word and is one of the most expensive hotels in the Algarve and rightly so. It is quite simply outstanding. Of course, though, it wouldn’t be in this article if it didn’t have a sneaky period where it becomes a place where anybody can visit. This period is from the beginning of March until the beginning of April, the perfect time of the year for golfers. It is literally half the price in March
compared to June & September. A Golf Escape of pure quality throughout is very possible and more than affordable in the month of March and if you wanted to treat yourself next year, get it booked sooner rather than later for even further discounts.
We hope this might have helped plan your holiday for this year and next. Be as flexible as possible with your dates and you never know what deals might just be a few days away from the dates you were first thinking.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best short breaks that you could choose for this Easter. Whether you are travelling alone, with a couple or group or with your family – there is something for everyone. Take a look at these fantastic hotels and resorts and see whether any of them catch your eye…

 

La Manga Club boasts a brilliant hotel as well as a village full of self-catering apartments. The resort is just 20 minutes’ drive from Murcia airport which means that if you are only going for a short break, you don’t need to worry about spending half of your holiday in the car! The third brilliant thing about La Manga is that it boasts over three hundred days of sun every year, making it perfect for this time of year when we are not sure whether we will see the sun in the UK.

The Five-star Hotel Principe Felipe is considered to be the centrepiece of the resort and boasts the perfect location surrounded by fantastic facilities and three brilliant golf courses within the resort. There are almost 200 guestrooms within the hotel and each of them is luxuriously decorated and fully-fitted with all of the things that you could want or need whilst you are away. There are plenty of leisure activities to enjoy around the resort including the spa and you can find two brilliant restaurants situated within the hotel.

Las Lomas Village boasts four-star apartments and offers a great self-catering alternative to those who are happy to cook for themselves a few times! As the apartments are situated within the resort, you can find all of the leisure activities as well as the three golf courses within striking distance of your front door. The apartments are all built into a hillside so you can enjoy stunning views over the North course and out to sea. You can choose from spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size, each of the houses and apartments boasts all of the modern facilities you might need including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private balcony.

La Manga Club is the ideal golf break destination with so many brilliant leisure facilities from the 200 square metre Spa La Manga Club to the three different swimming pools to the tennis courts – you will never be bored here! Of course, the main highlight is the three brilliant golf courses onsite you will not be disappointed by. Take a look at La Manga Club for your Easter golf escape today.

 

Next up, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a spectacular location beside one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The Praia d’el Rey golf course sits onsite of the resort and has been ranked as 13th in continental Europe meaning that if you choose this resort, you will have a world-class golf course to enjoy. Nearby to the resort, you can venture into the town of Obidos or enjoy golf at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos Golf Club and Bom Sucesso Golf Club.

Not only is there brilliant golf both onsite and nearby to the resort, but you can enjoy access to the extensive spa, free Wi-Fi and a health club which features an indoor and an outdoor pool. Each of the rooms is decorated beautifully and boasts either ocean or golf views. They are all fully-equipped with the amenities that you may need throughout your stay. There are two restaurants on site and a bar, each offers either ocean or pool views for you to enjoy whilst you eat your meal or relax and have a few drinks. This resort boasts a brilliant location with easy access to the beach and some truly superb golf courses – book Praia d’el Rey for your next golf break this Easter.

 

The four-star Magnolia Hotel is situated in the heart of the great resort of Quinta do Lago. The hotel is the perfect destination for your next golf break to the Algarve for an abundance of reasons including the brilliant facilities, excellent service and the two prestigious golf courses which are within a ten-minute drive of the resort. Whilst you are here, you can spend time relaxing on the white sands of the Quinta do Lago beach or take part in the exciting water sports down there, alternatively, you can relax around the pool or in the spa.

If you are looking to go away this Easter to play some brilliant golf course, look no further than this hotel. You can enjoy rounds on both of the Quinta do Lago courses and the Vale do Lobo courses very easily as they are within such close proximity of the hotel. Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and fitted with all of the essentials that you might need for your golf break including a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Each of the standard rooms boasts a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings.

Whether you are looking to enjoy leisure facilities, play lots of excellent golf, relax on the beach or explore the local area, a stay at The Magnolia Hotel is one that you certainly won’t regret. Take a further look at the hotel on our website or give us a call to discuss your Easter golf escape now.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz is the brilliant, five-star Precise Resort El Rompido. The hotel is located onsite to the two outstanding golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club and just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido. Here, you will find impeccable service, brilliant golf, excellent leisure facilities and a beautiful town nearby. El Rompido is lovely and boasts an excellent selection of shops and authentic Spanish bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. However, if you don’t want to venture out, you can find everything that you could want or need within the hotel including a brilliant buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant.

You can choose from a range of options at the hotel from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with their family or friends. There are also suites if you’d prefer. Each of the rooms boasts a spacious balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, a satellite television and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The apartments are larger with a living room and a terrace which overlooks either the resort, the gardens, the pool or the golf courses. The resort is family-friendly and offers leisure facilities for children as well as adults like a mini-club and music shows. Whilst you are here, you can relax around the large outdoor swimming pool or enjoy the spa facilities. This is a truly brilliant resort and one that should not be passed up on. This hotel is a Golf Escape’s favourite, so make sure that you give us a call to talk about your next golf holiday to El Rompido today!

 

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant four-star hotel situated in the lovely fishing village of Sesimbra. This beachfront hotel boasts stunning rooms which boast Atlantic Ocean views and extensive leisure facilities including an outdoor infinity pool and a spa. Each of the guest rooms were refurbished in 2015 and they all boast a stylish and modern décor, they are all equipped with the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe and a private balcony.

Whilst you are not out enjoying the golf, you can relax in the spa which offers a range of health and beauty treatments as well as other spa facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Vertical Hydromassage. Not only do you have the large infinity pool to enjoy, but you can enjoy direct access to Sesimbra’s lovely beach. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the great golf that you can play including rounds at Aroeira I, Aroeira II and Quinta do Peru which are all fantastic golf courses.

The hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves delicious traditional Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes as its speciality as well as a range of other divine dishes. However, due to your location, you can easily venture into the town of Sesimbra where you can find a range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Make sure to check out this hotel as an option for your Easter golf break.

 

Next, we have one of Europe’s most famous golf resorts, Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is a very special resort and it is one that golfers return to year after year and it isn’t hard to see why. You can enjoy unbeatable service, great leisure facilities and a world-renowned golf course on your doorstep during your stay here. The hotel has undergone many renovations over the years, but it has always kept its unique charm and character which is probably one of the things that makes it so popular among golfers and non-golfers alike.

The hotel boasts a great location just outside of the pretty village of Alvor where you can find a beautiful beach, lots of bars and restaurants as well as shops to enjoy. Just a little further (10 minutes’ drive) is where you can find the towns of Lagos and Portimao where you can find yet more stunning beaches, bars and restaurants. Of course, if you choose not to dine out, you can enjoy one of the hotel’s four restaurants which serve a range of authentic Italian, Portuguese and international cuisine. There is also Bar Monchique where you can enjoy cocktails and live music in the evenings.

Each of the guestrooms boasts everything that you could need or want during your stay as well as a private balcony or terrace from which you can appreciate fully the hotel’s lovely setting. The resort boasts an extensive range of leisure facilities including tennis courts, a large outdoor pool area and a children’s club, you can also take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service that runs to the nearby beach or relax within the spa. Of course, the world-renowned Penina Championship course is often the reason that golfers will come back year upon year, this course is an excellent test of golf and boasts a beautiful setting. This is an ideal destination for your next golf escape, and it isn’t hard to see why – come and find out why this resort has been voted as Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort before.

 

Last, but not least, we have Macdonald Dona Lola Resort which is situated on the Costa del Sol. The resort boasts a fantastic beachfront location just a short walk from Calahonda where you can find an abundance of shops, tapas bars, restaurants and nightlife. The resort is built around the impressively large curved swimming pool, the resort boasts two swimming pools in total as well as an indoor pool, tennis courts, golf courses and excursions to the local area. You can enjoy regular entertainment in the evenings as well as other leisure facilities. Whilst you are not playing on one of the local golf courses, you can relax within the health and relaxation centre or take a trip into Calahonda. This is a brilliant resort if you are looking to go somewhere where you can easily venture out for meals and nightlife. Of course, the main attraction here is the brilliant golf that you can find locally at Cabopino and Chaparral Golf Club. Look no further than Macdonald Dona Lola Resort for your next golf escape this Easter.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one or more of these hotels and their courses may have caught your eye. Feel free to give us a call to chat through some of these properties and what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away this Easter?

 

This week’s blog is a guide to ten of the best courses in the Lisbon region. Lisbon boasts everything that you could possibly need or want for your next golf escape from fascinating culture, rich history, brilliant food and drink to luxurious resorts and brilliant golf courses. Oh, and you can enjoy almost year-round lovely golfing weather here! We have compiled a list of our favourite ten courses in the region, so take a look and see if any of them pique your interest for a golf escape…

Aroeira Golf Resort stretches out over 900-acres and boasts two brilliant golf courses: Aroeira I and Aroeira II. The resort is situated just 20 minutes south of Lisbon and boasts a beautiful location on the Setubal Peninsula within a stunning preservation area.

 

Aroeira I was designed by Frank Pennink and opened for play in 1972. The course was an immediate hit and went on to host the 1996 and 1997 Portuguese Opens. The course measures just over 6,100 metres from the back tees. Its lush Bermuda fairways wind through a dense pine forest filled with pine trees. Each hole along the course presents you with a different challenge, the only common theme that the holes have in common is that there is a complete absence of any fairway bunkers. However, despite the lack of bunkers, there are many trees that were strategically left in play to catch any errant shots.

The landscape of the area is perfect for a golf course, it is gently undulating, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild flowers, wildlife and the preservation area. The front nine are very enjoyable holes with some notable favourites like the downhill par 3 8th which features out of bounds to the right of the hole. The back nine are even better, the signature hole of the course is considered to be the 14th which is a very short par 3 where you play slightly downhill to reach the green which sits behind a very long bunker on the corner of a small lake. This is a beautiful short hole but a difficult one! After your round, enjoy a few drinks in the clubhouse which is lovely and homely.

 

Aroeira II was only opened in April 2000, the course was designed by Donald Steel and is highly regarded as being an excellent golf course. The course measures just over 6,400 metres and was built to European Tour recommendation standards. Much like Aroeira I, Aroeira II is crafted through heavily wooded, gently undulating terrain. Unlike, Aroeira I, Aroeira II boasts six large lakes which are situated along your route and are waiting for any errant shots.

The holes on this course are very long and cleverly designed to use the natural contours of the land, many of the bunkers have a Scottish pot bunker style and are very lethal! The greens are large and slick but to get to them, you must avoid the trees, the sand and the water which is not an easy challenge. It is no surprise that both Aroeira I and II made our list of recommendations; these are impressive, challenging and beautiful courses so don’t miss out on a round on either one of them.

Arguably one of the best golf complexes situated on the Iberian Peninsula is the Ribagolfe complex of 36 holes and it isn’t hard to see why. Both Ribagolfe I and II offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and unforgettable round of golf. The only con of this complex is that it is 30 minutes from Lisbon, 45 minutes from Sesimbra and an hour from Cascais/Estoril. However, it is well worth the drive for any serious golfer.

 

Ribagolfe I only opened for play in 2004 but the course has already matured, each of its holes is memorably beautiful. The course’s main features included cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating, well-bunkered greens. The course measures an impressive 7,370 yards from the tips and was designed by Peter Townsend with tournament play in mind. However, due to the range of tee boxes, this course can be enjoyed by those with higher handicaps from the forwards tees.

Ribagolfe I plays much longer and tighter than Ribagolfe II which means that accuracy is key if you hope to finish with a good scorecard. The back nine are the most challenging on this course, there are the very long par 5 12th hole and the short par 4 14th. There is also the shortest hole on the course, the all-carry par 3 15th where you must avoid the water which sits to the front left of a raised green which is also flanked on either side by sand. Whether you are a top golfer or an average one, a round at Ribagolfe I will not disappoint.

 

Ribagolfe II also opened for play in 2004 and was also designed by the European Golf Design Company but in collaboration with former Walker and Ryder Cup player Michael King. The course was designed as a members’ course and like its brother course, is routed through cork oak and boasts a fair challenge in lovely surroundings. The course is shorter than its sibling and its fairways are much more open and lead to large, reasonably contoured greens.

Water hazards only come into play on a couple of holes along this course including the short par 4 6th where the creek cuts across right in front of the green. There is also the long par 5 13th where the sane stream cuts through the fairway into a small lake sitting on the right side of the hole. Overall, this course is considered to be slightly easier than Ribagolfe I, but it can still pose a firm but fair challenge to golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that we highly recommend a visit to the Ribagolfe complex when you are on your next golf break to Lisbon.

 

Situated between the town of Belas and Vale de Lobo, just a short drive from Lisbon city centre is Belas. This course opened for play in 1997 and stretches to a strong 6,280 metres from the tips. A round of golf here is an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities making it a perfect choice for a holiday course.

The course has been carved through valleys and over the rolling slopes of Carreguiera, you can enjoy rugged hillsides, beautifully moulded fairways, large bunkers and areas of treacherous water throughout your round here. There are many impressive holes along the course, but particularly impressive ones include the short par 5 15th which features a stream that cuts the fairway right where those of you who are big hitters would place your tee shot. The green, once you reach it, is back-to-front and slopes which makes your putting difficult. There is also the finishing 18th which is a very strong and watery par 4 where you must carry your approach shot across a U-shaped lake in order to reach the final, narrow green. This is an impressive and scenic golf course situated in an ideal location for anyone holidaying in Lisbon.

 

Lisbon Sports Club is another one of our recommendations. The course was founded in 1922 and was designed by Hawtree and Sons, it is a charming, 18-hole parkland course situated in one of the most picturesque regions just outside of the greater Lisbon area – just 20 minutes from the city. This is a perfect course to play just as you get off the plane due to its location and it works as a great warm-up course at just over 5,200 metres from the back tees.

The course is nestled in a valley and features tree-lined fairways, the main characteristics of the course are raised tees and elevated greens. Right from the first tee, you can enjoy eye-catching holes, the first hole is a par 3 which is played downhill to a heavily-guarded with sand green. Then, you embark on the toughest hole on the course, the 403-metre par 4 2nd. This a brilliant golf course which has some tricky challenges, lovely scenery and boasts a brilliant location, make sure it is one for your must-play list.

 

Golf do Estoril has had the honour of hosting the Portuguese Open 20 times, it is one of Portugal’s oldest courses but has stood the test of time and is still one of the most enjoyable golfing experiences in the country. The course was designed by Mackenzie Ross and features a fairly straightforward layout where you will be rewarded for your accuracy rather than your power shots, this is due to the fact that the course is fairly short at just over 5,200 metres.

The course is set out amongst eucalyptus, pine and mimosa trees and boasts a few water hazards. The main challenge of the course comes from the very narrow fairways and undulating landscape. There are quite a few impressive holes for you to enjoy on this course, but we will mention a few of the standout holes here. The short downhill 3rd and right doglegged 9th are both brilliant par 4s. You also have the left doglegged 14th which is a brilliant hole and the 16th which has been ranked as one of the best par 3s in the whole of Portugal! Golf do Estoril is a fantastic test of golf which is full of history. On your next golf escape to Lisbon, make sure to book yourself a round on this prestigious course.

 

Penha Longa resort is situated to the west of the city of Lisbon and is set in the southern foothills of the Sintra Cascais Nature Park. You can enjoy beautiful landscapes of valleys, hills and rocky outcrops as well as extensive vegetation. There are two excellent courses situated within the resort, but we recommend the championship course – the Atlantic.

The Atlantic was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened for play in 1992, it went on to hose the Portuguese Open in 1994. As you make your way around the course, you will find yourself travelling up and down the hills around the south side of the clubhouse, from these peaks you can enjoy the most amazing views of the coastal towns of Estoril and Cascais as well as the Atlantic. Even if the wind isn’t blowing, this course is a stern test of golf to those of all abilities but, when the wind is up, the course becomes a real test.

There are many standout holes along the course including the par 5 6th where the green is beautifully framed by a lake and boasts the backdrop of a medieval arched wall and castle tower. There is also the par 3 15th where you must carry your shot over water, but this shot is often made difficult by the winds! Undoubtedly, the hardest hole on the course is the 16th where you must carry a long drive over a valley before taking your uphill approach shot to the narrow green. This fantastic course is a challenging and beautiful one – not to be missed out on whilst you are taking your next golf escape to Lisbon.

 

Oitavos Dunes course is often ranked within the top five courses in the whole of Portugal and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is located within the Sintra-Cascais National Park and opened for play in September 2001. From the course, you can enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic and the Sintra Mountains. This course was designed by Arthur Hills who only designed two European golf courses as the rest of his accomplishments are set within the USA.

Measuring just over 6,300 metres from the competition tees, the course is not overly long, but it boasts a stunning mix of both woodland and links-style holes that have been beautifully laid in order to make use of the existing landscape. Each and every hole flows well and features strategically positioned hazards and firm, fast greens. The beginning holes are quality but not difficult holes, although they are all tree-lined and feature careful bunkering as well as tricky greens! The following holes boast more of a links feel to them with a sandy ground, dunes and much fewer trees to watch out for. The final two holes require you to venture back into the trees and pose a stern finishing challenge.

There are so many brilliant holes situated along the course but the 14th is probably the signature hole. The 14th is a brilliant par 3 which can play a lot longer than its 153 metres suggests, you play your tee shot across a storm ravine which then runs all the way down the right-hand side of the hole. This is a superb course which can be paired beautifully with a stay at the Oitavos Hotel.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Quinta do Peru which is situated to the south of Lisbon between Sesimbra and Setubal. The is one of the most exclusive courses in the region but it is possible to book tee times here if you get in early enough. The course is set within a pine forest which extends to more than 300 acres, you can enjoy the Arrabida Mountains as a backdrop to the course. There is no doubting that this is a very special course, it is routed across a high undulating plateau from which you can enjoy stunning views across the treetops.

Both sets of nine holes begin with very challenging par 5s and finish with extremely difficult holes. The 9th and the 18th are long par 4s. If you decide to take on this course from the back tees, you certainly are in for a challenge due to the huge American-style bunkers and many water hazards, don’t expect to play to handicap during your first attempt on this course. This course boasts an excellent reputation, but make sure to see for yourself what the fuss is about and book your next golf escape today…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one or more of these courses has piqued your interest for your next golf break to Lisbon. Give us a call today to get your own tailor-made golf escape.

Many discerning golfers also love delicious wines and this blog is a guide to our top five destinations for a wine and golf tour. Now that we are in 2019, it is time to start thinking about your next golf break and one of these destinations may just be perfect for you.

The five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf boasts a brilliant location situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region. The hotel is surrounded by the brilliant Peralada golf course which is a popular course among holiday golfers as it isn’t overly long but boasts some unique and challenging holes along the course. The 18th is a particularly special hole as it is a long par-3 over water which has been known to ruin a few scorecards! Not only is the hotel perfect for golf, but also for exploring the local area as there are some of the best beaches in the Costa Brava region within 15-minute drive.

There are just 64 guestrooms within the hotel and all of them are modern and feature bright décor as well as all of the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including plasma-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Besides playing on the brilliant Peralada course, you can work out in the gym, relax in the wine spa which offers a range of treatments or relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool. Guests within the hotel also have complimentary access to the casino which is situated in the medieval Peralada Castle just 800 metres from the resort. The hotel’s restaurant, Restaurant l’Olivera boasts an extensive menu filled with delicious Mediterranean cuisine and magnificent views over the golf course. Within the restaurant, you can also enjoy beautiful wines from the region and abroad which perfectly compliment your meals. Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf is a beautifully well-appointed boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Costa Brava which makes it the perfect base for your next golf escape.

 

Another recommendation for your next wine and golf tour would be Fancourt. You can choose between staying in the Manor House or the Fancourt Hotel but whichever you choose, you will have easy access to the three fantastic Fancourt golf courses as well as beautiful South African wines. The resort boasts four different restaurants which serve international cuisine made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The hotel also boasts a bar that offers regional wines and a spacious garden terrace. Whilst you are staying at either property on the resort, you can enjoy activities such as tennis, running and walking trails, bird watching and fishing.

The five-star Manor House is set on the 1,500-acre Fancourt Estate and was remodelled to create a boutique hotel which is a beautifully luxurious space for couples, families or small groups to enjoy. The Manor House boasts a garden and terrace on which you can enjoy a few glasses of wine and enjoy the views.

 

The five-star Fancourt Hotel boasts luxurious accommodation, a wellness centre and elegant guest rooms which boast beautiful views of the Outeniqua Mountains. All of the rooms boast a minibar and a satellite TV as well as free toiletries and a private bathroom.  The hotel’s spa features an indoor heated Roman Bath as well as a leisure centre where you can find a kid’s club, a fitness centre, a cinema and an outdoor swimming pool.

The three golf courses situated at the Fancourt Resort are the main reason for you to choose this resort for your next golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The Fancourt Links course is a prime example of a magnificently designed golf course and is undoubtedly the most impressive course in South Africa. This course frequently ranks as one of the top courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The Montagu course is beautifully landscape across lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the backdrop and both this course and the Outeniqua courses also rank highly in the world rankings of golf courses.

 

With three superb golf courses, extensive leisure facilities, world-class restaurant and special surroundings, what more could you be looking for for your next golf break?

 

The five-star Vidago Palace is situated just an hour from the centre of the city of Porto and five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vidago. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful scenery and the hotel itself is the perfect blend between the Belle Epoque style and modern luxury. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy relaxing around the vanity pool, in the extensive spa or play a round on the fantastic Vidago Palace Golf Course. Within the spa, you can find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, vitality pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna, relaxation rooms, a juice bar and a gym as well as twenty different treatment rooms.

All of the rooms within the hotel boast essential amenities and facilities including LCD TVs and work desks as well as spacious seating areas and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. There are four different restaurants within the hotel, including the stylish main restaurant, a spa bar and the poolside bar and grill. For you wine lovers, you can enjoy the most famous export wine from Vidago’s wine cellar.

Of course, the main attraction at Vidago Palace is the very special Vidago Palace Golf. The course reopened in 2010 after extensive remodelling as a new, 18-hole championship golf course. The course has retained many original elements from the parkland holes and there are newer holes which have been carved through the valley. This course is the perfect blend of its original design and new, modern design. The greens were enlarged during the remodel and have been reshaped to USGA standards. Throughout the course, you can enjoy stunning scenery and four different tee positions from different heights as well as lengths to make sure that this course can be enjoyed by all golfers!

If you are looking for a special golf escape to Portugal where you can enjoy delicious food and wine, play a few rounds on a fantastic golf course and enjoy extensive facilities within the hotel then look no further than Vidago Palace. It is no surprise that this fantastic hotel made our list of recommendations for your next golf and wine tour…

 

Situated in the stunning region of Bordeaux is the new luxurious Golf du Medoc Hotel. The hotel is located within 200 acres of French countryside situated just outside of the city of Bordeaux and features two brilliant golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that this resort is considered to be one of the most renowned golfing destinations in France and is the perfect place for you to enjoy wonderful golf and wine in this wine producing region.

The hotel offers beautiful four-star accommodation which is set opposite the two 18-hole golf courses. Each of the 79 rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones and boast complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and a hairdryer. Within the hotel, you can find extensive spa facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool, a Hamman, a fitness centre and beauty treatments including reflexology.

 

You can find two different restaurants within the hotel; La Table du Medoc serves gourmet cuisine and boasts a very impressive wine list whilst Le Club serves a variety of snacks and is situated by the golf courses – perfect for a post-round snack. Besides the great wine, the two golf courses are the most impressive thing about the Golf du Medoc Hotel and it isn’t hard to see why.

Les Chateaux is the bigger course of the two and is highly regarded as being one of the best courses in France and has been awarded titles such as “The Best Course in France” in both 2014 and 2016 at the World Golf Awards. The course spans over 6,900 yards of French countryside and boasts large fairways and extreme rough areas. The idea of the course was to incorporate the best of the Bordeaux region and this course has not disappointed. This is a captivating golfing experience with heather-lined fairways, immaculate greens and strong, coastal breezes to pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. A fantastic course that will require you to use every club in your bag.

The other course situated at this brilliant golfing resort is the Les Vignes course. This superb course was created in 1991 and has been embedded into the landscape of this stunning, wine-producing region. The course is of similar length to its sister course at just over 6,800 yards and boasts plenty of long pars which are finished with immaculate, fast-paced greens which are almost always surrounded by strategically-placed obstacles. Much like its sister course, a round on this course will challenge your consistency and will provide you with an exciting round from start to finish.

A stay at the Golf du Medoc resort is a perfect choice for golf and wine lovers alike.

Our final suggestion for your next wine and golf tour is a stay within the Lisbon region. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal and is considered to be one of the most vibrant and historic cities in Europe. You can find brilliant hotels and even better golf at Lisbon Sports Club within the area or, if you are happy to stay outside of the city you can venture up to the Obidos region. Of course, as a capital city, you can find an abundance of brilliant restaurants and bars where you can sample some exquisite food and drink, including very special wines.

 

Lisbon Sports Club was designed by Hawtree and Sons and is a charming 18-hole parkland course which is situated just outside the greater Lisbon area just 20 minutes from the city centre. This is a perfect course for you to play either when you just arrive or right before you fly home as it is situated just a short drive from Lisbon airport. The course is a short one at just under 5,300 metres off the back tees, so it is suitable for those looking for a great, holiday-style course which is playable by golfers of all abilities. There is a stream running through the course which comes in to play on 12 of the 18 holes but otherwise, this is a friendly course with lovely scenery and a great location.

Venturing out of the city, you can explore all areas of the Lisbon region including the Estoril, Sintra and Cascais triangles on the coast to the northwest and on the south, you can find several brilliant courses on the Costa Azul. An hour to the north, you can find Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos.

The key golfing areas include Obidos and Cascais. Obidos is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal and boasts beautiful resorts and courses. The Royal Obidos course is a very special course with unique and challenging holes right from the first one. The second nine holes lie in the central and southern section of the development and six of them meander between an intricate ecosystem of lakes which are interconnected by cascading streams. Also, north of Lisbon, is Praia d’el Rey which is one of Europe’s finest courses, this classic links course is spread over dunes and cliffs with pines inland which are lying in wait to collect any errant shots. This course is a real test of golf to even the most discerning golfers and it is no surprise that we recommend this course to any travelling t the Lisbon region. No matter where you choose to holiday within the Lisbon region, you can find great wine, great golf and great weather and culture.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about booking a golf holiday, you think of the great golf and wine that you could enjoy if you choose one of these resorts or destinations for your next golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the fantastic deals that we have at Golf Escapes at the moment, whether you are looking for a short weekend away or a longer golf holiday, we have something for everyone this winter.

 

Precise Resort El Rompido is a stunning hotel which boasts a brilliant location situated on a 36-hole golf complex and featuring stunning views of the Piedras River Marshes. The El Rompido courses are considered to be two of the best courses in southern Spain and it isn’t hard to see why. El Rompido South boasts two distinctive sets of nine holes which are beautifully contrasting to provide golfers of all abilities, a varied and exciting round of golf. The course boasts stunning, sweeping views, many different hazards and some very memorable holes to combine to make an unforgettable round of golf. The second course, El Rompido North opened in 2006 and is the perfect companion to the South course with a round which is set on a more elevated landscape to enable golfers to enjoy the breath-taking scenery from perfect points throughout the round. Both of these courses are difficult, exciting and offer guests within the hotel, the perfect chance to enjoy some of Spain’s best golf.

The great thing about this hotel is that due to its fantastic location, not only do you have easy access to both El Rompido courses, but you can also enjoy some of the “real” Spain with the Paraje Natural Park just next door and the centre of El Rompido just a five-minute drive away. Besides playing golf and exploring the local area, you can utilise the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a mini-club, music shows and entertainment as well as sporting activities including tennis and football. Of course, there is also an outdoor swimming pool and extensive spa facilities! Within the hotel, you can find a range of accommodation from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with family or in a group. There are also the suites which you can upgrade to if you choose to. Within all of the rooms, you can find all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need to fully enjoy your golf break including a spacious balcony or terrace, air conditioning, a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. With extensive leisure facilities, beautifully decorated accommodation and many different dining options, it is no surprise that this is a Golf Escapes favourite! At the moment, you can enjoy some fantastic group offers if you are looking to travel early 2019 and also, some excellent unlimited golf packages so that you can truly enjoy the two El Rompido courses ‘til your heart is content.

 

Next, we recommend the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort which is a new, luxurious golf resort nestled between Murcia and Cartagena. The hotel boasts extensive facilities for guests to enjoy including a tranquil spa area and a large outdoor swimming pool. There is also a range of outdoor activities available like football, tennis, cycling and hiking. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the brilliant Hacienda del Alamo golf course which only opened in 2016. The course is a pristine golfing oasis and is surrounded by beautiful, natural landscape but do not be fooled by its beauty as this course can prove to be a stern challenge to even the most discerning golfer. The course stretches over 7,400 yards and boasts original and unique holes to combine to make one of the longest courses in Spain which winds through almond and olive groves before concluding at the exciting 18th hole.

The Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf boasts an excellent golf course, great leisure facilities but also, 155 stylish bedrooms as well as 100 apartments which are all fully-equipped with all of the modern facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. When you are dining within the hotel, you will not be disappointed as you can find brilliant Mediterranean food, international favourites and light lunches and dinners at the eateries within the resort. Alternatively, you can take a trip to the nearby towns to enjoy the variety of restaurants and bars that you can find there. With brilliant prices on all of our rates for 2019, don’t delay and book this fantastic hotel today.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set within the Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and villages. The resort features both indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as extensive spa facilities. With a great package staying within this lovely hotel, you get to play rounds on Campo Real, Bom Sucesso and Royal Obidos, all of which are fantastic golf courses offering golfers exciting and challenging rounds of golf. Campo Real is a real challenge with tight driving holes, undulating fairways and small greens and boasts stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and rolling hills. Bom Sucesso is a championship golf course which is always in impeccable condition with spectacular views over the sea and the Obidos lagoon as well as well-designed greens and strategically positioned bunkers to pose a stern test of golf. Lastly, Royal Obidos which is difficult right from the first hole which is a difficult, right-handed dogleg leading into a very special combination of testing holes which overlook the lagoon. With three fantastic golf courses, what more could you possibly want from your next golf break?

Not only is there plenty of brilliant golf available, but the hotel’s accommodation is lovely and well-appointed, there are some beautiful Portuguese towns nearby ready to be explored and the dining options are excellent. For your next brilliant golf escape look no further than the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort, especially as the prices for 2019 are looking fantastic.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have a very merry Christmas! Don’t forget t’is the season of great deals and book your next golf escape today.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the great resorts that we have available to you that have excellent golf courses onsite. These resorts are perfect for those of you that don’t want to leave the hotel to play golf. If you are looking for excellent resorts with excellent golf courses and excellent leisure facilities, then look no further than one of these properties for your next golf break.

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is situated in Turkey just a few minutes’ walk from the beach (or a golf buggy shuttle!) and within close distance of Antalya airport. This is undoubtedly a first-class golfing property that boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have the perfect golf holiday including superior rooms, a brilliant beach club during the summer months with a pier jutting into the ocean and hammocks to relax in as well as a great spa and outdoor pool area. During the day, you can enjoy a round on either the Dunes or Pines golf course, both of which are just a few minutes’ walk from the reception of the hotel and both will give you a fantastic and challenging round of golf. After your round, enjoy a drink in the Birdie Bar whilst overlooking the stunning course which boasts platforms on the lake in front of the lake and of course, is free of charge to those staying within the resort on the all-inclusive package! This a special and relaxing golf hotel with a great spa, great beach club and great 18-hole golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that we recommend this hotel for your next golf escape…

Next up, we have the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a stunning location situated beside one of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed rooms which boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole championship golf course. The West Cliffs Golf Links is the perfect blend between links and parkland holes which has caused it to be ranked 13th in continental Europe and 80th in the world by Golf World Magazine. Not only does the resort boast a brilliant golf course but also a range of brilliant leisure facilities including the Kalyan Spa which boasts Turkish baths, a hot tub and an indoor and an outdoor pool as well as a health club with a well-equipped gym. There are two restaurants and a bar within the hotel. The restaurants serve a delicious buffet and a la carte dishes and boast ocean and pool views. If you would like to eat outside of the hotel, the hotel is located midway between Peniche and Obidos and both are around a 15-minute drive from the resort and both boast a fantastic array of restaurants and bars. The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is the perfect destination for your next golf break with a fantastic golf course onsite.

The five-star modern Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort situated in the beautiful Costa Brava. The hotel has been newly refurbished in a contemporary design and is decorated with warm and welcoming colours. Each of the 145 guestrooms is spacious and comfortable and equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a minibar and an elegant, modern bathroom. Besides enjoying a round of golf or two on the truly brilliant PGA Catalunya golf courses, you can relax in the hotel’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and a Hamman as well as a range of health and beauty treatments available.

Nearby to the hotel, you can visit the towns of Caldes de Malavella and Girona which are five- and 15-minutes’ drive respectively. These towns boast an abundance of bars and restaurants that you can enjoy which is great for when you want to explore the local area and enjoy a bite to eat at the same time. Of course, if you choose to remain within the hotel for food you won’t be disappointed as the airy restaurant within the hotel boasts a piano bar and a pub as well as delicious a la carte dishes. With an abundance of facilities, a beautiful location and some of the world’s best golf – look no further than Hotel Camiral for your next golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, is Bom Sucesso Resort which sits on the banks of the Obidos Lagoon, just 15 minutes’ drive from the medieval town of Obidos and boasts uniquely designed apartments as well as the brilliant Bom Sucesso golf course. All of the apartments and villas are beautifully appointed and located conveniently close to the clubhouse. They also all have a private furnished patio that leads into the garden as well as well-equipped kitchens and lounges. Whilst you can cook within the apartments and villas, you can either venture into Obidos and find an array of restaurants and bars there or eat within the resort at the restaurants and bars situated on the resort. During the summer months, you can enjoy the shuttle which transports guests to the beach and the town. The Bom Sucesso Resort is the perfect destination for your next golf escape where you can enjoy the great Bom Sucesso course as well as both Campo Real and Royal Obidos which are in the local area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these resorts will have caught your eye for your next golf holiday.

 

 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best resorts that are perfect for both golfers and non-golfers. Whether you are looking for great golf or excellent leisure facilities and luxurious accommodation, look no further than one of these superb resorts next time you are looking to travel as a group of both golfers and non-golfers, with your family or with a partner who isn’t as keen to spend time on the golf course as you are!

First up we have the brilliant Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is a lovely, five-star hotel situated in the heart of the luxurious resort of Estoril just a few minutes’ walk from the sandy beaches. This hotel boasts so much charm and character, as well as access to some of the best golf courses in the area including Golf do Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha and Penha Longa. If you are a non-golfer, you can enjoy your time here relaxing in the hotel’s excellent spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a hot tub as well as massage and beauty sessions. This beautiful hotel offers four brilliant dining outlets including The Grill Four Seasons where you can find a wide range of both Portuguese and international specialities. This luxurious hotel offers great deals on golf packages where you can receive free transfers to and from the courses and for non-golfers, the spa here is unrivalled and you also have easy access to the stunning beaches and the casino. Look no further than this five-star property for your next golf break with a non-golfer!

Another brilliant resort for both golfers and non-golfers is the five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort which is situated in Belek and offers an excellent all-inclusive option. You can enjoy a wide range of activities during your stay here including tennis, aerobics, billiards and bowling and there is also a great kids club if you are planning on a golf break with your family! The best thing about staying here is the reduced green fees for the Cornelia Faldo course but for non-golfers, you have to be impressed with the hotel’s direct access to its own private beach where you can find an abundance of sunbeds and a great beach bar. With beautiful and well-appointed accommodation which boasts everything that you could need or want in order to have a perfect golf break, access to a private beach and brilliant leisure facilities including the Cornelia Faldo golf course, you need look no further than the brilliant Cornelia Deluxe Resort for your nets golf escape to Turkey.

The brilliant La Manga Resort boasts two excellent accommodation options; you can either stay win the Prince Felipe Hotel or the apartments with Las Lomas Village. The apartments are all very well-appointed with fully-equipped kitchens and living areas which means they are the perfect option for those who want to self-cater as you still get access to everything within the resort including the swimming pools, the spa and the La Manga golf courses. The Hotel Prince Felipe is widely considered to be the centrepiece of the fantastic La Manga Resort and is a beautiful and luxurious hotel. All of the rooms within the hotel boast private balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of is standard including satellite tv and tea and coffee making facilities. With two brilliant accommodation options, extensive leisure facilities and three excellent golf courses, there is nowhere better for your next golf break to Spain than the fabulous La Manga Resort in Murcia whether you re a golfer or non-golfer.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel situated in Sicily. The resort is situated within 230 hectares of olive groves and other beautiful Sicilian countryside. The resort boasts lovely, spacious rooms and some of the rooms even boast their own private courtyard and terraces which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts great leisure facilities including tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, a large infinity pool and a gym. For those who aren’t planning on spending time on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy a range of different beauty treatments and massages. There are some great dining options within the resort with four excellent restaurants for you to choose from. Whether you are coming to enjoy the golf or just the local area, brilliant weather and extensive facilities within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed if you choose the Verdura Resort for your next holiday to Sicily.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about where to travel to with your group of friend, partner or family, consider one of these fantastic resorts for your next golf break…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best resorts to go to if you are looking for well-appointed apartments. The great thing about staying within a well-fitted apartment when you are enjoying your next golf break is that you have the best of both worlds and you can choose to explore the resort’s and golf club’s dining options, but you can also choose to dine in and cook your own meals which can make things cheaper.

 

At the Las Lomas Village, there are some excellent four-star apartments which offer a superb self-catering option as an alternative to the hotel, La Manga Principe Felipe. All of the apartments boast everything that you could need or want in order to have an enjoyable and relaxing golf escape. La Manga Las Lomas Village is situated onsite of the La Manga Club Resort where you can find a fantastic hotel, brilliant golf courses, bars and restaurants and other leisure facilities. Within the resort, you can find three golf courses, a fitness studio, extensive spa facilities and a swimming pool.

The apartments are all built into a hillside which means that from them, you can enjoy stunning views over the North Course at La Manga Golf Club and out to sea. Within the village, you can choose between spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size but wherever you stay, the facilities are the same. All of the accommodation is fitted with private balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi access and air conditioning as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, a lounge area and a dining table. If you choose to venture out of the apartments for food within the La Manga Resort, you can find ten different restaurants to choose from as well as two bars and two cafes which means that you can easily go out for food rather than cook. If you are looking for a great golf escape where you can stay in beautifully appointed apartments within a brilliant resort, then look no further than the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village for your next golf break to Spain.

 

Situated within the centre of the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course are the beautifully appointed Residences at Victoria by Tivoli. If you choose to stay within these brilliant self-catering apartments, you will get to enjoy a brilliant location just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vilamoura and surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the region.

All of the apartments are two or three-bedroom apartments set within different building blocks and can accommodate between four and six guests within each apartment. Each of the apartments is fully furnished with a kitchenette, a lounge area, a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views and a garage. Within the resort, you can find everything that you need for a great golf escape with three swimming pools as well as an onsite restaurant for those who would rather eat out. Of course, as you are so close to Vilamoura where there is a brilliant harbour with many bars and restaurants, you can eat and drink out whenever you please easily. The best thing about these great apartments is your positioning to enjoy some of the best golf in the region. From the apartments, you have easy access to courses like Victoria, Laguna, Pinhal and Vila Sol. With beautifully appointed apartments which are perfect for self-catered golf escapes and excellent golf within the local area, look no further than the Residences at Victoria by Tivoli if you are looking for a well-appointed apartment on a great resort for your next golf break…

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Bom Sucesso Resort which boasts uniquely designed apartments which are all modern, clean, spacious and well-equipped. All of the villas and apartments boast beautifully furnished patios that lead through to the hotel’s gardens as well as everything within the property that you might need or want. There are well-equipped kitchens and fully-furnished common areas within the apartments which are all decorated beautifully.

This is a brilliant resort which boasts so much to do and see including a great, outdoor pool as well as an 18-hole golf course and other leisure facilities including four tennis courts and a football pitch. If you are looking to eat out as well as self-cater, you can enjoy Bom Sucesso’s restaurant which serves delicious Mediterranean dishes with a Portuguese touch and you can enjoy a filling and delicious breakfast at the golf club. During the summer months, from the resort, you can get a shuttle to the beach and Obidos. This is a wonderful resort to enjoy your next golf escape within and the best thing is, that you can choose whether to self-cater or eat within the resort’s restaurant or explore Obidos for bars and restaurants.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these excellent self-catering options for perhaps, an autumn or winter sun escape where you can find great apartments situated within beautiful resorts with great golf courses…