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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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to our 7 must-visit destinations. Summer is almost upon us and it is time to start thinking about where you will be playing golf over the next few months. There is no denying that it is nice to get away and play somewhere that you know will be warm! Take a look at these suggestions and start planning your summer golf escape.

 

First up we have Hotel Jardin Tecina which is situated on the beautiful island of La Gomera. The resort is sat on top of the village where you can find an array of bars and restaurants as well as a beautiful beach. From the resort, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts stunning garden or sea views which you can enjoy either from a private terrace or balcony. The rooms also feature all of the modern luxuries that you could want or need in order to make the most out of your stay here including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV.

During the day, you can take a stroll into the fishing village of Playa de Santiago, enjoy a round on Tecina Golf or take advantage of the range of leisure facilities and activities offered at the hotel. There are five pool areas, extensive sporting facilities including tennis and squash courts as well as beach volleyball and table tennis. If you are looking to relax and indulge, take a visit to the hotel’s spa where you can enjoy a signature massage or facial.

Within the village, you can find an array of restaurants and bars, but you can also choose to stay within the hotel and make the most of the great half-board option that is on offer. In the main restaurant, there is a daily buffet and for those looking for true Spanish and Canary cuisine, you can enjoy a meal in the Tasca Fandango. There are five different bars for you to enjoy including the terrace bar which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cold drink! For your next golf escape to the Canary Islands, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina.

 

Vale do Lobo is Portugal’s biggest and most exclusive luxury holiday destination. The estate spans over 400-hectares and boasts beautiful scenery, two championship golf courses and a three-mile-long sandy beach. Within the estate, you can find dozens of bars, shops, bistros, cafes and even a nightclub as well as extensive sporting facilities. For those looking for relaxation, there is the brilliant Vale do Lobo spa where you can choose from a range of different health and beauty treatments or just enjoy the facilities including the sauna, hot tub and jacuzzi.

Within the estate, sits the brilliant five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. This hotel sits next to the Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course and within close proximity to San Lorenzo Golf Course. You can enjoy access to the stunning Vale do Lobo beach as well as the rest of the estate.

The hotel boasts a wonderful location, it is beautifully peaceful within the hotel, yet you are just seconds away from all of the leisure facilities within the Vale do Lobo Estate. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully decorated and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private, spacious balcony as well as Wi-Fi access and complimentary toiletries.

The hotel offers its guests a great range of leisure facilities throughout the Estate as well as the children’s Kangaroo Club, private tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and a great selection of spa facilities.

Within the hotel, you can find the Dom Duarte Grill where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with authentic cuisine originating from India, Africa and South America. There is also a great cocktail bar with its own outdoor terrace where you can find live piano music during the summer months.

Alternatively, when you choose Vale do Lobo Estate you can opt to stay within the Deluxe Apartments. These are a great option if you are looking for a self-catering golf break. The apartments sit in the heart of the estate with the Vale do Lobo Royal and Ocean Golf Courses located just next door. You can choose from a one, two or three-bedroom Margarida apartment. Each of the apartments feature attractive décor and modern amenities to make sure that you can fully enjoy your stay at the Vale do Lobo Estate. The amenities within the apartments include an LCD television, DVD player, Wi-Fi access an air-conditioning. You have your own spacious living room, dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Of course, these are the perfect option for those wanting to self-cater, but you can take a night off to enjoy one of the many restaurants situated around the estate! Vale do Lobo Estate is the perfect destination for your next golf escape, whether you choose to stay within the Dona Filipa Hotel or within the apartments, you will have a brilliant stay.

 

Situated in Sicily is the Verdura Resort, the resort lies on the South West coast near to the seaside town of Sciacca. The hotel plays host to the fantastic Verdura Golf Course which is a stunning course and will test golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has established itself as being amongst Europe’s premier golfing destinations and provides guests with an air of unspoilt exclusivity that very few places in Europe can rival.

There are excellent facilities within the hotel including an award-winning spa, the championship golf course and other sports facilities including six tennis courts, a two-tiered infinity pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre and various water sports. It is safe to say that you would never be bored during a stay at this fantastic resort.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully appointed with Olga Polizzi-designed interiors as well as a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The rooms are all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. If you are looking for a luxury golf holiday, look no further than the Verdura Resort in Sicily.

 

Next, we have the stunning Acaya Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Italian countryside but still boasts a great location as you can drive into the historical centre of Lecce in just 20 minutes and out to the beautiful coastline of Southern Italy in just five!

With a great golf course next door, a beautiful, historical town just a short drive away as well as easy access to a stunning beach, it is no surprise that this hotel made our list of must-visit destinations for your next golf escape. In the town of Lecce, you can take part in a range of different historical excursions and explore the local attractions.

During the day, whilst you are not exploring Lecce, sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying a round of golf, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include two outdoor swimming pools and an excellent spa. Within the spa you can find a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam room, jacuzzi and Turkish bath to help you relax after a testing round of golf!

Of course, you can find some dining options within the town of Lecce but, if you stay within the hotel, we know that you won’t be disappointed. The Acaya Golf Resort boasts an array of drinking and dining options. At the Gian Giacomo restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of fine, Italian cuisine which is all created using the region’s freshest, local produce from a Michelin star chef. In the mornings, you can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold breakfast foods.

For your next golf break, look no further than the Acaya Golf Resort for a relaxing golf escape to Sicily.

 

Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech is a great four-star hotel which sits overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option that is perfect for those wanting to eat and drink as they please!

The resort spans over 10-hectares and features a range of leisure facilities including three swimming pools, landscaped gardens and a small lake. There are plenty of sporting activities available as well as Spa Sensations where you can relax and maybe opt to purchase a treatment or two.

Whilst you are not enjoying everything that the resort has to offer, you can venture out into the city and take part in various excursions that will be offered to you. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service which runs six times a day from the hotel to the centre of Marrakech.

Of course, there are some great golf courses nearby to the hotel – nine to be exact! With nine different golf courses to choose from, we know that no one could get bored here. Golf courses in the area include Al Maaden, The Montgomerie, Noria and Tony Jacklin Signature Course, all of which are just a short drive from the hotel.

The hotel’s main restaurant boasts a vast and delicious menu, offering a wide array of different cuisines to cater for everyone. The hotel’s guest rooms are all decorated beautifully and boast private balconies as well as other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

This is a brilliant hotel and a stay here gives you the opportunity to explore the brilliant city of Marrakech and enjoy some fantastic golf.

 

Last, but certainly not least, situated in Madeira, Portugal is Casa Velha do Palheiro. This is a stunning five-star golf resort which boasts just 37 luxurious guest rooms as well as a full spa. The hotel lies next to the famous Palheiro Gardens which were originally created over 200 years ago.

From the hotel, you can enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course, guests at the hotel get the best tee times at this course. Whilst you are not playing a round on the golf course, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include a heated swimming pool with sauna, seam room and a full spa. There are other sporting facilities including a tennis court.

Something unique to this hotel is that you can make use of the hotel’s private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ which sits at Funchal marina, you can use the yacht for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to Fuchal twice in the morning and twice in the evenings.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf escape to Portugal, look no further than a stay at the Casa Velha do Palheiro.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider some of these must-visit destinations for your next golf break. Whether you are looking to travel as a group, with your family or just with a partner, we can tailor-make a golf escape which will meet your needs perfectly. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 to chat through some of your options!

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This week’s blog is a guide to the top nine courses in Morocco. These courses are all excellent with brilliant facilities. Nearby to the courses, you can find luxurious and brilliant resorts for you to stay within whilst you explore the best golf, culture and food that this country has to offer.

 

Mazagan is a world-class golf club and despite only opening in 2009, has already established itself as one of the most prestigious courses in Morocco. The course was designed by Gary Player and is definitely not a disappointment. A round of golf here is unforgettable and is an exciting challenge for golfers of all handicaps as there are multiple tee boxes for players to choose from. The course boasts a stunning layout which lies across the coast next to the Mazagan Hotel and adjacent to a stretch of beautiful, golden sands. You can enjoy fantastic, panoramic views from most points along the course.

The signature hole of the Mazagan is arguably the 6th hole which is a par 4, 440-yard hole. You play a majority of the hole uphill where you must dedicate all of your attention to the hole if you are to score well. You must not be distracted by the stunning views of the ocean as the ocean breeze can take you by surprise on this hole. Your tee shot must be carried across sand dunes in order to reach the fairway where you must navigate your way around four strategically placed bunkers. Your approach shot is a long one to a raised green which is lined with three deep bunkers! Many of the holes around the course are as challenging as this one but for those with higher handicaps, they can enjoy the fact that many of the fairways are very wide! This is an excellent holiday course and paired with the Mazagan Beach Resort it makes the ideal golf escape to Morocco.

 

The 36-hole complex of Golf du Soleil was designed by Fernando Muella and Gerard Courbin and sits deep within the heart of a eucalyptus forest. The course boasts a range of hard to navigate hazards including large water features and many strategically placed bunkers. This is a very prestigious golf course which is evident from the course due to its perfectly manicured greens and beautiful setting. The complex boasts the Tikida course and the Championship course.

The Tikida course boasts a parkland feel and boasts much African vegetation. The course features many water hazards and unique holes making a round here very memorable. The 7th and 8th holes are particularly impressive due to their strategically placed water hazards!

 

The Championship course has played host to many tournaments including the Ladies European Tour in 2011 and EPD Tour. With spacious bunkers, large water hazards and stunning views, this is a challenging but scenic course! This is the more challenging of the two courses and measures an impressive 5,976 metres from the back tees. Whichever of the courses you choose to take on at the Golf du Soleil complex, you will not be disappointed as either of these courses would make the perfect addition to a golf break to Morocco.

 

Situated just 10km from the city of Agadir lies Golf Les Dunes. This course was created in 1991 by Cabell Robinson who has created an impressive golf course here with each and every one of the holes boasting its own character and unique layout. The course comprises of 27 holes and extends over 250 acres of stunning, hilly terrain. The course lies at over 6,000 metres from the back tees and its fairways are lined with eucalyptus and palm trees. Along the course, you will find four different lakes and other hazards which are all lying in wait for any errant shots. There are three loops of nine holes for you to enjoy here and each of them is special in its own way. The Oued nine have narrow fairways and this set of holes poses the sternest challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Tamaris nine boast many strategically placed water hazards and the Eucalyptus nine feature wider fairways and make a perfect round for those with higher handicaps. Whichever route of holes you choose, you will not be disappointed by taking the time to play a round on this brilliant course.

Assoufid Golf Club only opened in October 2014 but has already gained. Stellar reputation for being one of the best courses in Morocco, if not THE best. The course is set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. This course is such an exciting round of golf both skill-wise and visually. The course sits at just over 7,000 yards from the back tees and blends effortlessly into its surroundings of the desert. You can find olive, cacti and palm trees here as well as many hazards waiting to catch any of your errant shots.

The par 4 5th hole is arguably one of the toughest holes on the course. You play from an elevated tee and the fairway is flanked on either side by desert as it rises directly towards the Atlas Mountains. If you can play your tee shot to the left, you will be able to see the flag for your approach shot much better. The tee for the par 3 17th hole is situated at the highest point on the course, from here you can enjoy panoramic views of each of the back nine holes. This hole is undoubtedly the signature hole of the course. You must carry your tee shot over a natural dry stream which runs through the course before you can reach the wide but shallow and well-protected green. This is such an impressive course and we would highly recommend that you add this to your itinerary for your next golf break to Morocco.

 

Noria Golf Club opened in early 204 and was designed by Steve Forrest. His vision was that the course would celebrate traditional Moroccan landscape and architecture and he definitely didn’t disappoint. This unique course plays with the stunning backdrop of the Atlas Mountains much like Assoufid. You can enjoy three different landscapes during your round here: the orchards, the gardens and the dunes of rural Marrakech. The course runs at just over 6,500 yards from the back tees and boasts a memorable and exciting challenge of golf for those of all handicaps. The complex consists of two par-36 nine-hole loops which wind through the course’s original landscape.

Without a doubt, the signature hole of Noria Golf Club is the 175-metre 8th which is played from an elevated tee position across a reflecting pool to a rectangular Biarritz green which sits between the water and an authentic Moroccan bell tower. This simple but visual hole will create memories for golfers that will last long after they have left Marrakech. The round of golf ends in brilliant style with the 18th hole returning to the 9th’s long water channel. You can find a traditional Moroccan irrigation system with open pits which lead to an abandoned underground canal by the tee box. This is a challenging hole with a diagonal line of bunker protecting the green and there is a lot of water to the left of the fairway! When in Marrakech, make sure to take the time out of your break to play this magnificent and authentic course.

Next up, we have Samanah Golf and Country Club which is one of the newest courses to open in Marrakech. The course runs at 6,800 metres from the back tees which makes it the longest course in the area but there are five tee boxes for you to choose from making this course suitable for those with higher handicaps as well. This course provides golfers with a brilliant test of golf right from the first tee shot. You can enjoy breath-taking views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains whilst you take on the challenge.

There are a few stand-out holes along the course including the short par 4 6th hole which offers you a decent birdie opportunity if you are able to avoid the water which sits on the right-hand side of the green. The 8th which is a par 3 is another special hole on the course. You play this hole across an area of scrub and sandy waste to reach the green which gently tilts from back left to front right. However, the signature hole of the course is the 15th where you must carry your approach shot over a wide gully which is situated just 100 yards short of the green. There are a few courses within this blog located in the Marrakech area including Samanah Golf and Country Club, we highly recommend that you take a look at them and start planning your next golf escape now…

 

Royal Palm Golf and Country Club is considered to be one of the most spectacular courses in Morocco and it isn’t hard to see why. The course was designed by Cabell Robinson and is the newest addition to the growing golfing portfolio that you can find in Marrakech. The course extends to 6,608 metres from the back tees and plays to a par of 72. The holes of the course are routed around five sparkling lakes with Bermuda fairways and tees and A4 bentgrass greens in play. This course only opened for play in 2013 but you can’t tell that so much earth was moved during the construction of this course as it blends so effortlessly into its surroundings now. You can find a variety of different shrubs, flowers and trees along the course which all bloom at different times of the year.

There are many feature holes along this brilliant course including the short par 4s at the right dog-legged 3rd and the left dog-legged 14th. The favourite hole of the course is the long par 4 15th which veers off to the left and then downhill to the large, long green which is heavily guarded by bunkers on three out of its four sides. This course lies to the south of Marrakech, next door to Samanah Golf Club and nearby to Noria and Assoufid. A perfect golf break would be to stay within the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech and enjoy rounds on all of these special courses…

 

Our eighth course that we recommend is Palm Golf Ourika which is situated to the south of Marrakech, close to the Atlas Mountains. This course opened for play in 2015 and has built up a good reputation for itself. The course measures a very long 6,692 metres from the back tees and the holes wind their way around a 180-acre residential estate. You can find wide and generous fairways which are bounded by large, sandy waste areas. There are also six lakes which come into play during the round. Despite these lakes, the course still boasts a desert-like feel. This luxurious golf course is playable all year round and boasts stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. This is another very special course located in Marrakech, there are some brilliant hotels in the area which you must check out as there is something for everyone.

Last, but certainly not least, Al Maaden Golf Course. The course was designed by the famous American architect Kyle Philips and opened in 2010. Since then, it has developed a brilliant reputation as a course which boasts a great challenge for players of all abilities due to its assortment of hazards and multiple tee options. The course measures an impressive 6,644 metres from the back tees which may seem daunting to those with a higher handicap, but they can always choose a further forward tee box. You will find undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers (104 to be exact!) and plenty of water hazards coming into play during your round here. Al Maaden has a distinct Scottish links feel which is unusual for a Marrakech golf course.

You will find some brilliant holes whilst you are enjoying your round here but the concluding 18th hole which will stay in your mind for long after you leave this golf club. The 18th is a long par 4 at 444 metres long. You must drive accurately over one of the largest lakes of the course if you are to give yourself a good second shot. Another very special hole situated in Morocco – it is time to start planning your next golfing getaway!

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are excited by the thought of a round at one or more of these superb golf courses. Give us a ring today to discuss your options for your next golf break to Marrakech where you can find warm weather for most of the year along with luxurious hotels and brilliant golf.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best adult properties that we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a quiet golfing getaway with a partner or with a group of friends, these hotels offer everything that you could need or want in order to have a relaxing and enjoyable golf trip.

 

First up we have the five-star Iberostar Sabila which is situated on Fanabe Beach on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Within the hotel’s grounds, there are large gardens, an infinity pool, a chill-out area and you are situated just a short walk from the beautiful beach. Besides relaxing around the hotel, you can work out in the gym or visit the Spa Sensations which boasts a spa circuit and a range of different health and beauty treatments which is perfect for those who may not be playing as much golf.

For those who do enjoy a great round of golf, a holiday here will not disappoint you as you have easy access to some of the best courses in the region including Amarilla Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas. All of these courses are fantastic and access to these courses is one of the reasons that this hotel is so highly recommended by us. For food and drink, the hotel’s main restaurant serves delicious international cuisine and from Wednesday through to Sunday every week, there is a Gourmet Market where you can find seven different styles of cuisine as well as live music. With luxurious accommodation which includes all of the amenities and facilities that you may need as well as delicious food, activities within the hotel and brilliant golf courses nearby, there is no surprise that we recommend Iberostar Sabila for your next golf escape.

 

The five-star Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated just eight minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooks the Port of Paphos. This luxurious resort boasts tropical landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool with swim-in caves as well as beautifully-appointed rooms and a brilliant location. The best thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds; you are nearby to the vibrant and bustling resort of Paphos where you can find nightlife and great bars and restaurants, but you are also situated far enough from the town that you can enjoy peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

It is no surprise that the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is popular with golfers as the resort is so close to the four excellent golf courses which are situated within Paphos: Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Minthis Golf Club, Secret Valley and Elea Golf Club are all within 20 minutes’ drive of the hotel. Besides golfing, relaxing within the hotel and exploring Paphos, you can work out in the hotel’s gym or play squash or tennis. The hotel boasts 218 spacious guest rooms which all boast marble bathrooms, superb views from the balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. With everything that you could need for the perfect golf break to Paphos, look no further than the Thanos Hotel Annabelle.

 

Situated in Marrakech is the adults-only, five-star Be Live Collection Marrakech. The hotel is a brilliant all-inclusive resort which boasts a great position within close proximity of some of the great courses situated in Marrakech including The Montgomerie Marrakech, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and Tony Jacklin Signature Course and it is also just four miles from the centre of the city where you can enjoy city tours or explore independently.

This is a new hotel and offers two outdoor swimming pools, one pool which has poolside activities and music and the other which boasts a swim-up bar and chill-out areas. Besides from playing golf, exploring Marrakech and relaxing around the pool, you can also enjoy the hotel’s extensive spa facilities.

 

There are three restaurants within the hotel, a traditional Moroccan a la carte restaurant which you have a complimentary meal at once during your stay, the buffet restaurant where you can find a variety of different dishes every night and the pool bar which serves light snacks and lunch food which you can enjoy out on the terrace by the main pool. If you are looking for a relaxing golf break where you can find exciting golf courses and wonderful culture within the city, then look no further than the brilliant Be Live Collection Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

 

Last, but certainly but not least is the Precise Resort El Rompido which is a fantastic five-star hotel located on-site to the two brilliant golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does this hotel offer a prime golfing location but it is just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido where you can find a few good bars and restaurants as well as beautiful scenery.

The hotel offers a range of different accommodation from double rooms to lavish apartments and suites so there is something to suit everyone and every type of golf escape! For food, the hotel features a great buffet breakfast and there are a lounge bar and restaurant where you can enjoy fresh, local dishes for lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round of golf on one of the brilliant courses, you can relax within Rompido’s spa where there are an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments available. Just an hour’s drive from both Faro and Seville Airports, with two spectacular courses on-site and brilliant facilities, look no further than Precise Resort El Rompido for your next golf break to Spain.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these resorts has piqued your interest and inspired your next golf escape…