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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best winter sun packages we offer. For all those suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, there is light at the end of the tunnel now. There is no need to wait around for spring to pass to enjoy a good round of golf, as we have seven fantastic winter sun packages to cure even the worst cases of the winter blues. Available for January 2020, these golf packages offer everything any golfer could possibly want for an unforgettable golf escape; excellent golf courses, luxury hotels and resorts, and of course, a warm climate.

First up is the five-star Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, home to two of Gran Canaria’s most sought-after golf courses, the Salobre Golf Old and the Salobre Golf New golf courses. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making them an ideal destination for your next winter golf holiday. Gran Canaria’s temperature for January averages out at approximately 21 degrees Celsius, so it is the perfect time to take the opportunity to stay and challenge some of its best golf courses. At the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway set back away from all of the hustle and bustle of the popular resorts. The resort blends beautifully into its natural surroundings with an abundance of palm trees and cacti to match the terrain of the neighbouring rolling landscape. The resort is home to an impressive seven outdoor swimming pools, as well as a huge spa complex so golfers can well and truly relax after a great round of golf. The Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity is a five-star resort in every aspect, and its golf courses are no exception. Guests here are never far away from a fantastic round of golf with two excellent golf courses on-site at the resort, both the Salobre Old and the Salobre New golf courses. Out of the pair, the Salobre New is known to offer the best views, as its architect, Ron Kirby, was so intent on creating a golf course that perfectly showcases Gran Canaria’s natural beauty. Alternatively, the Old Course is more challenging with tight greens and deceivingly generous fairways ready to trip even the most experienced of players up.

Another great option for your next January golf break is the Elba Carlota, also situated in the Canary Islands in Fuerteventura. Just like Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura also boasts a warm climate throughout the winter, meaning it is also a strong contender to help any golfer beat the winter blues. The Elba Carlota offers an all-inclusive accommodation option, the perfect option for all those looking to indulge without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. Here, guests are in the ideal position to make the most out of both Fuerteventura’s amazing golf courses and its stunning beaches as the resort is situated just next door to the Fuerteventura Golf Club and the Caleta de Fuste beach. The Fuerteventura Golf Club is undoubtedly a must-play golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Elba Carlota, this fantastic golf course is just a stone’s throw away. This golf course is known for its wide and open greens, allowing its players to fully appreciate the beautiful views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean. The Elba Carlota is not just a great option for your next winter golfing getaway due to its beach location and fantastic golf; the hotel itself is superb with a great range of leisure facilities and spacious guest rooms. There is a casino located within the resort, as well as two outdoor swimming pools, and a wide range of sporting activities including tennis and golf. The resort is also home to two great restaurants for guests to make the most out of the all-inclusive accommodation option, but if guests ever feel like venturing outside of the resort, then there are plenty of other bars and restaurants located just a short walk away.

A consistent favourite amongst golfers for an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday is the Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from all the noise and foot traffic found in the busy resorts in Tenerife, so they can make the most out of the warm weather and fantastic golf. For impeccable service, excellent leisure facilities and a stunning coastal location, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a perfect choice. On the doorstep of this fantastic resort is the Abama golf course, designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas. This golf course has repeatedly been labelled the ‘Augusta of Europe’, so it comes as no surprise that the Abama is one of the most played golf courses in Tenerife. With beautiful landscapes, a unique layout and a stern test of golf, the Abama is truly a must-play golf course for your next winter golf escape to Tenerife. With its huge guest rooms and fantastic leisure facilities, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is certainly deserving of its reputation. The accommodation options here vary, with a range of suites, guest rooms and villas set around the resort, all of which include all of the modern necessities to ensure that all guests have a great stay. On their non-golfing days, guests can make the most out of the five-star facilities here, including a tennis academy and an impressive seven swimming pools. Admittedly, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is set back a fair distance out the way from all of the major towns and areas in Tenerife, but the resort has everything and more to ensure guests have a fantastic golf break.

The Canary Islands is not the only golf destination that promises a great winter golf break; Dubai is also a great choice with its guaranteed warm weather and luxury hotels. The Zabeel House Greens by Jumeirah is a great four-star hotel that offers great value. This hotel is perfectly positioned for guests to make the most out of the world-class golf courses that Dubai is known so well for. In January, Dubai’s temperature averages out at approximately 24 degrees Celsius, so when guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at one of the many golf courses on offer, they can also catch a tan. The hotel is set just a few kilometres away from the beach, and the hotel offers a complimentary regular shuttle service for guests. Furthermore, right on the doorstep of the hotel is a huge range of bars, restaurants and clubs to suit every budget and preference. At the Zabeel House, guests are not just in an ideal position to make the most out of all that Dubai has to offer; they are also just a stone’s throw away from some of the best golf courses in the emirate. Included in our January packages for the Zabeel House Greens is the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, the famous Montgomerie golf course, as well as the Els Club and the Dubai Hills Golf Club. Aside from its great location and range of golf on its doorstep, the Zabeel House Greens by Jumeirah is also a fantastic choice for a January golfing getaway with its spacious guest rooms, all of which come with a private balcony or terrace with panoramic views across downtown Dubai.

Yet another fantastic package offer for a golf holiday with some well-deserved winter sun is the Fancourt Hotel, a luxury five-star golf hotel in the Western Cape in South Africa. With two golf courses on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua, guests are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf. Both the Montagu and the Outeniqua golf courses were designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, so all golfers must anticipate a challenging and a fantastic round of golf. The Fancourt Outeniqua has been ranked 14th in the country by Golf Digest, and it is definitely worthy of its reputation with beautiful views of the neighbouring Outeniqua mountains and its unique layout. Alternatively, the Fancourt Montagu has been ranked number 8, and it is generally considered to be the more challenging of the pair. Situated in the heart of the Western Cape, whether guests are on their round of golf or lounging around one of the hotel’s four swimming pools, they can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas. The Fancourt Hotel is the perfect option for a relaxing golf break to start the year off right; the hotel has just 115 guest rooms, so guests can enjoy a low-key and quiet stay. Due to the Fancourt Hotel’s fantastic location in the heart of the Western Cape, golf is not the only item available on their holiday itinerary; the Fancourt Hotel is also placed on the Garden Route, home to some of South Africa’s most captivating natural sites, including the Knysna Waterfront.

If you are really looking to treat yourself for your winter golf break, then the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect place for you with impeccable service, modern guest rooms and a fantastic range of leisure facilities. To make the most out of the winter sun, guests can head to the Corniche beach to catch some rays. The Corniche beach is conveniently located just a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel. Another option for guests on their non-golfing days includes the world-famous Yas Marina Circuit which hosts the Grand Prix. Alternatively, guests can stay local and enjoy the resort’s excellent leisure facilities that earnt the resort its five-star status. All guests have complimentary access to the luxury Saadiyat Beach Club located on Saadiyat Island, and to unwind, guests can head to the resort’s wellness centre for a well-deserved treatment or massage. Included in the packages for the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort is the National golf course located at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club has earnt itself a world-class reputation, and to prove its high standard and quality, the golf course regularly hosts the HSBC Golf Championship, the largest sporting event in Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, offers some truly stunning views across the Saadiyat Island with its clear blue sea and white beaches.

Last but not least is the Moon Palace Cancun, a fantastic option for an all-inclusive golf holiday. The Moon Palace Cancun has the perfect location for guests to make the most out of the winter sun as it is positioned directly on a stunning white sandy beach that Cancun is known so well for. Furthermore, with an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, there is no better resort to offer an all-inclusive option. No matter what guests are feeling for dinner, there will always be something to accommodate them. The restaurants and bars are not the only features at the Moon Palace Cancun that comes in abundance; the resort is home to five swimming pools, so guests will never find themselves short of places to catch the tan if they do not feel like heading to the beach. With such a fantastic range of leisure facilities, a beach location and a huge selection of bars and restaurants, guests have everything they need and more for an unforgettable golf escape. When the golfers can manage to peel themselves off the sunbed, they can head to the Moon Palace Golf Course for a fantastic round of golf. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Moon Palace Golf Course is widely considered to be wholly responsible for the development of golf in Mexico, and it has certainly set the bar high. The twenty-seven-hole golf course is a lengthy challenge as it measures out to seven thousand yards, so players must be sure to pace themselves. However, while the Moon Palace Golf Course is undeniably long, all players can enjoy a leisurely round here as all abilities are accommodated for.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already tempted to book yourself a well-deserved winter sun golf holiday. To escape the winter blues to enjoy some sun and golf, give us a call on 01342 811777.