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This week’s blog is a guide to nine of our best island destinations. All of these luxury golf resorts and hotels offer golfers the perfect opportunity to have their best golf holiday yet with the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf. For your next island golf holiday, you can prepare to totally relax and make the most out of all the spectacular golf on offer on some of the most prestigious golf courses that we have to offer.

First up is the Hotel Jardin Tecina, situated on the Canary Islands’ smallest island, La Gomera. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making the Hotel Jardin Tecina the ideal option for an autumn or winter golf holiday. La Gomera’s average temperature even in the depths of winter fluctuates around sixteen degrees Celsius, meaning its fantastic golf courses can be enjoyed throughout the year. The Hotel Jardin Tecina is the perfect choice for any golfer that is looking to escape it all to play some fantastic golf in a peaceful environment. The hotel is positioned on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, amongst vast areas of forest. Both the local village of Playa de Santiago and the Tecina Golf Course are located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, so both golfers and non-golfers will never find themselves short of something to do. The hotel is home to five swimming pool areas, as well as tennis and squash courts, and beach volleyball. Should guests choose not to meander down to the local village, they can enjoy a well-deserved drink at one of the hotel’s five bars.

The Casa Velha do Palheiro is an unbeatable choice for a relaxing golfing getaway. The hotel has just thirty-eight guest rooms, so it definitely has a boutique feel to it with personalised service and a quiet atmosphere. Positioned high up in the hills surrounding Funchal, Madeira’s capital, guests can enjoy panoramic views across the golf resort of the rolling countryside and the resort’s idyllic gardens. The relaxing atmosphere is continuous throughout the resort, as the guest rooms and suites are among perfectly manicured gardens which guests must walk through to access the main manor house. The guest rooms are bright, decorated in regency décor, with all the essentials to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay. With impeccable service, stunning surroundings and a fantastic golf course just next door, the Casa Velha do Palheiro is a great option for your next island golf holiday. The hotel is positioned with direct access to the neighbouring Palheiro Golf Course, so an unforgettable round of golf is never far away. Despite being a small hotel, the Casa Velha do Palheiro has a great range of facilities, even when you are not considering its fantastic golf course. Guests can enjoy a relaxing dip in the swimming pool or a session in the spa, or alternatively, guests can explore Madeira’s captivating capital city with ease, as the hotel runs four complimentary shuttle services into Funchal every day.

Yet another fantastic option for your next island golf holiday in the Canary Islands includes the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, home to two championship golf courses, the Salobre New and the Salobre Old. The resort is truly five-stars in every aspect, ranging from its unbeatable service, its two golf courses, and spacious guest rooms. Even for a five-star resort, the guest rooms at the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity are especially large and luxurious. All of the guest rooms and suites have a private balcony or terrace where guests can make the most out of Gran Canaria’s beautiful rolling countryside surrounding the resort. The resort is located in the perfect position for both golfers and families to enjoy a relaxing golf holiday, set away from all the noise from the busy towns. However, the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity is still in easy reach in some of Gran Canaria’s best attractions and beaches. When guests are taking a break from a gruelling round of golf at either the Salobre golf courses, they can take a day out to visit the Maspalomas Natural Dunes, or they can catch a tan around one of the seven outdoor swimming pools. To make the most out of the Gran Canaria’s warm climate and stunning beaches, guests can head to the resort’s private beach club located in Maspalomas, with its own sun loungers and beach bar, and the resort runs its own shuttle service down to the beach several times a day.

The Troia Design Hotel is the perfect golf holiday option for all those that are looking to catch a tan on one of the many stunning beaches that Portugal is known so well for, as well as enjoy some fantastic golf. This five-star hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from the local beach, in the heart of the idyllic Arrabida Hills on the island of Setubal. Setubal is located just below the coast of Lisbon and is known for its stunning beaches, so it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded one of the ’35 Most Beautiful Bays in the World’. Not only is the Troia Design Hotel perfect for visiting some stunning beaches, but it is also a great option for all those golfers looking to play the prestigious Troia golf course, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior. With a fantastic golf course next door, a beautiful sandy beach in easy reach and a wide range of leisure facilities at their doorstep, it is fair to say that the guests at the Troia Design Hotel will never find themselves short of things to do; the hotel even has its own casino. 

For the ultimate luxury golf holiday, the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island is a truly unbeatable option. The W Abu Dhabi Yas Island sets itself aside from all of the other luxury resorts in Abu Dhabi as it is positioned half on land, half on water, set just next door to the famous Grand Prix circuit. The hotel truly has an unbeatable location to explore all Abu Dhabi has to offer, including its spectacular range of golf courses. At the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island, guests are in the middle of all of the action as the hotel is situated on top of the Yas Marina, and Yas Waterworld and the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi are just ten minutes away by car. Guests here will never be without an opportunity to soak up the sun with two roof-top swimming pools, and the Yas Beach is located a five-minute drive away from the hotel, and the hotel conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to it throughout the day. To play some of Abu Dhabi’s best golf courses, golfers truly couldn’t be in a better location with the Yas Links Golf Club just a five-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, host to the HSBC Golf Championship.

Located on the Velvet Strand, a beach widely considered to be one of the UK’s most beautiful sites lies the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. The hotel is set on top of a long stretch of sandy beach with a spectacular golf course located just next door. Here, golfers can enjoy the idyllic Irish countryside with the opportunity for many scenic walks, or alternatively, just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel takes guests to the centre of Dublin, with its huge range of bars, restaurants and attractions. Guests are positioned with the best of both worlds; a beautiful coastal location with a fantastic golf course next door, but a fun day out or evening on the town is just a short distance away from the hotel. If golfers can tear themselves away from one of the many pubs in Dublin, they can treat themselves to a round of golf at the well-known Portmarnock Golf Club, known for its unruly greens and beautiful views, spanning right across to the Mountains of Mourne and Ireland’s Eye.

With a range of nightlife, beautiful beaches and a fantastic championship golf course just next door, the Crete Golf Club Hotel should undoubtedly be a strong contender for your next island golf holiday. The hotel is relatively new and has just twenty-five suites, meaning guests can expect impeccable service and a relaxing stay. All of the guest rooms here have all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay, with modern décor, high-speed internet access as well as a spacious lounge area, and private balconies to view the hotel’s beautiful surroundings amongst the mountains and the neighbouring sea. Despite being a small hotel, the Crete Golf Club Hotel has a great range of facilities including an infinity pool, the perfect spot to catch some rays and admire the hotel’s stunning views across the neighbouring Crete Golf Club, mountains, and the sea, and the hotel is also home to a comprehensive fitness centre. If guests are looking to round up a relaxing day with a fun night out, then they need not travel far, as the vibrant resort of Malia is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel, or alternatively for a more authentic evening out for some classic Greek food, guests can head to the nearby towns of Chesonissos or Stalis.

The Caribbean is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, and at the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club, guests could not be in a better position to visit them themselves. This five-star resort exudes luxury from every angle with its own three-mile-long private beach area, spacious rooms, and fantastic leisure facilities. At the beach, guests can enjoy a range of water sport activities, or simply soak up the sun then grab a drink at the beach bar. Aside from its private beach area, The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club has a great range of facilities so that even non-golfers will never find themselves short of things to do. To relax and unwind after a challenging round of golf on the local La Cana and Corales golf courses, golfers can treat themselves to a session in the Six Senses Spa, then enjoy a meal at one of the eight restaurants located within the resort. Perfect for all those that love to indulge on their holiday, the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club offers a fantastic all-inclusive accommodation option, meaning guests need not stress about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. 

Last but not least is the adults-only Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel, yet another great option for a luxury golf holiday in the Canary Islands. Regardless of what time of year you are looking to visit, due to the warm climate in Fuerteventura, all of the fantastic golf courses are easily playable. As the hotel is relatively small with just sixty-two guest rooms, and as it is an adults-only hotel, guests are guaranteed to have a wonderfully relaxing stay. Just next door to the Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel is the Fuerteventura Golf Club, one of the five members of the spectacular golf family located on this idyllic island. Even non-golfers will never find themselves without something to do as the hotel accommodates perfectly for them with a complimentary daily shuttle service to the nearby town of Caleta de Fuste. Aside from its location, the Elba Palace Golf is also a great choice for your next island golf escape due to its excellent facilities and luxury guest rooms overlooking the hotel’s beautiful surroundings in the heart of the countryside. For an unbeatably relaxing and luxurious golf break, the Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel is a classic go-to option.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best island golf destinations and that you have been inspired to select an idyllic golf retreat for your next golf escape. All nine of these resorts and hotels offer impeccable service, fantastic facilities, stunning beaches, and most importantly, spectacular golf. With all of these in mind, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to ensure you have your most relaxing golf holiday to date.

This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best four-night packages we currently have on offer to prospective golfers. With brilliant golf courses, a range of fantastic accommodation options and great weather, any one of these four-night packages offer superb value for money. Whether you are looking to explore some of our most sought-after destinations or make the most out of the spectacular golf on offer, a four-night golf break is a perfect length for a swift getaway. Furthermore, combined with the latest offers and deals, golfers are guaranteed to have their best golf escape yet.

First up is the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort, a fantastic four-star hotel located in the heart of the Murcia region, one of Spain’s most sought-after golf destinations. At the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort, guests are in the perfect position to make the most out of both the fantastic golf in Murcia and the idyllic atmosphere of the countryside. Located on-site to the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort is the Hacienda del Alamo, one of Dave Thomas’s greatest designs. Whether you are looking for your next golf holiday to be filled with fantastic golf, or alternatively have a peaceful family getaway, then the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort has something for you. The resort is home to a wealth of fantastic facilities including its championship golf course located on-site, as well as a huge range of sporting activities and a comprehensive spa facility for guests to completely indulge. There is a great range of accommodation options depending on the individual needs and preferences of guests; prospective guests can choose from spacious apartments and modern guest rooms.

A consistent favourite among golfers is the Bom Sucesso Resort, the perfect option for all those looking for a self-catered golf escape. Golfers could not be in a better position to play one of the Algarve’s most sought-after golf courses, the Guardian Bom Sucesso, and both the Royal Obidos and Campo Real golf courses are also in close proximity to the resort. The resort comprises of five-star luxury villas and apartments with modern furnishings and designed to the highest of standards. All of the accommodation here is unbeatably modern and luxurious in their design, and they include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have a great stay. Most of the villas here have their own private swimming pool, but the resort is also home to a large swimming pool and several tennis courts where guests can pay for private tuition. Just down the road from the Bom Sucesso Resort lies the Obidos Lagoon where there is also another opportunity for guests to enjoy some sporting activities, such as jet skiing and sailing. Alternatively, for a leisurely afternoon, guests can venture into the local town of Obidos to spend hours meandering around the cobbled streets and its medieval castle, or alternatively they can enjoy a round of golf on the spectacular Guardian Bom Sucesso.

Another great four-night golf break option is the Sol Marbella Estepona Atalaya Park, set in the heart of the Costa del Sol, one of Europe’s favourite golf destination. With two fantastic golf courses just next door, guests at the Sol Marbella Estepona Atalaya Park are never in far reach from a great round of golf. However, the Sol Marbella Estepona Atalaya Park is not only an unbeatable option for a four-night golf holiday package; with its impeccable service, spacious guest rooms and fantastic facilities, it is also a great choice for a family holiday or even a couple’s getaway. Furthermore, with many deals regularly on offer, a golf package here comes at an unbelievable value. The resort is positioned in between Estepona and Marbella, two of the Costa del Sol’s key towns and areas, meaning guests here could not be in a better position to make the most out of all the Costa del Sol has to offer golfers on their Spanish golf holiday. For all those who are looking to make the most out of the warm sunshine, the beach in Estepona is just a twenty-minute drive away, or alternatively, Marbella is also just a twenty-minute drive away. Even for non-golfers, at the Sol Marbella Estepona Atalaya Park, guests will never find themselves without something to do with two large outdoor swimming pool areas and a wide range of sports activities such as tennis and volleyball.

Yet another great option for your next four-night golf holiday package in the Obidos region in Portugal is the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort. The resort regularly has great deals and offers, such as one golfer in eight going free, or alternatively golf course transfers can be included, so it really is an unbeatable option. At the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort, golfers can benefit from one of the region’s best golf courses being just next door, so a superb round of golf is always in easy reach. The Praia d’el Rey golf course neighbours the resort, and here golfers can enjoy a great round of golf on a stunning coastal setting. Similarly to guests at the Bom Sucesso Resort, guests here can pop into the local town of Obidos for a spot of leisurely lunch, or alternatively they can enjoy a round of golf on one of the many surrounding golf courses. The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is currently undergoing huge renovations and improvements to develop all of its facilities. Guests are never without an opportunity to take advantage of the resort’s stunning coastal setting with most of its guest rooms positioned with beautiful views across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Hotel Terraverda at Emporda Golf is a consistent favourite among golfers as it is the ideal hotel for all those looking to make the most out of the spectacular golf on offer in the Costa Brava. There are two excellent golf courses located on-site to the Hotel Emporda Golf; the Emporda Forest and the Emporda Links. Both of these golf courses offer a great round of golf on a stunning layout with a few unique characteristics to keep golfers on their toes throughout their round. Not only are guests at the Hotel Emporda Golf in an ideal position to play some of the region’s best golf; they are also in an ideal position to visit some of the region’s best beaches as well so that they can make the most out of the Spanish sun. Even for a four-star hotel, all of the guest rooms at the Hotel Emporda Golf are spacious and modern in design, and all of them include all of the necessary essentials to ensure that all guests have a great stay. While they are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the Emporda Forest and the Emporda Links, they can enjoy a well-deserved session in the hotel spa, or alternatively catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.

For a great golf holiday filled with sun, golf and the beach, the Tivoli Lagos is a great choice, and it is made even more tempting by the superb offers it regularly has for its four-night package holidays. Lagos has everything a golfer could ever want and more for their next golf holiday; great weather, a sandy beach, and a range of fantastic golf courses. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to catch a tan and relax on their golf holiday. Furthermore, the Tivoli Lagos iso also positioned just next door to one of Sir Robert Trent Jones II’s finest designs, the Onyria Palmares Golf Course. With its unbeatable location in close proximity to some of the Algarve’s best golf courses, the centre of Lagos and a great beach, the Tivoli Lagos is an unbeatable choice for your next golf holiday. Even when golfers are taking a break from exploring the local area, there is still plenty of things to do at the hotel. Guests can relax around the large outdoor swimming pool, or alternatively hop on the shuttle service to the hotel’s nearby private beach club, or even have a relaxing session in the spa. Whatever golfers are looking for out of their next golf holiday, a stay at the Tivoli Lagos is sure to offer it.

For an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday, the La Finca Resort is an unbeatable choice, and with many regular deals and offers, it also comes in a fantastic value for money. The La Finca Resort is home to a wealth of facilities, impeccable service, and most importantly, superb golf. The resort is positioned just next door from the La Finca Resort, one of the highest-rated golf courses in the Costa Blanca, and both the Las Ramblas and the Villamartin golf courses are a short journey away, so guests here are never in far reach from a great round of golf. However, the La Finca Resort is not just ideally positioned for guests to make the most out of all of the fantastic golf that the Costa Blanca has to offer; the resort is also positioned just a short drive away from two stunning sandy beaches. The La Finca Resort is the perfect size for guests to enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway; there are just 120 guest rooms at the property, all of which are furnished to a five-star standard to ensure that all guests are set to have their best golf holiday to date. Aside from the superb golf course located on-site, the La Finca Resort has plenty to offer its guests in terms of its facilities; there is a comprehensive spa facility if guests want to completely unwind, or alternatively, the resort even has its own lounge club which is the perfect setting for a nightcap drink.

Last but not least is the new four-star Aroeira Lisbon Hotel, Sea and Golf Resort. As the name suggests, it is a great choice for all those looking to have a fantastic golf escape with the perfect mix of sun, the beach, and golf. The resort is very new as it was only built in recent years, but despite its new addition to the family of golf resorts and hotels in the Lisbon region, it has not failed to make a mark. All of the guest rooms are furnished in a modern design with all of the essentials to ensure that all guests have a great stay, including air conditioning, a flat-screen television and spacious en suite bathrooms. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the property, and perfect for families, there is also the option of staying in a family room. At the Aroeira Lisbon Hotel, Sea and Golf Resort, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds; they are only half an hour away from the centre of Lisbon, the beautiful and lively capital of Portugal, but they can also enjoy a relaxing golfing getaway on the coast in the traditional Portuguese fishing village of Caparica. Therefore, guests can relax on their golfing holiday while still having the opportunity to hop in a taxi or on the train to travel into one of Europe’s best cities. Furthermore, guests at the Aroeira Lisbon Hotel, Sea and Golf Resort are in a great position to play some of the region’s most sought-after golf courses; both the Aroeira I and the Aroeira II are some of the golfer’s classic favourites, so a round on both of these courses are not to be missed on your next golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of our best four-night packages we currently have on offer to ensure that all golfers can enjoy a spectacular golf escape at superb value. To keep up to date with the latest deals and offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will ensure that you have your best golf escape to date.

This week we have 7 brilliant resorts for you to learn a bit more about and maybe even consider one or two of them for your next golf escape…

The Arabella Hotel and Spa is situated within the Cape Provinces in South Africa and is a delightful five-star hotel. The hotel overlooks the spectacular natural lagoon and is surrounded by lush landscape, this golf estate is a beautiful place and if you are looking for indulgence, look no further.

The hotel itself is the perfect blend of old-world style and modern design to produce a hotel with soaring wooden beams, bright and warm interior and an eclectic aura that promotes relaxation. You can find a world-class spa within the hotel, where you can relax in the sauna or get a soothing massage. Alternatively, you can work out in the gym, hit some balls on the tennis court or take a dip in the pool. Each of the beautiful guest rooms and suites includes air-conditioning, a seating area, a desk and a TV and of course, they all boast their own private bathrooms.

The hotel’s Jamani Restaurant serves up delicious international and contemporary South African cuisine, but you can enjoy a lighter meal and cocktails at Barnabas Bar which overlooks the pool. The main attraction here is the fantastic Arabella Country Estate where you can find one of the top-ranked courses in South Africa. The course boasts pristine grass, strategically placed bunkers and challenging water hazards. This is a brilliant course and will offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and scenic round of golf. With so much to do from wine tasting, whale watching, horse riding and bike riding as well as a fantastic golf course onsite, what more could you be looking for when it comes to your next golf escape?

 

Next up, we have the luxurious, four-star Villaverde Resort which is situated in the tranquil Fagagna Moraine hills in the province of Udine, Italy. The hotel boasts a brilliant location as just 1km away from the hotel, you can find the historic village of Fagagna and within two-minutes’ walk, you can take on the challenging Golf Club Udine.

The resort only opened in 2016 but it has already proved itself to be a well-loved, fantastic hotel due to its fantastic facilities and wonderful location. You can find a fully-equipped spa which features a sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Within the spa, you can choose from three exclusive treatments, including a floatation room. As the hotel boasts a great location, you can venture out to explore different bars and restaurants but, if you stay within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel’s restaurant is accessible over a bride, serves a range of local delicacies in a wonderful setting overlooking the surrounding countryside and the golf course. You can also enjoy the show cooking where fine Italian cuisine is prepared. After dinner, enjoy a few drinks at the Degusto Lounge Bar.

Golf Club Udine is within minutes’ walk of the hotel and it is a stunning course. The club is positioned within the Friulian countryside and is surrounded by rolling hills and boasts a stunning backdrop of the Carnic Alps. This championship standard course boasts a combination of traditional English feel combined with Italian flair and will pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. Whether you are looking to travel with family, friends or just in a couple, look no further than the fantastic Villaverde Resort for your next golf holiday to Italy.

 

The stylish and modern five-star Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort in the delightful setting of Costa Brava. Not only does the hotel boast an excellent location for playing some world-class golf, but there are two delightful towns which are under 15-minutes’ drive from the resort: Caldes de Malavella and Girona.

Each of the 145 guest rooms within the hotel is extremely comfortable with all mod-cons and brilliant showers! You can find everything that you could want or need for your stay within your room including a flat-screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Due to the hotel’s location, it would be easy to drink and dine out of the hotel, but the hotel offers some great options as well including the hotel’s own restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious a la carte cuisine and you can find a piano bar and pub for after dinner drinks. During the summer months, take your drinks outside and relax on the terrace.

Not only is there spectacular golf onsite but also Hotel Camiral’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and Hamman as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Undoubtedly, the main attraction of Hotel Camiral is the very special golf that you can enjoy during your stay here with two spectacular golf courses. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Spain and ranks within Europe’s top 50 courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course opened in 1999 and was already considered to be something special after hosting the 2000 Spanish Open. The course itself is very long and hilly with plenty of challenges along the way, however, there are five sets of tees which means that those with a higher handicap can still enjoy this magnificent course.

The Tour course is a slightly easier course than the Stadium but is dominated by pine trees and lakes which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots which means that it may be easier, but it is still a stern challenge of golf. With very special golf, wonderful facilities and a superb location, take a further look at Hotel Camiral online or give us a call if you think this may be your preferred next destination for a fantastic golf break to Spain.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a five-star resort nestled amongst the stunning foothills in between the mountains and the ocean just 20-minutes’ drive from the town of Tavira. In Tavira, you can find lots of things to do and see as well as a range of authentic Portuguese restaurants and bars perfect for if you don’t feel like cooking one night. This exclusive resort boasts luxury self-catered accommodation, breath-taking golf at the Monte Rei Golf Course and stunning views across the Eastern Algarve.

Besides Tavira, you can find four excellent restaurants or bars located on-site of the resort, the Grill Restaurant offers a range of meals and light snacks and the Veranda is the perfect place for you to enjoy a couple of drinks in the sunshine.

The range of self-catered luxury villas range from one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and all of them have been built in a typical Portuguese style and furnished to a very high standard. Each of the villas boasts a large terrace with an outdoor dining area as well as all of the modern essentials like complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

Within the heart of the resort, you can find the “Veranda” which boasts the leisure facilities of the resort including private tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre and extensive spa facilities and swimming pools. Of course, the best leisure activity that you can enjoy within the resort is playing a round of golf on the Monte Rei course. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course opened in 2007 and has since established itself as being one of the finest courses on the Algarve. The course boasts five lakes which are bordered by indigenous trees and plants. From the moment that you tee off, the holes get better and better – this course is a real must-play for any discerning golfer. The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a perfect choice for your next golf break.

 

JA The Resort is a fantastic 250 acre resort that offers a variety of accommodation and has a choice of 23 restaurants and bars to cater for your every need. The Resort is located just 40 minutes from Dubai airport and is in a prime location for easy access to the top golf courses in Dubai.

There are three places to stay within The Resort. The first and the original hotel is the JA Beach Hotel which offers 253 rooms and suites all of which have a private balcony or terrace with views of the sea, the private marina or the hotel gardens. The property is located on the beach and has a variety of accommodation to suit your requirements.
The second is Palm Tree Court which comprises of 212 suites which look out onto the Persian Gulf where The Resort has is very own private beach for you to enjoy. These suites are built in a Mediterranean style featuring junior suites and one bedroom suites. For the ultimate in the luxury there is “The Residence” with a host of added values including butler service.

 

Once in resort you will be able to explore the many restaurants and bars which are all included in the All-Inclusive package. There is everything from the casual Sports Cafe or Republik the gastro pub, to Asian fusion at the White Orchid or the award winning Kinara by Vikas Khanna for speciality Italian cuisine, whatever takes your fancy you will not be going hungry with the choices on offer here.
The activities available in resort will guarantee you get the most out your trip. There is 9 hole championship golf course along with a floodlit driving range for you to practice on whenever you please. There are 7 swimming pools, swim up bars, water sports and many other sports available.
The Resort is the ultimate All-inclusive destination for golfers and should go straight to the top of your list for your next golf Escape.

 

The five-star Martins Chateau du Lac is an elegant five-star property which boasts an idyllic location on Genval Lake and a charming landscaped park. You can reach the centre of Brussels within a 30-minute drive as well as a range of superb championship golf courses.

The hotel boasts an extensive wellness area where you can relax after you have taken on some of the challenging golf courses in the area. Within the wellness area, you can enjoy the sauna, a solarium, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a range of different massage treatments.

The hotel offers elegant, five-star rooms between Genval Lake and a spacious landscaped park. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar within all of the guest rooms.

The hotel’s lounge and bar combine gourmet cuisine with a casual modern setting, you can find a wide range of drinks including draught beers in the Kingfisher bar. In the mornings, you can choose to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast buffet with scenic lake views each morning at Genval Les Bains. This is a fantastic hotel with brilliant golf and great facilities in a great location outside of Brussels.

 

Last, but not least, is the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah which located on the beachfront of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. The resort is just a 50-minute drive from Dubai Airport and boasts an 18-hole championship course with a private beach which stretches over 400 yards of golden sands along the Arabian Sea.

The hotel boasts a luxurious spa which has been designed in an underwater theme and is where you can find a range of health and beauty treatments to choose from. There are a gym and two tennis courts for you to enjoy during your stay as well.

Each of the 346 elegant guestrooms is all designed in a plush style and boasts all of the modern amenities that you can expect from a hotel of this standard. From the rooms, you can enjoy beautiful views of either the sea, the golf course or the garden. The hotel boasts a variety of different restaurants including international favourites like Japanese cuisine at UMI, Steak and grill at Lexington Grill as local cuisine at Marjan and Qasr Al Bahar.

During your stay, you can enjoy a round at the Al Hamra Golf Club which is an exciting and challenging golf course which measures a whopping 7,325 yards. The course is playable for golfers of all abilities as it has five varied tee shots which means that it is a challenge for everyone. The course flows through four interconnected open water lagoons which merge with the sparkling blue Arabian Golf. This is a special course and shouldn’t be missed out on.

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is a great choice for your next golf break to the United Arab Emirates and will offer you a wonderful stay with brilliant facilities and golf courses.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and if you haven’t already, check out the first part of this blog which you can find on the website.

For many, a golf holiday should provide more than great golf and some good weather; many golfers want the opportunity to enjoy a lively atmosphere in the surrounding area come night-time. All nine of these golf hotels provide golfers with the perfect mix of sun, golf and great nightlife, meaning they are set for one of their best golf holidays to date.

Thanos Almyra in Paphos, Cyprus

Up first is the Thanos Almyra, a seafront hotel located in the heart of Paphos. The Thanos Almyra has an unbeatable location for all those wanting to make the most out of the beautiful beaches that Cyprus is known so well for, as well as having plenty of options to go out in the evening. Just a few minutes away on foot takes guests into the centre of Paphos where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants and clubs to suit every preference and budget. Then to recover the following day, guests can lounge on the neighbouring beach or relax around one of the four swimming pools at the hotel. Aside from the great range of nightlife options in the centre of Paphos, there are also plenty of other things to do here. Three of the area’s best golf courses are situated within a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel. The award-winning Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Course are all within close proximity to the Thanos Almyra, so a great round of golf is never far away. The Thanos Almyra is a five-star hotel in every aspect, ranging from its fantastic facilities, impeccable service and modern guest rooms. Guests here are never without an opportunity to relax with a huge spa facility as well as two adult-only swimming pools and a rooftop lounge area. Furthermore, there are private tennis courts as well as a fitness centre for guests to keep active when they are taking a break from playing the local golf courses. 

Vila Gale Marina in Algarve, Portugal

Vilamoura is widely considered to be one of the most sought-after golfing locations in Europe with its upmarket marina, fantastic hotels and superb golf courses in the surrounding area. While a golf holiday here undoubtedly demands loosening of some of your purse strings, it is fair to say that it is definitely worth it. The Vila Gale Marina is a fantastic four-star hotel that offers great value for a golf holiday in Vilamoura. The hotel boasts an excellent position for its guests to make the most out of Vilamoura’s buzzing nightlife, fantastic beach and some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Just a few minutes on foot takes guests to Vilamoura’s marina which it is known so well for, with its wide range of upmarket bars and restaurants which stay open until late. Despite the Vila Gale Marina’s central location in Vilamoura, it is still quiet, meaning guests can relax to make the most out of the nearby golf courses. Perfect for golfers, the hotel even runs a complimentary shuttle bus service to some of the area’s golf courses. The fantastic location of the Vila Gale Marina is undoubtedly its main selling point, but the hotel is also a great option for your next golf holiday with its spacious guest rooms and fantastic facilities. All of the guest rooms here are large and modern in design, with some of them overlooking the neighbouring marina. The hotel has a fantastic health club with a fitness centre, hot tub and Turkish bath, as well as three restaurants and two bars located within the hotel. 

Hotel Melia Villaitana in Benidorm, Spain

Yet another great option for your next golf holiday with a fantastic range of nightlife is the Hotel Melia Villaitana. This hotel has the perfect location for all those looking to relax and enjoy some local golf, as well as having the ability to jump in the car and be in the centre of Benidorm in just a few minutes. Benidorm is known for its huge range of nightlife with a wide selection of bars and clubs open until late. Whether visitors here are looking to stay up until the early hours or grab some drinks after dinner, there are more than enough options located here. The centre of Benidorm is located just a ten-minute drive away from the Hotel Melia Villaitana, and taxis in the nearby area are cheap and very plentiful. Whether they play golf or not, guests at the Hotel Melia Villaitana will never find themselves short of things to do or see. The hotel is positioned just a few minutes away by car from a nearby sandy beach, and it is also just a stone’s throw away from two of the Costa Blanca’s most-played golf courses, the Villaitana Levante and the Villaitana Poniente. To keep active, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s private tennis and paddle courts, or to catch a tan, they can head to one of the hotel’s two outdoor swimming pools. 

The Belfry in West Midlands, England

For all golfers who want to enjoy a fantastic golf holiday without having to go to all of the trouble, stress and expense of flying, the Belfry is an unbeatable option. With three superb golf courses and impeccable service, it really comes as no surprise that the Belfry has been awarded the Best Golf Hotel in Europe. Here, there is no need for golfers to go abroad to enjoy some truly fantastic golf as the resort is home to three of the country’s best golf courses. The PGA, the Derby and the Brabazon Course are some of England’s most sought-after golf courses, and conveniently for guests staying here, they are all located just a stone’s throw away. At the Belfry, golfers can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are tucked away in a peaceful countryside location, but the centre of Birmingham is easily accessible for all guests staying here. In the centre of Birmingham, there is a huge range of nightlife options on offer for all budgets and preferences. The Belfry is not just a great location for your next golf holiday due to its unbeatable location; the hotel has benefitted from huge renovations in recent years, so all of the guest rooms and facilities here are to a very high standard. 

Pestana Dom Joao II in Algarve, Portugal

Another fantastic golf holiday option in the Algarve is the Pestana Dom Joao II. The hotel has the perfect location for all beach-lovers as guests are never more than a few steps away from a stunning sandy beach. The Pestana Dom Joao II does not just have a great location for golfers to enjoy one of the Algarve’s many beautiful beaches; the hotel boasts a central location in Alvor. Despite the development of Algarve’s most popular areas over the years as golf here has become increasingly popular, Alvor has still managed to retain more of its classic Portuguese charm, meaning this town offers guests the best of both worlds. Alvor has everything any golfer could ever want for an unforgettable golf escape; a fantastic range of bars and restaurants, a stunning beach and a good atmosphere. In recent years, the hotel has benefitted from major renovations meaning all of the guest rooms are very modern in design and non-golfers can enjoy a fantastic range of facilities. There is a wide range of sports activities at the hotel including volleyball and tennis, then at the beach guests can enjoy some water sports, and there are five of the region’s best golf courses just a short drive away from the hotel.

Hotel Red Fox in Le Touquet, France

The Hotel Red Fox is a great option for a budget golf holiday for all those looking to play some of Le Touquet’s best golf courses and enjoy some French food and culture. Le Touquet is positioned in Northern France, so it is also a great option for a ‘drive and stay’ golf holiday as guests need not have to bother with the expense and stresses of flying, making it a fantastic option for your next golf holiday. In Le Touquet, golfers are in a great position to play some of the region’s fantastic golf courses, as well as enjoy a relaxing golf holiday in an idyllic town. Come night-time after golfers have had a great day enjoying a gruelling round of golf, they can head into the centre of Le Touquet where there is a good range of bars and restaurants, many of which are low cost. During the day, golfers can make the most out of being in such close proximity to two fantastic golf courses; the La Mer and the La Foret golf courses both offer a great round of golf, and conveniently for guests at the Hotel Red Fox, they are both approximately ten minutes away by car.

Zentral Center Hotel in Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife

The Canary Islands are a hugely popular golf holiday destination with its mild climate throughout the year, buzzing nightlife and superb golf courses. The Zentral Center Hotel could not have a better location; the Playa de Las Americas Beach is positioned just across from the hotel, and the Las Americas Golf Club is also just a few minutes away, meaning a fantastic round of golf is never far from reach. Las Americas is Tenerife’s key area, home to a huge range of nightlife options with many bars and nightclubs just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. However, the Zentral Center Hotel is not just perfectly located to make the most out of the nightlife that Tenerife is known so well for; the Las Americas Golf Club is just next door to the hotel, and if golfers want a bit more variety, then the Golf Costa Adeje is also a fifteen-minute drive away. For golfers to relax after a challenging round of golf on one of the area’s many fantastic golf courses, they can either head to the neighbouring beach, or catch a tan on the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool.

Real Bellavista in Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira is known for its buzzing nightlife, and at the Real Bellavista, guests are in the perfect position to make the most out of it. The Real Bellavista is an unbeatable option for all those looking to enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses in the daytime, then come night-time, they can easily head out into the centre of Albufeira for a fun night out. Furthermore, the Real Bellavista offers a great all-inclusive accommodation option, meaning guests can indulge without having to worry about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. Also, as the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby beach, guests can enjoy a great golf holiday with the perfect mix of nightlife, beach, and golf. When golfers are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can soak up the sun on one of the hotel’s outdoor swimming pools, or head to the hotel’s spa for a well-deserved massage or treatment. 

Hotel Alay in Benalmadena, Spain

Last but not least is the Hotel Alay, a relatively new hotel positioned just steps away from Benalmadena Marina with its wide range of bars and restaurants. This four-star hotel is a great option for all those looking for a fantastic golf holiday with the ability to enjoy a lively atmosphere in the evenings and one of the Costa del Sol’s stunning sandy beaches. The Hotel Alay is not just perfectly positioned to visit Benalmadena’s beach or make the most out of its great range of bars, restaurants and clubs; the hotel is located just a half an hour’s drive away from the Chaparral Golf Club, and the Cabopino Golf Course is also just forty minutes away. Aside from its fantastic location, the Hotel Alay is also a great option for your next golf holiday with its spacious and modern guest rooms and leisure facilities. The hotel is home to three outdoor swimming pools, and it even has its own private beach area located at the Malapesquera Beach Club. 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best golf hotels for nightlife and that you have been given plenty of inspiration for your next golf holiday to make it your best one yet. All nine of these golf hotels offer everything and more to ensure a fantastic golf holiday, no matter what your budget or preferences. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will ensure you have your best golf holiday yet.

When you are looking for your next golf break, it is sometimes good to consider courses to base your break around that are nearby to an airport. This can be ideal for short golf escapes to a sunny destination, perfect for long weekends away or even if you are not keen to hire a car whilst you are away as transfers are obviously cheaper if you stay closer to an airport.

1. Belas Golf Course in Lisbon, Portugal

A short drive from Lisbon’s city centre is the brilliant Belas golf course, just 25 minutes from Lisbon airport. The course meanders through mounds and from many of the tees you can enjoy stunning views across the Sintra Hills. From the white tees, this course is a long one at over 6,700 yards which makes it a fair challenge of golf, especially due to the other features of the course, including the penal rough where you could lose more than a few balls. Throughout the course, there is a selection of good par 3s including a few spectacular drop holes. There are some standout holes, including the 5th which is very long and has many strategically placed bunkers. The finishing four holes are brilliant beginning with the 15th hole which is a downhill rollercoaster par 5, there is then the heavily bunkered dogleg 16th hole, then the 17th which is exceptionally tricky with water on both sides of the green. The 18th is a fantastic finishing hole, it is a short par 4 where you are hitting downhill from the raised tee whilst avoiding the pond to the right. The course features some very memorable holes and views which makes it a great course to base your next golf holiday around, especially as it boasts such a great location between Belas and Lisbon. If you are looking to plan your golf break around this great course, look at the fabulous Sheraton Cascais Resort as you can play many more courses with that hotel as your base.

PGA Catalunya Courses in Costa Brava, Spain

Next up, is the stunning four-star Hotel Gran Ultonia – 18 minutes from Girona Airport in Costa Brava. This hotel boasts a great location just a few hundred yards from Girona Cathedral and the Barri Vell District. Each of the rooms at this hotel is stylish and functional with elegant and modern bathrooms as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. As the hotel boasts such a fantastic location, you are never far from great bars and restaurants but there are also two brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the hotel. The PGA Catalunya courses are both excellent but different which means that they are the perfect addition to your stay at Hotel Gran Ultonia. The PGA Catalunya Tour course may be a little shorter and easier to play than the Stadium course but with an abundance of pine trees and water hazards lying in wait for any errant shots, you cannot afford to not play with accuracy. It is a brilliant holiday course as it provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium is arguably one of the best courses in Spain but it is a very challenging one, located just 7 minutes from Girona Airport. The course is very long and very hilly, however, there are five sets of tees to choose from so even golfers with higher handicaps are catered for here and may have a chance at scoring well if they can still play with accuracy! Right from the 1st tee you can see how brilliant this course is as you start off with an elevated drive to a dogleg left par 4 hole. Not only is the course a magnificent round of golf, but the scenery is beautiful – this is a world-class course and not one to be missed out on when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa Brava.

Alicante Golf Resort Course in Costa Blanca, Spain

Alicante Golf Resort is located just on the edge of Alicante City, in Costa Blanca where the weather is great golfing weather practically all year round and as the course and Hotel Alicante Golf is 21 minutes from Alicante airport, so this is the perfect destination for a golf escape any time of the year. The course is a traditional one and since it opened in 1998, several alterations have been made including the addition of artificial lakes and rivers which have made the course a very tricky one. In order to score well, you must play strategically as there are many hazards along the course that can cause you to lose your ball. This is a brilliant course and Hotel Alicante Golf is a stunning hotel with brilliant facilities. This is the perfect hotel and course combination for a great golf break to Alicante regardless of the time of year…

Golf Del Sur in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Barcelo Tenerife boasts a stunning location just 10 minutes from Tenerife South Airport, and it is positioned right in the centre of its very own nature reserve and allows you to feel like you are separated from the rest of the world with nearby golf courses and the brilliant facilities at the hotel to enjoy. However, although everything here is peaceful and calm, just 20 minutes walk from the hotel is the town of Los Abrigos where you can find a wide array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. The prestigious Golf del Sur sits just next door to the property and there are other courses nearby including Amarilla Golf, Buenavista Golf, Golf Costa Adeje and Golf Las Americas. Golf del Sur is just 5 minutes drive from the hotel and the course runs along the stunning coastline. This is a truly scenic course with stunning views and interesting black volcanic sand bunkers, cacti and palm trees dotted around. Arguably, the signature hole of the course is the par 4 3rd hole on the North nine which is a lush and long hole and has a long and narrow green to reach beyond the bunkers and other hazards waiting. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Tenerife, especially with the tropical climate of the Canary Islands all year round…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, consider somewhere easy to access from an airport so that you can make the most out of your time there – especially if it is a golfing weekend away to blow away the cobwebs until we reach the summer months.

It is peculiar how the pandemic has affected the mind of even the most phlegmatic amongst us. I had convinced myself that my trip last week to Portugal would evoke memories of the most fabled expeditions of Polo, Columbus or Cook. In reality, I was on a three-day jolly with my wife and two friends to grab some overdue sunshine, gorge on seafood, wash down copious Copo de Tinto, maybe even swing a golf club.

The reason for my errant forecast was that I travelled on 18th May, one day after travel restrictions were eased to a small number of countries, of which Portugal easily being the most significant and accessible and a willingness to reciprocate. I had listened to the noise made by the travel press and on social media during the previous 3 weeks of confusion about testing requirements, onerous government regulation and annoying airline protocol. If you bear with me I will recall our experience, which far from being a logistical minefield was actually boringly straightforward, fast and efficient and enabled us to have a great few days. It may answer any questions or de-mystify any misunderstandings you may have.

Covid test at Gatwick airport two days before travelling (it must be a maximum of 72 hours before the time of departure). This was easy and took under five minutes. A ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate was emailed to us within 12 hours. Cost £60.

Checked in online (as usual) 24 hours before departure and then completed Passenger Locator Form on the Government website. This took under ten minutes.  Up and at ‘em early next morning, driving to Heathrow and checked in the bag. Airport was very quiet and we went through departures, the ladies heading for the duty-free shopping whilst the gentlemen headed for liquid refreshment at Wetherspoons. Most shops, bars and restaurants were open.

No delays at the gate, passport, ticket and passenger locator forms were checked and the flight was 80% full with a normal level of service (make of that what you will!). Had to wear a mask but it wasn’t uncomfortable.

The flight landed and we had collected our bags and were out of Faro airport within 15 minutes.

Unsurprisingly the hotel at Castro Marim was quiet, but the service was very good, bar, restaurant and pool were open and the course appeared to be in very good condition. The spacious chalets and the surrounding grounds were maintained to a high standard and we enjoyed superb views along the coasts of the Algarve and Andalucia.
We ventured out to the excellent Panoramica restaurant in Praia Verde. Most Portuguese were wearing masks outside but the rules in the restaurants and bars mirrored our experience at home.

All bars were open, and although reasonably quiet, business has started to pick up with a few tourists, Portuguese locals and Spanish who had popped over the open, unpoliced border to enjoy Portuguese food and Portos, Douros and Alentejos. As numbers were relatively low the service was top-notch.

We were greeted the following day by bright sunshine and 24C, the polar opposite of the wet, windy and cold weather at home, and ventured to the Naval Club near Villareal to meet with Tino, the new Golf Director at Isla Canela, but an old friend of Golf Escapes. Government classification of Spain in the amber channel precluded the possibility of us travelling to Spain to meet him at the excellent Isla Canela hotel and golf complex. From previous visits, I can attest to the beautifully manicured course and the well-maintained and run hotel. Isla Canela has now invested in a second course and complex just 10 minutes away to provide choice for its clients (the second course is a challenging, very long links course, for the more advanced golfer, firmly ruling me out). The courses are positioned on either side of the wonderful border town of Ayamonte, packed with beautiful squares, great shops, bars and restaurants.

The only minor encumbrance was the necessity for a lateral flow test to be done 48 hours before our return flight. This was arranged for us by the staff at Castro Marim at a local pharmacy. The test was quick and cost €35. Results were emailed to us within 15 minutes.

For any golfer looking for a change from the main drag on the Algarve and prepared to turn left out of the airport, heading east, then the 3 courses at Castro Marim and Isla Canela offer a real treat and the opportunity to enjoy two nations, two cultures and quality golf.

The only real point of hassle is the need to book a PCR test to be taken within two days of arriving home. The test number is needed for the passenger locator form to board the return flight, it is essential that this is booked and costs £80. Unless you have a local test centre it is easier to get the test kit sent to you and to send it back by post.

The flight back was uneventful and quiet and it took just ten minutes to get through UK customs.

Was it worth the extra cost and time to take the tests? Absolutely. Not having travelled abroad since November 2019, we all felt that this was a much-needed but sadly too brief break and escape from the restrictions and weather at home, and we can’t wait for the next one.

The Algarve is a consistent favourite among golfers in Europe with its great climate, fantastic range of hotels and most importantly, its superb golf courses. There is everything and more in the Algarve to ensure that all golfers have an unforgettable golf escape, so it really does come as no surprise that golfers continue to flock here in numbers year after year. Golf Escapes send more golfers to The Algarve annually than to any other destination – and it’s easy to see why…

Starting in East of The Algarve, Monte Rei has established itself as arguably Portugal’s finest. This Jack Nicklaus design has attracted praise and awards from afar and is now ever-present in Europe’s top 10 course rankings. The design makes full use of the undulating terrain and is fully deserving of the accolades. You come off the course thinking that the area of land was created for a golf course. We await the opening of Monte Rei’s second course eagerly – currently a work in progress. This magnificent resort boasts a range of luxurious self-catering properties offering great packages with golf. We love the linked houses with plenty of room to relax after your round with a huge swimming pool and restaurant/bar adjacent. Off-site, the nearest town with a good choice of amenities is Tavira…

In Tavira, you will find The Maria Nova Lounge Hotel, centrally located for travellers looking for a great golf holiday comprising of sun, food, sand, nightlife, and of course, fantastic golf. Just a short stroll away from the hotel takes guests into the centre of Tavira, a charming coastal town set in the Eastern Algarve. Tavira is home to a great range of bars, shops and restaurants to give guests an opportunity for a fun night out, or a leisurely lunch to enjoy some authentic Portuguese food. Also, perfect for all of those who are looking to relax on their golf holiday, golfers can head to the nearby beach in Tavira to soak up the sun in between rounds of golf on the local golf courses. In addition to Monte Rei, the 36-hole resort comprising the excellent Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima courses are under 10 minutes’ drive from town, as well as the enjoyable Benamor. Further back towards Spain, you will also find two fine but tricky courses, Quinta do Vale and Castro Marim, both offering amazing value green fees with views over into Spain. With stunning beaches and terrific courses always in easy reach, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is a great choice for your next golf escape to the Algarve. Furthermore, in recent years, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel made huge investments to completely renovate the hotel, so all of the guest rooms and facilities here are very modern. Non-golfers can relax around the outdoor swimming pool, visit the hotel’s fitness centre, or enjoy a session at the spa.

Moving into the centre of The Algarve nearer to Faro Airport, we’ll find the Magnolia Hotel located in the heart of the luxury Quinta do Lago resort opposite the famous Quinta Shopping complex. With a huge range of facilities, superb golf courses and a great location, Quinta do Lago is known to be a consistent favourite amongst golfers in the Algarve. Whether guests at the Magnolia Hotel are looking to improve their tan on the nearby sandy beach, or challenge some of the Algarve’s best golf courses, the hotel has something for everyone to ensure an unbeatable stay. Quinta do Lago has been aptly labelled the ‘California of Europe’ with its stunning beaches and great weather, so it is sure to be a great base for your next golf escape to the Algarve. However, the Magnolia Hotel is not just an option for some well-deserved ‘R and R’; it is also a fantastic choice for all those looking to enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Quinta do Lago is home to three superb golf courses; Quinta do Lago Laranjal, Quinta do Lago North, and the newly renovated in 2021 Quinta do Lago South. With such a range of golf on offer to guests with reduced green fees and packages at the Magnolia Hotel, it is no surprise that so many golfers return there for a guaranteed amazing golfing experience. No stay in the central Algarve will be complete without an après golf refreshment at The Melting Pot over the road from the hotel, and it has to be said there is an excellent gin selection in the hotel bar.

Just a few kilometres west of Quinta do Lago, we’ll find the famous Vilamoura. This is widely considered to be among the Algarve’s most luxurious destinations with its yacht-filled marina and upmarket bars, shops and restaurants. At the Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius, guests can enjoy all the luxuries of Vilamoura at a value price as the hotel offers superb value for money and regular deals. While golfers are taking a break in between rounds of golf at the local golf courses, they can indulge in some retail therapy, or alternatively grab lunch around the marina. Also, perfect for all those looking to relax as well, they can head to the beach conveniently opposite the hotel. The Ampalius could not be better located to ensure all guests make the most of Vilamoura; as well as backing onto the beach, the centre of Vilamoura is just a few hundred metres away. While the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, with the centre of Vilamoura on the doorstep, there are always plenty of options on offer for guests to have a leisurely lunch or a fun night out. Furthermore, at the Vila Gale Ampalius, the hotel could not make it easier for its guests to make the most out of some of the best golf on offer in the Algarve; the hotel conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to Dom Pedro Laguna, Millennium, Pinhal, Old Course and Victoria, so a great round of golf is never far away. While its value for money and location being great appeals for guests here, the hotel also has a fantastic selection of facilities for all those looking to relax and stay local to the hotel with outdoor and indoor pools, as well as a comprehensive Health Club facility.

For those looking to stay on a golf course and still have the bright lights of Vilamoura within a few minutes’ drive, we would suggest Pestana Vila Sol. This 5-star property enjoys a rural location just northeast of Vilamoura and has the 27-hole Vila Sol course surrounding the hotel, with the clubhouse a chip shot from the hotel. Guests here enjoy the rooms in the semi-tropical garden set around the huge outdoor pool and the welcoming bar and restaurant. With guest green fees starting at £30 in low season on Vila Sol (a fraction of the other green fees in the area and a Portuguese Open host no less!), and on the other Pestana courses further down towards the western coast, you can see why this resort is a popular choice for golfers looking for quality and value with great nightlife, shopping and beaches on the doorstep. As well as the on-site Vila Sol, guests here have easy access to all the other Vilamoura courses within a 10-minute drive, and the Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo courses are just 20 minutes away with free transfers for 4 players or more.

The Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is another great choice for your next luxury golf holiday in the Algarve with its five-star status, impeccable service, and ideal location close to the popular Pinhal course. Guests at the Hilton Vilamoura can truly enjoy the best of both worlds, as they will find themselves set back a good distance away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre so they can enjoy some well-deserved peace on their next golf holiday, but should they choose to explore the local region, then the centre of Vilamoura lies just a short drive away from the hotel. Ten minutes in the car will take guests into the centre of Vilamoura where they can lounge on the beach to catch a tan, or alternatively, grab some lunch or do some shopping around the Vilamoura marina. Furthermore, the resort could not make it easier for guests to enjoy all the region’s fantastic golf on offer, as it runs a complimentary shuttle service to four of the region’s best golf courses, and the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is also positioned just over the road. Due to the location of the resort, guests will never find themselves without something to do. Even if they choose to stay local to the resort for a relaxing afternoon, guests can lounge around one of the resort’s six swimming pools, or even head to the resort’s private beach club at the nearby Falesia Beach.

Moving west down the coast past Albufeira, we find the newly refurbished luxury Tivoli Carvoeiro.  The renovation of the old hotel is truly breathtaking and the new Tivoli Carvoeiro can justifiably call itself one of the top hotels on The Algarve coast. The hotel has a beautiful location on top of a cliff surrounding a sheltered cove. Guests of the hotel can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can enjoy a peaceful stay in a stunning beach location, but they still have the opportunity to take a short stroll down the hill into the local town of Carvoeiro where there is a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. Guests are never more than a fifteen-minute walk away from town, and they can also escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy towns and resorts to enjoy their golf holiday in peace. At the Tivoli Carvoeiro, there is truly something for everyone; whether the guests are looking to top up their tan on the nearby sandy beach, enjoy a leisurely round of golf or enjoy some authentic Portuguese food in Carvoeiro. In under 10 minutes, you can be sampling the delights of the courses at Carvoeiro Golf Resort, Pinta and Gramacho, and just a further 15 minutes away you can play several others including Penina Championship, Silves, Alto, the two great courses of Amendoeira O’Connor and Amendoeira Faldo, and Alamos and Morgado. Even considering its five-star status, the guest rooms at the hotel are especially spacious and modern in design with light décor, with the highest standard of furnishings due to the recent extensive renovation. For non-golfers, there is a great choice of things to see and do here such as a trip to the spa, a trip to the beach, or a sociable round of tennis. A cocktail on the hotel’s rooftop bar watching the sun dip over the Atlantic is a perfect way to start your evening…

Just a little further west and inland from Carvoeiro, we come to the place where golf on The Algarve began. The Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is arguably the most popular of The Algarve’s many golf resorts. With a world-class golf course, impeccable service and five-star facilities, it is no wonder Penina is such a highly respected golf resort in the Algarve. Guests are never far away from a superb round of golf at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort, as both the Penina Championship and Penina Resort golf courses are on-site. The fantastic practice facilities make this a go-to resort for golf pros and their students. While guests have a great choice of bars and restaurants in the hotel itself, the beautiful beach town of Alvor is also located just a short drive away from the resort and offers a huge variety of cuisines and nightlife, so if guests decide to go out and explore the local area on a lazy afternoon or for a lively night out, then they can do so with ease. Guests are never without an opportunity to enjoy some of the stunning views across the resort from their guest rooms, with views spanning out across the two Penina golf courses and the neighbouring Monchique Mountains.

The final major resort moving westwards on The Algarve is Lagos. This town offers beautiful secluded sandy coves, a marina with a dozen plus bars and restaurants, a beautifully atmospheric old town, and some fine golf courses. Our most popular property in Lagos is the Tivoli Lagos (originally called simply “Hotel Lagos”) and has been an iconic building in the town for decades. The Tivoli was totally refurbished in 2018 and offers a very high standard of accommodation at great prices in probably the best location in Lagos. A five-minute stroll one way and you will find yourself in the heart of the pedestrianised old town among quaint restaurants, bars that come alive late evening, and boutique shops. A ten-minute amble in the other direction and over the bridge you will find the lively bustling modern marina to enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail as you look back towards the town across the sea of luxury boats on display. There are three fine golf courses within a ten-minute drive of the Tivoli Lagos: the amazing 27-hole Palmares course with links and parkland holes, the modern style of Boavista with plenty of water and bunkers, and the short but tricky track of Espiche. Further afield you can play several other courses that the western Algarve enjoys but the three mentioned will keep most players happy for week’s great golfing enjoyment.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best escapes on the Algarve, widely considered to be Europe’s best golf destination.

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best golf courses, hotels and resorts located on the Lisbon Golf Coast. With stunning beaches, spectacular golf courses and a great range of accommodation, it comes as no surprise that golfers flock to the Lisbon Golf Coast in huge numbers year after year. In addition to booking themselves the best golf escape they have had to date; golfers can enjoy our new exclusive deal. All golfers that book their golf holiday to the Lisbon Golf Coast will receive a FootJoy polo shirt (while stocks last).

First up is the Aroeira I, one of the Lisbon Golf Coast’s golden members. This superb golf course is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Europe, meaning that it is undoubtedly a must-play golf course on your next golf break to Lisbon. The Aroeira I offers its players the perfect round of golf set on a stunning pine woodland landscape with a new challenge to be found around every corner. While the Aroeira I is considered to be the superior golf course to its more modern twin, the Aroeira II, both golf courses are widely considered to be must-play golf courses for any golfer on the Lisbon Golf Course. The golf course is set 6,080 metres from the back tees, and it consistently demands its players balance the perfect mix of accuracy and skill as they approach the many challenges across the course. The perfect base to enjoy the Aroeira I golf course is the new Aroeira Lisbon Hotel, a fantastic four-star hotel positioned in the heart of the Aroeira Resort, with a beautiful sandy beach set just a few moments away.

Yet another golf course that is widely considered to be among some of the must-play golf courses on the Lisbon Golf Coast includes the Ribagolfe II. While the Ribagolfe II is slightly shorter than its sibling golf course, the Ribagolfe I, it still bears a great challenge that can be appreciated by all those who challenge it. The Ribagolfe II boasts an open landscape dotted with indigenous cork oak trees, sweeping undulations and plenty of water hazards. Even for the more skilled golfer, with contoured greens and a range of hazards, players are kept on their toes throughout their round. This golf course is ideal for a leisurely round of golf amongst friends with its beautiful landscape and unique layout, so it really comes as no surprise that so many golfers return here year after year to challenge its fast greens. Despite the Ribagolfe II being a relatively new addition to the golfing family in Lisbon, it has not failed to establish itself as one of the region’s best golf courses. With the perfect balance of par threes, a beautiful landscape and a great challenge, the Ribagolfe II is undoubtedly a strong contender on your itinerary for your next golf break on the Lisbon Golf Coast.

Located in the heart of the Lisbon Golf Coast is the West Cliffs Golf Links. The West Cliffs Golf Links is easily considered to be one of the region’s most stunning golf courses, and just as the name suggests, it is positioned right on the edge of the Lisbon Golf Coast, meaning golfers could not be in a better position to enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful views across the sea. Throughout their round of golf, players will find themselves mesmerised by the course’s stunning coastal views, however, their attention must remain transfixed by the challenge at hand. The architects of the West Cliffs Golf Links have perfectly incorporated the natural landscape of the area into the superb golf course that currently stands today. Despite the West Cliffs Golf Links only opening in June 2017, it has easily managed to establish itself as one of the most prized members of the Lisbon Golf Coast. The landscape and layout here are very varied across different terrains and undulations, so it is fair to say that golfers do not need to worry about having a dull round of golf here. There are masses of sand dunes dotted across the course, with the landscape’s original fauna acting as unique hazards to trip up golfers.

One of the Lisbon Golf Coast’s best known and most loved resorts is the Bom Sucesso Resort, home to a superb golf course and luxury five-star self-catered accommodation. The resort itself comprises of many modern private villas and apartments, all of which have been individually designed by different architects in contemporary designs with modern décor. All of the spacious villas here have their own private swimming pools, as well as access to the resort’s tennis club. Furthermore, the resort is also home to a large swimming pool for the use of all its guests, as well as sunbeds and parasols. For the perfect luxury golf escape to the Lisbon Golf Coast, the Bom Sucesso Resort is a great choice. Guests here have it all; great facilities, superb accommodation, and most importantly, a spectacular golf course located on-site. Located on-site at the Bom Sucesso Resort is the Guardian Bom Sucesso, a European Tour Destination designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Donald Steel. After having undergone complete renovations in previous years, the golf course is consistently kept in immaculate condition throughout the year. With a new and improved layout, the Guardian Bom Sucesso has challenged and entertained all the golfers that have played its greens.

The Troia Design Hotel is perfect for all those looking for an unforgettable golf escape with the ideal mix of sun, sea and golf. The hotel is set next to one of the Lisbon Golf Coast’s most stunning beaches, meaning that all guests here are never without an opportunity to make the most out of one of the many beautiful beaches that Portugal is known so well for. Just next door to the hotel lies the Setubal Bay, which has even been labelled as one of the ’35 Most Beautiful Bays in the World’, so all guests at the Troia Design Hotel have the perfect spot to catch a tan and soak up the rays while they are taking a break from challenging the greens of the local golf courses. However, the Troia Design Hotel is not just ideally located for its guests to make the most out of one of the region’s beautiful beaches; it is also ideally located for its guests to play one of the region’s best golf courses. Located just next door to the Troia Design Hotel is the Troia golf course, a superb golf course that is responsible for setting the standard of golf in the area so high.

Host to the Portuguese Open and widely considered to be a true gem of the Lisbon Golf Coast, the Penha Longa Atlantic is one of Europe’s most respected golf courses. This golf course is truly not one to be attempted by the faint-hearted; its unruly layout is widely accepted to be a true challenge. While there are several risk and reward elements on offer throughout the round, golfers should proceed with caution and make good use of the course map in order to anticipate any challenge the best they can. Should golfers finish with a steady score, then they are sure to be deserving of a celebratory drink in the clubhouse! The Penha Longa Atlantic is located on-site to the Penha Longa Resort, the perfect base to play this superb golf course. The Penha Longa Resort is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, whether it be in reference to its spectacular golf course, its impeccable service or its modern guest rooms; whatever golfers are looking for out of their next golf break, the Penha Longa Resort is sure to offer the perfect golf escape. The resort is home to eight restaurants to suit every preference, a huge spa facility, and a range of great facilities to keep all guests entertained, whether they play golf or not.

Another superb option for your next luxury golf escape to the Lisbon Golf Coast is the Oitavos Hotel, a fantastic five-star hotel located in Cascais. Cascais is one of the Lisbon region’s most sought-after towns with its great range of bars, shops and restaurants, as well as its great atmosphere. The Oitavos Hotel is very contemporary in its design, and guests here are never without an opportunity to enjoy the stunning views across the neighbouring sea. Guests at this hotel can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are sufficiently set back from all of the hustle and bustle of the centre of Cascais, but they are still just a short drive into the centre of town if they fancy a fun evening out or an evening of exploring. Furthermore, golfers at the Oitavos Hotel can also enjoy easy access to a spectacular golf course; the Oitavos Dunes golf course is positioned just next door to the hotel. The Oitavos Dunes golf course has been consistently ranked as one of the top golf courses in Europe, meaning all golfers should anticipate an unforgettable round of golf here. With strong prevailing blowing across from the coast, some tight doglegs and a range of tricky hazards, golfers are set to have every aspect of their game challenged during their round here.

The Praia d’el Rey is yet another superb golf course located on the Lisbon Golf Coast, set just a short drive away from the charming town of Obidos. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, golfers here are guaranteed to have a spectacular round of golf. This golf course undeniably poses as an unruly challenge for even the most experienced of golfers, especially when the prevailing coastal winds from across the Atlantic come into play. With its beautiful coastal landscape, the unique layout and its perfect maintenance, it is hardly surprising that the Praia d’el Rey is consistently voted among the best golf courses in the world, and recently, it has been voted 13th place in the Best Golf Courses in Europe by Golf World Magazine. The perfect base to enjoy this fantastic golf course is the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort; as the name suggests, it offers all of its guests the perfect golf escape with access to a stunning sandy beach. Furthermore, if golfers here are looking for a bit more of variety on their golf break on the Lisbon Golf Coast, then the West Cliffs Links is also set just a few minutes away from the hotel, so a great round of golf is never far from reach.

Last but not least is the Royal Obidos golf course, a challenging golf course that is played uphill in the surrounding countryside around the charming town of Obidos. While this golf course has only opened its doors to the public in recent years, it is fair to say that the Royal Obidos has not struggled to make a name for itself among all of the other spectacular golf courses on the Lisbon Golf Coast. The Royal Obidos golf course is truly unique in every aspect, and it is said to differ completely from the Praia d’el Rey, so the Royal Obidos is a great choice for all those golfers looking to mix up their golfing itinerary on their next golf break to the Lisbon Golf Coast. With water hazards dominating every aspect of play on the back nine holes, it is strongly recommended that even the most experienced and skilled of golfers are sure to bring plenty of extra balls; you never know where the coastal wind might take you! The Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel and Spa offers an unbeatably relaxing stay with its impeccable service, modern guest rooms, and its boutique design. This hotel is the ideal accommodation choice for all golfers that are looking to challenge the greens of the Royal Obidos golf course as it is positioned just next door.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best golf courses, hotels and resorts on the Lisbon Golf Course. With spectacular golf courses, beautiful beaches and a great range of accommodation, there is absolutely no reason why the Lisbon Golf Coast should not be your next golf break destination.

The Algarve is a consistent favourite among golfers in Europe with its great climate, fantastic range of hotels and most importantly, its superb golf courses. There is everything and more in the Algarve to ensure that all golfers have an unforgettable golf escape, so it really does come as no surprise that golfers continue to flock here in numbers year after year.

First up is the Magnolia Hotel located in the heart of the luxury Quinta do Lago resort. With a huge range of facilities, superb golf courses and a great location, the Quinta do Lago is known to be a consistent favourite amongst golfers in the Algarve. Whether guests at the Magnolia Hotel are looking to improve their tan on the nearby sandy beach, or challenge some of the Algarve’s best golf courses, the Magnolia Hotel has something for everyone to ensure an unbeatable stay. The Quinta do Lago has been aptly labelled the ‘California of Europe’ with its stunning beaches and great weather, so it is sure to be a great base for your next golf break to the Algarve. However, the Magnolia Hotel is not just a fantastic option for some well-deserved ‘R and R’; it is also a fantastic option for all those looking to enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. The Quinta do Lago is home to three superb golf courses; the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, the Quinta do Lago North, and the Quinta do Lago South. With such a range of golf on offer to guests at the Magnolia Hotel, it is no surprise that so many golfers return there for a guaranteed fantastic golf holiday. However, golf is not the only great thing about the Magnolia Hotel; it has an excellent range of leisure facilities including a fully-equipped fitness centre, a comprehensive spa centre, and an outdoor swimming pool area.

For the perfect idyllic golfing getaway, the Tivoli Carvoeiro is an unbeatable option with its beautiful coastal location on top of a cliff surrounding a sheltered cove. At the Tivoli Carvoeiro, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can enjoy a peaceful stay in a stunning beach location, but they still have the opportunity to take a short stroll into the local town of Carvoeiro where there is a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. Guests are never more than a fifteen-minute walk away from town, and they can also enjoy the escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy towns and resorts to enjoy their golf holiday in peace. At the Tivoli Carvoeiro, there is truly something for everyone; whether the guests are looking to top up their tan on the nearby sandy beach, enjoy a leisurely round of golf or enjoy some authentic Portuguese food in Carvoeiro, there is something for them. With three of some of the Algarve’s best golf courses under an hour away from the hotel, the Tivoli Carvoeiro is the perfect base to explore all of the fantastic golf that the Algarve has to offer. The Alamos, Morgado and Salgados are all under an hours’ drive away from the Tivoli Carvoeiro, so a great round of golf is never far away. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms at the hotel are especially spacious and modern in design with light décor, and as they were all recently renovated just a few years ago, they are all furnished to the highest standard. Even for non-golfers, there is still a great choice of things to see and do here such as a well-deserved trip to the spa, a trip to the beach, or a sociable round of tennis.

The Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is ideally located for all travellers who are looking for a great golf holiday comprising of sun, the beach, and of course, fantastic golf. Just a short stroll away from the hotel takes guests into the centre of Tavira, a charming coastal town set in the Algarve. Tavira is home to a great range of bars, shops and restaurants to give guests an opportunity for a fun night out, or a leisurely lunch to enjoy some authentic Portuguese food. Also, perfect for all of those who are looking to relax on their golf holiday, golfers can head to the nearby beach in Tavira to soak up the sun in between rounds of golf on the local golf courses. The Monte Rei Golf Club is widely considered to be one of Jack Nicklaus’s best designs, and conveniently for all golfers who want to attempt to challenge its fairways, it is located just a short drive away from the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel. With a stunning beach and a fantastic golf course always in easy reach, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is a great choice for your next golf escape to the Algarve. Furthermore, in recent years, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel made huge investments to completely renovate the hotel, so all of the guest rooms and facilities here are very modern. For non-golfers, they can relax around the outdoor swimming pool, visit the hotel’s fitness centre, or enjoy a session at the spa.

Vilamoura is widely considered to be among the Algarve’s most luxurious destinations with its yacht-filled marina and upmarket bars, shops and restaurants. At the Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius, guests can enjoy all of the luxury of Vilamoura at a fraction of the price as the hotel offers superb value for money and regular deals. While golfers are taking a break in between rounds of golf at the local golf courses, they can indulge in some retail therapy, or alternatively grab lunch around the marina. Also, perfect for all those looking to relax as well, they can head to the beach which conveniently lies just opposite to the Vila Gale Ampalius. The hotel could not be better located to ensure all guests make the most out of Vilamoura; the Vila Gale Ampalius is literally just a stone’s throw away from the beach and the centre of Vilamoura is just a few hundred metres away. While the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, with the centre of Vilamoura in arm’s reach, there are always plenty of options on offer for guests to have a leisurely lunch or a fun night out. Furthermore, at the Vila Gale Ampalius, the hotel could not make it easier for its guests to make the most out of some of the best golf on offer in the Algarve; the hotel conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to the Dom Pedro Laguna, the Millennium, Victoria and Pinhal golf courses, so a great round of golf is never far away. While its value for money and location are great appeals for guests here, the hotel also has a fantastic selection of facilities for all those looking to relax and stay local to the hotel; the hotel has an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, as well as a comprehensive Health Club facility.

The Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is widely considered to be among some of the best golf resorts in the Algarve, so it came as no shock that in the 2012 World Travel Awards, it was named both “Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort” and “Portugal’s Leading Resort”. With a world-class golf course, impeccable service and five-star facilities, it is no wonder the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is such a highly respected golf resort in the Algarve. Guests are never far away from a superb round of golf at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort, as both the Penina Championship and Penina Resort golf courses lie on-site at the resort. While guests have everything they could possibly need and more at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort with a great selection of facilities and four restaurants, the stunning beach town of Alvor is also located just a short drive away from the resort, so if guests decide to go out and explore the local area on a lazy afternoon or for a fun night out, then they can do so with ease. Guests are never without an opportunity to enjoy some of the stunning views across the resort from their guest rooms, with views spanning out across the two Penina golf courses and the neighbouring Monchique Mountains.

Yet another great golf hotel located in Vilamoura, one of the Algarve’s most sought-after areas, is the Anantara Vilamoura. While the hotel only opened its doors fairly recently in 2017, it has not struggled to make its mark in the area. As the hotel is so new, it comes as no surprise that all of the guest rooms are furnished to a very high standard and they are all extremely modern in their design and furnishings. Also, while the Anantara Vilamoura is ideally located to make the most out of all that the region has to offer for a golf break, the hotel has a fantastic range of facilities to ensure all guests have plenty to do, whether they play golf or not. The guest rooms here are nothing less than what one would expect at a luxury five-star hotel, and there is also a huge range of facilities including three swimming pool, a children’s entertainment club, sports and Portuguese cooking classes. However, if guests are also looking to explore the local area, then the Anantara Vilamoura conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Vilamoura, so guests can easily visit the beach or the marina. In terms of golf, the hotel is positioned just opposite to one of the region’s most played golf courses, the Victoria Golf Course.

The Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is an unbeatable choice for your next luxury golf holiday in the Algarve with its five-star status, impeccable service, and its ideal location. Guests at the Hilton Vilamoura can truly enjoy the best of both worlds, as they are set back a good distance away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre so they can enjoy some well-deserved peace on their next golf holiday, but should they choose to explore the local region, then the centre of Vilamoura lies just a short drive away from the hotel. Ten minutes in the car will take guests into the centre of Vilamoura where they can lounge on the beach to catch a tan, or alternatively, grab some lunch or do some shopping around the Vilamoura marina. Furthermore, the resort could not make it easier for guests to enjoy all of the region’s fantastic golf on offer, as it runs a complimentary shuttle service to four of the region’s best golf courses, and the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is also positioned just next door. While guests will never find themselves without something to do with the location of the resort, even if they choose to stay local to the resort for a relaxing afternoon, they will still have plenty to do; guests can lounge around one of the resort’s six swimming pools, or even head to the resort’s private beach club at the nearby Falesia Beach.

Last but not least is the Conrad Algarve, another fantastic luxury hotel located in the Quinta do Lago resort, commonly referred to as the “California of Europe”. The Conrad Algarve is widely considered to be among some of the most modern and luxurious hotels in the Algarve, meaning it is the perfect base for your next five-star golf break in the Algarve. Even for a five-star hotel, all of the guest rooms here are very modern in their design, with many of them overlooking the resort gardens or the infinity pool. While the hotel is home to three excellent bars and restaurants, there is also a good range of other bars and restaurants also located in the Quinta do Lago resort should guests decide to travel slightly further afield. Guests at the Conrad Algarve are truly never without an opportunity to relax; the hotel is home to a comprehensive luxury spa facility for guests to enjoy a well-deserved treatment, or alternatively, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby beach should guests choose to relax on one of the Algarve’s many stunning sandy beaches. After guests are finished with having some downtime, they can turn their attention to making the most out of all of the fantastic golf that the region has to offer. With four fantastic golf courses in easy reach, the Conrad Algarve is a great option for your next golf break to the Algarve.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best escapes to the Algarve. Widely considered to be among one of Europe’s best golf destinations, the Algarve is an unbeatable option for your next golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to ten of our hotels with the best reviews. All ten of these hotels are more than worthy of their five-star ratings with a wealth of spectacular golf on offer, impeccable service, and luxurious facilities. While these hotels are definitely up there with some of the most luxurious options we offer, they are truly worth the price tag and you certainly get what you pay for. Whether you are looking to totally relax, enjoy some great golf or explore some of the most sought-after destinations, we have something to offer to make your next golf holiday your best one yet.

First up is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of the quaint coastal town of Estoril. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds; they are just a short train journey into the centre of Lisbon, so should they want to explore this vibrant city for a fun evening out, then they can do so with ease, but they can also enjoy an idyllic stay on top of a stunning sandy beach in a charming town. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not just a great option to explore the city; it is a great base to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses as the hotel is positioned just a stone’s throw away from the Golf do Estoril. The location of the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not the only thing that makes the hotel worthy of its five-star reviews; with its fantastic facilities and superb service, it is the ideal choice for your next luxury golf holiday. Even for a five-star hotel, the rooms here are particularly spacious and lavishly furnished, and guests are never without an opportunity to relax at the hotel’s comprehensive spa facility.

Alternatively, for guests who are looking for a more chilled out golf holiday without the stresses of having to find somewhere to eat in the evenings, then the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences is the choice for you. The Aphrodite Hills Resort is widely considered to be among some of the best golf resorts in Europe, and it is not a struggle to see why with its great range of accommodation options and most importantly, its spectacular golf course, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus. Guests here can enjoy a relaxing golf break with such a fantastic golf course next door and an ideal coastal location. The resort runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Paphos should guests want to explore the local area or head to one of the stunning beaches that Greece is known so well for. The Aphrodite Hills Residences offers a range of self-catered accommodation options ranging from luxury villas with their own private swimming pools, to modern apartments. Aside from the superb golf course on-site, there is a huge range of facilities for guests to enjoy when they are not at the beach of playing one of the local golf courses; they can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a leisurely game of tennis, or head to the resort’s spa.

Another option for your next golf holiday is the Hotel Alay, positioned in Benalmadena, one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol. The Costa del Sol is a consistent favourite amongst golfers for their European golf break with its buzzing towns, great beaches, and superb golf courses, and Benalmadena is no exception. The Hotel Alay is perfectly located for all guests who are looking to enjoy some warm weather with a beach just a stone’s throw away, as well as some great golf courses and a vibrant town. There is a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops just a few minutes’ walk outside of the hotel at the Benalmadena marina. If guests are looking to play some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses, then they can do so with ease and the Chaparral Golf Club, the Cabopino and the El Paraiso are all just a short drive away and guarantee a great round of golf. Even non-golfers will not struggle to find something to do here; they can head to the neighbouring beach to make the most out of the sunshine, grab some lunch at the Benalmadena marina, or catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.

The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is yet another popular favourite amongst golfers who are seeking their best golf holiday yet. The resort is unparalleled in its quality in every aspect; therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise that it is so highly rated and recommended by all those who visit. For all those who are looking to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning all of the region’s fantastic golf courses can be enjoyed with the perfect weather to match the perfect round of golf. The resort is home to the Fairplay Golf Club, designed by Baron Paul Rolin, is home to a varied layout to challenge even lower handicappers. Aside from the superb golf on offer, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort should also be a strong contender for your next golf holiday with its spacious guest rooms, unbeatable location and great facilities. There is a wide range of bars and restaurants offered just a fifteen-minute walk away from the resort, alternatively, there are three restaurants located within the resort should guests wish to stay local.

For all those willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable golf escape, then the Fancourt Hotel is the option for you. The hotel is positioned in the heart of the Western Cape, one of the most idyllic and stunning regions in South Africa. The Western Cape is widely considered to be an up and coming golf destination, and it is not difficult to see why with its beautiful landscapes, great climate, and the discovery of some superb golf courses. Furthermore, the size of the hotel just adds to the idyllic atmosphere; the Fancourt Hotel has just 115 guest rooms, meaning all golfers here are guaranteed to have an unbeatably relaxing golf holiday. The Fancourt Hotel is not just a great choice for your next golf holiday due to its two world-class golf courses located on-site; the hotel is perfectly positioned on the Garden Route where many of South Africa’s beautiful natural areas are also positioned, such as the Knysna Waterfront. However, if golfers are just looking to enjoy some of South Africa’s best golf courses, then they could not be in a better place. With the Fancourt Montagu and the Fancourt Outeniqua located on-site, a great round of golf is never in far reach.  

Yet another up and coming golf destination is Abu Dhabi, the perfect destination for all golfers who are looking to have their best golf holiday yet with the perfect balance of luxury, golf and sun. The Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island has everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape, so the resort is truly worthy of its five-star rating. Just a five-minute walk away from the hotel takes guests to a stunning sandy beach, and more importantly, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, one of the most popular golf courses in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the Yas Links Golf Club and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club are also just a stone’s throw away, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. Alternatively, for non-golfers, they can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic facilities when they are taking a break from lounging on the neighbouring beach. To totally relax, guests can head to the resort’s huge spa facility for a well-deserved massage or treatment, or enjoy a leisurely round of tennis. One of the key attractions of the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is its fantastic all-inclusive option, so guests can treat themselves all they want to without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. With an impressive eight restaurants on offer, the all-inclusive accommodation option is a great choice.

The Hotel Peralada is nestled in the heart of Catalonia, in the Alt Emporda wine region. With its beautiful and idyllic location surrounded by the Castillo de Peralada Castle and a nature reserve, a stay at the Hotel Peralada would guarantee an unbeatably peaceful stay so that guests can take advantage of the fantastic golf on offer. The Peralada Golf Club is widely considered to be among one of the best golf courses in the region, and conveniently for all golfers at the Hotel Peralada, is it just next door to the hotel. Aside from the superb golf course located just next door to the hotel, the Hotel Peralada is also a great choice for your next golf break with its excellent range of leisure facilities that make it worthy of its five-star rating. Guests can either catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool or head to the hotel’s wine spa for a relaxing treatment. While there is a small authentic Spanish village located just down the road from the hotel, the hotel has its own fantastic restaurant should guests choose to stay local in the evenings.

One of the best options for a drive and stay golf break is the Old Thorns Hotel, situated in the heart of the rolling hills in Hampshire. Despite its popularity and high reputation, the Old Thorns Hotel has managed to retain all of its original charm. The hotel itself comprises of a 17th-century building which has been converted into a luxury hotel. Even for non-golfers, they will never find themselves short of things to do here with its five-star facilities. To relax, guests can head to the modern health club, or the comprehensive spa facility, then take a dip in the swimming pool. However, the Old Thorns Hotel’s best facility is undoubtedly its world-class golf course located on-site, the Old Thorns Championship Course, opened by Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros. Aside from the fantastic golf and facilities on offer, the Old Thorns Hotel is also a great choice with its excellent range of accommodation options on offer, ranging from modern self-catered apartments to luxurious guest rooms. For all those who do not want to have to deal with the stress and cost of flying to have a great golf holiday, then the Old Thorns Hotel is the perfect option for you.

For the ultimate luxury beach and golf holiday, the Thanos Hotel Almyra is a perfect choice. With its impeccable service, unbeatable location and modern facilities, it is no wonder that golfers continue to return here year after year. The hotel is positioned just next to a long stretch of sandy beach which has been accredited with a Blue Flag status, so guests are never without an opportunity to make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the centre of Paphos where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants, shops, as well as a beach. Furthermore, with three of Cyprus’ best golf courses under a twenty-minute drive away, guests here could not be in a better position to make the most out of all that Cyprus has to offer. However, the location of the Thanos Hotel Almyra is not the only aspect that makes it worthy of its great reviews; the service here is unbeatable, and the resort is home to a wealth of facilities and accommodation options to guarantee golfers an unforgettable golf escape.

Last but not least is the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a beautiful golf resort nestled in the heart of the South of France. This resort is worthy of its five-star ratings in every aspect, ranging from the great service on offer, the facilities, and the accommodation itself. The resort is set out in the style of a village with suites and cottages dotted across the resort. All of the accommodation here is furnished to the highest standard with classic French décor and all of the amenities to ensure that all guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay. For guests to totally unwind, they can enjoy a well-deserved massage or treatment at the spa, or alternatively enjoy a leisurely round of golf on either the Le Chateau Course or the Le Riou Course, both of which offer a fantastic round of golf, and are widely considered to be among the best golf courses in the region, if not country. With impeccable service, luxury accommodation and two superb golf courses on-site, it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded ‘France’s Leading Resort’ in 2019 and the World Golf Awards.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on ten of our best-rated golf resorts and hotels. With great facilities, unbeatable locations and fantastic golf on offer, all ten of these golf resorts and hotels are worth their high ratings and guarantee an unforgettable stay.