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This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf resorts that Golf Escapes has to offer. All seven of these resorts offer all three components needed for an unforgettable golf holiday; sun, luxury, and most importantly, fantastic golf. Whether golfers are looking to spend their non-golfing days lounging around the side of a pool or exploring the neighbouring towns and cities, any one of these seven resorts would be an unbeatable option for your next golf break. While all of these resorts are undoubtedly a luxurious option for a golfing getaway, they still offer excellent value for money. With a great round of golf never far away and impeccable service, all seven of these golf resorts would be a great choice for your next golf escape.

First up is the four-star La Cala Golf Resort, one of our bestsellers and a popular favourite for many. With three award-winning golf courses on-site and a great location just a short drive away from La Cala de Mijas, this does not come as a surprise. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds in an idyllic golfing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring town of La Cala de Mijas, but for an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out, the town is just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel. Furthermore, the La Cala Golf Resort is also positioned just a short drive away from one of the stunning beaches that the Costa del Sol is known so well for. The resort’s location is not its only selling point, however, guests will never struggle to enjoy their relaxing golfing retreat with the resort’s many leisure facilities, including a fantastic spa area and outdoor swimming pool area. The La Cala Golf Resort is an unbeatable option for any serious golfer with an impressive three golf courses located on-site to the resort, so golfers are always overwhelmed with options for their next round of golf. The La Cala America, the La Cala Asia and the La Cala Europa all offer players a fantastic round of golf with stunning panoramic views across the rolling hills of the Spanish countryside. Out of the three, the La Cala America is said to offer the best views, however, the La Cala Asia is undoubtedly the most challenging, despite it being the shortest in length.

The La Manga Club Resort is home to anything and everything that a golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; fantastic golf, excellent leisure facilities, and both the option of having a self-catered golf holiday in a luxury apartment, as well as a five-star hotel. For all those seeking a luxury golf holiday in Spain, the La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a great choice with its spacious guest rooms, spa and wellness centre, and impeccable service. Here guests can fully indulge in relaxation to make the most out of the fantastic golf on offer just next door. Alternatively, for a more laidback golf holiday, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a great option. The Las Lomas Village comprises of a range of four-star apartments, perfect for a self-catered golf break. Guests can enjoy the La Manga Resort’s excellent facilities at great value for money, including the resort’s highly-acclaimed three golf courses. All three of the golf courses at the La Manga Resort offer golfers the opportunity for a fantastic round of golf, and conveniently for guests, they are never more than a stone’s throw away. Higher handicappers may lean towards the La Manga North more than the other two golf courses as it is typically viewed as the easiest of the trio, whereas the La Manga is home to the best views and the most unique layout. However, out of the three La Manga golf courses, the La Manga West is considered to be the best golf course and it holds the best reputation as it is consistently awarded one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe.

Another great option for your next luxury golf holiday includes the Praia d’el Rey Resort, home to both a five-star hotel and a ‘village’ of apartments and townhouses. Guests here can enjoy a stunning coastal location just next door to one of the many beautiful beaches that Portugal has to offer. Furthermore, the Lisbon province in Portugal is known for its mild climate throughout the year, so the fantastic golf courses in this region can be enjoyed throughout the year. For all those looking for an unbeatably luxurious golfing getaway, the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a great option with its modern guest rooms, ideal location and of course, an award-winning golf course just next door. Here, golfers can enjoy the perfect medley of sun, sea, and most importantly, golf. After a fantastic round of golf, guests can head to the neighbouring beach to catch some rays, then head into the local town of Obidos to spend the afternoon meandering around the old cobbled streets. The Silver Coast in Portugal is known across Europe for its golf courses, and the Praia d’el Rey is widely considered to be a centrepiece for it. With a tricky layout that is often prone to strong prevailing winds across the coast, golfers must anticipate a stern test of golf here as they will be forced to utilise every club in their arsenal. Even the most experienced of players will find this golf course to be challenging, so it hardly comes as a surprise that the golf course has been labelled as “wild and wonderful” by the famous Golf World Magazine. For a round of golf, you are sure not to forget anytime soon, the Praia d’el Rey is a great choice.

The Verdura Resort is an unbeatable option for your next luxury golf holiday, and it would make the perfect base to explore the best-golfing treasures that Italy is known so well for. Here, golfers can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway positioned away from all the busy tourist spots in Italy or the cities, set in the rolling hills of the Sicilian countryside. The resort is home to a luxury five-star hotel located just a stone’s throw away from one of Italy’s best-known golf courses, the Verdura Golf Course, and a long stretch of beach with clear waters and white sand. Not only is the Verdura Resort perfectly positioned to make the most out of Italy’s stunning beaches and fantastic golf, but here guests are also just a short drive away from two of Sicily’s main Greek temples; Agrigento and Selinunte. For a relaxing afternoon when guests are taking a break from enjoying all the local golf courses and the nearby beach, they can head to the resort’s spa centre which is known to be the best in the whole of Sicily with a huge range of facilities and treatments. When the guests at the Verdura Resort have enjoyed a relaxing session at the hotel spa, they can get their heart racing again with a round of golf at the neighbouring Verdura Golf Course. On this golf course, players can take full advantage of the resort’s beautiful coastal setting overlooking the sea and the Sicilian countryside. While the coastal views are undoubtedly stunning, the golf course’s location can cause havoc for a steady scorecard if the prevailing winds are particularly strong, so players must come armed with their A-game here.

Yet another great golf resort located in Portugal is the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, home to one of the Algarve’s best-known golf courses, and the luxurious Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. This five-star resort comprises of a village of self-catered villas with excellent facilities and an unbeatable location positioned just next door to Portugal’s number one golf course, and several towns are also located just a short drive away. For an afternoon of exploring the local area, guests can head into either Tavira, Monte Gordo or Cabanas with ease as they are all less than a twenty-five-minute drive away from the resort. Therefore, if guests also fancy an evening off cooking and a night exploring the local bars and restaurants, then an opportunity to do so is never far away. However, anything and everything that guests could ever want can be found within the resort; great service, fantastic golf, and five-star leisure facilities. The resort is home to a wide range of leisure facilities including a spa area, tennis courts, a fitness centre, and several outdoor swimming pools. The Monte Rei golf course was only opened in 2007, however, it has already established itself as one of Portugal’s best golf courses, and its condition and reputation are certainly enough to rival any one of the classic golf courses in the Algarve region. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, all golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf here. With such a prestigious golf course on-site, it comes as no surprise that the Monte Rei Resort is widely regarded as a fantastic golf resort.

The Costa del Sol is easily one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe, and a consistent favourite amongst those that frequent here is the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa due to its stunning location, luxurious facilities and fantastic golf. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the neighbouring Finca Cortesin golf course, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach to the guests at this hotel. Aside from its world-class golf course, the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is also home to a wide range of leisure facilities which are nothing less than what anyone would expect to find at a five-star resort. The fitness centre here has an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as three other outdoor swimming pools, perfect for soaking up the sun on a relaxing afternoon. Alternatively, the resort is also home to a great range of bars and restaurants to suit any taste. The Finca Cortesin is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, and this does not stop at its golf course. The golf course, designed by the famous golf architect Cabell Robinson, has consistently been ranked amongst the best in the whole of Spain, and it is not difficult to see why. The challenge on this golf course predominantly lies in its size, and even the professionals have struggled to maintain a steady scorecard at one of the many events and tournaments the golf course has hosted.

Last but not least is the Hotel Las Madrigueras, home to the Golf Las Americas golf course. This adults-only hotel is the ideal option for your next luxury golf break with stunning surroundings, impeccable service and great golf just next door. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making the Hotel Las Madrigueras an unbeatable choice for a well-deserved winter golfing getaway. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from the buzzing resort centre, but they are still just a short distance away from the Los Cristianos harbour, as well as a range of bars and restaurants. The Hotel Las Madrigueras is perfect for all those looking to relax during the day, either lounging around the pool or at the beach, followed by a spa session, to then enjoy the lively atmosphere that Tenerife is known so well for. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms at the Hotel Las Madrigueras as very spacious, and the top floor guest rooms overlook the neighbouring Golf Las Americas golf course and the ocean. The Golf Las Americas first opened its greens back in 1998, and it is widely considered to be one of the original golf courses responsible for the huge growth of golf in the Canary Islands, as well as setting the standards high for the creation of all future golf courses here. Its greens are kept in immaculate condition throughout the year, so golfers can take full advantage of Tenerife’s yearly average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The Golf Las Americas is a leisurely golf course for a great sociable round of golf with a fantastic mix of par 3s, 5s and 4s.

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We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post on seven of the best golf resorts you can find across the globe. Any one of these golf resorts would provide you with an unforgettable golf escape, regardless of whether you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway or a cultural trip balanced with some fantastic golf. But if you are finding it too difficult to pick just one, then just give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to help you have your best golf holiday yet, filled with sun, sea, luxury, and golf. 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the most luxurious golf resorts that can be found across the globe. All seven of these hotels offer an unbeatably lavish stay with five-class service and excellent facilities, guaranteeing an unforgettable golf escape. If your budget permits, a stay in any one of these resorts would be a fantastic experience that would be sorely missed by settling for just your average hotel. All seven of these hotels are five-star in every aspect, making them worth every penny.

First up is the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club, a fantastic five-star hotel located on the stunning sands of the Dominican Republic. This resort offers its guests the perfect combination of sun, sea, golf, and above all else, luxury. Guests will find themselves just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful white sands and clear waters that the Dominican Republic is known so well for. The resort owns a private three-mile stretch of coastline along the beach, where it offers many sporting activities including scuba diving and paddleboarding. All of the rooms and suites at the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club are very open with modern décor, offering guests an unbeatably comfortable stay. Most of the rooms take advantage of the resort’s stunning coastal setting with beautiful sea views, and some of the rooms even have direct beach access. The luxury does not stop at the guest rooms; the resort is home to a fantastic range of leisure facilities to keep each and every guest entertained when they are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local La Cana and Corales golf courses. To totally relax and indulge in the five-star experience, guests can head to the Six Senses Spa for a well-deserved massage or facial. To finish off an unforgettable day exploring the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches, guests can enjoy a fantastic meal in one of the hotel’s eight restaurants. The resort offers guests an excellent range of all-inclusive accommodation packages, meaning guests can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic restaurant options without worrying about the price tag at the end of it.

The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious resorts we offer in Portugal, with its stunning classic Portuguese architecture and unbeatable location situated just moments away from Estoril’s main beach. Despite its opening way back in the 1930s, the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa has still maintained its authentic charm and character in its décor and style. A stay here would not just be a fantastic option for your next holiday in Portugal because of its excellent service and facilities, but also because the hotel is located in easy reach of the Golf do Estoril, one of the most sought-after golf courses in the Lisbon region. The Golf do Estoril is widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious golf courses in Portugal, and conveniently for all guests at the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, this outstanding golf course is less than a five-minute drive away. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa proved itself to be James Bond worthy in 1969 when it featured heavily in many of the scenes in the sixth instalment, many of which were set around the hotel’s stunning pool area. The hotel truly has something for all guests, whether they are looking for a relaxing yoga session, an indulgent massage, or a swim in the large outdoor swimming pool. If guests want to explore the local surrounding area, the centre of Estoril is literally on their doorstep. The hotel offers its guests two fantastic restaurants and a bar, but if guests are looking to travel further afield, then there is a huge range of bars and restaurants just a few steps away from the hotel.

Another fantastic option for a luxury golf holiday by the beach is the five-star Westin Resort Costa Navarino. This resort is not only great for a golf break, but it also caters fantastically for families so that everyone can make the most of their holiday. Guests will find themselves in the perfect position to make the most out of some of Greece’s most stunning beaches, and of course, its capitating history. The resort is set on top of the beautiful Dunes Beach, and just an hour and a half away from the iconic Ancient Olympia site. If guests can manage to tear themselves away from the neighbouring beach and local historic attractions, then they can also enjoy an unforgettable round of golf on either the Dunes or the Bay golf courses. The guest rooms at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are set in villas, and some of them even have their own infinity swimming pool. All of the accommodation here are fully equipped with all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatably luxurious stay. The resort offers guests endless opportunities to fill their days, aside from the two neighbouring golf courses, the Dunes and the Bay golf courses. Whether guests want to make the most out of the resort’s beach location with a range of water sports or spend their day in the recreational centre for a fun game of ten-pin bowling, volleyball, or badminton. Guests are also well and truly spoilt for choice with the resort’s huge range of bars and restaurants; whatever they fancy for dinner, they are sure to be accommodated for with an impressive eleven restaurants.

The Westin brand does not fail to disappoint yet again at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. This resort offers guests the best of both worlds as they are tucked away in a resort away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist areas in Abu Dhabi, but many of the area’s key attractions are just a short drive away. Two of the area’s most popular attractions, Ferrari World and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, are conveniently located just a fifteen minute drive away, or if guests are looking to make the most out of the guaranteed sunshine, then Abu Dhabi’s best beach, the Corniche, is located just a twenty minute drive away. Not only is the resort’s location a major selling point due to its close proximity to some of the area’s key attractions, but the resort is also located just twenty minutes away from both the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, host to the HSBC Golf Championship, and the Yas Links golf course. The service at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa has said to be unmatched, and the standard of its facilities are set to follow. The resort’s main leisure facility is its spa which offers a huge range of treatments and special adults-only areas to ensure its guests are in the right position to take full advantage of the luxury the resort has to offer. Furthermore, only of the three outdoor swimming pools is strictly adults only, and guests can enjoy complimentary access to the exclusive Saadiyat Beach Club.

Yet another fantastic option for your next luxury golf holiday is the Hotel Las Madrigueras, located in Tenerife, one of the most popular golf holiday destinations on offer. Set just a ten-minute walk away from one of Tenerife’s stunning beaches and directly neighbouring the Golf Las Americas golf course, guests here are in the perfect position to have their best luxury golf break yet. Guests can benefit from the resort’s idyllic location away from the popular tourist spots in Tenerife so they can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic five-star facilities and the highly sought-after golf course located just next door. Furthermore, guests need not worry about a lack of dinner options with the hotel’s secluded location as the hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant which serves a varied a la carte menu every evening. Compared to many of the other luxury golf resorts, the Hotel Las Madrigueras offers a much more ‘intimate’ stay as there are only 44 guest rooms and just 13 suites. The hotel is also strictly adults only, meaning a peaceful and relaxing stay is guaranteed. All of the guest rooms here offer stunning views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean, the Las Americas golf course, and Tenerife’s small sister island, La Gomera. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms here are particularly spacious with all of the essentials to ensure all guests have a fantastic stay. Tenerife benefits from a mild all-year round climate, so the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pool is always a popular spot to enjoy this.

Vilamoura is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious destinations in the Algarve, known for its world-class golf courses and its upmarket marina. A stay in Vilamoura is a luxurious experience in itself, let alone a stay in the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa. Here, guests will never find themselves short of things to do; the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Falesia Beach in the summer season, plus the hotel lies just next to the Dom Pedro Pinhal golf course, widely considered to be among the best golf courses in the Algarve. With a fantastic range of leisure facilities, modern décor and spacious guest rooms, it comes as no surprise that the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is widely considered to be a go-to option for a luxury golf holiday in Portugal. While the adults are challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, the resort’s children’s club can keep the little ones entertained so golfers never have to miss out. To fully relax and indulge in the five-star experience, guests can head to the 7Seven Spa, the largest spa facility in the whole of Portugal. Or alternatively, guests can make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine around one of the resort’s five outdoor swimming pools, all of which have different features, such as adults-only access or a faux beach setting. If guests would prefer a quiet night in and they do not fancy venturing into town for dinner, then the hotel is home to two a la carte restaurants. After a fantastic meal, guests can head down to the Beach Club for a well-deserved cocktail.

Last but not least is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort, located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz. Guests here are truly in the perfect position to make the most out of the stunning views that Andalucía is known so well for. The resort offers an idyllic stay set in the rolling hills of Andalucía, with the well-known Fairplay Golf Club just next door. The Fairplay Golf Club was designed by Baron Paul Rolin who successfully created a fantastic golf course that can accommodate players of all skillsets and handicaps. With some technical holes, a beautiful landscape and superb facilities, it comes as no surprise that the Fairplay Golf Club is widely considered to be a must-play golf course on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. If the neighbouring Fairplay Golf Club is not enough to keep guest preoccupied during their stay, then the resort is also home to a wide range of leisure facilities to keep each and every guest entertained. After a gruelling round of golf, guests can head to the Fairplay SPA for a well-deserved treatment, then head to the outdoor pool area to catch some rays. The resort was recently closed for a few years and only reopened in 2017 after completely renovating the guest rooms, so it is fair to say that they meet every standard for your next luxury golf holiday. Furthermore, the resort also opened with a brand new a la carte restaurant which offers al fresco dining on the sun terrace.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has encouraged you to loosen your purse strings to splash out on an unforgettable luxury golf holiday. To be well and truly looked after in a stunning resort with some of the most sought-after golf courses just a short distance away, any one of these seven resorts would be an unbeatable option. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to convince you otherwise.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best ‘seven nights and five rounds’ packages that we offer. All seven of these packages allow golfers to experience some of the best golf courses at fantastic value. Comprising of luxurious hotels, excellent golf courses and great value, these packages would make a fantastic option for your next golf escape. These packages have been carefully tailored with golfers in mind to ensure they have the best golf holiday yet.

First up is the Thanos Almyra, the perfect option for any golfer looking for their next luxury golf break. With a stunning beach location, impeccable service and a warm climate all year round, it comes as no surprise that the Thanos Almyra is a go-to option for golfers. Just a short walk away from the hotel, guests will find themselves on a Blue Flag beach, or the centre of Paphos. Paphos truly has something for everyone; beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and of course, fantastic golf. Golf is just one aspect of the seven nights and five rounds package for the Thanos Almyra; the hotel itself is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect whether it be the spacious guest rooms or fantastic facilities. The hotel offers its guests a wide range of leisure facilities, including an impressive four outdoor swimming pools and private tennis courts. Conveniently for golfers, the Thanos Almyra is located just a twenty-minute drive away from all four of the golf courses in Paphos; the well-known Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, the PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Course. All four of these golf courses offer an unforgettable round of golf that can be appreciated by all players, making the seven nights and five rounds package for the Thanos Almyra an unbeatable option. As expected, the Aphrodite Hills Golf Club deserves a special mention due to its world-class status and its unique layout with stunning views throughout. Luckily for the guests at the Thanos Almyra, an unforgettable round of golf here is always in easy reach.

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa offers its guests the best of both worlds, situated in the heart of the sought-after Sesimbra resort. Here, guests are right on top of a long stretch of stunning coastline and just a short walk away from the centre of the town where they will find a wide range of bars and restaurants to suit every budget and preference. Alternatively, the centre of Lisbon is less than an hour away from the hotel, so a great day out is never far away. At the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa, guests are in the perfect location to make the most out of Portugal’s vibrant capital, the local beaches and of course, some of the best golf courses in the area. Both the Aroeira I and the Aroeira II are two of the best-known golf courses in the area, and luckily for guests at the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa, they are located less than a forty-minute drive away from the hotel. Alternatively, the Quinta do Peru is home to some truly stunning views and a stern test of golf. Not only is the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa a great option for a seven nights and five rounds package because of the fantastic golf in the surrounding area, but the hotel itself comes at fantastic value for money. All of the spacious and modern guest rooms allow guests to make the most out of the hotel’s stunning coastal location with sea views. The hotel also has an outdoor infinity swimming pool that overlooks the neighbouring beach. To relax after a gruelling round of golf on one of the local golf courses, guests can head to the spa for a massage or a session in the steam room.

The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort is yet another fantastic option for a seven nights and five rounds package on the Lisbon coast. The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort offers its guests the perfect mix of sun, sea, and golf. Furthermore, the resort is located just an hour away from the centre of the captivating capital where visitors will never find themselves short of things to do or see. Alternatively, Obidos, a charming medieval town with beautiful architecture and a wide range of bars and restaurants, is located just a short drive away from the resort. All 177 of the guest rooms at the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Beach and Golf Resort offer fantastic views across the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean, and of course, the 18 holes at the Praia d’el Rey golf course. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is a long stretch of stunning beach with clean waters and white sand. Both the Praia d’el Rey and the West Cliffs Golf Links golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf at great value for money in the seven nights and five rounds package with the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Beach and Golf Resort. The Praia d’el Rey is easily considered to be one of the best golf courses on the Silver Coast with its unique layout and fierce challenge. This classic links golf course never struggles to attract golfers back year after year, so it hardly comes as surprising that it has been labelled as “wild and wonderful” by Golf World Magazine. Alternatively, the West Cliffs Golf Links also provides a great round of golf. Despite only opening in 2017, this fantastic golf course has already established itself as one of the best golf courses in the region.

The Macdonald Dona Lola Resort offers golfers great value for money with two large outdoor swimming pools, private tennis courts, spacious guest rooms, and of course, easy access to some of the most popular golf courses in the Costa del Sol. When guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can have a chance to make the most out of the resort’s excellent leisure facilities. The resort offers its guests a children’s club, an evening entertainment programme and a large spa centre. Furthermore, the Macdonald Dona Lola Resort is located less than ten minutes away from the centre of La Cala de Mijas where visitors will find a huge range of bars, restaurants, and a few sandy beaches. Despite the huge increase in tourism in the Costa del Sol in neighbouring towns such as Fuengirola and Marbella, La Cala de Mijas has maintained its original charm and character. The Costa del Sol is known for its fantastic golf, so we have ensured that in the seven nights and five rounds package for the Macdonald Dona Lola Resort, golfers can make the most out of the region’s best golf courses. The Cabopino golf course is home to a tight and tricky layout that even low handicappers will struggle to manoeuvre themselves around, however, many players will benefit from the risk-reward system. Alternatively, the Chaparral Golf Club is one of the best-loved parkland golf courses in Spain, positioned seven hundred metres above the sea. With a challenging layout, stunning sea views and perfectly maintained greens throughout the year, it comes as no surprise that the Chaparral Golf Club has been awarded the 36th Best Golf Course in Spain.

For a truly luxurious seven nights and five rounds package, the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is an unbeatable option. This resort offers a five-star stay in every aspect, with spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, fantastic leisure facilities and a perfect location. The resort is positioned just a twenty-minute drive away from the Corniche beach, the perfect place to make the most out of the guaranteed sunshine. Alternatively, the Yas Marina Circuit, the home of the Grand Prix, is located less than a twenty-five minute drive away. However, the location is not the only selling point of the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa; even for a five-star resort, the guest rooms here are particularly spacious and luxurious. Furthermore, the hotel is home to an impressive five restaurants to suit every taste and occasion. Both the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and the National golf course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club are included in the seven nights and five rounds package with the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is widely considered to be the most prestigious golf club in Abu Dhabi, so it comes as no surprise that it hosts the largest golfing event in the UEA, the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. The National at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a highly sought-after golf course, however, with a modern floodlight system, a round of golf here can be enjoyed even in the dark evenings. Golfers can also enjoy an unforgettable round at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, a classic Gary Player design. All of the 18 holes here offer spectacular views of the neighbouring white sands of the gulf as well as a stern test of golf. 

The Precise Resort at El Rompido is easily one of our best-selling hotels, and it is hardly difficult to see why. This 5* hotel neighbours the two golf courses located in the El Rompido resort, the El Rompdio North and the El Rompido South. The El Rompido South’s layout comprises of two contrasting loops of nine holes with different layouts and landscapes. While the front nine are shorter in length, the greens are unforgivingly small, so players must focus their skills on accuracy. Whereas on the back nine, the greens are wider with better views of the neighbouring ocean. The El Rompido North golf course was created as a new addition to the El Rompido family to continue its legacy of fantastic golf. With its elevated position overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the views here are truly stunning, even if the golf course is generally considered to be the tamer option of the pair. Aside from its fantastic golf, the Precise Resort El Rompido is also an excellent seven nights and five rounds package due to its fantastic location just a few minutes’ drive away from the centre of El Rompido and its excellent facilities. The resort offers a wide range of accommodation options to accommodate for groups of all sizes and needs with a selection of rooms, suites and apartments.

Last but not least is the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, another fantastic option for a luxury golf package. The hotel boasts an idyllic location, nestled in a pine tree forest and just a stone’s throw away from the Praia Verde beach. The Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is the ideal option for all golfers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts in the Algarve to just enjoy some sun and of course, some fantastic golf. The neighbouring Praia Verde beach is widely considered to be one of the most stunning beaches in the Algarve and it certainly provides the perfect setting to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine. If guests choose to venture outside of the hotel for an evening meal or a day out, then the centre of Monte Gordo is just a few minutes away in the car. Aside from its spacious guest rooms and great facilities, the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is also a fantastic option for a seven nights and five rounds package due to its ideal location just a fifteen-minute drive away from the Quinta do Vale golf course. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Seve Ballesteros, players are guaranteed an unforgettable round of golf. The Quinta do Vale holds a prestigious reputation in the Algarve for its tricky layout comprising of plenty of doglegs and spacious fairways, and lucky for all guests at the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, this excellent golf course is just a short drive away.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have been tempted by the great value for money and the fantastic golf on offer. These packages offer everything any golfer could possibly want in a golf break, and more; world-class golf courses, luxury hotels and of course, an unbeatable deal.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf residences we offer. While the golf courses are just one aspect of any good golf holiday, the accommodation itself is a huge attraction. All seven of these golf residences offer their guests the most luxurious stay, and of course, they are all in close proximity to some of the best golf courses that Golf Escapes offer. Any one of these residences is sure to provide you with an impeccable stay with their excellent facilities, impeccable service and direct access to some fantastic golf.

The Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus is widely regarded as one of the best golf courses in Europe, and conveniently for all of the guests at the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences, this fantastic golf course is just next door. With fantastic facilities, a world-class golf course and an ideal location, it comes as no surprise that the Aphrodite Hills Resort was named the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year’ in 2018 at the IAGTO Awards. When its guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus, they can enjoy one of the many leisure facilities on offer at the resort. The resort has its own tennis academy and Zias Beach Club where guests can go to make the most out of the sun on some of Europe’s most stunning beaches. There is a wide range of self-catered accommodation options at the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences. Smaller groups and couples can opt for a luxury apartment, whereas families and larger golfing groups can splash out on a villa with their own private swimming pool. If guests choose to not make the most out of the self-catered option and choose to venture out to the centre of Paphos, then they can do so with ease as the resort runs a complimentary shuttle service to Paphos. Here, they will find a huge range of bars and restaurants, as well as some truly stunning beaches. Alternatively, the resort is home to an impressive eighteen restaurants, so guests here will never find themselves short of options.

The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is the ideal accommodation option for all golfers wanting to make the most out of Portugal’s best golf course, the Monte Rei. This fantastic golf course boasts a classic Jack Nicklaus design which can be enjoyed by all players, regardless of their skillset or handicap. Recently the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club announced that they have commissioned the design of a second Nicklaus golf course at the resort which has come as music to the ears of many. While the Monte Rei Golf Course is obviously the main attraction of the resort, it also offers its guests an excellent range of facilities including tennis courts, a spa centre, swimming pools and a fully-equipped fitness centre. The resort is renowned for its luxurious villas, all of which are furnished in classic Portuguese décor with large outdoor terraces so that all guests can make the most out of the resort’s stunning views. Despite being in a large resort, guests never feel ‘locked in’ or isolated here due to the resort’s excellent position in close proximity to some of the region’s main towns where they can really appreciate Portuguese culture. Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas are all popular towns located in the Eastern Algarve, and conveniently for guests at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, they are all located within a 25-minute drive away from the resort. Not only does this give them plenty of options for things to do during the day, but it also means that if they choose to have a night off cooking duty then they do not have to travel far for a great meal. However, the resort also has three restaurants, one of which is included in the Michelin Restaurant Guide for Portugal, so at least one meal in the resort is cannot be missed.

The Bom Sucesso Resort is situated just a fifteen-minute drive away from the stunning town of Obidos, and on-site to one of the best golf courses on the Silver Coast, the Guardian Bom Sucesso. This beautiful golf course was designed by one of the world’s best golf course designers, Donald Steel, therefore players are guaranteed a fantastic round of golf before they even set foot on the first green. In recent years the Bom Sucesso Resort has come under new ownership, therefore the golf course and the resort itself underwent major renovations so it could reach its maximum potential. To warm-up for the game ahead, guests at the resort can make use of the fantastic golf academy and driving range. Other leisure facilities at the resort include tennis and paddle courts, and the resort is also just a short drive away Obidos Lagoon, the perfect spot for sailing and windsurfing. The Bom Sucesso Resort is home to a huge range of apartments and villas all varying in size and design. The resort was designed by many different architects so that very few villas are the same, however, their luxurious features are consistent. All of the villas have their own outdoor swimming area and outdoor terraces so that guests can make the most out of stunning views across the golf course. Many of the villas back onto the golf course, so a fantastic round of golf is never far away. All of the apartments and villas are very modern in their design and furnishings, with clean white interior and lots of open space.

The La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a fantastic self-catered accommodation option located in the heart of Murcia, one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe. The resort benefits from its own micro-climate, therefore its guests can benefit from sunshine an impressive three hundred days a year! This resort is certainly the ideal option for those looking for a golfing getaway with guaranteed sunshine and of course, some fantastic golf. On-site to the La Manga Club Resort are the three award-winning golf courses, the North, South and West golf courses. With three excellent golf courses just next door, golfers will never find themselves short of opportunities for an unforgettable round of golf. Even for non-golfers, the La Manga Resort has a great range of options including swimming pools, a huge spa centre, tennis courts and a gym. Just like the name of the resort implies, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is set out just like a village comprising of large townhouses or spacious apartments. The resort has been awarded four stars, however, the accommodation here is particularly spacious. All of the villas and apartments are luxuriously furnished and include all of the essentials to provide its guests with a fantastic stay. Furthermore, all of the accommodation options here have a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare meals, as well as a separate lounge area and dining table. Should guests decide to have a night off cooking if they are feeling a bit lazy, then they need not have to travel far for a fantastic meal. The La Manga Resort is home to ten restaurants and two cafes, so guests will never find themselves short of options.

Situated in the heart of the Costa Blanca in the popular tourist destination Alicante is the Las Colinas Residences, located next door to the prestigious Las Colinas Golf and Country Club. The resort is also located just a stone’s throw away from Torrevieja, a fantastic city with a great atmosphere, stunning beaches and a huge range of bars and restaurants. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds situated away from the busy hustle and bustle of the popular resorts in Spain, but they still have plenty of options of things to see and do just a short drive away. Of course, the main attraction of the Las Colinas Residences is the golf; the Las Colinas Golf and Country Club is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Spain, and conveniently for guests at the Las Colinas Residences, this fantastic golf course is just next door. If golf is not the priority of guests here, then that is no problem as the resort offers other excellent leisure facilities to keep all of its guests busy. To make the most out of the sun, guests can lounge around the large outdoor swimming pool, or they can enjoy a game of tennis or paddle tennis. The resort offers its guests an excellent range of villas and apartments, all of which are fully-furnished with all of the essentials for a great self-catered holiday. They are feature modern furnishings and include outdoor seating areas on a terrace so that guests can enjoy the resort’s beautiful setting throughout their stay.

The Amendoeira Golf Resort is undoubtedly one of the best golf residences in the Algarve, situated just a stone’s throw away from two of the region’s golf courses, the Amendoeira Faldo and the O’Connor Jnr Golf Courses. Both of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf, making the Amendoeira Golf Resort an unbeatable option for a ‘stay and play’ golf holiday in Portugal. The Amendoeira Golf Resort is also home to an excellent range of sports facilities aside from the golf course. To keep active, its guests can make use of the resort’s private tennis courts and football pitches, as well as the resort’s fully-equipped gym. The resort is decorated in a stunning Moroccan theme with unique stone architecture. The resort offers prospective guests an excellent range of accommodation, ranging from luxury apartments to spacious villas. The lounge areas in the apartments and villas are particularly large, and all accommodation here overlooks the two neighbouring golf courses, so they are provided with beautiful views throughout. They all include all of the necessities for a self-catered holiday, but if guests choose to venture outside of the resort for a meal, then Silves is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel. Silves is a quaint Portuguese town which has retained its authentic character and charm despite the development of other tourist areas in the Algarve. Here, visitors can spend hours meandering around the quaint cobbled streets to discover some of the town’s best traditional restaurants and bars.

The Hunter Lodges at the Celtic Manor Resort are arguably the best golf residences in the United Kingdom. The lack of sun here compared to some of the other golf residences in Europe is compensated for in its luxurious features and fantastic golf. The Hunter Lodges comprises of a range of four-bedroom houses which overlook the neighbouring golf courses at the Celtic Manor Resort. These houses are ideal for those looking for a self-catered luxury golf break where they can indulge in five-star service and facilities. All of the houses come with their own private outdoor hot tub where they can spend their evenings overlooking the resort’s beautiful scenery. The houses are modern in their interior design with wide and open spaces, as well as luxurious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All of the bedrooms here have king-size beds and televisions, and the houses even come with their own indoor sauna. The kitchens are notably spacious and well-equipped so that guests can prepare their own meals with ease. With five-star facilities and luxurious features, the Hunter Lodges at the Celtic Manor Resort are the ideal option for all those looking for an unforgettable self-catered golf break without the fuss of flying abroad. Aside from the several award-winning golf courses at the Celtic Manor Resort, the resort has plenty of things for its guests to see and do. Cardiff city centre is just a half an hour’s drive away from the resort, where there is a huge range of nightlife, a historic castle and restaurants. Alternatively, guests can make the most out of the resort’s naturistic setting and enjoy hikes through the woods and mountain biking.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best golf residences. All seven of these resorts are the ideal choice for those looking for a relaxed golf holiday without the effort of having to go out to eat. If you are still having trouble being persuaded that a self-catered golf holiday is the right choice for you, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind. 

This week’s blog is a guide to the five best golf courses on the Silver Coast in Portugal. The Silver Coast is also known as the Costa de Prata, and it lines the western coast of Portugal, facing the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its stunning beaches and authentic Portuguese towns as well as some fantastic golf courses, it comes as no surprise that the Silver Coast remains to be one of the most popular destinations in Europe for golf holidays. All five of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf that can be enjoyed accompanied by beautiful mountain views and a stunning coastal location.

 

The Praia d’el Rey is located directly on the Silver Coast, boasting breath-taking sea views throughout. While its coastal location undeniably creates beautiful panorama views, golfers will often find their game vulnerable to the prevailing coastal winds from the Atlantic, adding another dimension to the challenge at hand. This classic links golf course is a consistent favourite among golfers in the Silver Coast, and the very fact that they return year after year is reflective of the fantastic golf that it offers. With a varied layout, stunning views and impeccably maintained greens, it comes as no surprise that the Praia d’el Rey has been awarded 13th place in the Best Golf Courses in Europe by Golf World Magazine.

All of the 18 holes at the Praia d’el Rey were designed by the famous golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson. He created a unique golf course that comprises of a classic links golf course with distinctive elements of parkland and coastal links within it. With a varied layout and some tricky areas, it comes as no surprise that it has been described as “wild and wonderful” by Golf World Magazine. Cabell was certainly successful in creating a fantastic golf course that offers a varied round to all those who play it. The clusters of pine forest create a unique contrast with the lush wide greens and its coastal location.

At the Praia d’el Rey, players must manoeuvre their shot across spacious bunkers, large sand dunes and undulating greens in order to finish with a steady score. This golf course is sure to test every aspect of their game; therefore, club selection must be done carefully. Just to add to the challenge at hand, golfers must focus on their game and try to ignore the stunning scenery of the golf course. Throughout the golf course, players can marvel at the panorama views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring Berlenga Islands. The back nine holes are widely considered to be the most attractive set; however, the best views of the Berlenga Islands can be enjoyed at the 2nd hole. The 2nd hole is widely considered to be one of the most memorable holes on the golf course due to its fantastic views and unique layout. This par 5 measures out to 463 metres and is full of hazards including a large water feature lining the right side of the fairway, as well as bunkers and rough areas strategically placed throughout.

 

The West Cliffs Golf Links opened relatively recently in June 2017 as a welcome addition to the fantastic range of golf in the Silver Coast. Despite the golf course opening just a few years ago, it has already established its reputation as one of the best golf courses in the region, and some have even argued it is one of the best in Portugal. This fantastic golf course has managed to steal the limelight from its competitors and its popularity is set to be unprecedented for years and years to come. Here, players can enjoy a varied round of golf across a unique landscape comprising of rolling sand dunes and natural coastal fauna and greenery. The architects of this golf course maintained the natural features of the landscape and integrated them into their vision to create a challenging golf course. The natural landscape was mostly left unscathed during its construction, so the layout has simply been carved into the terrain’s original features which simply adds to the beauty of the course. Throughout the golf course, players can marvel at the unparalleled views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean and the Obidos Lagoon; some of the best views of the Silver Coast can be enjoyed here.

The West Cliffs Golf Links was designed by Cynthia Dye, who aimed to create a fantastic golf course that respected the natural environment, and in turn would create a truly idyllic environment for all golfers. No hole here is the same; the golf course comprises of two loops of nine that offer varying difficulty and characteristics. The front nine is widely considered to be the most memorable due to the unique layout of the par five 6th and 7th holes, however golfers must save the best of their game until last with the challenging 17th and 18th holes. The 18th hole challenges its players to no end with a large water hazard lining the right side of the fairway, however if players manage to create the perfect balance of accuracy and length, then they have a solid opportunity of reaching the green in two shots. While the West Cliffs Golf Links offers an undeniably testing round of golf, golfers can succeed well with good golf course management and ball positioning. As advised with many of the golf courses on the Silver Coast; it is important that all players bring plenty of spare balls!

 

The Guardian Bom Sucesso designed by the world-renowned golf architect Donald Steel, is one of the best-known golf courses around Lisbon. This fantastic golf course has undergone intensive renovations in the recent years to vastly improve its quality. Under new owners, the Guardian Bom Sucesso has increased in popularity and its reputation has been massively improved in turn. Throughout the course, players can enjoy stunning views of the neighbouring Obidos lagoon and the rolling hills of the Silver Coast. With plenty of bunkering and the interesting use of rough areas, the Guardian Bom Sucesso is perfect for those that like a challenge. To do well, golfers must play with both accuracy and length in order to hit past the many strategically placed bunkers and the undulating greens.

The landscape here mimics the classic Mediterranean parkland golf course, with an abundance of natural fauna and greenery. The golf course spans over sixty hectares of beautiful landscape, filled with hundreds of olive trees that have been maintained from the golf course’s natural terrain, prior to its creation. Designed by the famous golf architect Donald Steel, all golfers that attempt this course can anticipate an invigorating challenge. This parkland layout will challenge every aspect of their game with the unique design of the greens which force players to focus on their ball placement in order to manoeuvre their shot around the many bunkers.

Players at the Guardian Bom Sucesso can enjoy a varied round of golf with a clear contrast between the front and the back nine. The back nine are widely considered to be the more challenging set due to the unsteady terrain that is guaranteed to trip even the most experienced player up. Golfers are led into a false sense of security with the front nine holes set across a relatively flat landscape, however at the 9th hole they are thrown into the real challenge. Players can anticipate the best until last with the memorable trio comprising of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, where they will find every aspect of their game challenged. The 16th hole demands careful ball positioning in order to shoot uphill where they will be met with some of the best views that can be found at the golf course which can be enjoyed best from an elevated position. However, the most unique hole includes the 17th hole, a tricky par five with a sharp dogleg which bends to the left.

 

The Royal Obidos is widely considered to be the mother of all golf in the Silver Coast. Players can only enjoy views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean on approximately half of the holes, however that is not to say that golfers forget they are playing on the Silver Coast. The lack of views of the ocean is compensated for with plenty of views of the Obidos Lagoon which can be appreciated best at the par five 2nd hole in which players must manoeuvre their tee shot to the green whilst narrowly avoiding the lagoon’s peaceful waters; this hole is certainly a highlight of the front nine.

The Royal Obidos offers an unforgettable round of golf on a truly beautiful landscape. Golf legend Severiano Ballesteros carved the fantastic golf course that stands today into the landscape’s natural features to maintain the terrain’s original character. While the golf course measures out to an impressive 6,400 metres, longer than most of the other golf courses in the region, the Royal Obidos still welcomes players of all skillsets and handicaps with a wide range of tee-off options. However, that is not to say that lower handicappers will find the layout to be a walk in the park; with an unsteady undulating terrain throughout, as well as a range of hazards, players are guaranteed to always be kept on their toes during their round. With a great challenge, stunning views and a unique layout, it certainly comes as no surprise that the Royal Obidos was awarded 57th place in the Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe by Golf World Magazine.

The back nine holes at the Royal Obidos feature some of the most distinctive holes in the Silver Coast. One that stands out for many players includes the 10th hole which like many of the holes in the back nine, offers a fantastic challenge characterised by the careful use of water hazards. For this hole, it is heavily advised that all those that attempt it bring a surplus of balls; these water hazards will not hesitate to swallow up any wayward shots that come their way! Another hole on the back nine which is sure to make any confident player question their handicap includes the par four 12th hole, measuring out to 420 metres. At this hole, players must focus on careful club selection as they must manoeuvre their shot across two huge lakes, then a twisting stream.

 

The Dolce CampoReal Lisboa is not generally considered to be a member of the Silver Coast golf family, however due to its close proximity to the other golf courses in the region and its fantastic quality, it is hardly a golf course that can be ignored. The high quality of this golf course and the challenge it offers is no secret in Portugal, and it is a consistent favourite amongst all golfers that regularly play in Portugal. Golfers can enjoy an invigorating challenge here as the landscape is set across the rolling hills in the surrounding areas of Lisbon, and the layout comprises of slight undulations which are sure to challenge the game of even the most experienced player. Due to the hilly terrain of the CampoReal, the rental of a buggy is advised for all players. However, a perk of the steep terrain includes the fantastic views that can be enjoyed from the several elevated positions across the golf course of the surrounding landscape. With frequent elevation changes, several blind shots are demanded from players, therefore good course management is essential for players to score well.

Just like the Guardian Bom Sucesso, the Dolce CampoReal Lisboa was designed by leading golf architect Donald Steel, therefore a fantastic round of golf and an exciting challenge is guaranteed here. The challenge here is mostly characterised with the golf course’s natural hilly terrain which requires players to shoot a few blind shots, and areas of dense forestry and fauna await to capture any wayward shots. The CampoReal does not let the Silver Coast golf family down in terms of the views and stunning scenery on offer, as the golf course is set in the heart of a wooded valley. The front nine holes here are widely considered to be the most challenging of the pair as water features most commonly here. With elevated tees, golfers may assume that they have an advantage as they can anticipate the upcoming challenge, however the slight elevations are not always obvious at first glance.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, and hopefully, you now have sufficient knowledge on the many golfing wonders that the Silver Coast offers. For an unforgettable golf escape in one of Europe’s most sought-after golf destinations, the Silver Coast is an unbeatable option, visit our site for more information – www.golf-escapes.com

This week’s blog is a guide to the Pestana golf course collection. The Pestana golf courses are situated on the Algarve and each boasts a great round of golf. Whether you are looking for a great holiday round or a stern test of golf, these courses can offer you that variety. Take a look at this great collection of courses and be inspired for your next golf holiday to the Algarve.

Alto Golf and Country Club was one of the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton and features brilliant, winding fairways and elevated greens which are a stern test for those playing with a lower handicap but also fair to those who are less accomplished golfers. The course’s features are similar to that to a UK parkland course, but of course, you have the weather associated with the Algarve to remind you that you are in fact, not in England. The course is beautifully positioned near to the picturesque village of Alvor and offers beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and interesting cliffs which add to the charm and character of the round. As you play the first nine holes of the course, you can enjoy the stunning views over Lagos Bay. The last nine holes travel back inland, running through gentle mountain slopes. This course is home to the longest home in Europe, the 66o-yard par 5 16th which is known as “The Giant”. This hole requires both concentration and skill in order for you to leave the hole with a respectable score. After your round, take a trip to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks whilst you reminisce over your round.

Silves is a beautifully picturesque course which opened for play in 2006 and since then, has gained a brilliant reputation for being a course that is always in immaculate condition. The course is set on gently undulating terrain in a rural area just 15 minutes inland. The course is surrounded by typical Algarve fruit orchards and small farms adding to the character of this beautiful layout. The first tee shot is a daunting one on this round as you must hit straight in order to avoid the water hazards strategically positioned on the fairway both on the right and the left. There are also many strategically placed bunkers in order to thwart those big hitters. However, this course is not an overly difficult one making it ideal as a holiday course for groups who have golfers of varying handicaps. Most of the holes along the course boast spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves. After your round, take a visit to the Silves Clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat whilst discussing the round.

Next up, we have the Gramacho Golf Course which is situated near Carvoeiro in the Algarve. This course was originally a nine-hole course which has been extended and beautifully redesigned by Nick Price to become a full 18-hole course. Pestana Gramacho has hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions and is recognised as a championship course which is enjoyable and playable by those with a higher handicap. The course winds its way over undulating terrain with olive, almond and carob trees scattered along the way. This is a challenging course which requires its players to be technically accurate in order to score well on the round. The Gramacho Clubhouse is the perfect place to sit and relax after your round, it is situated in the heart of the resort and boasts many services including club and buggy rental. There is a great restaurant and bar which boasts the most stunning views on the misty blue backdrop of the Monchique Mountains as well as overlooking the 18th hole.

The Vale da Pinta golf course is set in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro is a quality course which beautifully incorporates the course’s natural landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and other indigenous trees and vegetation. The course is beautifully framed by the Monchique Hills. Shot-making and accuracy are very important on this course as there are many tight fairways, doglegs and an assortment of strategically placed hazards positioned to challenge golfers of all abilities. One of the most challenging holes is the par-five 4th hole which measures over 500 metres from the back tee. This hole requires a long and accurate uphill tee-shot towards a marker post, this is made more challenging by the fact that the fairway is bordered by rough on the right and out of bounds on the left. The rest of the hole stretches downhill, but the fairway narrows drastically towards the end before you reach the undulating green. Another brilliant hole on this course is the 13th which is a short par four which may seem easy, but there is a large lake and bunker on the far bank from the tee ensuring that a very good strike is necessary if you are to clear this combination of hazards. You can take the safer route right of the water, but this still means that you will have a tricky approach to reach the well-guarded, shallow green. There are several stand-out holes along this course but particularly special is the 18th which is a wonderful par five finishing hole measuring just under 600 metres. The hole requires three long, straight shots and if you make par, you have finished well. There is no doubt that Vale de Pinta boasts a great round of golf filled with excellent and testing holes as well as a superb location and wonderful clubhouse for you to enjoy after your round. Vila Sol is one of the most requested courses in the Algarve, there are 27 brilliant holes situated at the complex.

Vila Sol has hosted the Portuguese Open and is a brilliant test of golf designed by the famous English architect, Donald Steel. The course winds its way through an immense pinewood in which there are fig trees, oaks and almond trees. This is a typical inland golf course with narrow fairways which demand accurate driving as well as water and sand hazards and fast greens. Players of all abilities will find Vila Sol to be a stern but fair test of golf. The fairways are always maintained beautifully and of course, there are many strategically placed hazards along the course to catch any errant shots. Right from the first few holes, it is evident that Vila Sol is a challenging course. There are three holes which are par fours in excess of 380-metres long. There are many notable holes along the course including the 6th, 7th and 8th. The 6th is a long, downhill par five which features a large lake protecting the left half of the fairway, you then have to tackle the uphill approach to a small, heavily guarded green. The 7th is also a long, downhill hole during which you must carry your shot back over the lake towards a large, sloping green. Finally, the 8th is a classic park-like par five which gently doglegs right with a narrow stream running just in front of the green and back down the left side of the fairway.  The back nine holes at Vila Sol are slightly shorter but still maintain the challenge of the course. This is a solid course that challenges and rewards at every turn.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in order to have the opportunity to enjoy the Pestana golf courses, then look no further than the Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel. This hotel is perfectly located for those looking to enjoy Vilamoura’s nightlife, restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches. You can reach several brilliant golf courses easily from this hotel. The hotel boasts 189 spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms, all of which boast stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. Many of the guest rooms are scattered across the resort in lovely, Portuguese cottages. Besides exploring the wonderful town of Vilamoura and playing plenty of golf on the surrounding golf courses, you can take advantage of the facilities within the hotel. These include an indoor heated swimming pool, a large outdoor pool lined with sun loungers and parasols. There are also private tennis courts and spa facilities. This is a superb hotel with brilliant facilities and a superb location – perfect for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Another hotel ideal for exploring the Pestana golf courses is Pestana Delfim. This hotel boasts a brilliant location situated just a couple of minutes stroll away from Alvor’s golden beaches. This is a fantastic all-inclusive hotel which is perfect for both families and groups of golfers looking to make the most of the facilities within the hotel. The Pestana Delfim is a great base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses in the Western Algarve and explore the lively town of Alvor. You can reach Alvor within ten minutes on foot and the hotel also runs a regular shuttle bus there. The rooms within the hotel are all spacious and are equipped with all of the essentials including complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying the town of Alvor or the wonderful golf courses within close proximity of the hotel, you can spend your days lounging around the pool, play tennis or use the fully-equipped fitness centre. As the hotel is all-inclusive, you can have your breakfast served in the buffet restaurant and dine on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar. You can enjoy great restaurants and bars in the town of Alvor. The Pestana Delfim is another superb option for your next golf escape to Portugal, especially if you are looking to enjoy some of the great golf in this area – including the Pestana courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that perhaps, some more information on these exciting holiday golf courses has inspired you to book your next golf escape to the Algarve. If you have been inspired, or if you want to talk through some other golf holiday options, give us a call or send us an enquiry on our website to get in touch.

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This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best golf escapes that have a bit of a twist on them. Whether you are looking for something luxurious and breath-taking or interesting and exciting, this blog has it all…

Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and has since earned itself a fantastic international reputation for its world-class travel experiences, brilliant service and superb cuisine. You can choose from a range of different journeys in South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail that range from 48 hours right through to 15 days. The trains are beautifully intimate with just 76 passengers aboard the train at once. The African Golf Collage is a panoramic 10-day journey aboard the Rovos Rail. The train winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and boasts a variety of different golfing and safari excursions. Activities along the journey include a game drive in the Kruger, Hluhluwe and Addo Elephant Park, a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery and tours of both Durban and Bloemfontein. The 9-day golf safari by Rovos Rail is perfect for even the most discerning golfer and also boasts excellent excursions for non-golfers. You will depart from Pretoria northwards towards Sun City before turning east to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then travel onwards to the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before turning north and travelling up the coast into Swaziland. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Kruger National Park before heading back to Pretoria. Whichever Rovos Rail adventure you may choose, you will stay in beautifully furnished suites, eat delicious food and drink divine African wines. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime trip where you will have the opportunity to play South African’s finest courses as well as enjoy the nature that South Africa has to offer, then look no further than a journey on the Rovos Rail.

Situated in Abu Dhabi is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi and is home to the 27-hole championship golf course of PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities as well as a brilliant location making it the ideal place for your next golf break to Abu Dhabi. Due to the hotel’s location, you are never far from something exciting to do nearby. You can find many of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions within close proximity of the hotel including the Corniche, Ferrari World and Yas Island where you can find Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld. Within the hotel, there is also plenty to do including two outdoor swimming pools which are both lined with sun loungers and the Heavenly Spa where you can choose from a range of health and beauty treatments. When it comes to food and drink, you could never be bored or go hungry at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa as there are five different restaurants. The Fairways Restaurant serves a delightful international buffet menu and for fine dining, you can venture to the Sacci Restaurant which serves the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The Lemon and Lime Restaurant is well-known for its delicious brunch and tapas-style cuisine. Whatever you are looking for from your next dining experience, this hotel has everything that you could possibly need or want. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is beautifully appointed and are equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat screen TV, a private balcony and a Nespresso coffee machine. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf and Resort Hotel boasts excellent leisure facilities, a brilliant location and beautiful guestrooms, look no further than this great hotel for your next golf escape.

Casa Velha do Palheiro is a stunning five-star golf resort situated in Madeira next to the famous Palheiro Gardens. Within the hotel’s grounds, you can find a heated swimming pool as well as a sauna, steam room and a full spa within which you can choose from a range of treatments. There are some sporting facilities including a tennis court as well as croquet and billiards available. The hotel boasts its own private motor yacht “Balancal” which is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. This yacht can be found at Funchal marina which Is easily reached via the free shuttle bus from the hotel. From the hotel, you can also enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course with reserved tee times from the halfway house which is just a short stroll from the gate. The golf course was designed by Cabell Robinson and opened for play in 1994. Two-thirds of the course lies within a pine forest and botanical woodland, the fairways are very generous. Although the course is not very long, there are some very difficult bunkers to negotiate and many of the greens are both raised and small. This course is a brilliant course which provides players with a stern but fair test of golf. This beautiful hotel and the stunning golf course are the perfect pair for your next golf break to Madeira.

For those looking to enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines, we would heavily recommend a golf escape to the city of Murcia. The Murcia region lies in the South East corner of Spain between Andalucía and Valencia and often boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year with very mild temperatures year-round. You can enjoy easy access through most of the UK’s regional airports making this a popular destination for both short breaks and long, relaxing holidays. There are 12 golf courses already open in the region with more than 30 currently under construction. It is fair to say that this will soon become one of the most popular golfing regions in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. There are some fantastic resorts which boast facilities for both golfers and non-golfers. The city of Murcia serves some of the best food in Spain, you can find an abundance of tapas bars but there are some great historical and cultural sights to enjoy, too. There is the cathedral on Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, the Casino on Calle de la Traperia and the convent of Santa Clara la Real. In the evenings, before your meal, enjoy a walk down the elegant riverside Paseo del Malecon before watching the sun go down from the Glorieta de Espana square. In the Plaza San Juan, you can then find an array of tapas bars to complete your evening adventure. This is a beautiful city and you can enjoy some of the great golf within the region whilst soaking up everything that this city has to offer in terms of delicious food, stunning wines and interesting architecture.

Situated on the captivating island of La Gomera is Hotel Jardin Tecina. This hotel stands complete with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife. The resort is perched on top of the village where you can find an array of great bars and restaurants as well as the beach. The resort is situated amongst over 70,000 square metres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. From the resort, you can enjoy direct access to the fishing village of Playa de Santiago where you can find some great bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you can choose to dine within the hotel where you will find a daily buffet on offer within the main restaurant or great Spanish and Canary cuisine served within the Tasca Fandango. There are all five bars within the resort, including the terrace bar from which you can enjoy breath-taking views of the hotel’s scenery. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views depending on your room’s position. The rooms are also appointed with all of the facilities and amenities that you could expect from a hotel of this standard including Wi-Fi, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. During the day, if you are not exploring the village or taking on the challenge that is Tecina Golf, you can spend your time relaxing around one of the five different pool areas or enjoy the sporting facilities. There is also a great spa in which you can opt to purchase a massage or facial. This is a superb hotel with wonderful facilities and a stunning location, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina for your next golf escape.

Situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region is the five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf. The hotel is nestled in the midst of one of the Costa Brava’s favourite golf courses – the Golf Club Peralada. Whilst you are here, you are just a short drive from the bet beaches in the Costa Brava. This hotel is perfect for golfers who are partial to an excellent wine due to the hotel’s position situated in the heart of the well-known Peralada wine estate. Besides from the great wine and golf, you can find a wide range of leisure activities within the resort including the outdoor swimming pool, the wine spa where you can choose from a range of treatments which use products sourced from its own wine vineyard. Within the spa, there is a jacuzzi, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. As the hotel is a small, boutique hotel, there are just 64 guestrooms. Each of them is beautifully furnished and equipped with all of the modern essentials that guests may need in order to make the most of their stay. These essentials including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a plasma screen TV. Due to the hotel’s position, you can venture into the village to enjoy a meal but, there is the excellent Restaurant l’Olivera which is the ideal setting for those looking for a great evening meal partnered with stunning views over the golf course. The Hotel Peralada is a beautiful hotel, perfect for a luxurious and relaxing golf escape to Girona.

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend the five-star Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for those looking for the chance to explore the wonderful city of Marrakech whilst enjoying some excellent golf. The resort is set in the popular Hivernage district of Marrakech in the centre of the city, just a short walk to many historic monuments and the main market square. There is no way that anyone could ever find themselves with a lack of things to do and see whilst staying here. Whether you are out exploring the city’s souks and historical monuments or taking on one of the challenging golf courses situated nearby, you will always find yourself doing something enjoyable here. For those looking to relax as well as explore, the resort offers a luxurious poolside setting as well as a spacious spa. You can enjoy a full spa programme including a range of treatments within the O de Rose spa and yoga studio. Of course, due to the hotel’s wonderful location, you can venture into the market square to find somewhere excellent to eat, however, you can also stay within the hotel. The resort boasts numerous restaurants within which you can indulge in traditional Moroccan dining. There is also the Marcelona Restaurant which serves a delicious Catalan and Spanish menu. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is decorated in a contemporary Moroccan fashion and all of them boasts a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers and a private balcony from which you can enjoy the Moroccan sun and beautiful views. This hotel offers its guests the chance to explore this fantastic city as well as the nearby golf. Look no further than the Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our most cosy hotel and golf stays. If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere for your next golf break or, if you are just not sure what you are looking for but you know that you want to get away from this rain – take a look at some of these great hotels and give us a call if you want to check anything out further!

 

Situated in the heart of the medieval centre of Bologna lies the stunning, four-star, boutique hotel, Art Hotel Commericianti. The hotel boasts a fantastic location just a short stroll away from great bars and restaurants as well as some of the city’s best attractions. Of course, one of the main attractions about this hotel is the excellent golf courses that lie within close proximity of the hotel. You are just 15km from Bologna Golf Club, 20km from Le Fonti Golf Club and 35km from Modena Golf and Country Club meaning that you really have excellent golf at your fingertips.

The hotel recently underwent extensive refurbishments but, its historical traditions have been preserved. Within the hotel, you will find vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and gothic stained-glass windows. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully furnished with a comforting atmosphere and many of the rooms boast beautiful views of the Basilica di San Petronio. The hotel offers a great bed and breakfast option; in the mornings you can enjoy a range of pastries, fresh bread, espresso coffee and other delicacies at the international buffet.

Whether your entire party comprises of keen golfers looking to play as much golf as possible or a few non-golfers who prefer to sightsee, this hotel offers something for everyone. Within close distance of the hotel, you can find the Piazza Maggiore which is a lively plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval buildings including the City Hall and the Basilica di San Petronio. Make sure to take a closer look at this cosy hotel for your next golf escape to Italy.

 

Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is situated in the heart of the exclusive resort of Estoril, adjacent to the impressive casino and just a few minutes’ stroll from the beautiful sandy beach.

Each of the hotel’s communal areas is beautifully decorated with traditional Portuguese style furnishings and the hotel’s guest rooms boast individual décor. This hotel boasts a wonderful old charm and character that can be sensed by each and every one of its guests. Whilst you are here, if you book now, you can enjoy free access for the spa and golfers will be pleased to find out that if you book tee times at Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha, Penha Longa or Beloura whilst staying here, you can receive complimentary transfers.

From the minute that you arrive at Palacio Estoril Hotel, you will know that you will have a fantastic time, the service is unrivalled and there is an air of exclusivity within the hotel. The hotel boasts two great restaurants and a bar so that if you prefer not to venture out, you do not have to. The Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant is situated on a terrace and offers the opportunity for you to enjoy a meal and a drink whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens and the pool. Alternatively, opt for a meal at the sophisticated Grill Four Seasons Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal from an extensive menu filled with international cuisine and traditional Portuguese dishes.

If you are looking for a classy golf escape, look no further than the luxurious Palacio Estoril Hotel.

 

The four-star Isla Canela Golf Hotel is the ideal place for golfers who are looking to enjoy as many rounds as possible on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course. There is no doubt that this hotel boasts an idyllic location situated on site to the Isla Canela Golf Course as well as in close proximity to a great range of bars, restaurants and the beach.

The great thing about Isla Canela Golf is that you really can have the best of both worlds and enjoy the cosy feel of being set away from the hustle and bustle associated with coastal resorts whilst still being within walking distance of a small selection of restaurants and bars. If you are looking to venture into a town, you can drive into the centre of Ayamonte in just 10 minutes.

There are just 56 double rooms and two suites situated within the hotel. All of the guest rooms feature modern furnishings as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony, a hairdryer, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Of course, the main attraction of this lovely hotel is the Isla Canela Golf Course. However, there are some great leisure facilities for those who aren’t looking to spend copious amounts of time on the golf course. These include a large outdoor swimming pool as well as a sauna and massage treatment room.

If you choose to remain within the hotel for meals, you will not be disappointed by the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant which offers an extensive menu with both Mediterranean dishes and international favourites. The dinner is part of the great half-board option and is a five-course table d’hotel menu. Look no further for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz than Isla Canela Golf.

 

Next, we have the stunning Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. This four-star suite accommodation retreat is situated in Castro Marim, just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and only 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. The hotel boasts an excellent location for exploring the local cities and enjoying what they have to offer in terms of food, drink, nightlife and history but also, there is some excellent golf. For example, you can enjoy rounds on the fantastic Quinta do Vale Golf Course which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

There are just 40 spacious suites within the hotel, each of them is beautifully decorated and feature complimentary Wi-Fi, a satellite TV and a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s location. The suites also boast fully-equipped kitchenette facilities as well as a separate lounge.

For non-golfers, you can spend your days exploring the nearby coves or relaxing on the beach. There are also lots of options for different day trips including a day trip out on a boat on the Guadiana River. If you are looking to enjoy an unforgettable stay, immersed in nature, look no further than the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel.

 

La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal choice for a luxurious golf break in the Costa Blanca. The hotel sits in the heart of the La Finca Golf Course and boasts excellent leisure facilities as well as fantastic service. There is no doubt that this is a five-star hotel in every possible way.

Golfers can enjoy boasting a prime position to play the prestigious La Finca Golf Course as well as other courses in the area but, those non-golfers will also be grateful to this hotel’s excellent location as you can easily reach the stunning beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja. Non-golfers can also enjoy access to the spa and wellness facilities which offers a wide range of body and facial treatments as well as a sauna, indoor pool and hot tub. There are extensive sporting facilities including paddle courts, tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre as well as a large outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel offers 120 guest rooms which all boast either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. Each of the rooms is equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need or want in order to make the most out of your stay. These include air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

This is a wonderful hotel with a great location, take a closer look at this hotel online or give us a call if you want to run anything golf-related through with us!

 

Situated in Murcia is the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort. This luxurious golf resort is nestled in between Murcia and Cartagena and boasts great facilities, stunning surroundings and beautiful guest rooms.

The hotel offers 155 stylish guest rooms and 100 two or three-bedroom apartments which are all fully-equipped with the modern facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.

No one would ever go hungry here, there are plenty of options for your evening meal with three different restaurants to choose from. The Gourmet Nikkei Restaurant boasts delicious Mediterranean cuisine whilst the buffet restaurant provides a varied selection of international favourites. The Golf Lobby Bar is perfect for those looking to grab a light dinner or lunch.

Golfers are in paradise here as there is a large selection of impressive golf courses within a 30-minute drive of the hotel including Saurines de la Torre, Roda Golf and Alhamra Signature Course. Non-golfers will enjoy staying at this hotel for the excellent facilities. There is a tranquil spa area as well as a great outdoor pool area perfect for sun-worshippers.

If you are looking for a tranquil, Spanish golf break in beautiful surroundings with some excellent golf courses nearby, look no further than the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort for your next golf escape.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Hotel Jardin Tecina located on the stunning island of La Gomera. The resort stands beautifully on the top of a cliff with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring island of Tenerife. This hotel makes a great base for a golf escape as it sits on top of a village where you can find a wide array of great bars and restaurants, as well as a beach.

The hotel boasts a great, tranquil location situated amongst acres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers. During the day, take a stroll into the village, relax around the pool or take on the challenge of Tecina Golf.

Each of the guest rooms boasts either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views. The rooms also include all of the modern luxuries that you would expect from this four-star hotel, these include complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. The guest rooms are dotted around the gardens in small white houses which creates a beautiful setting.

There are extensive leisure facilities within the hotel’s grounds including five pool areas meaning that you will always be able to find some peace and quiet for you and your group. There are also extensive sporting facilities including four tennis courts and two squash courts as well as mini-golf and table tennis. For those looking for a relaxing break, you can take a trip to the hotel’s spa to indulge in a massage or treatment.

Due to the hotel’s prime location, you have easy access to bars and restaurants. However, there are great options within the hotel. In the main restaurant, you can find a daily buffet and there is also the Tasca Fandango restaurant where you can enjoy traditional dishes. There are five bars on offer to guests and the terrace bar makes the ideal place for meeting friends and family.

For a relaxing golf escape, the Jardin Tecina makes a superb option for you.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these impressive and beautiful resorts have caught your eye. Even if one of these hotels isn’t “the one” for you, make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777, we pride ourselves on knowing how to tailor make a golf break for anyone.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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