7 Cosy Hotel & Golf Stays

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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Escape to Huelva, Costa de la Luz

This week’s blog is a guide to Huelva, Costa de la Luz. The Costa de la Luz is also known as the Spanish Algarve and is a popular destination for golfers due to its stunning, sandy beaches and ever-growing choice of excellent golf courses. You can reach Huelva by flying into either Faro of Seville which are just an hour’s drive away. At the moment, if you book a golf escape to Huelva, we will give you 50% towards your golf club carriage on any flight of your choosing – this is a massive saving of up to £40 per person!

There are lots of great resorts to choose from if you choose to take advantage of our offer and book your next golf holiday to Huelva, these are just a few of the great options that you have…

 

The Precise Resort El Rompido is a brilliant five-star hotel which boasts a fantastic location onsite to the two excellent golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does the resort boast a great location for you to make the most out of these fantastic golf clubs but you will also be situated just a few minutes’ drive from the lovely fishing town of El Rompido.

There are several different accommodation options within the hotel; you can choose from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal if you are travelling with friends or your family. Regardless of the room that you opt for, the rooms are all equipped with a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the stunning views of the hotel’s grounds. You can also find all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and a satellite TV. If you are travelling here as a non-golfer, you will not be disappointed as there are plenty of things to do within the resort whilst other members of the party go off and enjoy a round of golf! Leisure facilities at the hotel include a large outdoor swimming pool and an extensive spa complex.

Of course, as you are close to the fishing town of El Rompido, you can go out for meals during your stay but, if you stay within the hotel, we know that you won’t be disappointed. There is a large buffet restaurant, an a la carte serving delicious Italian cuisine and a lobby bar which serves up a great menu of cocktails, wines and beers as well as a bakery! With extensive leisure facilities, two excellent golf courses (El Rompido North and El Rompido South) as well as a great town nearby, we cannot recommend Precise Resort El Rompido enough to you for your next golf break to Huelva.

 

The four-star Isla Canela Golf is a fantastic hotel for golfers who are looking to enjoy a few rounds on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course. The hotel sits just next door to the course and boasts a prime location near to a range of bars, restaurants and a beach. The hotel boasts a great location as you get to enjoy the quietness of being set back from the hustle and bustle of coastal resorts, yet you are still within walking distance to a great selection of bars and restaurants. If you travel just 10 minutes in the car, you can reach the centre of Ayamonte where you can find even more bars and restaurants as well as some shops.

There are just 56 double guest rooms and two suites within the hotel. Each of the rooms is decorated beautifully with modern furnishings and boasts all of the essentials that you could want or need in order to make the most out of your stay. All of the rooms boast a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the Isla Canela Golf Course.

Of course, the main attraction of Isla Canela Golf is the superb golf course located just next door, but if you are travelling as a non-golfer or want to make use of the other leisure facilities then there is plenty for you to enjoy. The hotel boasts a large outdoor swimming pool which is lined with sunbeds and parasols and there is also a sauna and massage treatment room.

Due to the location of the hotel, you can venture out for lunches and dinners during your stay, however, the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant boasts a wide menu with delicious Mediterranean dishes as well as some international favourites. The dinner within the hotel, which is part of your half-board option, is a five-course table d’hotel menu. If you are wanting a light snack or some tapas during the day, you can find the hotel’s café which boasts a lovely terrace from which you can overlook the golf course.

There is no doubt that Isla Canela Golf is a perfect resort for golfers looking to enjoy a few rounds on the brilliant Isla Canela Golf Course and make use of all the great facilities within the hotel. Also, due to the hotel’s location, you can reach the Costa Esuri West within 15 minutes by car.

 

The Isla Canela Golf Apartments are a great value option for your next golf escape to the Costa de la Luz. The apartments are situated between the golf course of Isla Canela and the beach. Each of the apartments boasts two spacious bedrooms as well as a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and a sun terrace. Each of the apartments can enjoy the use of the outdoor swimming pool, communal gardens and tennis courts. There is also a cycle path from the apartments to the beach and the nearby resort town of Ayamonte.

The apartments boast a great location for you to fully explore the Costa de la Luz region whilst also being close to the Portuguese border and the Algarve where you can find an array of great golf courses. For those of you who will not be playing golf, you can enjoy excursions and some of the best gastronomy around! If you are looking for a great option for your next self-catering golf escape, then look no further than the Isla Canela Golf Apartments.

 

The Melia Atlantico Isla Canela is a firm favourite among golfers in the Costa de la Luz due to its excellent position within easy driving distance to some of the region’s best golf courses. The hotel boasts some superb leisure facilities and is within close proximity of the beach and the town of Ayamonte.

The hotel boasts a range of guest rooms, if you are travelling as a family you can enjoy one of their great family rooms. Most of the rooms boast a private balcony from which you can enjoy the hotel’s scenic surroundings, the rooms also boast all of the amenities and facilities that you could need including air conditioning, large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access, a mini bar and a flat-screen TV.

During the day, you can enjoy a round on the fantastic Isla Canela Golf Course or enjoy some of the leisure facilities that the hotel has on offer. These include a large outdoor pool area with many parasols and sunbeds, a children’s pool and a wide range of sporting activities from tennis to water aerobics.

The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option which means that you would have no need to leave the hotel other than to play golf. There is a large buffet restaurant with a selection of both Mediterranean and International cuisines as well as a pool bar situated just next to the outdoor pool where you can get a cold drink!

Outside of the hotel, you can find a stunning white sandy beach as well as a commercial centre which hosts a range of shops, restaurants and bars. You can also find some local restaurants in Punta del Moral which is just a few minutes’ walk from the entrance. If you are looking for nightlife, take the short trip into Punta del Moral to the marina.

Whether you are travelling as a group, with your family or just as a couple, this hotel is perfect for those looking for a luxurious golf holiday in a stunning and convenient location.

All of the above hotels mean that you can enjoy a few rounds at Isla Canela. The golf course is situated on the outskirts of the town of Ayamonte and is a great golf course for those staying in the Huelva region but also in the Eastern Algarve as it is so close to the border.

The course is fairly straightforward, but it does offer players a range of different challenges meaning that it is playable by both amateurs and low handicappers. This is by no means a boring course; the architects of the course have made it so that the course blends effortlessly into its beautiful landscape with some very interesting hazards as the landscape was originally marshland.

 

Next up, we have Islantilla Golf Resort, this is the perfect base for your next golf break to the Costa de la Luz with a wonderful array of great golf courses just a short drive away from the hotel as well as a sandy beach a few minutes away. This resort is relatively new but has already established itself as one of the best golf resorts in the region and it isn’t hard to see why.

Whilst you are here, you will be situated just ten minutes’ walk away from the stretch of unspoilt coastline at the Playa Islantilla beach. Also, just a bit further on you can find Islantilla’s commercial centre where you can find a range of restaurants and tapas bars. The great thing about Islantilla is that despite it is a great tourist destination for golfers, it has still retained its authentic Spanish culture.

Each of the 204 guest rooms boasts classic Spanish décor and all of the amenities and facilities that you could need or want in order to fully enjoy your stay. Within the rooms, you can find complimentary Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a safe and a large outdoor private terrace.

During the day, whilst you are not exploring the brilliant local golf courses, you can relax around the large outdoor pool or head to the fully-equipped fitness centre or the hotel’s spa. Due to the hotel’s prime location, you can also enjoy access to the hotel’s own private beach club with a pool and a range of different water sports.

Due to the hotel’s great location, you can explore the local area and enjoy eating out a few times during your stay, but the hotel also offers great eateries. There are three a la carte restaurants as well as a large buffet restaurant. After your meal, head to the hotel’s bar for a few drinks.

Look no further for a relaxing golf escape than the fantastic Islantilla Golf Resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have the four-star Hotel Nuevo Portil Golf. This hotel boasts an idyllic location situated on the coastline in a resort renowned for its gastronomy and stunning beaches.

The resort boasts its very own 18-hole golf course – the Nuevo Portil Golf Course – which offers a superb round of golf to those of all abilities. The course is a great one if you are looking to improve your game whilst enjoying a round in the Spanish sun. There are some other great golfing options in the area including El Rompido (North and South) as well as La Monacilla which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the resort.

As you are set just 150 yards from the beach, you can relax on the beach whilst you are not enjoying a round or two of great golf. Alternatively, take the trip into the nearby town of Nuevo Portil which is just a 10-minute walk away and hosts a range of restaurants, bars and shops.

This colonial style hotel offers spacious rooms, excellent golfing options and a superb hotel restaurant – if you are looking for a great golf escape to the Costa de la Luz, look no further than Hotel Nuevo Portil Golf.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 if there is anything at all that you need to ask about any of these resorts or e-mail info@golf-escapes.com and don’t delay as our promotion for 50% off golf carriage won’t last forever…

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7 of the Best All-inclusive packages

This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best all-inclusive golf breaks that we have. Each of these resorts offers excellent leisure facilities, excellent golf and excellent food and drink. The great thing about going on an all-inclusive golf break is that you can eat and drink as much as you like without having to worry about a budget as everything is prepaid. It is often the best way to travel if you are going with a group or on a tight budget as no one will need to worry once you are there! Take a closer look at one of the following resorts for your next all-inclusive golf holiday…

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a brilliant five-star golf hotel situated in the heart of Belek. It is no surprise that we have requests for golfers to go back to this hotel year upon year due to its great golf, stunning location and lovely food and drink. The hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have a great golf break to Turkey.

Within the local area, you can find an array of great golf courses including the two Sueno golf courses which are on-site of the hotel – Sueno Dunes and Sueno Pines. The great thing about the location of this hotel is that you can enjoy great golf as well as the beautiful beach which is just a five-minute walk from the entrance of the hotel – you can enjoy a free shuttle service down to the beach from the hotel’s entrance.

The guestrooms are all beautifully furnished and are all fully-equipped with everything that you could need or want in order to make the most of your stay here. The rooms include either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. There is also a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a large ensuite within each of the rooms. During the day, spend time relaxing around the pool or enjoying the hotel’s beach club where you can find hammocks and a pier jutting out into the Mediterranean with its own bar and sun loungers. The hotel also features a great spa where you can opt for a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Of course, one of the most important things to consider when you are travelling all-inclusive is the food and drink options. The hotel’s main buffet restaurant serves a wide range of food that you can enjoy out on the terrace or within the airconditioned restaurant. Alternatively, you can find the Birdie Bar at the golf club which features its own outdoor terrace. There are a few a la carte restaurants which you can book during your stay for a small extra charge. Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a fantastic option for your next all-inclusive golf holiday to Turkey.

 

Also situated in Belek is the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel, like most of the other Belek hotels, is situated on top of a long stretch of beach. There is no doubting that this is one of the most luxurious hotels in this area with high levels of service, brilliant facilities and fantastic golf at the neighbouring Cornelia Faldo golf course.

During your stay, you can enjoy the fantastic array of leisure facilities that you can find within the hotel. These facilities include aerobics, table tennis and tennis, you can also find ten different outdoor swimming pools as well as an indoor pool to relax around. If you are looking for relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s large spa where you can enjoy the sauna, Turkish baths or opt for a treatment. Alternatively, of course, you can choose to make the most of the discounted green fees and free shuttle service to the fantastic Cornelia Faldo golf course.

There is a range of room options at the Cornelia Diamond but all of them are very luxurious. If you are travelling as a family, you can opt for a swim-up family room which is interconnected by a swimming pool which guests have direct access to from the room. All of the rooms come with a satellite TV, air conditioning, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a private balcony or terrace.

In terms of food and drink, you are truly spoilt for choice here. There are four a la carte restaurants during the winter months and eight during the summer season. There are also eight different bars – with one of them being open 24 hours a day! Look no further than the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa for your next all-inclusive golf escape.

 

Another one of our best all-inclusive hotels is also situated in Belek, the Sirene Belek Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Belek and offers true five-star accommodation as well as excellent golfing options at the Pasha and Sultan golf courses.

Much like the other hotels in Belek, the Sirene backs onto the 16km long Blue Flag Belek Beach. The hotel boasts its own pier with sun loungers, parasols and a bar to relax on! Besides from relaxing at the beach club, you can enjoy the other leisure facilities including an outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor pool and an aqua park. There are also a variety of sports to enjoy including tennis, water sports and volleyball.

The hotel boasts an impressive five restaurants including an adults-only seafood restaurant, a large buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant. In the evenings, you can head to the Hoope bar where you can enjoy a wide range of beverages. This is a fantastic hotel with a wide range of leisure activities and beautifully furnished guest rooms as well as a great all-inclusive option.

 

The Pestana Delfim is situated just a few minutes’ stroll from Alvor’s golden beach and just a couple of kilometres from the centre of Alvor. This hotel is the perfect base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses situated in the local area, including Pinta, Gramacho, Vila Sol, Silves and Alto.

In the town of Alvor, you can find a wide range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops which means that you could choose to eat out easily. However, the hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option. Breakfast is served within the hotel’s buffet restaurant where you can find a delicious spread of food that can be enjoyed out on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar where you can find evening entertainment.

During the day, whilst you are not spending time on one of the many great golf courses in the area, you can lounge around the pool or on the beach or take advantage of the many leisure facilities. These facilities include the fully-equipped fitness centre, water sports and private tennis courts.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including large ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TVs and air conditioning.

Situated just 45 minutes’ drive from Faro airport in a desirable location, with plenty of leisure facilities and a stunning beach and town nearby, look no further for your next golf break than Pestana Delfim.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort. You can enjoy spectacular views of the rolling countryside as you enter the hotel and it doesn’t get any less luxurious. The accommodation at the hotel resembles a typical Andalusian white village with 134 spacious guestrooms and suites which are all decorated in traditional Spanish décor. You are situated on the outskirts of Benalup in a rural part of Spain, you can find a host of restaurants and bars which are worth exploring when you are not enjoying the food and drink within the hotel!

Within the resort, you can find outdoor swimming pools, a comprehensive spa facility, a fitness centre, tennis courts and the fantastic Fairplay Golf Club. Within the spa, you can find Jacuzzis, saunas, a Turkish bath and a solarium, there is a supplement or entrance into the spa, but it is worth enjoying a spa day during your stay.

The hotel boasts a great all-inclusive option, you can enjoy international and local cuisine within the Mar de Campo Restaurant, a buffet-style menu at Acebushes and a barbeque by the pool at Atalaya. There is also a lovely eatery overlooking the 9th hole at Hoyo 19 Restaurant. Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a luxurious golf resort which can offer you an unforgettable and exclusive experience for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz.

 

The four-star Iberostar Founty Beach is located on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco. Here, you can enjoy nine kilometres of unspoilt coastline as well as everything else the hotel hías to offer you. The hotel is situated just a few kilometres from the majestic city of Agadir making it the perfect location for your next golfing getaway to Morocco.

You can easily venture out into the city where you can find out more about the Moroccan culture. During the day, you can relax on the beach or explore the local bars and restaurants or the souks. Of course, due to its location, you are close to a few great golf courses including Golf de L’Ocean, Golf du Soleil and Golf Les Dunes.

Each of the 470 guestrooms within the hotel is comfortable and spacious and fitted with everything that you could need in order to fully enjoy your stay. The rooms all feature their own private balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a large ensuite bathroom.

You can find a wide array of leisure facilities and activities within the hotel including several large outdoor pools, a spa, volleyball, basketball and a kid’s fun park. There is also the fully-equipped fitness centre if golf isn’t enough exercise for you!

Due to the hotel’s location, you can venture out for food, but there are excellent restaurants within the hotel. There are three modern restaurants which serve both local and international cuisine in an elegant setting, you can enjoy drinks at the Lobby Bar where there is live music. The Iberostar Founty Beach is a great hotel and one that allows you to explore the city of Agadir as well as stay within a luxurious resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. This extensive golf resort is situated just a few steps away from the sands of Punta Cana. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach or playing one of the local golf courses including La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course, you can enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts, a large spa area and beautiful gardens.

The hotel features 200 spacious guest rooms which all feature air conditioning, a rain shower, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning sea views.

As part of the hotel’s all-inclusive programme, they offer an abundance of restaurants for you to choose from. There are eight international restaurants as well as many bars and public areas for you to enjoy a few drinks within! This resort is perfect for those travelling as a group or a couple. Look no further for your next all-inclusive golf break than the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that maybe one or more of these resorts has caught your eye. Whatever you are looking for from your next golf escape, we can definitely find something to suit yours and your group’s needs so make sure to give us a call today.

7 Hotels with the Best Reviews

This week’s blog is a guide to the 7 best hotels with the best reviews. We all know that there is nothing more assuring than booking somewhere that is based upon a recommendation from someone else. Whether you are looking to travel with a partner, in a group or with your family, these hotels have been given excellent reviews both by us and by our clients at Golf Escapes. Take a look and see whether any of these could be where you choose to spend your next golf escape…

 

First up, we have the five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel. This luxurious hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort, right next to the PGA National Cyprus. Besides from the spectacular golf course, you can find a range of leisure facilities, entertainment options and brilliant service here. Not only can you find all of this onsite of the resort, but you can take the short trip into the resort of Paphos where you can find stunning beaches, a picturesque harbour and an array of restaurants and bars. 

Each of the guest rooms within the hotel boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, the pool or the gardens. You can choose from a range of room options and upgrades including suites which have the option of interconnecting rooms and luxurious family suites which have private pools. Whilst you enjoy your stay, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure activities. These include the modern fitness centre, the tennis courts and a large pool area as well as the Retreat Spa. You can easily take the short trip into Paphos where you can find a variety of great bars and restaurants but, if you choose to remain within the hotel then you won’t be disappointed. There are three fantastic restaurants situated within the hotel. The main Eleonas Restaurants offers breakfast and a lunch buffet with themed evening dining. There is the Jasmine a la carte Restaurant which serves delicious Asian cuisine and the Fig and Olive Restaurant which serves authentic Mediterranean dishes. You can enjoy live entertainment and cocktails within the Carob Lounge in the evenings.  

The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a fantastic hotel, perfect for your next golf escape to Cyprus, take our reviews seriously and take a further look at this hotel on our website!

 

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort is the ideal hotel for your next luxurious golf break in the heart of the Costa Brava. The hotel holds a worthy spot as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is onsite of the 36-hole PGA Catalunya golf complex making this a first-class golf resort situated in a beautiful area.

There are 145 guest rooms within the hotel, each of them is beautifully appointed and boasts all of the features that you would expect to find within a five-star resort, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and mood lighting. Like with most other brilliant hotels, you can opt for a room upgrade.

During your stay, you can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities within the resort. Whether you are a golfer or not, you can find plenty to do. There is a large, outdoor infinity swimming pool that you can relax around. There is also the hotel wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments or workout in the gym facilities. The main hotel’s restaurant, the 1477, serves delicious Mediterranean dishes with a Catalan twist, guests can enjoy their meal out on the terrace whilst they look over the Pyrenees mountains. After your meal, you can head to the Lounge Bar where you can enjoy a few beverages. For your next golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than the beautiful Hotel Camiral.

 

Located in a perfect beachfront location in Messinia, Greece is the five-star Westin Resort Costa Navarino where you can find two excellent golf courses and a range of excellent facilities and leisure activities to enjoy. The design of the hotel was inspired by old Messinian mansions, the resort’s villa clusters boast natural stone and local design elements making them looks as if they are in perfect harmony with the sandy beach and the hillside landscape.

Each of the guest rooms within the hotel is decorated with contemporary furniture and are fully-equipped with all of the facilities that you could possibly need or want for your next golf escape including a well-stocked minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi and stunning views from your private balcony. During the day, spend time exploring the local beaches, treating yourself to a few treatments in the spa, enjoying the aqua park or take on one of the many exhilarating activities including hiking, cycling and water sports.

The hotel offers a great bed and breakfast package but there are over ten restaurants for you to choose from for your lunches and dinners. You can find everything from traditional Greek food to internationally themed eateries. There are also three bars and lounges that you can venture to for a few drinks and a signature cocktail. It is no surprise that this hotel has such brilliant reviews from our clients and staff, especially as there are two excellent golf courses onsite: The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. The Dunes was the first 18-hole signature-designed golf course in Greece and is widely regarded as one of the finest in Europe. Whether you are travelling with a family, a partner or a group – check this hotel out for your next golf break to Greece.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is situated amongst the stunning foothills, in between the mountain and the ocean. This is a villa-based resort and boasts everything that you could possibly need or want from your next golf escape – including rounds on Portugal’s top golf course. There is a range of self-catered luxury villas for guests to stay in, most of which are spacious three-bedroom villas. They have everything that you could need including large terraces with outdoor dining areas as well as other facilities including complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Besides playing on the spectacular, Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, guests can use the private tennis courts, workout in the fitness centre or head to the resort’s spa where you can treat yourself to a range of health and beauty treatments. If you are travelling with children, there is a separate children’s pool as well as a few large swimming pools for adults.

Of course, the villas are equipped so that you can cook for yourselves, however, if you choose to, you can venture into the nearby towns where you will find cobbled streets, quaint tapas bars and other delights. If you fancy eating at the resort, you can head to one of the four excellent restaurants and bars onsite. The Grill Restaurant boasts a range of meals and light snacks which you can enjoy whilst soaking up the beautiful views of the Monte Rei Golf Course. This is a fantastic resort with so much to enjoy onsite, it also offers a fantastic self-catering option which can be good if you are looking to enjoy your holiday on a budget!

 

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a stunning five-star hotel set within the Portuguese countryside, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful villages.  This is a popular golfing resort and it isn’t hard to see why! The resort is situated just 30 minutes’ drive outside of Lisbon and the airport and boasts the 18-hole Campo Real golf course, tennis courts, extensive spa facilities and a wide range of restaurants and other leisure facilities. Close by to the resort, you can visit the Silver Coast and even venture into Lisbon and its surrounding towns.

The resort boasts individually decorated rooms which feature either courtyard or golf views. There are three restaurants on-site which provide a good range of choice as well as two bars – one of which is a great pool bar.

Of course, the best thing about this resort is the Campo Real golf course, the course opened for play in 2005 and boasts a range of exciting challenges, tight driving holes, undulating fairways and small greens. The front nine in particular, are a stern test of golf. After your round, enjoy a few drinks in the modern clubhouse where you can enjoy panoramic views of the course. Another great thing about this resort is that you can also play the likes of Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso.

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a highly-rated property – perfect for your next golf break to Lisbon.

 

Intercontinental Mar Menor is a great option for those looking for a luxury golf escape to Murcia. The hotel boasts a range of brilliant facilities, excellent service and the prestigious Mar Menor golf course, as well as easy access to some other fantastic golf courses nearby to the resort. This is a convenient resort to choose as it is just 15- minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport which means that even if you are looking for a short break, you can easily make this your destination.

Each of the 64 guest rooms is lavishly decorated with modern furnishings and great private balconies or terraces from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. You can opt for an upgrade here as there are a variety of room options within this boutique-like hotel.

Throughout your stay, you can make use of the excellent leisure facilities within the resort, these include a large outdoor swimming pool, an indoor swimming pool in the hotel’s spa and a Kid’s Club as well as tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

For dining, you can find an excellent range of restaurants and bars from the Mizu Japanese Restaurant to the Fontana di Pietra Italian Restaurant. This hotel offers all of its guests an unforgettable golf escape – make sure to check this hotel out if you are looking for a luxurious holiday.

 

Last, but certainly not least, the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is located in the heart of the exclusive resort of Estoril, adjacent to the Casino and just a stone’s throw from the stunning sandy beach. Each of the rooms within the hotel is beautifully decorated in traditional Portuguese style. The rooms are fitted with every comfort including a spacious work area and a flat-screen TV as well as luxury amenities.

You can indulge in the hotel’s spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, massage and beauty treatments as well as a hot tub and an indoor pool. For dining options, you can enjoy The Grill Four Seasons’ international specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. You can also dine in style on the Bougainvillea Terrace. After dinner, you can enjoy relaxing in Bar Estoril which boasts a charming atmosphere and a variety of drinks to choose from.

The prestigious Golf do Estoril is situated onsite of the resort. This course has stood the test of time and stands today as one of the most enjoyable golfing experiences in Portugal. The course comprises of a fairly straightforward layout but features very narrow fairways and undulating landscape which can pose a challenge to even the most discerning golfer. Look no further than Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa for your next golf escape to Lisbon.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will give us a call to talk through what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Don’t forget that we can tailor make any golf escape to fit you and your party’s requirements!

 

7 Tricks to Avoid the High Prices

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

 

7 of the Best Short Breaks this Easter

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

9 of the Best Courses in Murcia

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best golf courses in Murcia. The Murcia region sits in the South East corner of Spain and boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year as well as mild temperatures even in the winter months. There are many golf courses already open for play in Murcia and there are lots more currently being developed. There are several beautiful resorts for you to relax in and brilliant golf courses for you to enjoy. During the month of March, if you book any golf escape with us to Murcia, you can receive half-price return golf club carriage on any flight from the UK to either Murcia International Airport (RMU) or Alicante Airport (ALC). Take a look at some of these courses and choose which are going to make your itinerary this year…

La Manga Resort is one of the top golf resorts in Southern Spain due to its brilliant golf courses, beautiful scenery and excellent accommodation. The La Manga West course is known for being a stern test of golf, for its unique par 3s along the course and its undulating fairway. With blind spots, strategically placed hazards and fast greens, this course keeps its players on their toes. The front nine and the back nine of this course contrast beautifully both in difficulty and characteristics. The front nine are considered to be more challenging than the back nine due to the right greens that demand accuracy in drives in order to avoid the barrancos! The back nine are situated in an elevated position up in the hills with beautiful open greens. Do not be fooled by the fact that the course measures only just beyond 5,700 metres as it really is a challenging one.

Arguably, the signature hole on the course is the concluding 18th. The hole is set in an elevated position and you must make a steep climb up to the green, you will find the tee located on top of a small mountain elevated just above the fairway. On this hole, you can enjoy the most beautiful views across the entire golf course, over La Manga Resort and the surrounding countryside and coast. This is a very special round of golf with an invigorating challenge and breath-taking scenery. With immaculate greens all year round and all of the aforementioned features, you would be silly to pass up on a round here.

 

Next, we have La Manga South which has played host to the Spanish Open five times. The course measures an impressive 6,500 metres from the white tees and poses a stern test of golf that can be appreciated and enjoyed by those of all abilities. It isn’t just the length that poses a challenge but each of the strategically placed hazards, water hazards and palm tree-lined fairways that can damage your scorecard.

The course boasts an idyllic setting in the centre of a valley and each of the greens and fairways is beautifully manicured. The front nine holes are considered to be the more challenging holes due to the length of the holes and an array of different hazards to contend with. Although the back nine are shorter, they still prove to be a stern test of golf to those of all abilities. The course boasts some challenging par 3s along the course which are over 200 metres long as well as some tough, long par 4s which feature difficult doglegs. Once you reach the greens, they are fairly forgiving but you must be long off the back tees and accurate if you are hoping to score well on this course. Arguably, the signature hole on this course is the finishing 18th. On this hole, you will have to navigate your way around multiple bunkers and water hazards in order to reach the well-protected green.

 

El Valle Golf Resort is one of the Nicklaus designed course situated in the Murcia region just 30 minutes’ drive from San Javier airport. The course opened in 2007 and has since won many awards for being a spectacular round of golf. The course is situated in a valley of natural desert and its fairways curve around the mountain range. El Valle is not an overly long or short course at 6,990 yards from the back tees, but it boasts many elaborately sculpted bunkers and three large lakes to test your accuracy as you make your way around the course.

You must not be distracted by the course’s beautiful scenery as there are a number of crowned greens which are surrounded by large, mown chipping areas so you have a variety of short-game options around the greens. There are also smaller, more subtly shaped bunkers which are all lying in wait for any errant shots you may hit. After your round, enjoy a drink and a meal within the clubhouse whilst you reminisce over your round and enjoy stunning views over the course. With a stunning setting and an interesting layout, make sure that El Valle is on your radar for your next golf break.

 

Another suggestion from us for your next golf holiday to Murcia is Hacienda Riquelme golf course which opened for play in 2008 as part of the Nicklaus Golf Trail. The same as El Valle, the course stretches to 6,990 yards from the back tees and can provide golfers of all abilities with an excellent and exciting round of golf. The course is nestled in the heart of a desert valley and boasts an idyllic landscape for you to enjoy whilst making your way around the course. Also much like El Valle, it is just 20 minutes’ drive from San Javier making it positioned perfectly for a golf weekend or a longer break.

Many of the natural features of the land have been incorporated into the course so it really blends in with its surroundings. Even though the course is not especially long, it boasts wide fairways and open greens which make it seem longer than it is. However, with these wide fairways, golfers should not be complacent as there are still many challenges for you to contend with throughout the round. The course routes its way in and out of olive groves, wildflower meadows and huge lakes and although you have space to manoeuvre, you still must be careful. This is a fantastic round of golf and is one that can be paired beautifully for a golf break with a stay at Intercontinental Mar Menor and other golf courses in the area.

 

The Roda Golf Course is widely considered to be one of the best courses in Murcia. The course was designed by Dave Thomas and you are guaranteed to enjoy your round here. The course is situated just a mile from the nearby beach resort of Los Alcazares and just five minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport. Roda Golf boasts a parkland layout which beautifully incorporates many of the landscape/s natural features in order to create this fantastic golf course. The greens are undulating, there are many strategically placed bunkers and often, there is the sea breeze in play, all of these features combine to create a challenging but exciting round of golf.

A lovely feature about this course is that although the greens are undulating, the fairways are fairly flat which means that golf buggies are not often required so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery on foot. The signature hole of the course is the par 3 7th which is without a doubt, the most scenic hole of the course and also one of the most difficult even though it only measures 174 metres long. The hole’s green is an island surrounded by water and you must use a medium of short iron in order to score well here. The Roda Golf Course is a brilliant and beautiful holiday course which is why it made our list of recommendations for your next golf break to Murcia.

 

Lo Romero Golf is up next; this course boasts a stunning location set within an orange and lemon orchard just a short distance from the beach. This course has been widely labelled as the “golf island” and it isn’t really surprising due to the layout of this special course. The course measures just over 6,000 metres from the yellow tees and spans its way across a beautiful and tranquil landscape. This secluded course means that you can enjoy your round in peace and really soak up the surroundings of this course and enjoy an unforgettable round of golf.

The course boasts an elevated position which means that you can experience sweeping views of the surrounding orchards throughout the round. This course is not especially long but it is brilliant for both amateurs and experienced players due to the range of tee boxes that you can choose from. However, it is a challenging but fair course characterised by wide fairways and many strategically placed bunkers. Due to its seaside location, it is not rare for there to be a sea breeze in play either which can add to the challenge. This is a unique golf course with breath-taking landscape and many distinctive holes – make sure to add this course to your list of must-play courses.

 

Hacienda del Alamo is a new course in the Murcia region as it only opened for play in 2016, this Dave Thomas designed course is a pristine golfing oasis which is surrounded by beautiful natural landscape and poses a stern challenge of golf to those of all abilities. The course stretches to over 7,400 yards from the back tees which makes it one of the longest courses in Spain. The fairways of the course wind their way through almond and olive groves and they feature several water hazards along the way. Although due to its length, you must hit long shots, you must also be accurate as there is some stern rough lying in wait for any errant shots from the tee.

The first nine holes of the course are fairly straightforward but feature many bunkers to contend with. The back nine pose more of a challenge as there are more undulating fairways and much smaller greens for you to tackle. The signature hole of the course is the par 5 18th which takes you up towards the elegant clubhouse and boasts a water feature on the left flank of the green. This is a brilliant round of golf and it is well worth the drive that you must take into rural Murcia to reach this course.

 

The Alhama Signature Course is also known as the Condado de Alhama Golf Course and is a brilliant 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course only opened in 2009 and has already established itself as being one of the best courses in the region of Murcia and it isn’t hard to see why! The course is a little further away from San Javier Airport than the other Nicklaus designed ones but is still within easy access of the airport making it a perfect holiday course.

The course is set within beautiful landscapes and features the Sierra Espuna mountains as a dramatic backdrop to the course. The natural features of the land have been subtly incorporated into the design of this course, meaning that the greens are lined with pine trees as well as esparto grasses and herbs making for a brilliant and fragrant round of golf. Similar to other Jack Nicklaus designed courses, there are many strategically placed bunkers lying in wait for any errant shots. The course stretches to over 7,500 yards from the back tees and poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. Not only are there 116 sand-filled bunkers but there are four lakes strategically dotted across the course so you must anticipate a challenge at every turn on this course. Of course, along with the challenges come stunning views across the rustic countryside of Murcia – it isn’t hard to see why this course has gained a reputation for being one of the most attractive courses in all of Spain. With stunning scenery and an interesting layout, add Alhama Signature Course to your itinerary for your next golf escape.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Golf Altorreal which was designed by the world-renowned architect, Dave Thomas. The course opened for play in 1994 and is still recognised today as being one of Murcia’s most challenging golf courses. The parkland course is situated in the picturesque Murcia mountains and boasts perfectly manicured greens and excellent practice facilities. Much of the natural fauna and flora of the landscape has been incorporated beautifully into the design of the course to create a classically beautiful Spanish landscape. There are also many pine trees, olive groves and carob trees along the course.

Each of the 18 holes poses a different challenge due to the different features of each hole. On this round, you will use every club in your bag! Although the course is a long one, you need to be accurate and strategic in order to navigate your way around the tight fairways and finish the round with a good scorecard. The most challenging hole of the course is the strong par 5 6th hole which measures 540 metres from the white tees. You must hit an accurate tee shot in order to avoid the tricky lake which lies to the left of the green. However, if you hit too far to the right, you will find the out of bounds area. For a brilliant round of golf, look no further than Golf Altorreal.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these courses have taken your fancy for your next golf escape to Murcia. If you need further reasons to book now then for a limited time only you can take advantage of our half-price golf carriage promotion in order to get yourself an even better offer. This deal is only available for a limited time so be sure to contact us for more details before it’s too late.

9 of the Best Courses on the Costa del Sol

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best courses situated on the Costa del Sol. Whether you are looking for courses to base your next golf escape around or for inspiration for a golf break, look no further than one of these superb courses.

 

Santana is one of the newest golf courses on the Costa del Sol and has been constructed to a very high standard by Cabell Robinson. The course has been built on an avocado plantation and boasts the backdrop of the majestic Mijas Mountains. Despite the fact that this is one of the newest courses to have opened on the Costa del Sol, you wouldn’t know it as the course blends so beautifully into its surroundings – it could have been here for years and years.

The course is not the longest course in the area at just over 6,200 metres from the back tees, but it still poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. There are many strategically placed bunkers and unusually-shaped, deep greens to contend with along your route round the course. There are also a few water carry-overs required as well. One of the most special holes on the course is the par 5 4th which is an incredibly long and spectacular hole with sophisticated bunkering, a little stream which lies in wait for your errant shots and a treacherous sloping green. With its unique ground, stunning scenery and an impressive layout has meant that this course will be on many players’ itinerary in the coming years. Make sure that this course is one you look out for an opportunity to play; the course is situated between Mijas and Fuengirola where you can find an abundance of brilliant properties to base yourself.

 

Next up, we have Real Club Valderrama which has been home to many prestigious golfing tournaments including the Ryder Cup in 1997 and the World Golf Championships in 1999 to 2002. This club regularly ranks within the top 10 courses in Europe and it really isn’t hard to see why. The club is an elite private members club, but you can still play during the set tee times for outside players. The green fee is not cheap but if you can justify it, definitely take your chance to play this incredible golf course as you really will remember the experience forever.  

The course is beautifully in tune with its surroundings and it is always in perfect condition as the course is never over-played. The closing holes are considered to be the most difficult holes of the round but if you choose your tee option correctly, the whole course is playable for golfers of most abilities. The 17th is particularly special and it boasts water situated just in front of the green. This special course is one that should be on every discerning golfer’s bucket list so make sure that when you can, you grab the opportunity to book a tee time here.

 

A superbly challenging course; San Roque Old is a challenge for those of all abilities and boasts gently undulating, narrow fairways, large greens and many water hazards. The San Roque Club lies nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and the Old course is set within a 340-acre estate where a luxury hotel and spa once sat. The course was designed by Dave Thomas and Tony Jacklin and opened for play in 1990. From the moment that the course opened, it has been regarded as a great test of golf, even for those with the lowest of handicaps. The course measures just under 6,500 metres from the back tees and has been the home to many professional tournaments in the past.

Although the course is considered to be undulating rather than hilly, there are some shocking elevation changes which mean that you must make your club selection correctly. The front nine of the course meander their way through mature forests of cork oak which means that your drive must be accurate to avoid the trees which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots. There are new bunkers and water hazards which make it that bit more challenging. The back nine holes are less undulating but there are deep ravines and many bunkers lying in wait for errant shots. On some courses, once you reach the greens, your work is pretty much over but on this course, the greens are superbly contoured, always fast and generous in size. This is another very special course and is close to Valderrama so you can plan a golf break around these superb golf courses.

 

Torrequebrada golf course was designed by Jose Gancedo and was actually one of his first designs back in the mid-70s. The course isn’t overly long at 6,400 yards from the back tees but do not let its length fool you into thinking that this course is an easy round of golf. The course hugs the contours of its hilly landscape and tests golfers of the lowest handicaps with strategically positioned water hazards, doglegged fairways and deep, greenside bunkers.

The fairways are all tree-lined and they rise and fall over the hilly terrain, twisting and dipping in all directions making this a fun, challenging and exciting round of golf for all players. There are some particularly scenic and unusual holes situated along the course including the 7th which boasts an elevated tee, you must take the tee shot over a city street to a very narrow fairway. We would advise you not to use the driver as there is a lake guarding the hole which is tucked into the left corner. Like many brilliant courses, the 18th is a superb finishing hole. It boasts a grand view from the tee which is situated to the left of the fairway at the top of a hill, from which you can see both the 18th and the 6th fairways, the clubhouse and the stunning mountain backdrop. The tee shot is across a ravine and if you miss the fairway you are in trouble as there are sharp slopes to the left and bunkers to the right. Your approach shot must also be accurate as you have the same steep hill to the left and a large bunker to the right – this hole can ruin many scorecards. This course is definitely worth the green fee and is one that you should take a look at when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa del Sol…

 

Chaparral Golf Club is one of the most recognisable golf courses in the Costa del Sol. It is a superb parkland course situated just 700 metres from the beach and enclosed by a forest of pine trees. The course follows the beautiful coastline of Mijas Costa which is just a short drive from the centre of Malaga and each of the holes along the course boasts stunning sea views. It is no surprise that this course is one of the most requested courses and regularly ranks as one of the top courses in Spain due to its stunning layout and beautiful location.

The course boasts undulating fairways which meander through dense, tree-lined fairways, if you manage to successfully navigate your way through the trees, avoiding the strategically placed bunkers then you will reach big greens with big borrows! One of the standout holes is the 477-metre long, 3rd hole which looks like a straightforward par-5 but it actually doglegs left and your tee shot must be placed down the right-hand side of the fairway in order to see what you must do for your second shot. The green is very long and narrow and there is a ditch which cuts diagonally across the fairway 100 metres from the green. This is a very special course and it is no surprise that is one of our most requested courses.

 

Next, we have the Marbella Club which is a very impressive and exclusive golf course situated just a few miles west of Marbella, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. The course opened in 1999 and was designed by Dave Thomas. One of the great things about this course is that the club only allows 75-80 players to play the course each day in order to keep it in good condition and to make sure that you can enjoy your round at your own pace. The course was designed to test golfers of all abilities with its strategically placed bunkers, well-manicured greens and sloping fairways.

The course measured just over 6,900 yards from the back tees and has a hefty par of 73 to match the course’s yardage. The two loops of nine holes are routed over hilly terrain and both return to the impressive clubhouse at the lowest points on the course. A round on Marbella Club is a great, exciting one and due to its location, you can find other brilliant golf courses and some superb resorts to base your golf break from.

 

Alcaidesa Links is one of the best links courses in Spain. The course was opened in 1990 and then remodelled in 1999 where its playability was improved, fairways were widened and some of the more severe undulations of the greens were ironed out. This undulating, cliff-top seaside course boasts stunning views over the Mediterranean, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains in North Africa in the distance.

The course boasts a classic out-and-back routing, the first four holes head towards the shoreline and the mile-long beach, holes five to 14 play out along the coast where the wind will challenge you. The fairways then head back inland to finish the round in front of the clubhouse. If you are looking for an impressive course with stunning views, an interesting layout and one that poses a challenge to golfers of all abilities then look no further than Alcaidesa Links for your next golf break.

 

Finca Cortesin was designed by the world-famous architect, Cabell Robinson. The layout of this course is simply spectacular, it is a long one at 6,808 metres and boasts a variety of natural vegetation like olive trees and corks around the course. It opened for play in 2007 and has since built up a great reputation and the course has played host to European Tour events including the Volvo World Matchplay Championship.

There are many great holes within the course but there are a few very special ones. The 3rd hole is a delightful par-5 which boasts a difficult approach shot over water. There is the 10th which is a long, down-hill par-3 which has far-reaching views of the Estepona Mountains. This brilliant hole is followed by the 11th which is a double doglegged par-5 which is a stern test of golf and an exciting hole to play. The club boasts excellent practice facilities and a lovely clubhouse. In 2008, the five-star Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa opened which is a perfect place for you to base your next golf escape from. Although a tee time at Finca Cortesin is not cheap, it is well worth it, and you will not be disappointed.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Rio Real which is one of the oldest courses in the area as it opened in 1965. This course is one of the coast’s most requested courses due to its superb condition, excellent value and very convenient location just north-east of Marbella. This is a delightful, walkable golf course as the terrain is just gently undulating. The course has retained much of its original charm with its pine and palm tree-lined fairways, well-bunkered green sites and a few water hazards for you to contend with along the way.

One of the most memorable holes along the course is the par-4 4th hole which doglegs left from the background sound of the traffic on the tee to the crashing of waves on the seafront. The green is located right on the coastline. You can find another long, par-4 at the 8th hole which is a brilliant hole that veers left from an elevated tee position and ends with a downhill approach to a very small green that is situated into the hillside. This is a very special course and boasts the great Rio Real Golf Hotel from which you can easily play this stunning course and those in the local area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will think about one, or hopefully more, of these courses next time you are booking a golf escape to the Costa del Sol. Make sure to give us a call to discuss these courses and the brilliant hotels in the area.

9 of the Best Courses you’ve never heard of but need to play…

This week’s blog is a guide to the best nine courses that you will (probably) not have heard of! Whether you are looking for a golf course to centre your next trip around or just interested in hearing about what is out there, this is the perfect blog for any discerning golfer.

 

Real Club Sevilla Golf was designed by Jose Maria and boasts one of the finest courses in Europe as well as a central location just a few minutes from the centre of Sevilla. The course boasts beautiful scenery, tree-lined fairways, numerous strategically placed bunkers, undulating greens and nine lakes to contend with. The course is relatively flat which means that you can easily walk your way around, but it does feature a testing layout. As you make your way around the course, you will find a challenge on every corner. This is a brilliant course ideal for both amateurs and professionals alike.

The first signature hole of the course is a 160-yard par-3 from an elevated tee over a lake towards a narrow green which is set at 45 degrees – you must control your tee shot on this hole. With each hole, the course increases in difficulty and the 18th is a spectacular finishing hole. It is a long, 440-yard par-4 where you must carry your tee shot over 200 yards in order to miss the water, your approach is then uphill to a green protected by more water both at the front and to the left. One of the best things about this course is that it is a little off the beaten track, which means that it is unspoilt and well-manicured all year round. With the beautiful and historic city of Seville on its doorstep and a brilliant round of golf on offer, you cannot go wrong with this club for your next golf escape. If you are looking for a great, testing round of golf which will offer you a delightful golfing experience, look no further than a round on the Real Club Golf Sevilla.

 

Up next, we have Crete Golf Club which was designed by the highly-acclaimed golfing legend, Bob Hunt. This stunning 18-hole course boasts a very special location in Hersonissos just on the outskirts of the resort of Malia. The backdrop of the course as you make your way around is simply breath-taking with views of the Mediterranean landscape. The course opened in 2003 and has since become popular with locals and alike, since then, the course has undergone extensive renovations and reopened in 2015. There is no doubting that this course will become even more popular among discerning golfers in the next couple of years.

The course boasts a complete technical challenge with both short and lengthy holes, its layout winds its way through rocks and ravines whilst offering its guests the most stunning views of Cretan landscapes. The course has a quartet of memorable par-3s along the course, two on the front nine and two on the back. Many players would say that the best of these is the 6th which is 198 yards long from the back markers. You must carry your tee shot over a deep gorge to reach the two-tiered green which has been cut into the foot of a hillside – many would say that if you score 3 on this hole, you have achieved a birdie. Stunning scenery, year-round beautiful weather and a brilliant round of golf – why wouldn’t you choose Crete Golf Club for your next golf escape?

 

Situated in Etnas Natural Park within the North-Eastern region of the mountains in Sicily sits the Il Picciolo Golf Club. This special course is one of only half a dozen golf courses that are currently open for play in Sicily – however, there are many more under construction. The course winds its way through a mass of oak trees, vineyards, hazelnut trees and even ancient lava flows which have been carved out by Mount Etna. This is a course where the holes will be etched in your memory long after you walk off the 18th. The club is very special as it was developed in 1989 but due to its remarkably unique landscape, it feels as if it has been situated here for centuries. However, you must make sure to not be distracted by the interesting scenery as the course boasts plenty of challenges including water hazards and brutal out of bounds to steer clear of. 

The course measures just under 6,000 metres from the championship tees and plays to a par of 72. There are some brilliant highlight holes including the short par-4s like the 3rd hole where out of bounds run the length of the fairway to the left making it a tight hole to play. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the very short 15th (it measures less than 100 metres from the back tees) where the backdrop is Mount Etna and there is a three-tiered green, this hole rarely yields anything less than a “3” on the scorecard. Il Picciolo is a special golf club and with more courses coming to the region of Sicily, it will soon be a popular golfing destination. 

 

The Al Hamra Golf Club is a brilliant, exciting and challenging golf course which is situated in Ras Al Khaimah. The course was designed by Peter Harradine and flows through four inter-connected open water lagoons which merge with the Arabian Gulf. The course measures a long 7,325 yards from the back tees and was designed in the manner of a traditional links course. This course is perfect as a holiday course as it is playable for all standards of golfers as there are five varies tee shots meaning that those from accomplished player to novices can enjoy their round. Water hazards come into play at several of the holes; most notably on either side of the fairway on the 3rd hole. The 18th is an intimidating par-5 where water is lying in wait to catch any errant shots along the right of the hole right from the tee to the triple-tiered green.

The club is situated 50 minutes’ drive from Dubai airport and right next to the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah where you can find world-class facilities and luxurious service. This is arguably the best links layout in the UAE, so make sure that it is on your radar next time you are planning a golf break.

 

Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is De Zalze Golf Club. The course measures 6,369 yards from the back tees and boasts a mixed parkland and woodland layout. Golfers of all standards will find this course a challenge as accuracy is very important if you are to finish the round with a pleasant scorecard. The course’s signature hole is the short par-4 13th hole where you walk out onto a boardwalk where you can find three tees out in a lake from which you must carry your ball onto the fairway which is to the right-hand side of the water. Those who are big hitters may be tempted to go straight for the green but that would be inadvisable!

After your round, make sure to venture into the clubhouse as you can enjoy a few beverages whilst looking out across the Blauuwklippen River and the Stellenbosch Mountains. With a very special location, an interesting layout and beautiful scenery, make sure that you take a look into taking your next golf escape to South Africa as you will be surprised at the brilliant courses that you can find there.

 

The Emporda Links course boasts fast and wide fairways which have been defined with mounding and deep rough but very little trees. This course is a complete contrast to its neighbour, the Forest course, but it is a stunning test of golf which requires the utmost accuracy if you are to score well. It is no surprise that the course consistently ranks as one of the top 20 courses in Northern Spain due to its interesting layout and excellent condition.

Although the course is quite open, there are many strategically placed water hazards which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots as you make your way around the courses. One of the best things about this course is that it is rarely very busy which means that you can enjoy a leisurely round taking in the scenery and enjoying the layout of this brilliant course. If you are thinking about taking a golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than Emporda Links for an excellent round of golf.

 

Now, technically, this blog contains information about ten impressive golf courses rather than nine as there are two brilliant courses situated at Ribagolfe which is up next on our list. Ribagolfe is located an hour’s drive from the city of Lisbon but it is well worth the drive with 36 brilliant holes of golf situated here.

Ribagolfe I is considered to be one of the best courses that we have ever played, although the course only opened in 2004, it is already mature with 18 very memorable holes. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and is not an easy round of golf. Treacherous lakes come into play on the back nine holes on the 12th, 14th and 15th and these late holes can really damage your scorecard if you aren’t an accurate player. With cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating well-bunkered greens create one of the finest courses that you will ever have the opportunity to play.

Ribagolfe II is a slightly shorter but tighter round of golf than its older sibling but still enjoys the magnificent setting. This course is more suited to the club handicap golfer due to the extensive water hazards which must be taken seriously if you are not to damage your scorecard irreparably. The course boasts large, contoured greens and a beautifully balanced set of par-3s with the toughest being the 3rd where trees partially block the route to the green on the right-hand side. With two stunning golf courses at this complex, it is well worth driving that little bit extra to enjoy these courses when you are next in Lisbon.

Situated in Almeria is Aguilon which is a course that opened in 2007. The course boasts a very special location situated at the foot of the Sierra Aguilon mountains which means that the scenery is simply stunning. This course is definitely not one for beginners as there are many strategically placed bunkers, lakes, palm trees and ravines which you must navigate your way around successfully in order to finish the round with a nice scorecard. Besides from the hazards, there are further distractions due to the spectacular sea and mountain views that you can enjoy as you make your way around the course. If you are going to choose to stay in one of the popular golf resorts further to the south, this is worth the drive up to enjoy this gem of a golf course.

If you are looking for a firm but fair test of golf on a beautiful course, make sure that you make the journey to play at Aguilon as it is truly a round that you won’t forget anytime soon!

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Hanbury Manor which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus II. The course opened for play in 1990 and has since become to be one of the most well-respected golfing venues in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is kept in brilliant condition all year round and has hosted the English Open on the European Tour.

Measuring over 6,660 yards from the medal tees, this course is not an easy one. The 8th hole is the toughest hole of the course, it measures 425 yards with out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. The approach shot to the green is a difficult one, even if you are lucky enough (or skilled enough!) to be in the middle of the fairway when you take the shot. The green is elevated and protected to the left by a lake and a grassy hollow to the right, the green slopes towards the lake so watch out when you are making your putt. A variety of holes, beautiful scenery and a great location makes this an ideal destination for your next golf escape.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that a few of these courses have caught your eye! Make sure to give us a ring if you want to discuss any of these further or take a look around the website for further inspiration.

7 More Inspirational Escapes for 2019 (part 2)

This week’s blog is the second part to “7 destinations to inspire you for 2019” and we have 7 more brilliant resorts for you to learn a bit more about and maybe even consider one or two of them for your next golf escape…

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

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

The hotel’s Jamani Restaurant serves up delicious international and contemporary South African cuisine, but you can enjoy a lighter meal and cocktails at Barnabas Bar which overlooks the pool. The main attraction here is the fantastic Arabella Country Estate where you can find one of the top-ranked courses in South Africa. The course boasts pristine grass, strategically placed bunkers and challenging water hazards. This is a brilliant course and will offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and scenic round of golf. With so much to do from wine tasting, whale watching, horse riding and bike riding as well as a fantastic golf course onsite, what more could you be looking for when it comes to your 2019 golf escape?

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Situated in Tangier, in Morocco is the Lixus Beach and Golf Resort which is a superb four-star all-inclusive golf resort just 40 minutes’ drive from Tangier International Airport. The area enjoys a mild and dry climate which makes it the perfect destination for golfers between the months of April and October.

Within the resort, you can find a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course which will challenge every aspect of your game. You can also enjoy a comprehensive spa where you can find a sauna, Hamman, indoor pool and yoga room. There are 224 rooms within the hotel and each of them offers a balcony or terrace and is fully-equipped with all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.

You can enjoy an all-inclusive board basis and there are two onsite restaurants: Le Tingis and Zelis which both offer style and character as well as a range of international cuisine. There is also a lounge bar and pool bar where you can enjoy a varied range of cocktails and beers.

Port Lixus Golf Club is a coastal course but is relatively flat for a links-style course. However, there are a variety of water hazards that come into play, with four large lakes at the centre of the course. There is an added challenge with the coastal breeze from the Atlantic. This is a great holiday course as both beginners and professionals can enjoy a round here.

With a great golf course, so much to do within the local area and great facilities within the resort, what more could you be searching for your next golf escape?

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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