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The 9 Best Island Destinations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

Natasha Ruben

I am a Politics student at Cardiff University, and I am just coming to the end of the second year of my degree. After I graduate, I am looking to become fluent in a European language so that I can make the most out of my golf holidays. My favourite golfing destination has to be the Costa del Sol as it offers the perfect combination of sun, sea, golf and nightlife.

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