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The 15 Top Reviewed Golf Resorts

This week’s blog is a guide to sixteen of our hotels with the best reviews. All of these resorts are more than worthy of their five-star ratings, with a wealth of spectacular golf on offer, impeccable service, and luxurious facilities. 

While these hotels are definitely up there with some of the most luxurious options we offer, they are truly worth the price tag and you certainly get what you pay for. Whether you are looking to totally relax, enjoy some great golf or explore some of the most sought-after destinations, 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…

Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa

First up is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of the quaint coastal town of Estoril. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds; they are just a short train journey into the centre of Lisbon, so should they want to explore this vibrant city for a fun evening out, then they can do so with ease, but they can also enjoy an idyllic stay on top of a stunning sandy beach in a charming town. 

The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not just a great option to explore the city; it is a great base to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses as the hotel is positioned just a stone’s throw away from the Golf do Estoril. The location is not the only thing that makes the hotel worthy of its five-star reviews; with its fantastic facilities and superb service, it is the ideal choice for your next luxury golf holiday. Even for a five-star hotel, the rooms here are particularly spacious and lavishly furnished, and guests are never without an opportunity to relax at the hotel’s comprehensive spa facility.

Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

For guests who are looking for a more chilled out golf holiday without the stresses of having to find somewhere to eat in the evenings, the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences is the choice for you. The Aphrodite Hills Resort is widely considered to be among some of the best golf resorts in Europe, and it is not a struggle to see why with its great range of accommodation options and most importantly, its spectacular golf course, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus. 

Guests here can enjoy a relaxing golf break with a fantastic golf course next door and an ideal coastal location. The resort runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Paphos should guests want to explore the local area or head to one of the stunning beaches that Greece is known so well for. 

The Aphrodite Hills Residences offers a range of self-catered accommodation options ranging from luxury villas with their own private swimming pools, to modern apartments. Aside from the superb golf course on-site, there is a huge range of facilities for guests to enjoy when they are not at the beach or playing one of the local golf courses; they can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a leisurely game of tennis, or head to the resort’s spa.

Hotel Alay

Another option for your next golf holiday is the Hotel Alay, positioned in Benalmadena, one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol. The Costa del Sol is a consistent favourite amongst golfers for their European golf break with its buzzing towns, great beaches, and superb golf courses, and Benalmadena is no exception. 

The Hotel Alay is perfectly located for all guests who are looking to enjoy some warm weather with a beach just a stone’s throw away, as well as some great golf courses and a vibrant town. There is also a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops just a few minutes walk outside of the hotel at the Benalmadena marina. 

If guests are looking to play some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses, then they can do so with ease and the Chaparral Golf Club, the Cabopino and the El Paraiso are all just a short drive away and guarantee a great round of golf. Even non-golfers will  struggle not to find something to do here; they can head to the neighbouring beach to make the most out of the sunshine, grab some lunch at the Benalmadena marina, or catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.

Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort

The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is yet another popular favourite amongst golfers who are seeking their best golf holiday yet. The resort is unparalleled in its quality in every aspect; therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise that it is so highly rated and recommended by all those who visit. 

For those who are looking to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning all of the region’s fantastic golf courses can be enjoyed with the perfect weather to match the perfect round of golf. The resort is home to the Fairplay Golf Club, designed by Baron Paul Rolin, is home to a varied layout to challenge even lower handicappers. 

Aside from the superb golf on offer, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort should also be a strong contender for your next golf holiday with its spacious guest rooms, unbeatable location and great facilities. There is a wide range of bars and restaurants just a fifteen-minute walk away from the resort, or alternatively, there are three restaurants located within the resort should guests wish to stay local.

Fancourt Hotel

For all those willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable golf escape, then the Fancourt Hotel is the option for you. The hotel is positioned in the heart of the Western Cape, one of the most idyllic and stunning regions in South Africa. 

The Western Cape is widely considered to be an up and coming golf destination, and it is not difficult to see why with its beautiful landscapes, great climate, and the discovery of some superb golf courses. Furthermore, the size of the hotel just adds to the idyllic atmosphere; the Fancourt Hotel has just 115 guest rooms, meaning all golfers here are guaranteed to have an unbeatably relaxing golf holiday.

The Fancourt Hotel is not just a great choice for your next golf holiday due to its two world-class golf courses located on-site; the hotel is also perfectly positioned on the Garden Route where many of South Africa’s beautiful natural areas are also positioned, such as the Knysna Waterfront. However, if golfers are just looking to enjoy some of South Africa’s best golf courses, then they could not be in a better place. With the Fancourt Montagu and the Fancourt Outeniqua located on-site, a great round of golf is never far away.

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Yet another up and coming golf destination is Abu Dhabi, the perfect destination for all golfers who are looking to have their best golf holiday yet with the perfect balance of luxury, golf and sun. The Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island has everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape, so the resort is truly worthy of its five-star rating. 

Just a five-minute walk away from the hotel takes guests to a stunning sandy beach, and more importantly, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, one of the most popular golf courses in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the Yas Links Golf Club and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club are also just a stone’s throw away, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. Alternatively, non-golfers can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic facilities when they are taking a break from lounging on the neighbouring beach. 

To totally relax, guests can head to the resort’s huge spa facility for a well-deserved massage or treatment, or enjoy a leisurely round of tennis. One of the key attractions of the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is its fantastic all-inclusive option, so guests can treat themselves all they want to without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. With an impressive eight restaurants on offer, the all-inclusive accommodation option is a great choice.

​​Hotel Peralada

The Hotel Peralada is nestled in the heart of Catalonia, in the Alt Emporda wine region. With its beautiful and idyllic location surrounded by the Castillo de Peralada Castle and a nature reserve, a stay at the Hotel Peralada guarantees an unbeatably peaceful stay so that guests can take advantage of the fantastic golf on offer. 

The Peralada Golf Club is widely considered to be among one of the best golf courses in the region, and conveniently for all golfers at the Hotel Peralada, is it just next door to the hotel. Aside from the superb golf course located just next door to the hotel, the Hotel Peralada is also a great choice for your next golf break with its excellent range of leisure facilities that make it worthy of its five-star rating. Guests can either catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool or head to the hotel’s wine spa for a relaxing treatment. 

While there is a small authentic Spanish village located just down the road from the hotel, the hotel also has its own fantastic restaurant should guests choose to stay local in the evenings.

Old Thorns Hotel

One of the best options for a drive and stay golf break is the Old Thorns Hotel, situated in the heart of the rolling hills in Hampshire. Despite its popularity and high reputation, the Old Thorns Hotel has managed to retain all of its original charm. 

The hotel itself consists of a 17th-century building that has been converted into a luxury hotel. Even for non-golfers, they will never find themselves short of things to do here with its five-star facilities. To relax, guests can head to the modern health club, or the comprehensive spa facility, then take a dip in the swimming pool. 

However, the Old Thorns Hotel’s best facility is undoubtedly its world-class golf course located on-site, the Old Thorns Championship Course, opened by Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros. Aside from the fantastic golf and facilities on offer, the Old Thorns Hotel is also a great choice with its excellent range of accommodation options on offer, ranging from modern self-catered apartments to luxurious guest rooms. For all those who do not want to have to deal with the stress and cost of flying to have a great golf holiday, then the Old Thorns Hotel is the perfect option for you.

Thanos Hotel Almyra

For the ultimate luxury beach and golf holiday, the Thanos Hotel Almyra is a perfect choice. With its impeccable service, unbeatable location and modern facilities, it is no wonder that golfers continue to return here year after year. 

The hotel is positioned just next to a long stretch of sandy beach which has been accredited with a Blue Flag status, so guests are never without an opportunity to make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the centre of Paphos where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants, shops, as well as a beach. 

With three of Cyprus’ best golf courses under a twenty-minute drive away, guests here could not be in a better position to make the most out of all that Cyprus has to offer. However, the location of the Thanos Hotel Almyra is not the only aspect that makes it worthy of its great reviews; the service here is unbeatable, and the resort is home to a wealth of facilities and accommodation options to guarantee golfers an unforgettable golf escape.

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is a beautiful golf resort nestled in the heart of the South of France. This resort is worthy of its five-star ratings in every aspect, ranging from the great service on offer, the facilities, and the accommodation itself. 

The resort is set out in the style of a village with suites and cottages dotted across the resort. All of the accommodation here is furnished to the highest standard with classic French décor and all of the amenities to ensure that all guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay.

For guests to totally unwind, they can enjoy a well-deserved massage or treatment at the spa, or alternatively enjoy a leisurely round of golf on either the Le Chateau Course or the Le Riou Course, both of which offer a fantastic round of golf, and are widely considered to be among the best golf courses in the region, if not country. With impeccable service, luxury accommodation and two superb golf courses on-site, it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded ‘France’s Leading Resort’ in 2019 and the World Golf Awards.

Hotel Camiral

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 and has the 36-hole PGA Catalunya golf complex making it 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. There is a large, outdoor infinity swimming pool that you can relax around, along with the hotel wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments or work out 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.

Westin Resort Costa Navarino

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 look 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 is 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 taking 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 also 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, and there are also three bars and lounges that you can venture to for a few drinks and a signature cocktail. 

It’s no surprise that this hotel has such brilliant reviews from our clients and staff, especially as there are two excellent golf courses on site: 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

The 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, work out 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 you can also 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

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 very 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 that feature either courtyard or golf views. There are three restaurants on-site which provide a good range of choices 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. Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa is a highly-rated property – perfect for your next golf break to Lisbon.

Caleia Mar Menor

Caleia 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 from, 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 it out if you are looking for a luxurious holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of our top-rated holiday packages and resorts, and that you will contact us to talk through what you are looking for from your next golf escape.

About the Author

Matt Standley

I'm a Marketing Executive at Golf Escapes and have been here for over six years. I love my golf and try to get out as much as possible. I play off of a handicap of 18 and my favourite course I've played is either Aphrodite Hills in Paphos or the South Course at La Manga Club in Murcia.

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