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9 Winter Sun Golf Breaks

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best winter sun packages we offer. For all those suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, there is no need to wait around for spring to pass to enjoy a good round of golf, as we have seven fantastic winter sun packages to cure even the worst cases of the winter blues.

These golf packages offer everything any golfer could possibly want for an unforgettable golf escape; excellent golf courses, luxury hotels and resorts, and of course, a warm climate.

Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity

First up is the five-star Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, home to two of Gran Canaria’s most sought-after golf courses; the Salobre Golf Old and the Salobre Golf New golf courses. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making them an ideal destination for your next winter golf holiday. Gran Canaria’s temperature for January averages out at approximately 21 degrees Celsius, so it is the perfect time to take the opportunity to stay and challenge some of its best golf courses.

At the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway set back away from all of the hustle and bustle of the popular resorts. The resort blends beautifully into its natural surroundings with an abundance of palm trees and cacti to match the terrain of the neighbouring rolling landscape.

The Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity is a five-star resort in every aspect, and its golf courses are no exception. Guests here are never far away from a fantastic round of golf with two excellent golf courses on-site at the resort, both the Salobre Old and the Salobre New golf courses.

Out of the pair, the Salobre New is known to offer the best views, as its architect, Ron Kirby, was so intent on creating a golf course that perfectly showcases Gran Canaria’s natural beauty. Alternatively, the Old Course is more challenging with tight greens and deceivingly generous fairways ready to trip even the most experienced of players up.

Elba Carlota

Another great option for your next winter golf break is the Elba Carlota, also situated in the Canary Islands in Fuerteventura. Just like Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura also boasts a warm climate throughout the winter, meaning it is also a strong contender to help any golfer beat the winter blues.

The Elba Carlota offers an all-inclusive accommodation option, the perfect option for all those looking to indulge without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. Here, guests are in the ideal position to make the most out of both Fuerteventura’s amazing golf courses and its stunning beaches as the resort is situated just next door to the Fuerteventura Golf Club and the Caleta de Fuste beach.

The Fuerteventura Golf Club is undoubtedly a must-play golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Elba Carlota, this fantastic golf course is just a stone’s throw away. This golf course is known for its wide and open greens, allowing its players to fully appreciate the beautiful views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean.

The Elba Carlota is not just a great option for your next winter golfing getaway, but the hotel itself is superb with a great range of leisure facilities and spacious guest rooms. There is a casino located within the resort, as well as two outdoor swimming pools, and a wide range of sporting activities including tennis and golf.

The resort is also home to two great restaurants for guests to make the most out of the all-inclusive accommodation option, but if guests ever feel like venturing outside of the resort, then there are plenty of other bars and restaurants located just a short walk away.

Ritz-Carlton, Abama

A consistent favourite amongst golfers for an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday is the Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from all the noise and foot traffic found in the busy resorts in Tenerife, so they can make the most out of the warm weather and fantastic golf. For impeccable service, excellent leisure facilities and a stunning coastal location, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a perfect choice.

On the doorstep of this fantastic resort is the Abama golf course, designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas. This golf course has repeatedly been labelled the ‘Augusta of Europe’, so it comes as no surprise that the Abama is one of the most played golf courses in Tenerife.

With beautiful landscapes, a unique layout and a stern test of golf, the Abama is truly a must-play golf course for your next winter golf escape to Tenerife. With its huge guest rooms and fantastic leisure facilities, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is certainly deserving of its reputation.

The accommodation options here vary, with a range of suites, guest rooms and villas set around the resort, all of which include all of the modern necessities to ensure that all guests have a great stay. On their non-golfing days, guests can make the most out of the five-star facilities here, including a tennis academy and an impressive seven swimming pools. 

Admittedly, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is set back a fair distance out of the way from all of the major towns and areas in Tenerife, but the resort has everything and more to ensure guests have a fantastic golf break.

Zabeel House Greens

The Canary Islands is not the only golf destination that promises a great winter golf break; Dubai is also a great choice with its guaranteed warm weather and luxury hotels. The Zabeel House Greens by Jumeirah is a great four-star hotel that offers great value.

This hotel is perfectly positioned for guests to make the most out of the world-class golf courses that Dubai is known so well for. In January, Dubai’s temperature averages out at approximately 24 degrees Celsius, so when guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at one of the many golf courses on offer, they can also catch a tan.

The hotel is set just a few kilometres away from the beach and offers a complimentary regular shuttle service for guests. Furthermore, right on the doorstep of the hotel is a huge range of bars, restaurants and clubs to suit every budget and preference.

At the Zabeel House, guests are not just in an ideal position to make the most out of all that Dubai has to offer; they are also just a stone’s throw away from some of the best golf courses in the emirate. Aside from its great location and range of golf on its doorstep, the Zabeel House Greens by Jumeirah is also a fantastic choice for a January golfing getaway with its spacious guest rooms, all of which come with a private balcony or terrace with panoramic views across downtown Dubai.

Fancourt Hotel

Yet another fantastic package offer for a golf holiday with some well-deserved winter sun is the Fancourt Hotel, a luxury five-star golf hotel in the Western Cape in South Africa. With two golf courses on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua, guests are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf.

Both the Montagu and the Outeniqua golf courses were designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, so all golfers must anticipate a challenging and fantastic round of golf. The Fancourt Outeniqua has been ranked 14th in the country by Golf Digest, and it is definitely worthy of its reputation with beautiful views of the neighbouring Outeniqua mountains and its unique layout. Alternatively, the Fancourt Montagu has been ranked number 8, and it is generally considered to be the more challenging of the pair.

Situated in the heart of the Western Cape, guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas, whether they are on their round of golf or lounging around one of the hotel’s four swimming pools. The Fancourt Hotel is the perfect option for a relaxing golf break to start the year off right; the hotel has just 115 guest rooms, so guests can enjoy a low-key and quiet stay. 

Due to the Fancourt Hotel’s fantastic location in the heart of the Western Cape, golf is not the only item available on their holiday itinerary; the Fancourt Hotel is also placed on the Garden Route, home to some of South Africa’s most captivating natural sites, including the Knysna Waterfront.

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa

If you are really looking to treat yourself for your winter golf break, then the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect place for you with impeccable service, modern guest rooms and a fantastic range of leisure facilities. To make the most out of the winter sun, guests can head to the Corniche beach to catch some rays. 

Another option for guests on their non-golfing days includes the world-famous Yas Marina Circuit which hosts the Grand Prix. Alternatively, guests can stay local and enjoy the resort’s excellent leisure facilities that earnt the resort its five-star status. All guests have complimentary access to the luxury Saadiyat Beach Club located on Saadiyat Island, and to unwind, guests can head to the resort’s wellness centre for a well-deserved treatment or massage. 

Included in the packages for the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort is the National golf course located at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club has earned itself a world-class reputation, and to prove its high standard and quality, the golf course regularly hosts the HSBC Golf Championship, the largest sporting event in Abu Dhabi. 

Alternatively, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, offers some truly stunning views across Saadiyat Island with its clear blue sea and white beaches.

Moon Palace Cancun

The Moon Palace Cancun is a fantastic option for an all-inclusive golf holiday. It’s in the perfect location for guests to make the most out of the winter sun, as it is positioned directly on one of the stunning white sandy beaches that Cancun is known so well for. 

Furthermore, with an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, there is no better resort to offer an all-inclusive option. No matter what guests are feeling for dinner, there will always be something to accommodate them. 

The restaurants and bars are not the only features at the Moon Palace Cancun that come in abundance; the resort is home to five swimming pools, so guests will never find themselves short of places to catch the tan if they do not feel like heading to the beach. With such a fantastic range of leisure facilities, a beach location and a huge selection of bars and restaurants, guests have everything they need and more for an unforgettable golf escape. 

When the golfers can manage to peel themselves off the sunbeds, they can head to the Moon Palace Golf Course for a fantastic round of golf. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is widely considered to be wholly responsible for the development of golf in Mexico, and it has certainly set the bar high. 

The twenty-seven-hole golf course is a lengthy challenge as it measures out to seven thousand yards, so players must be sure to pace themselves. However, while the Moon Palace Golf Course is undeniably long, all players can enjoy a leisurely round here as all abilities are accommodated.

La Cala Golf Resort

Situated on the Costa del Sol is the brilliant La Cala Golf Resort, which is an exclusive complex situated between the Sierra de Mijas National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. It has three golf courses, several swimming pools and a luxurious spa for those who are less into golf and more into relaxing. Within the spa, there are hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a range of health and beauty treatments available. 

The rooms within the resort are spacious and equipped with all the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a place of this standard, including private balconies from which you can enjoy views across the stunning La Cala golf courses as well as satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Within the resort, there is a brilliant restaurant that serves delicious international and local cuisine as well as a clubhouse and a lobby bar. 

It’s no surprise that this is one of the resorts that we recommend if you are looking to get some winter sun this year and enjoy some golf in the sun later in the year, as being situated on the Costa del Sol means that the weather here will be beautiful from around April until October. With a great location just 35 minutes drive from Malaga and less than 10 minutes drive to the nearest beach, excellent accommodation and facilities as well as three superb golf courses – look no further for your winter sun golf escape.

Melia Atlantico Isla Canela

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela which is a very popular and modern hotel and boasts an idyllic beachfront location just 5 kilometres from the town of Ayamonte. 

This is a very luxurious hotel with high-class service, brilliant facilities and lovely guest rooms. All of the guest rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi. 

The hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option, which means that you would have no need to leave the hotel other than to go and explore the local golf courses like Isla Canela, but if you choose not to go all-inclusive, there are many local restaurants to enjoy. Outside of the hotel is a beautiful sandy beach as well as a commercial centre with a selection of bars, restaurants and shops and there are several further restaurants just a short stroll away in Punta del Moral. 

With so much to do, see, eat and drink in the local area as well as sunshine when the UK has rain, look no further for your next golf break this winter than the Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already tempted to book yourself a well-deserved winter sun golf holiday. To escape the winter blues to enjoy some sun and golf, contact us and start planning your next trip.

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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