For keen golfers holidays always pose a certain dilemma: do you indulge your passion for the game or take the well-deserved relaxing break you really need? Well, my answer would be, why not have both? (To be honest, as the MD of a specialist travel insurance company, my answer would actually be, have both, but don’t forget to take out golf travel insurance). |
Over the last decade a growing number of luxury golf hotels have come to understand that, while their guests love the time they spend on the greens and fairways, they want the enjoyment to be matched by their time in the hotel as well.
That’s why today’s travellers can find an excellent range of luxury hotels, set beside some of the world’s best courses, offering everything they would expect from five-star accommodation. One of the most import offerings at these hotels, of course, is their spas, where tired players can go and have their muscles eased after a long day on the greens.
Here are my top three recommendations for luxury golf hotels with equally luxury spas.
Dona Filipa Hotel, Portugal
The Dona Filipa on Portugal’s Algarve, is something of a Mecca for luxury golfers. With two beautiful courses (one of which was voted 15th in continental Europe by Golf World, the other featuring a players’ clinic, video analysis bays and endless practice areas) everything about this hotel is five star.
For pampering there is the onsite beauty treatment centre or a short 500-metre stroll will take you to the luxurious Vale do Lobo Royal Spa.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tenerife
It’s hard to decide which is more alluring here: the luxe hotel with its 10 restaurants (two with Michelin-stars), seven swimming pools and private beach, or the 18-hole, par-72 championship course. The course is idyllic, lined with palm trees and with views out over an expanse of ocean, and the hotel also has an award-winning spa with an extensive range of treatments.
Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel, Mallorca
Despite the five-star luxury of the hotel, golf is definitely the winner here with a jaw-dropping three 18-hole courses and a practice pitch & putt area. Host to the European Tour, the hotel’s Son Vida course is also Mallorca’s oldest.
The Shine Spa is the perfect place to relax after a day on one of the hotel’s choice of courses, with plenty of treatments for aching muscles or just a quiet space to lie back and think about improving your swing.
Don’t Forget Your Golf Travel Insurance
As a player myself, I know there’s nothing worse than looking forward to the ultimate holiday only for something to go wrong at the last minute so it’s always worth having specialist golf travel insurance.
Whether it’s something as simple as your clubs being delayed in transit or (heaven forbid) lost, with our golf travel insurance we’ll pay towards the hire of replacement ones so that your holiday isn’t ruined and you can get out on the green. Take out annual cover and you’ll be insured for as many golfing experiences as you want over the twelve months, so you could check out all of the hotels above with only a single purchase for a policy that gives you peace of mind.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, family and annual travel insurance for those planning to travel for business or leisure. If you're looking for the best deal on golf travel insurance or policies for Europe, Africa, USA, Australia and anywhere else in the world, InsureMore can help. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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