Best Golf & Spa Breaks in Europe
Posted on 23 July 2019 by starttravel.co.uk
Love golf? Partial to a spa treatment? If so, these five luxurious golf and spa resorts deserve your consideration - for the perfect golfing getaway.
Monchique Resort & Spa, Algarve, Portugal
What could be better after a few hours of golf than unwinding in a super-luxurious spa? At Monchique Resort & Spa in Portugal, it comes highly recommended. No less than 37 golf courses are within easy reach - and let's not forget the Algarve was named the 'Best Worldwide Golf Destination' by IAGTO.
Set in bucolic Portuguese countryside, Monchique Resort & Spa’s Panoramic Suites boast plenty of space, floor-to-ceiling windows and a pleasant balcony where you can relax and take in the delightful vistas.
When it comes to spas, this resort is among the most comprehensive in the area: choose from a steam cabin, aroma cabin, hydro pool, igloo, marble heated loungers and relaxation pool. There are also tropical-themed relaxation rooms and showers to boot. And with no fewer than seven treatment rooms, there's always an opportunity for a massage.
The resort also features high-end dining, bars, a market, a fitness center and a kids' club!
If your partner prefers spas over golf, then this could be the ideal resort - as you can both indulge in your chosen pastimes. Of course, combining the two could be a winning combination!
La Cala Resort, Marbella, Spain
Nestled in stunning countryside just east of Marbella, La Cala Resort is mainland Spain's largest golf complex. The resort boasts no fewer than three championship golf courses: Asia, the oldest of the trio, is narrow and demands pinpoint accuracy; America is wider and features less sand - tempting those who love big drives; and Europa, offering more generous fairways and more spacious greens. You can also avail of the services of David Leadbetter's only Spanish academy. And after a long, enjoyable day of golf, you can sample some quality Spanish wine in the atmospheric clubhouse.
But it’s not all about golf. You can also enjoy a swim in one of the large pools, or try a spot of tennis or squash.
The rooms are decorated in Andlucian pastel shades - perfect for relaxing after a long day in the glorious Mediterranean sunshine! Most deals include breakfast and a round of golf on each course.
La Cala Resort features a spa where a range of treatments can be enjoyed - it even has late-night live jazz.
Lauro Golf Course, Malaga, Spain
Laid out 1,000 feet above sea level, Lauro's 27-hole course meanders among cork, pine, citrus and olive trees and presents enough water hazards to keep your mind on your ball. Each hole is named after a famous bullfighter and the clubhouse is a restored 18th century farmhouse.
Located just 12km from Malaga Airport, you could be enjoying a round of golf soon after arrival. However, you'll probably want to relax in your well-appointed room, safe in the knowledge that you can play until your heart's content in the morning.
When it comes to spas, there are plenty nearby. Guinda Wellness & Spa is just a short drive away and offers natural and organic cosmetics treatments; an outdoor pool; solarium; restaurant and tennis court.
Château des Vigiers, France
Château des Vigiers is a world-renowned luxury hotel, golf and spa resort situated in the Dordogne Périgord region of South West France. Dating back to the 16th and 12th centuries and set amidst the beautiful vineyards, it offers tranquility and a true sense of history.
Right now, there are a wealth of deals which include breakfast and three rounds of golf.
The course was opened in 1992 and was designed by Donald Steel - one of the world's most respected 'natural' golf course architects. There are three 18-hole combinations - and the course has been rated among the top 10 in southwest France.
The resort also offers a range of spa treatments; a hydrotherapy pool; fitness room; and jacuzzi - perfect after a long day of swinging.
And when it comes to dinner, you can spoil yourself in Les Fresques restaurant, situated in the 16th century château. Gastronomical quality is assured by the many Michelin stars it has picked up in recent years.
Bogogno, Piedmont, Italy
Think Italy doesn’t have great golf courses? Think again. Near the shores of stunning Lake Maggiore and just 30 minutes from Milan Malpensa Airport, Bogogno is in the premier league of Italian golf resorts.
It boasts two sophisticated courses: woodland-based Del Conte and the Bonora. The latter may be considered a 'second' course to Del Conte, but many golfers love it just as much as its famous neighbour.
The resort was created by Robert von Hagge-Rick Baril axis of Les Bordes renown.
Aside from the splendid golf, the most impressive aspect of this course is the tranquil surrounding countryside.
In the clubhouse you can expect Michelin-starred food and exceptional service.
There's also a spa on site, offering a Finnish sauna; bio sauna; mountain shower; and footbath - among other treatments.
Let memories of losing your ball near the 18th hole drift away...