The key to a great golf holiday is great golf. Agreed. But it’s not all about the play. What’s just as important is that your accommodation is up to par. After all, you can’t spend your whole time on the course…
The quality of your accommodation becomes still more crucial if a non-golfer is in your party on a golf holiday. Portugal is perfectly equipped in this regard. Resorts here know the true importance of comfort and luxury for a successful break.
In this guide, we lay out three superlative resorts for the golfer looking for luxurious amenities alongside world-class golf. The golfer, in other words, who wants a pamper as well as a putt!
Evolutee Hotel at the Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort
With 36 bedrooms, the hotel has that unmistakable aura of the exclusive boutique. Each room has a with a balcony offering uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, the course or the lagoon. That’s right – the hotel has Portugal’s largest saltwater lagoon on its own doorstep!
Best of all, the hotel is attached to a course designed by none other than Seve Ballesteros. Especially suited to the seasoned golfer, its challenging holes are matched only by its sublime location next to the sea. The course also has its own restaurant and bar, if you fancy a change of scene.
Pestana Alvor Praia Premium Beach & Golf Resort
With slick, contemporary rooms facing onto Três beach in Portugal’s Algarve, the Pestana is a fantastic hotel to choose if you’re looking for a truly health-giving getaway. As if the sea’s not enough, the hotel also offers three swimming pools, an outdoor fitness centre and bikes to hire, so you’ll be sure to return rejuvenated from your golf holiday. Portugal’s rich culinary scene is also well-represented – Pestana’s Seadeck restaurant serves up beautifully fresh seafood, with local ice cream to finish off the meal.
The Algarve has been synonymous with golfing legends ever since Sir Henry Cotton established his Championship Course here in 1966. Rest assured, the hotel is in close proximity to the renowned courses of this legendary region.
Hotel Solverde Spa and Wellness Center
As the number one location for the luxury golf holiday, Portugalis known for its range of traditional pampering treatments, including massages and saltwater pools. These are all on offer at the Solverde’s state-of-the-art spa, which has put some real thought into how best to look after its guests’ wellbeing: body and soul.
Just three miles from the hotel, the 18-hole Oporto Golf Club was founded by Port traders from Britain in the final decade of the nineteenth century. Half a century later, Scotland’s famous Mackenzie Ross contributed to a redesign of the course, making the Club a fascinating glimpse into the role of our islands in the changing heritage of golf over the last one hundred years.
Pamper and Par
By adding a bit of luxurious pampering to a world-class golf holiday, Portugal’s resorts promise the perfect combination of exhilaration and relaxation. These thoughtful, lavish hotels certainly make the cut!
Steve Frewin is the Managing Director of A Golfing Experience, a company with more than 25 years experience organising bespoke golf holidays and escapes throughout Europe for individuals, societies and groups. If you're looking for truly great golf holidays, Portugal is one of our top destinations. We also operate in all the other major European golf destinations and, if you'd like to explore options further afield, we can arrange holidays to the world's greatest golf courses in The Caribbean, Mauritius, Bermuda and USA.