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There are hotels that encourage socialisation and participation in activities, and those that encourage total relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul. Then came the birth of hotels that’s sole purpose is to provide a warm welcome after a day on the greens.
The following six hotels all share one thing in common: each boasts an 18-hole golf course set on the grounds, proving to be the perfect combination for passionate golfers who wish to compete in a friendly game or two, while indulging at the end of it.
1. The Datai Langkawi
As its name implies, the Els Club was designed by none other than South African golf legend Ernie Els. Nestled between an ancient rainforest and the Andaman Sea, the Els Club is an award-winning Championship Golf Course, perfect for avid golfers. If you need to perfect your swing, there are Troon Golf instructors to assist. Though the golf is a highlight, take time to just relax and enjoy The Datai – one of Asia’s best hotels.
For those staying two nights or more, receive two complimentary rounds of golf at the Els Club Teluk Datai.
2. Gleneagles Hotel
Named Best Golf Resort in the World four times in a row by UltraTravel, it comes as no surprise that Gleneagles is one of our firm favourites. With three championship golf courses and Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy, this is really a course for the pros. The chateau in which the hotel is housed is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. And if you don’t fancy heading straight back to the spa, a range of outdoor activities are on offer including off-road driving, fishing and horse riding. Whisky enthusiasts may also wish to visit the nearby Dalwhinnie Distillery.
3. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Country: New Zealand
Hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf, the Cape Kidnappers course designed by Tom Doak offers originality, incredible scenery and a testing course. The 15th hole — the Pirates Plank — is the hotel’s signature hole, and a treacherous one at that, with a high probability of your ball dropping into the Pacific Ocean. Once you’ve completed the 18 holes, enjoy the many activities on offer, take a tour of the farm, go on a walking trail, visit the gannet colony, go horse riding… or just enjoy the great outdoors. That said, there’s alawys the option of plonking by the fireplace to enjoy a good read.
4. Borgo Egnazia
Rated one of the best golf courses in Europe, every hole of the dramatic San Domenico Golf Course offers views of the azure blue waters. Combine your golfing trip with some downtime and pamper yourself at Borgo Egnazia’s spa or indulge in the delectable food. Designed in the style of a traditional Apulian village, the hotel is set amid olive groves and lemon trees and the result is stunning. By night it is illuminated by candles giving it a wonderfully magical atmosphere.
5. The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates
A stone’s throw from The Address Montgomerie in Dubai lies a magnificent 256 acres Championship golf course. Perfect your swing at the Troon Golf Academy before heading out onto the 18-hole golf course. Be sure to look out all 81 bunkers and 14 lakes during the game, If you need assistance, hole 17 offers a hand with its, well, hand-shaped bunker. And if you can’t get enough, or want to practice your swing, there’s always the floodlit practice facilities, allowing you to keep at it after sundown.
6. Llao Llao Hotel
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and perched on the edge of Lake Nahuel Huapi, the setting of Llao Llao is pretty hard to beat. Even if you’re the only golfer in the family, the rest of the family can indulge in one of the hotel’s many activities: a pampering massage at the spa, mountain biking, nature trails, water sports a plenty, archery and all-singing-all-dancing fitness club. Try the hotel’s signature Golf Cross too; the sport challenges golfers to shoot an oval golf ball at a goalpost. Pretty much like a mix of rugby, golf and football.