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Top 10 Luxury Golfing Getaways
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Tempted to sneak in a quick game of golf on a business trip? Or would taking some time out for a warm weather golfing break suit you down to a tee? Check out this selection of some of our favourite golfing getaways from around the world to get you in the swing.

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Pebble Beach, California, USA

Pebble Beach Resort has hosted five US Opens and is widely acknowledged to be home to one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The courses at Pebble Beach Resort stand as a pinnacle of golf heritage for their unique history and once-in-a-lifetime rounds of golf. The resort itself has three separate incredible hotels located along a 17-mile drive, interwoven with golf courses and stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. There is the option to stay at the Inn at Spanish Bay, the Lodge at Pebble Beach or the cosy and intimate Casa Palmero, all of which have easy access to the golf courses. The Lodge at Pebble beach has ocean view rooms, which allow guests to enjoy a drink while watching golfers making their approach on the legendary 18th hole. Each hotel offers a multitude of options for post round recovery as well as wide range of top gourmet restaurants. For more information visit: www.scottdunn.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

La Bergerie de Terre Blanche, France

Private villa La Bergerie de Terre Blanche is in an exceptional position on the exclusive golf resort of Terre Blanche, voted 2013’s ‘Golf Resort of the Year – Europe’ thanks to two top of the range 18 hole championship golf courses ‘Le Chateau’ and ‘Le Riou’, designed by Dave Thomas. The resort also boasts a one of a kind ‘Albatros Golf Performance Centre’, where technical training is available to golfers with a detailed video analysis of their swing and putting style which can be viewed to help perfect one’s game. This is also the first ever resort centre to have received the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) service.

Terre de Blanche is only 30 minutes from the beaches of Cannes, though with Le Bergerie’s 18 metre heated pool, private cinema, a barbecue kitchen and several entertaining terraces with a high tech sound system, you may find several reasons not to leave. There is also a family TV room suitable for children and the house is fully staffed with a chef, housekeeper and butler. For more information visit: en.terre-blanche.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

The Nam Hai, Vietnam

Hoi An and Danang are known as ‘Vietnam’s Golf Coast’ and with their beautiful beaches and challenging golf courses it is no surprise that this is a destination hot spot for golfers. Until December 20th 2013, The Nam Hai is offering a Tee-Off in Style package bringing together Nam Hai 5 star hospitality with two of the finest new courses in Asia – The Montgomerie Links, designed by Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie and Danang Golf Course, from former world number one Greg Norman. The Nam Hai VIP package also includes green fees, caddie, golf cart, private transfers and on return to the hotel, therapeutic treatments at the spa to ease weary post game players. The hotel’s state of the art health-club is perfect for even more pampering, or stay in one of the beachfront pool villas where you can enjoy butler service, a full kitchen, private infinity pools and daily afternoon tea. For more information visit: www.thenamhai.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, Spain

The Costa Blanca in Spain has long been a golfer’s paradise, thanks to its world-class courses and average year round temperature of 19 degrees. The Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa is conveniently located next to two of the very best courses and has teamed with both of the Jack Nicklaus designed 18-hole Championship courses to offer five and seven day packages for those who won’t settle for anything less than 5* golfing in style.

Guests at Asia Gardens can enjoy luxury accommodation and use of the first-class facilities including dinners in a selection of the on-site gourmet restaurants. Green Fees at both the Villaitana Poniente and Villaitana Levante Golf Courses are included with Asia Gardens’ packages, as well as a massage treatment at the hotel’s luxury spa. For more information visit: www.asiagardens.es or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Caribbean

The 6,766-yard par 71 golf course at Four Seasons Resort Nevis, designed by Robert Trent Jones II has a dramatic view of the Caribbean and the neighbouring island of St. Kitts as a backdrop. The course has a full range of facilities including a pro shop, driving range, putting green and with availability for golf instruction and clubs rental. Resort guests also have the option to take two complimentary weekly clinics and a golfer’s conditioning programme. Golfers are often cheered on by a gallery of vervet monkeys among the mango trees that line the course, which is imaginatively routed around the slopes of the dormant Mount Nevis volcano. The most exclusive accommodation is the Six-bedroom Palm Grove Residence Villa with plunge pool. On beach spa treatments are available, or for more active experiences they offer activities such as a two-day sailing school and other water activities. For more information visit: www.fourseasons.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Golf Performance Academy at The Residence Tunis, Tunisia

The Residence Tunis has a recently launched a Golf Performance Academy for both adults and children, designed to complement the hotel’s superb Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole course. The Academy offers unique mental, technical and physical training for absolute beginners, or advance golfers wishing to improve all aspects of their game. Using state-of–the-art software to monitor brain activity, golfers are taught to relax, focus and visualise allowing them to reach their golfing potential. The hotel’s par 72 links course is set in the heart of a natural reserve and has been carefully integrated into the stunning, natural surroundings. In addition to the golf clinics and personal coaching The Residence Tunis’ new Golf Performance Academy offers a year round driving range, 50 green bays, three dedicated short green games, a large putting green, online coaching (performance statistics, exercise programmes and drills) and a junior golf school.

For those who are more inclined to sit back and relax the hotel offers plenty of distraction with Les Thermes Marins de Carthage Spa making The Residence Tunis a fantastic destination with something special for everyone. For more information visit: www.theresidence.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Kauri Cliffs & Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

Golf course developer and hotelier Julian Robertson is the force behind one of Relais & Chateaux newest Route du Bonheur – a series of inspirational journey ideas from passionate travellers. Central to Robertson’s new Route du Bonheur are the three lodges and two golf courses he and his family own and operate in New Zealand, taking travellers on a journey to his three magnificent properties – The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs by the Bay of Islands, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers at Hawke’s Bay and his newest creation, the 11-suite Matakauri Lodge, near Queenstown. Two of the world’s most awarded and scenic 18-hole golf courses are at the properties: At the Kauri Cliffs – a par 72 PGA championship golf course that has been home to The Kiwi Challenge PGA Golf Event and is currently ranked 18th Greatest Golf Course in the World by Golf Magazine’s World Top 100 Course Ranking Panel; and at Cape Kidnappers, a par 71 golf course, designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak which has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf.

Route du Bonheur also includes off-site, one-of-a-kind activities including helicopter tours, winery visits, the fjords and glaciers of Milford Sound, kiwi tracking and nature hikes at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, two of the largest privately held environmental preserves in New Zealand. For more information visit: www.relaischateaux.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Quinta do Lago, Portugal

Consistently recognised as the best golfing in Europe, Portugal was recently re-awarded as the ‘Best Golf Destination’ in Europe at the ‘2013 World Travel Awards ‘.

Since its inception in 1972, Quinta do Lago has hosted eight Portuguese Open Championships as well as a number of international tournaments. A mere 15 minutes from Faro Airport, the resort sits within the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and is home to three world-class golf courses and a wealth of cutting-edge golfing facilities including the Paul McGinley Academy. Founded by the ex-Ryder Cup player who regularly visits the resort, the academy aims to improve your game by providing tools and techniques used on the professional tours. McGinley’s Academy focuses especially on the younger players and is the perfect way to follow in the footsteps of the pros.

Five-star hotel accomodation is available at the resort, although if you fancy snapping up some of the exclusive selection of property here, 26 highly exclusive plots have been released for purchase within the beautiful enclave of San Lorenzo North. (Although these are being snapped up fast – 75% of plots released have already sold) With views over Ria Formosa Natural Park and San Lorenzo Golf Course as well as access to the resort’s fully established facilities, these plots promise an unrivalled combination of seclusion and luxurious living. For more information visit www.quintadolago.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Laucala Island, Fiji

Laucala Island is the most exclusive property in the South Pacific and the perfect island escape for those seeking total privacy for their 18 holes. Accessed via by private plane, Laucala Island has 25 private residences each with its own swimming pool as well as five restaurants that showcase the island’s homegrown produce. Laucala’s 18-hole championship golf course is designed by David McLay Kidd, who has designed award-winning courses such as Bandon Dunes and the Castle Course in St. Andrews. The stunning par-72 layout course has been thoughtfully integrated into the environment with a stunning backdrop of volcanic mountains. With undulating fairways, challenging greens and strategic bunkers that at point cling to a sheer cliff the course has appeal for both experienced and novice golfers. There are also golfing professionals on hand should guests need help as well as caddies, buggies and clubs all of which are all available at the clubhouse. Guests can also take part in game fishing, watersports (motorised and non-motorised), scuba diving, mountain biking, horse riding, and tennis. For more information visit: www.scottdunn.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

Palais Namaskar, Morocco

Nestled between the Atlas Mountain and the Djebliet Hills, at Palais Namaskar keen golfers can take advantage of Marrakech’s six golf courses all within 40 minutes of the hotel. One of the oldest and most established golf courses in Morocco, The Royal Golf Club has breathtaking views of the High Atlas Mountains; while the Palmeraie Golf Club, is set across 12 hectares and was designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr. Spoilt for choice, others designed by the best – include Golf Al-Maaden by Kyle Philips; the 18-hole Samanah Golf Club by Jack Nicklaus; and Golf Assoufid, designed by Scottish golf professional Niall Cameron.

Palais Namaskar sits amidst manicured Balinese-inspired gardens complemented by cascading waterfalls and lakes. Indulgent treatments by Guerlain and Ila can be enjoyed in Le Spa Namaskar, a 1km jogging path surrounds the property, and a personal trainer and yoga teacher are also on hand. For those seeking a little more adrenaline, Palais Namaskar can also arrange a host of activities including touring the nearby mountain region on a Harley Davidson; horse-riding and exploring Lemaa El-Fna Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the ultimate in exclusivity stay in the the Palais Namaskar Mountain Palace which includes 2000sqm of private gardens, a heated pool, 24-hour butler service and a private kitchen. For more information visit: www.palaisnamaskar.com or contact your Insignia personal assistant.

 

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