Top 10 romantic resorts
Looking at whisking your partner away on a romantic break but want to also fit in 18 holes (or more) whilst you're there? we've picked our top romantic resorts which offer the best of both worlds.
Where better to go on a romantic golf holiday than near Paris – the city of love? Just 80km south of the capital you will find the five-star Golf-Hotel Chateau d’Augerville and its charm, set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland. Two restaurants and a deluxe spa are must visits for couples when not playing one of the most beautiful golf courses in France, which is right on your doorstep. Winding its way through beautiful, enchanted woodland, your time on the course will be just as memorable as your time off it.
Known as the “Palace in the Glens” and often described as a “Riviera in the Highlands,” Gleneagles offers an unbeatable array of attractions including the four incredible golf courses. The PGA Centenary course hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014, but that is not to say that the Queen’s, King’s and PGA National Academy courses aren’t worthy of a round. All of these courses offer great natural beauty, with sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside. From tennis to shooting, riding to falconry, this a great romantic getaway for the adventurous couple.
Conrad Algarve (Portugal)
The five-star Conrad Algarve Hotel allows you to discover the Algarve’s beautiful coastline, natural parks and breath-taking golf courses. Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are just a few of the courses that are right on your doorstep at this outstanding hotel. The world-class spa is the perfect place to unwind when you aren’t on the golf course, with its sparkling pools and numerous treatments creating a haven of idyllic relaxation. There aren’t many better resorts in the Algarve than this one, that’s for sure.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (Abu Dhabi)
Further afield, in Abu Dhabi, you will find the simply sensational St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. St. Regis is an iconic brand, which has extended its legacy to Abu Dhabi, where everything is just that little bit more luxurious. With the Iridium Spa, Athletic Club, water sport activities, pool, beach, restaurants and bars, you may forget that there are fantastic golfing opportunities on offer too. Through Golfbreaks.com, you can play Saadiyat Beach, Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Yas Links, with each course just as memorable as the last.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Italy)
On the shores of Lake Como, you won’t find a more idyllic location for a resort than the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Facing directly onto Bellagio, where the two branches of the lake meet, take in the gorgeous setting against the rose-tinted backdrop of the Grigne mountains. The authentic Art Nouveau palace has over 100-years of history, which complements the history you will find at Circolo Golf Villa d’Este – founded in 1926. Other courses in the area include La Pinetina, Menaggio & Cadenabbia and Monticello.
Bovey Castle (England)
In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Bovey Castle is a Five Red Star hotel resting in 275-acres of stunning countryside and rolling valleys. Boasting an Elan Spa and an award-winning 18-hole championship course, this luxury castle hotel is the perfect place for a peaceful, romantic golfing getaway. Described as an “experience of golf, never to be forgotten,” this JF Abercromby design was created to rival its sister courses at Gleneagles and Turnberry. Meandering through the hotel estate, surrounded by idyllic landscape, we can’t think of many places better in the South West of England to play golf.
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort (Mauritius)
With the perfect balance of affordable luxury, simplicity and friendliness, the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort is arguably the ultimate in romantic golf holidays. Where else can you wake up to the sound of the Indian Ocean lapping against the shore, or listen to the peaceful melody of tropical birds? Everything here is designed with comfort in mind, from the four poster beds to the Seven Colours Millesime Spa. The golf course is set between rolling mountains and the turquoise lagoon of the Indian Ocean, and it is no wonder why it is regarded as the best courses in the Indian Ocean.
The Inn at Spanish Bay - Pebble Beach (USA)
For many golfers, playing golf in the USA is high on their bucket list, so where better to take your other half than to the world’s most famous golf resort – Pebble Beach. The Inn at Spanish Bay is part of this resort and is nestled among the majestic Monterey pines. The golf courses here need no introduction, and follow a traditional Scottish links style. Another Scottish tradition at The Inn at Spanish Bay is the famed bagpiper, who stands out on the terrace every evening and puts the golf course to sleep.
Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa (Mauritius)
Discover your sanctuary at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, and experience unrivalled standards of privacy and personalisation. This resort is the definition of a golfing paradise, with postcard-perfect views of the sparkling turquoise waters, fashionable restaurants and bars, a dramatic topical landscape and, most importantly, a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course. The course, designed by Bernhard Langer, is set on its own island, a 10-minute boat ride from the resort. It is up there with the most jaw-dropping golf landscapes anywhere in the world.