Top 20 Gourmet Golf Resorts
Here is the fifth instalment of our Great Golf Top 20 Categories. In each edition of the Magazine we will introduce a list of 20 Golf Resorts that are considered candidates for that particular field. As the year progresses we will be asking our readers to vote for the winner of each category as well as an overall winner. The sixth and final edition of 2016 is the “100 Greatest Golf Resorts” in which the winners of each category and also an overall winner will be announced.
CHATEAU D’AUGERVILLE - FRANCE
Located in Augerville-la-Riviére, about an hours’ drive south of Paris, Chateau d’Augerville offers peace and tranquillity, fine dining, luxury accommodation and an 18 hole parkland golf course. It also has its very own artisan chocolate factory and patisserie, where you can learn how to make chocolate by a master.
ACCOMMODATION. All the rooms are traditional Chateau style, finished to a very high standard, and range from singe up to the Grand Suite.
GOLF. The course offers 18 holes over a rolling landscape, framed by woodland. The Chateau makes the perfect backdrop when playing the 9th and the 18th hole.
DINING. High quality traditional French cuisine.
CHOCOLATE. The Chateau’s artisan chocolatier Hervé Boudot will happily share some of his skills with you, as well as letting you sample to your heart’s delight.
SPA. Complete Spa and Wellness area over two floors.
CONSTANCE LÉMURIA - SEYCHELLES
Constance Lémuria of Praslin, on the northwest coast of the island, is situated in an idyllic location, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and with stunning views over the beaches of Anse Kerlan. The hotels superb restaurants serve dishes that will keep any passionate foodie happy.
ACCOMMODATION. The 105 Suites and Villas are spread over several levels with space, luxury and elegance.
GOLF. The 18 hole championship golf course, the only one in the Seychelles, makes full use of the dramatic scenery.
DINING. The hotel has three world-class restaurants, serving a fusion of traditional Seychellois cuisine and fine international dining.
SPA. The spa, set among swaying palm trees, is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and detox.
FAIRMONT ORCHID - HAWAII
The luxurious resort of Fairmont Orchid is located on the beautiful Kohala Coast of Hawaii and offers a stunning white sandy lagoon, aquamarine waters, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. There are also award-winning restaurants, serving anything from fine dining Hawaiian style, to sushi and pizza.
ACCOMMODATION. The 540 guest rooms and suites echo the warmth and serenity of Hawaii and offers a private lanai with beautiful views.
GOLF. Close by you’ll find the award-winning Francis H. I'i Brown Course, which was designed to have two distinct 18-hole complexes, each capturing unique characteristics of the Hawaiian landscape.
DINING. There is a choice of several restaurants, among them is the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Brown’s Beach House, as well as places to enjoy cocktails and live music.
SPA. Enjoy Hawaiian inspired treatments and massages in an oceanfront hale (hut), or near a cascading waterfall.
FAIRMONT SONOMA MISSION INN – CALIFORNIA, USA
Blessed by thermal mineral springs in Sonoma Valley, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is the ultimate Wine Country destination. An elegant oasis, where you can unwind in the luxurious 40,000 sq. ft. spa, sample world famous wines, enjoy mouth-watering food and play golf under the Californian sun.
ACCOMMODATION. There are 226 rooms, ranging from the Fairmont Heritage rooms to the signature suites.
GOLF. The 18-hole championship golf course is set on 177 acres of rolling terrain, with sweeping vistas of the Mayacamas Mountains and neighbouring vineyards.
DINING. There are several restaurants to choose from, with Santé being the Inn's premier dining room, having earned a national reputation for outstanding food.
SPA. With its ancient thermal mineral spring, revered by Native Americans for its healing power, the spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate.
FOXHILLS CLUB & RESORT – UK
Located in the heart of Surry’s commuter belt, Foxhills is set in a picturesque 400-acre estate and offers plenty of country charm. With 3 superb golf courses, a spa and fine dining, this award-winning resort has all the ingredients needed for the perfect weekend break.
ACCOMMODATION. From spacious Family Suites, to the recently refurbished Executive Rooms and Junior Suites, the 70 guest rooms and suites provide something for all tastes.
GOLF. There are three quality golf courses at the resort, with two of them ranked among the best golf courses in England.
DINING. The Manor Restaurant is one of Surrey’s finest restaurants, with two AA Rosettes, traditional afternoon tea is served in the Manor Lounge, a brasserie styled menu in Nineteen and light bites in the Summerhouse.
SPA. The award-winning spa offers a holistic approach to your wellbeing with services ranging from manicures and pedicures to physiotherapy and reflexology.
GLENEAGLES – SCOTLAND
If you are looking for a golfing weekend away, then The Gleneagles Hotel is a perfect choice. Established in 1924, Gleneagles, one of the world’s grand resorts, is set amid gently rolling hills in the heart of Perthshire and features a multi-award-winning spa and Scotland’s top restaurant.
ACCOMMODATION. There are 232 rooms in the hotel, including 26 sumptuous luxury suites, with each room being individual in design and layout.
GOLF & ACTIVITIES. Gleneagles has three championship golf courses, which are among the best in the world, but they also offer shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road driving and horse riding, as well as swimming in The Club's two indoor pools.
DINING. The bars and restaurants at Gleneagles are of the highest culinary standard, with Andrew Fairlie, having Scotland's only two Michelin stars.
SPA. The luxury, award-winning Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, is a sparkling experience of treatments and healing waters, using a holistic range of therapies.
HALF MOON RESORT – JAMAICA
Half Moon, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has undoubtedly earned its reputation as one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. This Caribbean island, with its warm hospitality, unspoilt beaches and sapphire waters, offers wonderful golf and internationally-acclaimed restaurants.
ACCOMMODATION. Ranging in scale from intimate to grand, the beautifully appointed rooms, suites, cottages and villas, each come with true Caribbean personality.
GOLF. Half Moon Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., was named Jamaica's Best Golf Resort 2014 and just four minutes away you’ll find the White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses.
DINING. With 10 restaurants and bars to choose from, combining the flavours of Jamaica with an international repertoire, there is something here for everyone.
SPA. The Fern Tree Spa, a 68,000 square foot sanctuary, takes its inspiration from the lush landscape of Jamaica and uses centuries-old healing techniques.
INTERCONTINENTAL FIJI GOLF RESORT & SPA - FIJI
The multi award winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, located on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, sits majestically on a white sandy beach between the South Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills of Natadola Bay. With several excellent restaurants, it is the perfect place to discover the island’s culinary delights.
ACCOMMODATION. The Resort offers 216 elegantly appointed rooms and 50 luxurious suites, each featuring generous outdoor living.
GOLF. The par 72 Natadola Bay championship golf course boasts up to 5 tee positions on each hole, providing an enjoyable challenge to players of all skills.
DINING. The resort offers a mouth-watering array of dining experiences, from fine-dining in the award-winning signature restaurant Navo, to relaxed open air beachside alternatives.
SPA. Here they combine Asian, Eastern and Western treatment methods to bring balance to mind, body and soul, as well as offering a traditional Fijian massage.
MAZAGAN BEACH & GOLF RESORT – MOROCCO
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is a 5-star hotel located in El Jadida, on Morocco's Atlantic coast. It offers 250 hectares alongside a superb beach and enjoys a wonderful year-round climate. There is a superb golf course and a selection of excellent restaurants, serving anything from Moroccan cuisine to sushi.
ACCOMODATION. With panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean, the resort features 490 elegantly-designed rooms and suites.
GOLF. Mazagan is home to the longest golf course in Morocco – a par 72, 18-hole links course, designed by Gary Player.
DINING. There are eight restaurants offering the best in international dining and Moroccan gastronomy, including Al Firma, a typical Berber tent under a beautiful starlit sky.
SPA. The Mazagan Spa offers a wide range of body and facial treatments, as well as a hammam and fitness centre.
MISSION HILLS – CHINA
Mission Hills, just over the border from Hong Kong, is recognised by Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest golf resort, boasting 12 courses, 216 holes, 3000 caddies, 1000 golf carts, 180 ground keepers, 2 hotels and Asia's largest spa. And with restaurants galore, there is plenty to choose from.
ACCOMMODATION. China’s only five-star resort features over 500 guest rooms and suites spread across two hotels, Shenzhen and Dongguan.
GOLF. Winner of multiple international awards, the 20-square kilometre golf complex features twelve 18-hole championship courses, designed by golf's greatest legends and architects.
DINING. There are several superb restaurants to choose from, where you can discover the savoury tastes of local Cantonese cuisine, or indulge in a variety of eastern and western cooking tradition.
SPA. Let yourself be pampered to perfection in Asia’s largest luxury spa, and indulge in experiences that purify, refresh and renew.
OLD COURSE HOTEL GOLF RESORT & SPA – SCOTLAND
Overlooking the famous links course, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline, the prestigious AA Five Star Old Course Hotel, is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. Featuring a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, a luxurious spa and award-winning restaurants, it is definitely one for your bucket list.
ACCOMMODATION. There are 144 rooms, including 35 stunning suites, featuring silk-lined walls, with many of the rooms having private balconies with views of the course.
GOLF. The Old Course Hotel’s championship course, The Duke’s, is St Andrews’ only heathland course and there are 11 other courses in the immediate area.
DINING. Delight in fine dining at the 3 AA Rosettes rated Road Hole Restaurant, enjoy an award-winning afternoon tea, or some casual pub fare in relaxed surroundings.
SPA. Relax and replenish your mind and body in Kohler Waters Spa and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of earth’s natural mineral-rich waters.
PARK HYATT DUBAI – DUBAI
Park Hyatt Dubai is one of Dubai's most elegant five-star hotels, overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club on one side and the stunning Marina and Creek waterway on the other. The striking low-level property features Moorish and Mediterranean designs and is modern and opulent.
ACCOMMODATION. There are 225 guestrooms, including 35 suites, which are all spacious and luxuriously appointed. Choose anything from Twin Rooms up to the Presidential Suite.
GOLF. The Dubai Creek Golf Course is undulating with well-groomed fairways, lined with date and coconut palms, attractive water hazards and shrubbery that gives it a distinctly tropical air.
DINING. The restaurants and bars in Park Hyatt Dubai offer world-class cuisines, stylish decor and spectacular views.
SPA. Amara Spa features eight treatment rooms where a concierge will customise your spa experience, using the ancient healing philosophies of Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire.
ROSEWOOD TUCKER’S POINT - BERMUDA
With its balmy weather, pink sand beaches and scenic coastline, Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda is the perfect tranquil island escape. The luxury resort offers a rich fusion of colonial history and island heritage, with a brilliant golf course, sumptuous spa and mouth-watering restaurants galore.
ACCOMMODATION. Each of the 88 guestrooms and suites offer luxury and comfort, with deep bathtubs, fine natural finishes and a full array of amenities.
GOLF. Tucker’s Point Golf Club is Bermuda’s premier golf course, set in over 200 acres of rolling hills and overlooking the glorious turquoise sea.
DINING. There are several restaurants to choose from in the resort, catering to every taste, but if you want to eat out they are happy to make recommendations.
SPA. The world-class spa offers an array of traditional and exotic therapies from around the world.
STOKE PARK COUNTRY CLUB, SPA & HOTEL – UK
Just 35 minutes from London, in the heart of Buckinghamshire, lies Stoke Park. Founded in 1908, the former stately home is set among 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes and historic gardens, and is the perfect place to enjoy the better things in life. There is an excellent golf course, luxurious spa and wonderful restaurants.
ACCOMMODATION. Stoke Park has 49 luxurious bedrooms and suites, 21 of them located in The Mansion, a Grade I Palladian house, and 28 in The Pavilion.
GOLF. The 27 hole Championship golf course, is one of the finest parkland courses in the UK. Created in 1908, the course has been the inspiration for many of the world’s most famous holes.
DINING. Humphry's, which holds Three AA Rosettes, serves modern British food with a twist, while San Marco serves Italian dishes. The Orangery offers indulgent afternoon teas.
SPA. The Spa is luxurious and indulgent, offering renowned THALGO treatments, Aromatherapy, as well as CACI treatment systems.
TERME DI SATURNIA SPA & GOLF RESORT – ITALY
In southern Tuscany, an area still quite untouched by tourism, you find the award-winning Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort. The elegant hotel has one of the world’s top spa facilities, built around the site of a rich thermal spring, and a Michelin starred restaurant with a healthy twist.
ACCOMMODATION. All the hotel’s 128 rooms, are designed to create a sense of harmony and wellbeing, with muted, warm colours, quality furnishings and atmospheric lighting.
GOLF. The resorts 18-hole championship golf course blends seamlessly into the surrounding countryside and offers plenty of challenges.
DINING. The Italian passion for food is reflected in the resorts restaurants. Enjoy fine dining at Ristorante Aqualuce and sumptuously healthy dishes at the Michelin Starred, Ristorante All’Acquacotta.
SPA. The award-winning spa, one of the largest in the world, aims to improve guests’ wellbeing through hydrotherapy, fitness, beauty, stress management and nutrition.
THE MANOR HOUSE – UK
At the heart of the charming 14th century village of Castle Combe, lies The Manor House, a five-star country house hotel surrounded by spectacular Cotswolds countryside. With a fantastic golf course and award-winning restaurants, this is the perfect weekend get-a-way.
ACCOMMODATION. All the hotels bedrooms are individually styled. There are oak beams, grand four poster beds, stylish furnishings and idyllic views.
GOLF. The Manor House golf course nestles in 365 acres of spectacular Cotswold parkland, with the undulating landscape providing a great challenge for any level of golfer.
DINING. The Michelin starred Bybrook, serves delicious seasonal dishes in an elegant atmosphere. There is also alfresco dining, The Full Glass Bar, lounges for coffee or afternoon tea, and private dining rooms.
ACTIVETIES. Try your hand at fly fishing on the river, play a game of croquet on the lawns or take a walk through the beautiful grounds.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, ABAMA – TENERIFE, SPAIN
Set in an idyllic natural environment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean's brilliant blue waters, lies the Ritz-Carlton Abama. The island of Tenerife enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other part of Spain and is a great place to unwind, play golf and dine in the resorts award-winning restaurants.
ACCOMMODATION. Choose from spacious rooms, suites and villas, with thoughtful design and décor and terraces or balconies to take in the view.
GOLF. The Abama golf course offers stunning Atlantic Ocean views from nearly all of the 18 holes and features some of the finest play available in Spain.
DINING. There are 13 restaurants and bars at the resort, two of them with Micheline stars, serving anything from tapas, to steak and Japanese cuisine.
SPA. The award-winning Spa offer a range of water facilities, an outside garden cabana, deluxe couple and single treatment rooms and a Spa Lounge.
TRUMP DOONBEG – IRELAND
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg offers luxury accommodation set against a magnificent backdrop of rugged landscapes, rolling waves and sand dunes. With a magnificent golf course and superb restaurants, it’s the perfect place for a gourmet golf break.
ACCOMMODATION. The comfortable suites have been beautifully appointed with curated furnishings, art, and antiques and are filled with old-world charm.
GOLF. The world renowned 18-hole championship, Doonbeg golf links, spans 1.5 miles of a crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes, along Doughmore Bay.
DINING. Enjoy a hearty meal and a pint in Trump's Bar & Restaurant, an exquisite meal in the award-winning Ocean View Restaurant, or a delicious assortment of pastries and cakes in the tea room.
SPA. The luxurious White Horses Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself after a long day on the golf course.
TURNBERRY – SCOTLAND
On the rugged Ayrshire coast, in the west of Scotland, lies one of the world’s fines resorts, Trump Turnberry. With over 100 years of history and heritage, the opulent hotel offers far reaching views and three stunning golf courses, as well as a luxury spa and some world class restaurants.
ACCOMMODATION. After a multi-million refurbishment, the hotel offers lavish bedroom accommodation, or you might choose to stay in one of the self-catering villas, or apartments.
GOLF. The resorts golf courses are part of golf legacy, and here you get a chance to enjoy a round on the iconic Ailsa, The Kintyre or The Arran. Definitely an experience not to be forgotten.
DINING. Enjoy afternoon tea in The Grand Tea Lounge & Bar, lobster in The Duel in the Sun, or Italian food in the Turnberry’s signature restaurant, Il Tramonto at 1906.
SPA. Recognised as one of Europe's finest spas, it offers bespoke ESPA treatments and a comprehensive selection of body wraps, scrubs and massages.
WESTIN RESORT COSTA NAVARINO – GREECE
The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese, enjoys an excellent year-round climate. Nominated as one of the best family destinations in Europe, it has wide selection of restaurants, making it a great location for any food loving golfer.
ACCOMODATION. The family-friendly accommodation features spacious terraces or balconies with sea views, while most ground-floor units have private infinity pools.
GOLF. The Dunes Course incorporates some links-style features, while the Bay Course meanders through contrasting natural landscapes.
DINING. With a wealth of organic ingredients and a devotion to authentic gourmet cooking, the award-winning chefs serve a range of ethnic, continental, Greek fusion and local fare at the resorts restaurants.
SPA. The 4,000m² Anazoe Spa offers a full range of specialty treatments based on the health and beauty practices of ancient Greece.