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20 Most Exotic Golf locations

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Here is the second 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.


Barbados - The Royal Westmoreland Estate 

This secluded five-star estate is situated within 750 acres of flourishing gardens in the idyllic parish of St James, Barbados. Located just a stroll away from one of the most stunning beaches on the island, the tranquil setting of Royal Westmoreland is the perfect Caribbean holiday destination.

ACCOMMODATION. Choose from a range of superbly designed, luxurious villas or apartments dotted discreetly within the estate’s tropical gardens and thriving greenery.

GOLF. The golf course at Royal Westmoreland is designed by acclaimed course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jnr and is as enjoyable as it is demanding.

DINING. There’s a wide choice of restaurants across the island, serving anything from British to Portuguese, Spanish and West African.

SPA. Step into a world of wraps, facials, beauty therapies, and massages that will leave you feeling blissfully relaxed and fully refreshed.


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St. Kitts & Nevis – Four Seasons 

Discover the beauty, wonder and enchantment of this little-known Caribbean island. Find tranquillity in award-wining spas. Make yourself at home in a luxuriously spacious guest room or suite at Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

ACCOMMODATION. Choose between beachfront, plantation-style cottages, 196 guest rooms or suites, each with a balcony or patio, and over 45 villas.

GOLF. The Robert Trent Jones II Golf course offers a terrific layout with plenty of challenges, and why not sharpen your skills with an on-course lesson.

DINING. Choose from five restaurants, all serving up delectable dishes and offering stunning ocean views.

SPA. Realign body and spirit in this tropical sanctuary of well-being, with rejuvenating body rituals, massage therapies, facials and salon services.

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Bermuda - Rosewood Tucker's Point 

Rosewood Tucker's Point offers serene sophistication that eludes formality. A mere 90 minutes from most major U.S. East Coast cities, this Bermuda luxury resort is a tranquil island escape, the perfect place to leave all your worries behind.

ACCOMMODATION. Each of the 88 guestrooms and suites offer luxury and comfort, with deep bathtub, fine natural finishes and a full array of amenities.

GOLF. Tucker’s Point Golf Club is Bermuda’s premier golf course. World-class in its ambition and scope, it is set on more than 200 acres of rolling hillsides and overlooks a glorious turquoise sea.

DINING. There are several restaurants to choose from on 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.

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Hawaii - Hilton Waikoloa Village 

On the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii, the Big Island, lies Hilton Waikoloa Village, an impressive property nestled within 62 oceanfront acres. With breathtaking views, tropical gardens, abundant wildlife and a golf course on your doorstep, it is the perfect holiday getaway.

ACCOMMODATION. With 1,240 guest rooms and suites set across three low-rise towers, there is plenty of room for your whole extended family.

GOLF. The resort has two spectacular golf courses, the Beach Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and the Kings’ Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.

DINING. With a big selection of restaurants, from elegant oceanfront dining to casual poolside snacks, there is something here to keep the whole family happy.

SPA. The Kohala provides soothing treatments and rejuvenating therapies, using pure island ingredients, expertly combined with modern techniques.

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Thailand - Rachamankha 

Situated in the heart of the old, historic city of Chiang Mai, the Rachamankha is a luxury boutique hotel with Zen-like simplicity. Located right next to Wat Phra Singh, the city’s most famous temple, the colonnaded courtyards of Rachamankha welcome guests to a world of serenity and contentment.  

ACCOMMODATION.  There are 25 rooms and suites, which all have been decorated in a simple, yet elegant fashion, with attention to every detail.

GOLF. Nearby golf courses worth playing are Alpine Golf Resort, Chiang Mai Highlands and the picturesque Chiang Mai Green Valley.

DINING. You can dine al fresco on the intimate patio or in the restaurant proper, where they serve traditional dishes celebrating Lanna, Burmese and Shan cuisines.

FACILITES. The enchanting open-air massage pavilion overlooks a tranquil 20-meter pool, where drinks and light snacks are served throughout the day.


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Korea – Podo Hotel 

On Jeju, the largest Korean island, you’ll find the award winning Podo Hotel complex, designed by the world-renowned Jun Itami. This unique hotel along with the first golf course in Korea to make the 100 Best Course lists, makes this an ideal exotic travel destination.

ACCOMMODATION. The hotel accommodation features one- and two-bedroom apartments, reflecting both Korean and Western influences and finished in traditional materials.

GOLF. Pinx Golf Club seamlessly blends traditional ideas with new concepts and with the sea and volcanic mountains as a backdrop, you feel surrounded by nature’s beauty.

DINING. The hotel restaurant offers locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood, which is complemented by the best wines from around the world.

FACILITIES. All rooms come with water from the hot springs and there is an indoor pool with glass walls opening onto the surrounding landscape.

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Jamaica – Half Moon Resort 

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, is definitely one for your bucket list.

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, designed by Robert Van Hagge and Rick Baril.

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.

Jamaica 3Fiji - The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa 

Located on the main Island of Viti Levu under Fiji’s tropical sun, with a private beach, award winning spa, and a superb 18 hole championship golf course, this is a place that has it all.

ACCOMMODATION. Whether you want a room with a view of the tropical gardens, a view of the ocean, or a Royal and Regent Suite, they’re all spacious and have either a private balcony or a patio.

GOLF. The Denarau Island golf course incorporates a unique Pacific theme with bunkers in the shape of marine creatures. This par 72, 7,150-yard course offers tee positions for all levels of golfers.

DINING. There are four restaurants, two bars and a lounge, where you can enjoy both international and local cuisine, with exotic tropical drinks and a notable wine cellar adding to your pleasure.

SPA. The Heavenly Spa embraces the Seven Pillars of Well-being, a philosophy that takes guests on an unforgettable journey of the senses.

fijiChina - Mission Hills Haikou 

On the tropical island of Hainan, lies Mission Hills Resort Haikou featuring an 18-storey luxury hotel and annex, with breathtaking panoramic views of the golf courses and the surrounding volcanic landscape. In addition, the 168 hot and cold mineral spring pools, makes it the “World’s Largest Mineral Springs Resort” accredited by Guinness World Records.

ACCOMMODATION. There are 539 spacious guest rooms and suites, all are tastefully designed and have balconies with panoramic views of the golf courses.

GOLF. Of Hainan’s 50-plus golf courses, 10 of them are at Mission Hills Haikou, which spans a vast volcanic lava landscape in the north, near the island’s capital, Haikou.

DINING. Discover the savoury tastes of local Cantonese cuisine, or indulge in a variety of eastern and western cooking traditions at any one of the resorts dozen restaurants, cafés, and lounges.

SPA.  With architecture based on the circular, UNESCO-listed Hakka earth buildings, it offers almost 170 hot and cold springs, 61 spa treatment suites, 29 spa villas, a café, nail spa and hair salon.

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Bahamas - Sandals Emerald Bay

Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, this luxurious resort with its Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites, is the perfect desert island retreat.

ACCOMMODATION. You can choose from 249 sumptuous rooms and suites - all with oceanfront views and Club Level or Personal Butler Services.

GOLF. Winding through seaside dunes along a stunning peninsula, this Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole, par 72 championship course, is regarded as one of the best in the Caribbean.

DINING. There are seven dining venues to choose from, including The Drunken Duck pub, that serves English cuisine and beers.

SPA. Discover a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation at the spa, where classic European rituals are reinterpreted with a distinctive Caribbean flair.

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Vietnam - Laguna Lang Co

Near Vietnam’s fourth-largest city, Danang, lies the 940-acre Laguna Lang Co integrated resort, which also includes a Banyan Tree resort with 49 villas and a 229-room Angsana hotel. The main buildings and villas are designed to reflect the cultural and historical legacy of Vietnam and will give you get a taste of the Far East.

ACCOMMODATION. The 32 lagoon pool villas and 17 beach pool villas that make up the Banyan Tree resort, are inspired by the artistic heritage of Vietnamese dynasties past.

GOLF. Laguna Lang Cô Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, is according to its designer, unique in Vietnam because it incorporates six environments: sand “blow-outs”, rice paddy fields, beach, river, jungle and exposed rock outcrops.

DINING. Eight restaurants and lounges serve up the best of local Vietnamese and international culinary delights.

SPA. Release tension and refresh your senses in the tranquil haven of Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co, where time-honoured healing therapies are offered as a way of achieving spiritual, mental and physical harmony.

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Dominican Republic - Casa de Campo  

On the south-eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, lies the exclusive Casa de Campo Resort and Villas, which, with its own private beach, full-service marina, and equestrian center, encompasses 7,000 acres on the island's Caribbean coast in La Romana. With 90 holes of Pete Dye-designed golf, including the legendary Teeth of the Dog, this is the perfect tropical golf escape.

ACCOMMODATION. Choose between generously appointed hotel rooms, comfortable and stylish villas, or ultra-luxurious and impeccably designed Exclusive Villas.

GOLF. Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links have been meticulously carved from the coral shores, craggy mountains, and rolling hills of the Dominican Republic landscape, and offer some spectacular golf.

DINING. There are several restaurants and bars to choose from and if you rather eat in private, you can take advantage of room service and the private chef services.

SPA. The Spa is the perfect place to relax and be pampered, using Ayurvedic techniques and local organic ingredients to detoxify, regenerate, and renew.

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Singapore - Goodwood Park Hotel 

Asia is becoming a major golfing destination and now, with many of Singapore’s golf courses open for green fee play, this exotic city is more alluring than ever. Stay at the famous Goodwood Park Hotel, a green oasis in the bustling metropolis, which with its 5 stars has had plenty of famous guests through its 116 year history. It offers colonial style charm and access to the city and its many golf courses.

ACCOMMODATION. There are 233 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites, complete with all the contemporary amenities you expect from a 5 star establishment.

GOLF. The regions number one course is Sentosa Golf Club, home to two magnificent, championship 18-hole golf courses The Serapong and The Tanjong. The golf club is set in a lush and idyllic setting with stunning views of either the Singapore harbour or the South China Sea.

DINING. The restaurants at Goodwood are all famous places to eat in a city of excellence, among them Gordon’s Grill and the Chinese restaurant Min Jiang.

SPA. There are two outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre, with beauty and spa services also being available.

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Mexico - Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort 

Nestled on a secluded beach in Cabo San Lucas, lies Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, a tranquil oceanfront hideaway, exclusively catering to adults. This luxury resort, with its spa, selection of restaurants and the stunning Quivira Golf Course virtually on your doorstep, it is the perfect exotic holiday escape.

ACCOMMODATION. There are 154 suites, all beautifully appointed with minimalist décor and stunning ocean views, which you can enjoy from your private terrace or balcony.

GOLF. Quivira offers a world-class layout, dazzling views and breathtaking drops from tee to fairway. The destination is revered for its unique ocean-desert-mountain setting, and is among the best in Mexico.

DINING. The five Cabo San Lucas restaurants offer everything from casual poolside snacks to romantic fine dining. In-room dining is also available around the clock.

SPA. Armonia Spa was named among the three “Best Spas in Mexico & Central America 2013” by Condé Nast Traveller magazine, and offers all the pampering you could dream of.

2DUBAI - Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club 

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 private treatment rooms where you can enjoy a wide range of spa treatments including luxury massages and rejuvenating facials.


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South Africa - Arabella Hotel & Spa 

Nestled between the Kogelberg Mountains and the Bot River Lagoon, just over 1 hours’ drive from Cape Town, lies Arabella Hotel & Spa and the Arabella Golf Course, which is supposed to have the best finishing hole in South Africa. The stunning scenery makes this a perfect African destination.

ACCOMMODATION. The plush rooms are decorated in welcoming, warm earthy tones that mirror the beauty of the surrounding area.

GOLF. The 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course is ranked among the top 10 courses in South Africa, with the 8th and 18th hole being described as some of the best in the country.

DINING. The hotel offers a variety of elegant restaurants and bars to indulge even the most discerning palate with fine cuisine and wine.

SPA. The award winning Arabella Spa is a retreat devoted to wellness where you can experience the world’s first African Rainforest Experience.

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Malaysia - Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club

Cocooned in a lush jungle a 1000 meters above sea level, lies the environmentally friendly Borneo Highlands Resort. This is not a place for opulent luxury, but a place for simplicity and healthy eating. The spectacular Hornbill Golf Course, with its cool mountain air, stunning views and serenading jungle chorus, makes this an exotic golf destination with a difference.

ACCOMMODATION. There are 30 rooms and suites to choose from, all with spectacular views of the jungle and gardens. The rooms are simple, but comfortable.

GOLF. The 18-hole course lies on the highland plateau, which has a year round temperate climate. Its 6,249 metres length is magnified by the steep gradients of the rugged mountain terrain, to make it as much a physical golfing challenge as a mental one.

DINING. The Annah Rais Cafe, offers an exclusively healthy organic menu, with a tempting selection of local and international dishes, cooked to perfection.

SPA. As well as steam baths, saunas, spa pools and Jacuzzis, treatments available include traditional Bidayuh massage, foot reflexology, aromatherapy and organic facial and body treatments.

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Tenerife – Hotel Botanico

Hotel Botanico is located in Puerto de la Cruz at the foot of Tenerife´s Mount Teide, which is one of the most characteristic and fertile areas of this beautiful island. The hotel offers unlimited access to the award winning spa and is a great base from which to explore the islands subtropical landscape and volcanic coastline.

ACCOMMODATION. There are 252 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, located on five guest floors, all characterised by their spaciousness, offering bright and airy interiors.

GOLF. There are nine fantastic courses to play, all within easy reach, and the great weather conditions on the island mean that you can play almost every day of the year.

DINING. There are three restaurants serving a variety of Mediterranean dishes, as well as the Bar Hall, that serves coffee and pastries during the day and cocktails in the evening.

SPA. The Oriental Spa Garden offers a wide range of treatments, to help you relax end rejuvenate and find the perfect balance between body and soul.

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Kenya – Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort

From its panoramic perch above Lake Naivasha, the Great Rift Valley Lodge enjoys vistas stretching from the sparkling waters of Lake Naivasha, to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains – Kenya’s most important watershed. The Resort was voted “Kenya's Best Golf Hotel 2015” in the World Golf Awards.

ACCOMMODATION. The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twin and nine double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular expanse of the Rift Valley.

GOLF. The 18-hole championship course is set on the slopes of a small dormant volcano with unspoilt scenery in all directions, just remember to give right of way to the wild animals who have taken residence on the lush fairways.

DINING. There are two restaurants serving homemade table d’hôte cuisine and al fresco continental lunches, as well as a luxurious lounge bar with a sunset terrace.

ACTIVITIES. When you’re in Africa you want to see the wildlife and here there are plenty of possibilities, with escorted game and bird walks and a variety of day trips.

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South Africa, KwaZulu Natal - Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate 

Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate, was established in 1994 and has matured into one of the most prestigious residential Estates in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The area is populated with various species of antelope and vervet monkeys and there are beautiful walkways through the forest, where you can view the wildlife or the 300 species of birds.

ACCOMMODATION. Prince’s Grant offers a variety of accommodation options. The 4 star Lodge boasts 15 beautifully appointed and recently refurbished rooms.

GOLF. With large greens and impressive fairways, this championship quality course creates a completely unique and challenging experience for golfers of all abilities.

DINING. The Lodge at Prince’s Grant boasts a wide array of dining options and their chefs are famous for their spicy curries, but cater for all tastes, including wonderful vegetarian meals, and mouth-watering South African steaks and seafood. 

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