Coming very soon the Island of Barbados and the wonderful Sandy Lane Hotel, arguably the best golf and beach property in the world.
Check out our superb new addition to our Jamaica programme with the new inclusion of the exquisite Round Hill Hotel & Villas, near Montego Bay, with golf on the exceptional Tryall Golf Course.
Book now to the Ritz-Carlton, Abama for late summer to take advantage of unlimited golf offers – September is a wonderful month – the best month for sunshine in the entire year and still low season golf and hotel prices.
Check out our escorted golf tours across Japan including all the best golf and cultural venues, taking in Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima plus more!!
If you have never played much golf in Scotland why not try one of our exclusive multi centre itineraries, great tours including Aberdeenshire and the Highlands with venues like Castle Stuart, Cruden Bay, Nairn and the awesome Royal Dornoch. Or try the Best of the West with venues like Machrihanish, The Machrie, Ardfin and Turnberry!
Book the ultimate 3 centre golfing itinerary to The Far East including a short stay in Singapore, a week at The Sanchaya Resort on Bintan Island, in Indonesia and a week at the sensational Datai Resort on Langkawi Island in Malaysia

Portugal – A True Paradise For Golfers

Welcome to our new Portugal portfolio of hotels. We have included what we regard as the 20 best hotels in Portugal and indeed the 20 best golf courses across a country, which has always been so frequented by the British golfer for the last 5 decades. The hotels are a rich blend of golf resort venues, such as the Penha Longa property, beautiful beach properties, such as the Tivoli Carvoeiro, exquisite boutique hotels, such as the Casa Velha do Palheiro & The Palmares Beach House Hotels, town centre hotels in lovely locations close to the Ocean, such as the Albatroz Cascais and the Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa. There are also some classic Palatial hotels with a rich history, such as the Estoril Palacio Hotel Golf & Wellness.

Our portfolio has something for everyone, but our choice of hotels have one thing in common – high quality, great service and spectacular locations like hotels such as the Oitavos and the Quinta Do Lago properties.

For each hotel in our top 20 venues we have included our suggested golfing itinerary, based on a normal 7 night stay, please look up our descriptions and rankings also of the top 20 golf courses in Portugal, which is a great guide for you to find the perfect golfing holiday.

Island Golf Holidays have a special partnership in Portugal with Algarve Travel Services, whom are based in Portugal and organise all our customers in destination services and own their own transport services.

Best wishes

David Sledmere
Managing Director
Island Golf Holidays

NO 20: Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

Penina is known as the Queen of the Algarve and just makes it into our top 20 hotels in 2020. The resort is the original home of golf in the Algarve, having been the first golf course to open and designed by the great Sir Henry Cotton, it is synonymous with tradition and old fashioned styling and values. Even the golf course, which is a classic, seems old fashioned, in the sense that it is flat, has traditional bunkering and the tees are not elevated, it really is a super parkland design, particularly the Championship Course.

There is no question that the hotel which is set amongst 360 acres of gardens and golf course, is the best value 5-star golf hotel not just in Portugal, but also in Europe. The resort lives and breathes golf, the course is a 2-minute walk from the lobby, no shuttle buses required here, except to the Summer Beach Club at Alvor. The highlights of the hotel are the Olympic size sheltered and heated outdoor swimming pool and the Sagres, Le Grill and L’Arlecchino restaurants.

Residents staying 7 nights enjoy 4 rounds of free golf, up to 7 rounds of free golf per week, depending on the season and if you do want to venture out for a game, we recommend Palmares and Morgado golf courses, or the Amendoeira O’Connor and Faldo designs!

NO 19: Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of the Quinta da Marinha Resort, which is one of Portugal’s most famous golfing addresses for the rich and famous who live on the Estate. The hotel has just reopened in 2020 following a substantial renovation to bring it up to the highest of standards again. It is contemporary, stylish, cool and sophisticated – lovely new bedrooms and lighting everywhere, fresh chic colours throughout, no expense has been spared.

Enjoy dining in at the Onyria or getting a short taxi ride to the lovely seaside town of Cascais, our favourite seaside town in Portugal. Cascais is less than 5 minute’s drive away.

We highly recommend playing 2 rounds on Quinta da Marinha on the resort, 2 rounds on Oitavos Dunes, 5 minute’s drive maximum and 1 round at the superb Penha Longa.

NO 18: Casa Velha do Palheiro

Located high up in the hills above Funchal on the spectacular island of Madeira, this elegant and refined boutique hotel is set in the midst of the world famous Palheiro Gardens. Casa da Velha is a 5-star Country House Hotel, offering the visitor charm, fine service, seclusion and tranquillity with exhilarating vistas down to Funchal from its lofty location. The views from the golf clubhouse dining terrace and golf course take your breath away.

The hotel has a Main House, which is part of the original building and the newer Golf Wing with different room categories. It is worth mentioning that at certain summer periods if you book into the Golf Wing rooms you qualify for daily free golf on Palheiro. The hotel has a fine dining restaurant, lovely Spa and relaxing gardens surrounding the hotel. We highly recommend the Junior Suites and Senior Suites all in the Main House. The hotel does run a shuttle at certain times down to Funchal, which is 15 minutes down the mountain.

We highly recommend playing 4 rounds on Palheiro, which is 400 yards down from the hotel (a shuttle runs from 09.00 hrs), and at least 1 round on the equally spectacular hill top course Santo da  Serra – 20 minute’s away.

NO 17: The Oitavos

The Oitavos boasts one of the most exceptional locations of any of our top 20 properties in Portugal, it is simply magnificent. The hotel is set on high land on top of its own superb links course, surrounded by sand dunes and umbrella pine trees, with incredible vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and just 4kms out of the delightful seaside town and harbour of Cascais.

The hotel is made purely of glass and is very unique in so many ways, it is cool, chic and stylish and has eye opening bedroom and bathroom designs even though it opened 15 years ago, it still stuns the senses. The cuisine and service is still very good and the hotel has a fine wine cellar, the Bar offers mouth-watering cocktails and a fine personalised service with young and cool staff attending to you. The Spa and outdoor pool are worth a big mention as they are special. Dine out in Cascais, you can promenade into the town with a lovely coastal walk and grab a taxi back.

We highly recommend 3 rounds Oitavos Dunes, 1 round Quinta da Marinha and 1 round on Penha Longa.

NO 16: Savoy Palace Madeira

The Savoy Palace is one of the top properties on the Island of Madeira, it is a classic hotel with all the old traditions and boasting superb interiors, with high ceilings and memorable antiques and oil paintings. The sort of place it is a privilege to stay at, because of its attention to detail and its first-class staff and personal service. The Savoy Palace benefitted from a big investment over recent years, bringing it up to the high levels of quality of a bygone era, when it was the best of the best probably 100 years ago! Choose between an Avenue room (town view), or an Ocean room. The hotel has 3 first class restaurants which include the Galaxia Skyfood, the Hibiscus and the Alameda venues. A very special mention of the rooftop infinity pool, which is spectacular and adult only, the Galaxia Sky Pool and Spa are first class amenities, as is the gymnasium and the Cool Bar.

We highly recommend 2 rounds each on Palheiro and Santa da Serra golf courses, 15 and 35 minutes drive away.

NO 15: Palacio Estoril. Hotel, Golf & Wellness

The Palacio Estoril is an institution, an authentic old palace, the building is magnificent, located in Estoril, close to the Casino, it is a property with all the old charms and features of another world. The hotel has great traditions and wonderful spacious public areas and is equally enjoyable to stay at in the winter, as it is in the summer. The Banyan Tree Spa is worth a special mention, as is the excellent Four Seasons Grill, we would highly recommend the superior rooms, which give you even more refined elegance than the superior categories. The hotel has a special arrangement with one of Portugal’s oldest golf courses, the Estoril Golf club, a superb parkland tree-lined course, with changes of elevation and very tight fairways where accuracy is paramount. We recommend playing 2 rounds on Estoril, 2 rounds on Penha Longa and 1 round on Oitavos.

NO 14: Hotel Albatroz Cascais

This elegant and small property is set in the heart of Cascais but with iconic views of the Atlantic Ocean, this is true class and glamour and one of the IN places to stay in this wonderful and historic seaside resort, just 40 minutes away from the capital Lisbon.

The hotel features a superb outdoor pool and sunbathing terrace, with a special cocktail bar which overlooks Cascais Bay. Special mention must be made of the stunning bedrooms, which vary from the Collection category to the Deluxe category and then the sea view suites, we would recommend any room, they are all beautiful, but if you love the Ocean pick the deluxe sea view rooms! Highlights include wine tasting evenings, Gourmet dining and taking Cooking Classes in the hotel. The Albatroz is a mini Palace!

We highly recommend laying 2 rounds on Penha Longa, 2 rounds on Oitavos Dunes and 1 round on Quinta da Marinha.

NO 13: Wyndham Grand Hotel Algarve

Formerly known as the Monte da Quinta, this hotel is a real favourite for small golfing groups and couples alike, considering the 5 star rating and the size of the suites it is such great value. Set in the heart of the Quinta do Lago Estate, within walking distance of Quinta do Lago beach, the hotel has a full-service Spa facility, indoor pool and some gourmet dining options.

As mentioned, the suites are very spacious and rooms generally have excellent quiet secluded garden views from the balconies.

We highly recommend playing all your golf on the Quinta do Lago courses, 2 on the North, 2 on the South and 1 on the Laranjal, but the 2 Vale do Lobo courses are equally impressive and enjoyable!

NO 12: Palmares Beach House Hotel

This is the smallest of our boutique hotel properties with just 20 bedrooms, it is also one of the most beautiful places to stay, the property is set on a hillside, with special vistas of the Meia Praia and Lagos Bay and just 700 metres from the golden sand beaches. On site you have the first class and exciting challenge of the 27-hole Palmares golf course, originally designed by Frank Pennink, but redesigned by the great Robert Trent Jones about 10 years ago. This is the perfect place to escape it all, quiet and secluded, never busy, with lots of outdoor terraces and great vistas in all directions, Palmares is special, the bedrooms are chic and contemporary, but also large at about 40 square metres, choose between sea and golf view rooms.

We highly recommend playing 4 rounds on Palmares, with a game on Penina perhaps, Morgado Los Alamos, or the excellent O’Connor and Faldo courses at Amendoeira.

NO 11: Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

This exciting old property just misses out in the top 10, resembling a small palace, it is a real secret gem and has Royal connections with the King of Italy Humberto II. A wonderful old historic and stylish building with a fine ambience and a great personalised service, it is one of the chic places to stay in the heart of Cascais. Cascais is our favourite resort in Portugal to stay in for so many good reasons. It is no surprise that the rich and famous have always flocked to Cascais over the centuries.

The Belvedere restaurant and La Terraza Bar are worth a special mention, so don’t exclusively dine out! The Real Spa offers some very rewarding treatments and the bedrooms are simply outstanding, we would recommend spending a little more and going for the deluxe rooms, or the seascape ocean view rooms!

We highly recommend playing 2 rounds on Quinta da Marinha, 2 rounds on Oitavos and 1 round on Penha Longa.

NO 10: Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort

The Royal Obidos hotel is a boutique property located close to Praia d’el Rey on the unspoiled Silver Coast, more than 1 hour north of Lisbon. The hotel is on the superb Seve Ballesteros designed Royal Obidos course and boasts commanding views from its high position on a hill-top of the Atlantic Ocean and the Obidos Lagoon, which is a marvellous piece of scenery. The bedrooms and public areas are extravagantly furnished with contemporary art and antiques, it is a special property and no expense has been spared in any aspect. Choose between sea view, golf view and Betlanga Island views when selecting your bedroom.

We highly recommend playing 3 rounds on Royal Obidos and  1 round each on West Cliffs and Praia d’el Rey, although the inland course of Bom Successo is a fine design also.

NO 9: Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort

The Marriott is located in one of the most idyllic places in Portugal, set on the Silver Coast within a short walk of a wonderful beach with golden sands and red stone cliff backdrops it is a dramatic venue for a holiday. The resort is spacious and has a very relaxed ambience, it really is both a classic beach hotel property and a golfer’s heaven also. Choose between golf course, or sea view rooms here.

The Kalyan Spa is excellent and the Romy a la carte gourmet restaurant is worth highlighting, here at Praia d’el Rey you have on your doorstep wild and unspoiled scenery and lots of places to explore inland, as well as on the coast.

We highly recommend playing 2 rounds on Praia del Rey, 2 rounds on West Cliffs and 1 round Royal Obidos. The inland course of Bom Successo is also a fine layout, but not as spectacular.

NO 8: Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

This is a wonderful property, which has gone from strength to strength since it was taken over by Tivoli and what a location, arguably the finest spot of all, on the picturesque Algarve.

The hotel sits on a cliff top with mouth-watering views of golden sand beaches and the Atlantic Ocean beyond, set in the mid Algarve in spectacular Vale Covo. The hotel is bright and contemporary, with beautiful landscaping, comfortable and well-appointed bedrooms with superb vistas – you just have to go for ocean views and we highly recommend the Premium rooms.

Highlights include the roof top Sky Bar and the restaurants (The One and The Med Food & Wine venues), which have fine cuisine and ambience.

We highly recommend golfing on the Amendoeira courses (Faldo & O’Connor), as well as Morgado, Penina and Palmares, all of which are within 20 minutes drive.

NO 7: Dona Filipa Hotel

The Dona Filipa is located close to the beach front in Vale Do Lobo right on the Vale do Lobo Ocean Course. One of the most famous addresses in Portugal for UK golfers, this lovely old property is close to an award winning golden sandy beach, with red cliff backdrop and within 3 minutes’ walk of several good restaurants also. The hotel mixes classic old Algarve architecture and design, with contemporary, modern styling, so make sure you pick the right room category. The premium rooms are what we recommend with golf, or sea view. The restaurants at the hotel, which are first class are Dom Duarte and Kamal. The sheltered outside pool area is splendid, and you can enjoy snooker and 2 outside tennis courts also. The main attraction of the Dona Filipa is its unique relationship with Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo, whereby you qualify for 4 free rounds on a 7-night stay.

We therefore recommend that all your golf is played on these two spectacular venues and very contrasting golf courses.

NO 6: Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Algarve Resort

This superb hotel has come a long way since its inception 28 years ago, it has grown in quality and levels of service and the rooms and public areas have a charm not apparent in the early days. The hotel commands a spectacular position on top of the Marina of Vilamoura, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and also with super views across the Bay and the yachting harbour. This is an ideal hotel to choose if you like promenading in the evening and seeking a nice restaurant within a short stroll of the hotel. There are a number of great dining venues, close or on the Harbour Front. The hotel has a Beach Club (Puro Beach), a good Spa and some good restaurants such as Chilli and Oregano Peppers! Choose between Marina, or Sea View rooms as the Land View would be a waste! The Premium rooms are gorgeous.

We highly recommend playing your golf on the Vilamoura courses, taking in The Old Course, Millennium, Victoria and Pinhal particularly.

NO 5: Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

This luxurious property cruises into our top 5 hotel venues across Portugal. Located in the heart of the Victoria Course, which hosts the European Tour most years, it is a golfer’s paradise. The 280 rooms are well appointed and give a choice of garden, pool or golf course views. The hotel is contemporary and modern with some stunning interior design features. Special mention of the Spa which has some wonderful Asian therapies and wonderful amenities, together with the first-class Victoria and Emo restaurants.

The Marina Beach Club is open during the main season and the hotel runs a shuttle down from the lobby.

We recommend playing all the Vilamoura courses, including Pinhal, Millennium, Victoria and the Old course.

NO 4: Monte Rei Villas

This exquisite resort is set on the East Algarve well inland, in the rolling hills above the main Algarve, about 25 minutes from Faro airport. Monte Rei is located between the Serra Do Caldeirao mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The resort offers a selection of top-quality villas located close to and around their award-winning golf course, which is ranked no. 1 in our exclusive top 20 courses of Portugal. The villas are very luxurious and the quality of the service and the cuisine in the resort is exceptional, a very relaxing place to stay where social distancing is at a premium in these exceptional times. The golf course, which is a Jack Nicklaus Signature is a real gem and for those who love their wines Monte Rei has a superb cellar.

We recommend playing all of your golf on the resort course and not travelling outside for any extra golf. This is a golfer’s heaven and Gourmet dining is assured on resort, with the best practice facilities anywhere.

NO 3: Quinta Do Lago Hotel

This elegant property makes the top 3 thanks to its beautiful location on the Ria Formosa Estuary, no other hotel is set in such a wonderful spot, very close to the best golf holes 6,7 and 8 of San Lorenzo Golf Course. The highlights of the hotel are the extensive gardens, which run down to the Estuary and the lovely pool terrace areas, which are raised with panoramic vistas. The Laguna Piano Bar and Brisa do Mar restaurant are worth mentioning, the bedrooms are gorgeous and spacious, with a choice of garden, golf and sea view rooms. The personalised service at Quinta do Lago is excellent.

We recommend visitors play 1 round on all 3 Quinta do Lago courses and 1 round each on the 2 Vale do Lobo courses.

NO 2: Penha Longa Golf Resort

This unique resort is right up there with the very best of any golf venue in Europe, set in rolling hills, amidst lush scenic gardens, located in the heart of the Sintra Mountains above the Estoril Coast, the resort has panoramic vistas in all directions. The property has a lavish Spa facility and great indoor and outdoor pools, with a small Palace in the grounds of the hotel, which has a Japanese cultural connection going back centuries. The hotel has luxurious and spacious bedrooms and elegant public areas, with a special Michelin Star restaurant LAB. The Penha Longa Resort was close to pipping the Conrad Algarve to the no 1 spot.

We recommend visitors play 3 rounds on the Penha Longa Atlantic course, 1 round Quinta da Marinha and 1 round on West Cliffs, or Oitavos Dunes.

NO 1: The Conrad Algarve

This stylish modern and contemporary luxury 5 star wins our award as the very best in our top portfolio of hotels in Portugal. The hotel has matured into the most lavish property to stay in on the Algarve, set in the heart of the Quinta do Lago Estate, although it is not on the beach, or on a golf course – it is very close to both and within 10 minutes you have 3 Quinta golf courses and 2 Vale do Lobo courses to choose from and during the high season months they have a Beach Club with a free shuttle bus.

The Conrad Algarve has wonderful bedrooms with an emphasis on great design features and great technology. There are up to 5 excellent restaurants, with a stunning Spa. The staff at the resort are extremely professional and polite, top class personalised service is guaranteed.

We recommend golfers play 1 round each on Quinta do Lago North, Quinta do Lago South and Quinta do Lago Laranjal, 1 round each on Vale do Lobo Royal and Ocean courses.

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 by Wilma

Quinta da Marinha Resort:

Just to say a big Thank you for all your organisation and planning for our recent trip to Cascais.

All went like clockwork and we had a great time. The transfer firm you use, with several different drivers, were all polite, timely and very helpful.

Let's not discuss the number of golf balls I left in several different spots! Made sure I took plenty so we wasted no time in looking.

My favourite course would have to be Penha Longa; beautiful, testing but not too much so, and an excellent restaurant _ as was the same at Oitavos.

Many thanks again. I would certainly use your expertise in the future.

 by Jane

Quinta da Marinha Resort:

We are all safely returned home after a wonderful holiday. All of your arrangements and transfers worked like a dream. We enjoyed the hotel, a day in Lisbon, a visit to Sintra, a walk along the seafront from Cascais to Estoril and 3 fabulous and very varied rounds of golf. Food at the hotel, and the restaurants that they recommended to us, was delicious.
Thank you so much for your excellent advice and meticulous organisation. It was hugely successful and very much appreciated.


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