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The Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia – a high quality boutique hotel in Maspalomas in Gran Canaria has just been added to our Canaries portfolio, the very best hotel in the Canary Islands
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Love Portugal? Island Golf Holidays can quote for venues in the Algarve, Cascais/Estoril coast and even Porto on the Costa Verde.
Do you love Turkey? Island Golf Holidays can offer great packages to Belek, with Gloria Serenity, Regnum Carya and several more 5 star all inclusive venues

Introduction to Golf in Belek – the Antalya region of Turkey

I have huge pleasure in introducing Turkey to our portfolio of destinations, it was one of the so-called “safe destinations” thus far, according to the UK Government FCO Advice, which changed on 1 October.

Turkey has not had any travel disruption since the borders reopened in July and no Covid-19 breakouts in Belek, the resorts have introduced excellent new safety protocols and are not allowed to operate with more than 50% in terms of occupancy to avoid crowded restaurants, beach and pool areas in the resorts. Buffet dining is still available, as well as a la carte dining, special new measures for buffets have been launched, so the cuisine is on display, but it is not actually self-service. As of early October 2020, there is strong evidence to show that the only golfers playing in Belek and travelling to Antalya are UK golfers, who do tend to be the most resilient in Europe, therefore the golf courses are operating at 25-50% of normal capacity.

So, although the idea of travelling is more hassle than in pre-Pandemic times, the planes, airports, resorts and golf courses are much less busy and the overall experience is actually improved, except of course for the wearing of a mask. However, you will not be required to wear a mask poolside, on the beach, or on the golf courses, or when you are eating/drinking in the resort bar and restaurant outlets.

Belek has 14 stunning golf courses all of which are located east of Antalya and are attached to their respective hotel/resorts. We have included sample packages below for each of our top 10 hotels, which are relevant for at least part of the month of March 2021, which is a mid – season period. You can qualify for even better offers from mid-November to the end of February, but the weather can be a bit cooler. As one moves into the prime months like April, May, September and October the prices increase significantly in some cases.

Turkey invented high class all-inclusive and has set high standards from more than 20 years ago, I was personally involved in selling Turkey when there was only 1 single golf course before 1990, the National Golf Club and then Gloria Old came along, now we are spoiled for choice! My golf guide below will help you see where to stay and play, showing also a good measure of the quality of all the courses and the hotels.

In November I am travelling down to Belek for a few days to see some of the hotels and courses again to refresh my product knowledge and I look forward to speaking to you about a potential golfing vacation to Turkey in the coming months. Don’t forget if you book as parties of 8 or more special rates do apply! See below.

Yours in Golf

David Sledmere

Managing Director

NO 10: Sirene Belek Hotel

Sirene Belek Hotel

This large palatial property was once the biggest selling golf hotel along the coast alongside the Gloria Golf Resort, it is still a very fine hotel and still has the massive advantage of owning the exhilarating PGA Sultan and Pasha courses, just 3 minutes shuttle transfer away. Since that era 15 years ago there has been such a boom in new hotels opening that Sirene has been somewhat ignored, but we still feel it is a brilliant venue and one of the hotels with the biggest bedrooms.

The grounds, public areas and ambience in the bars and restaurants is very good and it has wonderful pool areas, beach and pier. The hotel also has a good size indoor pool and very friendly welcoming staff. Great packages available playing PGA Sultan one of our highest ranked courses and the lovely Pasha adjacent.

Sample Package

From £799.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £709.00 per person

Package includes All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Junior Suite Garden View Double

2 rounds of golf on PGA Sultan & 2 rounds of golf on Pasha

NO 9: Kaya Palazzo Golf Resort

Kaya Palazzo Golf Resort

The Kaya Palazzo is an elegant hotel and one of the two most modern, most recently opened properties in the Belek region. The hotel is attached to the very good Kaya Palazzo course (formerly branded Kaya Eagles). This hotel and golf course pass under the radar much of the time, but if you are someone who knows Belek well, it is worth giving this option a try. The hotel has lovely bedrooms and good buffet and a la carte dining options, it is also very hot on its sporting amenities, with indoor tennis courts and an indoor sports centre, an excellent beach and the highlight dining venue we would say is the Italian a la carte venue. The golf course at Kaya has 3 contrasting styles of hole, making it the most varied design in Belek and it has wider fairways making it the best course to play to your handicap.

Sample Package

From £899.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £799.00 per person
 

Package includes All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Superior Double

4 rounds of golf on Kaya Palazzo.

NO 8: Sueno Deluxe Hotels Belek

Sueno Deluxe Hotels Belek

There is no doubt that this is the best hotel on the Belek coastline for ocean outlook and the best sea views from the hotel’s balconies and terraces, it is spectacular. The bedrooms are bright and lots of natural light pours into the rooms on the seaside of the property where most of the rooms are located. On the other side the lead in category have land view and golf course view which is nice also. Sueno De Luxe is more main stream because the prices are just so competitive, so the all-round quality of the food is not as good as those ran ked above it and perhaps the service is not quite up there with the top few venues, but this hotel does represent fabulous value for money all year round.

When one compares to Regnum and Maxx Royal it is at times close to half the price of these top luxury properties. We would highlight that Sueno De Luxe has very impressive pool areas, pier and beach, it is a wonderful true beach property, more so than many others above mentioned! The other added attraction is that you have access to superb packages, which include the excellent Pines and Dunes courses, which are only 3 minutes’ away. 36 holes of magnificent golf set in deep pine forest with dunes and crystal-clear water features.

Sample Package

From £749.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £679.00 per person

Package includes All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Standard Garden View Deluxe Double

2 rounds of golf on Sueno Pines & 2 rounds of golf on Sueno Dunes, with buggy included!

NO 7: Voyage Belek Golf & Spa

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa

This rather contrasting hotel is very different to other properties, because the hotel is split into 3 separate buildings, the hotel probably has more space than other resorts, with more extensive gardens, it is quite refreshing. The hotel is owned by the same company as the Maxx Royal, with the quality of the food & beverage prevalent – almost matching its more illustrious neighbours at Maxx! The stunning Montgomerie Golf Course adjacent is fantastic and residents at Voyage can enjoy great value packages, not forgetting the impressive all-inclusive food & beverage is also in play at the Golf Clubhouse. The Voyage Belek has 7 wonderful a la carte restaurants and a really cool outside bar and a sports bar so is always very popular especially with small groups of men and women. The quality of the beverage inclusions is excellent, especially considering the prices of the hotel.

We would highlight the Steakhouse and the Mexican restaurants, but they are all good! The property enjoyed an extensive facelift in 2018-19, so is enjoying a fine renaissance in 2020 onwards!

Sample Package

From £699.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £659.00 per person

Package includes High Class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Standard Garden View Double

2 rounds of golf on the Montgomerie & 1 round on Kaya Palazzo Golf Club

NO 6: Titanic Deluxe Belek

Titanic Deluxe Belek

This high-class all-inclusive property is one of the newest of the luxury 5-star hotels on the Belek coast. Located next to the Besgoz River and surrounded by pine trees, with a beach accessible on a river boat shuttle transfer away. The resort has 27 holes of lovely parkland and links golf (formerly called TAT Golf), the hotel has lovely gardens which seem to attract a wide species of bird life. The rooms at the resort offer a variety of outlooks, with sea, forest, river, mountain and golf view, we would recommend upgrading to the Superior room categories.

Titanic Hotels are renowned for the excellence of their cuisine and they do have top class a la carte restaurant options. The highlights being the Beef Grill Club and the Hasir, but the Italian and the fish restaurants are also worth mentioning too. Titanic De Luxe also has very fine quality villas which are aimed essentially at the family market.

Sample Package

From £789.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £699.00 per person

Package includes High Class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Standard Garden View Double

2 rounds of golf on Titanic, 1 round on Montgomerie & 1 round on Kaya Palazzo course

NO 5: Gloria Golf Resort

Gloria Golf Resort

Gloria Golf was the first true golf hotel to open in Belek 20 years ago, it has always had a reputation for fine service and first class all-inclusive with top cuisine, not just in the a la carte restaurants, but also in the buffet outlets. One of the joys of eating at Gloria Golf is dining, or taking breakfast poolside, eating al fresco and like its impressive sister hotel Serenity, Gloria Golf has oodles of natural space and extensive garden areas, it is also a very green resort! Our highlights are the lobby bar which has always a good buzz, the first-class Italian a la carte restaurant, the Aquatic Park, the super beach and the extensive pool areas. The fact that the resort has 45 holes of golf give it the nod as the most extensive self-contained golf resort still! If the bedrooms were larger Gloria Golf would feature higher up our top 10 ranking! No question the hotel is superb value for money.

Sample Package

From £899.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £799.00 per person

Package includes High Class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Standard Garden View Double

2 rounds of golf on Gloria Old & 2 rounds of golf on Gloria New

NO 4: Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa

Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa

This eye-catching property which resembles a large cruise ship still possesses the wow factor, with its impressive lobby and public areas and piano bar, with sweeping pathways which curve their way through pool and garden areas down to the beach below, where there is a spectacular pier. The Villas at Cornelia are lovely and a super alternative to the rooms in the main building. The rooms at Cornelia Diamond are very large and impressive, with King sized beds and well-appointed bathrooms, with stunning décor and well sized balconies which offer beautiful vistas. Our highlighted restaurants at Diamond are the Chinese – Tai Pen and the splendid Sapor. Cornelia Hotels have always had a great reputation for cuisine and that is still true today. The Resort wins our no 4 position deservedly and residents can enjoy special packages and privileges at the toughest golf course in Belek, the Faldo Course, which is about a 3-minute minibus transfer away, this is a 27 hole Championship set up.

Sample Package

From £949.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £839.00 per person

Package includes High Class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Classic Garden View Double

4 rounds of golf on Cornelia Faldo Course.

NO 3: Gloria Serenity Resort

Gloria Serenity Resort

This elegant beach and golf resort sit comfortably in 3rd place and is a very different and contrasting resort to the top two and well above those positioned below the top 3! Gloria Serenity is incredibly brilliant value for money considering the high class all-inclusive and top-level service present at this property. Gloria Serenity is all about natural space and lush verdant garden areas, which are much more extensive and picturesque than its competitors. Gloria Serenity is also considerably smaller, and although it is hardly boutique it is markedly more intimate than most if not all the top 10 resorts featured. The name of the hotel (Serenity) sums up the resort perfectly, it is very tranquil and relaxing in all aspects, the outdoor restaurant venues including the Italian, Fish and Steakhouse venues are exquisite.

The Gloria Hotels share 45 holes of superb golf, including the Old Course, the Verde Course and the New Course, all of which are laid out through thick avenues of umbrella pine trees, with a scattering of well-placed water hazards. The highlights of the hotel are the bedrooms, which are very luxurious and spacious, the beautiful Pool Villas and the Deluxe Garden Villas which are ideal for families, or even 2 couples sharing together. The outdoor pool areas are idyllic, the beach and pier truly splendid and the a la carte restaurants including especially the French first class. The choice of wines and drinks in the hotels bars is also very impressive indeed, especially considering the price point.

Sample Package

From £999.00 per person
Groups of 8+ £899.00 per person

Package includes High Class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Superior Garden View Double

2 rounds of golf on Gloria Old & 2 rounds of golf on Gloria New

NO 2: Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort

The Regnum Carya Spa & Golf Resort

The outstanding Regnum gives the Maxx Royal a very close run for the number 1 spot. It certainly is its equal in most important aspects, which includes high quality and spacious bedrooms, (even in the lead in room category), top quality a la carte restaurants, fine wines and top end liquor in all the bar outlets, which are more varied and contrasting than at the Maxx Royal. The resort has an incredible Spa and wet areas, exceptional evening entertainment with live concerts and themed evenings. The Villas at the Regnum are idyllic and close to the golf course, with shared pool areas. The best dining venues include the Sea Horse fish restaurant &the Thai, Japanese and Steakhouse venues. The resort has defined pool areas for families with children and adults only which is a clever touch. The Regnum owns the magnificent 45-hole combination of National (27 holes) including the oldest 18-hole course in Belek and the superb Carya course which has hosted the European Tour a few times, which has the added attraction of night golf with all 18 holes floodlit.

Sample Package

From £1,149.00pp 7 nights
Groups of 8+ £1,119.00 per person

 Package includes High Class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Golf view Deluxe Double

2 rounds of golf on Carya & 2 rounds of golf on National

NO 1: The Maxx Royal Belek Resort

The Maxx Royal Belek Resort

The Maxx Royal was the first true all-round outstanding luxury resort to open on the Belek coastline and 10 years later it is still holding that no 1 ranking, just ousting the amazing Regnum Carya from the top spot. The Maxx set new standards in rooms, cuisine, service and exceptional amenities and extra inclusions in the high-class all-inclusive concept. Its eye-catching architecture blows your mind when you check in. The hotel has sensational bedrooms, top buffet cuisine and wonderful lavish a la carte dining, with the introduction of a new Gastronomic venue recently (Gastro). The drinks inclusions at the Maxx are unrivalled, you can drink top quality wines and liquor, in sumptuous surroundings, with beautiful people.

The hotel also boasts an exceptional Spa and special rates and access to the no 1 golf course in our rankings, The Montgomerie adjacent to the hotel. The special touches prevalent at the hotel include the complimentary Patisserie and Chocolatier boutiques. Special mention also of the expansive and stylish pool areas and close proximity from the main building to the beach hotel which gives it an advantage on the Regnum. No doubt that the bar and public areas are cool and contemporary always giving one the WOW feeling in the evenings, plenty of ambience, always.

Sample Package

From £1,199.00pp 7 nights
Groups of 8+ £1,169.00 per person

Package includes High class All Inclusive based on 2 sharing a Land View Suite

2 rounds of golf on the Montgomerie & 1 round of golf on The Cornelia Faldo.

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