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ALL REVIEWS

by Helen and Viv W on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David – all over the jet lag and the self imposed “coronavirus isolation” – all well, no signs of virus!!!

 

In terms of feedback – I will call the holiday Part 1 (golf) and Part 2 (travelling)

 

Part 1:


  • We had a fab time, the courses were wonderful.  Buggies and caddies seemed a bit excessive, but if that is how it has to be done so be it!

  • Hotels were all very special – especially the hotel in Cambodia – truly lovely.  The Hotel in Hoi An was the “least good” – it was fine, and we were told we were upgraded to Executive rooms, but frankly if they were executive rooms, I dread to think what the ordinary rooms were like – rooms were small and very cluttered.

  • We were very glad that we went to Hanoi for a few days before the golf otherwise we would not have been able to see Hanoi, and would have been straight into the golf the day after we landed.  It was great to have a few days as a tourist to see and experience the culture.

  • We did find that there was a lot of travelling on this part of the tour which we had not really expected – we think with better planning, a lot of travelling time could be saved – for instance playing Ba Na Hills course from Hoi An, when it is very close to Lang Co (where we stayed at the Laguna Hotel) – with hindsight it could have been better to play Ba Na Hills from Lang co instead.

  • One thing we did think was that there was no need for a guide on the days that we were playing golf.  The driver would have been more than ample.  All the guides did was accompanied us on the bus on both journeys – and added nothing really!


 

Part 2

  • This part of the trip was really great – we had a good time, managed to keep away from touristy areas most of the time, and the hotels were very comfortable.  Especially the hotel in Phu Yen (Son Cau) – that merits a special mention.

  • We enjoyed the flexibility of the two different guides – Dang who accompanied us to Ho Chi Minh City and Tin who was our guide in the Mekong.  They were both willing to be very flexible and help us to have the holiday we dreamed of.

  • The downside was that the holiday was during the TET celebrations – we had not understood that everything will be closed for 7 days!  If we had not been such experienced travellers and if our guides had not been flexible, it could have been very different.

  • The towns and cities that we visited on this part of the tour were lovely – we were not so keen on Nha Trang (too touristy) but Dang was able to get a local guide who took us up into the mountains and forests and enabled us to do some wild water swimming – fab.

  • We were surprised that we had to tip so much on this part of the holiday $35 (plus extra for the extra guides added in) a day was quite a lot on top of the cost of the trip.  However, the guides and drivers were very good!

  • Finally, just so you know, it was a good job we were able to make other arrangements for our golf clubs (friends took them home for us) as with TET we probably would not have seen them again at Ho Chi Minh City – everything was closed down – so it would have been unlikely that they left Da Nang!!


 

Hope this helps you to know more about the area and the tours.  All the feedback is meant in a constructive spirit.

 

Warmest wishes,  Helen and Viv

Hi Helen and Viv - thank you for the detailed feedback, thank God we got you home before COVID-19 spread across the world.

by Angela C on Island Golf Holidays

Morning David,


This time last week seems like a long time ago, our last day at the Datai was spent on the beach, dipping in and out of the sea, the warmest sea I have ever had the pleasure to run into.


Golf Asia were excellent, on no occasion did we have to wait for anything and the half day tour of Singapore was really interesting.


Six senses in Singapore was lovely, a small boutique hotel in a perfect location,  they did have a problem supplying gin and wine in the bar but this was down to the lack of shipment into the area, which as we all know was out of their control. They were very accommodating.

The rooms were small, absolutely sufficient for a 2 night stay but to really unpack for anymore than 2 nights would have been a challenge.


The Sanchaya was superb, the suites we were allocated were large and airy, it was good to get unpacked and settle in. Magnus was a charming host and regularly made himself available to discuss the work taking place with the pool, it wasn’t a problem at all.


The golf courses on Bintan were very good, in fact as we were leaving Magnus did ask our opinion about the courses. He hadn’t really looked at promoting The Sanchaya as a golf destination but given the lack of visitors due to Covid19 the reliable traffic for a relaxing few days for travellers from Singapore was under strain.  He realised he needed to diversify.


We all thought Ria Bintan was the best course, Laguna at the bottom, however saying this the courses were all great, Laguna had the only real traffic, seems they have a lot of players from Singapore at the weekend so maybe going forward get players on this course midweek.


The negatives for The Sanchaya. It was Singapore prices not Indonesia, alcohol prices really surprised us. Apart from golf there is very little else to do on the island, it seems focussed on the Chinese market. We didn’t use the beach on our day off as tar had been washed up over night, looked like this was a general problem and for that day we were told not to go into the sea.


The journey up to Langkawi, ferry and flight all good and excellent service once at the Datai.  What an amazing destination, there we no negatives.  Our rooms were lovely (obviously not as big as The Sanchaya but we knew that and it was a completely different set up).

The food and choice of food was amazing, the restaurants were superb and I personally couldn’t fault anything.  The Els Club what a setting, wish I was there right now.  The course itself is a real test of golf and we were all happy to play the course multiple times, it was a good challenge and the monkeys  and wildlife on the course made it entertaining.


If I were to go back to the area I would certainly go back to The Datai, I wouldn’t go back to The Sanchaya not that we didn’t enjoy it but it’s one of those places that once you’ve played the courses and stayed at the beautiful hotel there is nothing else to keep you going back for more,  it was a great combo for our tour and next time The Datai plus another destination.


Overall an absolutely fantastic holiday, thank you so much for all your organising and attention to detail we had a superb holiday and are already looking forward to Jamaica next year.


Kindest regards

Angie


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Dear Angela - for me that is as a good a there centre stay you could do anywhere in the world!

by Quentin E on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David,

 

We had a lovely holiday, everything was great apart from the very start with the problem at the airport,

The whole hotel complex was more than acceptable, although not as good as those in Turkey. The golf courses

were very interesting and a great challenge, we ended up playing the new course on the last day because of  some ones recommendation.

How anyone could design  a golf course in that terrain is unbelievable. There were some very interesting holes.

Flights were ok both ways

 

Regards.

 

Quentin.

Thanks Quentin, the Salobre Hotel is never on a par with Belek but may be has more charm and a more exciting outlook

Hi David,


Angie will be writing back to you with fuller feedback from our 'tour party'.


Suffice to say we had a terrific time.  Thank you for arranging the timing of our vacation to coincide with the Covid-19 outbreak! As you say, the hotels and course were very quiet....scarily so from a locals perspective.....


The Sanchaya and Datai were first rate in all aspects.  Different establishments one to the other but that added to the overall experience - what was key was the consistent high quality. The virus had some impact on food/drink choice in Sing and, more so, Bintan ie. some menu items n/a, but understandable and not a negative for us.


Six Senses was fit for purpose (especially for a couple of nights) so thank you for finding this venue for us.  It's in a great location in Chinatown and very convenient for metro, sights, bars and restaurants.  We liked Singapore a lot - never mind the humidity!


Ange will provide you with feedback on booze pricing in Sing/Bintan!


As for the golf course, what's not to like!  All of the courses were in excellent condition.. Would be interesting to see how busy the Bintan ones get when the Chinese are back in force.....there's plenty of Chinese-owned accommodation already in place/going up......


We found 1 caddy per buggy worked well in Bintan and they were well worth having.


Ria Bintan was our favourite on that island but that doesn't reflect negatively on the others - all were a joy to play at.


The Els course was superb.....a real test off the forward tees (and you were spot on re the extra 2 clubs- minimum)!  We found the pro shop, caddy-master, locker team less efficient than at Bintan but again not a major issue.


The girlz whooped us but frankly when you're having such fun on such great courses who cares!


Great weather to boot.....only a couple of am or pm showery spells.....30-35 degrees every day.....


Many thanks for organising such a FAB itinerary for us.


All the best,


John

Dear John - this was the best itinerary I have organised for a long time, thanks for trusting me and following in my own footsteps

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by Helen and Viv W on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David – all over the jet lag and the self imposed “coronavirus isolation” – all well, no signs of virus!!!

 

In terms of feedback – I will call the holiday Part 1 (golf) and Part 2 (travelling)

 

Part 1:


  • We had a fab time, the courses were wonderful.  Buggies and caddies seemed a bit excessive, but if that is how it has to be done so be it!

  • Hotels were all very special – especially the hotel in Cambodia – truly lovely.  The Hotel in Hoi An was the “least good” – it was fine, and we were told we were upgraded to Executive rooms, but frankly if they were executive rooms, I dread to think what the ordinary rooms were like – rooms were small and very cluttered.

  • We were very glad that we went to Hanoi for a few days before the golf otherwise we would not have been able to see Hanoi, and would have been straight into the golf the day after we landed.  It was great to have a few days as a tourist to see and experience the culture.

  • We did find that there was a lot of travelling on this part of the tour which we had not really expected – we think with better planning, a lot of travelling time could be saved – for instance playing Ba Na Hills course from Hoi An, when it is very close to Lang Co (where we stayed at the Laguna Hotel) – with hindsight it could have been better to play Ba Na Hills from Lang co instead.

  • One thing we did think was that there was no need for a guide on the days that we were playing golf.  The driver would have been more than ample.  All the guides did was accompanied us on the bus on both journeys – and added nothing really!


 

Part 2

  • This part of the trip was really great – we had a good time, managed to keep away from touristy areas most of the time, and the hotels were very comfortable.  Especially the hotel in Phu Yen (Son Cau) – that merits a special mention.

  • We enjoyed the flexibility of the two different guides – Dang who accompanied us to Ho Chi Minh City and Tin who was our guide in the Mekong.  They were both willing to be very flexible and help us to have the holiday we dreamed of.

  • The downside was that the holiday was during the TET celebrations – we had not understood that everything will be closed for 7 days!  If we had not been such experienced travellers and if our guides had not been flexible, it could have been very different.

  • The towns and cities that we visited on this part of the tour were lovely – we were not so keen on Nha Trang (too touristy) but Dang was able to get a local guide who took us up into the mountains and forests and enabled us to do some wild water swimming – fab.

  • We were surprised that we had to tip so much on this part of the holiday $35 (plus extra for the extra guides added in) a day was quite a lot on top of the cost of the trip.  However, the guides and drivers were very good!

  • Finally, just so you know, it was a good job we were able to make other arrangements for our golf clubs (friends took them home for us) as with TET we probably would not have seen them again at Ho Chi Minh City – everything was closed down – so it would have been unlikely that they left Da Nang!!


 

Hope this helps you to know more about the area and the tours.  All the feedback is meant in a constructive spirit.

 

Warmest wishes,  Helen and Viv

Hi Helen and Viv - thank you for the detailed feedback, thank God we got you home before COVID-19 spread across the world.

by Rita V on Island Golf Holidays

Dear David,

Thank you do much for your well crafted, personal and considered note.


I cannot even imagine the stress you must have under for the last few days  trying to run a business in the travel industry under these unprecedented circumstances.


Rest assured, when  not if , we can travel again, you will be top of the list I will turn to.


Thank you so much for all you have done! And, we will all have a fabulous short game! My biggest hope is that people will pull together and will be kind!



Thank you! And already looking forward to fabulous golf travel in 2021!

Rita

Thanks Rita - lets hope we are allowed to travel in April 2021

by Steve and Chris E on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David,


Many thanks for all that info and grateful thanks for your superhuman efforts on our behalf.

We have the greatest sympathy for you in this situation and fielding emotionally charged e- mails from clients must be a nightmare. Apologies if some of our worry has made your job harder but everyone involved has never been here before so it's unwanted new territory.

When we get back I will phone you and we can discuss the extra costs incurred. We understand that all of this is nobody's fault and are happy to share the financial burden with you.

Our own pursuit of clarity from BA is a separate issue which we will prosecute personally with them in the aftermath.

Let's hope there are no more government interventions as they in the main haven't a f*****g clue how to run anything in a business like way.


El Desafio was an unbelievable golf and personal experience for us both. Tears from us both at the awe and wonder that the surroundings illicited. Another Greg Norman masterpiece to surpass Danang last year. Helped us get a bit of perspective amidst the madness for a short while.


All for now and🤞it all works.


Best


Steve & Chris.

Thanks Steve - that was one of the best tours I have organised anyone anywhere, so glad that we got you home via Rio in the end.

by Stuart G on Island Golf Holidays


Good result



Hermanus - the Cape Doctor was blowing but the course was still playable and forgiving, enjoyed it very much 8/10

Pezula (twice)- lovely steep inclines up and down, one suspension for sea mist, but greens slow 8/10

Simola - like Pezula but faster greens 9/10

Goose Valley, very hot day, playable and enjoyable, established and pretty 8/10

Pinnacle Point - severely windy, spectacular, very unforgiving, hard to pick distances, miss the fairway and lose your ball, so 7/10

Arabella - flat, another very windy day so tough to play but would be very playable in less wind, greens fast, 8/10

Stellenbosch - (my choice!) unspectacular, deceptively tough to score, but the only course where a wayward shot did not result in a lost ball( better to play de Zalza, I’m told. 6/10

Pearl Valley - in 30kph wind. Every tee shot designed for the wind to carry the ball into water, deep rough or bunker, with little protection from semi-rough. Designed to constantly create pressure, so not relaxing for a mid-handicapper. Many holes looked the same. In the wind, 5/10


I’d choose Hermanus , Goose Valley, and Simola as the most enjoyable, Simola the best.


S

Thanks Stuart -0 I am glad that we managed to rebook you in the Winelands to a nicer boutique property

by Tim G on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David


Thanks for the heads up. Yes we are home all flights good.


The world seems to have gone mad in the two weeks we were away. We all discussed self isolating in SA, better wine, food, golf and weather 🤗


But not to be.


We had a great holiday and great golf . Our first time at Fancourt. If golfers wanted a golfing heaven Fancourt would be top of my list.


Thanks for your help, best of luck with the rest of your clients. Stay calm and carry on is my advice.


All the best


Tim

Thanks for the feedback Tim, glad that you enjoyed the Manor House option at Fancourt.

by Dawn G on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David

 

Had an absolutely fantastic trip, if exhausting.  Still getting over jet lag, but it’s not too bad now and at least I don’t have to work.

 

Weather is depressing but managed to get some golf in Sunday, if miserable and yesterday.

 

My comments and none of these are criticisms.

 

Of the hotels we stayed in the Hanoi Hilton Opera was my least fav, although breakfasts were good.  The location was great, just that it was more of a business hotel compared to the others.

 

Could we have flown directly to Cambodia and started there, to save a flight?  Hotel, trips and golf were excellent.

 

The last hotel, Angsana, was my fav, would have liked an extra night there.  Could have played at Ba Na Hills more easily from this ones, as we had a very long coach journey from Hoi An to play this course. It might have been a prob for food tho as not sure how far the hotel was from a local town.  The variety of food available was limited

 

Some of us had the chance to play Hoiana Shores which wasn’t fully open.  This would be a great addition to the programme if it could be fitted in.

 

Perhaps plating the Kings Course in Hanoi, could have been done at the end of the trip before flying back?

 

Can’t think of anything else, will email of I think of anything later

 

Thanks for a marvellous adventure, hope this helps

 

Regards

Dawn

 

Great honest feedback and we could add Hoi An Shores if there is ever a next time, there are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK Dawn.

by Fiona Norwood on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David

 

Thank you for your email. The holiday was one of the best that I have ever been on.

 

Lora was outstanding in all respects. She mixed the tuition with the rounds of golf, tailoring her input according to what each person needed. She was very approachable and friendly. She resolved any issues that came up and liaised with Golf Asian as needed.

 

The group bonded really well and there was great atmosphere throughout.

 

The practical arrangements worked very well and there were no hitches. The direct flights were an excellent idea and Vietnam Airlines good (although their website is rather opaque). The transfers also proceeded without any problems. There was delay getting to the first course (King’s Island) and there was a rush to get to the tee. There was also an issue one day with the trip to Ba Na Hills but that was mainly due to excess traffic. We were late for the practice session but the round itself was fine.

 

Sightseeing-wise this was limited due to time but we had a particularly excellent guide in Cambodia (Kia) who was superb. The other two guides were fine. I would have liked to have had more time in Hue Imperial City as there was lots more to see there.

 

The hotels were all good and got even better as the trip progressed – the right order! Particularly loved the last one (Angsana).

 

I would thoroughly recommend the trip to others. It was very busy throughout with just one day “off” but that ensured that we made the most of the time which was fine.

 

Best wishes

Fiona

 

Loved putting the itinerary together for you all Fiona and thank God it was not a few weeks later with the COVID-19 Pandemic

by A Bainbridge on Island Golf Holidays


Hi David, I’d just like to say thank you ,we had a wonderful time. The trip was very well organised, the hotels got better and better as we moved through the holiday, the courses were something else and the service given by golf Asia was excellent. The group gelled very well and it was topped by Lora’s excellent coaching. I would definitely recommend the trip to anyone thinking of doing it. Memorable indeed.


Thanks again

Angie Bainbridge

Thanks Angela - it was a tremendous journey and took in the best courses in Vietnam and Cambodia

by Peter Bellion on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David

The villa was excellent and we had a great time.

The hotel was as we had experienced before was very good, as was the food. The French restaurant was the preferred one by all, although the buffet still takes some beating. The cabana on the beach was a luxury! Weather was good.

Service on the whole was okay if a little slow at times particularly in the evenings around the main bar. Perhaps not enough bar staff? Worth you mentioning to the Hotel.

Very minor observation, as on the whole an excellent break.

 

Regards

 

Peter A

Thank you for the feedback Peter, the 3 bedroom luxury villas are beautiful at Serenity. They are ideally suited for families of 4-6 people. I will pass on your feedback to the hotel concerning the speed of service.

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by Helen and Viv W on Island Golf Holidays

Hi David – all over the jet lag and the self imposed “coronavirus isolation” – all well, no signs of virus!!!   In terms of feedback...

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