Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Italy

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Italy is located in the lovely countryside of Lake Garda and has been nominated in a number of categories for the World Travel Awards.

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort
Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

The hotel boasts an 18 hole, Par 72 Championship Golf Course “Arzaga I”, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus II; while the 9-hole course Arzaga II, was designed by Gary Player.  The courses are designed to fit in around the hilly landscape and I think you’ll find they are great courses for both beginners and professionals.

This year’s Europe World Travel Awards event will be held at the Rixos Premium Belek, located in Antalya, Turkey, on October 1st.  I wish good luck to Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort who were nominated in the following categories:

2010 Europe’s Leading Golf Resort

2010 Italy’s Leading Golf Resort

2010 Italy’s Leading Spa Resort

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.

Gleneagles Hotel Win MICE Award

Scotland’s Gleneagles Hotel is a must-visit for every golfer as it is an absolutely fantastic luxury hotel which is reflected in the fact that they are the winner of many awards; most recently the Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) Gold Award for Top UK hotel.

The hotel was nominated in a shortlist which included The Grove, Chewton Glen and The Dorchester and received the coveted award at a ceremony held in London last month.  They have won several awards for outstanding service (which is a vital in our industry); the spa has won the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Spa Awards for the last 2 years.  Gleneagles Hotel is a resort which boasts every amenity – three top courses (the Kings, Queens & PGA Centenary), excellent restaurants and a fabulous spa.  With a wide range of activities on site – from the shooting school to the off-road 4×4 driving – it is a superb experience for golfers and non golfers alike.

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.

Fancourt Hotel, South Africa

Fancourt Hotel
Fancourt Hotel

Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golf resort  located in George in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route.  If you are scheduling a trip to South Africa then look no further than this ideal resort; home to 3 golf courses – Outeniqua and Montagu (both parkland courses) and the new addition in 2000, The Links, a spectacular links course…all of the courses are designed by Gary Player.  Fancourt Hotel also has an award wining spa, luxury accommodation and 3 excellent restaurants on site.

Click here to view the hotel.

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.

A Weekend at Celtic Manor, Wales – venue for Ryder Cup

One of the advantages of having a partner who was born just outside of Cardiff (and is a very keen golfer) is that we get away to my favourite hotel, Celtic Manor, whenever possible; Wales playing at home in the Millennium Stadium, a family birthday or anniversary is all the excuse we need. 

Celtic Manor
Celtic Manor

Although the main hotel looks somewhat formidable on approach – from the huge wooden dragon sleeping in the foyer, to the menus in the restaurants – it is a delightfully Welsh experience.

My partner always enjoys a lesson with the Pro which then continues onto one of the courses while I hit the Spa!  The staff all over the hotel are extremely helpful and welcoming without being obtrusive and no less so at the Spa where you can chat about your treatment, choose your products and generally get into the mood for relaxation in the sunny conservatory.

There are five restaurants in the resort…and believe me, we have tried them all!  My favourite is Rafters in the 2010 Clubhouse for superb food in an informal atmosphere.  But for a real treat, and if we are being joined by family, the Taste of Wales experience in The Crown Restaurant makes for a memorable evening.  Designed for a table of four or more to share, this is a taster menu with suggested wines and it is a lot of fun.  The intention is that you will spend the entire evening with them; from pre-dinner drinks to a nightcap… and you are in no hurry to leave!

By Yvonne Shaw.  Yvonne has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.

New Melbourne, Australia Hotels

Melbourne is already spoilt in terms of golf courses being located a short drive from the “Sandbelt”; which maintains names such as Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath, but it is now adding to its hotel options with a range of new properties that have either opened this year or that are due to open later on in the year.  It promises to keep this vibrant cosmopolitan city high on the “must-see” list of any traveller, not just golfers.  You can see more details of some of the new hotels by clicking here.  We will be especially interested to see what Gordon Ramsey creates at the new Crown Metropol.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is one of the agents responsible for our South Pacific programmes.