The Magnificent Lumine Golf Beach Resort
Hosting the European Tour's captivating Qualifying School Finals since 2017, for many professional golfers, the stunning Lumine Golf and Beach Resort has been a site of contrasting joy, pain and relief, but for everybody else fortunate enough to step on the striking property, it's quite simply one of the most magnificent venues that you could experience.
Situated just one hour south of Barcelona in the Costa Dorada, Lumine is set on the coast of the Mediterranean, the resort benefiting from its location near Salou, Reus Airport and Cambrils, PortAventura, and the Pacha Nightclub, contributing to a lively and cosmopolitan feel to a break here.
However, when it comes to focussing on the golf, that isn't bad either, as Lumine presents two championship standard 18-hole courses, the Hills and Lakes, with the beautiful nine-hole Ruins Course completing the set, designed by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.
Taking a closer glance at the two main layouts, the Lakes is sat at the heart of the complex, rolling through many water hazards and bunkers, making this is a visual test of golf, but one that is notably surrounded by a protected natural site, adopting an environmentally sustainable philosophy, using recycled water as part of the irrigation system, taking the organic feel of the course into consideration within every aspect of its design.
Moving onto the Hills, which is renowned for the incredible views it offers across the Mediterranean Sea, featuring holes that are framed by thick pine and olive woodland, adding to the rich aesthetic draw of playing here.
The nine-hole Ruins Course is so named as it is remarkably laid out among Roman archaeological remains.
When it comes to the accommodation at Lumine, there are several options to consider. The Magnolia Hotel 4* is a tremendous, modern venue that makes the most of its central location to nearby restaurants and beaches, with luxurious furnishings complementing the surrounding area, in addition to featuring an acclaimed spa and wellness centre, perfect to unwind after playing golf.
Ohtels Vil-la Romana 4* is positioned within the popular resort of Salou, and is close to the beach, great nightlife, courses and the PortAventura Theme Park. The venue also boasts an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a sauna, hot tub and steam bath, making this the ideal hotel for a relaxing holiday.
Finally, Hotel Monica 4* has 100 immaculately decorated and presented rooms, complete with bar, restaurant and terraced garden, along with a relax centre and swimming pool for that soothing break from home.
Away from the golf, there is much to discover in the Salou area, including its many bars and restaurants, most notably Restaurant Mirimar, Koko Beach Club and Flash Back Salou, while many will relish the chance to sample PortAventura Theme Park which showcases the tallest and fastest ride in Europe. Not for the faint-hearted!
There are a number of blue flag winning beaches nearby, including Playa La Mora, La Pineda, La Savinosa, Coma-Ruga, Cunit, and Frances El Vendrell. Tarragona is a World Heritage site steeped in Roman history and is only 20 minutes from Lumine. Some of Tarragona’s highlights are the 12th Century Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Praetorium and the Central Market, so there really is something for everyone to experience.
It's clear to see why Lumine is such an acclaimed destination; it's courses are spectacular, its location ideal, with a feast of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area. For a break that is both golf and much more, this spot is hard to beat in Spain.
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