The Perfect Place to Stay & Play Golf in Portugal
Portugal is an oasis for golfers, the Algarve has developed into one of Europe's most revered destinations, and thousands flock each year to experience the immaculate climate and stunning courses, all of which are enhanced by the rich hospitality and quality accommodation on offer.
There are many pathways to access this treasure, among them is the NAU Hotels & Resorts group, the perfect place to start, with a selection of venues to discover on your next golf holiday.
Located within an hour of Faro Airport, these highly regarded establishments are easily accessible, ideally positioned for both seasoned and rookie travellers.
But what can you expect from embarking on a trip here? We take a closer look at the layouts you can play and the spots where you will stay, all of which makes for an unforgettable break in a truly spectacular part of the world.
The Golf Courses
Located within a rural valley and surrounded by nature, the Morgado Golf Course is a playable design that features distinctive bunkers and flat fairways, somewhat akin to an inland links, and is a relaxing challenge for visiting golfers due to the wide landing areas off the tee, but those Scottish inspired traps have the potential to catch you out.
However, serenity is the main theme here, tranquil and relaxing, an atmosphere created by the citrus and olive trees, immersing the golfer in the soul of this wonderful region.
Despite being short in terms of yardage, the narrow routing of the Alamos Golf Course makes it a test of accuracy, with the pins tucked away on small and perilously undulating greens, testing both iron play and putting. With superb views towards the hills of Serra de Monchique, much like Morgado, this is a feast for the senses but one that should provide a strong test for any standard of visitor.
Finally, the third course as part of NAU, is Salgados, one of the masterworks of the Algarve, one that requires solid strategy when plotting your way round, although it can be easy to be distracted by the wildlife and vistas towards the ocean, as this layout is sat between Salgados Beach and the Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve.
Each of the accommodation options available present high quality rooms, leisure facilities and idyllic surroundings, but we'll start with the acclaimed Morgado Golf Hotel, a 5-star resort located next to the beaches of Portimao and the Monchique mountains. There are also panoramic views of the eponymous golf course.
Here there is a choice of 98 Luxury Rooms, 16 Standard Rooms, 52 Superior Rooms, 25 Deluxe Rooms and 5 Duplex Rooms, so there is something tailored for everyone, while the Main Restaurant is a terrific setting to begin or end your day with a selection of traditional local foods or international cuisine to choose from at lunch or dinner.
Additionally, there are two full size swimming pools and a further two shallow pools for children, making it ideal for families, and there are also tennis courts and a newly equipped gym. The bustling nightlife and scenic beaches of Albufeira are within close proximity, while the the traditional towns of Monchique, Portimao and Alvor are a short taxi journey away and boast many terrific bars and restaurants.
It's hard to beat Morgado, but there are other venues to choose from with NAU Hotels & Resorts, including the magnificent and luxury Salgados Palace, which has been declared one of the best in Portugal for families, while the all-inclusive Palm Village Suites features stunning apartment-style rooms that are perfect for golfers.
Any golf break to Portugal is memorable, but if you want the perfect introduction, then NAU Hotels & Resorts is somewhere to consider, from Morgados to Salgados and Alamos, it's an exhibition of tranquillity.
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