Las Colinas - The Perfect Stop For A Golfing Getaway
For golfers planning their next overseas golf break, then Las Colinas, located in the south-east region of Spain, could provide the perfect destination. Having recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, this relatively new resort continues to win accolades both on and off the course, most recently being awarded the World’s Leading Golf & Villas Resort in the 2021 World Travel Awards and Spain’s Best Golf Course.
Las Colinas is situated south of Alicante in the popular golfing region of Costa Blanca and provides the perfect golf location with this part of Spain known for its warm weather, mild winters, and more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The resort is a 50-minute drive from Alicante airport and a similar distance from Murcia airport and with direct flights from most UK regional airports, which take under three hours, you can see why this is a firm favourite with travelling golfers.
The resort is located slightly inland with the coastline a short 10-minute drive away. Accessible by a single road in and out, Las Colinas provides a quiet private community set within a 300-hectare site. Las Colinas is Spanish for ‘The Hills’ and unsurprisingly, the resort, villas and golf course have been carefully sculptured into the landscape of the surrounding wooded hillside, which is part of a 10,000-hectare natural park, offering stunning views across the estate and out to sea.
Golfshake had the opportunity to visit Las Colinas in November 2021 for a short three-day trip to sample all that Las Colinas has to offer, and to find out why this venue is rated so highly and regarded as one of the premier destinations in Spain, not just for golf but for staying within the exclusive, private community.
The course at Las Colinas offers a typical resort style layout which may look forgiving off the tee but still offers variety and a challenge for all levels of golfer through the design of the holes and careful placement of the many bunkers you will find across the property.
With the course set amongst and around the Las Colinas properties, the course flows beautifully through the landscape offering views and variety throughout and given the luxury on offer the course matches up to these standards. The course may be relatively new but is maturing well and has been expertly designed by world renowned course designer Cabell B. Robinson, the man behind Aphrodite Hills, Finca Cortesin and La Cala.
The layout and design provides a fun test with a good variety of holes featuring a mix of Spanish pine trees, an unscrupulous amount of both fairway and greenside bunkers and water coming into play on seven holes. One thing you will notice is how the holes very rarely overlap or cross over, which is down to the clever design of the course in and around the property development and through a layout that loops providing ever changing elevation and vistas.
During our trip we played the course three times and can honestly say we never tired of playing it. This is in large part due to the well-designed layout and variety of holes and how the course has been developed to cleverly fit within the landscape and property development.
For those playing during some of the warmer months, the summer can see temperatures regularly in the 30s, so it may be advisable to use a buggy, but during our trip we walked the course with the aid of an electric trolley.
This course comes Highly Recommended, and this is evident from its highly rated reviews on Golfshake as well as being continually featured in many of the published Top 100s of Continental Europe and having hosted the second stage of European Tour Qualifying School.
The properties on offer are not there simply for the golf and Las Colinas prides itself on being a premier resort. Residences at Las Colinas provides the opportunity to live and stay within an exclusive gated community set within the Spanish hillside just 6km from the sea. For visiting golfers there are a range of choices available including two or three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom villas.
All properties available for a golf trip are fully furnished, feature WIFI, air conditioning and the usual mod-cons you would expect. The accommodation on offer spans the entire estate with accommodation located within a series of contained communities each offering parking and some form of community pool access.
During our visit we were fortunate to be given a tour around the wider community and provided insights into some of the more exclusive villas and ongoing developments for those looking to purchase residence at Las Colinas. The development continues to be built to an exceptionally high standard, which is evident with Las Colinas having won the ‘World’s Leading Golf & Villa Resort’ at World Golf Travel Awards in 2021 for the second time.
Whether you are looking to purchase your own private accommodation or simply rent accommodation as part of a trip, Las Colinas Residences provides the perfect base for private exclusivity and a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Leisure Activities & Amenities
Golf is not all that is on offer at Las Colinas with residents and guests able to access a range of activities. The more active can take advantage of the tennis and padel courts or venture to the on-site gym which also provides access to a large outdoor splash pool. Additionally, for those staying with younger families, Las Colinas is perfectly set-up with short nature trail walks, children’s activity areas and the option for bicycle hire.
For anyone looking to unwind further then the Sports & Health Club provides a range of Spa and Wellness services, including beauty treatments, physiotherapy, or massages.
Residents at Las Colinas also benefit from exclusive access to the WOW Beach Club, which is a short 10-minute drive from the Las Colinas resort, providing guests with access to the private beach club, restaurant, and large infinity swimming pool. This exclusive private hideaway provides a break away from the main resort at a location situated on the beachfront at Campoamor.
The Pro-Shop is perfectly equipped offering a variety of golf apparel and accessories and the friendly golf team will be there to ensure a warm welcome and take care of any further needs, including buggy or trolley hire or even golf club hire if you decide not to travel over with your own golf clubs.
Finally, there is a well-stocked mini market on-site providing access to a range of everyday items and local produce for times when you are not able to take advantage of the fabulous clubhouse and dining options.
The clubhouse at Las Colinas is the perfect setting prior to your golf with breakfast served each day in the main area and food and drinks available after your round at the unik restaurant. The food provided is first-class and whilst offering an international menu you can also expect to be treated to the delights of local, fresh Mediterranean produce.
If you decide for something a little bit more formal but with a bit of glamour than the il Palco serves up a menu of traditional authentic Italian food. Guests are welcomed within the main bar and cocktail area before being seated in the more formal surroundings of the main restaurant which is located next to the main clubhouse facility.
For dining connoisseurs and those with an appetite for gastronomic fulfilment then set to be wowed with the recently opened fusion restaurant, umawa which serves up an impressive array of Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food.
If food is your thing, then Las Colinas excels. During our trip we sampled all that was on offer and left feeling exceptionally impressed.
Las Colinas may be a short drive away from the main airports but using Las Colinas as a base for your stay does provide options for golf within the wider area. For golfers looking to play additional courses, those at Campamor, Las Ramblas and Vilamartin are all based nearby, with over 20 other courses in the wider vicinity, including the likes of Alenda, Font de llop, Alicante and Villaitana.
Outside of golf, visitors will find a mix of natural parks, water parks, local towns and of course the Spanish coastline and beaches.
Get Set To Be Impressed at Las Colinas
To sum up, Las Colinas is an impressive facility all round. Not just with the luxury properties and apartments but the facilities available and the golf course. You will be made to feel welcome, the dining options are to an exceptionally high standard and the staff are ready to ensure you have a great trip and stay.
The golf course is impressive, and the layout provided the perfect mix of views, enjoyment, and challenge. Having played on three consecutive days it did not get boring and was a course we could play again and again and a location we can’t wait to go back and visit.
Las Colinas is a venue we would highly recommend staying and playing at, but for those thinking of either purchasing a holiday home or retirement home, then Las Colinas may just provide the perfect location for those looking for a Mediterranean lifestyle in the fabulous setting of the impressive private secluded Las Colinas community.
For more information on the surrounding area, the inside track and getting the most from a golf trip to Alicante and the Costa Blanca, then please visit our dedicated golf guide: www.golfshake.com/travel/alicante/.
You can also visit the resort website here: lascolinasgolf.com/en/.
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