Last week I was lucky enough to visit some our best selling hotels in the Algarve on behalf of Golf Holidays Direct. The idea behind this is that my product knowledge would be passed onto my customers when deciding on their next golf break. Golf Holidays Direct send staff oversea's to meet suppliers, build relationships and award staff for their hard work. Being a keen golfer myself this was great!
The first resort I visited was the Amendoeira Golf Resort. I was absolutely blown away from start to finish. This is a luxury 5 star resort and the four bedroom villa's were the best properties I have ever stayed in on a golf holiday. My favourite course was the Faldo and having free buggies included was certainly ideal in the 28 degree heat! The resort offer complimentary buggies all year round which is a huge saving when playing in the Algarve. In the evening the team headed into Albufeira which was around 15 minutes away in a taxi (arranged by the resort reception). The old town was vibrant and very busy with reasonably priced food and drink. If you are looking for some nightlife I would certainly recommend! Overall a superb venue - no wonder Amendoeira won golf resort of the year in 2017! I will certainly be taking my group here on our next golf holiday.
Myself and the Golf Holidays Direct team then headed to the popular town of Vilamoura and stayed at the Vila Gale Ampalius. The hotel was comfortable and located just a short walk from the Casino and the marina. I played the Dom Pedro Old Course which was in pristine condition. I was very impressed considering the amount of golfers who play during the high season. The free shuttle was a very efficient service, however for larger groups I think private transfers would be a better idea to avoid travelling in different groups. We had a lovely evening which started in the 19th hole bar and finished with a meal at a lovely Chinese restaurant. There were too many restaurants to choose from!
Our visit ended at the very well known Dona Filipa Hotel. I had stayed here a number of years back, however the rooms had been refurbished since. The premium rooms were very spacious and the bathrooms were huge! I was very impressed with the new swimming pool which was modified last year. I would recommend this hotel to all group sizes. Whether you are a couple or a group of 24 people you will have a great time. Bovino Steak House in Quinta Do Lago was delicious and the company certainly treated us for our hard work. The perfect way to finish our trip was playing San Lorenzo and winning by four shots! The Golf Holidays Direct cup was stored nicely in my suitcase.
If you need any assistance when arranging a trip to the Algarve the team at Golf Holidays Direct certainly have the right package for you.
I couldn't thank the company enough & I am looking forward to sending my customers to such a fantastic golfing destination. If you would like any quotes for your next Portugal golf holiday please email me direct at Charlie@golfholidaysdirect.com