5* Islantilla Golf Resort & Mirador del Golf

5* Islantilla Golf Resort & Mirador del Golf

At only a 70km drive from Faro airport,the stylish resort of Islantilla can be found on Spain’s ‘Coast of Light’, often referred to as the ‘Spanish Algarve’ or ‘Spain’s Best Kept Secret’. Its beautiful sandy beaches stretch for miles and its lack of over-development means that it has retained its natural beauty with its backdrop of sand-dunes and pine trees between the sea and the promenade.We found beautiful star fish and walked past a lagoon to a deserted beach.

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I particularly liked the small fisherman’s village with its little white chapel. At night after a hearty meal we would walk about along the promenade and see their little lights bobbing out at sea. In the morning we went and bought fresh fish straight from their nets and saw how they pulled their boats in and mended their nets. Islantilla is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a lovely scenery in a very stylish and beautiful Spanish town. There are many shops and restaurants, some cocktails bars but no night clubs. In the summer half of Madrid and Sevilla escape the hot sun and come down for a couple of weeks to play golf, tennis and eat some of Spain’s best sea food. Make sure you can speak Spanish or don’t mind giving it a go, as there are not many foreign tourists here and lots of people can’t speak English.

Here are my recommendations of where to stay in Islantilla:

www.miradordelgolf.co.uk

A lovely two bedroom house in one of the most exclusive urbanisations of Islantilla, ‘Mirador del Golf’, 5 minutes walk from Islantilla Golf Club- rated Top 100 Best Courses in Europe by Golf Digest, and 8 minutes from the beach. It is a peaceful & securely gated complex with a stunning pool, sea views and own parking. It was really clean and had been newly refurbished to a great standard. The pool was beautiful and the kitchen was really well equipped. We enjoyed using the DVD player and watching the wide screen TV. This is a really cheap but good quality alternative to a hotel as prices start at £350 per week and the house sleeps 6!

Another wonderful place that I have stayed in is the 5* Islantilla Golf Resort, which is 3 minute walk from the house Mirador del Golf. It is very large and its grounds are really impressive. With both indoor and outdoor pool, a beautiful and world famous golf course right in front, this is the place to go for all golf lovers. It is around 10 minutes from the beach, but a little train goes passed every half and hour and it is free for guests. An additional perk of staying here is the ability to use the Beach Club which is a luxurious pool and lounge area right on the sea front reserved for members and guests of the hotel. The golf coaches are great and when we went they offered a free lesson to anyone who came every Saturday morning. The rooms were large and had great views. The only slight downside would be that it was a little empty and thus the services normally on offer at a 5* resort were slightly absent.

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Colores de Sevilla

Colores de Sevilla

The first time  I went to Sevilla, at the height of summer, I didn’t like it. Everything was so dry, so spaced out. The palm trees seemned like their leaves would crumble like cigarette ash and the sand turned my shoes brown. Around the Cathedral I had rosemanry thrust into my hand and if I didn’t pay money I would be cursed. Apparently it wasn’t the curse I should be worried about but the people waiting to get me around the next corner.

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I have returned many times to this city and I have grown to love it. The sunsets over the river, the warm night air. The architecture and colors are so vibrant and so different. Reds, oranges and yellows and of course the dark green of the ornate orange trees which line the grand boulevards and the beautiful squares. Fountains, tapas, laughter and music. The people of Andalusia are warm, charming and beautiful. The best time to visit in undoubtedly April to experience not only Semana Santa and the wonderful devotion of Seville’s people to their faith, but also la Feria de Sevilla to see the beautiful dresses, the horse drawn carriages, women dancing Sevillanas in the street and men serenade their father’s under the moon light on horseback.

This is a deeply traditional place, with all the wonders of Spanish culture and tradition. Here are some of my photos of this colorful city

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