Take a trip to Andalucia: Spain's premier holiday destination


There is no doubt Spain’s premier holiday destination is Andalucía. First and foremost, there are golf courses of the highest order, but it offers everything else and more in between.

Stunning beaches, faultless weather, stylish shopping and a vibrant nightlife create the perfect set up for a memorable golf trip.

The region makes up almost a fifth of Spain on its own. It is even larger than countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland.

With over a staggering 100 golf courses to choose from, there really is no better place for all your golfing needs. Good weather is almost guaranteed with 320 days of sunshine each year so rain is something you don’t have to worry about when teeing it up in Andalucía.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts is one of the UK’s premier hospitality brands and four of its Andalucían resorts – Dona Lola, Leila Playa, Villacana and La Ermita – are situated within easy reach of Malaga airport.

La Reserva

All four resorts have one, two and three bedroom apartments sleeping up to eight people, ideal if you’re visiting with a large group of friends. All are furnished and equipped to a high standard, with access to fantastic indoor and outdoor swimming pools, leisure facilities, bars and great restaurants so you can enjoy yourself just as much off the course.

Such is the variety Andalucía has to offer, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts tries to replicate that. They have numerous packages available specially tailored for visiting golfers. Divided into Silver, Gold and Platinum options, the only difference between the packages is the standard of golf courses included.

Unsurprisingly, the Platinum package is at the top of the tree. It will see you play some of Spain’s most highly regarded layouts, including La Reserva de Sotogrande (above), San Roque Old, Finca Cortesin and Valderrama (below).


The Gold packages, meanwhile, feature Los Naranjos, Rio Real, Alferini, San Roque New and Los Flamingos. The Silver packages are described as being ‘ideal for lower budgets’ and they also include stellar tracks like Estepona and Calanova.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts specialise in three, four and seven night packages, with the option of self-catering or bed and breakfast. Prices start from £209 per person for three nights and three rounds of golf.

Outside the resorts, there is plenty to see and do. There are great bars and restaurants in Marbella and Fuengirola, both within easy access if you want to venture further afield.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts will also make your stay hassle free with a dedicated golf team on site to take care of everything. They can arrange transfers, club hire, car hire, dinner reservations and accommodation at all four locations.

Dona Lola

If you need some help selecting which courses to play, you can also tap into their local knowledge. Simply give them your handicaps and they will be more than happy to recommend and book tee times at courses suitable for you.

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts also offer a fantastic group booking service. This means you don’t need to stress about planning your next golf break and, rest assured, everything will be arranged before you even get there.

Away from Andalucía, you will also be able to find two world class Macdonald resorts in Portugal and one in Ireland, all three perfect for golfing holidays.

For more information, visit macdonaldhotels.co.uk.

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