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Win a round of golf for 4 people at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa 

 

We are running a FREE competition to win this great prize. You can play a round of golf on either the Nicklaus Course or the Cheshire Course for 4 people to be taken between Monday & Friday.

 

Carden Park Hotel is located within 1000 acres of stunning Cheshire countryside, with a mile long drive leading through the Nicklaus golf course, just one of the two championship golf courses on site it truly is Cheshire’s Country Estate.

The history of Carden Park really starts when the land was acquired in the early 17th century by the Leche Family. An elegant Hall was built and the grounds of the park landscaped and stocked with deer. The Hall was ransacked by Cromwell’s troops but survived and continued to be inhabited.‚ In 1912, the main Hall burnt down in a fire, allegedly after someone dropped a cigarette at a party. Photographs of the Hall show a highly decorated timber framed building, reprised in the rebuilt Resort which you see today.

 

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Whatever your perfect holidays entail let us know and we will use our experience and expertise to create that holiday especially for you.

Here at Quality golf, we have spent many years ensuring we have the best selection of Golf Holiday Destinations, whether it’s an adventure playing golf in the Far East, Safari and Golf in South Africa or the firm favorites in Spain or Portugal we cover all aspects of your golfing trip.

We can cater any type of Golf Holiday

  • Short Weekend Golf breaks
  • Birthday Trip
  • Group Holidays
  • Golf Training
  • UK Trips
  • Europe
  • Worldwide

and much more

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

Office +44(0)1782 510800  or Email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

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Special offer September/ October 2017

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SPECIAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

Costa Nararino - Dunes 18thEnjoy an amazing trip to Costa Navarino, just awarded by IAGTO as the Best Golf Resort in Europe.Costa Navarino Sunset

Book by: 31.07.2017

Stay period: 01 September 2017 to 31 October 2017

Booking code: UK MARKET GOLF – 17 (must be noted as part of the booking)

Rates: As per cooperation contract of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino for 2017

 

7 nights stay in a Deluxe Garden View room at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino with breakfast
4 Green Fees to be used on The Dunes Course (2) and The Bay Course (2) –The buggy at the Bay Course is included
7 days Half board with buffet dinner menu
Transfer with Shuttle bus from/to KLX airport return trip
1-day complimentary access to the Thalassotherapy pools
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort
Complimentary use of The Westin Fitness Centre, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam
Unlimited use of practice facilities including range balls (only on the green fee days)
Complimentary use of golf luggage room
Tee time reservation
Welcome gift
Complimentary transfer to Bay course
Complimentary use of golf changing facilities
1 complimentary bottle of water per person per round

How to book: Directly with The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, Reservations Department
reservations.westin@costanavarino.com

The rates for this superb trip are as follows

SEPTEMBER from £1280

OCTOBER from £999

Flights are not included and based on a twin share 

Flight Options

London Gatwick- Easyjet

London Heathrow – British Airways

More information please contact the office on 01782 510800

 

COSTA NAVARINO – A Greek Golfing Masterpiece

Golf in Greece? I was having a conversation a couple of years ago with a good friend and PGA Professional who was raving about a new golf resort development he had visited in Messinia Greece, a few hours drive from Athens. He assured me this was going to be something special in the future. We regularly hear about the next big thing in golf resorts at trade shows and in the travel press but sadly grand plans and reality don’t always come to fruition. Thankfully on this occasion, the grand plans of the Costa Navarino Resort have not only come to fruition they are being expanded to be the best golf resort in the whole of Europe and it’s pretty amazing already. Two golf courses are currently in operation and are both superb in design and setting with another two in the early construction stage this, without a doubt, has lived up to the initial excitement.

Costa Navarino - Getting hereCosta Navarino Resort, is home to two 5-star Hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, part of the Starwood Hotels portfolio, a conference centre, Anazoe Spa and Thalassotherapy, The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece, two specially designed children hubs, Cocoon and SandCastle, along with numerous culinary venues and a wide variety of sports, outdoor and cultural activities on offer. Navarino Bay, just a few minutes from Navarino Dunes, is home to the second signature golf course, The Bay Course.

Costa Navarino is located in an unspoilt, breathtaking seaside landscape in the Greek region of Messinia, south-west Peloponnese. Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia while protecting and It comprises a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and families.

Getting there – During the summer season (May – September) flights are available to Kalamata a 45 minute transfer from the Costa Navarino resort from a number of UK Airlines including British Airways and Easy Jet. in the spring and autumn when the weather in the Messinia region is great for golf the best option is to fly to Athens and transfer by road to the resort.

Beachfront located by the coastline of The Dunes Beach, in the Greek region of Messinia, south-west Peloponnese, and overlooking the Ionian Sea, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the ideal destination for golfers of all levels. Two award-winning signature golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, 18-hole and par-71 each, exceed your expectations and set Costa Navarino as the new luxury golf destination in Greece. In a landscape of diverse topography with spectacular sea and river views, both golf courses have been designed to create a unique rhythm and flow, perfectly balancing excitement, challenge and breathtaking vistas. Crafted across natural terrain to reflect the rugged outlines of the distant mountains – with several holes playing directly along the sea, these beautiful courses are also complemented by a well-appointed clubhouse for an unforgettable golfing experience.

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Eat & Drink at The Costa Navarino Resort

A wealth of fresh, organically grown ingredients and a devotion to authentic gourmet cooking define the dining experience at Costa Navarino. Eat well in a stunning variety of exclusive dining venues, where our award-winning chefs serve a range of ethnic, Continental, Greek fusion and local fare based on the lush flavours of the area’s countryside and the finest Kalamata olive oil.

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Morias Restaurant – Outside Terrace. Start the day with a wholesome Greek breakfast buffet featuring a selection of fresh local produce such as delicious yoghurts, several varieties of honey, homemade marmalades, cheeses and cold cuts from nearby farms. Diverse evening buffets showcasing a wide array of international cuisine provide the opportunity to choose your favourite bottle of wine from our extended wine selection.
Flame Restaurant – Classic and signature cuts, some exclusive, are served on large wooden platters, complemented by the freshest ingredients from carefully selected small-scale producers in the surrounding area. Many of the speciality herbs and vegetables are handpicked by our chefs, direct from the restaurant’s purpose-built gardens.
Da Luigi – An authentic Italian experience. From the Alps to Sicily, the creativity and diversity of Italian cuisine is vividly portrayed with an antipasti buffet, à la carte selections and traditional pizza-making. An Italian experience that can be combined with the time-honoured Greek tradition of outdoor cinema, as you savour your meal while watching a film on the Agora Cinema screen.
Taverna – A Greek quality dining concept. Discover authentic Greek flavours at “Taverna” restaurant, a casual quality dining concept based on simple homemade-style dishes, prepared with great care and pride. A culinary experience consisting of the freshest local produce found in the area and cooked with traditional Messinian and Greek recipes. “Taverna”, simplicity at its best!
Barbouni Restaurant – A unique beachside spot for lunch, late lunch and early dinner to savour a superb menu by the renowned Chef Chrisanthos Karamolegkos. Enjoy freshly caught fish and signature delicacies, in a fascinating setting by the crystal clear Ionian Sea.
Perovino – A new Gourmet Experience. Offering an intriguing menu expertly designed by four-times Michelin-starred chef Andrea Fusco, this gourmet restaurant specialises in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients. Contemporary and signature dishes from various regions imaginatively interpreted with respect for tradition and a contemporary flair.
Inbi Restaurant – is a fusion Japanese restaurant, offering exceptional tastes, unsurpassed quality, and a journey through time. The ethos behind Inbi is the respect of the Japanese tastes and traditions, combined with a sense of style and class, delivering the intimate dining experience In a cosmopolitan ambience, enjoy exceptional tastes and unsurpassed quality, along with extraordinary cocktails in the wonderful lounge area.

Armyra by Papaioannou – Fresh fish, seafood and Greek culinary delights by Chef Yorgos Papaioannou of Piraeus, acclaimed for the freshest fish and seafood specialities. Sourced from local fishermen, combined with the best ingredients and accented with local herbs, vegetables, and olive oil, Armyra offers a unique gastronomic experience. Taste dishes like lobster risotto, mussels with ginger, tuna tartare with ginger and bitter apple as well as fresh salads with kritamo, local cheese talagani and much more.

1827 Lounge & Bar – Discover the art of tea service courtesy of Jing fine loose leaf teas. Try one of our vodka infusions, or an exotic Jasmine Pearl Martini, amidst elegant décor dominated by dark wood and native stone.

Pools, Beach, and other Activities

A short stroll from the hotel brings you to a spectacular sandy beach stretching for over a kilometre with sunbeds and umbrellas available for hotel residents, a beach restaurant means there is no need to return to the hotel for lunch or drinks during the day. For those we want a bit more excitement than lying on a sunbed there is a selection of motorised and non-motorised watersports available at the beach or why not try Scuba diving and explore the underwater world with the resort’s PADI dive centre Aqua Divers Club. Closer to the hotel there are 3 outdoor pools with sun loungers and umbrellas, 1 heated indoor pool and a Kids pool with waterslides.

The Navarino Outdoor Academy makes full use of the unspoilt countryside around Costa Navarino to offer a full suite of exciting sports and other recreational activities. Whether your idea of fun is hiking, mountain biking, or climbing, Costa Navarino can offer you all of this, and to the highest of standards. Our experienced team of professionals will be on hand to provide any assistance needed, whether this means offering instruction and guidance to outdoor novices or working alongside experienced hikers, mountaineers or cyclists.

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COSTA NAVARINO GOLF

Costa Navarino offers to all guests a unique, world-class Greek golf experience deserving of its historical seafront setting. A premier golf destination featuring two 18-hole signature courses, dramatically different in terrain and characteristics, both however situated on seafront properties, boasting wonderful views in all directions.

The Dunes Course

The Seaside Dunes Course at Navarino Dunes, designed by former US Masters Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer, in association with European Golf Design, opened in May 2010 and is the first signature golf course in Greece.

This 18-hole par-71 championship golf course includes some links-style features in areas closest to the sea. Parts of the course venture into olive and fruit groves, while several holes run along a small river. Combined with large undulating greens, wide fairways and steep faced pot bunkers, the links element of the course adds to its unique style and playability so that each of the 18 holes presents a matchless challenge.

The Dunes Course includes a full-size driving range and a short game practice area with the largest green in Europe, Dunes Clubhouse with a well-appointed dining and function areas, for pre and post round activities, a designated members lounge with terrace and an exclusive Pro shop.

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ON-COURSE FACILITIES

  • 18-hole, par-71 course measuring 6,018 m from the back tees and featuring four sets of tee positions.
  • The Dunes Clubhouse covering 3,500m² with full-service locker and guest changing facilities, as well as an extensive members’ lounge with private terrace. A fully equipped pro shop offers the latest in golf equipment and apparel from a range of international brands.
  • Extensive practice facilities including a well-appointed full-size driving range, putting green and short-game practice area. A team of golf professionals is available for private lessons and individual coaching sessions.
  • A fleet of state of the art golf carts available for hire. Golfers may also experience the course on foot.
  • A wide selection of the latest quality equipment is available to guests travelling without their clubs.
  • Full-service group and tournament activities, including scoring and tournament services for 10 to 140 players.
  • Team-building golf packages can be tailor-made regardless of playing level.

The Bay Course

Open since October 2011, The Bay Course at Navarino Bay – just a few minutes from The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and next to the historic Navarino Bay, promises a different set of challenges and choices, with greater emphasis on strategic play and positional golf. With the majority of tees offering inspiring sea views, the 18-hole seaside Bay Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, meanders through three distinct natural landscapes. The Seaside, Canyon, and Grove holes provide striking contrasts that make for an intense and memorable golf round.

The Bay Course plays to a par of 71 from a variety of lengths designed to challenge golfers of various skill levels. Crafted across the natural terrain, the layout is offering panoramic sea and mountain views, having also some holes that play directly along the sea.

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ON-COURSE FACILITIES

  • 18-hole, par-71 course measuring 5,614 m from the back tees and featuring four sets of tee positions.
  • A fleet of state of the art golf carts with GPS available for hire. This is a buggy only course.
  • A wide selection of the latest quality equipment will be available to guests travelling without their clubs.
  • Full-service group and tournament activities, including scoring and tournament services for 10 to 120 players.
  • Team-building golf packages can be tailor-made regardless of playing level

For more information on Costa Navarino please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email  info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

Please Contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We can arrange a Quality Golfing holiday at a number of other courses in England, please contact the office as other Courses are available on request.

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

+44(0)1782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

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Masters quiz answers

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Last week was Masters week and from everyone, at Quality Golf Destinations we would like to congratulate Sergio Garcia on his fantastic win,
We also had a Masters fun quiz in our last newsletter, (see below)  the answers are in red
For all your 2018 Master’s packages please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com 

 

 

                  

1 – The original Masters Tournament was played for the first five years as the Augusta National Invitational. In which year was this first held?:
a. 1924
b. 1934
c. 1944

2 – The Augusta Country Club and the Augusta National Golf Course are separated by:
a. The Okefenokee Swamp
b. Washington Road
c. Rae’s Creek

3 – While green jackets have been member’s uniforms at Augusta for over 70 years, the presentation of a green jacket to the new champion originated in 1949 – who was the first player to receive one?:
a. Sam Snead
b. Ben Hogan
c. Charles Coody

4 – The first sudden-death playoff in Masters history took place in 1979 and was won by Fuzzy Zoeller. It was a three-way playoff featuring Tom Watson and which other player ?
a. David Graham
b. Ed Sneed
c. Seve Ballesteros

5 – The first player to win two consecutive Masters was?:
a. Tiger Woods
b. Sam Snead
c. Jack Nicklaus

6 – Each of the holes at Augusta are named after a tree or plant – but which of the following is not found on the card?:
a. Chinese Fir
b. Pampas
c. Dutch Elm

7 – In 1991, a pumped up Ian Woosnam carried the left-hand traps with his drive at the 18th hole on his way to a winning total of 11 under par – a stroke ahead of whom?:
a. Seve Ballesteros
b. José María Olazábal
c. Fred Couples

8 – Who won The Masters in 2000, after winning the PGA Championships in 1998?

a. David Duval
b. Ernie Els
c. Vijay Singh

9 – What year did Jack Nicklaus win his last Green Jacket?

a. 1984
b. 1986
c. 1988

10 – Which player had the lowest final round to win the Masters?

a. Mike Weir
b. Gary Player
c. Jack Nicklaus

Hope you got them all correct.

We can arrange a Quality Golfing holiday at a number of other courses in Europe, please contact the office.

Also, we can organise your family holidays, City breaks or that extra special holiday for a honeymoon or anniversary. Please visit our other website’s 

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Quality Destinations offers high-quality group tours and tailor-made holidays to many of the world’s most fascinating regions. Our luxury holidays range from the lavish to the adventurous and are planned by experts. Contact us today to make your dreams come true.

 

More information please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

 

 

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City breaks are a great way to holiday and discover new cities around the world. What could be better than a lazy weekend sightseeing around Europe’s capital cities,  We offer tailor made City Breaks packages to a wide range of countries

 

More information please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

 

 

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

+44(0)1782 510800

 

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There’s no denying that we all enjoy golf much more when we are playing well and golf holidays are a great way to escape the gloom of the UK winter weather, have fun with your friends and meet new people. This holiday is perfect for golfers travelling alone or couples and friends.

But when you step on the tee of that stunning, sun-kissed par 3 you’ve dreamed of playing for so long and hit a horrible shank, you begin to wonder if it was worth the investment.

That’s why in 2017, Quality Destinations and Quality Golf Destinations plans to take its goal of helping you play better golf to a whole new level. We have devised the ultimate golf teaching holiday experience exclusively for our clients that provides you with golf in the sun on some sublime courses – plus the opportunity to improve all areas of your game along the way.

Are you interested in improving your golf during the winter? Then why not sign up for a winter golf training academies!

Few Places left on our next training Academy which is the 

2017 Spring Golf Training Academy

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Richard Ellis & Brian Green Golf Academies

2017 Spring Golf Training Academy

24th  March to 29th March 2017

 

 

Penina, Algarve, Algarve Trophy, Portugal, Golf, Golf Trip, Package, Hotel, Penina Hotel, Transfers, Flights, Escorted Trip, Portugal Tourism, Tourism, Portimao, Quality Golf DestinationsOur featured Venue –Portugal Penina Hotel & Golf Resort The Home of Luxury Golf in the Algarve

Voted Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is the glittering jewel in the Algarve’s crown. The resort, located in 360 stunning acres of perfect grounds, offers guests the choice of three on-site golf courses and is regarded by many as the spiritual home of golf in the Algarve. The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort boasts a selection of 188 traditionally designed and decorated rooms and suites, all of which enjoy the spectacular Wi-Fi coverage, as do all public and common areas. In addition to the three spectacular golf courses at Penina, we are also pleased to offer you the most expansive selection of amenities and entertainment available anywhere in the Algarve. So, whether you are here for a stunning golfing getaway in the Algarve, or simply here to relax in the beautiful Portuguese sunshine with your family… Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is here to meet all your luxury needs. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort prides itself on offering the highest standards of amenities and services to all of our guests. From the moment you check in, until the moment you depart, we want to ensure you have the perfect stay.

For more details please click here or contact the office on 01782 510800 or visit the website – www.qulitygolfdestinations.com 

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The Best Golf Destinations – The Best Golf Holidays

 The Best Golf Destinations -The Best Golf Holidays.

Welcome to our world. 

Worldwide custom built golf holidays – Telephone 01782 510800 – email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

As golfers ourselves, we understand the specific requirements of Holiday golfers. Dealing directly with golf courses, golf resorts, hotel and travel partners in some of the most breathtaking Golf destinations worldwide, we can offer you the Best golf holidays of a lifetime -it’s our speciality.

We offer tailor made golf holidays packages to a choice of golf destinations including Uk & Ireland, Europe, Rest of the world. We also work alongside a number of Quality Hotels. 

The golf courses and golf resorts we offer include championship courses such as the Blue Canyon Course in Phuket which has hosted the Jonnie Walker Classic and Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria which has hosted the 2013 Volvo Match Play Championships, to the local gems which can be enjoyed by all.  We have visited all our golf destinations and played many of the courses so can give you first-hand advice and recommendations, enabling us to put the perfect package for you.  Our close links with the golf courses and golf resorts enable us to offer a competitive price and unique package. See our special resort features such as Celtic Manor Resort in Wales venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup or the La Manga Resort in southern Spain . In many locations as well as golf we can also offer escorted sightseeing trips to historical sights. Discover wildlife wonders in the most astounding locations, taste some of the best wines directly at the vineyards and find the best beaches for you to help you totally relax on.

We can arrange a Quality Golfing holiday at a number of other courses in Europe, please contact the office as other Courses are available on request.

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

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PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2017

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Merry Christmas & A Prosperous New year  From Everyone at Quality Golf Destinations

 

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you who made 2016 another successful year. We hope you enjoyed travelling, working and golfing with us over the last 12 months.

This year we have expanded our portfolio of destinations to give you more choice when deciding on your golf holiday, but we have still remained true to our principles of having personal knowledge of all our featured destinations. We believe this approach gives you the best possible holiday.

Our monthly newsletters have been very well received this year; we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them and also it gives you plenty of Ideas for future holidays.

Please don’t forget that we don’t just do golfing holidays, Quality Destinations offers high-quality tours and tailor-made holidays to many of the world’s most fascinating regions. Or you just want a City Break which is a great way to holiday and discover new cities around the world.

So keep us in mind for all of next years Golfing Trips, Holidays or City Breaks, we have access to over 100,000 Worldwide hotels for 2017!  As always all our holidays are fully tailor-made to suit your requirements so if you want something different, Please contact the office on  01782 510800 or Email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

From our Visits, over the last 12 months, the Team has put together their top 10 Golf courses that we could recommend to you.

 
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Cascata Golf Club(Las Vegas)

Cascata’s private gates open to a spectacular landscape that forms a regal backdrop for a golf experience like no other.

The par-72 course provides stunning vistas at every turn, including the 3,600-foot peak at Red Mountain, lush fairways, lakes, and streams. Class A PGA professionals attend to equipment, fashion or instruction needs, and players are accompanied on-course by a Tour-class caddie.

The Tuscan-style, 37,000-square-foot clubhouse offers an Old World ambience of unpretentious luxury, where attentive staff members oblige your every need. The dining room features an appetising menu sure to impress every taste. An excellent collection of rare and fine tobaccos is stocked in the cigar lounge’s custom-designed humidor.

The golf shop carries an array of equipment, stylish apparel and accessories. The men’s and ladies’ lounges are equipped with every conceivable amenity, including sink-side, flat-screen TVs.

 

Pinehurst No. 2, the centrepiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site for more single golf championships than any course in America and hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in 2014. The U.S. Open will return in 2024.

Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” Ross was associated with the course for nearly a half-century, improving the course continually until his death in 1948. No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. Ross believed in providing golfers with strategic choices, and Pinehurst No. 2 was intended to epitomise that philosophy.

 

 

The Idaho Club is home to Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. As one of the world’s preeminent golf course designers and the greatest golfer who ever played, Jack Nicklaus turned the design into an art form as he carefully weaved fairways and greens into this exceptional panoramic landscape. The result is an impressive 18-hole championship golf course that, through the combination of breath-taking beauty and picturesque course architecture, delivers an unforgettable golf experience.

Beyond the championship golf, you can hike along mountain wetlands frequented by moose, elk and deer, and relax your body and mind while enjoying breathtaking sunsets followed by the brilliant patterns of the Northern Lights.

These are only a few of the reasons the western edge of the Rocky Mountains has quickly become a favourite destination for adventure seekers. The splendour of the Idaho landscape, with its high mountain peaks, alpine lakes and lush forests, provides the perfect retreat for families, outdoor enthusiasts and those just looking to reconnect with nature.

 

Costa Navarino Resort, is home to two 5-star Hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, part of the Starwood Hotels portfolio, a conference centre, Anazoe Spa and thalassotherapy, The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece, two specially designed children hubs, Cocoon and Sandcastle, along with numerous culinary venues and a wide variety of sports, outdoor and cultural activities on offer. Navarino Bay, just a few minutes from Navarino Dunes, is home to the second signature golf course, The Bay Course.

Costa Navarino is located in an unspoilt, breathtaking seaside landscape in the Greek region of Messenia, south-west Peloponnese. Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messenia while protecting and It comprises a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and families. 

 

PGA Catalunya Resort is the culmination of more than 20 years’ work that continues to deliver on – and goes beyond – the vision of its founders. It incorporates two established championship-standard golf courses located near the picturesque town of Girona, Spain. The resort is owned by Irish entrepreneur Denis O’Brien and who also owns Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

This infrastructure includes two world-class golf courses – a Stadium course, recently voted the No.1 course in Spain for the third year in a row, and more gentle Tour course – a Golf Clubhouse, a Membership Clubhouse with private lounge, restaurant, and an exceptional Residents Club for owners, complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pool & children’s pool, indoor spa pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and treatment rooms.

 

 

montecastallio

Monecastallio – (Spain)

18 hole golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and considered as one of the best golf courses in Europe. The course was the home of the Volvo Masters for 5 consecutive years 1997-2001 and of Peugeot Tour of Spain during 3 years 2001-2003. It has also hosted in 2009, the Barcelo PGA Tour of Spain.

Montecastillo is one of Spain’s best value golf resorts and owned by Barcelo Hotels, who have already invested heavily in bringing the golf course back to its very best condition, with new bunkering which is great news, as this really is a Jack Nicklaus masterpiece. The hotel lies to the right-hand side of the spectacular cliff top18th hole, where a slice will put you out of bounds and into the hotel gardens! 

The course has hosted the Volvo Masters 3 times and is in close proximity to the lovely historic town of Jerez, which is famous for its wine and sherry cellars. The golf clubhouse is set in an old Castillo, with a superb spa treatment centre and a great indoor swimming pool. 

 

Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf Club was founded in 1886 and the present Course constructed in 1897. The Clubhouse celebrated its Centenary in 1998. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women’s and Seniors Open Championships. Northern hospitality has always been famous and Royal Lytham leads the way. You will be made very welcome.

The layout of Royal Lytham & St Annes has remained faithful to the original created by the Club’s first Professional, George Lowe, over a century ago. The only significant changes were made in 1919 when the club asked Harry Colt, the pre-eminent Course Designer of the time to make recommendations for improvement. It is renowned as a Course on which is it hard to scramble a good score, after all, there are 206 bunkers peppering the Fairways and surrounding the Greens. It may not be the longest of courses but it is one where careful thought and accurate shots are required.

 

Onyria P Golf  – links and parkland in a spectacular seaside setting  Within the natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Lagos, Robert Trent Jones II has fashioned Europe’s next great golf course, Onyria Palmares Golf. The brief given to this exceptional American golf course designer was to craft a 27-hole golf course which maximised the potential of its extraordinary environment.  The result is a golf course of breathtaking natural beauty which is a delight to play. The course opened 18 holes for play in October 2010 and the full 27 last June 2011 and it has matured nicely.

Robert Trent Jones II designed the golf course with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind as well as a pleasurable golf experience for members and tourists alike.  There is plenty of challenge if that’s what you want – especially from the white tees! Onyria Palmares Golf is composed of three returning nine-hole loops that can be played in any sequence. The genius in the routeing is that, depending on the sequence of play, each golf experience is different.  Each nine-hole loop has its own character and ambience.

 

In May 1990, the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club started its journey with 27 holes, and today it has become one of the best golf courses in Europe. December of that year saw the official inauguration of the Clubhouse in the presence of HRH the Count of Barcelona, representatives of public authorities, founder members, and its designer, Severing Ballesteros.

Since that day, the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club has changed considerably. Today it boasts a Golf Academy, Jack Nicklaus Academy, and even a children’s club. In 2000, the club was extended to 9 holes to complete the 2 full rounds you can currently play, named Mar (sea) and Pinos y Centro (pines and centre), totalling 36 holes. What is more, Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club offers 18 further holes, providing its clients with a total of 3 rounds of golf (all par 72) with different characteristics, that is to say, 54 holes in all. The practice course has been extended and equipped with sheltered facilities. Today it has more than 150 training spaces. They are 300 metres long, with several areas for chipping with a bunker, a pitch-and-putt course and 3 short holes, as well as 4 putting greens. Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club has undoubtedly some of the highest-quality practice facilities in the south of Spain

North Granite Ridge – (Canada)

Designing this golf course within this type of landscape was truly inspiring. The variety of golf holes that play through these boulders and trees or utilise the elevations provided by the granite ridges is second to none. It was easy to find fabulous green sites framed by trees and granite without altering the terrain. A number of tee decks are perched on the top of these granite ridges, providing long-range vistas over the forest, without a road to be seen or heard… it was beyond compare.

If there is a hidden gem in the world of golf, then North Granite Ridge sparkles brightly. It is up to you to come and discover this place for yourself.

 

 

 

 

We hope you all enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations and look forward to seeing you next year. 

 

Neil, Rob, Rachel, Kelly, Kevin

 

 

Please note Our offices will be closed over the Christmas & New Year period, reopening on the 3rd January 2017. If you would like to contact us or make an enquiry please drop us an email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the InternationalAssociation of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

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2016 Algarve Trophy

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2016 Algarve Trophy 

 

Quality Golf Destinations would like to introduce you to a fantastic trip the 2016 Algarve Trophy which will be taking place next June 5th – 10th 2016

This trip is a competition week and is Fully Escorted, Inclusive of 5 nights 5* Superior rooms, Half Board, 4 Rounds of Golf on 3 championship courses, Transfers & International Flights, Welcome Gift pack & Great prizes.

 

Venue 

Portugal Hotels - JJW Penina

 

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Our featured Venue – Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

The Home of Luxury Golf in the Algarve

Voted Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is the glittering jewel in the Algarve’s crown. The resort, located in 360 stunning acres of perfect grounds, offers guests the choice of three on-site golf courses and is regarded by many as the spiritual home of golf in the Algarve. The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort boasts a selection of 188 traditionally designed and decorated rooms and suites, all of which enjoy spectacular Wi-Fi coverage, as do all public and common areas. In addition to the three spectacular golf courses at Penina, we are also pleased to offer you the most expansive selection of amenities and entertainment available anywhere in the Algarve. So, whether you are here for a stunning golfing getaway in the Algarve, or simply here to relax in the beautiful Portuguese sunshine with your family… Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is here to meet all your luxury needs. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort prides itself on offering the highest standards of amenities and services to all of our guests. From the moment you check in, until the moment you depart, we want to ensure you have the perfect stay.

The Finest Rooms & Suites in the Algarve

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is proud to offer the an outstanding selection of rooms and suites, in this stunning Algarve golf resort. Enjoy the golf of your life, sun yourself by the pool, indulge yourself in the spa, dine in the finest restaurants… and then retire for a night of ultimate relaxation in outstanding surroundings.

Classic Rooms – Spread over 4 stunning floors, all Classic Rooms offer spectacular views of the resort and the stunning Monchique countryside. All have been very recently renovated and deliver modern, contemporary design, whilst giving a nod to traditional Portuguese style and luxury.

Superior Pool View Rooms – All Pool View Rooms offer splendid views of the pool and across our golf courses. Benefitting from a stunning recent refurbishment, all of these rooms have been decorated to the highest possible standards of taste and luxury, combining contemporary chic with traditional Portuguese style Our

Positioned in the western Algarve, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is widely renowned as the true home of Portuguese golf. This is the only resort in Portugal to offer three golf courses… one of which, The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, is the first 18 hole course to have been constructed in the Algarve – and is legendary for some of the finest and most challenging golf in the world. Set in a stunning 360 acre estate, amidst an impressive array of natural landscape surroundings, the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort has been voted Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards… whilst the marquee Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course has hosted 10 Portuguese Opens and scores of other prestigious tournaments.

Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course

Known as one of the most challenging – and satisfying – courses in the whole of Portugal, this marquee course is as unforgiving as it is beautiful. Flanked by streams, ditches and water hazards, the course is maintained to the highest standard… and boasts an extensive array of subtle slopes, elevated greens and breath-taking scenery.

Resort Course

A great combination course that provides 9 holes of solid, but gentle, practice for beginners… as well as 18 holes of challenging golf for the more seasoned player. With 18 well thought out holes, this course follows the principles laid down by the father of Portuguese golf, Sir Henry Cotton: the perfect course for golfers of every level and ability.

Academy Course

Weaving its way through the fairways of the Championship Course, this executive 9-hole course has been specifically designed for the intermediate golfer. Great for all-round holiday golf and a very enjoyable round. With reasonable short greens, accuracy off the tee, along with approach shots, provide all players a chance to practice their short game with aplomb.

Penina Golf Academy

The Penina Golf Academy provides a one-stop golf clinic designed to meet your needs. The Academy also boasts a state of the art driving range, considered one of the best in Europe, that caters for up to 70 golfers and includes 12 covered practice bays. Whether you’re a grizzled vet or budding novice… our Academy will improve your game.

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the prices for this superb trip are as follows

Golfer Twin Share                      Single Supp.

Cost per Person                 £1230                                      £245

All prices are based on Twin share accommodation and include Half Board at the 5* JJW Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Single supplements will apply for sole occupation of room. Return group transfers from Airport, and off resort golf courses.

Flights are from London Gatwick Airport and include golf club carriage, checked bag and carry on hand luggage. Flights from other airports are available but may incur a supplement.

Room upgrades and private transfers available at a supplement

Itinerary 5 Nights Algarve Trophy Escorted Golf trip  

Sunday Day 1 – AM – Depart London Gatwick Airport : Arrive Faro Airport – Group transfer to JJW Penina Golf & Resort in Portimao approximately 1 hour drive.

optional afternoon practice round at Penina Resort.

Evening welcome drinks and dinner

Monday Day 2 – after breakfast 1st rd Algarve trophy at Penina Championship course   Penina, Algarve, Algarve Trophy, Portugal, Golf, Golf Trip, Package, Hotel, Penina Hotel, Transfers, Flights, Escorted Trip, Portugal Tourism, Tourism, Portimao, Quality Golf Destinations

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

Tuesday Day 3 –after breakfast, 2nd rd Algarve trophy at Palmares Golf resort

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

Wednesday Day 4 – after breakfast 3rd rd Algarve trophy at San Lorenzo Golf club

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

Thursday Day 5 –  after breakfast final rd Algarve Trophy at Penina Championship course

Final Evening Prize presentation and dinner in Restaurant

Friday Day 6 – Check out of hotel after a leisurely breakfast, group transfer to Airport for your early afternoon flight home

(Please note, Itinerary is for information only and are subject to change, although hotels and golf courses will remain as shown)

Included in package:

International flights with checked Golf Clubs & Luggage,**

5 nights accommodation on twin share in Superior Pool view rooms,

Dinner in Resort Restaurants (

Return Group Airport and offsite golf transfers

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Great daily and weekly prizes

Not included in package:

Holiday Insurance,

Buggies or cart hire,

Please note

Flight supplements may apply for alternative airport departures and for late bookings **

 

 

To Book simply visit the website and complete the booking form and return to;

Reservation department

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd

PO Box 3186

Biddulph

Staffordshire

ST8 9AY

For more information or to download a booking form please click on this link Algarve trophy Booking Form x 2

 

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Madagscar - Chameleon

Wild about Madagascar

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Here at Quality Golf Destinations we are always looking for something new.  We have started looking at activity based holidays (non golfing).  With this in mind we were delighted to accept when the Madagascar Tourism Office invited us to attend the Madagascar International Tourism Fair and go on a fact finding visit. 

Madagascar is the 4th biggest island in the world and has lots to offer to all kinds of traveller. it is especially famous for its wildlife, so much so the BBC commissioned a 3 part natural history documentary aired in 2011 and presented by Sir David Attenborough. We had an office meeting and Rachel our operations manager drew the short straw!  Here is her Diary of what proved to be an unforgettable trip.  Thank you Madagascar Tourism! Madagascar - Title image

Bon Voyage

 Day1 I took an evening flight from Manchester to Paris as the early morning connecting flight with Air France was not available. Not ideal but it saved me getting up at frog o’clock on Tues (I will explain frog o’clock later!) I then had to get to my hotel close to the airport. There is a free shuttle bus, the black bus from the airport but as I discovered the signs in Charles de Galle Airport are not great so no joy trying to find the bus stop! As it was late and I was travelling alone I decided a taxi was the best option. It’s was only 10 minutes to me hotel, the Ibis Roissy. It was pretty basic but the staff were all very helpful and gave me a timetable for the shuttle in the morning. Off I went to bed looking forward to the next week I was to spend in Madagascar.

Day 2 Not too early a start, my flight left at 10:45 so I needed to be at the airport before 9. Breakfast was canteen style but did the job and was perfectly adequate. The location of the hotel was more important than anything else. The shuttle bus back to the airport was on time and free so that is always a bonus. As I discovered everything seems to take ages at Charles De Gaulle airport so allow plenty of time. I just about had enough but no time to look around or do any shopping, not a bad thing I hear my husband saying! The flight departed on time and was not full so I was delighted to discover that I had 3 seats all to myself. It made for a quite pleasant flight. The in-flight entertainment on Air France was good with a wide choice of films and games to keep you entertained for the 10 hour flight to Madagascar. I arrived feeling quite fresh at 10 in the evening and was greeted by Roger, our guide for the stay in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city. The airport is typical of these places. Not too big, a bit chaotic but it does a job. The trip through customs took a little while but the visa is issued for stays of 30 days and is free of charge. We then made our way to the hotel which only took about 20 minutes. Our hotel for the stay in Antananarivo was the Hotel Louvre. It was only 3 star but first impressions were very good. We were shown to our rooms; mine was very comfortable with air con, mini bar and international TV. So of to bed I went. All in all, a comfortable journey to the other end of the world.  

Madagascar introduced

Day 3 Madagascar - City ViewMy first full day in Madagascar! Roger meet us after breakfast and off we went for a city tour. The city is huge, about 2 million inhabitants and is built on a very large hill. The city is split into 3 areas, the lower, the middle and the top. We were in the middle of the city and started our tour with a walk down the steps to the lower end of the city. It was very busy and all the way down the steps, there are hundreds of them, there were people selling anything and everything from food to toys made from recycled cans. The Malagasy people like to recycle everything! At the bottom off the steps there is a long avenue with gardens in the middle which is in a very French colonial style. At the end of the avenue is the railway station, but it is a private station and only used for freight trains although it is a very grand building. We were then collected by our driver and taken across the city to a place with a fantastic view across the roof tops. Only then did I get a real impression of how big and hilly the city really is, it is vast! Our next stop was at an artisan shop. The Malagasy people make all kinds of beautiful things, wood Madagascar - City stepscarvings, raffia work and many other wonderful things, and I did have to make a few small purchases. This was my first real experience of the money, the Madagascan Ariary. The exchange rate is approximately 3300 to the £ which makes working out the cost a bit confusing. I am not too hot on the 3300 times table! Our next stop was the top of the city, some of the roads are very narrow and very steep but the views from the top are spectacular. After a rather late but very good lunch we headed back to the hotel with a little free time before the opening of the tourism fare. I had time to have a better look around the hotel and take a quick swim. For a 3 star hotel the facilities are excellent. We then headed of the Carlton hotel which hosted the fare. The opening was a little difficult for me as it was all in French but I just about managed to follow what was going on. There were a few speeches and some local singing and dancing. An interesting evening but it would have been more fun if I could understand all that was going on! We then headed back to the hotel for dinner. The restaurant was very pleasant and I had my first try of the local meat, zebu, just like beef really but from the local zebu cattle, which I was to discover during my trip are found everywhere and are very important in Malagasy culture. Off to bed after a long tiring and very interesting day. Antananarivo is a vibrant, bustling, African city with a hint of colonial Europe. Quite an experience.  

Madagascar International Tourism Fare 

Day 4 Madagascar - Travel ExpoToday was the real work of the week! We attended the International Tourism Fare. It was great! I meet lots of people from ground handlers to hotel owners and many in between. There was a section of the fare for the regional tourist offices who gave me loads of information and maps about what you can do, where is the best place to do it and when the best time to travel is. I then moved on to the rest of the fare, if you want to go to Madagascar, I’m your girl. There are still lots of things I don’t know but now I have lots of people to ask. Madagascar has a good network of tour guides and national parks and has lots to offer to everyone. After the show we went to visit some hotels in the capital city. It is always interesting to see what is on offer and there are certainly some very good hotels in Antananarivo. After dinner in the hotel it was an early big as we were leaving at frog o’clock for our flight to Fort Dauphin in the South of the Island. Many Malagasy people do not have clocks and have interesting ways of telling what time something will happen. Early in the morning, sometime between 4 and 6am the frogs begin to croak so the locals call this the time of the frog. We christened I frog o’clock so next time you have to go somewhere really early frog o’clock it is!

Down South to the Sun

Day 5 Madagascar - Craft WorkThis is where the adventure really begins. Our flight from Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin departed at 8am so we were up early and off to the airport. A big thank you to the Hotel Louvre who had made breakfast for us before we left even though the restaurant was not open. The flight is a local hop which first goes to Toliara where it stops for about 20 minutes before continuing on the Fort Dauphin. We were joined on this leg of the trip by Nika who works for the Madagascar Tourist Office. She proved to be not only good company but also a mine of useful information as she used to be a tour guide. We headed to our hotel, the La Croix du Sud which is beautiful. All the rooms are a little different and mine even had a sea view. Perfect. After lunch we set out for a city tour. Fort Dauphin is in the south east of Madagascar and was once a French settlement hence the name Dauphin. We went to the fort although to be fair there isn’t really much of it left! After looking round the town a bit more we visited a project which gives jobs to local women weaving and making things from raffia and sisal. Gosh those ladies work hard. They have a number of portacabins and they sit on the floor to produce some beautiful items. Of course at the end there is a shop but having seen how hard these ladies work and how skilled they are it would have been rude not to buy something, it was only a shame my suitcase was not bigger!     Our final stop of the day was the local daily market. Oh my, what an experience, noisy, smelly, bustling and a wonderful experience. Nika was a great guide and explained what it was all about. Most of the stalls were selling food, fruit, vegetables, rice and so on. Many people do not have electricity or fridges so they must go to the market each day to get fresh food. We even tried some local donut type of things which were delicious. It was brilliant, certainly not like the markets I know. All the people were happy and friendly and were as curious about us as we were

about them. Brilliant!

Madagascar - Market seller  Madagascar - Market Stall  

Berenty Private Game Reserve

Day 6   Another early start for the journey to the wildlife reserve at Berenty.  It is only about 60km but everyone kept warning us that the roads were not very good Madagascarand it would take a long time to get there.  They weren’t joking!  We did stop lots of times as there were many wonderful photo opportunities but the journey took us almost 4 hours!!  It was generous to call it a road in some places.  Apparently parts of the road were tarmacked in 1972 and have never been repaired since.  It was more of an adventure than a journey but wonderful to see the countryside and people going about their everyday lives.  We arrived at Berenty I time for lunch and then went off on our first wildlife walk.  Berenty is home to five species of Lemurs some are rather shy and others are not.  We saw lots of these amazing creatures during the afternoon, a real privilege.  After dark we headed off into the spiny forest for a nocturnal walk and again managed to see lemurs although spotting them in the dark was a little more challenging.  It is fantastic to be able to see nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat.  We then returned to the camp for dinner.  Berenty is a private game reserve and is pretty basic but has everything you need and the setting is beautiful.  We were very well looked after and enjoyed the hospitality of the staff.  It was just a shame our stay was so short

. Madagascar - Lemur  Madagascar - Ringtail Lemur

Loving the Lemurs 

Day 7 Madagascar - Flying LemurAnother early start for a last look at the lemurs and also a chance to see some very old and very big Baobab trees before the long and bumpy journey back to Fort Dauphin.  We were very lucky to see some lemurs jumping from tree to tree, which is an amazing site and also another Chameleon before we left.  The journey back was very interesting but we did not stop too many times as lunch was back in Fort Dauphin at yet another hotel!!  The Kaleta has some great views over the ocean and I was lucky enough to get one of the rooms with a view.  After lunch we visited Saiadi Garden which is a private park cum nature reserve, home to some lemurs and crocodiles and lots of interested plants and flowers.  As usual we were running a little late so it was getting rather dark by the time we finished looking around the park but it was certainly very interesting and good place to stop for a couple of hours.  

Beachcombing Madagascar style

Madagascar - Beachcombing

Day 8

Our last full day in Madagascar and we were given the opportunity to try one of the local day trips, and see more of the local area.  We left the hotel and were taken to a fresh water lagoon where we boarded our boat for the trip to the coast.  The lagoon joins a salt water lagoon and there is a lock which connects the two.  After passing through the lock we continued to a local fishing village where we meet the locals and had a look around before walking over the hills to the coast for a picnic on the beach and a quick swim before the walk back.  On the beach we were greeted by a local fisherman who had caught some lobsters which he was only too happy to sell to us, he then built a fire and cooked us fresh lobster for lunch.  From the sea to our plates in less than an hour!  You don’t get fresher than that and they were delicious.  Another lady appeared over the hill with a bucket on her head.  When she put it down, bottles of beer!! Excellent.  What more could we want, fresh lobster, cold beer, beautiful scenery and all for about £6!!  We then walked back to the fishing village and took the boat back to the car for the trip back to the hotel.  It was a fantastic day out with a chance to meet some local people and see how they live, so different to our lives but everyone we meet was smiling and made us feel welcome.  It was great.

  Madagascar - Lobster dinner  Madagascar - Sea View    

 

Day 9 Unfortunately back to reality today. We did a number of hotel inspections in the morning before heading to the airport for the flight back to Antananarivo.  There are a good range of hotels in the Fort Dauphin area with excellent levels of service and very friendly and helpful staff.  Back in Antananarivo there was just time for a quick shower and dinner before returning to the airport for our flight home.  Once again I was lucky with 3 seats to myself which provided a great end to what had been a very memorable trip to the other end of the world!

Madagascar Airport  Madagascar - Sunset  

Madagascar overview

  Madagascar - Rachel   imagesSo my overall feeling, well Madagascar is amazing!  The people are very friendly and welcoming; the standards of accommodation are great, even the basic ones are clean and comfortable.  It is a country which has so much to offer from beautiful beaches to rugged mountains and curious creatures, I only scratched the surface but I am sure one day I will be back to see more.  It is not a country for the faint hearted, the roads are often terrible and the journeys long, but there is always something amazing too look at on the way, the bumps are soon forgotten and replaced by memories of sights, sounds and smells unique to this wonderful country. if you have a passion for wildlife or Photography and enjoy an adventure to see some truly unspoilt locations Madagascar could be perfect for you.

At Quality Golf Destinations we tailor make the holiday to meet your needs, if you are interested in visiting Madagascar or anywhere else, Contact Rachel or Rob on 01782 510800 or email
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