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SPECIAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Contact the office on 01782 510800 or email email@example.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.
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Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY
+44(0)1782 510800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Great daily and weekly prizes
Not included in package:
Buggies or cart hire,
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;
PO Box 3186
For more information or to download a booking form please click on this link Algarve trophy Booking Form x 2
CANCELLED FLIGHTS, TROPICAL STORMS & FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS
Usually these newsletters are all about golfing adventures, exotic locations, topping up travel miles with numerous airlines and making you just a little bit jealous dear reader. This month’s is just a little bit different & covers cancelled/ delayed flights, bad weather & first time long haul travellers.
“This month’s offering is about the more serious side of travellers advice – cancelled flights, being caught in a tropical storm & the problems facing first-time long-haul travellers”.
Cancelled/ delayed flights
In this age of international travel, more and more people will be faced with the nightmare scenario of a cancelled or delayed flight.
A delayed flight is bad news, especially if it jeopardises interconnecting flights. In this situation airlines are usually excellent at offering options (usually while you are flying). Sometimes interconnecting flights are held if a delayed plane has a lot of its passengers on board. Sometimes you will miss the next flight & it’s important you follow the given instructions closely as airport transfers, finding information/ ticket desks can involve lots of walking!! Reclaiming luggage/ getting through immigration obviously complicate the issue. Unfortunately there is no magic wand to waive as transfers to hotels, etc may be the inevitable outcome. I guess the best advice I’ve ever received was; “When we land you need to run amazingly quickly”!!!!
Something’s to consider are:
- Listen carefully to instructions on the plane; it can save you time & long walks!!
- Know your itinerary & read it carefully; don’t think you know it as you can easily get travel legs and times mixed up
- If you have missed your connecting flight talk politely with the airline information desk about alternative options; it’s easy to start shouting & get upset, this will not get you on another plane!!
- Finally if you have people waiting for you at your destination try and let them know.
A delayed flight is bad enough; a cancelled flight can be a nightmare. Fortunately cancelled flights are not that frequent but they can seriously disrupt your plans and ultimately spoil your holiday or business trip.
A cancelled flight can be caused by many things, such as; mechanical failure of plane, planes out of position on their schedules, etc, but for whatever the reason it is always seriously inconveniencing for you and your fellow travellers.
I have had 3 flights cancelled on me (and before you say it I am not unlucky as far as flights are concerned).
The first was to the French Alps from London Heathrow, (we wanted lots of snow, it was just brought to Heathrow for us), so no plane!!! The travel company were brilliant and after some persuading organised a coach to drive overnight to the Alps. After all these years, a belated thanks to the two coach drivers who were real stars, (both real cockneys whose only words seemed to be; ‘Corr Blimey Mate’)
The second was a flight back from Hamburg to Manchester. This was the first time it had happened to me on my own so to speak; crikey what to do? I was stood looking at the Departure Board willing the flight to turn from “Cancelled” to “Only kidding” when a fellow passenger said, ‘you are going from Hamburg to Manchester’? ‘Was’, I replied. ‘Well doesn’t worry follow me’, said my guardian angel in a business suit. Off we went to the airline desk. It was at this point I realised 2 things:
- 1. Don’t hang about at the departure gate & get straight to the airline desk, (this gets you in front of a queue that will be about as long as a plane!!
- 2. When at airline desk speak in a friendly conciliatory voice. Remember it’s not the airline staffs fault.
My guardian angel went through the options with the counter staff and quickly established that a flight to Munich and then to Manchester was our best option. We were quickly booked in and in what seemed like a few seconds were through immigration and having a long cool beer, (I got the drinks in of course as you always should do for guardian angels).
The third and most resent happened 2 days ago. I flew into Bangkok, checked into the wonderfully friendly Dusit Thani and then checked out next day for a 2 day business trip to Hong Kong. Upon arrival at the airport I was met with long queue at the departure gate and the departure boards saying nothing other than a 2pm flight. Having checked in on line and with only hand luggage I wasn’t sure about going straight through immigration? I asked an official (he had a badge), he told me to push through the crowd and ask at a particular desk. Here I was told the flight was cancelled and I could go the next day. As I was only going for 2 days the option of a next day flight, overnight accommodation, etc was not really feasible. Explaining this I was sent to the airline information desk. At this point points 1 & 2 from above were vindicated.
- 1. Only a small queue
- 2. I kept smiling at the airline staff who was trying to deal with a very irate man who wanted to be put on another plane immediately!! When they got to me (still smiling) they were relieved to deal with polite person & as helpful as they could be.
We quickly established that as it was a holiday weekend in Hong Kong all other flights were full. I therefore informed the staff I required a full refund. This was not something they could do so I have to get it back from the airline. So back in a taxi to the Dusit Thani, where very surprised staff checked me back in again!!
Now you must think, ‘Why is he telling me all this’, as a weekend in Bangkok is as good as a weekend in Hong Kong!!! You are right of course and I really shouldn’t grumble, which I am not. The point I want to make is that all my other Hong Kong arrangements, hotel booking & return flight had also gone out the window!!
When you book with Quality Golf Destinations Ltd your holiday/ travel arrangements are covered by our TTA bonding. TTA bonding like its sister ABTA covers all your costs. When you book with us your money goes into a trust account which we can’t touch until you have returned from your holiday. If you book everything separately yourself, (crikey we all think we can do it better & cheaper), remember you will have to claim all things back separately, (a long process with no guarantee of success).
Also read carefully the small print on cheap deals you may see. These usually state you have no chance of getting your money back!!!!
Finally on a light note, I write this in my hotel room waiting for a tropical storm to hit Bangkok. Nothing we can do about the weather, granted, but we can follow local advice.
I was going to go for a walk but with the high winds starting to pick up, I was advised by the door staff to beware of flying objects, such as street vendors’ apparel!!! To be hit by a flying mango off a market stall is one thing, by the whole stall is definitely another!!! So:
- Listen to local advice
- Don’t think you know best
- Don’t get into areas where you can’t get back from
Do what I’m doing and sit it out & only start to panic when the hotel runs out of beer!!
Finally, finally, whilst watching the footie in the ubiquitous Irish Bar, I got chatting to a young couple who were not only in Thailand for the first time, they were also doing their first long-haul travel adventure.
They both confessed they had booked a three week trip & were planning to do Bangkok, Phuket & Koh Samui, but with nothing booked except 3 nights in a BKK hotel. We discussed numerous options (including learning about Thai cuisine) & our manager in Thailand, Tan will no doubt sort out an itinerary to make their trip one to remember. This encounter got me thinking about planning these sorts of adventure.
- When you’ve booked your flight go on-line & book your seats so you are guaranteed to sit together
- Check out your destination, its local things to do, sights to see; If possible book things in advance, it will save time & may avoid disappointment
- If travelling around, check for travel options; don’t leave it till last minute to realise something’s are a none starter
- Check out hotel locations; to get the best out of your holiday, as they say its ‘location, location, location’
Finally whatever you are doing, enjoy your hard earned holiday.
At Quality Golf Destinations we tailor make the golf package to meet your needs, if you are interested in a Holiday Golf based or not, Contact Rachel or Rob on 01782 510800 or email