If you’re still weighing up the pros and cons of a foreign golfing getaway this year, you could do a lot worse than to be swayed by the magical Monte Rei Golf and Country Club on the Eastern Algarve.
The Jack Nicklaus Signature designed track is known as Portugal’s most exclusive and located just 35 minutes from Faro Airport, it’s wholly accessible from our little island that’s not short on golfing propositions either.
But sometimes change is needed and sunshine is sought and this 1,000 plus acre estate accommodates visitors at its 5-star luxury resort as well as any. If you are to shack up in luxury, one of the many benefits of splurging is that guests of Monte Rei can avail of large discounts on green fees ensuring that the short stroll to the number one course in Portugal is made that bit more appealing.
A welcoming clubhouse will have refreshments at the ready while there’s every excuse to arrive early to ensure you take advantage of the world-class, and complimentary, practice facilities on site prior to your round.12-minute slots ensure a smoothly run tee-sheet with Monte Rei promising never to allow more than 100 tee-times per day, while a ‘buggy bar’ doing the rounds across the layout will quench any thirst your golf creates. And if all that wasn’t enough, after your round you’ll be met by a member of staff who’ll escort you back to the clubhouse bar while your clubs are cleaned and returned to you upon departure.
Monte Rei truly is one of these golfing paradises that everyone deserves to be treated to at least once in their lifetime. The resort offers guests a choice of beautiful villas in O Miradouro Village, making it the ideal accommodation for golfers with the traditional Portuguese architecture of the relaxed village complimenting the tranquillity of the golf course.
Veranda, in the heart of the village, boasts a restaurant and bar as well as tennis courts, swimming pools, gym and spa while the veranda itself is the perfect place to catch some rays. An all-day Grill restaurant ensures you won’t go hungry but for the foodies among you, the resort’s signature restaurant, Vistas, led by Executive Chef, Rui Silvestre, Portugal’s youngest ever chef awarded a Michelin star, along with the residence bar, is about as good as it gets for an evening dining experience.
With Quinta da Cima, Quinta da Ria, Quinta do Vale, Castro Marim and Benamor all within reach too, there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to golf courses if you wish to plan an extended stay.
Stay and play packages are aplenty with 3 nights stay and 2 rounds of golf available at Monte Rei for as little as €419 per person.