Ten of the best golf hotels in Europe

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Climate, course design and a fine pedigree when it comes to luxury hotels make Europe an exceptional place for a golf holiday. From prestigious and well-established golf courses in Ireland to sun-soaked, professionally designed new kids on the block across Turkey, Cyprus and Spain, there are wonderful championship courses to test your swing in every corner of the continent. 

Even the most joyful 18 holes, though, are nothing without a superb place to lay your head afterwards, and Europe also has a formidable line-up of luxury golf hotels. There are swimming pools you’ll be itching to leap into, spas you won’t be able to resist and beaches that might just tempt you to skip tomorrow’s round. Round up your golf crew, or bring the family along for the ride, and check in to one of these top picks.

Main photo: Adare Manor

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Hotel Camiral, PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
Hotel Camiral, PGA Catalunya Resort

1. Hotel Camiral, PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain

Best for glamorous golfers 
One of the toughest courses in Spain, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya provides world-class golfing, challenging golfers with its numerous lakes and testing bunkers. You’ll also find the shorter Tour Course here, a striking 18-hole parkland course lined with pine trees, where wide fairways offer a path away from the water hazards. Book a suite at Hotel Camiral for a five-star golf holiday and you’ll get golf-course views backed by the Pyrenees, plus access to the wellness centre, with its hydrotherapy pools and sports massages. 

Spa Y
Number of courses 2
Accessible rooms Y
Price £

Finca Cortesin, Spain, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
Finca Cortesin

2. Finca Cortesin, Spain

Best for all-out luxury
The 18-hole championship course at Finca Cortesin may not have been around all that long but it’s already one of the biggest names in European golf and will host the Solheim Cup in 2023. The greens and fairways are so lush that you’ll hardly believe you’re in southern Spain, and there’s a country club feel to the resort, with its extensive gardens, four swimming pools and large racquet club. Luxury golf resorts don’t come more picturesque and inviting than this. 

Spa Y
Number of courses 1
Accessible rooms Y
Price £££

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3. Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Best for five-star swimming
With Mediterranean sea views and a line-up of lush fairways and generous greens, the 18 holes at Aphrodite Hills are a joy to play — and from the course you can see the spot where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea. The hotel resort here has spacious rooms with private swimming pools (the family suites sleep five), a tennis academy and a spa with a gorgeous infinity pool. The Clubhouse is a wonderful place to relax after a round; an elegant restaurant serves the cuisine of Cyprus.

Spa Y
Number of courses 1
Accessible rooms Y
Price ££

4. Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort, Turkey

Best for bringing the kids
The superb Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie, undulates across sandy ridges and through emerald pine forest, making the most of the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey. The hotel is designed to maximise the sea view, its suites facing out to the water, and also has its own 300m beach with a beach bar and canopied pavilions for lounging. Golf resorts in Europe don’t come much more child-friendly — there are kids’ clubs for all ages from tot to teen and a playground with a pirate ship and an aqua park.

Spa Y
Number of courses 1
Accessible rooms Y
Price £££

SO/ Sotogrande, Spain, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
SO/ Sotogrande, Spain

5. SO/ Sotogrande, Spain

Best for golfing variety 
The first time the Ryder Cup was played in continental Europe, the chosen venue was the Real Club Valderrama, a glorious course that’s always in tip-top condition and poses a real challenge to even the lowest handicappers. Book into the nearby SO/ Sotogrande and they can arrange a tee time (though you’ll need to reserve well in advance); there’s also golf on-site at Almenara with its three circuits of nine holes arranged around lakes and cork trees. Numerous other championship golf courses are nearby (the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is a highlight) and the hotel has stylish rooms with bags of space, plus a serene spa. 

Spa Y
Number of courses
Accessible rooms Y
Price ££

Anantara Vilamoura, Portugal, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
Anantara Vilamoura

6. Anantara Vilamoura, Portugal

Best for easy access to a week’s worth of golf
For a golf break with plenty of variety, Vilamoura is hard to beat. Check in to the Anantara hotel and you can wake up to views of the Dom Pedro Victoria course, host of the Portugal Masters. A round here is a challenge, with fast greens, threatening bunkers and numerous water hazards, and there are four more courses in the same group to boot, all close by. Back at the hotel your room comes with a daybed on the balcony and has five swimming pools to choose from, so settle in and start planning tomorrow’s round — the hotel offers private transfers to all Vilamoura golf courses, making golf travel here a breeze. 

Spa Y
Number of courses 1 (next door)
Accessible rooms Y
Price £

7. The K Club, Ireland 

Best for old-school glamour
Elegant and opulent, the K Club is all formal gardens and handsome drawing rooms, not to mention some of the best golf in Ireland. There are two courses here, both designed by Arnold Palmer, and both offering unique challenges, from the 18th at Palmer South with its island green, to the double dogleg 16th at Palmer North. The hotel is a leading light in Irish hospitality and you’ll find super-luxe rooms stacked with antiques, fine dining in the restaurant and old-school service throughout. Don’t miss a cocktail in the Blue Martini bar, with its terrace overlooking the gardens.

Spa Y
Number of courses 2
Accessible rooms Y
Price ££

The Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
The Laranjal course at Quinta do Lago

8. The Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal 

Best for an easy breezy golf break
Quinta do Lago is one of the biggest names in Portuguese golf, and with three superb courses on-site it’s easy to see why. Tee off at the South Course for glorious views of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and strategically located hazards to test every golfer. Alternatively, try the rolling Laranjal course, which runs through orange groves, or the challenging North Course, with its undulating greens and tricky bunkers, all often accompanied by a stiff breeze. The boutiquey Magnolia hotel is colourful and comfortable, with chic rooms and cabins, a bright poolside restaurant and the sort of easy elegance that makes you feel instantly at home.

Spa N
Number of courses 3
Accessible rooms Y
Price £

Verdura Resort, Sicily, Italy, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
Verdura Resort

9. Verdura Resort, Sicily, Italy

Best for sea views and sunsets 
The golf club isn’t the main attraction here — that has to be the view, straight out into the Med and westwards into the sunset. All three courses (two 18-hole, one nine-hole) make the most of the coastal scenery of Sicily and you’ll find yourself dodging the water on several holes — both the ocean and the well-placed lakes. The hotel is part of the Rocco Forte collection and brims with style from its fireplaces to its plunge pools. The spa is glorious and the outdoor pool may tempt you to abandon your clubs, at least for one day. 

Spa Y
Number of courses 3
Accessible rooms Y
Price ££

Adare Manor, Ireland, is one of the best golf hotels in Europe
Adare Manor

10. Adare Manor, Ireland

Best for combining golf and spa
Seeking a luxurious golf resort spa as well as top-class golf? Look no further than Adare Manor, where the spa provides dreamy treatments and its own pool. The course here has been picked to host the 2027 Ryder Cup and is as well manicured and maintained as they come, with lush rolling fairways and fast, true greens. The practice facilities are excellent here too, with a large chipping area and practice bunker as well as a driving range. The hotel itself is prestigious without being stuffy — think whisky by the fire and good old-fashioned Irish hospitality.

Spa Y
Number of courses 1
Accessible rooms Y
Price £££

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