Jet2 expands services to Antalya for UK holidaymakers and golfers

The UK travel and holiday company Jet2.com has said that it has added more flights and holidays to Antalya in March 2022, following increased demand from holidaymakers, as well as golfers looking for the best courses in the Turkish sunshine.

With the addition, customers travelling from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle Airports will have more choice and flexibility when looking to book a holiday or golf break to Antalya.

Besides the beautiful holiday resorts, Turkey’s Antalya region is an emerging location in the golfing world, with 14 top-class courses in the upmarket resort of Belek. The region has in recent years hosted some of the world’s best players to prominent European tour events as well as the Turkish Open. With world-class courses and a selection of golf hotels to choose from, golfers can enjoy attractive fairways.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘The stunning Antalya region is becoming more and more popular with all types of customer, from families and couples through to golfers. Holidaymakers can enjoy beaches, culture, waterparks and incredible cuisine for amazing value and the wide selection of world-class courses, complemented by stunning hotels, makes Antalya a golfing paradise too. When you factor in the glorious sunny weather on top of that, Antalya in March is a very attractive proposition which is why we are increasing capacity in response to demand. We haven’t stopped there either, as golfers can also take their favourite clubs with them for just GBP1 thanks to our new golf carriage promotion.’

Customers looking for a holiday next March can choose from up to four weekly services to Antalya from Glasgow, and up to three weekly services from Edinburgh and Newcastle. In addition, as part of a new golf carriage promotion, customers travelling with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays can take their golf clubs with them for £1.

New golf course opening in the Maldives

Any island resort of note usually has at least one golf course to its name, but some are better than others, valuing what an 18-hole course can do for its fortunes and prestige. Many small island nations who are worried about sinking below sea level as a consequence of global warming are thinking of innovative solutions to their problem. The Maldives is one such country, and to try and ensure that it remains a popular tourist destination for golf breaks with yourgolftravel.com, it has come up with a radical idea.

In conjunction with a major architectural firm, the Maldivian government are to start work on a multi-million pound floating golf course as part of a series of floating islands. As many of its islands are just five feet above sea level, the powers that be in the Maldives are trying to find ways of maintaining its status as a top destination for tourists who love to play golf with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, soak up the sun or sample a different culture to their own.

Golf is just one of many things tourists can see and do when visiting this group of islands. The Maldives have so much to offer visitors, whether they want thrills at every turn or are in need of a relaxing week or fortnight away from the daily grind at home. First gaining independence from the British Empire in 1965, it quickly became a tourist hotspot, despite being the lowest-lying country in the world. Aside from its largely sunny climate, the nearby marine life and innovative cuisine in capital city Malé all make it a place worth visiting.

Visitors can visit many of the islands’ main attractions including its many mosques and Islamic centres, as well as restaurants such as the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant on Rangali Island. Being composed of many small islands, the Maldivian beaches are a great place to spend some quiet time alone. Although there are fears that all of that could go if environmental experts are correct, it remains to be seen whether the new floating islands will match the original Maldives in terms of beauty, tranquillity and enjoyment.

Belfry Hotel and Golf Resort Changes Hands

US-based KSL Capital Partners LLC has acquired the Belfry, a hotel located at Wishaw, North Warwickshire, England.

The celebrated 324-room hotel and golf resort is located close to Birmingham with easy access to London via the motorway system. It features seven food and beverage outlets, a 25,000-square-foot fitness centre, a spa, and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

The property is spread across 550 acres, and hosts a famous golf course, The Brabazon, the PGA National Golf Academy, and two additional golf courses, the PGA National, and The Derby. The hotel claims to be a perfect retreat for golf enthusiasts searching for the most challenging golfing holiday.

The resort will be operated by a subsidiary of the De Vere Group, which owns brands that include De Vere Hotels, Venues and VILLAGE.

Richard Weissmann, a partner in KSL Capital Partners, said, ‘The Belfry has a proud heritage and is widely known as the ‘spiritual home of The Ryder Cup,’ and we are honoured to be the next stewards of this great property. Given KSL’s experience owning and operating large-scale golf and spa resorts across the United States, The Belfry is the perfect opportunity for our first resort investment in Europe. We believe De Vere’s familiarity with today’s European travellers combined with our planned renovations will provide guests of The Belfry a new level of luxury, service and amenities.’

KSL currently owns a hospitality portfolio worldwide, including The Grove Park Inn, The Homestead, Montelucia Resort & Spa, Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Royal Palm, La Costa Resort and Spa, and ClubCorp, a private golf and business club brand.

Donald Trump Inaugurates Golf Course in Scotland

Trump International Golf Links, a golf company owned by Donald Trump, has opened a new golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The new golf course, constructed at a cost of £750 million, is on a 500-hectare plot of land on the coast of Aberdeenshire. The 18-hole links golf course is located in the Menie Estate, along with a hotel, a collection of luxury holiday homes, and a residential village.

Sarah Malone, the executive vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, said, ‘We have several days of events and activities planned to mark the opening of Trump International Golf Links Scotland. Hundreds of guests will play our championship links course for the first time.’

Donald Trump has dedicated the golf course to the memory of his mother, who was born on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland.

The course was recently inaugurated by Trump, who had invited a number of international players to experience the lavish setting, and it will be opening to the public on July 15, 2012.

After teeing off at the course, the former Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie, said in an interview with The Telegraph, ‘It makes me very proud to be a professional Scottish golfer today, to witness the opening of his fantastic course. On behalf of all the pros that are playing up in Inverness today, I can go back tomorrow to tell them how wonderful this site and this occasion is today.’

The location of the course has been controversial, and has gone ahead despite opposition from local residents, environmentalists and wind farm developers.

Experience Golf Holidays at Fairmont St Andrews Hotel in Scotland

For anyone that loves golf, the Fairmont St Andrews Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland, is offering what it claims to be the ultimate vacation for golfers.

The golf resort is located on a 520-acre estate with a coastal setting, and offers luxurious accommodation, an opulent spa, several dining venues, and two golf courses.

The Torrance Course at the resort is hosting the Scottish Senior Open golf tournament from August 17 to 19, 2012, where former Ryder Cup player, Barry Lane, will be defending his two-time title-winning streak. The Kittock Course is another 18-hole course that is attached to the property.

The hotel has won the European Golf Resort of the Year 2012 from IAGTO; and the Golf Resort of the Year 2011 from Golf Tourism Scotland; and is ranked 18 in Conde Nast’s Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World.

The resort has recently re-launched its popular ‘Golf, Golf and More Golf Package’ on both of the golf courses. The holiday package includes two nights of accommodation in a guestroom; a Scottish breakfast every day; limitless golf on the Torrance Course and the Kittocks Course; with complimentary use of buggies on The Kittocks Course. The golfing holiday rates commence at £349.00 per room, per night.

The other vacation packages from the hotel include a discount up to 30 percent on stays of three or four successive nights; and an overnight stay for a couple, with a Scottish breakfast and a round of golf included, for rates commencing at £209.00 per room, per night.

Trump joins RSPB to protest against wind turbines

Businessman Donald Trump has formed an unlikely friendship with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The two have previously been against each other over the building of Trumps golf resort.

But the pair has buried their differences to show a united front against the plans for wind turbines. The American tycoon and the RSPB claim that the 11 turbines in Aberdeen Bay will destroy the environment, and that it’s an irresponsible project.

Trump and the RSPB have previously been on opposite sides of the fence over Trumps proposals to build a £750million golf resort.

However standing together, they are both against Marine Scotland’s plans to build 640ft structures built along the coast – which will be viewed from the golf resort.

The RSPB argues that the turbines could damage rare birds like the common scoter and red-throated diver.

Ian Francis, RSPB Scotland area manager for north-east Scotland, said: ‘From an early stage, we have held many discussions with the developers, and we acknowledge the efforts they have made to reduce its scale and change the layout of the turbines, which has helped.

‘However, more planning, research and monitoring is needed to ensure we truly understand the impact this site may have on local birds.

‘The bay is an important area for many species. Since this is a European-funded test centre, it is crucial that a thorough research programme is developed to help understand how this and the many forthcoming offshore wind farms can reduce their impacts on birds and other marine wildlife.’

HotelTravel.com sinks hotel deals for 2011 British Open

HotelTravel.com is sinking hotel deals and birdie putts for this week’s 140th Open Championship at Royal St. George’s at Sandwich in Kent, England, offering additional savings off its usual super low rates.

While Tiger Woods has already declared he is unfit for this year’s British Open, the world of golf seems to have left him behind. After upstart Roy McIlory scored his first major victory at the US Open earlier this year, the refrain around PGA clubhouses in 2011 could easily be ‘Tiger who.’

HotelTravel.com Chief Marketing Officer, Tom Racette, said: “Roy McIlory is the face of professional golf for 2011, along with his young posse of friends who dress up flash in bright colors and white belts. They are the ones making all the noise this year, and that trend will continue at the British Open. With Tiger out injured the best he can do is try to steal boy Roy’s thunder with cheap theatrics on the Golf Channel.”

For the latest look at golf’s finest pack of young talent, read through HotelTravel.com event travel article ‘The Open Welcomes Young Guns in 2011.’ It correctly zoomed in on the new faces of golf making headlines the last six months, leaving an aging generation of golf professional watching highlights on cable television.

Golf fans looking to stay in Canterbury or East Kent for The Open Championship should log on and look through HotelTravel.com’s Canterbury hotel promotion page. It offers savings of up to 75% off HotelTravel.com’s usual low prices, with hotel rates starting for as little as EUR 62 per night.