When it comes to golf breaks Italy often flies under the radar. It’s hard to understand why for the country is home to some truly outstanding courses. Add in the culture, cuisine, and plethora of beautiful accommodation offerings, and here is a destination that rivals the best that Europe has to offer. Looking to indulge on your next trip? If so here are five luxury Italian golf hotels you need to discover.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
Verdura Golf and Spa Resort has been described as paradise by European Tour player Álvaro Quirós. With two world-class Kyle Phillips designs, and a 5* experience to rival any resort in Italy, it’s hard to disagree.
Sunny skies and breathtaking scenery combined with a plethora of historical, cultural and gastronomic delights, has long guaranteed that the Italian island is a firm favourite among visitors.
Set along 2km of Sicily’s most pristine coastline, Verdura utilises this glorious setting to create an exclusive and luxurious golf break for all lovers of the game.
There is a private beach, a 60-metre infinity pool, a world-class spa, four restaurants, and much more. Add in three Kyle Phillips golf courses, west, east and nine-hole par-3; and Verdura is a destination not to be missed.
Castelfalfi Golf Resort
The countryside retreat at Castelfalfi Golf Resort takes luxury golf escapes to a whole new level. Declaring its intention to be Italy’s finest golf and spa hotel upon opening, the 5* hotel is bestowed a bewitching location amid the rolling Tuscan hills.
The resort combines all the ingredients that have long made Tuscany a mecca for travelling golfers and visitors alike. Namely a temperate climate, beautiful scenery, culture, and world-famous cuisine.
The recipe makes for an award-winning concoction, and not only in the hotel’s renowned kitchens.
Moreover, Castelfalfi Golf Club, with its 27 holes, throws down the gauntlet to the most expert players and also guarantees an enjoyable experience to passionate beginners.
Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa
Donnafugata rivals Verdura as Sicily’s finest golf resort. Located in the southeast, near the Baroque town of Ragusa, the resort opened in the summer of 2010.
The deluxe resort provides the ideal getaway to relax in tranquil surroundings and play on its two championship golf courses.
Set within a nature reserve near a trio of beautiful beaches, the resort is home to a luxury 900m2 spa and health club. Guests will also discover a private beach, two swimming pools, and three restaurants.
The two 18-hole courses at the resort are both of very high quality. The north (Parkland), was designed by Gary Player. Meanwhile, the south (Links) offers outstanding views across the Mediterranean to Malta.
Castiglion del Bosco
Dotted with cypress trees and following the contours of the historic landscape of the Val d’Orcia, Castiglion del Bosco encapsulates the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside.
Situated in one of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a unique and luxurious golf resort. Guests rooms are located in 17th and 18th-century farmhouses, complete with private heated pools, pergolas and beautiful gardens.
Designed by British Open winner Tom Weiskopf, the resort’s 18-hole golf course offers the unique opportunity to play golf within the confines of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Terme di Saturnia Spa and Golf Resort
A member of the Leading Hotels in the World group, Terme di Saturnia offers an exclusive spa, golf and culinary experience in the heart of Tuscan Maremma.
Built on the site of a thermal spring, the state-of-the-art spa capitalises on the healing power of the spring waters. There are also two excellent dining options on site. The Aqualuce restaurant offers Mediterranean dining, and the gourmet All’Acquacotta serves Tuscan-inspired fare.
Californian Ronald Fream was the architect behind the charming course at the resort. The layout merges seamlessly with the natural landscape. Meanwhile, the club’s commitment to sustainability has garnered international acclaim.