Las Colinas The perfect stop for a golf getaway |
For golfers planning their next golf break abroad, then Las Colinas, located in the southeastern region of Spain, could be the ideal destination. Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, this relatively new resort continues to win accolades both on and off the course, having recently received the award World’s Best Golf and Villa Resort at the 2021 World Travel Awards and The best golf course in Spain.
Las Colinas is located south of Alicante in the famous golf region of the Costa Blanca and provides the perfect golfing location with this part of Spain known for its warm climate, mild winters and over 300 days of sunshine a year. The resort is a 50 minute drive from Alicante airport and a similar distance from Murcia airport and with direct flights from most UK regional airports taking less than three hours. you can see why it’s a favorite with golfers on the go.
The resort is located slightly inland with the coastline a 10 minute drive away. Accessible by a single in-and-out road, Las Colinas offers a quiet private community set in a 300 hectare site. Las Colinas is Spanish for ‘The Hills’ and unsurprisingly the resort, villas and golf course have been carefully carved into the surrounding wooded hillside landscape, part of a 10,000 hectare natural park. , offering a breathtaking view of the estate and the sea.
Golfshake had the opportunity to visit Las Colinas in November 2021 for a short three day trip to sample all that Las Colinas has to offer and to find out why this place is so highly rated and considered one of the top destinations in Spain, not just for golf, but to stay within the exclusive and private community.
The course at Las Colinas offers a typical resort style layout which may seem forgiving off the tee but still offers variety and a challenge for all levels of golfer thanks to the hole design and careful placement of the many bunkers you will find throughout the property.
With the course located between and around the Las Colinas properties, the course flows beautifully through the landscape providing views and variety throughout and given the luxury on offer the course matches those standards. The course may be relatively new but is maturing well and has been expertly designed by world renowned course designer Cabell B. Robinson, the man behind Aphrodite Hills, Finca Cortesin and La Cala.
Layout and design provides a fun test with a good variety of holes with a mix of Spanish pines, an unscrupulous amount of fairway and greenside bunkers and water coming into play on seven holes. One thing you will notice is how the holes very rarely overlap or intersect, which is due to the clever design of the course in and around the property development and through a loop layout providing constant elevation and views evolution.
During our trip we played the course three times and can honestly say we never got tired of playing it. This is largely due to the well-designed layout and variety of holes and the way the course has been developed to blend in smartly with the landscape and property development.
For those playing in some of the warmer months the summer can see temperatures regularly in the 30’s so it may be advisable to use a buggy but during our trip we walked the course using of an electric cart.
This course comes Highly recommendedand this is evident from its highly acclaimed reviews on Golfshake, as well as its continued presence in many published Continental European Top 100s and hosting the European Tour Qualifying School Stage Two.
To learn more about the course, read our in-depth review here.
The properties offered are not there only for golf and Las Colinas prides itself on being a premier resort. Las Colinas Residences offer the opportunity to live and stay in an exclusive gated community located on the Spanish hillside just 6km from the sea. For visiting golfers there are a range of choices available including two bedroom apartments or three bedroom and three bedroom villas.
All properties available for a golf trip are fully furnished, have WIFI, air conditioning and the usual comforts you would expect. The accommodation on offer spans the entire estate with accommodation set in a series of gated communities each offering parking and some form of access to the community swimming pool.
During our visit we had the chance to tour the wider community and provide insight into some of the most exclusive villas and ongoing developments for those looking to purchase a residence in Las Colinas. The development continues to be built to an exceptionally high standard, which is evident with Las Colinas winning ‘World’s Leading Golf & Villa Resort’ at the World Golf Travel Awards in 2021 for the second time.
Whether you are looking to purchase your own private accommodation or simply rent accommodation as part of a trip, Las Colinas Residences offers the perfect base for private exclusivity and a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Leisure & Facilities
Golf isn’t all that’s on offer at Las Colinas with residents and guests able to access a range of activities. The more active can take advantage of the tennis and padel courts or venture into the on-site gym which also gives access to a large outdoor paddling pool. Plus, for those staying with young families, Las Colinas is perfectly set up with short nature walks, activity areas for kids, and bike rentals available.
For those wishing to relax further, the Sports & Health Club offers a range of spa and wellness services including beauty treatments, physiotherapy or massages.
Las Colinas residents also enjoy exclusive access to the WOW Beach Club, which is a 10-minute drive from the Las Colinas resort, offering guests access to the private beach club, restaurant and large infinity pool. . This exclusive private hideaway offers a break away from the main resort at a beachfront location in Campoamor.
The Pro-Shop is fully equipped and offers a variety of golf clothing and accessories. The friendly golf team will be there to give you a warm welcome and meet any other needs, including buggy or cart hire or even golf club hire if you don’t decide. travel with your own golf clubs.
Finally, there is a well-stocked mini market on site giving access to a range of everyday items and local produce for those times when you cannot take advantage of the fabulous clubhouse and dining options.
The Las Colinas Clubhouse is the perfect setting before your golf with breakfast served daily in the main area and food and beverages available after your round at the unique restaurant. The food on offer is first class and whilst offering an international menu you can also expect to be treated to the delights of fresh local Mediterranean produce.
If you go for something a little more formal but with a bit of glamor than the Palco serves a menu of authentic traditional Italian dishes. Guests are greeted in the main bar and cocktail area before being seated in the more formal setting of the main restaurant which is located adjacent to the main clubhouse.
For connoisseurs and those with an appetite for gastronomic fulfilment, then indulge in the newly opened fusion restaurant, umawa which serves an impressive range of Nikkei dishes, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian dishes.
If food is your thing then Las Colinas excels. During our trip we sampled everything on offer and came away exceptionally impressed.
Las Colinas may be a short drive from major airports, but using Las Colinas as a base for your stay provides options for golf in the wider area. For golfers wishing to play additional courses, Campamor, Las Ramblas and Vilamartin are all based nearby, with over 20 other courses in the surrounding area including Alenda, Font de llop, Alicante and Villaitana.
Outside of golf, visitors will find a mix of nature parks, water parks, local towns and of course the Spanish coast and beaches.
Prepare to be impressed at Las Colinas
To summarize, Las Colinas is an impressive facility in every way. Not only with the luxury properties and apartments, but also with the facilities available and the golf course. You will feel right at home, the dining options are of an exceptionally high standard and the staff are ready to ensure you have a great trip and stay.
the the golf course is impressive, and the layout offered the perfect mix of views, fun, and challenge. After playing for three consecutive days it hasn’t been boring and it was a course we could play again and again and a place we can’t wait to go back and visit.
Las Colinas is a place we highly recommend to stay and play, but for those considering buying a vacation home or retirement home, then Las Colinas may be the perfect place for those looking for a lifestyle Mediterranean in the fabulous setting of the impressive secluded private community of Las Colinas.
For more information on the surrounding area, the inland track and getting the most out of a golf trip to Alicante and the Costa Blanca, please see our dedicated golf guide: www.golfshake.com/travel/alicante/.
You can also visit the resort’s website here: lascolinasgolf.com/fr/.