Staff picks – our favourite destinations

Feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of golfing holiday destinations on offer? If you’re having trouble narrowing down the choices for your holidays this year, you’re not alone. At Chaka Travel we’ve tried to take some of the uncertainty out of this process with our staff picks of our favourite destinations. As we travel to the destinations to provide first-hand accounts of our trips and what you can expect while you’re there, we’re more than qualified to help you in your quest to find the perfect golfing holiday this summer.

Mauritius

A personal favourite of staff member Stuart, Long Beach Mauritius offers not one but two world class golf courses: the Ile Aux Cerf Golf Club and the Anahita Golf Club. Facing an extensive seafront along the famous Belle Mare Beach, this beautiful resort offers a wide variety of experiences to suit any tourist, including a sea-inspired spa, swimming pools, a climbing wall, water sport activities; the list goes on and on. Long Beach is also ideal for families, with ANGELS and WAVES club catering for children and teenagers up to the age of 17.

Maldives

Crystal clear waters, soft white sand and unparalleled luxury – add in the opportunity to do some golfing, and there really is nothing more you could want from a getaway in the Maldives. The Maldives is made up of lots of little islands, and we can recommend the right one for you as each has its own unique character and charm. If the golfing opportunity has piqued your interest, Kuredu Golf Club is the first of its kind in the Maldives. The golf course is surrounded by natural forest and the noise of the ocean, there could be nowhere more peaceful for the game of golf. The course is a 6 hole par-3 course with artificial greens with the average length of a hole being 55 yards.

South Africa

For a different kind of golfing holiday, our MD Mark and his wife Marcella couldn’t wait to take the Rovos Rail Golf Safari, a total adventure, and a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. With 8 nights aboard the Rovos Rail train, guests get the opportunity to play on 5 different gold courses, including Leopard Creek, Royal Swazi, Durban Country Club, Champagne Sports Resort and Sun City Lost City – a totally unique experience for any keen golfer. The cars have a charming Victorian atmosphere, and there is a focus placed on maintaining an old-style version of travel. There is no radios or television sets on board – but the stunning backdrop of South Africa is sure to enchant every guest and passenger on board. It’s an absolute must for golfers and non-golfers alike – we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Abu Dhabi

For the Formula I fans out there, you will recognise the iconic Yas Viceroy Hotel as the modern curvy building in the middle of the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit on Yas Island. This incredible hotel boasts 499 rooms and suites and 12 different restaurants. It’s a beautiful, modern setting, and guests can also expect to play 4 rounds at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and Yas Links Golf Club. We love this hotel’s setting at its modernist style – it’s the perfect resort for the golfer who wants variety without any compromise on quality. If this sounds like your scene, contact Stuart who can help you plan your trip.

Dubai

Worldwide, few hotels are as instantly recognised as the Burj-Al-Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world. Our offer at Chaka Travel includes four nights at this iconic hotel, with 4 rounds of golf at Emirates Faldo, Dubai Creek, Els Club, and The Montgomerie GC. Guests can take advantage of the 6 restaurants and lounges that the hotel offers, as well as the shopping complex, swimming pools and leisure complexes. It really doesn’t get more luxurious than this – so why not treat yourself?

At Chaka Travel, we are golf holiday specialists, and we guarantee that any golf enthusiast will have the holiday of the lifetime with one of our holidays tailored to suit your needs. Why not give us a call on 028 9023 2112 today and begin planning the trip of a lifetime?

 

Summer Wedding Destinations With a Twist

Everyone wants their wedding day to be truly unforgettable. We all want the ideal weather, the dream location and the exquisite resort to make everything just perfect – but who says you have to stay put? At Chaka Travel we love nothing more than jetting off to discover a new destination, and when you want an unforgettable location to say those all-important vows, we know exactly where to suggest. We’re here to bring you three truly unique summer wedding destinations, and show you just how magical a wedding can be.

The Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands nestled in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It is home to beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. It’s a truly unforgettable summer wedding destination, and perfect for an active couple; the beautiful beaches are fantastic for water sports, and the resort Constance Lemuria Seychelles offers up a free day of golf for residents on its Lemuria Golf Course. We can’t recommend this stunning location enough, set amidst luxurious, exotic vegetation and sheltered from any sea winds, it’s an idyllic spot for a summer wedding.

Mauritius

Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island destination, famed for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for UK couples, and it’s easy to see why. Mauritius is renowned for its elegant hotels and friendly people, and there are many beautiful destinations to choose from in this tropical paradise. We love the Heritage Le Telfair resort for a luxury beach wedding; it’s built in a romantic, French Colonial style, on a former sugar estate, and boasts one of the most pristine stretches of beach on the entire island. It offers a truly unique wedding, as couples can choose a romantic setting for their ceremony on the beach or in the gardens of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. With golf, a spa, restaurants and much more on site, you can be sure guests, bride and groom can all celebrate your special day in luxury.

Mexico

What’s not to love about Cancun? This vibrant Mexican spot is sometimes described as a tale of two cities, with the very distinctive hotel glitz and glamour on one hand, and the authentic city full of traditions on the other, which makes this a diverse and very exciting destination to explore during your honeymoon. For couples seeking a luxurious Mexico summer wedding location, we fully recommend the stunning Secrets The Vine Cancun, an adults-only resort surrounded by crystal-clear views of the Caribbean Sea and powder-white beaches. It’s also a golfer’s paradise too, with guests able to enjoy playing the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, located just seven miles north of Cancun in Quintana Roo.

Wherever you decide to go, Chaka Travel is here to make it happen. We’ve travelled to our resorts and can provide first hand recommendations and advice depending on your exact holiday requirements. We’re experts in Wedding and Honeymoon holidays, and our friendly staff will be happy to help with any enquiry. We’re here to make your special day truly remarkable – so why not give us a call on 028 9023 2112 and start scouting out your dream wedding destination with our expert help?

Resort spotlight: Best Mauritius golf holidays

When you think of Mauritius, you think of white sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets and a generally idyllic tropical paradise. We love Mauritius, and in fact we’ve been organising golfing holidays, honeymoons, weddings and trips of a lifetime for our customers to this island paradise in the Indian Ocean for over 20 years, so we know the best about everything the island has to offer. Here’s our resort spotlight on the best Mauritius golf holidays, so you can book your holiday without the risk of the unexpected, thanks to the hard work of our travel experts.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

This resort is one of our staff and customer favourites – and for good reason. The turquoise waters, the dazzling white beaches, the luxurious accommodation and of course the golfing opportunities all make this resort an absolute must-see. Guests can enjoy golfing on a choice of two courses – The Links and The Legend – with unlimited green fees, which makes this holiday resort a really affordable experience. When you’re not soaking up the sun or perfecting your swing, you can enjoy being pampered in the hotel’s spa – the Shiseido Pavilion, which aims to help you achieve total relaxation and rebalance your body. It’s not hard to see why this resort really does have everything you need for the holiday of a lifetime.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

When you want luxury, elegance and privacy to enjoy your getaway, the Constance Le Prince Maurice offers all this and more. The resort offers the only thatched roof over-water bungalows in Mauritius (always an envy-inducing element of your holiday to share when you get home!), and wouldn’t you love to regale family and friends with tales of your dining experience aboard the resort’s floating restaurant? In its own private lagoon it offers a dining experience unlike any other. Guests can of course also enjoy golf, spa treatments including shiatsu massages and activities like windsurfing, kayaking and water skiing.

Sugar Beach Resort & Spa

For romance, relaxation and luxury our Sugar Beach resort is the perfect spot for tranquillity-seeking honeymooners. The unobtrusive service, complimentary green fees at the Tamarina Golf Club, varied choice of bars and restaurants, a variety of recreational activities and a fully equipped spa – what more could a holidaymaker want from a golfing holiday?

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok

How does free daily golf at the iconic Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Course sound? When you stay at this resort, that’s just the start of the 5 star experience you can expect. This resort boasts a world class beach, every room has a beachfront view, guests can enjoy holistic wellness at the spa, and dazzling turquoise waters tempt the more adventurous guests with the chance to explore the vibrant marine life. Talk to us today to start booking your trip to this recently refurbished resort.

Mauritius really does hold something for everyone, and many of our guests return several times to their favourite spots. We can tailor-make your dream golfing holiday to Mauritius and have dedicated travel experts who know everything about this destination and can advise you on where to stay, where to eat, where to play and where to relax so you enjoy a stress-free, bespoke service to start your trip off on the right foot. Contact us today to get started.

Culinary delights of South Africa

We love to travel, and whenever we explore a new destination one of our favourite things to do is to try out the local cuisine. Following a recent golfing holiday to South Africa, our very own sales consultant Kallam was lucky enough to sample some of the delicious local cuisine, and shared his experiences with us. Find out more about these, as well as what to expect from South African dishes (and of course, let’s not forget the wine!)

Kallam’s South Africa food review

  • Cape Town nightlife: We started our trip off exploring all of the bars and clubs of the legendary Long Street thoroughly. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a street with such a warm friendly party vibe, it was the weekend of the Cape Town Jazz Festival and Long Street resembled a scene from New Orleans during Mardi Gras!
  • Arabella Resort: Our meal was as spectacular as the property itself – I ordered crispy confit pork belly followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb and a baked cheesecake to die for.
  • Marine Hotel in Hermanus: It’s a beautiful boutique hotel situated right on the coast, the sound of crashing waves and the smell of fresh sea air is almost intoxicating and the perfect accompaniment to the seafood dinner we enjoyed. Simply outstanding; a deliciously unique red seafood curry was paired with a wonderfully crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Conrad Pezula: Here, I enjoyed a unique twist on Parma ham and melon to start paired with another crisp Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a tender and perfectly cooked venison loin backed by an equally powerful Bordeaux Blend. Exquisite!

South African Wine

South Africa’s vineyards produce some of the world’s finest wines, and a trip to this beautiful country wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a winery to sample some of the delicious wines. These regions, which are mostly along the Western Cape near the coast, are steeped in years of wine making traditions and hold lots of rustic charm. Ask us about incorporating a winery tour into your South African golf holiday and you could enjoy dining al fresco whilst sipping your new favourite tipple at one of the many boutique wineries.

Famous local cuisine

Our hotels can cater to every taste with their varied menus, but if you want a more authentic food scene there are a few famous local delicacies you should look out for. So, when it comes to being adventurous and trying the local cuisine, what can you expect from the food in South Africa? The good news is that it enjoys varied dishes full of flavour, so your taste buds won’t be disappointed. Bobotie is the national dish, made from minced meat simmered with spices (usually curry powder), herbs and dried fruit, then topped with a mixture of egg and milk and baked until set. If you have more of a sweet tooth, make sure you try a melktert (milk tart) which is a pastry filled case containing a delicious combination of milk, eggs, sugar and traditionally dusted with cinnamon.

Tempted by all South Africa has to offer? Why not get in touch with us today and we can help you tailor make your dream South African adventure. Call our specialists today on 028 9023 2112.

What does the Algarve have to offer a golf enthusiast this summer?

The Algarve is well-known around the world for its sun-drenched beaches, welcoming local culture, and a beautiful, rural countryside. The country of Portugal has a rich golfing history and tradition, cultivated over the last century, and it remains one of the most beautiful golfing destinations in the world. Portugal’s most southerly region, the Algarve, stretches from the West Coast to the Spanish border in the east, and offers any golf enthusiast a beautiful and truly diverse getaway – and, of course, the opportunity to golf on some of the world’s most beautiful courses. It’s only a 3hour flight (or less) from Ireland and the United Kingdom, and flights arrive to the region’s sole international airport, meaning that flights and accessibility are always easy.

The Algarve has an ideal climate, which means that it’s easy to get away and play golf no matter what time of the year; and there’s a wide range of locations to explore. The most central area, which includes Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago is one of the most luxurious on the island, and one the places best equipped for golf, due to the number of championship courses available. Challenge yourself while you take in the beautiful and challenging terrain while you play the Quinta Do Lago, San Lorenzo and Vale Do Lobo courses. Mention must go to Vilamoura if you intend to travel with a golf group, as the busy town is close to a wide range of resorts, but also boasts a lively nightlife to ensure all members of the party have a holiday of a lifetime.

Once you’ve finished golfing, the Algarve has a wide variety of beaches, nightlife and culture to be explored. Praia do Anção, a continuation of the beach at Quinta do Lago boasts a stunning stretch of sand, friendly lifeguards and a family-friendly atmosphere, whereas Praia da Marinha, central Algarve boasts breath-taking sheer cliff faces and boasts a nomination as one of the top 10 beaches in Europe.

If you love culture; the Algarve is rich here also. Silves, lying slightly inland, is surrounded by orange groves, and has a beautiful red-brick castle and 13th century Cathedral, for all the history lovers amongst us. Other notable cultural hubs include Tavira, Lagos or Sagres.  In terms of nightlife, the Algarve has plenty to offer. Central Algarve boasts a wide array of bars, clubs and hotels, with a variety sure to satisfy visitors of any age. For the party animals, Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Lagos are the best, and for a luxury holiday try the ‘Golden Triangle’ Almancil, Quinta do Lagos, and Vale do Lobo.

We at Chaka Travel have an extensive range of luxury golf holidays in Portugal just waiting to be picked, and as golfing holiday specialists, we’re confident that we can provide you with the golfing holiday of a lifetime in the beautiful Algarve region – just give us a call today!