Sir Nick Faldo’s maginificent design at Cornelia
is the focal point of a luxury stay at Turkey’s leading resorts
Belek’s heady mix of five-star hotels, great climate and a
host of world-class courses has made it one of Europe’s
most popular holiday destinations. The only problem with
booking a trip lies in identifying exactly which hotel and
golf options to combine – a tricky business when there is
genuinely so much quality on offer. But let us help you
narrow it down to two properties that actually sit side-byside
as neighbours: Cornelia’s Deluxe and Diamond
resorts make a formidable twosome – and both are tailormade
to provide levels of service and a golfing experience
that will bring you back for me.
Many would argue that, for the dedicated golfer, the
jewel in Belek’s crown is the aptly named Cornelia
Diamond Resort. It’s one of the newer facilities in the
region and a huge plus for its guests is the fact that they
enjoy privileged access to one of the very best courses in
Turkey, the Cornelia Faldo, situated right next door.
The hotel effortlessly lives up to the standards set by the golf course, too, and by any measure is an astounding
facility. It’s a sizeable operation. There are 571 rooms and
suites – ultra luxurious, and jaw-droppingly beautiful in
places. Some of the suites really are stunning, situated in
individual units with a private balcony and enjoying direct
access to a huge swimming pool. They offer a taste of millionaire-
style chic at an affordable price and can turn a
humble golfing break into a genuinely memorable experience.
Cornelia’s all-inclusive service means you can enjoy up
to eight seasonal a la carte restaurants and numerous
bars to the full, plus there’s a terrific spa (that fills two
floors!) where you can select from a dazzling range of
indulgent treatments, Turkish baths, massages and
Russian steam baths. There’s also a large leisure complex
including an amphitheatre for live shows, beach parties
and a buzzing nightclub that forms the core of entertainment
most times of the year.
This isn’t the only Cornelia hotel enjoying access to Sir
Nick’s magnificent layout, however. The nearby Cornelia
Deluxe – also five-star – offers an enticing alternative to
the sparkling Diamond. The Cornelia Deluxe is an allinclusive
resort, but it’s smaller (with 358 rooms), a little
more intimate, offering less of a “wow” factor but with a
more laid back vibe. By comparison, it has a modest number
of restaurants (five) and “only” eight bars to choose
from. Being smaller, the service is more personal though
and the staff’s attention to detail is legendary, drawing
back loyal customers year after year.
The Cornelia Deluxe also has a relaxing ambience
thanks to being constructed around the five elegant outdoor
pools, which is great for those seeking some peace
and quiet and a place to unwind in the sunshine. Should
you become restless, however, there’s plenty to do, with
tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, climbing, bowling, as well as water sports like wind surfing, sailing, jet-skiing,
parasailing and banana boating.
But the real selling point for golfers is access to the
Faldo Course. This 27-hole delight isn’t just one of the
finest in Turkey, it’s one of the finest in the Mediterranean
region. The more accomplished and experienced player
will relish the challenge set by the six-time major champion.
Accuracy from the tee is a prerequisite on almost
every hole, and there’s always a chance that even a wellstruck
drive will roll off a camber in the fairway and finish
in a sandy waste area or some scrub. Trees are never far
away either, so in true Faldo style this layout will test your
ball-striking skills as well as mental resolve.
The clubhouse is a typically extravagant marble and
stone affair that not only looks great but has all the facilities
you could possibly need, including buggy and trolley
hire and a large driving range and practice zone.
The Faldo Course is one of the best layouts among the
14 truly outstanding golf courses to enjoy in the Belek
region, and while it’s tempting to tour up and down the
coast to sample notable layouts such as Lykia Links, The
Montgomerie and Gloria Golf, the Faldo Course is more
than capable of maintaining your interest seven days a
week. It really is that good.
The Cornelia Diamond and Deluxe Resorts make a
break in this particular corner of Belek really special. They
have all the right ingredients: a beautiful location, superb
facilities and a course that will entertain you even if you’re
a scratch golfer. What more can you ask for?
Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine