ELA Quality Resort - your Turkish palace for the dream golfing holiday !
Turkey has seen a meteoric development of superb golfing facilities in recent years and was voted IAGTO European Golf Destination of the Year in 2008. With its stunning championship courses, luxury resorts and superb weather, the Antalya-Belek region of southern Turkey (click here for map) is the ideal venue for a golf holiday and - being outside the Euro zone - remains very affordable.
|ELA Quality Resort - a 21st century palace
At the forefront of the luxury resorts, the ELA Quality Resort is a 5 star, 583 room hotel, but seems more like a 21st century palace, blending Turkish hospitality and traditions with magnificent architecture, in a western interpretation of the exotic world of the East.
The Hotel carries you beyond time, on a surprising trip between the yesterday and today of Turkish culture, in an unaccustomed harmony between traditional and modern, with the accent always on quality and luxury.
The greatest care has been lavished on even the smallest details, nowhere better illustrated than in the huge variety of rooms, from standard but spacious bedrooms to Suites and Villas.
Even the standard rooms go far beyond what you might expect. Different colour schemes illuinate the rooms on every storey, with orange, lilac, blue, green and purple decorations used to enhance the feeling of space and comfort, and all accented with restful coffee tones to soothe the spirit. Every room is equipped with toilet and bathtub,
central air conditioning,
telephone, free internet connection,
anda balcony with either a land or sea view. Amazingly, these standard rooms all offer between 35-45 square meters of living space - that's real comfort!
Then there are six types of regular Suite, as well as Lake Houses Suites and two-storey Lake House Villas ideal for families. Last, but not least, accomodation at ELA offers the ultimate in luxurious personal service at the magnificent ELA Sultan's Palace Villa, with its private pool, Turkish bath, sauna, and fitness centre, where a full time butler is on hand for every need. You will be spoilt for choice, but also just plain spoilt!
For families with young children, the mini club concept allows you to entrust the youngsters to highly trained staff who will ensure they have a wonderful time, while leaving you free to enjoy the many facilites of the Resort. Work out in the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre or relax and be pampered in the superb AB-I ZEN Spa & Rituals Lounge, offering Turkish bath, sauna, beauty centre, massages and VIP suites.
Outdoos, there are poolside, beach and other activites, including trampoline, water slides, tennis, mini golf, beach volleyball and water sports, while indoors you can enjoy billiards, table tennis, basketball, bowling and other games.
A gastronomic feast awaits you in the dazzling choiceof restaurants. Cuisine from 10 Turkish regions awaits in the elegant main Enderun restaurant, while the Kushane Ottoman restaurant, decorated in 18th century style, lets you sample traditional food of a bygone age which is no longer found in ordinary Turkish restaurants.
|Among the numerous dining options at ELA Quality Resort are the elegant Enderun restaurant, either indoors (above left) or al fresco (centre), or for something quite unique, why not try the Kushane Ottoman restaurant, offering traditional dishes from Turkish history?
For international flavour there are specialist restaurants proposing Japanese (Teppanyaki), Mexican, French, Italian, Aegean and seafood cuisine, as well as bistrot and snack style restaurants for lunch or quick meals.
|The beach bar and pier, scene of the famous pier parties, along the 250 metre private beach
Bars to suit every occasion range from poolside thirst-quenching to an Irish pub, and include the Vitamin juice bar, the Game zone amusement centre, a traditional Turkish tea and coffee bar with a chance to sample the famous water-pipe, a non-alcoholic hang-out strictly for 13-18 year olds, a nightclub and disco, and a relaxing coffee-lounge.
For those who feel like soaking up more of the genuine local culture during your holiday, there are cookery, dance, yoga and other personal development courses, magnificent concerts and special themed activities.
But for most of you reading this, it's golf that was your first consideration, and you couldn't have chosen a better spot, with three superb courses within easy reach of the Resort - TAT, National and Carya. Special green fee rates for ELA guests have been negotiated with these clubs, and the Resort will arrange transfers to all golf courses in the Belek area.
Tat Golf Club
For a chance to enjoy the the real southern Turkish landscape during a game of golf that can be as challenging or forgiving as you wish, here is the perfect answer. Designed by Martin Hawtree in 1997, the object at TAT was to preserve the natural character of the area, with its dunes, lakes and rivers. Right on he Mediterranean shores, everything has been left as orginal as possible. Beautiful views are to be found on the many tees placed on the summits of the dunes, looking out over the dunes themselves, the Taurus mountain range to the North and and the blue Mediterranean.
|TAT Golf Club: on one side of you, snow-capped mountains - on the other, the blue Mediterranean
With four diffferent sets of tees, every level of golfer from beginner to average player up to low handicappers and professionals will find their
indivudial challenge, with hazards set in the appropriate landing area for their game.
The golf course has a layout which provides fair conditions for first time playing. The greens are built as visible as possible to avoid blind shots,and unusually good conditions are even found after the heaviest of rainfalls, with the sandy soil draining water to flow off very quickly so that the course ramains playable. With three distinct nines - the TAT, the Belek and the International, you can play choose your ideal 18.
For more details click here, or to visit the TAT website click here.
National Golf Club
The 18 hole Championship Course was designed by former Ryder Cup Player David Feherty and Senior Tour Player David Jones, and has played host to the PGA European Turkish Seniors Open in 1996 and 1997. The National is the first golf course in Turkey developed with the guidance and in accordance with the standards determined by the European PGA and is open to members and limited day visitors.
Carved through a forest of eucalyptus and pine trees with the back-drop of the snow capped Taurus mountains and an abundance of natural lakes, the National tests all abilities of players.
For those just starting out, there is a professional team of highly trained PGA Pros who will look after your swing. Following your lesson or
game of golf, you can take advantage of the 40 bay Driving Range, 2 chipping and putting greens and practice bunkers.
The unique 9 hole Executive Course will suit any standard of golfer, with its wide tree lined holes and water coming into play on several of the tee shots, and provides an excellent warm-up for the short game before your round on the main Championship Course.
Visitors from the UK will appreciate the
British-style interior of the clubhouse, with its peaceful atmosphere and panoramic views over the golf course .
For more details click here, or to visit the National Golf Club website click here.
Carya Golf Club
This is the first classic, heathland style golf course to be built on Turkey's Mediterranean Golf coast, designed by the legendary Australian Peter Thomson, five times Open Champion and the founder of Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the international golf course architecture company.
“This is an exceptional piece of land on which to build a golf course. It is reminiscent of the famous Surrey heathland courses near London that I rate among the world's best and which I was fortunate to enjoy much success on in my playing days. I am very excited about the prospect of TPL creating a classic, traditional style course in Turkey,” said Thomson on accepting the project.
Set among undulating sand hills, Carya is an exquisite championship golf course, using heather grown in an extensive nursery on site to create a truly magnificent spectacle. The 7,186 yards, par 72 course is a demanding test of golfing strategy with free flowing holes that run between pine and eucalyptus trees and across a dramatic sand ridge. Carya boasts a Player's Course, a world class Golf Academy and spectacular new clubhouse.
Inspired by traditional old English style heathland courses such as Wentworth, Sunningdale, Walton Heath and The Berkshire, Carya Golf Course involved planting close to 1 million heather plants to strengthen the heathland environment already existing and creating an unforgettable golfing experience.
For more details click here, or to visit the Carya website click here.
ELA Quality Resort Hotel
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F: +90 242 715 2775
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|Map of Turkey showing Antalya and Belek region: see below for more details
HOW TO GET THERE
ELA Quality Resort is just 25 km from Antalya airport, 35 km from downtown, and 2 km from the nearest town of Belek. Taxis are always available right outside the door.
British Airways fly to Antalya from London Gatwick, while Thomas Cook and Monarch Airlines offer flights to Antalya from all around the UK.
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