Date of Release: 23rd July 2017



It is with pride and pleasure that we announce that the Desert Springs Resort has been awarded Andalucía’s Premier Tourism prize for 2017.   This is the coveted and prestigious ‘Excellence in ManagementAward, the first of eight categories awarded by the Junta de Andalucía each year during the Andalucía Tourism Awards, recently held in Sevilla.

This award recognises The Desert Springs Family & Sports Resort, developed in Cuevas del Almanzora, as generating a positive touristic impact throughout the Levante Almeriense and the Almanzora region of Almeria and as the only desert resort & golf course in Europe thanks to efficient and innovative water management.

The awards committee, Chaired by the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Sports, Diego Ramos, is composed of the heads of Tourism and Sport for each of eight delegations, representing the Andalusian Confederation of Businessmen, the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and the UGT-A and CCOO-A Unions, as well as prestigious personalities in the tourism sector.


 Simon Coaker, Desert Springs Resort Sales & Marketing Manager commented;

“This award generates a true sense of pride in the entire team at Desert Springs Resort.

It recognises and confirms our unwavering commitment to the delivery of excellence on a daily basis through our service, our accommodation and food and beverage offer, our leisure and sports facilities; all provided for the enjoyment of our guests, residents and the general public. It is a part of our on-going development of quality tourism as a viable long-term alternative economy for the Almanzora region within Almeria.

Receiving this award permits Desert Springs to make use of its recognition by the Ministry of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía and its corporate identity, which it shall do with pride.”

The awards presentation ceremony, which will take place on the 27th September, coinciding with World Tourism Day, consists of the presentation of a sculpture by an Andalusian artist and a Diploma of Accreditation.


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About Desert Springs Resort

Opened in 2001, Desert Springs Resort quickly established an international reputation for outstanding quality, attracting discerning golfers, international elite amateur teams and professionals, as well as major international events, including two Spanish Amateur Opens and most latterly the 2015 & 2016 PGA Europro Tour Championships. Desert Springs Resort will be host to the European Tour Qualifying second stage between 3rd-6th November 2017.


Resort accommodation is provided in the apartments, townhouses and villas available for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs Resort. Meals are served in the resort’s Croc Restaurant, part of the family-friendly Crocodile Club that is geared up for a wide variety of leisure activities and the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant at the Club House.

Spacious fairway frontage villas that allow for an unforgettable stay at Desert Springs Resort

Visiting guests’ benefit from resort gated security and full management and services that ensure all aspects of a guests stay are taken care of. These include airport transfers, food hamper deliveries, and both resort and off-resort restaurant reservations.

Desert Springs Resort rental apartments that overlook the championship Indiana course

Desert Springs Resort is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are: Almeria Airport, 40 minutes by car; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include British Airways, EasyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, and Fly Thomas Cook.


         The Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club

Facilities already completed and in use at Desert Springs Resort include:

  • The Indiana course, a par 72 -18-hole USGA specification golf course, designed by former Great Britain and Ireland Golf Team Captain Peter McEvoy who was inspired by the desert courses of Arizona and California;
  • a golf academy whose PGA qualified teaching professionals cater for several international teams, for the women’s elite squads of the Golf Union of Wales and for many of the English County Union’s elite squads; PGA European Tour, PGA Europro Tour and LET players.
  • two tennis courts, two paddle courts, beach volley ball and two football pitches – one is a full-size grass pitch; the other is designed for five-a-side games;
  • a Cricket Academy with facilities that comprise; twenty-four (24) grass wickets with nets, one artificial wicket with nets, a full length artificial grass wicket, a Professional Bola Bowling Machine with 28 ball feeder, a slip catch cradle and a specific area which provides outside space for facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area;
  • a Spanish colonial style Golf Club House with a lounge, bar, restaurant, locker rooms, TV and reading rooms, and a Ralph Lauren Golf Boutique;
  • The Crocodile Club which provides family fun at the heart of the resort with pools, equipped sand play areas, a kid’s battery powered John Deere Gator circuit and a games room as well as a Jacuzzi, sun lawns and a pool bar;
  • a health and fitness club and spa.



Desert Springs Resort was awarded Best Golf Resort for Groups in Europe by the     2016 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA). The Indiana Course at Desert Springs Resort has also been recognised as the 6th Best Golf Course in Spain, based on the reviews of players who rated the course on the Leading Courses website. Out of the 345 courses present on this ranking the Indiana Course at Desert Springs occupies 6th place with a score of 8,8/10, and awards Desert Springs Golf Club with the “Outstanding” badge. This distinction is only given to the best 10 courses in the country.

Desert Springs Resort has been awarded the Daily Mail Best Almeria Award and the Bentley International Property Awards for the Best Spain Development and Best Architecture, as well as the Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmentally Sensitive Development & SICTED award for the distinction of “Commitment to Tourism Quality”.

El Torrente Restaurant has received the New Millennium International Gastronomy   Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry. This award was created by the Trade Leaders Club with the aim of distinguishing companies from all countries, for the outstanding quality of their products or services.


The climate of the Almanzora coastal region

Desert Springs takes it name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent with an annual average of more than nine hours of daily sunshine and maximum daily temperatures of between 16°C (60°F) and 30°C (86°F) throughout the year.  Annual rainfall is less than 200mm. The Almanzora coastal waters are among the cleanest and warmest in Europe, attracting both fish and diving enthusiasts.


Reader enquiries:
Simon Coaker

The Almanzora Group Ltd

Sales & Marketing Manager

The Manor, Boddington, Cheltenham,

Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ

Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680116

Mob: +34 678 235 716