The Enivironment - The Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmental Sensitivity

 

Desert Springs was awarded the Spanish “Madera Verde” 2005 Prize for Environmental Responsibility, by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment’s Association for the Promotion of 
Socio-Cultural Activities and The Royal Spanish Golf Federation, out of no less than 60 entries for the award.

The objective of the award is to both recognise and to publicise the many positive aspects of environmental conservation that can be achieved by the voluntary efforts and work of those involved in promoting, running and managing golf courses, providing they act with all due regard, respect and care for environmental issues.

The Awards Committee highlighted the tremendous response to the awards received from Spanish golf courses; some 60 courses entering the competition for the award, demonstrating in itself a high degree of environmental awareness and concern in the golfing industry. Following assessment of all sixty by the Technical Committee, seven were selected for the short list, being Desert Springs, La Herrería, Montanya, El Saler, Los Arqueros, Buenavista & RSHEECC.

The Awards Committee considered three main criteria in making their final decision: -

  • The method of construction of the golf course
  • The management and maintenance programmes introduced for the golf course
  • The awareness and protection of the environmental issues brought to the attention of golfers and non-golfers by the Club’s management

According to the Citation for the final award, Desert Springs represented a clear example of an institution with a high degree of environmental observance and respect. Within their Citation, it was exceptionally gratifying to read that: -

"In Desert Springs case, the scrupulous work that was carried out during the construction of the course in a desert environment was evident, an extraordinary and exceptional case of respect for the natural environment. Special mention is to be made in respect of the careful use of water in a closed circuit system of irrigation, allowing for the correct minimum necessary consumption, based on systems typical of those used in Arizona USA. It should also be mentioned that Desert Springs do not irrigate the "rough" area of the course, only the tees, fairways and greens, and this encourages the growth and well being of the local flora and fauna."

Director of Golf, Simon Coaker commented - “The world of golf has a responsibility to both respect and enhance the environment in which it resides and it is wonderful to have the efforts of all involved, in particular those of our Golf Course Superintendent, Anthony Brooks, and Chief Naturalist, Joel Lodè, recognised. Furthermore, I believe that this award can only be positive for the future of golf course development in our area”.

The Bentley International Homes Award for Best Spain Development

 

Desert Springs Resort was awarded The Bentley International Homes Award for Best Spain Development.

The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence.

The awards are split into regions covering Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK and USA. Participants are judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines. 

The highest-scoring winners from each region are automatically entered into the overall International Awards, which ultimately determine the world’s finest property companies.

The Bentley International Homes Award for Best Architecture

 

Desert Springs Resort was awarded The Bentley International Homes Award for Best Architecture.

The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence.

The awards are split into regions covering Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK and USA. Participants are judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines. 

The highest-scoring winners from each region are automatically entered into the overall International Awards, which ultimately determine the world’s finest property companies.

The Daily Mail Best Almeria Development Award

 

Desert Springs Resort was awarded The Daily Mail Best Almeria Development Award, which quickly gained status as the most prestigious honour available to UK property companies.

The Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from Almeria with participants judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines.They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry, with the award denoting a world-renowned mark of excellence.

The New Homes Gardens Gold Medal For Best Overseas Landscape

 

Desert Springs Resort was awarded The New Homes Gardens Gold Medal for Best Overseas Landscape.

The New Homes Garden Awards is the most respected national programme to recognise and reward the house builders, garden designers, landscapers, landscape architects and contractors who create the innovative and sustainable gardens and landscapes around new homes. 

The awards is acknowledged as the garden and landscape ‘Oscars’ of the new homes building industry. The New Homes Garden Awards celebrate and share the achievements, not just nationally but, with the world. Winning the New Homes Garden Awards is a prestigious symbol of excellence, creativity, innovation, sustainability, environmental responsibility and true customer care.

 

The Castillo de Cuevas Award for Sevices to Tourism

 

Desert Springs Resort received The Castillo de Cuevas Award for Services to Tourism. 

The award recognises the objectives of the Almanzora Bay Group in the Almanzora which are the creation of a wide range of opportunities for a better quality of life for both residents and visitors alike and the development of high quality residential tourism as a viable long-term alternative economy for the Almanzora, its people and its new residents.

 

The Trade Leaders Club New Millennium Trophy for El Torrente Restaurant

 

El Torrente Restaurant at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club 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.

EGTA 2016 European Group Travel Awards

 

Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club was awarded Best Golf Resort for Groups in Europe by the European Group Travel Awards (EGTA).

The European Group Travel Awards, staged as a partnership between Landor Travel Publications and leading international group specialist, HotelPlanner.com requested of leading group travel buyers their EGTA award nominees with voting for the shortlists for the 21 categories made open to a panel of industry experts as well as the general public to select the finest suppliers in the group travel industry.

The EGTA awards ceremony was attended by more than 350 industry executives, travel organizers, and trade publications from across Europe and abroad.

“The European Group Travel Awards shines a spotlight on those who offer the best of the best in the group travel market,” stated Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner.com “This event gives us an opportunity to thank these companies and organizations for their support and dedication.”

 

The Golfers' Choice 2014, 2015, 2017 Outstanding Leading Courses

 

The Indiana Course at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club has 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 Awarded SICTED Distinction of ‘Commitment to Tourism Quality’

 

Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club has been awarded by the Sistema Integral de Calidad Turística En Destino (SICTED) the distinction of ‘Commitment to Tourism Quality’. Promoted by the Ministry of Tourism with the support of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), SICTED works with companies and touristic services throughout 32 categories of business that include; hotels, restaurants, sports facilities and public transportation to name but a few, with the objective to ensure the quality of touristic destinations and to guarantee the positive experience and satisfaction of its visiting tourists.

The SICTED certification distinguishes those establishments that stand out for the quality of their facilities as much as the service provided in all aspects of interaction with the customer. In particular, Desert Springs Resort has been recognised for the quality of the superb Indiana golf course and it’s excellent practice facilities and standards of service provided to its guests, as well as the quality of the service and food provided within El Torrente restaurant.

Additionally, SICTED has also awarded its Distinction to ‘The Lodge @ Desert Springs’ for the quality of it properties available to rent and the standards of service provided to our visitors.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

 

Desert Springs Resort has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2017. This award denotes Desert Springs being honoured as a top-performing holiday resort for the third consecutive year as reviewed by travellers on the world’s largest travel site.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months and the popularity ranking on the site of the business.

Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business said. “TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence.

The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”