• From: Neil Wilkie
  • Date: Sunday 15th July, 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Neil following his family villa holiday at Desert Springs Resort in July 2018

Rubén,

I’d like to thank you for all your help with the booking and introducing us to Desert Springs.

We’ve had an absolutely brilliant vacation – one of the very best we’ve ever had as a family!  

Desert Springs is a stunning resort with fantastic facilities, but more than that, every staff member we had the pleasure of meeting was courteous, efficient, engaging and thoroughly professional. It’s a really impressive and rare combination that we have really appreciated. 

The villa itself was exactly the right choice for us and was stunning. I’m not sure if you engage directly with the owners, but if you do, can you pass on our sincere thanks to them as well? 

I’m not sure I’ve ever written such a glowing endorsement for any holiday I’ve been on so thanks once again, you really helped us have the best vacation.

Kind regards

The Wilkie family

  • From: Jim
  • Date: Sunday 1st July, 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Jim following his family holiday at Desert Springs Resort in June 2018

Stayed at Desert Springs in June 2018 in a villa on Desert Drive. Superb location with lovely views over the golf course.

Whether you play golf or not does not matter, it’s a great place to stay.

As usual the organization was excellent, and the villa well prepared on arrival. Local beaches are a 10-minute drive, but worth driving along the coast to San Juan which has a beautiful beach. Also, worth a visit is Mojacar Pueblo, a traditional white village with great views.

  • From: Debbie
  • Date: Saturday, 30th June 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Debbie following her groups break at Desert Springs Resort in June 2018

I visited Desert Springs with a photography party of 3 photographers and 2 models.

We found the villa in exceptional order and the kitchen was fully equipped with everything you need to prepare meals with local produce bought in the local supermarket.

The villa, pool, roof terrace and grounds were beautiful and ideal for us photographers to capture stunning images.

We visited the Crocodile Club on one evening which had a live band playing. We all enjoyed the bars cocktails on the terrace whilst listening to the band.

The staff were all amazing helping us to get settled in on arrival and recommend a few good local restaurants in the town. They spoke very good English which helped with our ropey Spanish. Highly recommended for any trip whether you’re a golfer or not.

  • From: B Man
  • Date: Monday 18th June, 2018
  • Subject: Comments from B Man following his family holiday at Desert Springs Resort in May 2018

Great Family Holiday

Another Family holiday at Desert Springs enjoyed by all, 6 Adults and three Children aged 6, 4 & 3.

We had a four-bedroom Villa, overlooking the 2nd tee off and the 1st Green, which was equipped to a high standard.

We all enjoyed the Pool and lounging in the garden Area.

We played golf a few times (and I lost several balls!) on the very challenging but enjoyable course.

The Staff at Desert Springs are very helpful and friendly, and I would recommend the Clubhouse and Crocodile Club.

This is a great place for a peaceful relaxing holiday and only a 15-minute drive from the beach.


We plan to return next year.

  • From: Abingdon Preparatory School Cricket
  • Date: 23rd April 2018
  • Subject: Abingdon Preparatory School complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty (20) members of Abingdon Preparatory School, accompanied by three (3) coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-season training camp between Tuesday 17th and Saturday 21st April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Abingdon Preparatory School Director of Sports Ashley David-Ward, supported by Jamie Ellis, Assistant Coach and Benny Webster, Sports Coach accompanied Twenty (20) players aged 11-12 years of age who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and match simulations on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Abingdon Preparatory School Director of Sports Ashley David-Ward commented:

“A fantastic experience for all of our boys. The cricket facilities were outstanding as was the accommodation. All of the staff were extremely helpful, and nothing seemed too much trouble! The food was very good and went down well with all of the boys and staff. We will definitely return!

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting took place at the Cricket Academy, along with strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work.

A few of the Abingdon Preparatory School players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“The week was fantastic, and the cricket was exhilarating.” Will Hartley

“A brilliant week of cricket with perfect facilities.” Clem Davies

“Absolutely brilliant, everything spot on!” Sam Runsey

“The cricket pitch was just amazing, and the nets were stupendous!” Archie Leishman

“Excellent rooms and cricket facilities, I would definitely recommend to all!” Leo Carniaux

The squad also benefited from use of the Academy Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations.

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments and townhouses normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: Charterhouse School Cricket
  • Date: 16th April 2018
  • Subject: Charterhouse School complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty (20) members of Charterhouse School Cricket, accompanied by four (4) coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day pre-season training camp between Monday 9th and Saturday 14th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Charterhouse Director of Cricket Martin Bicknell and three (3) members of Charterhouse School Coaching Staff accompanied Twenty (20) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and competitive matches on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Charterhouse School Director of Cricket, Martin Bicknell commented:

“Desert Springs provides World Class facilities only two hours away by plane with exceptional staff!”

The Charterhouse squad also benefited from two (2) days use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating two competitive fixtures against the Rowse Academy XI who were also at the resort for their own pre-season preparations during the same period.

Charterhouse School Director of Sport, Nicholas Beasant commented:

“Desert Springs is a sensational venue with excellent facilities and service. All of the staff really understand your needs, and nothing is too much to ask. Thank you so much.”

Charterhouse players remarked of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“I really enjoyed the trip. The cricket and resort facilities were excellent, thank you!” Nick Payne (Aged 15yrs.)

“Resort accommodation and all of the facilities are truly excellent, thank you!” George Barlow (Aged 18yrs.)

“Desert Springs Resort is an excellent place to come and stay in order to prepare for the season ahead. Wonderful facilities and beautiful weather!”  David Campbell (Aged 17yrs.)

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: Malvern College Cricket
  • Date: 15th April 2018
  • Subject: Malvern College complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty-two (22) members of Malvern College Cricket, accompanied by three (3) coaching staff are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-season training camp between Monday 9th and Friday 13th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Malvern College Director of Cricket Noel Brett, with Malvern College Cricket Coach Richard Coughtrie and Sports Coach Liam Smith, accompanied Twenty-Two (22) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and match simulations on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Malvern College Director of Cricket Noel Brett commented:

“We have had a fantastic time at Desert Springs and been looked after so well. The facilities are second to none and have been great for our cricket. We will definitely try and come back in the future.”

The squad also benefited from use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations.

Sports Coach Liam Smith remarked;

“Awesome week! 10/10 cricket tour facilities, one of the best tours ever!”

Malvern College Cricket Coach, Richard Coughtrie commented:

“A fantastic week of cricket in the sun. The boys have had a wonderful week with great facilities.”

A few of the Malvern College players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“A brilliant week with amazing cricket facilities.” Will Hartley

“Sensational cricket tour!” Jamie Hawkins

“Beautiful accommodation and facilities.” Jack Whitfield

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments and townhouses normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: The Rowse Academy
  • Date: 14th April 2018
  • Subject: The Rowse Academy complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, twenty-seven (27) members of The Rowse Academy, accompanied by two (2) coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day pre-season training camp between Sunday 8th and Friday 13th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Rowse Academy Cricket Coaches Andy Rowsell and Bob Wincer accompanied the players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions and competitive matches on the new cricket ground, as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2018 season.

Rowse Academy Cricket Coach, Andy Rowsell commented:

“Another fantastic visit. Thank you for your exceptional service levels and taking care of our every need. We very much look forward to returning in 2019!”

The squad also benefited from two (2) days use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs, incorporating specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations.Two fixtures for the Rowse Academy representatives to compete against the Charterhouse School XI who were also at the resort for their own pre-season preparations during the same period were also played, allowing for practice to be put into play!

Rowse Academy Cricket Coach, Bob Wincer commented:

“Desert Springs is an outstanding resort with facilities to match. The new Oval is a wonderful addition to the cricket offering. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.”

Rowse Academy players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

“This is my second time here and it just gets better and better!” Owen Tennant

“Amazing cricket facilities with excellent food, thanks so much!” Joe Harland

“Desert Springs is the perfect place for a cricket tour, the Oval is beautiful.” Luke Smith

“I loved my time here and can’t wait to come back, thank you!” Matthew Maloy

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: Whitgift School
  • Date: 9th April 2018
  • Subject: Whitgift School complete successful pre-season cricket training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, seventy one (71) members of the Whitgift School Cricket Squad, accompanied by ten (10) members of staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-season training camp between Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Neil Kendrick, Whitgift School Head of Cricket Performance remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“This is the second time that we have brought out over 70 junior cricketers to Desert Springs. Yet again the staff at the resort have gone above and beyond to provide a fantastic cricketing experience. The addition of the main Oval is the icing on the cake and has meant that we have been able to deliver a true challenging match environment, sincere thanks to all.”

“The boys have enjoyed sensational facilities and the opportunity to train on first-class wickets and the food and service has both been great as always.”

“The boys have thoroughly enjoyed themselves with outstanding facilities and accommodation. A fantastic experience from start to finish.”

Those were the views of Whitgift School Cricket coaches James McCann and Ben Morris, respectively.

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting and bowling and fielding skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific and carefully planned programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape leading up to the commencement of the new season.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting as well as strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work took place at the Cricket Academy. The squad also benefitted from 3-days use of the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs with a varied programme that incorporated specific practice sessions involving; throw downs, slip catch training and fielding exercises as well as match simulations and matches.

A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;

Matthew Roberts (aged 13 yrs.); “The resort is amazing. The cricket ground enabled us to play excellent cricket!”

Rahul Tangirula (ages 11 yrs.); “An amazing cricket facility. It has been great to get away to a place like this for pre-season. The food and accommodation were also first-class.”

Jaime Player (aged 12 yrs.); “Incredible! Everything I could have wished for for this tour. The food, service and facilities were amazing!”

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments and Townhouses normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players at the ‘Crocodile Club’ Restaurant.

  • From: ECB Physical Disability Squad
  • Date: 4th April 2018
  • Subject: ECB Physical Disability Squad complete successful 6-day training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Twenty (20) members of the ECB Physical Disability Squad, accompanied by six (6) Management, staff and coaches are now back in the UK having completed their six (6) day pre-season warm weather training camp between Wednesday 28th March – Tuesday 03rd April at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 

 Ian Salisbury, Head Coach of England’s physical disability team remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“If you ever want the perfect preparation for a season, go to Desert Springs for your pre-season! Thank you to all the staff for making us feel so welcome.”

Chris Highton, ECB physical disability team Performance Analyst commented:

“Excellent visit, really well looked after, nothing was too much trouble. Hope to see you next year.”

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting and bowling skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific strength and conditioning programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape leading up to the commencement of the new season.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting took place at the Cricket Academy, whilst strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work was completed at both the Cricket Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club.

A varied programme at the cricket ground involved training sessions comprising; throwdowns, slip catch fielding, outfield fielding practice and match simulations that all culminated in T-20 matches taking place at the new cricket ground at Desert Springs.

A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;

Matt Askin; “Desert Springs Resort is a fantastic facility with fantastic staff who will go above and beyond what would be expected to make us feel comfortable. A brilliant opportunity that we have made the very most of.”

James Nordin; “Outstanding facilities and staff. Everything we wanted or required was taken care of. The pitches and training facilities were first class, and the accommodation and food was excellent.”

Liam O’Brien; “Very good facilities and all the staff were very welcoming and helpful.”

Alex Hammond; “I loved my time here at Desert Springs! The facility is amazing, and all the staff were so helpful and polite.”

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players at the ‘Crocodile Club’ Restaurant.

  • From: New Farnley Cricket Club
  • Date: 4th April 2018
  • Subject: New Farnley Cricket Club complete successful 3-day training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, New Farnley Cricket Club are now back in the UK having completed their three (3) day pre-season warm weather training camp between Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th March at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

Paul Hutchison, New Farnley Cricket Club Head Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“Having been to Desert Springs a number of times, I keep coming back for a number of reasons. The facilities really are sensational, matched by the levels of customer service, and when you are almost guaranteed great weather, then you’ve hit the jackpot! The cricket nets are perfect for our requirements at this time of year. Many thanks to all the staff.”

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting and bowling skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific strength and conditioning programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape leading up to the commencement of the new season.

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting along with strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work took take place at the Cricket Academy.

A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;

William Swift; “A fantastic few days. Excellent cricket facilities and so good to be outdoors again in the sunshine!”

Andy Langley; “A brilliant trip. A beautiful resort and cricket facilities. Thank you.”

Alex Baldwin; “Practicing outdoors again after a long winter, heaven! We were so well looked after, thanks so much.”

Mark Mason; “Excellent visit. The food in El Torrente was the best that I have ever had!”

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players at the award-winning ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.

  • From: Leistershire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 23rd March 2018
  • Subject: Leicestershire County Cricket Club complete successful 5-day training camp

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Leicestershire County Cricket Club (Leicestershire CCC) are now back in the UK having completed their five (5) day pre-season warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Between Saturday 17th – Thursday 22nd February Six (6) Leicestershire CCC management and coaching staff accompanied Sixteen (16) players who completed; grass net practice, both bowling and batting at the Cricket Academy, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work at the Academy Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club, and as part of their fitness programme the squad also completed a mountain bike trail route. The squad also benefited from the newly developed Cricket Ground at Desert Springs where they completed various practice sessions that included; throw downs, slip catch training and match simulations utilising the ground wicket.

Paul Nixon Leicestershire CCC Head Coach commented:

“An outstanding facility coupled with warm hospitable staff, all with a can-do attitude made our trip into a great experience for everyone. Impeccable service levels. Thank you. See you next year!”

Matt Mason, Leicestershire CCC Head Bowling Coach remarked:

“What a great environment to bring a team to. Great facilities which means players are happy and can focus on performance. Thank you to all the staff for making us feel so welcome.”

John Sadler Leicestershire CCC Assistant Coach remarked:

A fantastic facility. Exceptional staff and wonderful food. A superb environment to upskill as an individual and as a unit.”

Leicestershire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy:

Excellent facilities and very helpful and friendly staff.” Michael Carberry (Captain)

“Brilliant training camp at an ever-improving beautiful complex. Can’t wait to come back.” Paul Horton

“Brilliant facilities, very impressed with everything. Can’t wait to come back. A+” Lewis Hill

“Been great to get outdoors! Excellent facilities and very friendly and helpful staff.” Dieter Klein

“Brilliant all-round facilities with welcoming staff. Food is also of a very high quality. Hope to return one day soon.” Gavin Griffiths

“Very enjoyable and productive time at Desert Springs. Outstanding facilities and staff!” Tom Taylor

“Quality week. Cricket was excellent. High quality facilities.” Ben Raine

“Superb visit to Desert Springs. Great pitches. Food and service was excellent. Top class facilities.” Callum Parkinson

“Really enjoyed my time at Desert Springs. Service, food, and facilities were second to none.” Tom Wells

“Loved my time at Desert Springs. Outstanding service in all areas. Would highly recommend to anyone.” Rob Sayer

“Massive thank you to everyone involved in the running of Desert Springs. Everything from the service, to accommodation, to the food, has been exceptional and made sure that we had a really productive training camp” Richard Jones

“Thank you to everybody who has made this pre-season trip amazing. I have loved every minute of it!” Ateeq Javid

“Thank you for the great time spent at Desert Springs. My second time here and even better than the first. Brilliant facilities and excellent food.” Neil Dexter

“Huge thanks to all at Desert Springs for making our stay so comfortable. Can’t wait to be back!” Aadil Ali

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in El Torrente restaurant.

  • From: Myerscough College Cricket
  • Date: 17 March 2018
  • Subject: Myerscough College Cricket complete successful 5-day training camp

Fifteen (15) members of the Myerscough Cricket Academy aged 16 -19 years, accompanied by two (2) coaching staff, are now back in England having completed a successful 5-day training camp between Sunday 11th – Friday 16th March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Ground & Academy.

 

Liam Castellas, Myerscough College Head of Cricket remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“This was a fantastic experience for our players. Brilliant facilities combined with exceptionally helpful staff allowed us to focus purely on our cricket. I will certainly be looking to return in 2019 after seeing the benefits of the visit to my squad.”

 

The focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting, bowling & fielding skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific strength and conditioning programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape leading up to the commencement of the new season.

 

Grass net practice, both bowling and batting along with strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work took take place at the Cricket Academy and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club.

The squad also benefited from putting into practice all of their hard work by competing in two matches at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground against; The Pinitar Pirates U/19 and Cataluyna U/19, both of which they won!

 

Andrew Fletcher, Myerscough College Assistant Coach said;

 

“Desert Springs truly exceeded our expectations. We chose Desert Springs to provide our students an opportunity to bat and bowl on grass wickets to support their preparation for the upcoming season and the facilities provided were outstanding. Thank you to all of the staff, resort and ground staff, for all of their hard work in putting the finishing touches to a brilliant pre-season camp.”

 

A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;

 

Andrew Drake (Aged 18yrs.); “Great facilities and accommodation. Very helpful staff who looked after us so well. A great experience and trip, thank you!”

 

Nathan Bend (Aged 17yrs.); “Top quality in all areas, including the staff. It’s been so good we don’t want to leave!”

 

Callum Birtwell-Jones (Aged 18 yrs.); “Fantastic experience and facilities. We were made to feel so welcome by the staff and residents. I would love to come back and don’t want to leave!”

 

Zac Christie (Aged 18 yrs.); “Amazing facilities and even better experience. Wish I never had to leave!”

 

Ross Dickinson (Aged 17yrs.); “The great facilities and hospitality have really made this trip, thanks!”

 

Reece Willets (Aged 17yrs.); “The resort has both excellent cricket facilities and accommodation.”

 

Nicholas Pepper (Aged 19yrs.); “Excellent accommodation, great cricket facilities and brilliant service!”

 

Chris Wilson (Aged 18yrs.); “Top facilities, great hospitality, and the food and service is brilliant!”

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players at the award-winning ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.

  • From: Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 5th March 2018
  • Subject: Lancashire County Cricket Club complete second successful 4-day training camp

Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) have stepped up their preparations for the 2018 cricket season, having completed their second four (4) day warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Between Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 04th March, Sam Byrne (LCCC Team Physio) and Chris Benbow (LCCC 2nd XI Coach), accompanied nine (9) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Ground and Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

 LCCC Coach Chris Benbow commented: “Being able to train outdoors in February gives us a great opportunity to transition from indoors to our pre- season tour in March. Being back on grass is key for us during this time of year. Thank you for a great visit.”

 The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. Lancashire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

 

“Great facilities, thanks again for looking after us, look forward to seeing you next year. Simon Kerrigan

 

Excellent camp, fantastic food!” Tom Bailey

 

“Another productive visit, excellent facilities all round, thank you.” Liam Hurt

 

Sam Byrne, LCCC Team Physio remarked;

“Another excellent visit. We are so well looked after at Desert Springs and get all that we require cricket wise. Everything ran smoothly as usual, thank you to all the staff. See you next year.”

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned villas and apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in The Crocodile Club Restaurant.

  • From: ECB - England Cricket Board
  • Date: 5th March 2018
  • Subject: ECB Pace Programme successful 5-day training camp

Six (6) members of the ECB Pace Programme, accompanied by four (4) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a second successful 5-day training camp between Tuesday 27th February – Saturday 03rd March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Ground & Academy.

 

Kevin Shine, National Lead Pace Bowling Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;

“This was our second visit during our winter training programme and it was the perfect finish to our camps. The facilities are superb and the staff made us feel so welcome. Thank you so much.”

 

After their return from South Africa, the focus of the training camp was to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their batting, bowling & fielding skills as well as their fitness levels, through a specific strength and conditioning programme, to ensure that the players are in the best possible shape during their winter programme.

 

A varied programme of grass net practice, both bowling and batting took place at the Cricket Academy. Throw-downs, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work were undertaken at both the Cricket Ground and Gym at the Sierras Sports Club.

 

Ben Langley, National Lead Physiotherapist remarked;

“Another great visit. Everything that is required for a successful training camp is delivered at Desert Springs.”

 

A few of the players views of their experience at Desert Springs Resort during the training camp were;

 

Reece Topley; “A great trip made better by great service.”

 

Zak Chappell; “Desert Springs Resort is a lovely place with great facilities and beautiful views.”

 

George Scrimshaw; “This is a great place for a training camp, we had a lovely apartment, and wonderful food!”

 

Jamie Overton; “Thanks to all staff for another fantastic visit.”

 

Tom Barber; “Desert Springs is a great place. We were all extremely well looked after.

Excellent facilities and food. Thank you.”

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned Apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players at the award-winning ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.

  • From: Guernsey Cricket Board
  • Date: 26th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Guernsey Cricket Board Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 5-day Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, The Guernsey Cricket Board (GCB) have now completed their five (5) day pre-season warm weather training camp at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy.

 Between Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd February Five (5) GCB management and coaching staff accompanied Twenty-Two (22) U’17 players who completed; grass net practice, both bowling and batting, strength and conditioning work, running, speed and agility work, slip catch training and out-field fielding exercises with match simulations at the new Cricket Ground at Desert Springs Resort.

 GCB Operations Officer Colette Gooding commented:

 

Desert Springs is a wonderful environment which has allowed our players to develop their cricket skills and ability as well as having a fantastic time and be involved in a range of activities. Many thanks for a great first visit and we hope to see you again next year.”

 

The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity that included volleyball and football during non-cricket time.

 GCB players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Ground & Academy;

 

“This is possibly the best place to improve your game, amazing!” Nathan Le Tissier, aged 15 years.

 

“The resort has very nice accommodation and amazing cricket facilities!” Sam Gates, aged 12 years.

 

“For a brand-new pitch, it was brilliant, and so well cared for.”  Blake Carre, aged 13 years.

 

 “To say I was impressed with the facilities would be an understatement!” Harry Gent, aged 13 years.

 

This has been a great experience with great facilities and really nice staff. I would recommend it for any age group and ability.” Max Johnson, aged 16 years.

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club.

  • From: Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU)
  • Date: 21st February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from ILGU Management, Coaching Staff and Players after their second successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

Following on from the successful completion of their first of two scheduled training camps earlier this month, between Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th February, three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) accompanied eight (8) players representing the U18 and U21 International squads to complete their second 4-day warm weather winter training camp at Desert Springs Resort.

 

 “Desert Springs is a fantastic place for both golf and leisure. Great facilities and lovely staff, we were so well looked after, many thanks!”

 

That was the verdict of 24-year-old Paula Grant, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

The training camp utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy, where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy, prior to the players taking their games to The Championship Indiana Course.

 Donald Scott, ILGU Head Coach commented:

“Thank you to Kirk and all the staff for accommodating our team this week, the resort facilties and service were again top class!”

 

 Danielle McVeigh, ILGU Captain commented:

“5-Star service from all of the staff, extremely well organised and we were really taken care of, many thanks!”

 

Robbie Cannon, ILGU Strength & Conditioning Coach remarked:

“Superb service all week and we look forward to returning next year, we will just have to stay longer if we can!”

 

Comments from some of the ILGU International Squad Members respect to their experience of the training camp were;

 “The place is just great, the greens are in fabulous condition with an excellent speed.” Giorgio Carr

 “A stunning golf course with excellent facilities and friendly staff.” Valerie Clancy

 “Great facilities with all of the staff being so friendly and helpful, thank you.” Sara Bryne

 “I had a really great week, thank you.” Annabel Wilson

 

The players and officials were accommodated in some of the privately-owned villas and apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining each evening in El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: V European Schools Team Championships
  • Date: 16th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Coaching Staff and Players further to their attendance to the ‘V Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’

Eighty-six (86) full time students accompanied by sixteen (16) coaches and staff representing; Millfield, Bradfield, Loretto, CT Sports, Reeds, Lancing & Whitgift School, competed in the ‘V Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’ at the Desert Springs Resort between Sunday 11th to Wednesday 14th February 2018.

 

The Team Championship was open to boys and girls of all ages with a maximum handicap of 24 and was held over 3 days (54-Holes). For tournament day one & two the format was 4 Ball-Better-Ball Pairs Stabelford Points. The format for tournament day three was team individual Stableford Points Scores being combined to achieve the Teams accumulative Stableford score.

 

Rick Valentine, Director of Golf at Loretto Golf Academy based at Scotland’s leading Scottish private boarding school, set in 85 acres of leafy campus just outside Edinburgh that provides an all-round education for just over 600 boys and girls aged 3-18, commented:

 Another fantastic visit to Desert Springs. All the staff were again first class throughout. The weather this year was just glorious. We are so well looked after, the pupils really do get a feel for playing in a ‘real’ event, they love it! Thank you to everyone at the resort, look forward to seeing you again next year.

 

Kevin Cademy-Taylor, Programme Manager at The CT Sports Academy remarked:

 “Overall we had an excellent week. The golf course was in great shape with the greens being particularly very good. The Caddy Masters looked after all our needs with a smile and a professional outlook every day. The Golf Reception were extremely helpful as were all the F&B staff. We will most definitely be returning as this is one of the best organised tournaments of the year for us.

 

Karen Nicholls, Millfield School Director of Golf, commented:

 “A fantastic visit once again. We are all made to feel so very special during the week. The feedback received from the pupils has been excellent. Very much looking forward to 2019 and trying to grow the event even more! Thank you to everyone at Desert Springs.”

 

17-year-old Sophie Caldon with a handicap of 3, from Millfield School remarked:

 “It’ll be sad to say goodbye to everyone here for the last time after four years, but every visit has certainly been something to remember. Thank you for all of your efforts. The course was in good condition as always and everyone made us feel so welcome. What a great experience!”

 

15-year-old James Gray with a handicap of 6, from CT Sports Academy remarked:

 “I enjoyed my time at Desert Springs so much! The course was in top condition all week and the off course facilities are outstanding. The staff were very helpful when practicing. Hope to be back next year.”

 

16-year-old Evdokios Demetrios with a handicap of 7, from Loretto School remarked:

 “I so look forward to coming to Desert Springs every year, I feel very lucky to have this experience.”

 

Neil Kendrick, Whitgift School Head of Cricket and Golf, commented:

 “Another brilliant week at Desert Springs. Everything is so well organised, nothing is left to chance. Look forward to seeing you all in April for our cricket camp, and most definitely we will be back for the Golf Championships again in 2019!”

 

18-year-old Alfie Fox with a handicap of +2, from Whitgift School remarked:

 “One of the best School trips I ever had, Kirk and his team couldn’t have set it up any better, thank you.”

 

12-year-old Joe Gould with a handicap of 16, from Reed’s School remarked:

 “It was the best from start to finish! Can’t wait to come back next year!”

 

The students, coaches and school staff were accommodated in some of the privately owned Apartments, Townhouses and Villas normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club and El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Gregor Brodie
  • Date: 16th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Gregory Brodie following his experience whilst attending the ‘V Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’ between Sunday 11th – Wednesday 14th February 2018

In my capacity as one of only two Bull 3D qualified biomechanics instructors globally and one of only 7 UKCC ASQ Level 4 coaches in the UK I travel a great deal. I am indulged and fortunate to be hosted by some of the finest resorts and clubs on the planet and have become accustomed to first class service.

 

As a student working through A Levels I was involved in the catering industry, working in many restaurants and numerous food and beverage organisations, so also feel I am well positioned to recognise quality service and food when I am exposed to it.

 

I am also a performance coach at Foxhills Resort (double rosette) and the PennyHill Park Resort (Michelin star).

 

In my capacity as head coach for Reeds School we recently visited Desert Springs resort. 

 

It is not often that you feel compelled to write to the managers of an organisation, but the level of service that I experienced at Desert Springs has compelled me to write to you sir. 

 

Professional, friendly, willing to go above and beyond normal requirements, efficient, attentive, caring, motivated, passionate, organised……I could go on and on. What I experienced, witnessed and the discussions I overheard and had with others left me in no doubt that what I had experienced was equivocal and indeed above what I have experienced anywhere in the world. This a view shared by everyone I talked to.

 

I want to thank you and your staff for what was one of the most impressive demonstrations of how to treat customers that I have ever witnessed and experienced. They are a credit to you sir and you are a credit to the owners of your resort. I would recommend your resort without reserve to any of my clients and will look forward to returning. You really must be commended for your achievements. Truly first class, professional service.

 

Kind Regards

Gregor Brodie

PGA Performance Coach

www.gregbrodiegolf.com

  • From: Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 12th February 2018
  • Subject: Comments from Lancashire County Cricket Club Coaching Staff and Players after their successful 4-day Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

With the domestic cricket season drawing ever closer, Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) are now stepping up their preparations for the 2018 campaign, having completed the first of two separate four (4) day warm weather training camps at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy.

 

Between Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th February, Mark Chilton (LCCC Coach) and David Roberts (Lancashire County Cricket Clubs official medical services partner), accompanied nine (9) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Ground and Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

 

LCCC Coach Mark Chilton commented: “Desert Springs has provided us with an excellent 4-days experience. It serves its purpose completely as a training camp venue prior to the English season. The staff and food have been outstanding with service levels received impeccable.”

 

The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. Lancashire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

 

“This is my second visit to Desert Springs, a fantastic facility and all-round resort with perfect weather for this time of year, thank you.” Karl Brown

 

“Brilliant facilities all round and a great few days training, see you next month for our second visit!” Simon Kerrigan

  

“It’s great to be back at Desert Springs, everything was top draw!” Tom Bailey

 

“Fantastic training facilities and perfect for this time of year and the weather was great to!” Liam Hurt

 

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately-owned villas and apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in El Torrente Restaurant.

 

Lancashire CCC will be returning to Desert Springs between Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 04thMarch 2018 to complete their second pre-season training camp.

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