• From: ANorthernerAbroad
  • Date: Monday 25th May, 2015
  • Subject: Comments on Trip Advisor following a May half-term family holiday at the Desert Springs Resort

We're at Desert Springs this week for our second visit.

It is a great place for a family holiday.

Despite the fact that it is half term the resort is not overcrowded and there's enough to entertain the kids so that my wife can relax with friends and I can get out on the golf course.

The food is good with some of the menu options changing daily and the service is excellent, staff all speak good English and nothing is too much trouble.

The golf course is in superb condition, but it is a desert course so if you're off the fairways you're in trouble. Take one of their buggies as it can be very hot and carrying clubs only for the young and very fit. Despite half term really no problem getting tee times.

The bigger villas come with private pools, but our 3 bed villa is in a gated area of about 8 villas sharing a pool. Ideal for the kids to make new friends.

Villas are clean, comfortable and well maintained and none of them are more than a few minutes walk from the main restaurant and clubhouse.

There's also the Crocodile Club, which is a larger pool, bar and cafe, with table tennis, tennis courts, giant chess board, basketball hoops, etc.

It's less than 10 min drive to local beaches, supermarket, gokarting and a fantastic waterpark (our kids would happily spend every day there!).
 

  • From: Darren L
  • Date: Wednesday 20th May, 2015
  • Subject: Darren´s comments on Trip Advisor following his holiday at Desert Springs Resort between in May 2015

A delightful place and what a great time for a group of people.

Originally disappointed as only one restaurant was open, but it was great, plus we booked the cave bar for a private function which was marvellous.

The staff were great.

I hour and a bit from Murcia airport and a supermarket 5 mins away for supplies.

Rent off them direct and not private as we had a leak and they sorted it.

Golf course was great and shot an 80 with rental clubs so happy.

Would definitely recommend.

  • From: Mojacar 100
  • Date: Wednesday 20th May, 2015
  • Subject: Comments on Trip Advisor following a golfing break at the Desert Springs Resort

“WONDERFUL”

 

It is a very well maintained golf course with very friendly staff & fabulous facilities.
It offers luxurious accommodation with outdoor pools. The Resort has spacious and well-equipped apartments, villas and cottages. Some villas have private pools. 
There are several bars, restaurants, a pool bar, an awesome African-style hut, a gym and a spa, free WiFi and free parking. 
It is a place to switch off or have fun. All very well maintained. 
 
It is located about 3km from Vera, Palomares and Cuevas del Almanzora town.
  • From: Gary Stuart
  • Date: Tuesday 19th May, 2015
  • Subject: Gary´s comments following his 7-day golfing break at Desert Springs Resort between 9th - 16th May 2015

Good Afternoon Leticia,

I just wanted to pass you and all the team at Desert Springs Resort a short message to say thank you very much for taking care of us all last week on our vacation.

The resort was excellent and the facilities & golf course were a pleasure to play.  The next time we visit I hope we can do it when the Crocodile Club is also open.

Please pass on my thanks to Julia (I think!!)……. (she has short brown hair!) at the golf reception for taking care of all the bookings and buggy’s for us.

She was a star, along with the rest of the team.

Thanks again for all of your help before we arrived, and apologies for the many emails I sent with lots of questions! 

Take care and have a great summer.

Gary Stuart

  • From: Lorna E
  • Date: Tuesday 19th May, 2015
  • Subject: Lorna´s comments on Trip Advisor following her 3-day golf break at Desert Springs Resort

 

Auction Surprise

Having bid for this holiday in a charity auction we were pleasantly surprised to find the resort exceed all of our expectations.

The staff were fab.

The breakfast was great and the dinner great value for money.

Great location too for the Coast.

Garrucha has nice bars down at the marina and the tapas was great. 

  • From: Malcolm & Noreen Barron
  • Date: Thursday 14th May, 2015
  • Subject: Michael & Noreen´s comments following their 3-day golf break at Desert Springs Resort between 4th - 7th May 2015

Good Morning!

 

Thank you for your e-mail and thank you for a fantastic break at Desert Springs. 

I have nothing but praise for the resort. 

We loved everything from the well equipped apartment, the beautifully maintained golf course, the quality restaurant and the first class service throughout.

I have, today, posted a well deserved 5 star review on Trip Advisor which should be published in the next few days.

 

Kind regards and again many thanks,

Malcolm & Noreen Barron.

  • From: Rachel Horner
  • Date: Thursday 14th May, 2015
  • Subject: Rachel´s comments following her parties relaxing 4-day break at Desert Springs Resort between 30th April - 4th May 2015

 

Dear Leticia and Natalie

 

Just a quick note to say what a wonderful time my friends and I had Desert Springs. 

We were totally relaxed and refreshed. 

The restaurant food and staff were wonderful and we enjoyed playing tennis.

Even though we are not golfers we would love to return one day to the resort.

 

Thank you again.

Rachel Horner

  • From: Malky
  • Date: Thursday 14th May, 2015
  • Subject: Malky´s comments on Trip Advisor following his 3-day golf break at Desert Springs Resort

 

“Sweet Desert Venue"

My wife and I have recently returned from a 3 night unlimited golf break staying in a one bed apartment and have nothing but praise for an excellent resort.

The accommodation is modern and comfortable.

The apartments are well equipped (with ample free parking) and are situated in a lovely courtyard setting around a good sized pool.

The golf course is in very good condition and we so enjoyed the various challenges.

This was low season for the course so we were able to play 36, 45 and 51 holes of golf.

We did use a buggy (30€) and the battery life meant the buggy was good even for 51 holes. To be honest a buggy is not required and they are restricted to buggy paths but when playing more than 18 holes we found a buggy an advantage.

The bar and restaurant on site is open all day. We did not take breakfast there but the evening meal was very good and represented great value for money in a lovely setting.

There is a gym which is available at a small supplement. We did not use the gym but from looking through the window it looked large with various machines and free weights.

Service could not be faulted.

From the moment we arrived at reception and were personally taken to the apartment to the friendly service in the restaurant and on the course we were made to feel genuinely welcome.

Top marks, Desert Springs.


Until the next time, thanks to all.

  • From: Daniel Walker
  • Date: Tuesday 12th May, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Daniel Walker following his groups golfing break at Desert Springs Resort between 8th-11th May, 2015

Daniel Walker Golf Party at Desert Springs Resort

 

On Friday 8th May, Daniel Walker arrived with a party of 10 golfing friends to Desert Springs Resort for a 3-day golfing break.
The group were accommodated on a full board basis in some of the privately owned villas at the resort and enjoyed 3 rounds of golf on the Championship Indiana course.

Daniel Walker remarked of the break: –

“This was simply a fabulous stay, sensational hospitality, the weather and golf were perfect and the staff were always willing and smiling!”

Jack Robbins remarked of his stay at Desert Springs –

“Thank you for the wonderful service, we have had a wonderful weekend.”

David Slemen remarked: –

“Great Golf and the best service ever!”

Simon Morgan commented: –

"Wonderful service with great golf, lots of fun!”

  • From: Allan Parr
  • Date: Tuesday 12th May, 2015
  • Subject: Allan´s comments following his successful completion of the purchase of a two bedroom Colonial Townhouse at Desert Springs Resort

Townhouses at Las Sierras IV

 

Peter,

"The reason for this mail is to thank Desert Springs for the way they dealt with the sale of the above property to my wife Angie and myself.

The whole process was seamless from beginning to end, and this was largely due to your Commercial Manager Paul Gutierrez and Natalia Ruffinelli Gonzalez.

Paul recommended to us a first class solicitor (Paloma Moreno-Torres) who looked after our interests both with the bank and at the Notary, Paul also explained to us all the purchase costs and at the end of the day, he was about right with his estimate.

Natalia Project Managed the installation of the kitchen magnificently, taking on board all the changes requested by Angie, who now loves the kitchen.

The overall result is that Angie and I are now the proud owners of a top of the range Town House on a Five Star Resort and we both look forward to spending as much time as we can out there.

Thanks again to you and your staff."

Best regards,

Allan
 

  • From: Swedish Golf Association
  • Date: Saturday 18th April, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from the Swedish Golf Association team members and coaching staff following their 8-day winter training camp at Desert Springs between 10th - 18th April, 2015

Two PGA Instructors accompanied twelve members of the Swedish Golf Association National Team aged between 45 – 54 years for 8-days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between 10th – 18th April 2015.

The Swedish Golf Association is responsible for golf practice and development in Sweden. The country's 500 golf clubs are members of the Association, which in turn is split into 21 districts.

Swedish Golf Association Team Members and Coaching Staff during there inaugural winter training camp at Desert Springs Resort

 

Bjorn Isberg, Swedish Golf Association Coach remarked;

“This was a fantastic first visit to Desert Springs. Everything we required was catered for, wonderful accommodation and a pristine golf course.

The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and we are already looking forward to returning in 2016!”

“A perfect week in such a beautiful location with a wonderful course and very friendly staff, thank you.”

“I loved my time at Desert Springs and in particular my Hole-In-One on the 2nd Hole made it even more memorable!”

“Beautiful accommodation and a pristine golf course, I will definitely be back!”

Those are the verdicts of team members Matts Dornell, Thomas Nilsson & Peter Ingvarsson respectively.


Thomas Nilsson presented with his Hole-In-One Certificate by Desert Springs Resort Golf Services Manager, Kirk Lovell

 

The training camp utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the PGA Instructors were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy prior to the team members embarking on their rounds on The Indiana course.

The team members and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned 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 each day in the ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.

  • From: Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket
  • Date: Friday 10th April, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket following their 5-day winter Cricket training camp at Desert Springs between 5th - 9th April, 2015

Back Row Left to Right; Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket Academy Coach Andy Laws, Aahan Sabharwal, Chris Taylor and Jack Riley. Bottom Row Left to Right; Ish Sabharwal, Adam Langhorne and Mark Lawson (Coach)


Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket Academy players are now back in England having completed a successful five (5) days of warm weather pre-season cricket training between Sunday 5th & Thursday 9th April at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket, based at Headingley, Leeds, is the official coaching provider for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, responsible for organising and delivering cricket coaching courses throughout Yorkshire for children and adults, both beginners through to budding young professionals.

Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket Academy Coaches Andy Laws and Mark Lawson accompanied five (5) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2015 season.

Mark Lawson, Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket Academy Coach, commented:
“Desert Springs is the perfect setting for Pre-Season training for both first class and amateur teams. The training facilities are as good as any about and we can’t wait to come back!”

Andy Laws, Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket Academy Coach, remarked:
“As a consequence of the short flight from the UK making logistics simple, coupled with the first class cricket training facilities and staff that are incredibly friendly, Desert Springs is ideal for Pre-Season training. We will most definitely be booking again!”

‘Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

  • From: Michael Welch
  • Date: Tuesday 7th April, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from PGA Coach Michael Welch following his 8-day coaching camp at Desert Springs between 28th April - 6th May 2015

PGA Golf Professional and Instructor Michael Welch accompanied one of his pupils for 8-days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between 28th April – 6th May 2015.

 

"Hi Simon

Just thought I would drop you a line to say thank you for your hospitality these past 8 days.

The whole resort was in fantastic condition, please can you pass on our appreciation to all of your staff for making our stay so productive and enjoyable.

Hope to return soon."

Kind regards

Michael
 

  • From: Ian Woods
  • Date: Friday 3rd April, 2015
  • Subject: Ian´s comments following his 3-day family break at Desert Springs Resort between 28th & 31st March, 2015

Hi Simon,

I just wanted to say a very big thank you to you and Leticia for organising our stay.

We had a wonderful time.

The golf course is in wonderful condition and I thoroughly enjoyed my two rounds.

On the first day I paired up with one of your members called Steve who was very friendly and showed me round.

The second day I arranged for my wife and son to meet me on the 17th green and join me for the last hole.

I parred both, so my 4 year old, who's never seen me play golf before, now thinks his dad must be a decent golfer!

I've been a regular at La Manga over the past 15 years but I was very disappointed with the condition of the greens there last year.

I will definitely be recommending Desert Springs to my friends and hope to come again in the near future.

All the very best

Ian

 

  • From: Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  • Date: Monday 30th March, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Yorkshire County Cricket Club following their Pre-Season Cricket Training Camp held at Desert Springs Resort between 22nd & 27th March, 2015

Yorkshire County Cricket Club Coach Anthony McGrath (Top Row Far Right) and Sam Hinchcliffe Head of Customer Operations (Bottom Row Far Left) with squad players Ryan Gibson, Josh Shaw, Jim Wainman, Jonathan Tattersall, Dan Hodgson & Elliot Callis attending the Pre-Season Training Camp


Yorkshire County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful five (5) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Sunday 22nd & Friday 27th 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 Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

Andy McGrath, Yorkshire CCC Bowling Coach and Sam Hinchcliffe accompanied six (6) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2015 season.

Andy McGrath, Yorkshire CCC Bowling Coach, commented:
“This was a fantastic week and a great start for the lads ahead of the season.
The cricket facilities & staff were first class and all of our needs were catered for and we would definitely recommend and use again in the future.”

 

‘Nets Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

‘Batsman Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy


The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.

Yorkshire CCC players said of their pre – season training experience at Desert Springs Resort:

“Superb facilities, excellent hospitality, great week!”  Dan Hodgson

“Nice to use grass nets having been indoor in England all winter, great experience!” Jonathan Tattersall

“Delightful cricket facilities in a picturesque setting, refuelled by excellent cuisine.” James Wainman

“An outstanding opportunity for Pre-Season, a great week!” Ryan Gibson

“Very accommodating staff in a lovely part of the world. Excellent Pre-Season facilities and I would love to come back!” Elliot Callis

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned 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 El Torrente Restaurant.
 

  • From: Swedish National Disabled Golf Team
  • Date: Monday 30th March, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from the Swedish National Disabled Golf Team following their Winter Training Camp held at Desert Springs Resort between 22nd & 29th March, 2015

2014 World Amateur Team Disabled Golf Champions from Left to Right: Niklas Wiktor, Jorgen Tjelander, Alexander Hjalmarsson, Daniel Stark (Coach), Marcus Malo, Kristoffer Eklund, Per Sjoberg & Joakim Bjorkman attending the Winter Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort


Current World Amateur Team Disabled Golf Champions, The Swedish National Amateur Disabled Golf Team, are now back in Sweden having completed a successful seven (7) days of warm weather training between Sunday 22nd & Sunday 29th March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

During their time at the resort the players utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Championship Indiana course.

Daniel Stark, Coach to The Swedish National Amateur Disabled Golf Team remarked:

“I loved the greens, especially first thing in the morning. Even though the course was busy, there was always a sensation of calm.

The surroundings of Desert Springs only added to the complete desert experience.

We loved the fact that we could play in the morning and then again in the afternoon!

The staff were extremely helpful and always on hand, we received anything we asked for within 10 seconds.
We will definitely be returning to Desert Springs!”

Squad member Per Sjoberg commented:
“The Indiana course provides for a very good test of golf, especially if there is a breeze, making you think about each shot you are going to play.
The conditions of the course and practice facilities were excellent.”

The players and officials where accommodated in one of the privately owned Country 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 award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Neil Rayer
  • Date: Monday 23rd March, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Neil Rayer further to a 3-day golfing break with 15 friends to celebrate his birthday at Desert Springs Resort between 20th - 23rd March 2015

 

On Friday 20th March, Neil Rayer arrived with 15 friends to Desert Springs Resort to celebrate his birthday.
The group were accommodated on a full board basis in some of the privately owned villas at the resort and enjoyed 3 rounds of golf on the Championship Indiana course.

 

Neil Rayer commented;

“The team at Desert Springs catered for our every need.
From day one, nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic villas, a golf course that held challenges for all, delicious food and wine, and most of all service with a smile.

This made the trip extra special and a great way to celebrate my birthday with 15 friends, thank you.

Neil Rayer.

  • From: Marcus Trescothick
  • Date: Thursday 19th March, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Somerset CCC Captain Marcus Trescothick following their Cricket Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort between 4th - 12th March 2015

Somerset CCC Net Practice Session at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

Trip to Spain was great for me! – Marcus Trescothick
 

Marcus Trescothick has hailed his participation in Somerset's pre-season tour to Spain as having gone "brilliantly" as he completed his first overseas cricket trip for almost five years.

The Somerset captain said the pre-season trip to the Costa de Almeria had reminded him of how much he had enjoyed tours when he was younger.

Trescothick had previously endured a number of issues with touring overseas, having withdrawn from England's tours of India and Australia in 2006 owing to a stress-related illness. He later withdrew from Somerset's pre-season tour to the United Arab Emirates in 2008 for the same reason, and returned from India after completing only two matches of the county's 2009 Champions League T20 campaign.

 

Somerset CCC at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy

 

When Somerset qualified for the tournament in 2011, Trescothick had no intention of travelling, so last week's trip to the Desert Springs resort represented a significant step forward for the 39-year-old.

"Last week was great – it was the first time I've been on a pre-season cricket trip for a number of years, so that was a nice feeling, to get away and get a bit of sun on the back, and do a bit abroad," he said.

"You forget what it's all about. I'd forgotten what touring was like – and the week I spent reminded me how much I used to enjoy it.

A bit of cricket in the morning, a bit of golf in the afternoon, and go from there – I really enjoyed it."

Trescothick's return to touring was eased by a two-day trip to the Desert Springs resort with team-mate Alfonso Thomas the previous week.

Director of cricket Matt Maynard was involved in running the Tom Maynard Trust Training Camp at the resort the week before Somerset arrived – so Trescothick took the opportunity for a recce.

"I went the week before, when Matt was out there with the Tom Maynard Trust," he said. "Alfonso and I went out there together – he went for four days, and I just went out to have a look at the place to get a feel for what it was all about, knowing the following week we had the pre-season trip."

On the experience as a whole, Trescothick said completing the trip had shown him he was "generally moving in the right direction", and not only in terms of his cricket.

"It went brilliantly – I couldn't ask for more," he said. "It's great that you get the extra preparation time, so already you've had a week out on grass – then you're coming back here a week ahead of where you need to be."

"I think it just gives you that extra little bit of confidence that you need to know that you're generally moving in the right direction – not just cricket-wise but also in terms of lifestyle and those things."

Ahead of his 23rd summer as a professional, Trescothick said he still had a great hunger and enthusiasm for the game. He scored 1,156 first-class runs at 42.81 last season – and is relishing the new year, which begins with a friendly against Glamorgan next week.

 

Marcus Trescothick (Back Row, 2nd Left) Somerset County Cricket Club Captain with his team relaxing after the completion of their Pe-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

  • From: Elizabeth Scott
  • Date: Wednesday 11th March, 2015
  • Subject: Elizabeth´s comments following thetrilife.com's one Week Triathlon Training Camp held between 2nd - 9th March 2015, with participants accommodated at Desert Springs


Members of the the trilife.com team during their tiathlon training camp at Desert Springs

 

Thetrilife.com athletes are now back in England having completed a successful seven (7) days warm weather triathlon training camp between 2nd – 9th March whilst accommodated at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south–east Spain.



Stretching, strength and core work at the Sierra Sports Club for the trilife.com triathlon team 

 

Trilife.com company directors Duncan & Elizabeth Scott, along with Richard Jones and Senior Coach Ashleigh Ahlquist accompanied seven (7) triathletes as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2015 season.

Trilife.com Company Director Elizabeth Scott remarked of their experience at Desert Springs Resort: –

“Desert Springs was firing on all cylinders!

It is so nice to know that the staff can help us with any issue that arises, and do so with a smile on their faces.

Our clients are happy and so are we!”

 


Training session at the Vera swimming pool

 

Attending triathletes Brenda and Claire Connor remarked: –

“The Townhouses were very well presented, and everything required to make our stay comfortable. A fantastic stay!”

Triathlete Duncan Hayes added: –

“Fantastic Resort. Clean and tidy, all good!”

 


All ready for the bike ride!

  • From: Michael Douglas
  • Date: Wednesday 11th March, 2015
  • Subject: Michael´s comments following his one golf break at Desert Springs Resort between 28th February - 7th March 2015

Dear Carmen,


Just a short note to thank you and your girls for looking after Sylvia and myself so well last week.

It made all the difference to us.

 

Kind regards,

Michael Douglas
 

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