• From: Barry H
  • Date: Wednesday 20th January, 2016
  • Subject: Fabulous Menú del Día – El Torrente Restaurant

Set in the Desert Springs complex, the “menú del día” is very tasty and really well presented.

The surroundings are beautiful and the staff are very attentive.

Well worth a Visit.


Barry H

  • From: Various New Years Eve Dinner diners at El Torrente Restaurant
  • Date: Monday 4th January, 2016
  • Subject: New Years Eve Dinner at El Torrente Restaurant

Hi Ellie,

You beat me to it! My next job was to e-mail you to say thank you so much for last night. Brilliantly organised, excellent food, great atmosphere. We enjoyed the company at our table, nice people. A shame that we left a little early, always an issue when you give someone else a lift! Still, probably a good thing, given Maggie's sprained ankle.

So, a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2016 to you and your team. Barring incidents and accidents I think you can book us for next year!

All the Best, Roger & Maggie




Thank you Ellie, we all had a wonderful evening. The food and service from your fantastic team made it the best night of the year. You are all very much appreciated by us, I hope people tipped you well!

Hope 2016 is your best year yet!

Kind regards,

Brent & Brenda xx




Hello you lovely lady!!!!

I hope your ears are burning because we have been singing your praises with Nicky and Rob Holmes and Angie and Alan Parr – yet again a truly spectacular night and you and your staff are superstars!!!!

Feliz año Nuevo to you too xxxxxxxx




Hi Ellie,

Allan and I would like to thank you and your team. We had a great time last night, lovely meal but what made it was the friendly and warm welcome from you and your team. The whole evening was organised and managed impeccably. 

Thank you so much for all of your time and effort.

Kind regards,

Angie & Allan Parr




Thank you Ellie & your team for a super night. You all worked really hard to make it go so smoothly. We enjoyed the food & the service was brilliant especially considering the number of people

Happy new year to you all

Kind regards

Liz & Tom Shutlar




Dear Ellie & the Team

No it’s us who want to thank all of you.  

You did a wonderful job.  The food was lovely and everyone on our table commented on hot it all was and how all the separate meals came together so no one was left waiting to eat.  The service was faultless and the whole evening from 8.00 pm to the early hours of the morning was a lovely happy experience.

Thank you from all on our table and I am sure you could ask anyone who had the pleasure of being at El Torrente for the New Year’s bash would say the same.

Well done all of you.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

Donna & Chris and the rest. 




Ellie, thank you very much for everything. As always the dinner was delicious and the ambience was exceptional.

We had a great time!

It was an honour to spend New Year Eve´s at Desert Springs.

A big hug and I wish you all the best for 2016




Hi Ellie,

You beat me to it as we were wanting to send an email to thank you for a fabulous New Year’s Eve at El Torrente. It was a great night and a wonderful way to see the New Year in. It was the first time we have celebrated it at Desert Springs but it certainly won't be the last. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

A big thanks to you and all the team.

Richard and Esther




Dear Ellie,

Many thanks for the mail, Tony and I would like to thank you and the team for superb night. We appreciate the hard work and effort it must have taken you to make it such a wonderful evening for us all.

We would like to wish you a Very happy 2016

Kind Regards

Tony and Karen 



Hi Ellie,

It was a fantastic evening many thanks to you and your team who once again pulled out all the stops to make it such a super evening of fine food, music and dancing. I shall look forward to many more like it……

Kind Regards,




Dear Ellie,

We want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful New Year's Eve. Everywhere looked very festive. The food was excellent and hot, and the choice of music fantastic.

We look forward to next year. Happy New Year to you all.

Thank You, Sandra & Peter Edwards




… You beat me to it!  What a night – you and the whole team absolutely nailed it – well done to you all.  The food and the service were excellent and a good time was had by all!  Mr Kendall eventually got home at 4.15a.m. – The dirty stop out!!!  Please pass on our thanks to all concerned and special love and thanks to you for caring so much about what you do!

Love Linda and Jim xxx




Dear Ellie

We just wanted to say what a fabulous job you all did last night. How you managed to cope with so many people so efficiently was amazing.

The food was excellent, the service was superb and the evening (however long it went on?) was a terrific success.

Congratulations to all the team and thank you again for all your help throughout the year.

Happy and healthy 2016

Barry and Jaki

  • From: Various Christmas Day Lunch diners at El Torrente Restaurant
  • Date: Sunday 27th December, 2015
  • Subject: Christmas Day Lunch



Hello Ellie and the team,

It was a great meal and we enjoyed the service.

Happy and healthy 2016 in return.

Cesar De Timmerman and family




Dear Ellie

We very much enjoyed our meal and thank you all for looking after us so well.

Looking forward to more of the same on New Year’s Eve!

Jaki and Barry





Many thanks Ellie I can assure that the pleasure was all ours, thanks to you & your team!

You have created a real team feeling and this comes across to your customers.

Best wishes we look forward to joining you all again on New Year's Eve





Dear Ellie,

It is we who should be thanking you for the way we were fed and looked after, also impressed by your management and organisational skills.

Thank you so much.

David and Jacqui Bryant




Dear Ellie,

Yes, I second what my husband has just said to you. 

For me, it was our first Christmas in Spain and away from all our family and you and your team made it most enjoyable.

Have a successful and happy New Year to you all.

Hasta Luego,

Jacqui Bryant




May I thank all of the serving staff for the excellent service you gave on Christmas Day.

The food was all that we could have wished for, so well done to the Chefs and kitchen staff.

I'm sure we will carry on coming to the El Torrente throughout 2016.

The roses my partner had ordered were a lovely surprise.

Thank you again for a lovely day.

All the best for 2016

Christine & Bob

  • From: Rudi Knapp
  • Date: Friday 4th December, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Golf Professional Rudi Knapp following his groups Winter Training Camp held at Desert Springs Resort between 19th November – 06th December, 2015
Golf Professional Rudi Knapp who operates his own Golf School at www.golfschuletirol.com, accompanied 11 of his golf pupils for 17 days of warm weather training
between Thursday 19th November and Sunday 6th December 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.
Rudi Knapp with his golf pupils at Desert Springs Resort 
The players were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments used 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.
During their time at the resort the players utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Championship Indiana course.
Rudi Knapp remarked: –
"Desert Springs is a beautiful resort, clean and organised with friendly staff.
The cooperation from Kirk Lovell, Golf Services Manager was very professional and regarding the resort accommodation everything went smoothly.
I am planning to return to Desert Springs with more groups of students from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in February, November and December 2016!
Golf student Petra Rider commented of her experience: – 
“Desert Springs is a very nice venue to play golf and the driving range is beautiful with an excellent level of service.
The Clubhouse is lovely and I hope to return!
Golf student Sabine Martin commented of his experience: – 
"The Golf Academy is very special. The Marshal, Staff and Caddy Staff and really friendly and helpful and the Indiana course is wonderful."
  • From: Tom McKean
  • Date: Monday 23rd November, 2015
  • Subject: Tom's comments following his 3-day golf break at Desert Springs
Thomas ("Tom") McKean, former middle-distance runner and winner of numerous gold and silver medals at world and European level enjoyed a 3-day golf break at Desert Springs between 19th – 22nd November 2015.
Commenting on his experience at Desert Springs, Tom remarked; 
"I arrived early and met with Kirk and the staff.
Nothing was too much trouble, the food in the restaurant was great and the golf course was in great condition.
The accommodation was perfect and provided us with a central location to explore.
To sum up – amazing experience!"
Many thanks,
Tom McKean 
  • From: Julian Todd
  • Date: Friday 13th November, 2015
  • Subject: Tuition package at Desert Springs


My wife and I were looking for a sunshine holiday in November at a good resort and I wanted to work on golf game with a teaching professional. We found Neil Evans European Golf School based at The Desert Springs Resort near Almeria and our expectations were exceeded!

The apartment was comfortable, quiet and well furnished. The Club House offered great food and drink served by friendly staff. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed. The practise facilities were ideal and the course was very special and superbly maintained. The weather was warm and sunny all week.

The highlight for me were my daily sessions with Neil both on the course and at the range. In a relaxed style all aspects of my game were improved, for which I am very grateful. Lots to work on but now I feel I am on the right path thanks to Neil's knowledge, skill and direction.

We are looking forward to returning to Neil's Golf School and The Desert Springs Resort early next year and we cannot recommend the whole experience highly enough.

  • From: John G
  • Date: Thursday 12th November, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from John G on his holiday experience at Desert Springs Resort

“Another great time at DS”


We stayed in a villa owned by a family member, we played golf and we enjoyed the superb service offered by Ellie and her team in the El Torrente restaurant. 

The food here is well cooked, beautifully presented and served by attentive staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. 

The golf course is hugely challenging but the golf reception staff and those in the caddy shack are great.

Above all, the people on the front line of service are excellent and this is not always the case.



  • From: Players and Staff attending the 2015 PGA Europro Tour Championship held at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club
  • Date: Monday 2nd November, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from some of the players competing in the PGA Europro Tour Championship and PGA and Europro Tour Staff
Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club was host to this years season-ending Tour Championship of the PGA EuroPro Tour between Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th October 2015.
Only the top 60 golfers on the tour’s ‘Race To Desert Springs’ Order of Merit qualified to play the Tour Championship, which carried with it a €120,000 prize fund with a guaranteed winners cheque of €27,000. 
The Tour Championship was filmed for a two-hour highlights package to air on Sky Sports 4 on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm, and on networks around the world including Fox International across Asia, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports in Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and StarHub in Singapore. 
“The PGA Europro Tour always looks for the best course in the world to stage the Tour Championships!
Desert Springs is the best of them all!
Incredible golf course that tests the best young professionals in all areas of their game.
Fantastic hospitality and awesome practice facilities. 
The biggest thank you possible, truly very happy."
Dan Godding
Director of Operations
PGA Europro Tour
“Top Notch Final at Desert Springs. Great people, great course and an awesome ATMOSPHERE!!
Loved it – Thumbs Up!
John Morgan
Ex PGA Tour & European Tour Professional and Golf Commentator 
“Fantastic stay, a superb golf course, excellent staff and everything runs smoothly.
A superb resort and well recommended.
A must visit!
Rob Foster 
International Product Manager
“Thanks for the fantastic week!
Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith 2015 PGA Europro Tour Championship Winner 
“I can honestly say that I have never been to a more helpful, friendly and beautiful course (from a TV perspective) than this. 
Everyone this week has been incredible, so THANK YOU!
I still can’t believe we didn’t get a 10 under but I’ll get over it!
Thanks again.”
James Dawson
PGA Europro Tour
“It’s been a great week on a fantastic course surrounded by lovely people.
It produced a superb tournament and finale to the 2015 Europro Tour Season.
Massive credit and thanks to everyone at Desert Springs.
Hopefully I will see you all again soon.
Kit Alexander
PGA Europro Tour
“With thanks to all at Desert Springs, your help and professionalism made for a fantastic tournament. Congratulations to you all."
Nicholas Teale
PGA Europro Tour
Jordan Smith 2015 PGA Europro Tour Championship Winner playing his approach shot into Hole –18 during the sudden death  “Play-Off'
“Thank you for all your help this week!
You all went the extra mile to make us all feel welcome.
The players really enjoyed the week and so did I. 
Thanks again"
George Wale
PGA Tournament Controller
“Simon, Alfonso, Kirk, Anthony & everyone at Desert Springs – Thank you for making my job that bit easier!
A fantastic venue to finish our season.
Chris Joyce
PGA Tournament Director
“Kirk, Alfonso, Simon, Thanks so much for everything.
This week has been fantastic! 
Hope to see you again, thanks"
Melissa Eccles
PGA Tournament Administrator
"Thanks for a great week – staff all very friendly and course condition was excellent!"
Sam Robertshaw
Large crowds of keen spectators supported the event each day

"Thanks very much to all the helpers and ball spotters. Amazing course as always."
Curtis Griffiths
"Thanks for a great week. Amazing facilities and course, thanks to all the helpers.”
Chris Halley
“Top course!”
Simon Ward, Jack Colgate & Alan Dunbar
“Thanks for your hospitality this year, hope to see you again soon!
Paul Shields
“To all of the volunteers, many thanks!”
Michael Skelton
“Great weather and course! All the best”
Chris Evans
Thanks for all of your hard work and hospitality this week. It’s been amazing!
Alex Rigley
Desert Springs Executive Chef preparing a BBQ for the PGA Europro Tour players and staff at the Crocodile Club 
PGA Europro Tour players and staff enjoying some well earned ‘down-time' at the Crocodile Club 
"Thanks for a great few days!
Michael Stuart
Thank you for a great event, awesome hospitality!
Kevin Harper
“Great week, great course, great host!”
Darryn Lloyd
“Congratulations to everybody involved! See you all again.”
Brian Casey
“Brilliant week, course was great and thanks to all of the volunteers.”
Jamie Rutherford
“Amazing week, the golf course was stunning, couldn’t have asked for it to be in better condition and more importantly the people from the club were amazing.
A home away from home!”
Aaron Rai 
“Thanks for a great week!
Craig Farrelley
Barry Hearn,(2nd from Right) Chairman of the PGA Europro Tour presenting the prizes to the winning team of the PGA Europro Tour Championship Pro-Am competed over the championship Indiana course on Tuesday 27th October
“Thank you for a fantastic week at a great venue!"
Neil Fenwick
“Thanks for a great week, course is fantastic!
Jordan McColl
“Thanks, very enjoyable.
Rob Sutton
“Thanks to everyone involved in running a fantastic tournament….great venue!”
Lloyd Saltman
“Thanks for a great week, really enjoyed it!
Jason Timmis
“Thanks to all involved. 
Great venue with great facilities. Hope to come back!
James Frazer
“Thanks for everything!"
Steve Uzzell
“Thanks for a great week!
Matthew Moseley
“Great facilities.
Many thanks for a great week!
Neil Chaudhuir
“Thanks for a great week, course was fantastic!
Mark Lashey
“Thanks for a great week, great course and facilities!"
Matt Cort
“Thanks for great hospitality & a great course!
James Wilkinson
“Thanks for a great week!
Matthew Haines
“Great resort. Thanks for having us!
Paul Reed
“Thanks, great course!
Steve Surry
“Thanks for a great week. Hope to get back soon!
Jonathan Caldwell
“Great course!
Luke Goddard
“Many thanks for having us!
Laurie Canter
“Great course in great condition!
Darren Wright
“Great course and fitting venue for the season finale!
Chris Gane
“Thank you for everything. Fabulous course!
Richard Kilpatrick
“Thanks for a great week, look forward to returning!
Ross Cameron
“Great golf course and great staff!
Seb George Garcia Grout
“Enjoyed the course!
Paul Howard
“It’s a great venue and fantastic food!"
Andrew Marshall
“A really great week on a great course, thank you!
Robbie Busher
“Really good week, course was fantastic, thanks!
Dan Gavins
  • From: Ben Smith
  • Date: Friday 23rd October, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from Ben Smith, Broadcaster and writer at the BBC, on his experience of playing The Indiana course at Desert Springs
Simon, I hope this finds you well. 
I just wanted to say thank you for having us down to Desert Springs today – what a stunning layout you have on your hands there.
Certainly one of the most striking, beautifully presented and picturesque courses I've seen on mainland Europe.
Good luck with next week, talk soon.


  • From: Les
  • Date: Tuesday 20th October, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from Les on his experience of playing The Indiana course at Desert Springs

"Desert Golf"

"We used the golf facility for two days staying off site.

The Clubhouse and course were in great condition and a beatiful setting.

Greens are superb and the bunkers generally good.

A buggy is recommended as even in October as it can be to hot to walk."

  • From: Richard Salters
  • Date: Saturday 17th October, 2015
  • Subject: Tuition Package at Desert Springs


" I have just spent a fabulous 6 days at Neil’s golf academy on the Desert Springs Resort.

Everything on the resort; the accommodation, restaurant, golf course, academy and especially Neil’s tuition is 5 star standard.

The hospitality and service I encountered were equal to the facilities and I couldn't recommend a break with Neil highly enough, whether it is a relaxing golf holiday or some more serious game improvement tuition that you are looking for.

I will certainly  be returning!”

  • From: Peter L.
  • Date: Monday 5th October, 2015
  • Subject: PeterÂ’s comments on his experience of playing The Indiana course at Desert Springs

"We didn't stay in the property, just went for a round of golf. 

A real privilege to play it even for a 25 Handicapper. 

Met and was greeted by Kirt, one of the Directors. Great advice and very welcoming. 

The course of course is challenging so you need to play well within yourself. 

Abiding memory is the quality of the greens: never played on any so good. 

All the staff are very friendly and helpful so don't be afraid to ask for help, even if you're a hacker like me!


  • From: Sue Simons
  • Date: Saturday 3rd October, 2015
  • Subject: Thanks

Dear Daniel

Thanks so much for all the arrangements that you made to help our Lord Taverner's Celebrity Golf Classic such a success.

You and your team worked very hard and in difficult circumstances at times and I really appreciated your help. 

Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we also raised money for the Lord Taverners to help those children less fortunate than ourselves.

Please also pass on my thanks to Ellie for her dedication to the job and for her work too.

Kind regards


  • From: Stephen P
  • Date: Thursday 1st October, 2015
  • Subject: Review of El Torrente Restaurant

“Oasis in the desert”

We stayed at the Desert Springs Golf resort earlier this year. The El Torrente restaurant sits centrally on the site. With nothing else within walking distance this bar and restaurant is very convenient if you want to have a drink or just not worry about driving!

I was pleasantly surprised by it all, I have to admit. With a captive audience I expected prices to be very high but they were very reasonable indeed. A very good starting point!

The restaurant has an inside and outside space, both very nice, and tables are far enough apart that you can enjoy privacy. 

Service was relaxed, very helpful and very friendly. Most of the staff were bilingual so English was rarely a problem. That said, they were patient and helpful as I practiced my Spanish!

The menu was varied, changed weekly and there were special nights each week which had a different menu. On the whole, the food was very good. We had a variety of meals and none of them disappointed.

My only grumble, and you cannot please everyone, was that the menu was very English! Obviously the main clientele is English but I would have enjoyed trying a wider range of Spanish dishes.

Eating outside during the day, did mean you got a few flies but I have to say, no more than I've experienced elsewhere. With the restaurant extending out to a large veranda, sparrows quite often make their way inside, meaning you have to watch where you sit, lest you collected a "badge" for your stay. This wasn't a major problem, overall, our meals and relaxed drinks in the bar were excellent value and quality.

  • From: The Lady Taverners
  • Date: Monday 28th September, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from some of the attendees of The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic hosted at Desert Springs Resort between 24th – 27th September, 2015

The Lady Taverners, in association with the Lord’s Taverners, selected Desert Springs Resort to be host to ‘The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic’ from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th September 2015.

This mixed event was open to all golfers, with individual, couples or team entry. With celebrities attending, a magnificent range of sponsored prizes on offer and other golfing surprises, competitors enjoyed a practice round and two rounds of competitive golf along with the incomparable social ambience that can only be found at Desert Springs Resort, enjoying a high level of interaction with the celebrities who kindly gave up their time to play and support the Lady Taverners.

Monies raised from the event were to support the Lord’s Taverners outstanding work, which gives disadvantaged young people and children with disabilities a sporting chance.


Chris Tarrant & Tom O’Connor with competitors on the 1st Tee of The Indiana Course at Desert Springs

Festivities commenced on Thursday evening with a Welcome Drinks Reception & BBQ at the The Cave Bar.

Friday saw tournament round one on the Indiana Course to be followed by attendance at The Crocodile Club restaurant for the Celebrity & Sportsman’s ‘Q&A’ attended by comic Tom O’Connor and TV Personality Chris Tarrant, followed by a Spanish themed dinner with live music entertainment.

Saturday commenced with tournament round two.
El Torrente restaurant was the venue for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony with entertainment for the evening being provided by renowned and notorious comedian Tom O’Connor.

A Lady Tavermers Celebrity Golf Classic competitor playing their approach shot to Hole 15 on The Indiana Course at Desert Springs


Sue Simons, The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic Event Director remarked:

"A sensationally organised golf event, with a fantastic level of service.

We could not have asked for more support, our expectations were far exceeded and nothing was too much trouble.

Thank you.”


Chris Cunliffe, event attendee and competitor commented: –

"The whole event was organised excellently.

Desert Springs is a wonderful resort, without doubt the most challenging golf course I have played, however with good course management it proved to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding too.
The resort and its service levels are a credit to Kirk and his team and I look forward to visiting again in the future.”


Lady competitors in The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic ready to take on The Indiana Course


Carol Ann Smith, event attendee and competitor remarked of her experience:

“A really enjoyable stay at Desert Springs.

The course was very challenging but fun!

The staff were very helpful ad the service received excellent.

Would love to come back again!"

  • From: Lorna H
  • Date: Monday 28th September, 2015
  • Subject: Review of El Torrente Restaurant

“Good food, great prices!”

We loved this restaurant which is part of Desert Springd resort. You can choose from a frequently changing set-price menu (with choices) or the a la carte menu. The quality of the food is excellent and we were especially pleased that it was not overpriced. There is also a good children's menu which even my fussy little eaters loved!

The atmosphere and location are lovely. It is part of the clubhouse but everyone is welcome even if you don't stay on the resort. Can't wait to go back next year!

  • From: Ian Radford
  • Date: Friday 25th September, 2015
  • Subject: Ian´s comments following his group of 8 players golf round on the championship Indiana course at Desert Springs in September

"The course was absolutely fantastic!"

Hi guys,

Just to say thank you for looking after us.

The course was absolutely fantastic!

Its come on a long way from when I was here last and all the staff were great in this great setting.

Thanks again to all and see you again.

Best wishes,



  • From: Pedro
  • Date: Monday 21st September, 2015
  • Subject: El Torrente Restaurant : A lovely place to eat!

“Visit to restaurant”

"We visited the restaurant here on Saturday while in the area and found this to be a lovely place to eat.

The staff were very friendly and attentive . 

We enjoyed the menu del dia at only 18 euros per person including coffee.

There was a relaxing ambience to the restaurant and we certainly felt we had good value for money. 

We own a home about 1 hour away but will certainly re-visit with friends.

The staff deserve congratulations."

  • From:
  • Date: Wednesday 16th September, 2015
  • Subject: A guests comments following their weekend break at Desert Springs Resort in September 2015

 “Fabulous staff!”


We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Desert Springs Golf Resort at the beginning of September.

Despite the fact that we did find some rain in the driest place in Spain we had a fabulous time and played some great golf.

The food in the clubhouse was both excellent and very reasonably priced and the accommodation very comfortable.

However, what really stood out were the amazing staff who welcome you and make sure your trip is very special.

We would particularly like to mention the Golf Resort Manager Kirk who gave us exceptional service – we will be recommending Desert Springs to all our friends!

  • From: John D
  • Date: Thursday 10th September, 2015
  • Subject: A guests comments following their family holiday accommodated in a superb villa at Desert Springs Resort in August 2015

“Wonderful Resort”

We rented a villa on Desert Drive and had a great time, the golf course is great but difficult, the practice area is fantastic – great bunker and green. 

The restaurant staff are very nice and helpful. 

We played table tennis there many times. 

A wonderful place to visit even if your not a golfer.

John D