• From: Helen Lovatt
  • Date: Wednesday 17th April, 2013
  • Subject:

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Fantastic stay yet again.

Villa was immaculate with every need catered for and the staff are outstanding too.

Looking forward to a return trip next year!

 

HELEN LOVATT

  • From: Michael Welch
  • Date: Saturday 6th April, 2013
  • Subject: Comments from Lee Westwood Golf Academy students and staff following their one week winter training camp between 31st March – 6th April, 2013

PGA Instructor Michael Welch (Far Right) with 11 full time students from the Lee Westwood Golf School during their return visit to the Desert Springs Resort for a 7-day intensive winter training camp.

During 31st March – 6th April, eleven students accompanied by Michael Welch, Lee Westwood Golf School PGA Instructor, escaped the snow in the UK and returned once more to enjoy the sun in Spain and complete a 7-day training programme at Desert Springs.

Henry Tetley aged 16 remarked of his experience at Desert Springs:

“This is my second visit to Desert Springs and I love coming out here.

In the spring the grass throughout the golf facilities is so lush that it makes you want to practice and play more and more.

Whilst it’s snowing in the UK, the weather here has been superb and this intensive training will surely improve my golf.

The on-site accommodation is perfect and there are plenty of non-golfing activities available at the Resort to keep us all occupied.”

 

A Lee Westwood Golf School student tees off on Hole 14 “Tiburon” on the Indiana course at Desert Springs. 

 

The group 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 award-winning El Torrente Restaurant. During their time at the resort the players have utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Indiana golf course.

Georgia Coughlin aged 17 remarked of her experience at Desert Springs:

“I had come on a previous visit with the Lee Westwood Golf School back in January of this year, and I´ve definitely found it worth while returning again!

The weather has been superb and the amount of flowers and colours throughout the course are amazing.”

 

A Lee Westwood Golf School student putting for birdie on Hole 15 “Abyss” on the Indiana course at Desert Springs. 

 

Michael Welch, Lee Westwood Golf School PGA Instructor commented: 

“I can only take positives out of our return visit to Desert Springs.

All of the staff ensure that you are made to feel welcome and the service provided is perfect.

We have loved the meals at El Torrente Restaurant and therefore we use it more and more frequently.

The golf course is in superb condition and I find it a true test for any player. Course Management plays an important role, as every hole could be played in several different ways.

The Practice Facilities are ideal; especially the chipping green and its variable mowing heights that allow us to practice a wide variety of shots.

Desert Springs is a great venue for golf.

I´m extremely pleased that the Lee Westwood Golf School had selected them for our Winter Training Camps and I look forward to organising many more trips in the future.

They make everything so easy for us!

 

 

  • From: Gwyn Williams
  • Date: Saturday 6th April, 2013
  • Subject: We had a fantastic time! Gwyn's comments following his families one week holiday at Desert Springs between 27th March – 3rd April

Dear Tania,

I hope you are well, I just wanted to send you this photo and also send my sincere thanks from myself, my family and our friends that came with us out to Desert Springs. 

We had a fantastic time.  

All the staff were so helpful and the resort had an amazing feel to it throughout week, the place certainly made the holiday. 

Please pass on my thanks to your staff especially Paul who was very helpful in sorting out our excursions and a birthday cake for Debbie. 

Thank you ever so much for all you did to make our stay at Desert Springs unforgettable and there was even talk of future holidays back out there.

Many Thanks
 

Gwyn Williams
Head of Hockey
Cheltenham  College

  • From: Duncan Scott
  • Date: Wednesday 27th March, 2013
  • Subject: Duncan's comments following thetrilife.com's 6th One Week Triathlon Training Camp held between 5th – 12th March 2013, with participants accommodated at Desert Springs

 

Members of the the trilife.com team on their early March tiathlon training camp at Desert Springs

 

Desert Springs provided the perfect location for thetrilife.com’s  6th triathlon training camp in early March.  

Obviously the location is blessed with warmth and sunshine while it was horrendous in the UK and northern Europe.  

There is easy access to spectacular, smooth, quiet roads, which either soar into low mountains, or roll along the shores of the Med.  In addition, there are off-road running trails where you might see a scuttling rabbit, but very little else, and they have a gym for stretching, strength and core work.  

 

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

 

We swam at the nearby Kinetic PB 25m indoor pool at Cuevas de Almanzora.  

When we weren’t training we were sleeping or eating!  

The accommodation at Desert Springs is delightful – clusters of apartments and houses grouped around swimming pools – in February the outdoor pools are too cold for swimming, but perfect for post-ride cryogenics!!  

The accommodation is close to the action, but also private and secluded enough to rest and relax alone with TV and wi-fi.  

As for eating, the Clubhouse restaurant provided great breakfasts (cereals, juices, toast, hot buffet, tea and coffee), packed lunches for when we needed to refuel quickly post-ride, and a good variety of dinner choices which meant we happily stayed in-house every night (the last thing you want to do after a hard day’s training is think about where to go for dinner).  

A big thanks to Desert Springs – we’ve found our new winter training home….  

Duncan Scott
thetrilife.com

  • From: David Kearney
  • Date: Thursday 21st March, 2013
  • Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union Winter Training Camp

Between Saturday 9th – Saturday 16th February 2013, 12 players representing the Under 18 & Under 21 Irish Ladies International squads accompanied by three officials visited the resort for a week long intensive training programme to develop their individual golfing skills in warm weather while experiencing a golf course which offers a challenge to players at all levels.

The students and officials 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 award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.

 

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Centre) with the members of the U18 & U21
Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs 

David Kearney, ILGU Coach commented:

“I was very excited about using Desert Springs as the base for our Winter Training Camp, since I had heard many great things about the Resort and its popularity amongst Squads and other Teams.

During our stay we have never been intruded upon; actually there has been a lot of respect for our group and we have been enabled to practice with great freedom.

In accordance with a pre-designed and agreed itinerary, everything was perfectly organised and the staff met our needs without error.

The layout of the Resort is brilliant as all facilities are on hand and within easy access. I´m already looking at the next Academic Year to pre-book our next training visit to Desert Springs!”

 

Squad member Danielle McVeigh who is now to turn Professional remarked:

“Desert Springs is an excellent Resort to come and practice your golf, the conditions of the practice facilities and the golf course are fantastic.

In fact, it is the best Resort I´ve come to play, surely a very enjoyable experience.

The service on the Resort is simply top level and the apartments are exactly what we needed for rest and relaxation and the beautiful weather makes you want to stay. I can´t believe I´m going back to the cold of Ireland!”

  • From: Leif Bernhard
  • Date: Wednesday 20th March, 2013
  • Subject: Two week break in one of the resorts 2 Bed Townhouses with golf

Hello Dear Sandra,

Thank you and your organisation for a good job that gave us a nice stay at your resort. 

Give our best regards to all, especially to Ellie.

Best regards,
Leif

  • From: Murray Greig
  • Date: Sunday 10th March, 2013
  • Subject: 6 Night Villa Golfing Break for 8 -'We all really enjoyed our stay at Desert Springs!'

Dear Sandra

Thank you very much for your email.

We all really enjoyed our stay at Desert Springs. 

Having been to other Spanish golf resorts, my friends were pleasantly surprised at the attitude of all the staff. Everything was done with a smile from the cleaners, greens staff and bar staff and of course you and the others at the desk.

The accommodation was great, ?a lot of us don'?t have the chance to stay in a villa of that quality and we thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Once again we were all really happy and impressed by the quality of the resort and golf course and the friendly attitude of the staff and I certainly look forward to my next visit to Desert Springs.

Regards

Murray Greig

  • From: Iris Hamilton
  • Date: Saturday 9th March, 2013
  • Subject: Dames in Spain Lunch in El Torrente Restaurant on International Women's Day

Dear Ellie,

On behalf of the President, Chairman and members of the Dames in Spain, I would like to thank you and your team for making our day such an enjoyable occasion. A big thank you also for the welcome drink and how lucky we were to have such glorious weather.

Many thanks
Kind regards

Iris Hamilton.

  • From: Richard Scott
  • Date: Friday 8th March, 2013
  • Subject: Middlesex County Cricket Club Training Camp

Middlesex County Cricket Club Training Camp at Desert Springs  

 

Middlesex County Cricket Club 'Catch Practice!' 

Further to a 4-day warm weather fitness and cricket training camp held at Desert Springs between Tuesday 26th February – Friday 1st March, 2013 Middlesex County Cricket Club, Head Coach Richard Scott commented:

"We chose Desert Springs to give a large proportion of our squad (16) the chance to physically train in a different environment and also to work outside for the first time this year on fielding skills.

The players were accommodated within the luxury Colonial Apartments at the resort, sharing twin rooms, which were clean and up to date with each apartment housing a total of four.

We had exclusive use of the gym and the full size international football pitch on a daily basis and utilised the 'trim trail' cross country tracks laid out around the golf course and mountain bikes, which were made available, for the whole squad, to provide variation.

Tee times were booked on the excellent Indiana golf course for the afternoon as part of our package.

Desert Springs provided menus, which were agreed in advance and the standard of the food was excellent.

Nourishment packs, which included water, snack bars, fruit etc. were also provided.

The service within Desert Springs is first class and everyone in all departments ensured our stay went to plan and was enjoyable."

  

Richard Scott

Middlesex County Cricket Club

Head Coach

 

  • From: Simon Parkhill
  • Date: Tuesday 5th March, 2013
  • Subject: Nike Golf EMEA Management Meeting

Between Tuesday 26th March- Friday 1st April 2013, Desert Springs was host to the Nike Golf EMEA Management Meeting organised by Simon Parkhill, Sales Director of Nike Golf EMEA

In attendance with Simon Parkhill were Nike Golf Regional Managers covering every major market from the UK / Ireland / Nordics / Germany / Austria / Switzerland & Southern Europe / M.East & Emerging Markets.

The attendees were accommodated in some of the privately owned Country Villas normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the location of the Sales Meetings held was within the Private Meeting room at the Private Reserve at Desert Springs.

 

 

Venue for the nike Golf EMEA Management Meeting – 'The Private Meeting Room' at the
'Private Reserve' at Desert Springs

 

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for the note. 

Our stay was excellent, the level of service provided by the staff is truly exceptional, from the welcome all the way through to departure.

Our accommodation was of a very high standard, the meeting space was ideal and provided us with the level of technology required to make us 100% functional whilst providing a very unique ambience which we found very productive. 

Finally, the quality of food throughout our stay was also fantastic,  my group were from different parts of Europe with varying ?tastes? so kudos to your team for being able to keep them all happy.

Many thanks again

Simon

Simon Parkhill

Sales Director Nike Golf EMEA

  • From: Players & Staff of Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Date: Friday 1st March, 2013
  • Subject: Lancashire County Cricket Club Fitness & Cricket

 

Lancashire's players are now back in England having completed a successful fortnight of warm weather fitness and cricket training between 27th January & 10th February at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course in the Almanzora region of Almeria in south-east Spain.

Two groups of six players completed three sessions a day for five days as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2013 season.

Below are some comments received by both players and staff:

"Great place to challenge yourself and enjoy the benefits of your hard work with time to relax with some very friendly people."

Luis Reece, LCCC Player

"Very enjoyable place, with brilliant facilities and staff."

Oli Newby, LCCC Player

"A friendly environment and great facilities to train hard, while also being able to enjoy some active rest on a challenging golf course."

Stephen Moore, LCCC Player

"Great week, the people at Desert Springs looked after us very well. Great facilities and perfect for pre-season training."

Tom Smith, LCCC Player

"The facilities and weather allowed us to train hard and get a huge benefit from the week that being back in England would not have allowed. The Staff were brilliant, attending to our every need through the week from equipment to nutrition. Highly recommended."

Phil Scott, LCCC Strength & Conditioning Coach

"The grass facility on which we did our fielding practice was excellent. The staff were courteous, helpful and attended to all our needs throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial week for all our players and staff."

Gary Yates, LCCC Assistant Coach

  • From: Valerie Burdett
  • Date: Wednesday 20th February, 2013
  • Subject: 7 Night 'Golf & Tuition' Break

Dear Sandra

Many thanks for your email regarding our latest stay in Desert Springs. 

Just so you know we had a very pleasurable stay, and cannot fault the service we received from all the staff at the resort, everyone is very friendly and ?calm?, with nothing being too much hassle.

All the very best.

Kind regards,
Valerie

  • From: Peter Moores
  • Date: Wednesday 20th February, 2013
  • Subject: Lancashire County Cricket Club Fitness & Cricket

 

From Left to Right: David Roberts (Lancashire County Cricket Clubs official medical services partner), Phil Scott, Gareth Cross, Paul Horton, Alex Davies, Oliver Newby, Karl Brown, Tom Smith & Peter Moores (Head Coach Lancashire County Cricket Club).

From Left to Right: Gary Yates (Assistant Coach Lancashire County Cricket Club), Tom Baily, Luis Reece, Stephen Moore, Aaron Lilley, Steven Croft, Glenn Chapel (Captain Lancashire County Cricket Club), Sam Byrne (Physiotherapist Lancashire County Cricket Club)

 

Peter Moores was wicketkeeper for Worcester & Sussex; Captain of Sussex 1997; England “A” coach 2001 – 2002; Coach of Sussex including County Championship in 2003; English National Cricket Academy Coach 2005 – 2007; full England National coach 2007 – 2009; and has been the Lancashire County Cricket Club Coach from 2009 to date.

Further to a two-week warm weather fitness and cricket training camp at Desert Springs by squad members of the Lancashire County Cricket Club he had this to say;

"After spending a week at Desert Springs with several of the Lancashire CCC professional squad I can thoroughly recommend it as a venue. 

The excellent outdoor grass facilities provided us with the perfect conditions for fielding and agility work. 

This alongside the gymnasium, sandpits and trim trail gave ample scope for varied and constructive training. 

This all takes place in the idyllic setting of a golf course which provides a perfect environment for hard work, in depth discussions and pure enjoyment. 

By the end of the week not only had we gained knowledge and experience, but as a team we had become fitter and stronger, not just physically but mentally. 

The staff were outstanding in all aspects and the food was exceptional and completely tailored to our requirements. 

All in all a fantastic week for all involved."

Hope all well 
Thanks 

Pete 

  • From: Karen Nicholls
  • Date: Tuesday 19th February, 2013
  • Subject: 7 Night 'Winter Golf Escapes' golfing Break

Carmen,

I just wanted to email to say a huge thank you to you and all at Desert Springs for yet another great time. 

All at the resort are so friendly and really do look after all, please pass on my thanks to all.

Also please say to Ellie and Daniel what a great meal we had on the Friday evening, I know the meals are always good but this was very good.

Many thanks and hope to see you all later in the year at some point.

Take care and best wishes,

Karen

  • From: Mark Pollard
  • Date: Friday 15th February, 2013
  • Subject: 4 Night Golfing Break for 6 – We had a fantastic time!

Dear Natalia,

Thank you for looking after us so well during our stay at Desert Springs.

We had a fantastic time, and I am sure we will be back! In all other respects the facilities and quality of service were superb.

Many thanks.

We look forward to seeing you again!

Best wishes

Mark

  • From: Gayle Rooke
  • Date: Tuesday 12th February, 2013
  • Subject: New Years Eve Dinner at El Torrente Restaurant

Hi Ellie,

Getting your newsflash has prompted me to say thank you so very much for a wonderful New year's Eve, I think I have to say it was the best ever. The food was delicious, the dj great, the staff fantastic. Please give my much belated thanks to everyone we really enjoyed this year and will definitely be up for next year.

See you at Easter.

Gayle x

  • From: Steve H
  • Date: Saturday 9th February, 2013
  • Subject: "Will definitely return!?" Steve's review of Desert Springs Resort posted on Trip Advisor

 

My brother and I played here in early Feb.

Spectacular setting high up in the mountains and a true desert track. Miss the fairway and you're in the sand!

Quite challenging and perhaps not for beginners, it's a fairly tight and long course. Some long holes!

We had lunch in the club house afterwards and took an English breakfast each which was almost as spectacular as the course.

The course is in a wonderful quiet and serene area that adds to the enjoyment of playing.

The club house is a great place to while away an hour or two after your round.

Will definitely return!

  • From: Karen Stillwell
  • Date: Monday 7th January, 2013
  • Subject: New Years Eve Dinner at El Torrente Restaurant

 

Hi Ellie,

Just wanted to pass on our thanks for a brilliant New Years Eve.  Everything was perfect, the preparation, the food and the staff.

Well done you!

Love

Karen x

  • From: David Mathewson
  • Date: Monday 7th January, 2013
  • Subject: New Years Eve Dinner at El Torrente Restaurant

 

Thanks Ellie,

You do a marvellous job at El Torrente which is really appreciated.

Best regards.

David M

  • From: David Nash
  • Date: Sunday 6th January, 2013
  • Subject: New Years Eve Dinner at El Torrente Restaurant

 

Ellie,

Thanks to you and all the staff for a lovely evening and value for money. the soloist was excellent and that was the general consensus I think.

Bren and Dave Nash