• From: Simon Yeend, journalist for The Express Newspapers
  • Date: Monday 14th September, 2009
  • Subject:

Following his visit with his family to the Desert Springs Resort

Hi Jo

Glad you liked it!

Sorry it took so long to appear, but that was out of my hands unfortunately. I had a great time at Desert Springs so it was easy to write a complimentary piece. The staff, by the way, at the resort are first class.

Thanks again, Simon

From Jo McLean of The Almanzora Group 14, September, 2009

Hi Simon
I hope you are well.
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you for the excellent write up on Desert Springs that featured in the Sunday Express yesterday.
I thought the article was very informative and interesting to read, it was lovely to see a photo of Eva & Lily and to hear how much fun they had whilst at Desert Springs.
Hopefully we’ll be welcoming you back sometime in the future for a family holiday.
Thanks again,  Kind regards
Jo Maclean, Golf Promotions Manager
The Almanzora Group
01242 680299

See Simon’s article on the Daily Express website.

  • From:
  • Date: Saturday 5th September, 2009
  • Subject:

Following the wedding of Meg McLellan and Mark Zalewski, with the Wedding Ceremony held on the Observation Deck at the Crocodile Club and the Reception at El Torrente, Desert Springs.

To Ellie Hunter,

Thanks so much for everything.

I had the best day of my life and I have to thank you for making it go so smoothly!

You are a star! Thanks so much for all your hard work.

Lots of Love

Matt & Meg

To Ellie,

The best Wedding Planner in the world!

With many thanks for all your hard work and creativity without which this wedding would not have taken place.

With love and best wishes –

Judy & Martin McLellan.

  • From:
  • Date: Thursday 11th June, 2009
  • Subject:

After her visits to Desert Springs

Hi Jo

We had a tremendous time at the resort. The weather was fantastic and the facilities matched it. The food on site was high standard too and we all enjoyed the meals greatly. The staff couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful – especially the British staff at the Crocodile Club and at the clubhouse and restaurant. Nick and Lewis at the Caddymaster shack were especially welcoming and friendly. Please pass on our thanks to them for adding to the enjoyment of our short stay.

The course itself was in great order and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We all intend coming back at some point in the near future (probably with families in tow!)

I have recommended a trip to the course to a group of friends who are going to La Manga later in the year. I feel it would be well worth the drive through to experience the course – can you tell me if there are any deals available on green fees only?

Finally, thanks very much for your help from the start of the booking process. The service received has been very attentive from start to finish and is much appreciated. I will definitely be back at Desert Springs soon.

Lawri Shanks

  • From:
  • Date: Wednesday 10th June, 2009
  • Subject:

After their visits to Desert Springs

Dear Jo,

As usual we had a great time at Desert Springs so our comment is DON’T CHANGE A THING. We have visited the resort on many occasions, usually booking direct with an owner, the golf packages you have available this year have been excellent value.

Looking forward to our next trip already.

Kind Regards
Tracy and Mark Brown

  • From: Chris Aulet
  • Date: Monday 11th May, 2009
  • Subject:

After his visit to Desert Springs

Hi Jo,

We all had a fantastic time although some forgotten after far too much alcohol!  The Indiana Course was fantastic but a little tough for the high handicappers in our group, Valle de Este was OK but not very fair.

All the staff at Desert Spring’s were very helpful, professional, pleasant & friendly.  Resort was a little quiet but it did not stop us having a great week.

Certainly the best Golfing Holiday that I have been on to date.

Best regards, Chris 

  • From: David and Yvonne Barrows
  • Date: Friday 24th April, 2009
  • Subject:

After their visits to the Crocodile Club and El Torrente restaurants at Desert Springs

Hi Daniel

Didn’t get chance to speak to you last week at DS, but thought I would just
do you a quick mail. Went to the Croc Club 4 times and thought the new menu was very good, fairly priced and, most importantly, was presented well with good tastes.

We were also at the dinner following the Captain’s Drive-in golf round and
once again found the food at the Clubhouse to be excellent. A simple menu
but well executed. In that respect could you get me the recipe for the
“Raspberry Panacotta” dessert, I am doing a dinner party for 12 back in
England in September for my 65th and would like to have that dessert which
was very light and refreshing. Hope this will be possible with Steve Pegg.

We will be out again next week on the 29th April for about 10 days so
hopefully will see you then but perhaps I’ll hear from you in the meantime.

Kind regards,

David and Yvonne Barrows

PS Sad you have lost Kate and with Anna going, we have
lost 2 very good staff!! Cest la vie et bonne chance!!!

  • From: Stef Berlet
  • Date: Friday 17th April, 2009
  • Subject:

After her Golf Break at Desert Springs

Good Afternoon Jo,
We’re home from our holiday at Desert Springs.  We had an absolute wonderful time and can’t wait to go back.  Our accommodations were top off the line and ALL of the staff members should be commended for their efforts.  Everyone was friendly and willing. 

Our only complaint is the weather on our return to England. 

Looking forward to our future booking!

Warmest Regards,

Stef Berlet

  • From: Nicola Battista
  • Date: Tuesday 7th April, 2009
  • Subject:

After her Golf Break at Desert Springs

Dear Jo

We had a lovely break, thank you very much. We thought the golf course was spectacular, in superb condition and very pretty, and we were pleasantly surprised  to find that it was not too busy, so we were able to get round more or less at our own pace. All the staff and also some of the local residents were very friendly which created a good atmosphere off the course.  We thought the main restaurant in particular was excellent and our accommodation was  clean and comfortable (apart possibly from the pillows which were a bit hard!) All in all we thought it was really good value for money and would definitely recommend it to our golfing friends who have not been there, (although several of them had and recommended it to us!)


Nicola Battista

  • From: Robert Niesiolowsoi
  • Date: Sunday 5th April, 2009
  • Subject:

After his Golf Break at Desert Springs

Hi jo 

ll was good…nothing negative to say.

Breaskfast was excellent…golf good…the to the door personal service by security on arrival when we came late was an excellent touch.

ll good…thank you and well done!

Robert Niesiolowsoi

  • From: Robert Low
  • Date: Friday 3rd April, 2009
  • Subject:

After a session with Alfonso Castineira, Assistant Director and Head Professional at the Academy of Golf at Desert Springs

Dear Alfonso
Thank you so much for your marvellous tuition last week and for your company during our two rounds of golf.

I really appreciate the time you spent trying to turn me into a halfway decent golfer. I played 18 holes at my local course yesterday, managed a par at a par 5 and a birdie at the par-4 tenth, helped by a member’s bounce off a tree overlooking the green (my luck is still holding, evidently). We won’t talk about the other 16 but I feel I understand much better what I should be doing.
I hope you have a great summer and that Desert Springs goes from strength to strength.
Many thanks again and best wishes


  • From: Mark Guest
  • Date: Monday 30th March, 2009
  • Subject:

After his Golf Break at Desert Springs

Hi Jo
We all thought Desert Springs was fantastic, the hotel we stayed in was good but we all wished we had have stayed at Desert Springs, the golf course was in superb condition and service was excellent. We are all looking forward to going back to Desert Springs, possibly October so will be in touch.

Thanks for your help.


  • From: Barbara Sadgrove
  • Date: Wednesday 11th March, 2009
  • Subject:

After her Golf Break at Desert Springs

Hi Jo
Yes, we had a wonderful few days at Desert Springs and the weather was very good. As you may know I work at La Cala Resort on the Costa del Sol and was anxious to see how other clubs do it. We thought that the staff in particular were extremely kind and helpful. We have already recommended Desert Springs to some of our friends as the whole package was excellent.
Your resort is so different from where I work that it was a nice change to have someone serve me! The food in the clubhouse was first class and we really couldn’t fault anything except our golf!
Good luck to all concerned and thanks for an excellent break. Please let us know if there are any other offers as we might go again!

Best Wishes from Barbara

  • From: Simon Williams
  • Date: Thursday 5th March, 2009
  • Subject:

After his Golf Break at Desert Springs

Hello Jo,

I hope you are well. Just a quick note to let you know how our trip, Feb 22 to 25, to Desert Springs Resort went.

This was truly a magnificent experience for us all, we were all very impressed with the attitude of the staff on site and with the facilities available to us while we were there. You can rest assured that we will be looking to travel to the resort again next year about the same time as this, but with a few more people in our numbers (hopefully about 20). If and when you know of your price tariff for the same dates as this year please do not hesitate to let me know.

Once again thanks for your help in organising our trip and i look forward to speaking to you again in the near future to organise a return trip to your wonderful resort.

Yours Sincerley
Simon Williams

  • From: Mike Ready, County Captain, Hertfordshire Golf Union
  • Date: Tuesday 3rd March, 2009
  • Subject:

Hi Carmen

Following our recent visit to Desert Springs, I would like to thank you and everyone involved in making our stay such an enjoyable experience.
The range, chipping area and putting green are in excellent condition and along with the use of the GASP studio and a lot of hard work the lads have honed their games for the season ahead.

The course is in fantastic condition with excellent greens, which was a bit of a shock to the system after a long English winter.
The food was first class both at the Golf Club and the Crocodile Club and everyone at Desert Springs looked after us with a smile on their face.

A final thank you to everyone and hopefully we will see you again next year.

Kind Regards

Mike Ready
County Captain
Hertfordshire Golf Union
Alan White

  • From: Mr. Alan White
  • Date: Tuesday 17th February, 2009
  • Subject:

On the occasion of his father’s 70th birthday celebration

Hello Ellie

I spoke with my father last night and he was delighted with the service and attention they received when I booked his 70th Birthday celebration lunch yesterday.

I would like to thankyou for your help, also thanks to Bronwyn who took the reservation and the waitress who served the table and made a special effort.

Kind regards
Alan White

  • From:
  • Date: Tuesday 9th December, 2008
  • Subject:

Dear Alfonso

Thank you for your email.

The trip to Desert Springs was very productive. The mild climate was conducive to productive practice, when our climate at home is cold. The resort has fantastic facilities, all within walking distance. We had no need to hire a bus, even the transfers from the airport were arranged by the resort. Maria del Mar Sanchez was extremely helpful with organising the whole trip from the accommodation to all our golf and fitness requirements. The staff at the resort were helpful and hospitable. The Golf Academy always had the range prepared ready for our use each morning.

We are looking forward to our next training weekend in February and hopefully it will be as successful as the first.


Coaches: Back Row 1st Left Beth Patterson (Chairman of Training). Back Row 2nd Left Kevin Craggs (National Coach). Back Row 7th Left, Edward McCosh (Mind Coach). Front Row 1st Right Helen Weavers (Fitness Instructor)

Players: Megan Briggs, Emily Ogilvy, Louise Kenney, Laura Murray, Kelsey MacDonald, Kylie Walker, Michele Thompson.


Beth Paterson
Chairman of Training,
Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association Ltd.

  • From:
  • Date: Thursday 27th November, 2008
  • Subject:

From Lady Bader OBE,
President of The Douglas Bader Foundation

Dear Peter,

I am aware that you have received a message of gratitude from John Southwick, Tournament Director of The Desert Springs “Golf4Women” Salver, following the recent staging of the very successful final at your wonderful Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club. I felt that after having receiving John’s report and the of Charity Director, Keith Delderfield, who represented our charity in my absence, I must write to express on behalf of everyone at The Douglas Bader Foundation, my sincerest gratitude for your most generous support.

Clearly it was a superb event and one greatly enjoyed by every one of the participants. From the comments that I have received it is clear the whole Desert Springs team is worthy of praise but, in particular, it appears that special mention and thanks are due to Christine Langford who made sure that everyone was so well looked after and ensured that the competition was so well presented; to the course staff for preparing such a great and challenging track for our final and, indeed, to the whole staff team, each of whom played a role in making everybody’s stay such a happy and memorable one. We are indebted to you all.

I am grateful and delighted to learn that your kind support is to continue for 2009 and hope I may at some point have the opportunity of thanking you personally.

With my sincerest thanks and very best wishes.

Yours sincerely, Lady Bader OBE.

  • From:
  • Date: Thursday 27th November, 2008
  • Subject:

From Lady Bader OBE,
President of The Douglas Bader Foundation

Dear Mr Coaker,

As you are probably aware, it was not possible for me to attend the 2008 final The Desert Springs “Golf4Women” Salver which was recently held at your splendid venue. However, I have received reports from Toumament Director, John Southwick and our Director, Keith Delderfield who represented the charity in my absence, informing me as to just what a great success the event has been.

From what 1hear and from the literature that 1have received, it is clear the Desert Springs is a really magnificent resort and provided a first class venue for the final. I gather from feedback that, in particular, the course was in first class condition and that its presentation was “stunning” and that the contribution and professionalism of Christine Langford along with the friendly attitude and helpfulness of all ofthe Desert Springs staff was second to none and I congratulate those responsible for gathering together what is obviously a very special team.

On behalf of everyone at The Douglas Bader Foundation I offer you my sincerest thanks for the most generous support you have provided ensuring that our event has been such a great success and I am delighted and grateful to leam that the 2009 event is again to be played at your first class resort.

Yours sincerely,

Lady Bader OBE.,

  • From:
  • Date: Friday 21st November, 2008
  • Subject:

From Mr. John Southwick,

Tournament Director, on the occasion of the:

Desert Springs ‘Golf 4 Women’ Salver Grand Final.
In association with The Douglas Bader Foundation

As Tournament Director of the Desert Springs ‘Golf 4 Women’ Salver I wish to put on record my appreciation to everyone at Desert Springs especially Christine Langford who made the final of the event a huge success.

The golf course was indeed a challenge to all the lady finalists, but the course was in excellent condition as were all the facilities that everyone enjoyed. Everyone of the Desert Springs staff looked after our every need and I found the resort and staff to be of the highest standard, that I have experienced during my travels around the world.

I feel sure that the lady finalists who competed will convey to their golf club members the excellence of Desert Springs Resort when they return home. From my point of view I feel that this is the best form of advertising (“word of mouth”). Keith Delderfield of the Douglas Bader Foundation who attended the event will be reporting back to Lady Bader OBE the President of the Foundation, and I feel sure that you will be receiving a letter from her in due course.

inally with the success and the forthcoming publicity I feel that this tournament will grow from strength to strength and will not only help the Foundation but also the Desert Springs Resort in 2009.


John Southwick.

  • From:
  • Date: Tuesday 18th November, 2008
  • Subject:

Following The Desert Springs Ladies’ Golf Holiday, 9th – 15th November, 2008

We have just returned home this weekend after a week at the Desert Springs Golf Resort in Southern Spain and we felt that we would like to write to you to express how much we appreciated the hospitality that was shown to us by all the staff and residents.

We thought that the accommodation was excellent (a townhouse near the practice ground of the golf course) and the kindness and care accorded to us during our stay was first class. We cannot speak highly enough of Christine Langford, whose thoughtfulness and meticulous attention to detail ensured that we enjoyed all aspects of our stay at the resort. Her efforts, which were way above and beyond those we are sure of her general remit, guaranteed that we were made to feel like VIPs during our stay. We certainly took full advantage during the week of being coached by such a prestigious player. Generally we thought that the golf course and facilities at the Golf Academy were excellent. All the staff, whether it was in the restaurants, on reception or at the Caddy Master’s Centre could not do enough for us.

When you are working all year, holiday time is precious and we feel that our week at Desert Springs was spent very wisely. We are certainly considering returning to the resort next year and we will be recommending it to our golfing companions around Wirral and the North West area.


Louise Davies & Diana Griffiths.