A spa and golf getaway for two

by Karen Bournville
   
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Nestled at the base of the Taurus Mountains, Gloria Serenity Resort feels quite remote but is easy to reach – the perfect environment for some good old-fashioned relaxing.

We were given a lovely junior suite which would be our home for the week. Spacious and comfortable, furnished in a gentle palette of neutrals, our bedroom and sitting room invited relaxation and had a luxurious feel. Our terrace was also perfect for watching the sun set. The daily housekeeping service was fantastic and we were constantly surprised by the little thoughtful touches, such as delicious chocolates or pretty bowls of multi-coloured jelly sweets that appeared in our room.

The views from our suite were fabulous; we overlooked mountains and a beautiful private beach – such a welcome change from the view from my office window! Meandering pools, exotic palm trees, breathtaking views, golden beaches and a wealth of activities including golf and watersports – what more could we ask for? The seven restaurants were all delightful, serving delicious food created by the talented chef and his team. From fresh, locally caught fish at Pescado to extensive Turkish buffets at Anatolia, the cuisine at Gloria Golf Resort was remarkable (as was the healthy, fresh daily breakfast).

There was also a bar to suit our every mood – whether we fancied a quiet drink or a noisy night out. With its impressive features and world-class golf course, the resort had everything we needed. Designed by French architect Michel Gayon, Gloria Golf Resort is Turkey’s largest golf complex. Boasting three enticing courses (45 holes in all) it’s the ideal destination for fanatics and beginners alike – so it was just perfect for us. My husband and I see golf differently – for him it is a way of life, whereas for me it fills time between spa treatments.

Nestled in beautiful Mediterranean surroundings, the complex features luxurious accommodation, sports facilities and spa. However, it was the courses and expert tuition my partner was interested in; he’d booked me a couple of private lessons, which gave me a chance to focus on technique and break some of my bad golfing habits.

I certainly had far more confidence when I joined him for a round on the Old Course the following morning. Over the week we also played the New Championship Course – which opened in 2005 and has hosted the European Seniors Tour Classic – and the challenging nine-hole Gloria Verde Resort Course.

All three courses have immaculate greens and fairways, with the Old Course featuring seven freshwater lakes. The Club House, with its pretty terrace and stunning views of the course and the Taurus Mountains was a great place to wind down after a lively round. We’ll be back.

Golf stats
  • Old Championship Course: 6296m, par 72
  • New Championship Course: 6239m, par 72
  • Gloria Verde Course: 2962m, par 36
Hotel facilities
  • Eight restaurants including Tetrasomia (main restaurant), Sha (Asian), Le Jardin au Printemps (French), Komnenos and more
  • Five bars
  • Wireless internet is available in all rooms
  • 24-hour room service, meeting rooms
  • The Spa Centre
  • Three golf courses, tennis and basketball, outdoor and indoor pools, watersports etc

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