If you’re an avid golfer, there’s probably no better holiday than one where there’s a championship standard golf course on your doorstep and guaranteed great weather in which to play. Resorts like these, of course, are few and far between. Here, we take a look at Royal Westmoreland, Barbados, which aside from its exceptional course and facilities also offers luxury golf cottages and amenities par excellence.
A dream come true golf course
Award-winning golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. has designed some of the best and most illustrious golf courses in the world. One of these is the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course in Barbados. What Trent Jones Jr. has achieved here is to incorporate a magnificent 18-hole, par 72, 7,045-yard golf course within sublime tropical landscaped gardens that overlook the island’s stunning west coast and the Caribbean beyond. It’s not just a beautiful and very well-maintained course to be on, it’s also great to play, with some tricky holes, including its signature Par 3s. This really is golfing heaven.
Facilities to match the course
While the designer golf course rightly takes centre stage, you can’t help but be impressed by the other golfing facilities at Royal Westmoreland. A well-stocked Pro Shop supplies all your needs, there are comfortable changing rooms, club hire, buggies, practice greens, a driving range and a short game academy.
If you want to up your game, why not take an individual or family lesson with Royal Westmoreland’s senior professional golfer, Sean Edey? Barbados’ first certified British PGA Golf Professional, Sean is internationally trained and has played NCAA Division 1 golf in Florida. He has played with a number of celebrities and hosts charity golf tournaments.
An 18½ and 19th hole!
It can get hot in Barbados, so the clever people at Royal Westmoreland came up with the ideal solution, the Halfway House. As the name suggests, this stop-off venue is situated by the ninth hole, letting you take a breather from the golf to quench your thirst with a refreshing drink and up your energy levels with a bite to eat.
As you would expect, the 19th hole at Royal Westmoreland has everything you need to celebrate your successes on the course. The colonial-styled and opulently furnished Club House is a charming and friendly place to end your round. There’s a fantastic choice of food and drink, ranging from snacks to table service meals, which you can enjoy in the air-conditioned interior or outside on the terrace with its wonderful views.
More than just a golf resort
The remarkable thing about Royal Westmoreland is that it’s much more than a golf resort. Indeed, it is the island’s most prestigious private estate, offering guests truly exceptional accommodation during their stay. Situated on 750 acres of lush, tropical landscape with stunning vistas of the Caribbean, the gated resort is dotted with just 250 luxury villas, apartments and townhouses, as well as several golf cottages close to the 12th green.
All accommodation is exceptionally finished, with open plan living, designer kitchens, ensuite bathrooms and sun terraces equipped for alfresco dining and sun lounging. Most villas have their own private pools, while guests in other accommodation have use of communal pools. Daily housekeeping and concierge services, together with wi-fi and air conditioning come as standard. Around the clock security ensures the estate’s facilities are kept for the exclusive use of guests.
Other special amenities
Royal Westmoreland provides many other excellent amenities. Aside from the Clubhouse and Halfway House, there’s The Rum Shak which serves traditional Bajan dishes and drinks, and the splendid Royal Westmoreland Beach Club at the beautiful Mullins Beach, for which you’ll find a free shuttle service. The private Beach Club offers award-winning dining which you can enjoy on the beachfront terrace watching the glorious Caribbean sunsets.
In addition, guests have exclusive use of the estate’s floodlit tennis courts and its state-of-the-art gym, and they also get special discount packages at the Singita Wellness Spa, also at Mullins Beach.
While Barbados has a million and one things to enjoy, if you are a golfing enthusiast, it might be difficult to tempt you away from the Royal Westmoreland estate. With a Trent Jones Jr. championship-class golf course and a host of professional standard facilities on your doorstep, together with all the other excellent amenities, you could easily stay at the resort for your entire holiday. However, you’ll also find Royal Westmoreland ideally located to take advantage of all the island has to offer and you’ll have a well-connected concierge that can organise your days out for you.
For more information about holidays at Royal Westmoreland, visit its Transferable Deposit Offer page.