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INTRODUCES 8 DEDICATED GOLF Packages

 

With over 150 hotels in 51 countries, Sofitel, Accor Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest hotel networks in the international luxury hotel industry. A true ambassador of France across the world, Sofitel has a strong identity with its comprehensive and diversified portfolio: contemporary hotels with outstanding architecture, townhouse hotels full of charm or, mythical palaces. Located in the world’s leading business and leisure destinations, Sofitel, Accor Hotels & Resorts offers a choice of city centre and resort hotels, as well as convention and airport hotels, all reflecting the French art of living through the facets of design, hospitality, service and gastronomy.

Over a third of Sofitel hotels are located close to a golf course, allowing golfers to enjoy a game during a stay. More than just a sport and a hobby, golf has become an increasingly popular activity which today comprises over 60 million players in the world. It also allows the opportunity to take in the outdoor scenery and discover new varied landscapes and regions.

In order to combine pleasure of the game and the excitement of aspiration for discovery, Sofitel, Accor Hotels & Resorts has devised 8 golf packages in France (Cannes, Marseilles and Montpellier) and abroad (Tunisia, Morocco, Thailand, Maylasia and Brazil).

GOLFING IN FRANCE

Cannes, Marseilles and Montpellier are cities associated with sun, relaxation and rejuvenation. With a hotel in each of these cities, Sofitel, Accor Hotels & Resorts offers the opportunity to discover some of southern France’s golf courses.

  • Cannes and its festivities

With its Suquet, the Croisette, the residential palaces, the Festival Hall and the international film festival, Cannes is a dream destination favoured by the rich and famous. From the deep blue sea and clear blue skies to the mountains and their plush vegetation, from the warm weather to the friendly hospitality and Provençal traditions, Cannes offers a truly exceptional atmosphere during all seasons.

Located between L’Esterel and the Croisette in an enviable setting between the sea and the golf course, Sofitel Mandelieu Royal Casino overlooks one of the world’s most beautiful bays. With 213 rooms including 30 suites and duplex suites, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, 1 nightclub, one casino with 200 slot machines and pool games, beach, pool, sauna, hammam and tennis courts, Sofitel Mandelieu Royal Casino offers a warm and refined setting.

The hotel is located close to 4 prestigious golf courses:

Cannes Mandelieu Old River golf course (9 and 18 holes) – opened in 1891 by the Great Duke Michael of Russia, the course has since been a favourite of keen golfers who come to Mandelieu to enjoy its charm and warm weather. Well known for the design of its fairways, bordered with pine trees, the course is the oldest on the Côte d’Azur. When entering and leaving the club, visitors need to take a short boat ride across the Siagne river which crosses the course.

Cannes Riviera golf course (18 holes) - opened in the 20th century, the Riviera golf course is particularly hilly and requires the use of a buggy. Its designer, Robert Trent Jones had to introduce blind holes and raised greens to fit the undertaking landscape.

Grasse Country Club (18 holes) - located 600 metres above sea level, the Grasse Country Club overlooks the bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean sea. The course offers a challenging set of holes, such as 2 and 7, and is bordered by oak trees and stones by way of roughs.

St. Endréol Golf Course (18 holes) - located in the hinterland, the course was designed by Michel Gayon, offering an impressive setting in the ‘garrigue’ and the Var forest.

Rates: FF940 (approx. £86 or €143) per person per night (based on two people sharing), the package is on a bed and breakfast basis and includes a green fee. Minimum two nights. Valid until 31st October 2001. Supplement of FF270 (approx. £25 or €41) per person for dinner at Le Féréol restaurant.

Reservations: Sofitel Mandelieu Royal Hotel Casino Tel: 00 33 4 92 97 70 06 Fax: 00 33 4 92 97 70 49 Email: H1168@accor-hotels.com

  • Marseilles and its ‘vieux port’

Capital of Southern Europe, the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Marseille offers many contrasts with its old picturesque port, the old quarter (Le Panier near the port), its sea cliff and, the wild creeks which open up into the deep blue Mediterranean sea. From the hill of Nôtre Dame de la Garde, patron saint of sailors, which sits imposingly 162 metres above sea level, one can follow in Cézanne’s footsteps to the Estaque or to the Treille at the bottom of the hills where French author Marcel Pagnol spent his childhood. Panoramic views of the city can also be enjoyed from the neighbouring islands such such as ‘Les Iles du Frioul’ and its ‘Château d’If’, famous for the legend of Count Monte Cristo.

At the bottom of the Pharo Palace, which overlooks the Old Port near the beaches, Sofitel Marseilles Vieux Port has been completely renovated to feature the colours of Provence. A haven of calm in the heart of the city, the hotel offers a true Mediterranean ‘art de vivre’ in a relaxing atmosphere. Its gastronomic restaurant ‘Les Trois Forts’, located on the top floor, overlooks the bay of the Old Port and offers fine traditional local cuisine. 130 rooms including 3 suites, meeting rooms, bar, swimming pool, tennis courts and watersports.

The hotel is close to the Marseilles la Salette golf course (18 holes), situated at the entrance of the town. Set in beautiful Provençal gardens, the course benefits from exceptional surroundings bordered by the hills of the Garlaban Massif. The clubhouse is located in an old renovated farm where members and guests can relax on the terraces bordered with plane trees.

Rates: FF620 (approx. £57 or €94) per night and per person (minimum two nights, based on double occupancy), including breakfast and one green fee during the week and FF680 (approx. £62 or 103 euros) at weekends. Extra night: FF410 (approx. £37 or €62) per person bed and breakfast. Available throughout the year.

Private tuition: FF130 (approx. £12 or €20) for 30 minutes and FF240 (approx. £22 or €36) for one hour.

Reservations: Sofitel Marseilles Vieux Port Tel: 00 33 4 91 15 59 55 Fax: 00 33 4 91 15 59 50 Email: H0542@accor-hotels.com

 

  • Montpellier, the Millennium city

Capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon, the historical city of Montpellier is knows for its impressive architecture. Particular landmarks include the ‘Place de la Comédie’, a popular meeting point for students who gather on the terraces, the Esplanade and the pedestrian streets with their many boutiques. Montpellier is home to a number of universities including the thousand year old Faculty of Medicine, which attracted a number of Catholic, Jewish and Arab doctors in the Middle Ages. The city has since maintained and further developed this tradition of being a popular meeting point and is also home to many festivals and other cultural events.

Sofitel Montpellier Antigone enjoys a central location, close to the old and new districts such as the Antigone quarter designed by Ricardo Boffil, the Palais des Congrès du Corum, the Berlioz Opera, and the theatre. This contemporary hotel offers a warm, calm and intimate atmosphere. In addition, the hotel features a swimming pool on the 8th floor, an unmatched feature in Montpellier. 90 rooms including 1 suite, 2 bars, restaurant, meeting rooms.

The hotel is located close to 3 exceptional golf courses:

The Montpellier Massane golf course (9 & 18 holes) - located to the east of the city, the course was designed by Californian architect Ronald Fream, to offer an unforgettable golfing experience. Bordered by clusters of jennet, each hole is individual: fairways undulate, yellow sand bunkers, individually designed greens.

The Grande Motte golf course (42 holes) – a course based on the concept of golf courses designed in Florida, the Grande Motte comprises of 85 hectares of greens and fairways decorated with lakes. Designed by American golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, who has completed over 500 golf courses, the course is renowned for being one of the most beautiful in the world and the first of its kind in Europe. The club also includes a golf school.

Nîmes-Campagne Golf Club (18 holes) – designed in 1969 and inspired by international courses, with bunkers, water obstacles and doglegs, the Nîmes-Campagne Golf Club is one of the most beautiful and exclusive golf courses in France. It is set on 52 hectares of undulating land lined by trees.

Rates: FF1,050 (approx. £97 or €160) per night per person (minimum 3 nights and based on double occupancy) including breakfast daily, welcome glass of Champagne, 1 green fee. Available throughout the year.

Reservations: Sofitel Montpellier Tel: 00 33 4 67 99 72 72 Fax: 00 33 4 67 65 17 50

Email: sofitel.montpellier@wanadoo.fr

 

GOLFING ABROAD

 

Sofitel offers a superb selection of international golfing destinations including Asia, South America and North Africa.

Malaysia: the jewel in the crown of South East Asia

Malaysia has been a destination favoured by international travellers for many centuries. The country offers great diversity of landscapes and contrasts with its rich architecture, jungle, lush vegetation, islands, stretches of beaches, all punctuated by exotic charm.

Built in 1995, Sofitel Palm Resort & Golf is located in Johor Barhu, 3 minutes from the international airport of Sultan Ismail, close to the city centre of Johor and 45 minutes from Singapore. Decorated in elegant Malaysian style and offering traditional local hospitality, the hotel is set in sumptuous tropical gardens, a true paradise for golfers. 330 rooms including 22 suites, 3 restaurants, bar, nightclub, conference and reception rooms, business centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, spa, fitness room, and a selection of sports activities.

With 3 international 18 hole golf courses, each designed by Japanese architect Hiromasa Inagawa, the Palm Resort Golf & Country club (54 holes) is a paradise for amateur golfers. Designed to fit in with the layout of the land and set amidst lush vegetation, the 3 courses (Allamanda, Cempaka and Melati) can cater for players of all levels.

The Legend Golf & Country Resort (18 holes) was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is set amidst tropical background. Famous for its challenging hole number 6, the course caters for players of all levels.

The luxurious Starhill Golf & Country Club in Skudai was built on the grounds of an old plantation, offering spectacular views and warm hospitality from its staff. The Club provides two international 18 hole courses (Bintang and Bukit) offering a variety of handicaps.

Rates: US$606 (approx. £430 or €710) per person for 6 nights on a bed & breakfast basis including 5 games on 3 different courses (Palm Resort Golf & Country Club, The Legend Golf & Country Resort, Starhill Golf & Country Club), one dinner for two on the first night, transfers, one hour private tuition, welcome gift.

Reservations: Sofitel Palm Resort & Golf Tel: 00 60 7 599 60 08 Fax: 00 60 7 599 630 Email: Sofitel@palmresort.com

Thailand: Hua-Hin, a resort favoured by the royal family

Situated on the west bank of Siam Gulf in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, 185 kilometres south west of Bangkok, Hua-Hin is the wildest seaside retreat in Thailand. The resort is very popular with the Thai bourgeoisie and aristocracy who come to enjoy its decadent atmosphere and escape from the heat and bustle of the city.

A small picturesque fishermen’s village, Hua-Hin became very fashionable in the 1920s with the creation of railway sytem by the Royal State Railway, offering direct access to Bangkok. This was soon followed by other developments such as the opening of the magnificent colonial station, the first golf course in Thailand (1924), the building of residential homes and the Railway hotel in 1923, now the Sofitel Central Hua-Hin.

A legendary palace dating back from the 1920s with an elegant colonial architecture, Sofitel Central Hua-Hin was built in this strategic location for the Siamese aristocracy. Completely renovated to its original style, the hotel includes 176 rooms and 31 suites, featuring teak wood floors and furniture, Thai silk and cotton linens, as well as conservatory-style terraces overlooking 15.5 hectares of immaculate gardens and a turquoise blue sea. Bars, swimming pool, museum-style tea room, fitness centre, reception rooms, large selection of activities.

The Royal Hua-Hin Golf Course (18 holes) is a true legend. Built in 1930 for the Royal family under Rama VI, the Royal Hua-Hin Golf Course was Thailand’s first ever golf course. The course has been planted with an abundance of trees to give it a European feel. Some temples overlook individual holes and the town centre is close with the clubhouse facing the station.

Rates: US$577 (approx. £410 or €676) per person (based on double occupancy) for 5 nights, including breakfast, return transfers from Bangkok, 4 green fees, 4 caddy fees. The package is available until 31st October 2001.

Reservations: Sofitel Central Hua-Hin Tel: 0066 32 512 021/38 Fax: 00 66 32 511 014 Email: sofitel@sofitel.co.th

 

  • Brazil: Bahia, the land of happiness

With over 930 km of coastline and beaches, the state of Bahia is, as the locals say, the ‘land of happiness’. The capital, Salvador, with its artistic and religious background (365 churches), is one of Brazil’s most popular travel destinations. This colourful city is well known for its particularly festive atmosphere, its culture, with La Capoeira, a danse symbolising the mix of cultures which has become a true art and its cuisine, one of the most authentic and spicy in Brasil.

Recently opened, the Sofitel Conventions & Resort and the Sofitel Suites & Resort are located in the heart of a stunning resort on the famous Costa do Sauípe, in the north east of Bahia. Facing the sea and set amidst lush, exotic and colourful vegetation, the two hotels comprise of 602 rooms and suites targeting both leisure and business travellers. The Sofitel Conventions & Resort, the largest of the two hotels, features a décor reminiscent of the ‘discovery of Brazil’ with Indian sculptures and Portuguese caravels. The Sofitel Suites & Resort is a more intimate hotel, with a décor based on the theme of ‘Cocoa’, creating a particularly original effect. Both hotels offer a great selection of animations, as well as an extensive range of sports and leisure activities, some dedicated to children. In addition, the hotels offer the following facilities: swimming pools, 5 restaurants, bars, meeting and convention rooms, children’s club.

The resort of Costa do Sauípe features an international golf course of 18 holes designed by the American architect Brian Costelo, from the American company JMP Golf Design Group. The course lies on 66 hectares of tropical vegetation, close to the sea.

Rates:

Green fee - US$27 (approx. £19 or €31) for 9 holes or US$45 (approx. £31 or €52) for 18 holes (offer valid until 14th December 2001).

Package - A 7-night/8 day package in a double room, including breakfast daily and one meal (lunch or dinner) costs US$1,295 (approx. £920 or €1,518) for two at the Sofitel Conventions & Resort and US$1,617 (approx. £1,150 or €1,896) for two at Sofitel Suites & Resort.

Reservations: Sofitel Conventions & Resort / Sofitel Suites & Resort Costa do Sauípe Tel: 00 55 71 4675000/01/02 Fax: 00 55 71 4675003 Email:reservasauipe@accor.com.br

  • El Jadida, Morocco’s own Deauville

Formerly named Mazagan, El Jadida is a seaside resort favoured by Moroccans, famous for its citadel, ramparts and beaches. Lyautey used to refer to it as ‘Morocco’s Deauville’. Located on the Atlantic coast, a few kilometres away from Casablanca, El Jadida is the starting point for excursions to the legendary Moroccan cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Mejnes and Fes.

The luxurious Sofitel Royal Golf El Jadida is located in a private park, 300 metres from the ocean and a few minutes from the city centre. The hotel comprises of several small buildings of 2 or 4 floors, featuring local architecture. 177 rooms including 100 suites, 2 restaurants, swimming pool, fitness centre, meeting rooms.

Royal Golf El Jadida (18 holes) – Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, the course is planted with pine and eucalyptus trees and araucarias, immersing players in its lush vegetation. The course overlooks the white city of El Jadida on one side and the wild beaches and dunes planted with mimosas and tamaris on the other.

Rates: 7-night / 8-day package: from FF5,590 (approx. £516 or €852) per person in a double room including return flight from Paris, Lyons or Marseilles, breakfast daily, rental car.

7 day golf pass: MAD1,650 (approx. £99 or €163)

Reservations: Accor Tours Tel: 0033 1 44 11 11 50

  • Tunisia: the warm climate of Djerba

Djerba is a flat island well known for its warm climate, located south of Tunisia. Djerba owes its charm to the serene countryside, the harmonious architecture and its beautiful and simple mosques. The Menzels, which are thousands years old, are agricultural structures surrounded by small walls of mud planted with cacti or fig trees from Barbaria to protect from the sea winds. Houses are painted white to match the archways and the domes, which reflect the sunshine.

Sofitel Palm Beach Djerba is located on the seashore on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, 10 km from Houmt Souk. 259 rooms including 7 suites and 32 bungalows, each with a terrace or a loggia overlooking the sea, swimming or the garden, 4 restaurants, car rental, fully serviced beach, swimming pool, hydrotherapy centre, fitness centre and nightclub.

The course at the Djerba Golf Club (18 holes) was designed by Martin Hawtree and extends onto the oasis and sand dunes, demonstrating how man can adapt with nature. In addition to the sand and palm trees, another important feature of the course are the lakes spread across the sand dunes. The fairways are rather large, and the greens are often kept by outstanding bunkers.

Rates: FF3,340 (approx. £308 or €510) per person for 3 nights (based on double occupancy) including return flights from Paris, transfers, daily breakfast.

Green fees: FF180 (approx. £16 or €27) for 8 holes and FF280 (approx. £26 or €42) for 18 holes

Reservations: Couleurs Locales Tel: 0033 1 44 11 11 50

 

 

 
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