8 best golfing resorts in Asia-Pacific

8 best golfing resorts in Asia-Pacific
PHOTO: Constance Lemuria Resort

Hotel booking site Agoda recently revealed a list of outstanding golf hotels based on customer reviews and discussions with its travel experts on the ground.

From the tip of a Philippine island paradise to a landscaped path of green alongside the Arabian Sea, here are eight properties that promise guests convenient accommodation as well as amazing golf experiences.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia

In addition to 238 French-style rooms and suites, a lavish swimming pool, the So Spa with L'Occitane and close proximity to the magnificent Angkor complex, the property boasts a golf haven with its 7,145-yard, 18-hole international-standard course.

"The Sofitel Pokeethra is like going to your private club. After a day the staff all knew our names, they knew where we liked to sit and they seemed to truly enjoy taking care of us. The hotel is spectacularly clean," reviewed Douglas from Canada.

Fairways and Bluewater Resort
Where: Boracay, the Philippines

Said to be a quiet and exclusive sanctuary, the establishment has three private white sand beaches and three private swimming pools, one of which is considered the biggest freshwater pool on the island.

As for golf features, the resort's 18-hole 6,600-yard course was especially designed by Australian pro golfer and golf architect Graham Marsh, promising an ultimate experience for the players.

Lamberto from the Philippines concluded: "Astonishingly unforgettable! The golf and amenities are great!"

Hotel Nidom
Where: Hokkaido, Japan

Those seeking to feel at one with nature can opt to stay in one of Hotel Nidom's authentic Finnish log cottages overlooking a serene lake. It is also home to two golf courses that comprise 45 holes amid the shade of a lovely conifer forest that covers 275 square kilometers.

Other highlights include the 18-hole Nisupa course, which has hosted PGA and Japan LPGA tournaments, and the Ikoro course, which includes a challenging hole dubbed 'Al Capone's Scream'.

"Spacious cottage with personal attention. Great facilities," said Cecilia from Australia.

Waldorf Astoria
Where: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Set in a beachfront location, only 50 minutes from Dubai, the property features 346 palatial rooms, a private white sand beach and 10 restaurants - all conveniently surrounded by desert, mountains and sea.

It is also a golf getaway thanks to its unique golf course made from 5 million cubic meters of sand on a neglected salt flat. Award-winning course designer Peter Harradine wrapped the 18-hole course around a central lagoon, 7,300 yards of greens and roughs on a par 72.

Peter from the Netherlands reviewed: "Great stay in every way, highly recommended for a weekend getaway for golf or fun in the sun."

Orchid Country Club
Where: Singapore

Facing the panoramic Aranda Course and Seletar Reservoir, the 75-room Orchid Lodge is the Orchid Country Club's very own resort hotel. Each guest room offers a balcony overlooking the golf course, free Internet access and cable TV channels.

But the highlight of the property is, of course, its three 9-hole courses designed by former Singapore president Ong Teng Cheong that cover over 10,000 yards. Built near the Sungai Seletar Reservoir, it benefits from a near-constant gentle breeze and has enough strategic challenges for newbies and pros alike.

"It was a nice getaway from the city, a great stay with lots of trees. Loved the golf course and the big room," reviewed one happy guest from Malaysia.

Millbrook Resort
Where: Queenstown, New Zealand

In addition to spacious studio rooms, the resort also offers self-contained cottages which contain a fully equipped kitchen, flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi and outdoor areas overlooking the greens, fairways and surrounding mountains.

Guests seeking to play golf can also expect a lot as the resort's 27-hole course has been named the best in New Zealand, Australasia and Oceania for several years running. Designed by master golfer Sir Bob Charles, with a hefty renovation by NZ pro golfer Greg Turner, the place boasts challenging hazards thanks to New Zealand's plentiful rocks, streams, trees and tussocks.

As Michael from Canada said: "Great experience, great golf, wonderful food and staff."

Constance Lemuria Resort
Where: The Seychelles

Guests can expect to enjoy exquisite beaches, clear topaz water, big boulders and lush vegetation from this particular property in the Seychelles.

But the real adventure here is golfing on its 18-hole course, which wraps around peaks and dense tropical foliage for over 6,000 yards. The course's signature hole is the 15th, with a 50-meter drop to the green below.

"The location was great [and the] golf course was magnificent, including all its facilities," reviewed Eugene from South Africa.

Black Mountain Resort
Where: Hua Hin, Thailand

Nestled in the foothills of valleys right in front of the stunning par 3 course, the property's 38 villas are both modern and convenient, with private swimming pool and a spacious terrace.

Since 2007, the course's 18-hole, 7,240-yard stretch has wowed players from around the world. A water hazard on each hole keeps players on their toes, while the gently rolling landscape tests golfers of every level.

As one impressed guest from Australia concluded: "Great for young kids, with a nearby waterpark. Golf course is great for the grownups and the restaurant at the clubhouse is good."

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