How PGA Catalunya resort offers you more than a round of golf

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Catalunya, Spain is acclaimed for many things. Arguably, it’s home to one of the most famous cities in the world; Barcelona. Bordered by France, Andorra and the Mediterranean Sea it would be fair to say that the region is abundantly blessed. A naturally rugged coastline, hot Mediterranean climate and the Pyrenees valleys have given rise to a region conducive to good living and superior cuisine.

These innate characteristics and strategic location were not lost on the creators of the luxury golf escape PGA Catalunya Resort. Armed with the region’s natural blessings the resort has set about graciously adding value to its offering. Their recent developments pledge more than an exceptional round of golf.

Golf with a bite

At the heart of the resort of course, are its two world-renowned golf courses. The Stadium Course has been named the best in Spain, third in Continental Europe and is in the top 100 courses in the world. Not a bad round of golf at all. Furthermore, the club house sets new standards for exclusive members’ clubs. Celebrated interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, a master of light and space, has created a fresh and modern departure from traditional golf clubhouses. The building is in perfect harmony with its natural setting and offers undisturbed views across the Stadium Course. A lavish bistro menu at The Club Café includes fried oysters, kale and beetroot or an Angus beef burger. Local Cava and Champagne compliments the wine and beer list making it the perfect place for a light lunch after a round.

LAVIDA Hotel

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Swimming Pool at Sunset – Hotel LAVIDA – PGA Catalunya Resort – Girona – Spain

The most alluring recent expansion however, is LAVIDA Hotel. If golf isn’t your thing this gateway hotel on the resort offers everything else you could possibly want from an unforgettable holiday.  Located just ten minutes from Gerona and an hour from Barcelona it’s the perfect compromise for friends and family who enjoy different things. With cycling, hiking, trekking, horse-riding and boat trips in and around Gerona it’s enough to tempt you away from the golf courses. All this and I’ve barely mentioned the backdrop of the Pyrenees mountains which dominates the view. LAVIDA Hotel’s 50 rooms, with sweeping views of the golf courses, provides a luxurious shelter for outdoor enthusiasts on the resort.

A second hotel, Hotel Camiral, also located on the resort is the home of 1477 Restaurant headed by Executive Chef Francisco Hernandez. A menu sourced from local artisan produce cooked with a distinctly Catalan twist, with wines from its cellar, provides an exquisite gastronomical experience.

Own a piece of heavenly Catalunya

Once you visit the resort and enjoy its rugged tranquility, five star cuisine, exquisite wines and unparalleled hospitality you’d be forgiven for not wanting to leave. So how fortunate for us that one no longer has to. PGA Catalunya offers a  development of 50 new three-bedroom luxury villas for sale. Designed by Barcelona-based Lagula Architects each villa is distributed across two floors and placed to benefit from its celestial surroundings. The first release becomes available in 2019. With such generous value added luxury there is little doubt that we shall all be flocking to Catalunya very soon.

 

 

For more information visit: www.pgacatalunya.com

Female Empowerment Through Travel

On this day as we celebrate women, our accomplishments, our struggles and our joys I want to acknowledge the role that other women play in our journeys. That may sound like stating the obvious. Of course other women support us! We are all in this together after all. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many women who do not believe in equality and many more who will not fight or support the struggle for it. Then on the other hand, there are those who dedicate their entire lives to it.

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Tânia Trevisan is such a woman. She had been fulfilling her dreams of seeing the world and returned to her native Brazil in 2014. During her travels and as a professional events planner she had noticed the spectacular outcome produced by bringing women together. This single thought gave birth to a whole new idea.

Integral Woman

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The Concept

On 8th March 2014 Tânia set up Integral Woman . It is a project where women from one country could travel together to a new one and exchange skills, knowledge and ideas with local women. The project was a huge success. By 2016 it crossed the Atlantic and Integral Woman reached entrepreneurial women in Portugal and Spain.

Integral Woman Ambassadors

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The idea expands through Integral Woman Ambassadors who play a key role in spreading the good word of the concept. The ambassadors are locally based and are responsible for aligning Integral Woman’s principles with the local culture whilst identifying the needs of women from their region.

The Integral Woman Tour then brings these women together through bespoke, well planned travel itineraries. Since 2014, Integral Woman Tour has explored different parts of Europe, South America, Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates with further trips planned in 2018:
April – Portugal and Spain – North
May – Portugal and Spain – South
July – Portugal and Spain – North
July – Croatia and Slovenia
September – Portugal
September – Portugal and Spain – South
October – Costa Rica

As her simple idea expands beyond anything she could have dreamt of Tânia Trevisan has this to say: Traveling creates unforgettable memories. It increases our cultural baggage, opens our mind to understand different people and help us to make new friends. It also strengths every woman’s self-esteem.

As a woman who loves travel and has made it her life, I for one, couldn’t agree more. So on this special day I wish to thank all the women who have supported me on my journey. I acknowledge those who fight the good fight so that we may all walk a little more freely each day.

 

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Love Madrid I Fine food art of Michelin-starred Ramón Frexia

The grand finale of my exquisite culinary tour of Madrid with Luxury Travel Advisors was an unforgettable 20 course meal crafted by chef Ramón Freixa.  His restaurant is set within, Hotel Único, a former 19th century mansion in the Salamanca District. As well as two Michelin stars it also boasts three Repsol Suns, and other Spanish and international distinctions.

 

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Love Madrid I Private Tapas Walking Tour

The second day of my Chef’s Table Tour with Luxury Travel Advisors starts on a bright fresh Sunday morning in November in the busy centre of Puerta del Sol, Madrid. It was a privately guided historic walk with tapas stops in some of the most iconic venues of Madrid.

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