The old saying, ‘a bad day of golf is still better than a good day at work’, rings especially true in the tropics, where taking your swings amidst sun-drenched greens, swaying palms and the ocean pounding the cliffs below is nothing short of spectacular.
If you travel to golf or have always wanted to, you may as well make it count by coupling your game with a great place to stay. Ready to play? Here are some of the best all-inclusive golf resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, all ready to make even a bad day on the links incredible.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
White Witch Golf Course and Cinnamon Hill Golf Course
Montego Bay, Jamaica
One of the best things about this particular Hyatt resort is its close proximity to not one but two great golf courses, White Witch and Cinnamon Hill. With only a 15-minute transfer from Montego Bay airport, you can literally wake up in Canada and play a round of golf oceanside before sitting down to supper in Jamaica.
Choose between two par-71 links-style courses or try them both. Either way, round-out your game with a stay at one of Jamaica’s most luxurious family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. The staff here can secure your tee times, reserve rental clubs, and even arrange professional instruction. Après-golf, soothe your tired muscles at the Zen Spa with a variety of spa treatments, healing therapies and massages.
White Witch begins with a scenic elevated tee before exploring the surrounding jungle.
The 17th tee at Cinnamon Hill sits 350 feet above the beach with the green framed by dramatic ruins of an 18th-century aqueduct.
The Reef at Atlantis
Ocean Club Golf Course
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Bring your A-game; if not for the world-class golf at the Ocean Club, then at least for the spoils of the optional all-inclusive The Reef at Atlantis. The aptly-named Paradise Island and its opulent resort offer another quick getaway for Canadians that packs enough fun for the whole family.
Explore the resort’s three gorgeous beaches, its one-of-a-kind Aquaventure water park (complete with high-speed water slides, a mile-long river, and more), and a harbour marina housing some of the poshest yachts you have ever seen. Then, set your sights on the challenging course at Ocean Club for some of the best golf in the Bahamas.
Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the 18-hole par 72 championship course stretches over 7,100 yards, with 7 holes that border the ocean and all but one with direct views of the sparkling blue waters.
St. Lucia Golf and Country Club
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Saint Lucia’s sexy TheBodyHoliday is as much a state of mind as it is a luxurious adults-only (16+) West Indies resort just minutes from the island’s best golf.
As part of the all-inclusive package, along with 5-star meals and top-shelf drinks, guests are pampered with daily wellness treatments designed to rejuvenate both body and mind, whether you’re melting in a massage gazebo overlooking the sea or up in the verdant hills in a hydrotherapy pool.
As for golf, the resort’s own golf academy features a practice range, 4 practise holes, a putting green and a full-time PGA pro to help improve your game. Guests of The BodyHoliday can play a round on the island’s championship course at the nearby St. Lucia Golf and Country Club.
True to the island’s hilly landscape, each hole is a unique challenge. Fairways are lined with casuarina trees and the first hole offers spectacular views of St. Lucia’s majestic Pitons.
Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen
Mayakoba El Cameleon, Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Grand Coral Golf Club
The family-focused resort offers the perfect blend of relaxation, fun and discovery. Gourmet eateries and laidback lounges, Camp Jack kids club and #HASHTAG arcade, sports and fitness facilities at The Gym and a range of treatments at Aura Spa, like chocolate body wraps and hot stone massage, all make for a perfect family getaway. And then there’s the golf.
Mayakoba is a Greg Norman gem that takes players through the jungle, mangrove wetlands and the beach. The par 72 layout plays along several miles of freshwater canals surrounded by limestone walls, with two jaw-dropping ocean holes.
Playa Paraiso is postcard-perfect, surrounded by nature, exotic wildlife and ancient Mayan ruins.
With its stonework, deep bunkers, narrow fairways and beautiful views at every turn, Grand Coral is an 18-hole masterpiece designed by the legendary Nick Price.
Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa
The Desert and Ocean courses at Cabo del Sol Golf Club
Los Cabos, Mexico
With access to two championship golf courses at Cabo del Sol Golf Club, including the famous Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course (now known as the Cove Club), Cabo’s Grand Fiesta Americana ranks in the top 10 on Golf Digest’s list of the Top 50 Best Golf Hotels in the World.
On Mexico’s rugged Pacific coast, this striking and sophisticated resort boasts 6 pools, 9 restaurants, and the SOMMA WineSPA, the only spa in Mexico that uses the benefits of wine in its treatments. Nearby, the Desert and Ocean courses at Cabo del Sol offer some of the very best golf in Baja.
Cabo del Sol is home to two exceptional courses, Cove Club (formerly the Ocean Course) and the Desert Course, both enhanced by the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and the shimmering Sea of Cortéz.
While Cove Club features 4 ocean-front holes set high above the roaring Pacific, the Desert Course is a breathtaking oasis winding through canyon gulches, plenty of cacti and picturesque mountain backdrops, all designed by the master of desert golf, Tom Weiskopf.
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa
Punta Espada Golf Club
Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic
The secret has long been out about The Dominican Republic being one of the best destinations for golf in the Caribbean. Whether you’re in La Romana, Puerto Plata, Samana or Santo Domingo, you’re never far from a quality course, but you can’t do better than the golf surrounding Punta Cana, especially the stunning oceanfront course by Jack Nicklaus that has been a regular venue on the Champions Tour, Punta Espada.
As far as a place to stay, Secrets Cap CanaResort & Spa is the place to be. Beachfront on the white-sand shores of Juanillo Beach, this exclusive adults-only resort ticks all the boxes, and then some. Renowned for its Unlimited-Luxury® concept, guests are showered with exceptional a la carte dining, a world-class spa and glamorous accommodations, until it’s time to play.
GolfWeek ranked #1 Best Golf Course in the Caribbean and Mexico. Golf Digest ranked #35 Best Course in the World.
“The Jack Nicklaus course interacts more intimately with the ocean than any other course I’ve experienced. The dramatic par-3 12th hole and par-4 17th require heart-stopping shots over the water. One big wave near a tee or green could shower you with spray.” Jason Scott Deegan –GolfAdvisor.com
A little further south…
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal
Reserva Conchal Golf Course
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Fly a little further south for a sublime mix of nature and a perfect round of golf at Costa Rica’s Robert Trent Jones II designed Reserva Conchal. This challenging and inspiring course meanders through various elevations from tee to green, past strategic traps and lakes that draw monkeys and other wildlife out from the surrounding forest and onto the fairways.
Steps away is the Westin Golf Resort & Spa, the ultimate beachfront all-inclusive resort in Guanacaste with breathtaking views of both Playa Conchal and the course itself. This magnificent eco-friendly resort for everyone comes with all the bells and whistles offering exquisite dining in 10 restaurants, spa and fitness facilities, a kid’s club, and of course, Reserva Conchal.
Voted amongst the Top 25 Foreign Golf Resorts by Conde Nast Magazine, this spectacular course can be enjoyed both day and night. That’s right, you don’t have to stop golfing here just because it’s dark. A Glow Party on the greens features ﬂuorescent balls, putting-green laser games, driving-range glow golf, cocktails and appetizers.
You don’t have to wait till spring to tee off! Our list of the best all-inclusive golf resorts and the courses they accommodate are open year-round, ready for you. Are you game?