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LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club continues to drive golf tourism on Spain’s Costa Dorada6 min read


Posted on: 3rd Sep 2012

Located on Spain’s stunning Costa Daurada in La Pineda platja, between the towns of Vila-seca and Salou, LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club is a state-of-the-art golf and leisure facility that is fast gaining a reputation for being one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations.

A mere 40 minutes south of Barcelona, LUMINE is blessed with 45-holes of championship golf, numerous hotel options to suit all budgets, a first-class events and conference centre, restaurants serving modern Mediterranean cuisine and a magnificent Beach Club all in close proximity to a wealth of leisure and cultural attractions.

Under the management of the world’s leading management company, Troon Golf, this all-encompassing resort is leading the golf tourism drive on the Costa Daurada and is fully equipped to welcome golfing groups, families and business travellers. With two international airports, Reus (10 min drive) and Barcelona, LUMINE can be easily accessed from anywhere in Europe and further afield.

45-HOLES OF GOLFING PARADISE

LUMINE’ 45-holes of championship golf offers a wide-variety of challenges for players of all skill levels and with international management specialists, Troon Golf at the helm alongside a team of dedicated staff, guests are guaranteed a warm welcome and pristine course conditioning with smooth and fast greens. The three courses are also the first in Spain to be awarded the Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary Certificate, regarded worldwide as the kite mark for the most environmentally aware leisure developments.

The Greg Norman designed Lakes Course unfolds over the colourful network of water hazards that wind around the Sèquia Major wetlands and can rightly be regarded as LUMINE’s flagship layout. Opened in 2008, this testing layout bears all the hall marks of the Great White Shark and its reputation has seen it chosen to be the home of both the PGAs of Europe 4-ball Championship and Second Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

LUMINE’s second championship course, The Hills is topographically very different to its sister  course. Designed by Spanish course architect, Alfonso Vidaor this undulating layout weaves its way through picturesque pine woodlands, olive groves, natural quarries and rocky outcrops, and puts a precedent on shot shaping and course management. Those who choose to play this enthralling layout will also be treated to incredible views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Completing the golfing experience at LUMINE is another Greg Norman designed course. The Ruins would arguably fit comfortably into a ranking of the Continent’s top nine-hole layouts and is appropriately named after the traces of Roman archaeology that form some of the defining features on the layout.

APRÈS GOLF

Once you step off the final green a wealth of world-class facilities, including two fully-equipped clubhouses and the luxurious LUMINE Beach Club lie in wait. Situated on one kilometer of golden Spanish beach and set seductively in the pine-clad hillsides above the sweeping bay of Tarragona’s Playa Del Llarga, it offers the perfect mix of style, relaxation, excitement and fine dining. With nine swimming pools laid out on a series of terraces with luxury beds and loungers, this has become a fashionable venue for a trendy young crowd as well as families and couples. The Beach Club also provides the location for the award-winning LUMINE Restaurant. Offering superb Mediterranean cuisine, head chef Eduardo Cuesta has already become somewhat of legend in the area.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

LUMINE also boast one of the largest Conventon Centres in Europe, which provides the perfect location for meetings or events.  The facility has five main rooms which can be divided into as many as 18 multi-function spaces and hold up to 4,000 people.  Fully equipped with the latest audio and visual technology, it has all that is required for business meetings.  This was reflected when the PGAs of Europe opted to hold its annual Heads of Training Summit & Coaching Seminar there earlier this year.

THE SURROUNDING COSTA DORADA REGION

Beyond the serenity of the resort, the Costa Daurada region – which translates to ‘Golden Coast’ – has 92 kilometers of stunning coastline and is rich in leisure, cultural and historic attractions.  The wide areas between the coast and mountain range are dotted with cheerful towns, olive groves and farmlands.  To the east the capital, Tarragona, has a population of 140,000 and is home to the Tarraco Archaeological Site, awarded the World Heritage destination by UNESCO.  With 2,200 years of history and a Roman heritage preserved in dozens of monuments and architectural remains, the town has a wealth of culture.  The essential Roman highlights include the amphitheater, the Circus depicting the route of early chariot racing, a one-kilometre stretch of original walls and fortifications from the 2nd Century BC, and a temple with its surviving portico.

A TASTE OF THE COSTA DAURADA

Uncover the abundance of quality cuisine in the region which is founded upon the traditional ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, including; olive oil, seafood, vegetables, game and nuts.  The coastal resort and historical fishing village of Cambrils is renowned for its fantastic seafood gastronomy where traditional dishes such as paella, fish suquets, seafood puddings and romesco (seafood in a local recipe) are whipped up by local chefs using recipes passed down through the generations.  Further inland typical Catalan dishes – pig’s trotters, snails and calcots – offer new textures and aromas to be savoured.  The people of the Costa Daurada region are a festive type and often the best way to appreciate the best local cuisine is at one of the many town festivals which run throughout the year.

THE WINE CULTURE OF THE COSTA DAURADA

Home to some of Spain’s finest wines, the Costa Daurada area is often defined by the beautiful vineyards littered throughout the hillsides.  There are many vineyards to explore including two family run traditional wine cellars – the Clos Barenys Cellar and the Vinyes del Terrer in Vila-seca both of which offer guided tours and tastings.  The Priorat wine region lies further inland and is the birthplace of exquisite reds that many wine writers and collectors consider to be Spain’s most elite.

RELAXING ON THE COSTA DAURADA

An array of health and wellness facilities in the area accommodates those in search of a peaceful retreat.  Specialising in the restorative qualities of water from natural springs or the sea, Costa Daurada’s spas and hotels provide the setting for ultimate relaxation.  Two of the newest spas in La Pineda platja, Vila-seca are Aquum Spa & Wellness in the Estival Park hotel complex and Spalas Spa & Wellness, located in the five-star Hotel Gran Palas.

Collectively, the two spas have over 12,000 square meters of state-of-the-art spa facilities including thermal treatments, massages, beauty treatments, Turkish baths…

For further information on LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club and the surrounding Costa Daurada region please visit:

Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club
Tel:  +34 977 129 070
golf@lumine.com
www.lumine.com

Tarragona Provincial                  or               Vila-seca, La Pineda Platja
Tourism Board                                                Tourism Board
Tel. +34 977 230 312                                      Tel. +34 977 390 362
costadaurada@altanet.org                             turisme@lapinedaplatja.info
www.costadaurada.info                                 www.lapinedaplatja.info