Palma Beach represents hospitality venues at Playa de Palma and is less than 10 miles from Son Gual. The association also includes the aquarium at Playa de Palma and is committed to offering only the highest level of quality for visitors to the island.
That’s why, when it came to partnering with a golf course, officials had no hesitation in agreeing to work alongside Son Gual, which, despite not yet being 10 years old, is already established as the island’s number one, the eighth best in all of Spain and 42nd in Europe, according to the latest Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16 ranking.
It is ranked even higher according to Leadingcourses.com, which has it posted as number two in Spain for 2016, behind only 1997 Ryder Cup venue Valderrama.
Son Gual’s general manager, Andreas Pamer, said: “Golfers are spoilt for choice when it comes to golf on this beautiful island so to be selected to partner Palma Beach is another feather in our cap.
“Many of these hotels and establishments have been previously recommended by us to visitors as, like them, it is in our interest to ensure our guests enjoy only the best the island has to offer.
“I believe Palma Beach is a great concept for the region with venues looking to join all the time, and we hope we enjoy a long and beneficial relationship with all its members.”
Existing hotel members of Palma Beach include the four-star Riu San Francisco; the all-inclusive Riu Bravo; Riu Festival; Playa Golf; the child-free Iberostar Bahia de Palma; and Iberostar Cristina; and the five-star Pure Salt Garonda; and Iberostar Playa de Palma.
And golfers can enjoy three nights’ bed-and-breakfast break at the Pure Salt Garonda in September from €597 per person, including two rounds of golf each at Son Gual. Packages, which are based on two people sharing a double room with sea view, also feature a welcome cocktail and golf gift on arrival, Wi-Fi, luggage service, taxes and free use of the hotel’s Spa facilities.
Son Gual’s €30m Thomas Himmel-designed 7,240-yards, par-70 course opened in 2007. It features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course. It includes several outstanding, memorable holes, including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a “serious contender for Europe’s best par-five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th”, plus one of the best collections of par-three holes in Spain.
Already a regular celebrity haunt – visitors have included German FIFA World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthäus; German national football manager Joachim Löw; the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg; and tennis’ 14-time grand-slam event winner Rafael Nadal – Son Gual is also now the European base for logicalgolf® founder and ‘coach to the stars’ Robert Baker, whose client list has included Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sean Connery, Samuel L Jackson, Sylvester Stallone and US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.