Situated at the northern – most quiet – part of the island of Aruba, the desert links course Tierra del Sol Golf Resort is known for a testing round of golf. Challenging due to the ever-present Caribbean seawind or – as in my case today – storm. Amai. The upside is that the wind has a cooling effect on the tropical heat.
It’s not only about golf around here, this stunning course belongs to the Tierra del Sol Resort, where guests can also enjoy the poolside area, spa & fitness and The Restaurant while staying in one of the villa’s or condo’s along the course. My home for two days.
Golf at Tierra del Sol
I was really excited to play this course – having a links course fetish – and oh my, did I get more than I bargained for. This championship golf course – par 71 designed by Robert Trent Jones II, is the only 18 holes course on the island of Aruba. Situated amongst enormous cactuses and nature, you’ll find panoramic ocean and island views. And wind. In play on every hole. Take 2 or sometimes 3 clubs more than usual. To still end up short or left/right from the green.
Best teetime is around 07.00 in the morning, to stay ahead of the sun (do not forget SPF). I joined a very nice Dutch couple, returning guests to Tierra del Sol for the 12th (!) consecutive year. They stay for 5 weeks and play every morning at 07.00. Thanks for your local knowledge, Ine and Piet!
“My favorite hole? That must be hole 6. It starts in desert area, then brings ocean views to the right. Standing on this hole not only gives you the maximum views, but makes you really experience the way this course was designed. It brings Scotland, Arizona and the Caribbean together in one place”. __ Oliver Riding | Director of Golf
Eat at Tierra del Sol
Food and drinks can be enjoyed at 3 locations at Tierra del Sol Resort. The Restaurant for lunch and dinner, the 19th hole pool bar, located next to the spa, for cocktails & snacks and the Look Out Bar & Grill located on the course between hole 9 and 10. A perfect pit stop to discuss your golf game, enjoy stunning island views and grab a bite.
Between my golf game and spa treatment, I enjoyed a healthy lunch on the terrace of The Restaurant overlooking the course and ocean. When I find Tuna Tataki on the menu, I am happy.
Must be romantic at night during sunset hour. Have to bring mr. B. next time.
Spa at Tierra del Sol
After a tough round of golf comes a pampering reward. Golf hard, play hard. Next to the clubhouse there are three areas connected to eachother. A large poolside terrace overlooking the course, a fitness centre and a spa. I totally ignored the gym and indulged the latter.
A – deep tissue – massage remains one of my favourite treats for body and soul. My treatment was in the special Spa Suite with a private entrance, double treatment room and private (double) shower room. Perfect for couples. Or VIPs.
Stay at Tierra del Sol
A luxurious home away from home. I stayed in a lovely two bedroom/two bathroom private villa overlooking the 11th green. Sitting outside along the pool and watching the course is zen time for me. Watching others play golf makes you immediately want to start all over and improve your round.
The resort landscaping is impeccable, palm trees everywhere. The daily maid service is where the privacy of an own home meets hotel service. Best of both worlds.
And – not so minor detail – free strong wifi. The kitchen is fully equipped, I even had a blender so could make my own healthy green broccoli smoothies for breakfast.
The Superfood Supermarket is only a few minutes away by car, I like to roam a foreign supermarket and find new stuff. My Aruba discovery is moringa, a nutrient rich super green.
The bed linen? Luxurious Egyptian cotton. Check.
For me, private luxury is going at my own pace. Have breakfast whenever I want. The choice of staying at your own private pool or join other guests at the main pool area. Add a spectaculair golf course in your backyard to complete the feeling. Make sure to bring enough golf balls, you might loose one or two. Or three.
This stay was a journalists trip organised by Aruba Tourism Authority. I was there by invitation on behalf of Chapter Fifty and L’Officiel NL and did not pay for any of the above-mentioned activities. Words, photos and opinions are my own.