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1. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is carved out of the slopes of the Coast Mountain range in British Columbia, this magnificent Robert Trent Jones, Jr. masterpiece allows nature to dictate the path without constraints of commercial influence.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course is 18-hole Audubon-certified, and traverses creeks, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas fir and granite rock, creating a naturally spectacular and challenging golf experience for all levels.
As for the hotel, the suites at Fairmont Chateau Whistler has gorgeous newly renovated Suites with fireplaces (perfect for those cozy winter months), modern spa bathrooms with soaker tubs, and updated modern alpine decor. Plus, there’s now a generous built-in wet bar in the larger suites.
The rooms at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler are less impressive. They are more generic than 5-Star in feel. Most have decent-sized windows, but few are floor-to-ceiling. Most rooms don’t have balconies, which is a real disadvantage. The ones with a balcony only offer Romeo and Juliette style, so you can’t step out or sit out. We have compared Four Seasons Whistler Vs. Fairmont Whistler. They are both great hotels and both have access to the similar golf courses being a short stroll from each other in Whistler.
The standard rooms at the Fairmont face backward, towards the car park rather than over the pool and the slopes. These luxury rooms offer 37m2 of space but pick a mountain view. The big advantage of the Fairmont is that it’s located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain by the Wizard Express ski lift. This means you walk out of the hotel and onto the slopes.
The Fairmont pool is heated and is much larger than the Four Seasons, and although it has an indoor and outdoor section, it feels more traditional in design. It’s a magical place to swim, and you can warm up in the hot tubs that surround the pool.
The other big advantage of the Fairmont is that it offers a club lounge, which you can access by booking their Gold rooms. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Gold floor accommodations offer jetted tubs and gas fireplaces in every room, along with upgraded hotel amenities and Bose sound systems.
The Fairmont Gold accommodations are located on the 9-12th Floor, with some Fairmont Gold rooms on the 8th floor. Privileges include:
- Private check-in and check-out
- Exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge for Fairmont Gold guests
- Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fairmont Gold Lounge
- All day coffee & tea service in the Fairmont Gold Lounge
- Afternoon canapés & honour bar in the Fairmont Gold Lounge
- Complimentary newspapers and personalized wake-up calls
The Fairmont also has lounges and restaurants and is undoubtedly one of the best ski and golf hotels in the world.
2. Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
The world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” has provided legendary hospitality to its guests for more than 125 years. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel enjoys a very convenient location in the heart of Banff National Park, just above the Bow Falls and close to thermal springs.
Fairmont Banff Springs offers all the amenities of a world-class resort, with 757 guest rooms and suites, superbly appointed Banff accommodations and attentive, personalized service. From cozy rooms tucked away in quiet corners of the castle to spacious suites with sweeping Alberta mountain views, Fairmont Banff Springs has the perfect guest room, suite, or Fairmont Gold club level accommodations for your Rocky Mountain getaway.
The hotel features a large, 32 m (105 ft) saltwater indoor pool is complemented by an indoor whirlpool, a kid’s wading pool, and an outdoor 20 m (66 ft) pool, which is filled with heated water and open year-round. There’s also an excellent Willow Stream Spa and numerous excellent restaurants. And let’s not forget the hotel’s magnificent golf course to exercise you between meals.
Renowned for its panoramic beauty, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Alberta is a captivating and challenging layout set in the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. This Alberta golf course offers just two simple things for the perfect golf vacation. First, a breathtaking view in every direction and second, a magnificent layout that thrills every golfer fortunate enough to spend a day here. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its challenging layout. From hole design to optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains, this Alberta golf course will delight and tempt you.
3. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Canada
A village of heritage log cabins connected by picturesque paths, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s 442 superbly-appointed guest rooms and luxurious Signature Cabins offer the perfect romantic getaway or family vacation in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. Enjoy homelike comforts and amenities in our Jasper accommodations, surrounded by incredible views of majestic mountains and the emerald green Lac Beauvert.
It took 50 teams of horses and 200 men working together for a year in order to clear the land of boulders and debris to prepare Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf for what would become one of Canada’s premiere golf courses. Since the opening of the mountain golf course in 1925, this jewel set deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies has been the setting of unforgettable memories for all of those who come to play.
Stanley Thompson, Canada’s master golf course architect, displayed some of the finest work of his career with this design. The 18-hole layout offers elevated tee boxes, dramatic bunkering and holes aligned with distant mountain vistas. He built wide fairways that carve through thick forest, and maintained a partnership with the environment’s natural contours, blending beautiful landscapes with challenging terrain. As a result, few golf courses in the world can match the rugged majesty of this national treasure.
4. Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Canada
For over 90 years, Fairmont Le Château Montebello has been known for its rustic charm, unique architecture and beautiful natural surroundings. Described as the true Canadian experience, the world’s largest log cabin is a welcoming resort destination with more than 40 unique activities and experiences available on-site.
Known for its fascinating past, Fairmont Le Château Montebello Golf Course winds tightly through graceful forests and features dramatic elevation changes and a challenging course layout.
Designed by Stanley Thompson in 1931, the course winds tightly through graceful forests and features dramatic elevation changes – captivating the imagination of golfers from all over the world. Some of its elevated tees provide lovely views of the gentle rolls of the surrounding mountains. Unlike most new layouts today, each hole at this course seems secluded, providing that lovely closed-in feeling, like your group is the only one playing.
Since 2000, the Golf Club has also been registered with the Audubon Cooperative Program by completing an international program designed to help golf course owners preserve and protect the quality of their natural environment. In addition, milkweed plants were planted near the 7th hole as part of a project with the David Suzuky Foundation. These flowers allow the development and nourishment of monarchs on top of making the landscape truly magical.
5. Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, USA
Situated on 22 acres in the East Bay with breathtaking views of San Francisco, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel seamlessly blends its rich 19th century history with the modern day to offer the very best of the Bay Area. Built in 1915, this historic resort’s charm is undeniable, with sprawling spaces and incredible attention to detail everywhere you look.
Championship Golf at Berkeley Country Club has a partnership with Berkeley Country Club. Located in the Berkeley Hills above the community of El Cerrito, Berkeley Country Club offers a challenging course for players of all abilities. Superbly routed over natural terrain and incorporating breathtaking panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Mt. Tamalpais and Wildcat Canyon, the private course is unmatched in Northern California sporting circles.
Built in 1920 and designed by Robert Hunter (co-designer of Cypress Point) and Willie K. Watson (Olympic Club architect), this championship golf course offers spectacular play in an unmatched East Bay setting. Their recent $2M improvements include upgrades to their greens and grounds, providing a beautiful backdrop for their course and practice facilities.
Guests of the Claremont Club & Spa can enjoy exclusive access to this members-only club, offering 9 and 18-hole play for groups of up to 4 guests. Dine at Hunter Grill or Turn Cafe, offering Breakfast, Lunch and bar favorites every Tuesday – Sunday. Club and cart rentals available.
6. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Canada
Located in the heart of the Charlevoix region, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu has a stunning natural backdrop, luxury accommodations, and entertainment options galore. Built over 120 years ago, the majestic hotel sits perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Staff are always available to offer a warm welcome and personalized service, and amenities include restaurants, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a spa, and a nearby golf course.
Carved into the undulating hillside, Club de Golf Le Manoir Richelieu cascades down to the St. Lawrence River with 27 holes of creeping bent grass. The experience begins with a golf cart ride up the dramatic 1.5-km water-view trail leading to the Clubhouse. Tee off May to October.
After a rewarding day on the links, unwind over delectable local fare and sweeping views. Le Point Cardinal commands a hilltop perspective of the greens and river beyond with a locally inspired menu to match. Dine, drink or shop at the Clubhouse.
7. Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico
The luxury AAA-5 Diamond and Preferred by Nature, Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya resort is located in a private gated resort community, within 240 hectares of tropical forest intersected by crystal clear waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline, 30 miles from the Cancun International (CUN) airport, near the town of Playa del Carmen.
For golf from Fairmont Mayakoba (pictured above) try El Camaleón Golf Course designed by legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman and inaugurated in 2006. Itmade golf history in 2007 when it became the home of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the first PGA TOUR event to be contested outside the US and Canada.
Like the chameleon, from which it takes its name, the 18 hole, Par 72 course offers constantly changing views as it winds through three diverse ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and the Mexican Caribbean Sea coastline. Distinctive hazards such as cenotes (sink holes), extensive bunkers and crystal-clear fresh water canals are unique features of El Camaleón, certified by Audubon International for its commitment to the environment.
8. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, USA
Located just an hour and a half from San Francisco International Airport, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa awaits you. If you are looking for pampering at its finest, you’ve come to the right place.
The expansive, meticulously maintained grounds lead you to the modern mission-style hotel where a staff anxiously sees to every detail during your stay. The staff’s unwavering attention to detail is apparent as soon as you enter the grand lobby, and everyone already knows your name.
The décor is a classic and elegant Provence-style with a crisp and inviting color palette. Early morning activities might be a bit delayed as the beds are heavenly. We like the Mission Suite, which offers a private outdoor patio or balcony. This room offers an ideal place to enjoy our room service breakfast on the patio each morning while discussing our day’s upcoming activities. The large seating area by the in-room fireplace is an additional perk of the suite. A soak in the tub large enough for two helps relaxation, and the lights set to dimmers create a warm and inviting ambiance.
There is so much to see and do in Sonoma that many people don’t find the time to laze about the pool, but I would recommend at least a leisurely morning dip or pre-dinner plunge to enjoy all that the hotel has to offer. The lounge chairs are the perfect spot to steal a little sun. Poolside dining at Water Tower Bar is also available should you want to grab a bite or enjoy a cocktail while catching some rays. The fresh organic smoothies are certainly worth trying as well (the mixed berry flavor was out of this world).
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s Wine Country experience includes access to a championship golf course at Sonoma Golf Club. Sonoma Golf Club is a vintage golf course in the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wine Country.
When the president of the California Golf Association and a group of golf professionals were brought to the Sonoma Valley in the 1920’s to find the ideal location for a golf course, they chose what is now the site of the Sonoma Golf Club. That was more than 90 years ago.
Today, Sonoma Golf Club has surpassed even these auspicious beginnings and endured to become a genuine classic from the Golden Age of Golf Course Architecture.
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, USA
Immerse yourself in an authentic Big Island vacation experience, surrounded by 32 oceanfront acres of lush tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls and a tranquil white sand beach and lagoon. Resort amenities feature our award-winning Spa Without Walls, a 10,000 square foot oceanfront pool, Hui Holokai Beach Club offering ocean and cultural activities, six restaurants, world-class golf, fitness center and a 10-court tennis pavilion.
Hawaiʻi Island is a golfer’s paradise year-round, showcasing a diverse landscape of uncommon beauty, sweeping ocean views and welcoming weather. Experience the award-winning 45-hole championship Mauna Lani Golf Course when you stay at Fairmont Orchid. Designed to have two distinct 18-hole complexes that capture the unique characteristics of the Hawai‘i Island landscape, Mauna Lani offers golf experiences to satisfy every skill level.
10. Fairmont Ajman, UAE
The newest Fairmont flagship in the United Arab Emirates is The Fairmont Ajman. This immaculate five-star hotel currently comes in at under half the of the price of the Fairmont the Palm up the road. For this reason alone, it is worth considering.
Located in the Emirate of perennial sunshine and stunning white sand beaches, Ajman offers a delightful contrast and a gentler pace of life set on a stretch of shoreline called the Corniche, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in opal hued and clear waters and soak in genuine Arabian traditions and hospitality.
The hotel features seven dining venues, an expansive infinity pool with ample sun loungers and cabanas, a children’s activity facility and spa, and a fitness center. The seven meeting spaces include a 380-person capacity ballroom.
Located in Ajman, just a 10 minute drive from Fairmont Ajman, Al Zorah Golf Club has been master-crafted by the famed Nicklaus Design company to provide golfers with an 18-hole championship layout that features a unique tidal flow system and mangrove reserve that is a haven for wildlife.
Managed by Troon Golf, this magnificent facility promises a friendly atmosphere and impeccable service set amidst a stunning natural environment that is sure to awaken the senses. Play in the Middle East’s newest and most welcoming golf club.
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