Dubai Travel – FAQs

Planning a trip to Dubai? Here’s some answers to those important questions you might have:

Between the glitz and glam of the lavish lifestyles offered in Dubai, skyscrapers, Friday brunches, attractions and world class championship golf, is a very complex and misunderstood judicial system as well and an air of mystery around the destination.

Having personally lived in Dubai from 2014 – 2018 and having always worked in the leisure and tourism sector, I believe my experience can really help you have a better understanding of Dubai before you travel, and if there are any other questions you may have, please reach out to me.

So, to help you fully prepare, here’s some of the most common questions tourists have about Dubai with answers and explanations for you.

1. Is Dubai safe to travel to for tourists?

Absolutely yes – Dubai has rapidly become one of the most popular go-to destinations for holidays and travellers and has a multitude of attractions, sight-seeing, activities, historical spots to explore and amazing golf courses.

In fact, Dubai is one of safest cities and arguably THE safest country in the Middle East. Thanks to stricter laws, crime is kept to a minimum and you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that many tourists feel very safe during their stay in Dubai.

Having moved back to London a few months ago and having been lucky enough to travel quite extensively around the world, I can honestly say Dubai is the safest place I’ve ever been to, period.

2. Can you take alcohol to Dubai?

Tourists visiting Dubai can bring the following goods free of duty into the city:

• Gifts with a value of no more than AED 3,000
• 400 cigarettes OR 500 grams of tobacco OR 50 cigars
• Up to 4 litres of alcohol OR 48 cans of beer (each not exceeding 355 ml)
• So yes, tourists can buy and bring alcohol into Dubai. Which leads us onto #3…

3. Can you drink in Dubai?

The city is continually enhancing its tourism industry, and so those visiting will have no issue purchasing a drink while staying here.

Tourists will find that most restaurants, bars and hotels serve alcohol to those above the UAE’s legal drinking age of 21.

If you’re a resident living in Dubai – that’s a different story, as you should purchase and register for an alcohol license. Provided you’re a non-Muslim.

From my personal experience, Dubai has some of the best nightlife I’ve ever seen. There is no wonder it’s a celebrity hotspot and you don’t get celebrities letting loose without a few drinks!

4. Can you swear in Dubai?

No, you should endeavour to keep your potty mouth shut while out and about in Dubai! Particularly in public places where crowds will form, like at the beach, or in a mall or restaurant. Be mindful of who is around you – Dubai is a melting pot of many different cultures, so it’s best to refrain from swearing to ensure you don’t accidentally insult someone.

In the comfort of your own hotel room or holiday residence, swear all you like – just don’t say anything that might cause offence in public.

5. Can you smoke in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the few tourist destinations left that still allows smoking indoors – which is great news if you smoke, but horrible news if you can’t stand it.

But don’t be alarmed – all restaurants that do allow indoor smoking will provide seperate seating areas for those who wish to smoke and those which don’t.

And if you’re a fan of shisha – you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find lots of local cafes or Arabic restaurants that serve it. If it’s your first time visiting, and you’re not against giving it a go – you can try it as part of your ‘authentic Middle Eastern’ experience!

Those who do smoke will also be pleased to learn that Dubai’s tobacco prices are still extremely cheap in comparison to other Western countries. For example, a pack of Marlboro Gold costs AED 20 for 20 cigarettes, which is around £2!

6. Can you hold hands in public in Dubai?

If you’re a married couple, holding hands is tolerated. But kissing, hugging or petting is a bit of a no no, keep this to the hotel!

7. What do you have to wear in Dubai?

As a rule of thumb, make sure your holiday outfits keep you covered from shoulders to at least the knee in public to prevent any issues from arising should you cause offence to anyone.
Back at your hotel, wear whatever you like.

At the beach, it’s fine to wear your swimwear, so long as you’re appropriately dressed once again after leaving the beach vicinity.

8. Do I need a visa to visit Dubai?

Requirements for obtaining a visit visa to travel to Dubai vary depending on your nationality, the purpose of your visit and its duration.

If you hold a British passport, you can obtain a visit upon arrival for a 30-day period.

Guld Co-operation Council nationals are granted entry upon arrival (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) and other citizens from the following countries can obtain a visa upon arrival that lasts 90 days; France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, Estonia, Portugal, Malta, Spain, Cyprus, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia.

Additionally, citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days, with a 10-day grace period; Andorra, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Monaco, South Korea, Brunei, Ireland, New Zealand, The Vatican, Canada, Japan, San Marino, United States and Russia.

9. What language is spoken in Dubai?

Although Arabic is the primary language of Dubai and the UAE, you’ll find that English is most commonly used in public areas, on road signs, in restaurants and shopping malls.

10. What tourist attractions are in Dubai?

There are SO many, and all suit different ages and lifestyles. From the Burj Khalifa, to The Beach in JBR, to the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park, to City Walk’s HUB ZERO as well as Burj Al Arab, Souk Madinat, desert safaris, sand dune buggy rides, to the Dubai Canal and Dubai Marina… There’s SO much to see and do during your time in Dubai, with options that suit all budgets.

11. Do I have to tip in Dubai?

Many restaurants and bars include the service charge in the price of the meal/drinks bought, however there may be some instances like using a valet or using a Dubai taxi that you might feel it appropriate to tip – which is fine. Anything between the 10% – 20% mark will be fine.

12. When’s the best time to visit Dubai?

You’ll be very aware of just how HOT it can get in Dubai and the UAE during summer, but tourists wishing to visit Dubai will be glad to hear that this heat does cool down in the winter months. From October to April, the temperature is generally cooler – with the best time entirely being from November to March.
September & May: 28 – 39
October & April: 25 – 36
November – March: 18 – 31

13. How many golf courses are in Dubai

There is now a total of 12 golf courses in Dubai, which it’s quite remarkable seen as it’s such a small city.

There are also further developments ongoing.
There is a Tiger Woods designed golf course opening at the Trump International resort, as well as a further Emaar golf course called ‘Emaar South’ which is located near the new DWC airport.

1. Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course (Home on the Omega Dubai Desert Classic)
2. Emirates Golf Club, Faldo Course (Fully Floodlit Night Golf)
3. Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (Home of the Race to Dubai Final & DP World Tour Championship)
4. Jumeirah Golf Estates, Fire Course
5. The Els Club Dubai
6. The Address Montgomerie Dubai
7. Arabian Ranches Golf Club Dubai
8. Dubai Hills Golf Club
9. Dubai Creek Golf Club
10. Trump International Golf Club
11. The Track at Meydan (Fully Floodlit 9 Holes)
12. Jebel Ali Golf Club

14. What are the best golf courses to play in Dubai?

This is such a tough question and its obviously very much opinion based, but I’ll give you my verdict!

As a former tour pro and currently playing off +1 handicap, my opinion of golf courses will be somewhat different to say an 18 handicapper, but what I can tell you is that every single golf course is top quality and a joy to play.

At every golf course you will be given a golf buggy, range balls and water as part of your green fee and the daily operation and how these golf courses run is remarkable.

My favourite course in Dubai would have to be Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course.
The Earth Course is the venue for the European Tours season ending Race to Dubai and it’s such a fitting venue.
The course is designed by Greg Norman who is very well known for his huge bright white bunkering, it’s just so visually impressive.
The course conditioning is amazing, the club’s golf academy is a European Tour Performance Institute and as a whole it’s golfing paradise!

15. Best beaches in Dubai

The Beach – JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences)
A hip, beach hangout.
For a taste of the idyllic beachside lifestyle make your way down to the relaxed district of The Beach at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences).

This bustling cosmopolitan area is like a beach resort anyone can access and enjoy a day in the sun with a contemporary Arabian touch. The family-friendly area is easily accessible from anywhere in Dubai. There’s plenty to do – from a wide selection of beachside dining and shopping to water sports such as parasailing and wakeboarding.

There’re also banana boat rides and even a train for the kids to enjoy. If you’d prefer to keep your feet dry, you can take a camel ride along the beach – and all with the iconic city landscape in the background.

Plus, there’s a 600m running track, outdoor gym and beach volleyball court if you’re keen to work up a sweat. Or take in an outdoor yoga class to get your day started the way you like.

If your visit coincides with the other end of the day, there’s a good chance of encountering some live entertainment to get your excitement levels up.

Take your pick among a huge variety of dining options and your day is made, I would strongly recommend The Cheesecake Factory!

Kite Beach
If you’re serious about your water sports and wish to test your skills on one of the best free beaches in Dubai, Kite Beach has the challenge you seek.
Located steps from Jumeirah’s main street, you’ll find high quality water sports equipment available along the sand, with kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddle boarding gear all ready to go. Head down in the afternoon, as this is when the wind picks up and presents some better conditions.

If staying on land is more your thing, you’re bound to find a game of beach volleyball to join, along with a welcoming vibe and plenty of new friends to make in the process. Or, if you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe, Kite Beach exudes adrenaline as much as it does serenity and a casual beachside atmosphere.

Want to walk or jog along the coastline? Kite Beach’s 14km track is the perfect spot. Whatever beachside activity you wish to enjoy, at this stretch of sand you’ll have amazing views of the majestic Burj Al Arab to admire.

You’ll also find some casual bites to eat right off the beach at the shops and food trucks; don’t miss your chance to grab some sliders and a lotus shake at the ever-popular Salt!

16. Getting around in Dubai

Rent a Car
To hire a car, you need an international driver’s licence (UK Licence is fine), passport, credit card and third-party insurance. Once you’re on the open road, take a drive out to Dubai’s mountain town of Hatta.

Want to get in on the luxury car action? One of Dubai’s favourite past times is cruising down the streets in style in a car that turns heads; opt for a Bentley with Paddock Rent A Car or a Bugatti with Apex Luxury Car Hire.

Looking for ultimate flexibility? Try a pay-as-you-go car rental app, like UDrive or ekar.

Taxi
Dubai’s taxis are available to hail nearly everywhere at just about any time, day or night. If you prefer to schedule a ride, you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808.

While taxis are extremely cheap in Dubai, the price per kilometre does change depending on a few factors, like tolls or the time of day.

If you prefer to use an app to book a ride, Uber or Careem are available. Feeling extravagant? You can even book an Uber chopper for a bird’s-eye commute to the golf course!!

Travel by Rail

Dubai Metro
The metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system. Most of the metro rides above ground providing a great view while you travel to landmarks like the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souk and Dubai’s financial district (DIFC).

Dubai Metro tickets must be purchased in the form of a Nol card – which can also be used to pay for bus, tram and taxi fare – and rides can cost as little as AED3. Discover the city by its metro stations or use the journey planner app, Wojhati, to make the most of your Dubai itinerary.

Dubai Tram
The Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in 42 minutes. Running on the Nol card, the tram provides access to destinations like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and more.

The Palm Monorail
The tram connects directly to the Palm’s monorail station, which runs from the trunk of the Palm to the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Whether you’re having a play day at Aquaventure Waterpark, making friends a Dolphin Bay, or enjoying the Boardwalk, don’t miss the chance to take in views of the Gulf from the Palm’s crescent.

Travel by Boat

Dhow Boats and Abras
Travel back in time on Dubai’s traditional mode of transportation with an abra ride down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the much larger dhow boat, a vessel used traditionally for sailing. For a modern view, travel down the cosmopolitan passages of Dubai Marina or the brand-new Dubai Water Canal.

Ferry and Water Taxi
Another way to take in the sights is aboard the Dubai Ferry. Starting at just AED15, you can take a tour across the city’s key water links starting from Business Bay to the Marina via Dubai Canal. Ferries from the Al Jaddaf station depart daily at 10am, 12pm and 5:30pm.

Whatever your preferred mode of transport, we can offer private transfers for you. Just let us know when booking!

17. The best places to shop in Dubai?

From traditional souks to gleaming malls

While today Dubai is famous for the country’s oil boom and riches, not many people know about its ancient history of pearl diving.

Well before the money from the oil boom, the UAE was thriving off the money made from the pearls. Pearl diving offered seasonal if not full-time work for many local Emiratis, and many UAE families can still trace their fortunes back to the historic pearl diving their forefathers did.

While pearls are no longer an exclusive commodity only from the UAE, some of today’s most top-ranking brands began their careers by using UAE pearls for prestige and quality insurance. Cartier is one of the most famous examples of a loyal customer of the pearls of the Arabian coastline, with Jacques Cartier making his first journey to the region in 1912 to hunt for the mother of all jewels, which is what the pearl is so often referred to as.

While today shopping is a national pastime in the UAE, a place where high street and designer brands from around the world stand side-by-side in shiny, air-conditioned mega malls, while old-school souks still look much like the mock historic market on display in Dubai Museum. Elsewhere, emerging artisans are carving a niche off the beaten path.

Downtown Dubai
The Dubai Mall

The UAE’s highest concentration of designer boutiques can be found here, alongside the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and an Olympic-sized ice rink, while the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa are on the doorstep. Walking through the several million square feet of retail space is a workout: you can navigate with the Dubai Mall mobile app and be sure to pack comfortable shoes – or buy a pair. With more than 1,300 shops, including anchor departments stores Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s, finding the right footwear for the job shouldn’t be a problem.

Al Barsha
Mall of The Emirates

The only place in the UAE where you’ll find a ski slope, Mall of the Emirates is a magnet for Middle Eastern travellers who’ve never seen snow. The mall’s Fashion District looks like the pages of Vogue brought to life, with Bulgari, Dior and Gucci stopping shoppers in their tracks with attention-grabbing window displays. High-street offerings include Next, Topshop and the popular Turkish equivalent, Koton, while Harvey Nichols and Debenhams go head to head as the flagship department stores. The ‘Hands Free’ service means shoppers can have their bags collected and delivered later anywhere in the mall, car parks or connecting hotels (Kempinski and Sheraton hotels in the mall itself).

Jebel Ali
The Outlet Village

This incongruous Tuscan village-styled mall on the outskirts of Dubai is to the UAE what Bicester Village is to England. From Armani to Ermenegildo Zegna, several discounted high-end collections can be found in bespoke boutiques or one of three multi-brand department stores: The Deal, Priceless and Galeries Lafayette L’Outlet. Hotfoot it to Coach, Dunhill, Michael Kors and Montblanc for luxury leather accessories, and bag high street bargains at stores including Banana Republic, Gap Factory, Diesel, Superdry and Ted Baker. In addition to the 100 or so shops, there’s a food court and Stay & Play, a care facility where children can be entertained while grown-ups splurge.

All set for your Dubai Golf Holiday? See our extensive list of golf holidays here

Did this not answer your question? Speak to our Middle East Manager Richard now: richard@chakatravel.com

Planning a Golf Holiday to South Africa – What You Need to Know

Planning any holiday involves a lot of research, but when you are planning to visit a country as vast as South Africa with your golf clubs, the planning required can take on a whole new level of complexity. But don’t fret, as South Africa golf holiday specialist, we at Chaka Travel can take the stress out of planning your golf holiday to South Africa by designing an itinerary to suit you whether you are a couple, group or family. We have the expertise to help you plan a golf focussed route whether this is your first trip, or a return trip. We can help you with the must-visit regions in South Africa and the must-play golf courses.

To help you get started, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions for first-time golfing visitors to South Africa. Here you will find answers to your questions on how long it takes to get there, to currency and driving information; plus lots of useful tips on the best time to visit, the local variations in climate and how to get around.

See the full list of questions and answers here.

Read on for detailed advice on what you need to know about golf in South Africa and getting your golf clubs to South Africa.

Our top tips to get you started on planning your golf holiday or Safari to South Africa are below:

When is the best time of year to visit South Africa for a Golf Holiday?

South Africa is a year-round destination with one of the most pleasant year-round climates in the world. Being in the southern hemisphere their seasons are reversed in relation to ours. The South African summer runs from November to March and winter from the end of May to September but warm sunny days can be experienced all year round. The wet season in South Africa comes during the summer months, except for in the Western Cape Province which experiences most of its rainfall during the winter months. During the mid-winter months temperatures can drop quite drastically at night in the interior areas due to the higher altitude.

What areas of South Africa are best to visit in the winter months, end of May to September?

The Northern Regions are good destinations in the winter months as game viewing is at its best and the temperatures are very mild (maximum 20–23°C (68–73°F). There is very little winter rainfall in the north

What regions of South Africa are best to visit in the summer months, November to March?

The Southern Regions are summer (November to March) destinations with low summer rainfall and temperatures reaching 28–30°C (82– 86°F) or higher on beautiful days

Is English widely spoken in South Africa?

Yes, English is spoken throughout the country.

What  currency is used in South Africa?

South Africa uses the Rand, denoted by the currency symbol R and the currency code ZAR. MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted in South African banks, hotels and most shops. We recommend that you have some Rand in cash for when you arrive before going on to use credit and debit cards for most payments. The South African Rand offers great value for money against major world currencies making food, drink and other purchases very affordable. As a UK traveller, you will find that your spending money goes a long way!
For more detailed information on shopping hours, tipping, bank opening times and exchange facilities, see our South Africa FAQ.

What is the best way to travel around South Africa – Self-drive, transfers or escorted tour?

It is very easy to tour by car as the roads in South Africa are well-maintained and well-signposted, and driving is on the left hand side, as in Britain. We can organise hire cars for you to pick up at the airport, or if you would prefer to not drive on your arrival day we can have your car delivered to your accommodation and arrange a transfer from the airport to the hotel.
If you aren’t keen on the idea of driving yourself then transfers between airports, accommodation and golf courses can all be organized. We can also arrange escorted tours by mini-bus for small tour groups. For more detailed advice on the
options to travel around South Africa or driving in South Africa click to see our detailed tips.

Can I get a golf caddie in South Africa?

Most Golf courses will have caddies although the standards vary substantially. Ask the caddie master to arrange a caddie for you and ensure that you are happy with the selection. Certain caddies are there only to carry your bags where others will assist where required. At present the caddies’ fees range from R60 (£5.00) to R80 (£6.70) and this excludes R10 (80p) after 9 holes. You are free to tip the caddie after your round, according to their worth.

How much does it cost to hire a golf cart in South Africa?

Golf Carts can be hired at most golf courses for around R140 (£12.00) for 18 holes. You will be informed in your quotation whether golf carts are included in your round. Halfway House – It is normal for all golfers to stop at the halfway house after nine holes to enjoy a drink and snack for approximately 10 minutes. (Caddies normally receive about R10 (80p) at this stage).

Do I need Soft Spikes on South African Golf Courses?

Soft Spikes – These are compulsory on many courses. If you do not have soft spikes you should inform the pro shop and they will fit you a set of soft spikes before your round.

Do I need proof of my handicap to play golf in South Africa?

This may be required when playing in a club competition. If you have proof of your golf handicap, we suggest you carry it with you whenever you are playing Golf.

What is the etiquette when on the golf course in South Africa?

Sand Bags – It is compulsory to carry a filled sandbag when playing golf courses in the Cape Region. Fill up divots with sand.

Rate of Play – A round of golf in South Africa should not take more than 4.5 hours. It is expected for a four ball to allow a two ball to play through when the two ball is consistently waiting to play, unless the field is full, always keep up with the players ahead of you.

Enjoyment – You will never experience the game in such unique surroundings as in South Africa. From Cape Town with Table Mountain as a constant backdrop, to Sun City where antelope wander the course, you are in for the golfing experience of a lifetime. After your game, enjoy the facilities of the club, have a drink and a local beer and enjoy the views.

What to wear on the Golf Course in South Africa – Golf Club Dress Code

Men:

  • Long pants or golf shorts. No jeans or tracksuit bottoms
  • Shirts must have collars as well as sleeves and remain tucked in at all time
  • Long socks or ankle socks (white) with shorts are acceptable
  • Soft spiked golf shoes
  • Traditional golf hats or peaks to be worn with the peak forward

Ladies:

  • Tailored trousers, skirt of golf shorts (skirt to be no shorter than 15cm above the knee when kneeling)
  • Golf shirt with collar
  • Long socks or ankle socks (white) are acceptable
  • Soft spiked golf shoes
  • Traditional golf hats or peaks to be worn with the peak forward

 

Strictly Not Accepted

  • Shirts hanging out of trousers, footwear worn without socks, denim material or tracksuits, beachwear, running shoes or sports team kit.

Club House:

  • Club houses tend to have a smart casual dress code, generally requiring similar attire to on the course. However long trousers are usually required after 6pm. Hats are not to be worn in many club houses and spiked golf shoes are a definite no. Of course, individual golf clubs may have specific requirements that vary from others but use the above as a general overall guide.

How much luggage can I bring to South Africa and are golf clubs included?

The general allowance is 23kg for one piece of luggage per person. The additional cost of bringing your golf clubs will be built into your airfare if necessary. If flying with Emirates you are entitled to two pieces of luggage totalling 30kg, which should be sufficient for your luggage and golf bag.
Be aware that if you are taking any internal flights within South Africa you will still be allowed your 23kg piece of luggage but will be required to pay approximately £20 per golf bag when at the airport. This cannot be pre-paid in advance.
If flying on a through ticket with Emirates you will still be entitled to two pieces of luggage totalling 30kg for your internal flights at no extra cost.

The above is only a rough guide and your exact luggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your quote. Please note this information is subject to change at any time.

More detailed tips and advice on travel to South Africa can be found using the links below:

Download South Africa Travel Advice as a PDF

Remember, if you prefer to speak to a specialist to get the information you can always speak to our friendly South Africa travel consultants at Chaka Travel.

Golf Holidays for Groups – What You Need to Know

Holidays are better together! At Chaka Travel, we love a group golf holiday – a chance to catch up with friends, make new golf buddies, and of course see the sights and play at some truly outstanding locations. If you’re new to the group golf holiday scene, it might feel a bit daunting – what should you expect? We’ve answered the most common queries and concerns below, so when it comes to golf holidays for groups, here’s what you need to know.

Destinations

There’s really no limit to where you can go as a golf group, and we can offer you a varied package for anywhere in the world you want to play – from firm customer favourites like Mauritius and South Africa, to the modern USA and exotic Middle East. If there’s a particular course on your bucket list you’d like to play, we can help make it happen. What does your next group holiday look like? Maybe it’s for a birthday trip or a stag do? Talk to us and let us tailor the perfect holiday for your golf group.

Tuition

Many of our escorted golf holidays offer expert golf tuition from your PGA pro guide throughout your stay, so you can brush up on your skills before participating in one of our fun tournaments with the rest of your party. We offer mixed pairs and open tournaments, which are friendly, organised competitions that single golfers are also very welcome to join.

Itineraries

If you’re planning a group golf holiday, we can help you create an itinerary that allows you as much freedom and flexibility as you like. Often, people don’t like to feel too tied down to a schedule on holiday – after all, you’re there to relax. If you want time away from the group to do your own thing that’s not a problem. We can plan your trip to take in lots of local sights and attractions as well as playing golf, which is why our group holidays are popular with golfers and non-golfers alike.

Extra activities

Sights, relaxation, culture…whatever you want from your group holiday, we can cater to it. Our resorts and destinations offer decadent spa experiences, breath-taking beaches to stroll on, ruins and temples to explore and of course, plenty of nightlife. How about combining your group golf holiday with a safari? Or perhaps fishing is more your scene? Whether you want to fish for tiger in the Zambezi or try big game fishing in the Indian Ocean – Chaka Travel can provide the ultimate fishing experience.

Time to yourself

Holidays are time to relax, so even on a group golf holiday you can make time to discover a new destination at your own pace and enjoy some time to yourself. Talk to us today about arranging the golf trip of a lifetime and we’ll also give you all our insider info, from where to eat to activities to avoid if you want a truly authentic experience.

Summer Wedding Destinations With a Twist

Everyone wants their wedding day to be truly unforgettable. We all want the ideal weather, the dream location and the exquisite resort to make everything just perfect – but who says you have to stay put? At Chaka Travel we love nothing more than jetting off to discover a new destination, and when you want an unforgettable location to say those all-important vows, we know exactly where to suggest. We’re here to bring you three truly unique summer wedding destinations, and show you just how magical a wedding can be.

The Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands nestled in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It is home to beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. It’s a truly unforgettable summer wedding destination, and perfect for an active couple; the beautiful beaches are fantastic for water sports, and the resort Constance Lemuria Seychelles offers up a free day of golf for residents on its Lemuria Golf Course. We can’t recommend this stunning location enough, set amidst luxurious, exotic vegetation and sheltered from any sea winds, it’s an idyllic spot for a summer wedding.

Mauritius

Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island destination, famed for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for UK couples, and it’s easy to see why. Mauritius is renowned for its elegant hotels and friendly people, and there are many beautiful destinations to choose from in this tropical paradise. We love the Heritage Le Telfair resort for a luxury beach wedding; it’s built in a romantic, French Colonial style, on a former sugar estate, and boasts one of the most pristine stretches of beach on the entire island. It offers a truly unique wedding, as couples can choose a romantic setting for their ceremony on the beach or in the gardens of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. With golf, a spa, restaurants and much more on site, you can be sure guests, bride and groom can all celebrate your special day in luxury.

Mexico

What’s not to love about Cancun? This vibrant Mexican spot is sometimes described as a tale of two cities, with the very distinctive hotel glitz and glamour on one hand, and the authentic city full of traditions on the other, which makes this a diverse and very exciting destination to explore during your honeymoon. For couples seeking a luxurious Mexico summer wedding or honeymoon location, we fully recommend the stunning Secrets The Vine Cancun, an adults-only resort surrounded by crystal-clear views of the Caribbean Sea and powder-white beaches. It’s also a golfer’s paradise too, with guests able to enjoy playing the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, located just seven miles north of Cancun in Quintana Roo.

Wherever you decide to go, Chaka Travel is here to make it happen. We’ve travelled to our resorts and can provide first hand recommendations and advice depending on your exact holiday requirements. We’re experts in Wedding and Honeymoon holidays, and our friendly staff will be happy to help with any enquiry. We’re here to make your special day truly remarkable – so why not give us a call on 028 9023 2112 and start scouting out your dream wedding destination with our expert help?

What does the Algarve have to offer golf enthusiasts this summer?

The Algarve is well-known around the world for its sun-drenched beaches, welcoming local culture, and a beautiful, rural countryside. The country of Portugal has a rich golfing history and tradition, cultivated over the last century, and it remains one of the most beautiful golfing destinations in the world. Portugal’s most southerly region, the Algarve, stretches from the West Coast to the Spanish border in the east, and offers any golf enthusiast a beautiful and truly diverse getaway – and, of course, the opportunity to golf on some of the world’s most beautiful courses. It’s only a 3 hour flight (or less) from Ireland and the United Kingdom, and flights arrive to the region’s sole international airport, meaning that flights and accessibility are always easy.

The Algarve has an ideal climate, which means that it’s easy to get away and play golf no matter what time of the year; and there’s a wide range of locations to explore. The most central area, which includes Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago is one of the most luxurious on the island, and one of the places best equipped for golf, due to the number of championship courses available. Take in the beautiful terrain while you challenge yourself by playing the Quinta Do Lago, San Lorenzo and Vale Do Lobo courses. Mention must go to Vilamoura if you intend to travel with a golf group, as the busy town is close to a wide range of resorts, and also boasts a lively nightlife to ensure all members of the party have the holiday of a lifetime. Once you’ve finished golfing, the Algarve has a wide variety of beaches, nightlife and culture to be explored. Praia do Anção, a continuation of the beach at Quinta do Lago, boasts a stunning stretch of sand, friendly lifeguards and a family-friendly atmosphere, whereas Praia da Marinha, in central Algarve shows off breath-taking sheer cliff faces and boasts a nomination as one of the top 10 beaches in Europe.

If you love culture, the Algarve is a rich experience in this area too. Silves, lying slightly inland, is surrounded by orange groves, and has a beautiful red-brick castle and 13th century Cathedral, for all the history lovers amongst us. Other notable cultural hubs include Tavira, Lagos, or Sagres.  In terms of nightlife, the Algarve has plenty to offer. Central Algarve boasts a wide array of bars, clubs, and hotels, with a variety sure to satisfy visitors of any age. For the party animals, Albufeira, Praia da Rocha, and Lagos are the best, and for a luxury holiday try the ‘Golden Triangle’ – Almancil, Quinta do Lagos, and Vale do Lobo.

We at Chaka Travel have an extensive range of luxury golf holidays in Portugal just waiting to be tailored, and as golfing holiday specialists, we’re confident that we can provide you with the golfing holiday of a lifetime in the beautiful Algarve region – just give us a call today on 028 9023 2112!