La Cala Resort has implemented Concept Online, a new booking system that aims to make the experience of playing golf, more attractive and streamlined. This software is designed so that clients can book tee times instantly online.
The implementation of this useful tool, developed by the Mastel Company, has been a resounding success. Since its launch in January, the number of bookings has instantly increased, as reflected in the website statistics of the resort. Commercial director of La Cala Resort, Noemi Roman, said, “The rise in reservations has been spectacular.” Therefore, “we are creating an information campaign for clients to book golf under the slogan “Book Online & Enjoy Offline.”
The application allows the player to choose between different products (‘3-course pass’, ‘play with amigos’, etc.), vouchers, special promotions and holiday periods (e.g. Easter) all offered by La Cala Resort. In a few clicks, you can select the course you want to play: Europe, Asia or America; select your preferred tee time and day and start enjoying!
Each window provides detailed information to locate the best price and to make your online reservation a safe process. It includes aspects such as availability, real-time rates or specific terms & conditions of a product. All the information is then loaded into a virtual basket and you then only need to follow the usual steps of an online purchase. It allows the user to make use of any credit card or debit card to complete the purchase process.
Playing golf is a unique experience at La Cala Resort, with its three 18-hole championship courses: America, Europe and Asia; not to mention its golf academy and training facility. The first, America, has a total length of 6009 meters and is a par 72. Europe, meanwhile offers space and versatility in its 6014 meters with par 71. Thirdly, Asia’s 5,925 meters and par 72, present a greater technical challenge.
Players can also benefit from the hotel facilities at La Cala Resort as well as attractive complementary offers. There are always discounts and special packages that include circuits in its prestigious spa.
In January, 2016 they will be developing a new residential complex of 55 town houses named horizon golf. This new project will involve a direct investment of more than 12 million euros.
The company, Taylor Wimpey in Spain, affiliated to the British Real Estate Developer, Taylor Wimpey PLC, a company listed in the FTSE 100 of the London stock market, and La Cala Resort, the prestigious leisure resort located in Mijas with 3 golf courses and a luxury spa hotel owned by the international group whose central branch is in Ireland, FBD Property & Leisure Ltd., have signed a new joint venture agreement which, initially, will allow them to continue developing a new project with 55 luxury town houses right on the golf course destined to the international public, with an estimated investment of over twelve million euros.
At the end of 2014, Taylor Wimpey and La Cala Resort commenced their first experience with the commencement of the development of the Miraval complex, 60 luxury apartments with golf and sea views. After 12 months of activity, more than 80% of the complex has sold and the construction has accelerated in order to hand over all the properties to their owners throughout 2016.
Due to the great interest generated by foreign clients, both companies have decided to go one step further and extend their link on a long term basis, starting with the construction of 55 town houses in January 2016.
This association consolidates La Cala Resort as a referent in the Costa de Sol, not only as a favourite destiny by golfers but also as one of the most attractive areas from an international tourist residential view. The beauty of its three 18-hole golf courses, and its exclusive four star hotel and Spa in addition to its recreational, sports facilities and its excellent location at less than thirty minutes by car from Málaga Airport, are great attractions to capture the growing European demand for second home properties on the Costa del Sol.
Uniqueness of the new project HORIZON GOLF
Taylor Wimpey has designed a new generation residential project of three bedroom townhouses with terraces, a solarium and an underground private parking. In addition, the project will have panoramic views of the golf course and La Cala de Mijas with landscaped gardens and communal pools. The complex will have the best qualities in the market and “C” energy rating, the highest rating for residential properties in the area.
A British company with developments in Spain
Taylor Wimpey is an international developer, although its foundation and main activity are in the UK, where it is listed in the London stock market. Currently, Taylor Wimpey is a company of the FTSE Top 100, and one of the principal residential developers of the UK, with over 12,000 properties delivered in 2014 and more than 3,000 employees in the UK and Spain.
Taylor Wimpey has been established in Spain since 1958, dedicated to residential real estate development in privileged areas such as the Balearic Islands, Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. In these coastal areas, Taylor Wimpey has built urbanisations in a sustainable and respectful manner, both with the environmental surroundings and local communities. In 2014, the company handed over 220 properties in Spain only.
The experience of nearly 60 years in Spain developing real estate, guarantees Taylor Wimpey as the best option when buying a property on the Costa del Sol, especially given that among one of the main objectives of the company is the construction of properties to improve its clients quality of living; therefore, adding value to the properties.
In addition to Taylor Wimpey´s own values and social responsibility, to become a renowned property developer, one has to do much more than simply build houses: one has to provide places of a high standard of living as well as provide adequate facilities in attractive surroundings. Likewise, it is an absolute priority for Taylor Wimpey to add social, financial and environmental values to the communities where it works.
Quality, confidence and services
Three fundamental premises rule Taylor Wimpey: the quality of its constructions, providing total confidence to its buyers and offering first class service. This new joint venture with La Cala Golf Resort will maximise these three premises
The academy provides you with everything you need to enable you to emulate the great golfers. Nothing is left to chance with La Cala Resort, one of the best golf resorts in the Costa del Sol. Especially designed courses, personal classes, junior tournaments, and diplomas that accredit you as “future talent” are all provided. This is an unparalleled offer, which is fun and entertaining.
The tranquil climate of the Costa del Sol allows the golf season to extend almost the entire year. Thanks to their unique conditions, combined with location and services provided, La Cala Resort in Mijas is a real oasis for practicing this sport. This is one of the best golf resorts in Andalusia with three complete courses (America, Asia and Europe), all designed by the renowned Cabell Robinson. Within this wide ranging offer, La Cala Golf Academy also offers it’s ‘Par 3′ course comprising of six holes, which is especially designed for beginners and academy users.
La Cala Golf Academy resumed their teaching courses after the recent summer camps. To this end, it provides an expertly qualified team of training coaches who are able to offer instruction to both children and adults alike; and at the same time, are able to teach in a clear and simple language. It also has dedicated equipment for use with children, to make their practice lessons fun and interesting.
Classes take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10h00 to 11h00. The size of the classes will vary between four to six students. The monthly price includes four classes-which is only 45 euros per child or 130 euros for the 3 month course. The course fee includes provision of clubs, balls, ‘training aids’ and presentation of the final diploma. In addition, with inscription into the three month course, the student will receive a polo shirt and free entry into the junior tournament. This competition is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month on the Par 3 course in stableford format. All players receive a gift and there a great prizes for the finalists.
Not only do juniors enjoy access to the academy, as the adult audience also has access to the excellent facilities provided there. Adults can make use of a complete and flexible range of services ranging from half-day courses (175 euros per person) to more complete courses of up to 5 days, for a price of 495 euros. Students will learn the fundamentals of golf, such as posture, grip as applied to various swings such as putting, chipping, pitching and full swing and bunker play.
You can make your reservation by phone +34 952 669 037 or from the website of La Cala Resort (www.lacala.com).
La Cala Resort has been chosen by Australian professional golfer Rebecca Artis, fourth in the Ladies European Tour ranking, to prepare her entry to the US Tour and the final tournaments of the LET. The golf and leisure resort, nestled between the sea and mountains, is home to excellent training facilities and is renowned amongst elite athletes who choose this complex to prepare for their upcoming tournaments.
Rebecca Artis, at just 26 years of age, is a professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour and member of the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf). She recently spoke to us about having spent a few days at La Cala Resort to train and get ready for her upcoming tournaments. After taking the time to assess the different options between Málaga and Sotogrande, she opted for this complex as, in the words of the lady herself, “it had the best training facilities and best practice balls”
Artis currently stands fourth in the Ladies European Tour ranking, meaning constant training is required to secure her world standing. Without a doubt, Spain, and in particular Costa del Sol, offer the perfect climate to play golf.
Director of Golf at La Cala Resort, Agustín Alonso, had the opportunity to speak to Rebecca, who revealed a few interesting titbits about the demands of training and her experience at the complex, in particular, at the different golf courses that form part of the complex.
A. Rebecca, how have you enjoyed your time at La Cala?
R. You guys have really treated me well, the resources that you have here are amazing. I have had time to enjoy the academy, the fitness centre and the two golf courses I’ve had the chance to play. On the one hand, Campo Asia, is a technical course; you really need to tee-off well to play the ball and, on the other, Campo America, is completely the opposite; it is much more spacious, with more open greens, but you have to hit the ball harder as it is a longer course.
A. How would you compare La Cala to the courses you play on the Tour?
R. As it is in the mountains, you have holes at different elevations, just like at the Evian Championship; also, the greens feature drops that you sometimes can’t see, just like the courses we play. I think it offers a great experience and is good training for the tournaments I have coming up.
A. Exactly which tournaments do you have coming up?
R. I’m heading to the Helsingborg Open in Sweden, the Evian Championship and the French Open. Afterwards, I will play a couple of tournaments in Asia before playing the LPGA Qualifying School at the end of the year.
A. I understand your objective is to obtain the LPGA Tour card and play there, but would you combine the two Tours?
R. The Ladies European Tour has meant a lot to me, I really enjoy playing the tournaments and can’t see myself leaving even if I get my card. Also, I’ve got some leeway as I have the card until 2017 after I won the Scottish Open this year, which makes life a lot easier for me.
A. Being Australian, what are the main differences between the European and Australian Tours? Where do you feel more at home?
R. I have to admit that I feel at home in both locations. Fortunately, the Australian tour is only played between January and February, when it’s winter in Europe and playing is just not the same here, meaning it is perfect.
A. What did 2013 mean to you?
R. 2013 was a really good year for me after I won in Helsingborg and obtained 3 Top 10s; however, I think this year has been the best by far. I am fourth in the Order of Merit ranking, have obtained 3 Top 10s and won in Scotland, which is one of the best in terms of prize money. That has given me enough peace of mind to try for the LPGA.
A. How are things on the Women’s Tour?
R. Honestly, it is getting much better. Over the last 4 years, 5 tournaments have started to offer more than €500,000 in prize money, which is important. Perhaps the number of events has dropped, but we are setting our sights on Asia just like the Men’s Tour and I think we’re heading in the right direction.
A. After you play in Australia, do you relocate to Europe or do you travel every time you have an event?
R. In Spring, we have a couple of tournaments in Asia. Afterwards, I head back to Australia until the European tour starts and I set up camp in England. After the French Open, I travel to Australia as I am based there for the Asian tournaments.
A. Why did you choose England?
R. I’m not sure really, perhaps because I have friends there. The weather there is awful though, so I’m thinking of relocating to somewhere else and the south of Spain has it all. Also, you have treated me so well, I wouldn’t rule out a repeat visit in the future.
A. Would you recommend this resort as a training camp for other players on the Tour?
R. Definitely, in fact, I came on a recommendation. Your training structure is excellent and the weather is perfect. I would like to come back to play Campo Europa, as I haven’t been able to do so this time.
A. You’re welcome here any time Rebecca, thank you very much
This is the 10th year that the Resort will be attending this specialized golf meeting that on this occasion will be held from the 5th to the 8th of October in Tenerife.
La Cala Resort will attend, for the tenth consecutive year, the International Golf Travel Market from the 5th to the 8th of October in Tenerife. This is arguably the largest International fair business within the golfing sector which brings together annually; more than a thousand companies specialized in the organizing of golf holidays.
The aim of La Cala Resort attending this event is to meet tour operators from around the world, and especially from Europe. We will strengthen relations and trade agreements, as well as create new opportunities. This is a very important opportunity to introduce La Cala Resort to new partners and promote the benefits offered by the Resort. La Cala is considered a golf reference in La Costa del Sol, as our resort has more than 4 million square meters, with three 18-hole golf courses, hotel, spa and several restaurants.