The Rio Real Golf Hotel is one of the finest golf resorts in Andalucia just 5 minutes away from the buzzing city of Marbella. If you are thinking of resorts for your next golf in the sun getaway, read on to find out more about The Rio Real Golf Resort.

Play a Javier Arana designed golf course, minutes away from the hotel

Javier is highly regarded as one of the greatest Spanish golf designers, best well known for designing El Saler, one of continental Europe’s finest golf courses. The course opened in 1965 and runs alongside the Rio river, where the name of the resort comes from.

Course STATS

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  • Designer: Javier Arana
  • Opened for play: 1965
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6668 Yards

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The Rio Real Golf Academy – 3D biomechanics and more

We all could do with a practise session, whether it be hitting balls at the range, rolling in putts or even perfecting your bunker play. The Rio Real Golf Hotel has their very own Golf Academy and they offer programmes and classes for all levels, from beginners to scratch golfers. They also use the latest technology in golf tuition including 3D Biomechanical analysis, which will help you personalise your swing to the best it can be.

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Other golf courses you can play when staying at The Rio Real Hotel

You may well get a bit bored playing the same course over again, not to worry, there are many courses in the Marbella area which can be played when staying at The Rio Real Hotel. Let’s check them out….

The Los Naronjos Golf Course

Los Naronjos is a true championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Senior. The course has previously played host to The Spanish Open in 1989, which included the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Rivero. Los Naronjos has also been voted as Costa Del Sol’S ‘Course of the Year’.

Los Naronjos

Atalaya Park Hotel, Resort & Country Club

Atalaya Park is located slightly inland from the Andalucian coastline, but still very conveniently located between Estepona and Marbella. The resort is home to two championship courses; The Old and The New Course. The Old Course is the much longer one of the two, measuring 6716 from the back tees, whereas The New Course only measures 5823 yards.

Los Naronjos

Santa Clara Golf Club

Santa Clara, rated 5 out of 5 by YGT customers, is a fantastic parkland course perfect for the average golfer. The course is fairly flat, making it a relatively easy walk. The course offers large greens and forgiving fairways, however, still play smart to avoid the countless bunkers that are strategically placed throughout the course.

Santa Clara

A boutique hotel with only 30 deluxe rooms

The Rio Real Golf Hotel is the leading boutique hotel in the area of Marbella with just 30 guestrooms. There are a variety of rooms to choose from including the Superior Par room, the Birdie & Eagle suites and the most exclusive suite of all, the Albatros suite.

Guests can indulge in an array of activities, including the chance to hire a private yacht, horse riding along the beach and fishing. There is also the opportunity to try water skiing, scuba diving and jet skiing.

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Relax and Unwind with a Wellness treatment

After hitting the fairways in style, why not head to the spa for some well-deserved relaxation. There is a wide selection of treatments to choose from, including an intensive moisturising facial treatment to a tired legs mint and chamomile massage.

5 minutes from buzzing Marbella

As mentioned earlier Rio Real Golf Hotel is only 5 minutes away from buzzing Marbella, so after a round of golf why not head into the town and take a walk down the “golden mile”, enjoying  all the finest things on offer, from Michelin star restaurants to trendy cocktail bars. Why not also head to the Puerto Banus Marina, and see some of the world’s most luxurious yachts. There are also many bars and cafes around the marina if you fancy a bit of bar hopping.


The Rio Real Resort is only 35 minutes away from Malaga International Airport and there are daily flights to Malaga from UK major airports. A taxi from the airport to The Rio Real Hotel will cost between £30 – £40. If you want to head out into Marbella for the day, a taxi will only cost you £5, and will take you right into the centre of Marbella.

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Nick Martin

Nick Martin

Member of South Herts Golf Club, playing off a handicap of 3. Have played golf in over 10 countries and look forward to playing more in my role with YGT's marketing department.

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