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The World Cup may start on Thursday, but for sporty Spanish resort La Manga Club, it aint got nothing on their upcoming summer camp.
FC Barcelona – ie the FC Barcelona – will be running its first official Football Club Camp at La Manga from 21-25 July. Bad news, guys: it’s only for kids aged 7-17.
Messi, Iniesta, Fabregas et al will not, sadly, be around, but each day will include five hours of training from Barcelona’s official coaches on one of the resort’s eight international-standard pitches, as well as lunch and “recreational activities” (which seem to include brushing of teeth – what?). Participants (male and female) will also get training kit and a special diploma. Again: sorry, it’s kids only.
There will also be shirts signed by the team up for grabs.
The price? Quite a bit less than you might expect, actually: €450 per student for the programme, or €950 including accommodation at the four-star Las Lomas Village in the resort (two children per room). If the child comes with their parents and stays at La Manga, they get a 10% discount off the course price.
We don’t normally associate golf with cheap digs (though to be honest, we try not to associate golf with too much in our minds). But the brand new InterContinental La Torre Golf Resort in Murcia (AKA Spain’s WAG retreat) is offering a pretty nifty opening rate of €99, or $125.
There’s lots to do in Murcia, like a baroque cathedral, pretty Cartagena nearby and 300 days of sunshine every year. The resort itself has a pool 24-hour “fitness zone” and a spa, and all of the 133 rooms have a balcony or terrace.
Yes, it’s pretty cheap for an Intercontinental, but we’d probably only advise it for golf fans, though. It’s set in the middle of the La Torre Golf Resort, and boasts of “spectacular views across the golf course to the mountains beyond”. If you’re anything like us, they’d have to be some pretty spectacular mountains to distract from the tartan-clad lemmings down below.
The €99 offer is good through March 31st. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We've never heard of or been to Murcia, a city on the eastern coast of Spain, far, far, away from the tourist attractions of Madrid and Barcelona, but what the small city lacks in sightseeing, the InterContinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa makes up for.
The hotel has a nine-hole golf course, an ESPA spa, two pools, a kids club and six restaurants. All rooms have balconies with views of the golf course or pool area, not to mention hydro-massage baths cased in Moorish-style latticed wooden doors.
And, people just love this hotel. One past guest said, "It's great--and at 200-300 euro per night--it's probably the cheapest Intercontinental anywhere."
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