Book yourself into the Address Montgomerie for the ultimate retreat to a golfer's paradise
This one’s for the calendar. Because in a few weeks the weather in Dubai will have cooled (not a minute too soon) for a perfect stay at the greens at the Address Montgomerie. And given that this elegantly designed resort features just 22 rooms, time away from the rush of the day job to hang out and enjoy the fairway will need some careful planning.
It will, undoubtedly, be worth it. From the plush and newly renovated rooms to the 18-hole course designed by world gold hall of famer Colin Montgomerie, the Address Montgomerie is a delight of a retreat.
Take a cue from the New Zealand cricket team. Not the kind of field they’re necessarily at home on, but they made sure to stop over on their last visit to Dubai – encouraged in no small part by general manager Tim Stanhope who is a Kiwi and an avid fan of the team himself.
Here’s a sample weekend itinerary: Park your bags in the plush rooms, finely appointed and dressed in hues that complement the unmissable view outside the balcony – of a lush sprawling course nestled within Emirates Hills with Dubai’s towering skyline on the horizon – and head straight to Monty’s to kick off the day.
Next to the 18th hole, it’s where breakfast and the choicest of snacks are served while the day’s proceedings are planned. It’s also where most families choose to relax while bigshot-businessmen-turned-golfers-for-the-day try not to talk shop while swinging their clubs.
Pack a set of clubs, grab a caddie and hop on a golf cart before zipping onto the fairway where you can set yourself a challenge or a handicap. If by chance you aren’t enthralled by the idea of a full game, a fully equipped and world-class driving range is where you can practice getting some mileage on the drivers. And if you’re still in the habit of cricketing a stroke with your wrists, ask one of the resort’s skilled trainers to help. Maria Jonsson is our recommendation. She uses a nifty app to record exactly how much she’s helped you improve after a session.
The next day, do it all over again, but make sure you leave time to get sore shoulders treated at The Spa. The Address Hotel chain’s spas each deserve a separate review, but if you’re looking for a quick tip to go with the theme of your stay, ask for the Golf Ball Massage. It’s a wonder how much a dimpled ball can do.
Once you’re done be sure to soak up the sun in the sparkling open-air pool, or enjoy freshly-squeezed juices at the pool lounge, for a truly refreshing take on resort living. And after (hopefully) a day on par, the place to chill at is Monty Cristos. Exclusively for members and guests, it’s where the finest cigars make for the best way to ruminate over a yanked putt or celebrate a day well spent.