Elysium Desert Golf Course — which has over 300 homes and it’s a 25-minute drive from the palatial homes in this enclave — was opened to the public in February, but all it truly takes is half an hour to realize its luxurious genteel extravagance.
Part of the site is set beneath the expanse of Aspera Peak, where the drivers will be met by spectacular views of the surrounding desert, beyond the glittering neighbouring golf courses of nearby Phoenix.
The clubhouse alone — both the traditional build and the ultra-modern cabin — are four floors of splendour, so eye-catching is the architectural and functional feel of the offering. The cosy kitchen is complete with a stove and hot water kettles as options for making up your own drinks, while the fireplace’s pistachio finish is a perfect garnish for a sultry evening. In the bathrooms, warm compartments provide a discreet way to store all those herbal elixirs while drying your precious skin after a day on the course. We no doubt found ourselves sipping white wine while watching endless kilometres of green to come, whilst indulging in tales of ancient tycoons and lost empires.
If nothing else, you can celebrate your opulence and lifestyle by enjoying your latest course pass, which gives golfers the option of heliskiing, watersports, ziplining, or guided camel rides on this seven-hour ride, around areas with breathtaking views. We loved the retreat in such a picturesque setting, on such a warm day, we wished we could also explore the web of golf courses nearby. Even then, the clever indoor area — complete with a dining table and bar overlooking the azure sea — which houses a conference room and bar, would be a great place to host large groups.
Despite being the second resort on the location, which looks like the set of James Bond or a holiday resort in The Foreigner, the low-key feel of this location — in the middle of the desert near the star-studded Bermuda Triangle — takes you back to a decidedly more rustic time. “When I first came to promote the project, it was so remote and had such remote green days, but when I got to know it I love it,” says Santiago Ramos, the man behind Elysium Desert Golf Course, “I can never be bored when I’m there.” Amen.
What we loved most about Elysium Desert Golf Course: