Nova Golf and Beach Resort
Oliva Nova Golf and Beach Resort - an overview with a gloss.(www.olivanova.com)
This resort is situated on the Mediterranean’s most picturesque golf courses
of southern Spain, offering a golf course covering some 510,000 square meters 25 grass mats and 40 natural
tees make the driving range an ideal practice area.
An additional 5-hole par three course is the ideal training are for pitching, chipping, and
putting. The Oliva Nova Golf 18 hole PGA championship course, designed by Severiano Ballesteros and is a well
balanced course with a great deal of variety.
Offering a challenge to every player and the opportunity to develop your golfing skills
it is set between the white sandy beach and the impressive mountains. National golf tournaments take place
here every year.
As well as the golf you can soak up the relaxing atmosphere in the exclusive and spacious
pool and wellness complex of the 4/5 star hotel fully equipped with a sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi,
whirlpool, a climatised in door swimming pool and an all round health and beauty service complying with
the highest medical standards.
If you are still feeling energetic You can have a game of tennis on one of the many courts,
use the outdoor pool or have a browse round the local commercial centre including supermarket, pharmacy, bank,
medical centre, cafes and bars bakers and take away.
For the non-golfers there is always the miles of award winning blue flag beaches. Where
from July to September you can cool off at one of the chiringuitos (beach bars) and join in the cheerful,
hospitable Spanish locals with their Spanish philosophy.
The wider local area
Denia is a 15 minute drive away. At the heart of the town is the castle situated on a slight
hill, by the sea. Nearby is the archeology museum displaying Denia´s past, the art centre and toy museum are
all worth a visit. On every street and square as you stroll around this interesting town you will find that
traditional, special Spanish charm.
The Marques de Campo is the town’s main paseo here you will find both traditional and trendy
bars, restaurants and shops. There are 20 kms of beaches all you have to decide is if you want to laze away the
days in a tranquil cove or join in the many activities the choice is yours.
Sports lovers will find everything they need sailing, canoeing, jet ski, diving, swimming or
fishing there is something for everyone. You could even take a ferry to Ibiza either for a day’s cruise or a
But it isn’t just sea and beaches you can walk and bike around the Montgo natural park ideal for bird watching
and is rich in flowers and fauna.
Fiestas provide entertainment for all ages. You can experience fire, colours and passion the
whole year round. From the Moors and Christian mock battles to the burning of the fallas in March.
5 minutes away is Oliva town where you have the bustle of a thriving town but you can leave
this century and travel back in time by walking around the winding medieval streets with their beautiful
churches and Moorish castle.
The locals seem unaffected by time - so why not join them and have a quiet beer in one of
the many plazas, and just watch the world drift by.
The tree-lined boulevard, in the more modern part of town, is home to the weekly Friday
market, a busy and thriving centre which offers you the chance to buy anything from fresh local produce to
fashions - and of course the price is a lot cheaper than you would find in the high street. There
is the permanent covered central market which offers daily fresh produce.
Oliva is home to many bars and restaurants which offer food and drink ranging from home
cooking through to Chinese restaurants, at exceptional value. Try a menu del dia which typically includes three
courses, Wine or beer and bread, all for the princley sum of €8.
The area is know as the orange blossom coast with the vast fertile citrus groves of oranges and
If you drive 15 minutes inland you will find the Orba valley and the Jalon Valley where you
can explore the winding streets with the typically Spanish white washed houses. You could sample the locally
produced wines including the famous Moscatel at the local bodegas. This is without doubt the real Spain.
The Costa Blanca is a very popular region with visitors but this northern end is a lot less
intense. Miles of award winning soft white sandy beaches shelving gently into the Mediterranean this makes a
good choice for children.
Benidorm is an excellent choice for wonderful sandy beaches and vibrant night life. There is
an Aquapark nearby Terra Mitica and for a night out visit Benidorm Palace.
A 10 minute drive away is El Vergal safari park a good day out for any age, Trains run
between Valencia and Gandia, or a one hour drive will take you to Valencia the region’s capital. This stunning
city is a must to visit, whether it be museums or the oceanographic or just shop till you drop (into the
nearest tapas bar!!) Well you have to experience the Spanish way of life!!
The history of Oliva Nova - Rumour and facts are in the mix
Up until the early 1980's Oliva Nova really did not exist other than
for some camp sites and rural buildings within the orange groves. Rumour has it that this undeveloped
area was Spain's answer to the Euro-Disney bid but who know?
Oliva Nova literally means 'the new Oliva' being the old Spanish town just 5 minute's
away up the N332. It is said that when Spain lost the bid for Euro-Disney the Land prices
collapsed which was then snapped up by a certain German Builder just getting established within the area
and did he spot an opportunity.
The Council then reclassified the land into urban area zones & the start was a
lonely hotel built seemingly in the middle of nowhere. This hotel subsequently received a Design
Award which received great attention & customers at the time. Development continued with a mix of
mainly villas with a few apartments which are all relatively low level compared to other areas along
the coast which is a very refreshing approach given the previous unsightly urban sprawls along the coast
that seems to concentrate on high level apartment blocks.
The area definitely has a superior quality feel about it given the great architectural
detailing by the German Developers and Designers that achieves a nice balance between maintaining the local
Spanish character and context of the area and the modern standards expected by successful Europeans.
The first villas over the initial 10 to 15 years where mainly sold and promoted to
Germans who appreciated the added quality of the developments especially as many had a lot of Deutschmarks
in cash to get rid of before they were forced to take up the Euro. The last 10 years has seen a good
mix of owners from the British & successful people from Madrid seeking a cooler 'home in the country'
for the hot summer months away from the City. However, the early German influence is still around
given the choice of TV channels beamed over from the Golf Club to the local area and the car registration
numbers parked at large around the resort.
Although Oliva Nova Golf (mainly built by CHG) is the central core of the area it does
have adjacent housing areas (called urbanisations) that are included within the Oliva Nova title.
These are an older urbanisation called San Fernando which is predominantly Spanish owned and only really
occupied during the Summer months of July and August. Another area is called Rabdells which does not quite
have the same quality feel as the properties surrounding the central golf course.
Oliva Nova is still being developed but more slowly now due to the current downturn in
the property market which will likely be this way until 2015. This is no bad thing as a slower paced
development often produces a more thoughtful approach rather than the haste of late 1990's. It
is my estimation that the area is at about 65% complete with the remaining land parcels being completed
over the next 10 to 15 years.
Just recently the central commercial area was doubled in size which is desperately
needed as just one bar and food shop is not enough (other than the hotel & golf club bar). Regretfully
however, the German Builders sold all the new commercial units to speculating landlords rather than to
business owners direct who are now unable to rent their premises or have no desire to do so until the
economy picks up. The commercial area is still mainly un-let & will likely be this way for
another 5 years.
Fortunately, just down the road at Ondara is a newly built and very large shopping
center called Las marinas that has just about every type of shop you could want together with 10
pin bowling & a cinema.
Any area is always under a state of flux and non more so than the Golf club which is
having to adapt to reduced income streams. This has lead to some great deals for playing on the
Oliva Nova Golf Course but the original Share holders who purchased an 18,000.00 euro stake in the club
have seen their shares become virtually worthless which has upset a lot of original home owners in the
On balance, Oliva Nova is a really great area only really let down by the lack of people
outside of the official summer holiday months but this aspect is fairly typical for most Spanish coastal
regions. Vibrancy is certainly lacking at times but you don't have to go far to realise that the
wider area is a great mix of busy local Spanish towns with a large area dedicated to commercial zones along
the N322 that are mainly occupied by active businesses.