5 of the best destinations for tennis lovers

10 July 2018

With Wimbledon taking serve this month, we’ve rounded up a collection of the world’s finest destinations for tennis-loving travellers, combining stunning scenery with fabulous facilities and world-class coaching.

Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca is a hotbed of tennis activity. Indeed one of the greatest players of all time, Rafael Nadal, hails from this island and has his own 26-court tennis academy in his hometown of Manacor, where young players can train with some of the game’s top coaches and technical teams and where both adults and families can follow sports programmes.

The Balearic island is also home to Belmond La Residencia, nestled in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains. Here you can practise under the stewardship of resident professional Toni Canals, against a backdrop of glorious views and with the use of facilities such as a hitting wall and pro shop.

Algarve, Portugal

Quinta do Lago, a famous Algarvian golf resort, caters well to those looking to improve their backhand. There’s also The Campus, a new tennis academy that aims to provide professional-level training to both residents and guests, with tournaments, cardio sessions, dedicated adults’ and kids’ classes and coaching in padel, a fun variant of tennis.

Meanwhile, Pine Cliffs Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, with five floodlit courts – two clay, three hard courts and one padel court – and  a wide selection of coaching courses for both adults and children of all ages and skill levels.

Costa del Sol, Spain

An excellent climate throughout the year makes this stretch of Spanish coastline the ideal location for sports enthusiasts to enjoy an active holiday.

Head to the exclusive La Manga in Murcia and experience exclusive accommodation, first-class professional sports facilities and fine dining over 1,400 acres bordered by natural parks and unspoilt beaches. Its 28-court tennis centre, which makes it one of Spain’s finest outdoor facilities, has played host to prestigious events including the David Cup, Fed Cup and ATP tournaments. Guests can walk in the footsteps of the pros with tailored tennis coaching for players of all ages and levels.

Alternatively, Marbella’s Puente Romana is one of the country’s most luxurious tennis resorts, with large rooms and suites with private terraces overlooking the lush, subtropical gardens. Its clay courts, which are perfect for ironing out flaws in your style, have hosted stars such as Novak Djokovic and Björn Borg.

Saint Lucia

BodyHoliday is the perfect place to restore your body, mind and soul. This all-inclusive Caribbean wellness retreat offers everything from yoga and spa treatments to salsa dancing and rock climbing.

Part of its sports and activity offering is the Coubaril Valley Tennis Club, which has courts for both day and night play. Staffed by resident professionals, the club offers BodyHoliday guests complimentary introductory and intermediate group lessons throughout the week, as well as individual private coaching. Or if you’d just like to set up a friendly match with friends, court hire is also possible.

Hawaii, USA

While known for its natural beauty, its sunny shores and its surfing, Hawaii is also a tennis paradise, with several world-class resorts. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, with 11 courts overlooking the ocean, combines the best of a tennis holiday with a beach break. Or Fairmont Orchid, home to Hawaii Tennis Center, is another great resort for tennis lovers, with 10 courts, a stadium and services including match arrangements, clinics, racquet and ball machine hire, and private lessons.

 

If you’d like to book your perfect tennis holiday, contact your Travel Counsellor.

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