As days grow longer and temperatures crawl up from the 30’s and 40’s, more and more tennis enthusiasts flock to the courts and linger beside nets, soaking in warmth and camaraderie. But as summer quickly approaches, vacations can often interrupt the momentum players have been building with the rising temperatures. Why choose between keeping in practice and a haven from everyday stress? The top tennis resort vacations listed below offer guests both luxurious retreats and tips to improve tennis games.
Secluded on 43 acres among the southern California desert, the luxurious La Quinta Resort & Club has catered to celebrities since opening its doors in 1926. However, the resort’s world-renown tennis program didn’t commence until 1978, propelled by a group of famous players led by Charlie Pasarell that included Arthur Ashe and Bob Lutz.
Tom Gorman and a staff of USPTA-certified professionals instruct players of every skill level in both clinics and private lessons on the resort’s twenty-three courts, including a sunken tournament-style center court constructed in 1981. Junior clinics and cardio tennis sessions are offered during peak season, in addition to year round special drills and events.
Nestled at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta Resort’s handcrafted hacienda style architecture enfolds 41 pools, 53 hot tubs, seven restaurants, and five golf courses. Between Round Robin matches, relax sore muscles at the award-winning spa. Step up your tennis game and rejuvenate your body at La Quinta Resort & Club.
Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and a nature preserve on 52 acres in northwestern Florida, the TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort has received a number of accolades for its tennis facilities and programs, including being named one of the top 50 tennis resorts in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine and being ranked by Tennis Resorts Online as the 10th best tennis resort in the world for 2013.
Resort guests have complimentary use of 12 clay courts that were recently resurfaced. Round Robins, socials, player-matching services, and private and group lessons for all skill levels are some of the options available for tennis enthusiasts.
A broad range of packages is available to suit guests’ needs and budgets, including the Grand Slam package with reserved court times, a one hour group tennis clinic, two thirty-minute private lessons, one hour on the ball machine, and a t-shirt. Multiple clinics are held daily.
The beachfront, Mediterranean-inspired architecture is set against tall dunes and also features a spa and fitness center that includes yoga, aerobics, and water aerobics classes in case you need to relinquish the racket for a few hours.
Located less than 20 miles from Charleston on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort is situated on over 1,000 acres of property that provide a large selection of rentals, from vacation homes and condos to hotel rooms and suites.
But no matter where you lay your head at night, you still have access to the resort’s premier tennis facilities and programs. Ranked as one of the top 10 tennis resorts in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine for nine consecutive years, guests are certain to be pleased with complimentary daily court time on 17 Har-Tru courts (five of which have lights) to take your game to the next level.
Cardio tennis, peak performance clinic for intermediate to advanced players, and a one-hour match against a pro are just several of the many opportunities available at Wild Dunes Resort. Enroll with a group or solo in one of the package deals, clinics, or lessons. Golf courses, a spa and fitness center, multiple pools, fishing, and of course simply lounging on a white sandy beach are present for when your body needs to recover from a morning or afternoon of drills.
For an exotic retreat from the daily grind, hop a plane to the lesser-known small volcanic island of Nevis in the West Indies. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers 10 courts (six hard, four clay) and a mixture of lessons and clinics. And if the staff is unable to find a guest an opponent through the player match-up service, then the individual receives a complimentary 30-minute lesson or one-hour use of the ball machine.
However, in such a tropical paradise, guests might find it difficult to stay focused on their strokes. Scuba diving, catamaran snorkel tours, deep-sea fishing, and sailing school can tempt tennis enthusiasts from the courts toward the water. A Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed golf course was built around the nearby 3,232-foot dormant volcano Nevis Peak adjacent to the resort.