3 Destinations for a luxury tennis holiday

Simon Wells
Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Monday, February 19, 2024 - 12:22

From a medieval monastic handball game to an international sporting spectacle, tennis has soared in popularity over the centuries. The four Grand Slams – major tournaments hosted in Australia, France, England, and the USA – are followed by hundreds of millions of fans worldwide, and the sport is played in countries across the globe.

Serious enthusiasts can celebrate their love for the game with a trip dedicated to tennis. Challenge yourself to get game – set – match while soaking in spectacular surroundings, and celebrate your wins with amazing activities and fantastic food unique to your destination.

  1. The Caribbean

Experience the vibrant colours and culture of the Caribbean as you practice your perfect serve. The Bahamas, Antigua, and Dominican Republic all boast some of the world’s leading tennis resorts.

Caso de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic is a staggering 7,000 acres with 13 courts that can be illuminated for nighttime matches away from the heat of the day. There is a team of pros on hand to provide instruction, either with a private session or a group class.

Curtain Bluff Resort in Antigua is a great choice for serious players, with four championship courts and professional programmes, trainers, and equipment. Each spring the resort hosts the Antigua Tennis Week. Travelling with a non-tennis player? They can enjoy the benefits of the seafront location.

  1. Greece

Renowned around the world, Sani Resort in Halkidiki is considered to be one of the best destinations for tennis holidays if you’re looking for a luxury experience.

Guests can use the onsite Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre which is operated by the tennis star’s uncle and provides sensational views of the Aegean Sea with the majestic Mount Olympus beyond. The top-class facilities mean that the tennis lessons are pretty pricey, but they’re sure to steer you in the right direction! When you’re not on the court, the sensational North Greece coastline awaits.

Another excellent but more laidback option is the Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas in Crete. Equipment is free to use if you don’t want to bring your racket, and there’s plenty of opportunity for relaxed games. In the evenings you can unwind in the traditional Turkish Baths.

  1. The Alps

Not drawn to seaside scenery? Escape to the Alps for your next summer adventure to play tennis with the dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, lush forests, and rolling picture-perfect farmland. You can mix up your matches with other summer alpine activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, and sailing.

Chamonix, the famous French ski destination, is fantastic for summer sports and has scenic courts set in the shadow of Mount Blanc.

The quintessential villages of Lech and St Anton in Austria provide a quieter experience, with charming chalets and modest restaurants serving gourmet cuisine.

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