The 10 best tennis resorts for couples.
Taking a vacation from everyday life can be a relaxing adventure for any couple. While there are thousands of high-end, luxurious resorts all across the world, few offer a combined vacation experience with premium tennis facilities and world-class coaching. The following list, compiled by our site sponsor World Tennis Travel, covers their top ten picks for couples looking to take a romantic, fun and tennis-oriented getaway.
Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella
Located in the middle of the Golden Mile in Marbella, Spain, the Puente Romano is renowned as one of the top tennis resorts in Spain. Now managed by Wimbledon champion, Manolo Santana, this Puente Romano Tennis Club offers fantastic tennis facilities and programs to spice up your vacations. Get competitive with your significant other on one of this resort’s 10 superior tennis courts. Players can enjoy a priceless view of beautiful mountain scapes and will feel inspired while playing in the main court where tennis legends such as John McEnroe, Emilio Sanchez and Boris Becker have competed.
This serene resort is also ideal for relaxation and romantic moments given that it is at the very heart of the Costa del Sol. Their Six Senses Spa, which incorporates the local setting of the Southern Spanish coast, makes the Puente Romano a definite favorite on this list of luxurious tennis resorts for couples.
The Puente Romano offers a couples getaway package for tennis lovers: it includes luxury accommodation in a Junior suite, 2 hours of tennis lessons plus match play and video analysis.
Ilirija Tennis Academy, Croatia
Nestled on the Adriatic coast, a Riviera and Dalmatian nautical heaven, this venue is sure to appeal to couples keen on wildlife as well as the courts. The Ilirija Tennis Academy offers Performance Tennis, Tennis & Bike, and Tennis & Yoga. The academy is linked to the Ilirija Resort which offers access to a wide range of accommodation, from apartments to country villas. After tennis, couples may also choose to discover Biograd and take a walk through one of the beautiful national parks nearby. The serene beaches and pine forests of the Pasman Bay are ideal for relaxation. During the day, many exotic birds can be seen and fishing and hiking are all available outdoor activities. Also unique to the academy is a “sailing through the Love Channel” tour, relaxing and romantic for any couple.
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Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California
In the mood for Spanish-style tranquillity? The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa located in Carlsbad, near San Diego, is awaiting you. Rated as one of the top 5 tennis resorts in Southern California by Tennis Magazine, and with tennis programs managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, couples will find everything they need for a cozy getaway. The Tennis Club features 17 immaculate hard and clay tennis courts.
From a standard villa room to their one or two bedroom villas that span the size of a small apartment, each villa has fireplaces where you can sip wine and debrief on your tennis game. Besides tennis, you will enjoy quality time together at the adults-only swimming pool, golf courses, the La Costa Spa (voted #1 Spa in the Nation), and at the Chopra Center, founded by Wellness guru Deepak Chopra. Dining options from cafes to grill type restaurants make you feel like you are walking down the streets in Spain or Mexico.
More info: Tennis vacation at Omni LaCosta Resort & Spa
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, Rancho Mirage, California
Located in northeast California, near Palm Springs, just hours away from its sister resort, Omni La Costa, the Omni Rancho Las Palmas blends classic conveniences with modern technologies to offer the best possible experience in a soothing setting that comprises mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert.
With 25 superior tennis courts, shopping, and great dining, this resort makes for another great destination for traveling tennis couples. Tennis lovers will find daily adult clinics with packages starting from $220. This also applies to couples. There’s a choice of a 2 or 3-day camp with 3 hours of world class coaching.
A fun and unique package offered for couples is a BMW drive tour. Couples can get behind the wheel of a new BMW and get competitive while gaining hands-on training from an instructor. With all of these unique features, couples will love this resort and all it offers for a fabulous desert vacation.
Carlisle Bay Resort, Antigua
Aside from tennis shoes, couples will want to pack their flip flops when vacationing at the Carlisle Bay resort. Equipped with 9 tennis courts and on-site instructors for all player levels, this resort is a truly amazing place for a hit of tennis and an oasis away from home. Couples will love taking walks on the beach and dining at the fine Caribbean restaurants close by. The Carlisle Bay was recently awarded “Trip Advisor Hall of Fame” for receiving a certificate of excellence 5 years in a row.
Besides its world-class tennis facilities, Carlisle Bay is known for its yachting and sailing courses offered by the Royal Yachting Association. Couples can also partake in diving and snorkeling amongst a variety of other water sports. Another highlight offered is a helicopter tour that give breathtaking views of the island life and nature. Eco tours of the surrounding area are heavenly.
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
The Caribbean caters to many different tastes. Located “down the road from the Carlisle Bay, Curtain Bluff is set above the water and its four tennis courts are just feet away from the beautiful oceanside. Couples traveling for tennis luxury are sure to love the convenience and breathtaking views from the courts. In the evenings, guests can enjoy candlelight dinners as they watch the sunset together at one of the three island-inspired dining restaurants at the Curtain Bluff resort.
Two beaches at this resort translate to numerous opportunities for water sports like snorkeling, diving and swimming among a host of other activities.
Curtain Bluff has a number of other exciting activities to partake in such as Caribbean cooking classes as well as wine tastings. Helicopter rides give memorable views of the rocky promontory on which the resort rests.
Each year Curtain Bluff hosts several highly prestigious and popular tennis events: the Curtain Bluff Tennis Challenge (Oct 31- Nov 7), Tennis & Wellness Week (Nov 7-14), The Fantasy Tennis Camps (April 13-17) and the Antigua Tennis Week (April 30- May 6), all featuring the participation of tennis legends.
Paradis Hotel and Golf Club, Le Morne
Many couples will find new memories and peaceful quiet in the middle of the ocean on the Le Morne peninsula in Mauritius. Located in the Indian Ocean, The Paradis ( “paradise” in french) is an ideal location for couples to unwind. Bordered by endless beach against an iconic mountainous view, the Paradis Hotel and Golf Club offers couples the luxury of a fine hotel mixed with the convenience of water access and tennis courts. The Paradis was listed in the Top 10 hidden treasures for tennis lovers by World Tennis Travel and is the regular holiday and training venue of world-class athletes including Serena Williams. There are six tennis courts available at the Paradis Hotel and Golf Club resort. The tennis courts are floodlit at night for a more romantic setting.
The spa by Clarins has 2 saunas and 7 massage rooms by the resort and honeymooning couples are especially in for a treat given the 10% discount as well as a free champagne bottle and a gift voucher at the Beachcomber boutiques, associated with the Paradis hotel.
Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy
In Italy, Ciao is a common greeting for hello and goodbye. At the Forte Village resort, the accommodations will have tennis loving couples wanting to say goodbye to life back home and hello to paradise in the Mediterranean. The Forte Village is combined of nightlife developments, serene and plush green surroundings and fine dining that will make any couple fall in love with Sardinia. The Italian cuisine, available from a team of celebrity chefs, offer mouth-watering dishes that will be loved by men and women.
With twelve tennis courts made of clay, grass and synthetic, the programs for tennis couples are offered year round and are headed by former pro Australian and Coach of Pat Cash, Rocco Loccisano. One of the highlights is the fact that various tennis legends are on hand throughout the summer season to face off with guests and improve the latter’s game. Forte Village hosts 41 tournaments throughout the calendar year including many professional and semi-professional ITF tournaments.
Couples would be particularly interested in the Romantic Escape Package that includes VIP treatment upon arrival and one gourmet dinner by candlelight among other features and to which you can add daily tennis clinics; another reason why couples should visit Forte Village for a getaway to be remembered for a lifetime.
Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Located on the Phuket island, one of Thailand’s most popular islands to vacation, the Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort offers a contemporary Thai touch married to modern furnishing. The facilities on this resort blend in well with the tropical lagoon setting against the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea. The resort has partnered with the prestigious Tennis management group Savitar in order to offer topnotch tennis programs to its guests. Tennis clinics are offered every week including adult match-plays on Wednesday nights open to couples.
Couples can enjoy peaceful walks along the white sands of the Bangtao beach. There’s an exclusive lounge for some privacy where couples can indulge in romantic private meals from a rich Thai cuisine as well as western meals. There is a wide array of activities including water sports, beach volleyball, as well as a driving range for golf, and don’t forget the tennis courts. With three grass courts and one indoors, couples that love to travel and play tennis at the same time will find an inviting and unique Thai environment at the Outrigger.
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Bali
Luxurious tranquillity atop a sheer cliff offering clear panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this resort is one of a kind. Known as Indonesia’s most visited island by foreigners, Bali is a wonderful vacation spot for couples.
While The Pan Pacific features only 2 tennis courts, the resort remains a fantastic destination for couples traveling to Bali and looking for a mix of luxurious facilities, peaceful environment and active holiday. Besides tennis, couples can let loose and have fun surfing, scuba diving, visiting Bali’s most famous temple, Tanah Lot, playing on Greg Norman’s Championship Golf course or seeing the beautiful flowers grown in the local region.
The Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort gives couples the taste of the island from the comfort of their rooms. With luxurious, four-tiered cascading swimming pools, couples can relax while taking in the breathtaking views that include the renowned sunset view at the Tanah Lot temple. Lastly, the fine island dining at this resort, located at the tip of the ocean, gives couples the privacy and luxury to feel all alone in the world, while being close to the coveted island life of Bali. Weekly package including private lessons and hitting sessions are available.
At the end of the day, travel is about more than a destination; it is about an experience. With top resorts like these couples can combine romantic vacations and their love for tennis all into one trip that will last a lifetime.
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