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3 tennis resorts that cater to the foodie in you


Aliments. Comida. Lebensmittel. Cibo. Maistas. Food.

It doesn’t matter how you say it, food—like music, art, and emotion—transcends languages. Food is so much more than sustenance. It is tradition, creativity, indulgence, and for athletes both professional and recreational, it is fuel. In an interview with Bon Appetit after winning her 17th Grand Slam singles title, Serena Williams shared her food philosophy: “You put out what you put in.” In other words, she said, leading a very active lifestyle doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about what you’re eating.

Of course, when you’re on vacation, it’s a little more difficult to plan your meals. Plus, part of the fun of a vacation is sitting back, relaxing, and indulging in gourmet creations cooked up by a fantastic chef.  If you want to up your game and still satisfy your inner foodie, take a look at these tennis resorts that have guests reaching for their knife and fork as frequently as their racquet.

The Local Gem: The Phoenician

Tucked in amongst the wild desert beauty of Scottsdale, Arizona is The Phoenician. As Arizona’s Premier AAA Five Diamond Resort, this incredible getaway spot offers the very best in luxury accommodations, amenities, and of course, tennis. Their Tennis Garden offers all manner of clinics and lessons, has garnered honours from Tennis Industry magazines and features four playing surfaces.

In Tennis Gardens, you’ll also find the Tennis Shop, a Yaffa Activewear retailer. The grounds are a feast for the eyes—and that’s not all. The Phoenician offers nineteen dining options, including the award-winning J&G Steakhouse which features an incredible lineup of steak and seafood as interpreted by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Chef de Cuisine Jacques Qualin.

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The Tropical Paradise: Half Moon Jamaica

As if the sun, the sea and laid-back atmosphere weren’t enticing enough. Your Jamaican vacation will only be sweeter at Half Moon. Featuring a two-mile, crescent-shaped private beach, a Golf Academy Championship Course, and thirteen hard tennis courts, Half Moon has everything you need to work up a sweat and then cool down. With all that activity, you’ll want to fuel up with great food. The historic Sugar Mill Restaurant serves up sumptuous entrees that take traditional Jamaican dishes and infuse them with a modern twist. Pimento smoked duck breast? Coconut and saffron poached snapper? Broiled lobster tail with passion fruit garlic butter? Is your mouth watering yet?

The European Connection: The Gstaad Palace

Where else are you going to play tennis on palace grounds? Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad Palace is the ultimate fusion of new-world luxury and old-world charm. Home of the Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, Gstaad offers  tennis enthusiasts age 16 and older a week of personal coaching with the legendary Roy Emerson.

The emphasis on wellness is also a huge draw. Gstaad offers an 1800 m2 spa, and a 6-day “Yoga In the Mountains” retreat guided by leading yoga therapists from London. All that relaxation no doubt works up a healthy appetite. Sample exquisite Swiss cheeses and traditional Swiss cuisine at La Fromagerie, or experience the exclusive Le Grill Rotisserie which boasts 16 Gault Millau points and a menu catering to all diners, whether you’re looking for a light meal or to indulge.

Maybe you’ve never won a grand slam, but you’d be amazed what a few dietary adjustments can do for your energy and endurance during a match. With a little more planning and a few additions to your grocery lineup, you’ll be on your way to dominating the court. Even on vacation, you have the power to make food choices that will set you up for victory on the court. Eating lighter fare or just eating the right things at the right times will have you feeling like a pro in no time. Resorts like those above can help as they make it their business to keep you fit.

More info: Check out this blog post on how to eat for your best game.

Laura Preskin is Owner and Creative Director for Yaffa Activewear


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