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7 things to look for in a tennis resort

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On court at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida

It’s time to get away from it all, and take your love for tennis with you! The siren call of a vacation has become impossible to ignore, and you’ve decided to grab some friends, pack up your gear, and take off. Looking for a place to start? Check out these awesome adult tennis camps, or see what a tennis dream vacation really looks like.

Some want sun and sand, but you’re looking for more—a destination that allows you to kick back and relax, but also offers only the very best in tennis facilities. Before you buy your plane ticket, here are seven things to look for when planning your dream tennis vacation:

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Girls tennis getaway to Cliff Drysdale Tennis Camp-Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida

1. Learn from the best to reach your best
Sure, it’s a holiday—but why not use this opportunity to take your game to the next level? When planning your tennis getaway, you’ll want to make sure that your resort of choice offers the very best in classes and/or clinics that will give you the advantage the next time you square off with an opponent on the court. Look for former ATP/WTA touring pros on staff- you want instructors who know the game inside and out, and who will provide you with an in-class experience that is both rewarding and enjoyable. The best facilities will also  cater to varying skill levels. Whether novice or pro, you and your travel companions should all be able to walk away with a boost in both skill and confidence.

 

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2. Food for more than just thought.
It’s your vacation! Indulge! But do so with the knowledge that every delicious meal is  fueling you up for your next match. Healthy food is more than just salad and smoothies. Look for balanced, gourmet meal options and check out the local ingredient offerings. Variety is also key: the more restaurants available, the happier your palette will be. If you have dietary restrictions, see what sort of options the kitchens will offer you. Bonus points if the resort has an on-site nutritionist—it’s amazing what the right foods will do for your game.

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Spa at Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida

3. Cooling off and winding down
Spas, saunas, a massage —is there any better way to relax after a long day or a bout of physical activity? Whether you prefer to sweat it out or cool off with a dip, the best resorts will have a wide range of facilities to cater to your needs. Not to mention beach access.  If your tennis getaway will be incomplete without sun, sand, and sparkling blue ocean, location will be even more important when choosing your resort. If you want to broaden your scope of selection, maybe consider spots with great pool facilities. A luxury pool can be just as appealing as a beach, and if you’re not convinced, three words: Swim-up bar.

4. Getting ready to party!
You’ve hit the courts, enjoyed a great meal, and spent some time at the spa. What’s next? A party, of course! One of the best things about going on vacation is sampling the nightlife. Most resorts will have evening activities in place for guests, but be sure to talk to the staff to find out where the action is offsite. Whether it’s the best place to grab a drink or the spot with the best DJ around, make sure you have at least one night to remember on your trip.

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Tennis courts at Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

5. Your home away from home
On your tennis adventure, your resort is your temporary home—and it should feel that way! From comfortable beds to spotless bathrooms to a great view, you want to be sure that your selected destination offers you all your creature comforts plus a few luxuries.

6. More than just souvenirs
A pro shop is a haven for any and all tennis enthusiasts on vacation. Whether you’re looking for gifts, equipment, or a new ensemble to wear on the court, your ideal tennis resort will have a well-stocked pro shop and enthusiastic staff ready and willing to help you make some great purchases.

7. Off-court adventures
Depending on how long your vacation lasts, you may be looking to diversify your activities. Tennis and the beach/pool are great, but many resorts will offer a wide range of entertainment options that you’ll definitely want to explore. Guided tours, golf, even hot-air balloon rides—there’s a whole world of experiences to be had both on and off the resort. Don’t miss out!

Choosing your vacation spot can be a daunting task, but with these points in mind, you’re well on your way to the tennis getaway of your dreams. Wheels up!

Author Laura Preskin is the Owner and Creative Director for Yaffa Activewear.

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