Every year Wimbledon fever strikes Britain. Once abandoned public tennis courts are suddenly jam-packed, Pimms flies off the shelves and hopes abound on Murray Mount (or Henman Hill, depending on your age).
Have you been inspired to pick up a racket again this year? If so, then why not consider incorporating this exciting sport into your next luxury holiday?
Many of our favourite resorts have tennis courts, whilst numerous others offer a more detailed itinerary with coaching and camps. And for those in your party that don't want to play ball? Well, they can enjoy enviable beach locations and endless amenities, so everyone's a winner!
1. Curtain Bluff, Antigua
This all-inclusive luxury resort in Antigua has so much to make it worth a recommendation; beautifully appointed accommodation, world-class dining and two pristine beaches for a start!
But if you are looking for a tennis holiday in the sun, Curtain Bluff is renowned for its outstanding tennis centre. Championship hard courts are kept to the highest of standards and three resident pro-coaches are on hand to offer tips and tricks. There are three resident professionals onsite and the hotel offers a range of tennis programmes and lessons to improve your game. The hotel’s coaches have a great reputation for their helpfulness and their work with families and juniors. If travelling with others who don’t enjoy tennis as much, then there are a number of alternates to keep everyone occupied while you improve your game with activities such as, Pilates and aerobics, watersports, windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving available.
Our clients love the annual tennis camps on offer here; all-inclusive weeks hosted by professional tennis players such as Annabel Croft and the former world #1 Tracey Austin. What more could you ask for?
An all-inclusive luxury resort with tennis facilities - it has to be Curtain Bluff, Antigua
2. Forte Village, Sardinia
This extensive Sardinian beachside resort has an amazing range of accommodation options to choose from and list of amenities as long as your arm, not least among them being the world-class tennis academy.
A free weekly lesson is available every Sunday, with a wide selection of professionally coached courses on offer to suit any age and ability. A new Annabel Croft Tennis Academy now gives junior players expert tuition as part of their summer holiday fun.
Learning to play tennis in Sardinia
3. Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain
This Marbella beach resort and spa has everything you'd want for a tennis holiday in Spain; sea, sun, sand and excellent service.
But it is the tennis facilities here that are truly the jewel in the crown, with 10 courts, including the Centre Clay Court, and a 2,500-seater arena that has hosted international tournaments and even pop concerts!
Originally inaugurated in 1979 under the management of the legendary Bjorn Borg, the exacting standards have never slipped, making Puente Romano a world-renowned tennis location, as well as an ideal place for a highly exclusive luxury holiday.
4. La Manga, Murcia region, Spain
This exclusive sports and leisure resort is set between the stunning Spanish coastline and the breathtaking mountain ranges of the Murcia region. Renowned for its stellar sporting facilities, from 18-hole golf courses to a Professional Football Centre, a luxury holiday here is a dream for anyone seeking activity and adventure.
The tennis offering at La Manga includes a staggering 28 tennis courts, which have hosted ATP tournaments and Davis Cup matches. With multiple coaching courses, restaurants overlooking the courts and even its own pool, you could spend your entire holiday just in the tennis centre complex!
5. The BodyHoliday, St Lucia
The activities on offer here include everything from spa treatments to Tai Chi and archery, most of which are included in your stay. Daily group tennis lessons for both beginners and intermediate level players, as well as a weekly friendly tennis tournament, come as standard, with private tennis lessons available at an additional cost.
Of course, the courts are also available 24-hours a day if you just fancy a quick match in the sunshine.
6. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are known for their unspoilt natural beauty and a stay at Rosewood Little Dix Bay is the perfect way to take it all in.
The tennis courts here, like the accommodation, are surrounded by lush gardens, with mountain views and the inviting Caribbean Sea just metres away. Use of the courts, along with rackets and balls, are complimentary, as is a weekly drop-in clinic and local doubles mixers on the weekends.
If you're here with a group who aren't interested in tennis, then the staff at this luxury Caribbean resort will happily find a player to match your ability, whether from the hotel guests or one of the friendly local players.
Tennis Courts at the Rosewood Little Dix Bay
7. Sani Resort, Greece
The Sani Resort is located in Halkidiki and is perfect for a three-pronged peninsula that juts out of the Greek mainland and into the Aegean Sea. Accommodation ranges from a boutique, all-suite hotel at Sani Asterias Suites to family-friendly luxury at Porto Sani Village and Spa.
All guests at the resort have access to the Sani Tennis Academy, where special tennis coaching programmes can be enjoyed by everyone from tots to teens to seasoned tennis veterans.
The Academy even offers tailored family packages, so if you're all tennis mad, you can enjoy holiday time together whilst working on your game!
New to this resort is the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre - developed by the Grand Slam-winning tennis legend. This tailored programme invites the entire family to improve on their tennis skills with training and techniques that have been designed by Rafa himself. This programme isn't just focused on perfecting the backhand - the off-court is just as important. Included in the training is a focus on the importance of having the right set of values and improving upon the mental strength required to take you to the top of the sport - something which Rafa certainly knows about.
The Sani Resort is great for a tennis holiday involving the whole family
8. The Breakers, Miami
Boasting 10 well-kept Har-Tru courts, as well as experienced instructors and a pro shop to kit you out in style, the tennis facilities here are truly world-class.
With the opportunity for tutorials from Resident Touring Professional Kathy Rinaldi - who won her first match at Wimbledon at the age of 14 - it's no wonder tennis enthusiasts are drawn to this luxury resort.
9. Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town
As the summer months wane, it's always tempting to put down your racket for a season, but with a luxury holiday to Cape Town, you can avoid the January blues and enjoy the sunshine on the court!
There is barely any time difference between South Africa and the UK, meaning you'll arrive refreshed and ready to play.
The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a great choice when staying in Cape Town and with its own tennis courts and resident pro coach Barkie McKrea, you'll have the chance to participate in private or group tutorials. If you'd like to pre-book these sessions before you fly, our Concierge service at the Inspiring Travel Company can sort everything for you.
10. One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Along with fine-dining, an indulgent spa and pristine private beaches, active holiday-makers will relish the long list of sports, both on water and land, that are available at the exceptional One&Only Le Saint Géran resort, Mauritius. This truly is a 5-star tennis holiday.
The five synthetic grass courts here are flanked by palm trees on one side and a glistening lagoon on the other and always available for play. Complimentary KidsOnly Club and adult group classes are on offer weekly, with further private tuition available from the resort's resident tennis coach.
So there you have it, from Mauritius to Murcia, wherever you'd like to take your next luxury holiday there's a resort with tennis facilities worthy of a pro. To book your tennis holiday, contact a Travel Specialist for more details.