With Wimbledon fever about to strike, those inspired to dig out their dusty tennis rackets can now rediscover the racket-wielding sport. Practice your new-found skills and gain the advantage on a specialist tennis holiday, whether training in Thailand at a dedicated sports retreat frequented by sporting stars, or acing your game whilst soaking up the Mediterranean sun. After working up a sweat, ward off tennis elbow through rejuvenating spa treatments, leaving your body ready to hit the courts again tomorrow.
Spain: Marbella Club Tennis
Located just a ball toss away from the luxurious Mediterranean hideaway that is Marbella Club, follow in the footsteps of tennis greats like Serena Williams and Boris Becker at Puente Romano Tennis Club. With ten well-equipped courts and a talented team of professional coaches waiting to ‘serve’ you, there really is no better place to perfect your tennis technique.
Unleash your competitive side with twice-weekly group tennis tournaments and channel your inner-champion as you put your new-found skills to the test. After a day of serve-and-volley, wind down with a personalised massage and relax in the beachfront Thalasso Spa with breath-taking views across the Med.
Thailand: Thanyapura Tennis
Serve it and smash it with the guidance of professional mentors on this tennis holiday at Thanyapura, sheltered beneath the peaceful mountains of Phuket. Train amongst tennis stars and international teams on 6 competition-class courts. Compliment your tennis with a selection of fitness classes including spinning, Kinesis and Pilates. Reap the benefits of a rejuvenating sports massage at the resort spa or indulge in the experience with holistic treatments for an enhanced sense of well-being. Reconnect with your mind, body and soul at this dedicated fitness retreat and return home with a sharper game that will have your opponents running in circles.
Florida: Saddlebrook Golf, Tennis & Spa
Venture across the pond to the Sunshine State of Florida, where you can train like a champ at this luxurious wellness resort nestled within a 480-acre nature preserve. Boasting 45 tennis courts, including all four Grand Slam surfaces, follow the lead of the likes of Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis as you perfect your game with the help of top-calibre coaches during Tennis Academy sessions. Master a different kind of swing as you swap your tennis racket for a golf club, with two world-class courses and practice range onsite. After a day of drop shots and drives, you’ll welcome the rejuvenating treatments within Saddlebrook’s first-class spa facilities.
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Turkey: D-Hotel Maris Tennis
Gain the advantage on this coastal tennis holiday at D-Hotel Maris in Turkey, overlooking where the Aegean and Mediterranean waters meet. Learn how to ace your tennis technique during private lessons with the D-Hotel Tennis School, headed up by Wimbledon champion and Olympic medallist, Goran Ivanisevic. Off the court, unwind with reviving spa treatments or take advantage of complimentary group classes, from spinning to yoga. With five natural private beaches to choose from, continue your sporty streak as you soak up the sunshine during a game of beach volleyball.
St Lucia: BodyHoliday Tennis
Gain the advantage over your tennis game and your fitness levels on this active tennis holiday at BodyHoliday in St Lucia. Set upon the secluded bay of Cariblue, hit the courts for private coaching and group tennis lessons, before testing what you’ve learnt with a tennis competition between fellow guests. Round out your all-inclusive tennis holiday with a wide range of group fitness classes, land and water sports, including, yoga, Box Fit, mountain biking and kayaking. After an active day, relax at the luxury spa with a choice of daily treatments, including massages, body scrubs and facials.
UK: Grayshott Spa Tennis Break
Serve it and smash it on a 2-night tennis break at Grayshott Spa, set in 47 acres of peaceful gardens and woodland in the Surrey countryside. Ace your game with two hour-long private coaching sessions with Grayshott’s own tennis pro, before practicing your skills with complimentary use of the indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Keep active with daily walks in the surrounding grounds and adjacent National Trust land, or join in with a variety of group classes, including yoga, Pilates, circuit training and Tai Chi. Finish off your short tennis break with a reviving massage to return home a fully rejuvenated tennis pro.
Antigua: Carlisle Bay Tennis
Add some Vitamin-D to your game as you soak up the sun training in the tropics at Carlisle Bay in the Caribbean. Beneath tropical palm trees, nine courts are a stone’s throw away from the turquoise waters edge, including four floodlit courts for cooler evening games. With six private tennis lessons included and optional complimentary clinics, you will have plenty of opportunity to improve your technique under the tuition of professional instructors. In-between games, explore on a rainforest hike or take to the tropical waters paddle boarding, before rejuvenating with a deep tissue massage at the award-winning Blue Spa.
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