10 tennis holidays worthy of Wimbledon

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Around this time 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. 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? 

At ITC Luxury Travel we offer a range of stellar properties in some of the world's most beautiful and exclusive locations. 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 would 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 much to recommend it; beautifully appointed accommodation, world class dining and two pristine beaches for a start! But Curtain Bluff is also renowned for its outstanding tennis centre, where championship hard courts are kept to the highest of standards and three resident pro coaches are on hand to offer tips and tricks. 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?

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.

3. Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain

This Marbella beach resort and spa has everything you'd want for a luxury Spanish holiday; 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

Fitness and wellbeing are central to the ethos of The BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive luxury St Lucia resort that aims to rejuvenate its guests in body and mind. The activities on offer here include everything from spa treatments to Tai Chi to archery, most of which are included in you 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 interest 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.

7. Sani Resort, Greece

The Sani Resort is located in Halkidiki, 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!

8. The Breakers, Miami

If you'd like to combine a luxury Florida holiday with the chance to brush up on your serve and volley, look no further than The Breakers, located on a golden stretch of sand along Palm Beach. 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 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 ITC Luxury Travel 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. 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.

Or…to watch the world’s finest professional tennis matches in style and luxury, speak to our Sports Travel Specialists at ITC Sports Travel, via www.itcsports.co.uk/tennis.

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. Want to find out more? Call our expert Travel Specialists today on 01244 355 600, or use the web chat function below, and begin planning your bespoke tennis holiday with ITC Luxury Travel today!

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