Maybe you love the hospitality and pampering that come with the resort experience, but something's missing. All that relaxation is just getting – well – too relaxing. Or maybe tennis is the reason you travel, but the bare bones tennis camps just aren't cutting it. After all, a massage and dip in the pool would feel so nice after a day on the courts. You want more from your vacation, and these five tennis resorts have you covered with all the luxurious amenities of a resort and the quality facilities, staff and personal attention worthy of the Williams sisters.
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Ranked by Tennis magazine as the best tennis resort in the Carolinas, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head is hard to beat. With 23 clay courts and another two Nova ProBounce courts, plus 36 adult tennis clinics, seven round robin tournaments and customized instruction for all age levels and abilities, you'll never be wanting for a court or someone to play with. The resort's 3-mile stretch of white sand beach and 11 miles of meandering lagoons – not to mention access to Hilton Head's legendary golf courses – means even the non-tennis players in your family will keep busy.
Players at Palmetto Dunes — Photo courtesy of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Topnotch Resort & Spa wins when it comes to scenery. Set amid Vermont's Green Mountains, the resort's 120-acre wooded estate is home to six outdoor courts and four indoor hard courts. That means after you finish your match, you can strap on your cross-country skis to enjoy Vermont's winter snow. The award winning Spa at Topnotch offers a menu of 120 treatments to help you unwind and recenter after the game.
With its location in the Valley of the Sun, the Boulders doesn't need indoor courts to guarantee year round play. The 1,300-acre resort has been landscaped to blend in with the surrounding Sonoran Desert foothills where the natural plants and wildlife are allowed to thrive. You'll have five plexi-cushioned hard courts and three clay courts to choose from, and should you encounter equipment troubles, the resort's 24/7 restringing and re-gripping services are there for you.
Reflection of The Boulders — Photo courtesy of The Boulders Resort
At least 85 tennis pros who've won one or more major championships have taken to the courts at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa over the years, and the OJAI tennis tournament is the oldest continuously running tournament in the United States. The town of Ojai, set in a rural southern California valley, was voted as the second best tennis town in the country by the United States Tennis Association, and the four courts at the resort are the best in town.
While six courts (four cushioned hard courts and two Har-Tru) shared between 700 guest rooms doesn't sound promising, have no fear. Most guests of the Broadmoor are busy golfing, hiking, horseback riding or relaxing in the spa, and the resort guarantees match-ups with at least 24 hours notice. Play is available year round on the two covered courts, but the action really heats up during the summer doubles round robins held throughout the week. Daily drill clinics keep you on your toes.