You’re not a true tennis fan until you’ve checked out these superb hotel tennis courts. Whether it be a court surrounded by the Austrian Alps, or the chance to play match right next to the Iguazu Falls, we’ve found the right accommodation to cure your tennis fever.
From the heart of the Caribbean to our very own backyard here in Australia, we’ve found eight marvellous tennis courts to get you excited for the upcoming Australian open. Here’s why it’s a great idea to bring along your racket on your next trip away.
Marlborough, New Zealand
The ever-so-stylish Vintners Retreat is the perfect hotel stay for the fit-conscious traveller. The hotel offers on-site bike hire, garden croquet and the popular French Boules. We can’t forget to mention the 12 metre long solar heated swimming pool and of course, the tennis court, available for use all year round. Games on the court are played on a casual first-come-first-serve basis, so there’s no need to book in advance if you’re the spontaneous type.
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Gold Coast, Australia
This resort is known by most for golf, with a championship course on-site – but it’s also a secret hub for the Aussie tennis fan. Royal Pines Resort has a whopping five international standard tennis courts to play on, with professional tennis tuition directed by Roger Tyzzer, the former coach of world number one Lleyton Hewitt and world top ten Alicia Molik. Don’t forget to take a break off the court to enjoy the resort’s heated lagoon and the stunning beaches of Surfers Paradise!
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
Stretched across a magnificent beachfront in Nusa Dua is the luxurious five-star Westin Resort. The resort has two tennis courts available for rental as well as all the necessary equipment for a great game. With a team of experienced coaches to provide classes you can guarantee to be evenly matched, whether it be a professional match or one just for fun with family and friends. Westin Nusa Dua also takes pride in its award winning spa, perfect for winding down after breaking a sweat.
Nothing will make your tournaments grander than playing a match surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the Swiss Alps. Gstaad Palace is a place where hundreds of years of sophistication meets a picture perfect backdrop, and its always been the go-to retreat for the world’s trendiest travellers. The palace has 104 chalet style hotel rooms and four clay tennis courts, where guests have the chance to spend the week with one of the best tennis players of all time, Roy Emerson, during personal tennis coaching sessions.
Just when you thought Andy Murray couldn’t get any more incredible, this tennis player is now in the hotel business with his purchase of Cromlix House back in 2013. This Victorian style mansion set on 34 acres was refurbished into a 15 room hotel, complete with two top-quality tennis courts. Cromlix House has proudly kept its Scottish ways with thick pile rugs, open fires, stag heads covering the walls and to top it off, a whiskey room.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
You haven’t really played tennis until you’ve played it right next to the Iguazu Falls. Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel situated in the Iguazu Falls National Park in Brazil, with its location within short walking distance from the falls on the Brazilian and Argentinean border. However, the synthetic surface tennis court isn’t everything to be excited about, as the hotel also boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool and a gym. Additionally, the complex is surrounded by terraces, verandahs and gardens offering unrivalled views.
For tennis lovers seeking something a little more deluxe, head to Carlisle Bay in Antigua. This luxurious Caribbean Resort overlooks stretches of white sand beaches, tropical palms and sparkling turquoise water. Guests can access a game of tennis on nine well-maintained courts, with eight hard-courts and one made of artificial grass. Four of the courts have floodlights to play a few matches at night, not to mention there is a professional tennis coach and a pro shop also on-site.
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