At this time each year, the Australian Open inspires many Aussies to dig out that old tennis racket and get back on the court. But did you know you can improve your game while on holiday at one of the top tennis destination spots around the globe?
Here, Health and Fitness Travel ranks their best tennis holiday destinations where you can train like the pros – from Thailand’s prime sports retreat to tennis clinics in Florida.
Thanyapura Tennis – Thailand
Learn the proper technique with the guidance of professional mentors on this tennis retreat at Thanyapura, Thailand’s prime sports resort. Train amongst tennis stars and international teams on 6 competition-class courts. Improve your form and stamina with a selection of complimentary fitness classes including Kinesis, spinning and circuit training. Complete your stay with rejuvenating sports massage at the resort spa or indulge in the experience of holistic treatments to recharge before returning home with a sharper game.
Saddlebrook Resort – Florida USA
Hosting the Hopman Tennis Program, Saddlebrook provides expert coaching for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Ideal for the entire family, Adult Tennis Clinics and Junior Camps are on offer for different age groups. With an experienced coaching staff ready to assist at the renowned Tampa tennis facility, home to 45 courts including all four Grand Slam surfaces, Saddlebrook can cater to beginners and hardcore tennis fanatics alike. Switch it up with free attendance to fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Tai Chi before unwinding at the European-style spa featuring a full menu of relaxing holistic treatments.
The BodyHoliday Tennis – St. Lucia
From personalised private lessons and group classes to friendly tournaments, hone your tennis skills with a wellness escape at The BodyHoliday. Offering expert instruction from beginner to intermediate levels and use of equipment, you are sure to ace your game in no time. Meet new people as you get the chance to play with fellow guests with a weekly tennis competition held every Thursday. Sitting on Cariblue’s crescent shaped beach, explore the island through bike tours and other land sports or water activities from kayaking to scuba diving. An extra perk is the daily spa treatment available to ensure you are at your peak wellness.
Carlisle Bay Tennis – Antigua
This idyllic tennis holiday at Carlisle Bay promises a more relaxed approach to your tennis break, where you can immerse yourself in all the gifts the Caribbean has to offer. Beneath tropical palm trees, 9 courts, including four floodlit courts for cooler evening games, are a stone’s throw away from the turquoise waters edge. With 6 private tennis lessons and optional complimentary clinics, you will have plenty of opportunity to improve your technique. In-between games explore on a rainforest hike or frolic in the tropical waters paddle boarding, water-skiing or sailing before relaxing at the award-winning Blue Spa.
The Oitavos Tennis Break – Portugal
Make your break count with a tennis break to remember at the Oitavos Health and Racket Club. Found amongst the pine woods off the Estoria coast, this sports retreat has 10 tennis courts and 3 squash courts for starters. After an intensive 2-3 hour professional tennis lesson, visit the Oitavos spa for a reinvigorating experience. Enjoy a deluge of seawater therapies and organic seaweed treatments along with the Turkish bath and balneotherapy. Open sixteen hours a day, optimise every moment and before long you will be scoring aces and improving your game.
For more information, advice, guidance and bookings visit the website www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au or call 1300 551 353 within Australia.