For anyone who enjoys the thrill and challenge of a good game of tennis, combining this favorite sport with a holiday can be an appealing option. Those in search of tennis holidays have traditionally headed for Florida, which is home to more tennis resorts than the whole of Europe combined. Enticing, but nevertheless a long haul destination, Florida is just not as convenient as Europe.
In recognition of this, short-haul tennis offerings have been increasing in number in recent years. This offers UK-based tennis-lovers like Gavin Manerowski plenty of options to maximize their time on court, and keep their time in the air to a minimum. Here are three of the best tennis-orientated resorts and hotels available closer to home.
1: Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
This quality tennis academy boasts four championship standard courts where guests can play against a backdrop of stunning Mediterranean views. The academy offers group lessons, individual tuition and even a partner-matching service for guests who wish to extend their time on court beyond the training sessions. For non-playing partners the resort has a tempting spa, and an immaculate golf course, and there is a choice of accommodation in the form of luxury apartments and villas, or a five-star hotel.
2: Abama, Tenerife
Tenerife has long labored under the misconception that it is a down-market resort, but appears to be deep in a period of reinvention. The luxurious resort at Abama offers and exclusive tennis club and golfing facilities, along with a sumptuous spa; set on 395 acres and nestled between the mountains and the sea, the Abama resort is perfectly placed to offer guests the best of everything Tenerife has to offer. Daily tennis coaching in groups is available on a pick-and-mix option that can deliver up to six hours of guided court time each day, plus one-on-one lessons if desired.
3: La Manga, Murcia
The scale of this Spanish tennis heaven is quite staggering – with 28 courts there is no shortage of play time, and with the number of players on site it is easy to find opponents of a similar playing standard. After a nail-biting assessment on day one, course attendees are divided into groups of similar expertise for two-hourly coaching sessions each weekday morning. The rest of the time is dedicated to free play, or as much rest and relaxation as guests choose, perfect for travelers like Gavin Manerowski who enjoy exploring their holiday destination as well as indulging their love of the sport. This resort offers accommodation for a range of budgets, and also caters for children, with junior training sessions, and a handy crèche for the tiniest guests.