Inspired by Wimbledon? Time to serve up a tennis holiday to improve your game
The abundance of neatly mown lawns, the strawberries and cream and the Murray-mania signal that it's that time of the year again: tennis season. So if you're feeling inspired by Wimbledon fever, don your tennis whites, pack your racket, and head off on a specialist holiday geared to improving your technique.
CLOSE TO HOME If you’re keen to practise your backhand without breaking the bank, then opt for a tennis stay-cation. The Combe Grove Manor Hotel in Bath is offering a special package to celebrate the renovation of their state of the art indoor Tennis Domes, which guarantee play, rain or shine. Expect daily technique-building tennis sessions and a three-hour round-robin tournament at the end of the weekend. Two nights from £220 per person.
SHORT HAUL HOLIDAYS The Healthy Holiday Company has a whole dedicated tennis collection of European breaks, many of which combine play with Cardio Tennis classes (a special tennis-based workout aimed at players of all levels). Enthusiasts can train at La Manga Club in Spain, a renowned British Davis Cup team base that boasts 28 courts (four nights from £690 per person), or embark on a private coaching weekend at Son Brull, a stylishly renovated former monastery in Mallorca (three nights from £1,059 per person).
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Club Med also offer all-inclusive opportunities to get your tennis game on. There’s the whopping Kamarina resort, which offers 26 clay courts and two hard, plus introductory and refresher courses, and expert coaches to help wannabe-Sharapovas perfect their technique (a week from £1,089 per person). Or for eco-conscious Zesties seeking their very own French Open, Opio en Provence, situated on the pretty Valbonne plateau, is the dream destination: tennis instruction is available six days a week, and there’s a l’OCCITANE spa waiting for you when it’s time to unwind (a week from £1,005 per person).
LONG HAUL Combine your commitment to improving your tennis skills with a holiday further afield: Club Med also offer longer haul locations with extensive tennis facilities and training resources, including Marrakech Le Riad in Morocco, Sandpiper Bay in Florida and Cancún Yucatán in Mexico.
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LEARN IN LUXURY The Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, on Switzerland's Lake Geneva, is a seriously opulent spot for tennis fans seeking the ultimate in luxury: the Leading Hotel of the World offers lessons and personal training, all with the Alps as your picturesque backdrop. Superior Rooms start from £320 per night.
The Verdura Golf & Spa resort on the coast of Sicily offer private coaching holidays based at their special Tennis Academy, which is home to six floodlight courts surrounded by mountains. The resort is a Zestie’s haven: it also hosts an extensive Golf Academy, an award-winning spa, and an array of Vita Health programmes (think weight loss, stress management, and detox). Seven nights with six coaching sessions cost from £1,979 per person.
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