For tennis fans across the country, the end of summer means one thing: it’s time for the U.S. Open. Now in its 137th year, the tournament draws fans from near and far to Queens, New York, for two weeks of hard-hitting tennis, incredible food, and specialty cocktails that are so cool and creative, you’ll want to serve them at your wedding (the Grey Goose Honey Deuce has been the most popular drink for 11 years running).
With tennis on the mind, we figured it was the perfect time to track down the very best honeymoon resorts for couples who love the game. Sure, just about any property you choose will have at least one court to hit on, but the gorgeous spots we singled out below take it to another level—with complimentary equipment, private lessons, and enough courts to guarantee you’ll never have to wait your turn.
The tiny, unspoiled Caribbean island of Nevis is a honeymooner’s paradise in and of itself thanks to its perfect weather, isolated beaches, and stunning foliage—but tennis lovers in particular should set their sights on the Four Seasons property here, which boasts 10 courts (four red clay and six hard) that guests can take advantage of both during the day and at night. If you’re in the mood for a little instruction, the staff here offers private, semi-private, and group lessons daily, in addition to weekday clinics. Equipment and gear is available in the resort’s pro shop, as are complimentary tennis shoes. After working up a sweat on the court, take a dip in one of the resorts three free-form, infinity-edge pools.
Serious players, take note: Tennis is a priority at this breathtaking Montego Bay resort. With nine courts in total (four grass and five hard) and a slew of seasoned pros at the ready, the Tryall Club is a must-visit for anyone who truly appreciates the game. (Proof: The Williams sisters have played here.) Just be sure to pack your tennis whites; proper attire is required, but there’s a pro shop on site should you forget your gear. Other perks of staying at the Tryall Club: highly personalized service, magnificent beachfront villas (many of which include a private staff to wait on you), a world-renowned golf course, and an organic garden where you can enjoy lunch or dinner.
Hawaii continues to be a leading honeymoon destination, and for good reason—there are few things better than the magical scenery and electric blue waters you’ll find there. The islands aren’t lacking for irresistible resorts either, but if tennis facilities are one of your requirements, we suggest you lean towards the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast. Its 10-court Hawaii Tennis Center is open for use on a daily basis, with instructional clinics, ball machine rentals, and lessons all available for guests. They’ll even coordinate singles, doubles, and mixed doubles matches with other vacationers. Off the court, you’ll want to indulge in a massage, facial, or body treatment at the Fairmont’s award-winning spa.
Forte Village is a Mediterranean beach resort unlike any you’ve ever experienced. The expansive, newly-renovated property, which stretches down Sardinia’s southern coast, is home to eight individual hotels, nine private villas, and over 40 suites—so there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the accommodations that work best for you. (Let’s not forget the more than 30 restaurants and bars.) And, of course, the resort has a sweet tennis facility as well; it has one grass, one hard, and 11 clay courts. The Forte Village Tennis Academy hosts lessons for players of all levels—and they’re often taught by former grand slam champions. Guests can sign up for one-on-one sessions, group courses, and tournament play depending on interest and skill level.
Couples flock to this St. John property to bask in the warm sun, stroll down the white sand beaches, and relish in the sense of privacy you can only get from a truly secluded locale (Caneel Bay sits on a 170-acre peninsula and is only accessible by boat or ferry). The resort also happens to cater to tennis players, with nine outdoor courts—two of which are flood lit for evening play—complimentary rackets, and the option to take lessons with pro Eric Gessner and his staff. The activities don’t stop there: Caneel Bay has quite the water sports program, encouraging visitors to explore the ocean by scuba diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. Bonus: The staff here will gladly arrange a romantic beachfront dinner to celebrate your newlywed status.
If Spain is on your list of potential honeymoon spots, you’ll most certainly want to book a stay at Puente Romano, an idyllic resort and spa nestled on the country’s southern coast. Trust us, once you hit a few balls on the courts here (there’s 10 of them, including the beautiful central court which has stadium seating for up to 2,500 spectators!), you’ll never want to leave. The legendary Bjorn Borg launched the tennis club here in 1979, so it should come as no surprise that the resort often plays host to official tournaments. World-class tennis facilities aside, Puente Romano is an extraordinary sanctuary, complete with a chic, modern spa, 11 delicious restaurants, and the prettiest botanical gardens.