Who needs tickets to the US Open when you can get your couples time in on the court, at these romantic, yet sporty, hotels and resorts around the world? Grab your boo and pack your balls, you’re in for some serious (friendly) competition, along with lessons from top instructors, day and night lighting (for scoring an Ace at all hours), and epic spas to unwind post-play.
Just 45 minutes outside of London is a place so special (and so perfect for playing tennis), even Serena Williams vacations here with her family. Oh and Meghan Markie and Prince Henry are also regulars at Coworth Park, as is bride-to-be Priyanka Chopra, #NBD. This country house hotel and spa sits on 240 acres of land, which includes all of the things an active twosome could want: tennis courts, nature trails, a fitness center, indoor pool and sun terrace, equestrian center for polo and horseback riding, and an eco-luxury spa. Once you work up an appetite, you can dine at Michelin Star Restaurant Coworth Park before doing it all over again the next day.
You’ll be some of the first to break in the asphalt at the brand-new Tennis Club by Cliff Drysdale at the Inn at Perry Cabin, when you choose the charming Eastern Shore of Maryland as your getaway destination. This idyllic waterfront resort on the Chesapeake Bay boasts not one, but three Har-Tru courts lighted for day and night play and a full program welcoming players of all skill sets. They’re also known for their beautifully manicured gardens, impeccable guest rooms, locally-inspired dining, and a fleet of performance sailboats and yachts—because every tennis lesson should be followed up with rosé on a boat.
Considering a trip (or ‘moon) in the Bahamas? Tennis lovers will be pleased to know the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is running an unlimited tennis package (until December 18, 2018), which includes: a one hour tennis lesson with a pro, daily adult group tennis, unlimited court time at their Peter Burwash-managed nine grass, clay and hard courts, unlimited ball machine, 30% discount on additional instruction, racket rentals, and a tennis themed swag bag. Best deal ever? We think so.
You couldn’t ask for better weather (or better scenery) for a tennis retreat than Charleston, South Carolina. Wild Dunes’ barrier island resort is consistently ranked one of the Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the states and for good reason. For starters, they’re home to 17 Har-Tru courts (including a stadium court, which is lit for night play) and you don’t have to worry about raking up a huge bill at the end of your stay, since there’s daily complimentary court time, as well as access to the resort’s full-service pro shop. Try your hand at daily duo lessons (every day from 9-11 a.m.) or sign up for “Round Robins” on Saturdays (a cardio tennis clinic with non-stop drills). When you’re done with doubles, you can enjoy some good old-fashioned Lowcountry cuisine at one of their five onsite restaurants.
Tennis legend Martina Hingis (winner of 25 major titles), prefers to vacation in Switzerland when she’s not crushing balls on the court, and she does so at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz—where she even got married this past July. As one of Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical resorts, there’s no shortage of extracurricular options to take advantage of and you can choose between five outdoor clay (and three indoor) courts. Newbie to the game? They also offer tennis school so no one feels left out.
Renovated just last month, the Tennis Club at The Equinox is better than ever—as are the 147 guest rooms and suites and redone restaurants (Marsh Tavern, Chop House and Falcon Bar). Partake in clinics, along with group and private lessons, and definitely don’t miss out on their other adventure offerings like: fly fishing, clay shooting, off-roading, falconry, and guided hikes on Equinox Mountain.
When in the Caribbean, an escape to The Tryall Club in Jamaica is a must—for its award-winning tennis program alone. You’ll have the best of both worlds at Tyrall since their list of private villas is extensive (and meant for couples seeking intimacy), but they still offer all the services of a luxury resort, including a personal staff and private chef. No wonder they’ve been hosts to acclaimed players like Serena and Venus Williams, Jim Courier, Marion Bartoli, Boris Becker, and Owen Davidson. Their impressive Tennis Club features nine courts, 24 pros, hitting partners and ball boys, as well as training facilities, so there’s no doubt you’ll leave more experienced then when you arrived.
For a tennis retreat, Relais & Chateaux style, check into Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. This renowned Cali gem is set on 45 acres of lush gardens and nature trails and offers a plethora of luxury casitas, in addition to their newly elevated tennis offerings. Led by Tennis Director and two-time U.S. Open Champion Robin White, you’ll be training on red ClayTech courts, which are the best for building endurance, thanks to shock absorbing technology. If you’re still not tired after making the rounds at their 18 tennis courts, you can also participate in a complimentary TRX class—one of their 95 weekly fitness options. Hey you know what they say…the couples that play together stay together?
Take a break from the beach and margs in Cabo because it’s not every day you can enjoy private tennis lessons with famed instructor, Pablo Martínez. As a former Association of Tennis Professionals world tour player and an instructor recognized by the United States Professional Tennis Association, the European Registry of Tennis Professionals, and Registro Profesional de Tenis—Pablo is a BIG deal. He can also help you improve both your mental and physical skills on the property’s two Laykold courts that overlook the Sea of Cortez, #casual. And when you’re not at practice, you can go back to sipping the aforementioned libations at their beachfront pool, or sign up for a champagne tasting and salt pairing on the Champagne Terrace.
Spotting a celeb or two (and international tennis stars) is a given at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, where their legendary history precedes them. With five Deco-Turf championship courts, a tennis lounge offering the latest Prince demo rackets, and daily clinics led by pros with a teacher-to-student ratio of one-to-four, you can expect nothing less than top-notch personalized service. And after a day battling it out over the net, you and bae can unwind and reconnect at the infinity-edge pool, snuggle up by outdoor fire-bowls during an Arizona desert sunset, soak in an outdoor tub for two, or take a massage 101 class. This interactive partner-building opportunity will teach you how to—you guessed it—give better massages at home.
The tennis program at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis was recently ranked #1 in the Caribbean and #3 in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, but it also happens to be one of the most stunning islands for honeymooning. But back to tennis…they are one of only two Caribbean resorts to offer three different playing surfaces (four red clay courts, four hard courts, and two astro turf courts) and a complimentary weekly mixer is also offered, as are complimentary tennis shoes.
For true tennis enthusiasts (and lovebirds) looking to deuce it up, Club Med Sandpiper Bay is home to 20 courts and The Club Med Tennis Academy where you can expect to receive expert training from Gabe Jaramillo and Scott Del Mastro—masters in the sport with over 50 years of experience. In their 2-hour standard and 4-hour intensive packages, you’ll learn groundstrokes, volleys, overheads, serve and return, court geometry and much more, to earn you all the #fitcouple points.