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Who needs tickets to the U.S. 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.
Best Overall: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
If a beach isn’t critical, newlyweds seeking awe-inspiring landscapes, plenty of activity, sunshine and luxurious amenities should head to this Paradise Valley retreat where both celebrities and international tennis stars holiday.
There are three Deco-Turf championship courts (and four newly introduced Pickleball courts) plus a tennis lounge with the latest Prince demo rackets and daily clinics by pros with a 1:4 teacher-to-student ratio.
But excitement isn’t only found during love-love matches. Although it’s decidedly high-end, Sanctuary avoids formalities in favor of fun. More than 100 casitas and suites are chicly designed with contemporary architecture and elevated decor framing Mother Nature outside.
A Food Network personality leads the culinary charge in several dining outlets that encompass seasonal ingredients, organic produce, sustainable seafood and vegetarian and gluten-free options, and the spa is legendary for creative body rituals that will erase all lingering wedding stress.
There’s an infinity pool for unwinding after panoramic hikes or aerial yoga, fire bowls providing a cozy spot for desert sunsets, a meditation garden, and outdoor soaking tubs where the romance will undoubtedly be turned way up.
Best Wellness: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Tennis aficionados likely already know about this all-suite Relais & Chateaux resort near San Diego, thanks to its award-winning program. In fact, Tennis Magazine has ranked it Southern California’s No. 1. tennis resort since 2008.
Between bougainvillea and citrus groves, guests will find two shock-absorbing European clay courts and 16 plexi-pave championship courts, alongside a staff of USPTA- and USPTR-certified tennis pros ready to help them meet their full potential via lessons and individually tailored programs.
Beyond that, the 49 opulently outfitted casitas—each with a private patio—are incredibly comfy for relaxing post-game. There are seemingly endless options when it comes to nature trails to hike and fitness classes to take, too, and when the sweat seshes are done, plenty of treatments in the highly-rated spa to prep couples for the next day’s fun.
Two restaurants, Veladora and The Pony Room, keep energy levels high with farm-to-table fare that tastes far more indulgent than it actually is.
Best Villas: The Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica
There are 2,200 acres of stunning natural beauty across this seaside resort with more than 70 private villas where couples can hang around infinity pools, enjoy couples’ massages and dine on meals cooked by personal chefs when not hitting one of the fine restaurants. Along with championship golf, it’s also an epic tennis destination, and one of the sexiest resorts in Jamaica. Players including Serena and Venus Williams, Marion Bartoli and Owen Davidson have visited, so you’ll be in good company at the Tennis Club, featuring nine courts (four Agile Turf and five Nova Cushion), 24 pros, hitting partners and ball boys, plus training facilities and cute palapa umbrellas between nets for taking a breather in the shade or enjoying the offshore breeze. There’s also Pickleball. Private lessons, specialist clinics, and complimentary equipment loans are also included.
You might not realize that Sophie Turner’s and Joe Jonas’ barefoot-only honeymoon island is amazing for more reasons than its 63 private beach villas (privatized amid dense green foliage), butler service, open-air cinema, and pristine white sand beaches. The Maldives destination in the Baa Atoll is epic on many levels.
Alongside a high-tech observatory, dive center, dreamy spa and complimentary 24-7 access to homemade chocolate and ice cream rooms it has a tennis court, adding to the appeal for couples who love to engage in matches. Tennis lessons are available and top coaches have come over the years to train guests, including player Jonas Bjorkman plus pros Todd Woodbridge and Thomas Johansson.
Not to worry, there’s plenty of other excitement to get into, too, such as private desert island picnics, glassblowing, eco-friendly surfing, and manta ray swimming.
On picture-perfect Cable Beach is one of the most idyllic resort destinations possible: Baha Mar, with three luxury hotels, 10 stunning swimming pools, and a collection of more than 30 dining options, from the rooftop cocktail lounge Skybar with its superb sunset views to sexy Japanese and Italian spots. The Baha Mar Racquet Club is the hang for tennis pros, with nine professional courts—ranging from Har-tru clay to the Caribbean’s only natural grass-court—where Coco Gauff, Andy Roddick and Tommy Haas played a November 2019 charity game to raise funds for Hurricane Dorian relief.
Peter Burwash International directs the tennis programming for all levels and ages with tailored instruction. Airy, bright rooms and suites at the Rosewood each boast balconies and exceptional beds, better to rest up between sets—and when not indulging in the Sense spa’s exquisite treatments.
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 in July 2019. 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.
Best Courts: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, California
If you’re serious about tennis, the numbers make a very strong case for a honeymoon at this Palm Springs–adjacent resort. There are 15 hard courts, three clay, and two grass for year-round play at the Lawn and Tennis Club, in a place known for near-constant sunshine.
Clinics, drills, instruction, group events, and player matching make for lots of tennis-related fun (for every type of player, from pros to wheelchair-bound enthusiasts), thanks to the Peter Burwash International programming.
Luxury rooms and suites are a perfect place to rest your fit bodies, but it’s likely you’ll spend little time there, since there’s so much to do, like visiting a flamingo island, taking jaunts around the waterways via gondola and getting blissed at the spa (think Citrus Sugar Scrub or Moor Mud Ritual) or by one of five pools. Culinarily it’s exciting, too: the award-winning and highly experimental T&T Innovation Kitchen, one of several restaurants, is worth booking in advance.
Best Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California
With breathtaking views from its place high on the bluffs of Half Moon Bay sits this hidden gem of a California resort, close to San Francisco and the Bay but far enough away to be completely laid back, making it one of the most romantic hotels in Northern California.
The secluded setting allows for fire pits and two championship golf courses, not to mention six lighted tennis courts that are better enjoyed with quality instruction and programming.
The resort fee covers reservations, rackets, balls and ball machine usage, while couples can also book private lessons, group clinics and be matched with players of all levels from the community.
Fill in your days with long walks on the beach, treatments from the Secret Spa Menu using farm-fresh local ingredients, Champagne-soaked baths in the plush suites’ deep soaking tubs, and meals overlooking the Pacific, inspired by its bounty and that of the incredibly rich surrounds.
Best Beachfront: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head, South Carolina
There’s something about salty sea air and miles of white sand that seems conducive to a flawless tennis-filled honeymoon. This Hilton Head getaway is a go-to for legends and superstars of the game, but it’s got romance on lock, too.
Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries are a must in the spacious rooms equipped with balconies and signature Westin Heavenly Beds—spring for an ocean view and, while you’re at it, divine dinners like surf and turf (there are four restaurants, plus ever-indulgent room service).
The Port Royal Racquet Club is highly ranked, with five stars from World Tennis for its complex featuring Har-Tru and Nova hard courts, plus Pickleball, and spree-worthy pro shop. There are also three pools for your relaxed days and a spa for muscle-melting massages a deux.
Best Island Resort: Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curaçao
If you’re a couple devoted enough to take a honeymoon oriented to tennis, you probably want to play as much as possible, which makes this 27-acre nature preserve of an island resort a great choice considering its Hydrogrid clay courts (a rarity in the Caribbean!) are lit for night play. The Tafelberg Tennis Oasis’ open play, clinics, private lessons, and tournaments are managed by the renowned Peter Burwash International.
Of course, Shore restaurant (and the handful of other options) might battle for lovebirds’ attention when it comes to evening experiences—the open-air eatery serves authentic Caribbean fare and fresh catch from an open kitchen alongside spectacular views.
Rooms and suites celebrate the island environment in decor, an atmosphere couples can soak up from the three pools and pearl-white beach, too. Snorkeling, mountain biking, boating, golf, and Pilates are some of the many alternatives at a resort known for its impeccable, personalized service.