Tennis is more popular than ever thanks to superstars like Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. In 2021, 22.6 million Americans purchased a racquet, a 27.9% increase from 2019. For travelers who want to keep playing while on vacation, hotel tennis courts around the world offer incredible views. From Italy to Tanzania, here are eight we love.
5 stars | Website | Locarno Airport
90 | 2 swimming pools; Sea side; Spa | 5
Villa Monastery; Villa Fogazzaro; Villa Carlotta
Grand doesn’t begin to describe this palace on Lake Como. Located in its flowery park, a red clay tennis court offers a breathtaking view of the starry lake and the green mountains. The pitch is equipped with floodlighting for a game before dinner or an early morning practice. If you want to work on your serve, an instructor can be booked in advance.
4 stars | Website | Nassau International Airport
10 | 1 swimming pool; Private beach area; Free Wi-Fi | 1
Andros Island; small beach; The setting sun on the beach
As the honeymoon destination for tennis legend Serena Williams, you can be sure the tennis court here is up to snuff. Tennis fanatics flock to this small island tennis court where the world’s greatest athlete practices her topspin daily. When she wasn’t on the court with her coach, she stayed at the ultra-lavish Magnolia Villa.
5 stars | Website | Nadi International Airport
32 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Waterfront | 1
Vomo; Beachcomber Island; treasure island
Located in the isolated Mamanuca group of islands, this private island in Fiji boasts over three miles of beach, a jungle spa and a grass tennis court. Customers can put on and use the racquets and balls free of charge at any time. After a few rounds, head to the Kui Spa for a deep tissue massage or a back massage to relieve tension.
5 stars | Website | San Diego International Airport Airport
49 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; bar | 2
Torrey Pines Golf Course; LaJolla Cove; Del Mar Town Beach
This Relais & Châteaux property in Rancho Santa Fe, California is a tennis lover’s dream. Known as the #1 tennis resort in California, they have 13 Plexipave championship courts, three red clay courts, and four pickleball courts. There are also tennis pros to coach tennis players of all ages.
5 stars | Website | Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
118 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Hot tub | 1
Picasso Museum; Sainte-Marguerite Island; Garoupe Beach
Dating back to 1870, this majestic castle is the jewel of the Côte d’Azur. Open from April to October; this beachfront getaway has five red clay tennis courts for volleyball with your partner or a certified tennis coach available for booking. Its location under towering Aleppo pines and olive trees makes it a peaceful and private place to play.
5 stars | Website | Naples International Airport Airport
57 | 1 swimming pool; Sea side; Fitness center | 2
Amalfi Beach; Amalfi Cathedral; Italy lessons
In the ultra-chic Italian town of Positano, this cliffside hotel welcomes travelers from August through October. Down a set of stone steps leading to the ocean is its magnificent regulation-sized tennis court. Located next to the pebble beach, this tennis court is one of the most beautiful play spots in the Mediterranean.
5 stars | Website | Seronera Airstrip
10 | 1 swimming pool; Spa; Hot tub | 1
Serengeti National Park; Sabi sand reserve; Singita Kruger National Park
Take your rackets for a game of tennis with superb views of the savannah. Travelers to this African oasis can play a game while zebras and elephants graze in the background. Be warned, the sun is shining here, but Singita Sasakwa’s pool is great for a post-tennis dip.
5 stars | Website | Velana International Airport
87 | 1 swimming pool; Private beach area; Spa | 5
Kagi; Olhuhali; Gaafaru
This blue clay court is steps away from the electric blues of the Indian Ocean. At Jumeirah Maldives, guests can hit balls next to the beach, where white Miami-style overwater villas distract in the distance. And at night, the tennis court is floodlit for play once the scorching sun has gone down. In addition, social tennis games for adults and children are scheduled weekly. But if you prefer to take lessons with a pro, that can also be arranged.
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