As one of the oldest pastimes in the world, tennis is a game enjoyed by both young and old. It doesn't matter if you are professional playing at Wimbledon or an amateur who heads down to their local court on a Saturday afternoon for a quiet match, tennis can be enjoyed by almost anyone.
Thanks to the popularity of tennis globally, there are courts dotted around the world – many with a spectacular backdrop of natural beauty or cultural relevance. Imagine playing tennis with your loved one surrounded by snow-capped mountains or the glistening blue ocean before enjoying a quiet drink by the court – sheer bliss!
1) San Pietro di Positano (Italy)
Italy is a country that is synonymous with extraordinary coastlines and views, with the tennis court at San Pietro di Positano hotel south of Naples no different. The court is enclosed in a bay between a high rock face, the Tyrrhenian Sea and lush greenery – so it is easy to get distracted while trying to return a serve!
A stone's throw away from the sea, the grass tennis court is in the perfect location for a quick swim to cool down or enjoy a glass of Champagne whilst watching the sunset. With the west coast of Italy often enjoying warm temperatures, players will appreciate the nice breeze that the neighbouring sea provides.
The tennis court is for private hotel guests only so be sure to reach out to FBI Travel if you want premium access to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2) Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (France)
Every May brings the clay action of the French Open, but with the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, guests can find their inner Rafael Nadal all year around with access to five high-quality clay courts. The olive, palm and pine trees create a relaxing atmosphere at the hotel east of Cannes, with this part of France enjoying good weather and playing conditions throughout the European summer.
If you wish to take your game to the next level, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has a training team of qualified teachers to help you perfect that drop and volley. The tennis courts are also ideally-positioned to the swimming pool and rose garden to relax after a match.
Clay courts offer a point of difference for many amateur players and there is no better place in the world to experience this surface for yourself than France!
3. Carlisle Bay (Antigua)
Tennis might not be the most popular sport in Antigua, but this Caribbean paradise certainly provides a great backdrop to those wanting a rally while on holiday at Carlisle Bay. Located on the quiet south coast of Antigua, Carlisle Bay features nine tennis courts for guests, including four floodlit for matches under the stars.
Framed with pink bougainvillea and a tropical rainforest, players can be mistaken for feeling that they have the entire island to themselves while on court. Like most Caribbean countries, Antigua can experience high temperatures and humidity during the year, so the best option might be to play late in the evening when the air is cool and bright lights illuminate the court.
There is also the opportunity at Carlisle Bay to receive professional training from on-site coaches. Experienced and helpful, you can leave Antigua with great memories, healthy tan and a smashing serve!
For a personalised tennis holiday itinerary, or bespoke advice on your next luxury travel adventure, speak to the experienced team at FBI Travel today.