Shake off those mid-winter blues and start planning your next tennis vacation
When the days are short and the weather is foul, many of us struggle to keep up a training regimen. Simply getting to work or taking out the dog can feel like a chore, so who has time for tennis?
Forget shoveling snow, scraping windows, and commuting in the rain, these dreamy year-round tennis resorts are the perfect escape from the daily grind. Treat yourself to a winter tennis vacation in one of these sunny locales and keep your game sharp all year long.
Year-Round Play: Our Top Winter Tennis Destinations
Tracking down an indoor court in your own town is a pragmatic (and admittedly cheaper) approach to playing tennis in winter. But wouldn’t you rather take a trip to someplace fabulous?
Winter is a great time to visit resorts in southern states that might be hot as blazes in other seasons. Palm Springs in August? Um, we’ll pass. . . Palm Springs in January? Yes, please.
Tropical spots in Hawaii and the Caribbean continually top lists of places to play tennis year-round. With consistent temps and stunning locations, these resorts offer tennis travel at its finest.
From desert clubs to beachside resorts, hitting a warm weather locale is our favorite way to keep our winter game going.
Palm Springs Tennis Resorts
Photo Credit: La Quinta
Palm Springs and the neighboring Coachella Valley are known for their winter tennis prowess. You’ll be excited to break a sweat in the crisp morning air instead of sweltering in the +100 degree summer temps. La Quinta, Rancho Las Palmas, and JW Marriott Desert Springs regularly top best-of lists for tennis travel destinations.
Southwest Tennis Resorts
Photo Credit: Boulders Resort & Spa
Take a winter getaway to the Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona for elevated desert vibes. Named as one of the top resorts in the nation by Tennis Magazine, the Boulders features stunning views from their year-round outdoor courts. Another top ranked winter tennis destination, Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas Hill Country puts outdoor game play and the shores of Lake LBJ within reach.
Florida Tennis Resorts
Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Just east of Jacksonville, Point Vedre Inn & Club gathers accolades for its year-round outdoor tennis program that includes private coaching and coordinated matches with other guests. The tennis center at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is the largest in the luxury hotel chain. This 11 court facility was designed by Cliff Drysdale, a legendary player who also can be booked as a coach.
Fisher Island Club - another Miami area tennis resort - brings elite players and an unparalleled location to the table. With 17 courts and four different playing surfaces, this private island resort is a bucket list trip for sure.
Hawaii Tennis Resorts
Photo Credit: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Fairmont Orchid is regarded by many as the top Big Island tennis resort. Like all of their amenities, the luxury hotel spared no expense on their year-round tennis facilities. For a proper winter tennis cure, bring your game to the gorgeous Seaside Tennis Club at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. After your match, you can kick back and enjoy the waterfront view from the club’s lanai.
Check out Wailea Tennis Club for a homey, country club feel during your Maui tennis vacation. Guests of the six Wailea Resort hotels can gain access to the members only facility, and short term memberships are available for those staying in a vacation rental or alternative lodging.
Caribbean Tennis Resorts
Photo credit: The Buccaneer
Nassau’s mega resort, Bah Mar, brings the best of Vegas to the Bahamas. Here, you’ll find three hotels, world class amenities, a casino, and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained (hanging with flamingos anyone?). The Racquet Club at Bah Mar is directed by Peter Burwash International, and features a well appointed pro shop.
A favorite of Tennis Magazine editors, The Buccaneer is a must see in the Virgin Islands. Built on the site of a 17th century settlement, this St. Croix resort is steeped in Caribbean legend. For another winter tennis destination with slightly more recent history, hit up Club Med Punta Cana. The all-inclusive resort chain snapped up the property back in the 80s, ushering in the Domincan Republic’s land rush.
Bonus points: at Punta Cana, you can mix up your fitness routine with a whimsical workout led by former Cirque du Soleil athletes.