As a lover of both travel and tennis, I’m constantly looking for bucket-list worthy courts to visit. There’s just something so refreshing about enjoying an activity you’ve come to know and love in a place that’s brand new. But, even if you’re not up for a rally, these five beautiful tennis courts are worth an ogle (or two).
Cliffside at Il San Pietro Di Positano
The top of our list takes us to Italy’s dreamy Amalfi Coast where Il San Pietro Di Positano’s single regulation-size court sits pretty between a vine-draped Mediterranean cliffside and the sea’s stark blue waters.
Reserved for guests of the luxury boutique hotel, Il San Pietro’s courts are private, complimentary and do require booking. I’d recommend scheduling them upon arrival, as they seemed to be booked fairly regularly when we were there (with morning time slots being especially popular).
The hotel provides great rackets, but, if you’re an avid player, I’d recommend bringing your own so you have the best experience—it’s one of those courts worth trekking your racket through an airport for.
Try booking an early-morning slot—there’s nothing like the salty sea air to wake you (and your swing) up. Head into the hotel lobby afterward for the best cappuccino of your life and a healthy Italian breakfast. Then, take the private hotel yacht, “The Joey,” out for a spin with its captain, Massimo.
Or, if you'd rather sleep in on your Amalfi-Coast adventure, book the courts for early afternoon. After you've worked up an appetite, take a few steps over to the hotel's seaside lunch spot, Carlino's, for a bowl of their perfect spaghetti and a well-deserved glass of wine. Spend the rest of your afternoon at the hotel's private beach (that's the area in the photo above with the lounge chairs) for some relaxing and imbibing (any cocktail with lemon juice from Positano's famous lemons is a must-try).
Insider's Tip: If you've still got room for more activity after all of that, take the hotel's complimentary paddleboard or kayak out for a spin. The warm waters of the Mediterranean in the late afternoon make for a perfect place to wrap your day.
Clay Courts at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland
From Amalfi, we make the jump to the Swiss Alps, where the family-run Gstaad Palace houses tennis courts fit for a king (or pro). Every summer for over 40 years, tennis great Roy Emerson takes up residence at the palace and hosts the Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks (And, with over 28 Grand Slam titles, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better sensei for your swing.)
Reservations for the camp are available in weeklong blocks starting June 19th and ending September 10 (with a minimum of ten participants required each week to ensure the camp runs). Package accommodations include a Single or Double Classic Room; breakfast, lunch and dinner (including a picnic in the Alps); and 25 hours (5 hours per day) of tennis lessons with a maximum student:teacher ratio of 4:1.
Our favorite part of the package, though? Complete access to the Palace Spa (a setting even more luxurious than it sounds) and a complimentary 25-minute sports massage.
Perhaps the best part of the palace (aside from the tennis courts) is the fact that the same family—The Scherz family—has run the palace since 1938. With 150 rooms, the service is charming, welcoming and completely personal. Use your arrival day (which doesn’t have any tennis scheduled) to explore the property and meet some of the staff. You'll likely get to know them over the week.
Happen to have little ones who are in love with the game? In August, Gstaad Palace also offers a weeklong kid-focused camp with tennis pro Marc Rosset.
Insider’s Tip: The courts are at an elevation of about 3,000 feet—be sure to eat lots of complex carbs and stay hydrated if you’re coming from anywhere near sea-level.
Set in Sandstone in Sedona, Arizona
A destination spa and resort in Sedona, Arizona, Enchantment was originally built as a tennis ranch in the late 1980s. It’s no surprise, then, that sitting pretty amongst a scene cloaked in sandstone, is the resort’s prettiest focal point—a series of five pristine tennis courts.
The courts are open to guests of both Enchantment and its sister spa, Mii Amo, and are available for open-play (no reservation is needed as the courts are rarely all in use at once). The resort also provides rackets for guests and has a good number of grip sizes to choose from.
If you’d like some guidance as you take a stroke or two on these hardcourts, a complimentary class (open to all skill levels, ages 18 and over) is held for an hour each day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10- 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 4-5 p.m.)
Guests can also choose from a number of paid lesson options, including a course that focuses solely on perfecting your stroke or a match with the resort tennis pro. Our favorite part? If you beat the pro, the $85 fee is waived.
You can also view more of Enchantment's private tennis options here.
Insider’s Tip: Book an afternoon of spa treatments at Mii Amo following an early-morning tennis session. I recommend pairing a custom message with either the Sedona Clay Wrap or the Prickly Pear Butter Wrap.
Caribbean Courts at Rosewood
Take one look at this perfect pair nestled in the quiet corners of the Caribbean and you’ll know why we had to include these courts on our list. Located on Virgin Gorda, one of the four main islands in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers a pristine setting for the perfect game, set, and match. With five artificial grass courts and two hard courts to choose from, courts are rarely crowded and open-play (plus rackets and tennis balls) is complimentary for all guests.
Guests can also choose from a number of lesson options, including private lessons, daily clinics and custom camps personalized to suit your skill level and goals. We especially love that Rosewood offers player match-ups. So, if you can’t drag your travel partner out of bed, you can still find someone to practice strokes with.
Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca
We wrap up our round-up today right back where we started—on the warm waters of the Med. Number Five on our list of takes us to the Belmond La Residencia in Deia, Mallorca. A boutique luxury hotel, Belmond La Residencia offers two pristine courts nestled in Spain’s lush, towering Tramuntana Mountains.
Resident Pro Toni Canals will help players of all levels find their way around the tennis courts, or you can sign up for a beginner adult group class (and, either way, guests must book the court in advance to play).
The property also boasts a great pro shop, where you can purchase gear or even have your racket restrung. Our favorite spot to end up after a long day of tennis, though? The award-winning La Residencia Spa. Opt for a 50-minute De-Stress Muscle Release treatment or try the Citrus Siesta.
Afterward, spend an evening at El Olivo Restaurant (and definitely don't forget to order a glass of wine—El Olivo won the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator).
Well, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, that’s what we’ve rounded up for you today. Have any must-see courts we missed? Share them with us in the comments section below.