If the sight of the All England Club, the swish of a racquet, or the smell of a freshly cut lawn sends you running for your tennis shoes, then a fun-packed tennis holiday might be just the ticket for you and your family.
With Wimbledon now upon us, there’s no better time to introduce your children to the sport of kings, and with luxury retreats in Cyprus, Greece and Portugal dedicated to the sport, you can soak up the sun while they improve their serve while you’re away. With intensive training and competitive matches, as well as a relaxed and varied time for adults and children alike who wish to simply add a little sporting activity to their holiday, there’s no better way to entertain your little tennis fans this summer.
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With so many after school commitments and classes to attend, finding time for tennis isn’t always easy. Whether your child dreams of becoming the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, or has simply been inspired by watching days of competition at Wimbledon, a tennis holiday is a great way to help them learn the basics and improve their backhand.
With training available every day and regular class tournaments, we guarantee that not only will you all have loads of fun but you’ll see an improvement in their game as well. We all know that entertaining children on holiday can be tricky at the best of times, but with a tennis pro always on hand and other children to meet, they’ll soon be stepping up to the net with or without you.
It doesn’t always have to be serious though; with sunny locations, pool side loungers and fun family knockabouts, you can relax as you learn, and teach your children that getting and staying fit can be fun. With junior and adult classes throughout the day, tennis holidays are also an excellent way to meet new people, chat about the tennis season, or simply work on your McEnroe meltdown.
So whether you’ve got a little Wimbledon star in the making, or just want to introduce your kids to one of your favourite sports, a family activity holiday is a great way to keep everyone entertained all day long.
Where to stay: luxury tennis resorts for sporty families
At Quo Vadis, we only recommend the very best resorts and hotels, and as we visit every one before we feature it, you can be sure that only the finest have made the cut. Just because the hotel has a tennis court, does not mean your children will want to play tennis. What’s needed is a fun and friendly Professional running great games for your kids, for you, or for everyone together.
The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy in the Aphrodite Hills of Cyprusis one such resort. With nine floodlit courts, and courses for children as young as four, the emphasis here is on fun and sound technique, which will have your children reaching for their racquets for the rest of their lives. NEW for 2014, Annabel Croft has also opened an academy at the Sheraton Algarve.
La Mangain Spain is amazing and with 28 courts it is big business. Don't be put off thought there are courses for all ages and standards. Other resorts of note for well organised tennis for all the family are the Sani Resortin Greece - my kids loved it here, Verdura Hotelin Sicily, and Paradisin Mauritius. All offer fun but organised tennis.
Mark Warner’s Lakitira Beach Resorton the southern coast of Kos, also comes highly recommended. A four-star location with stunning sandy beaches, their award-winning tennis centre boasts eleven courts, as well as private coaching for those who really want to make it to match point. You can enjoy free loan of the latest HEAD racquets and balls for coaching and casual play.
Club Med are also excellent, we recommend the Le Palmyre Atlantiquein France
Whatever your ability, a luxury tennis holiday will give your whole family the chance to have some fun, stay active and imitate your favourite tennis stars. And, who knows, perhaps create some new ones!
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