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Top 100 tennis resorts and camps

Tennis Resorts Online, the web’s leading source of tennis-travel information, has released its annual rankings of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps worldwide. To guarantee an authoritative list, the results have been compiled from evaluations submitted by tennis vacationers themselves - avid players who average more than 100 days per year on court and frequent travelers. These elite reviewers not only have first-hand experience of the resorts and camps they rate, but also possess a highly-refined sense of what makes a tennis resort or camp great. It is their collective wisdom and judgment that underpin these Top 100 rankings and thus assure their credibility.

Thoughtful reviews take effort, so as an incentive Tennis Resorts Online will be giving away four tennis vacations in a drawing among those who filed a review during the last year. This year they were asked to rate their experiences in each of 20 categories. Those include the overall tennis experience, the quality of the teaching staff and instruction, the dedication to game arranging, the allure of the tennis complex itself, and caliber of its pro shop. However, because a tennis holiday consists of more than what happens on court, they were also invited to share their opinions about a wide variety of amenities and services, including lodging, cuisine, value for dollar, children’s programs, spa and fitness options, and other recreation. Using a formula that gives added weight to the tennis features, Tennis Resorts Online then computes a numerical score and uses that as its basis for determining the rankings. Any resort or camp having at least six tennis courts is eligible; however, in order to ensure statistically meaningful results, properties had to receive a minimum of 25 reviews to qualify as one of the Top 10 Resorts or Top 5 Camps and a minimum of 10 reviews to qualify for our Gold Medal Top 25 Resorts.

Once the calculations were complete, those rankings were broken out into two broad divisions: the Top 75 Tennis Resorts and the Top 25 Tennis Camps. Top honors have once again gone to Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Among the camps, Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland once again snared the No. 1 honors. The rankings aside, we’ve also highlighted the best in several specific categories, including Best Game Matching, Best Tennis Staff, Best Instruction and Programming, Best Junior Tennis Programs, Best Lodging, Best Cuisine, Best Spa and Fitness Center, Best Setting, Best Value For Dollar, Best General Children’s Programs, Best for Couples, and Best for Single Travelers.

The collective experience of thousands of vacationing tennis players goes into these rankings. But ideas of greatness necessarily differ, and thus the list as a whole mirrors the broad landscape of tennis-vacation options, from small properties where tennis is the principal amenity to grand hotels and multi-dimensional resorts and everything in between. The Top 5 in each category follow. To see the complete list visit tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/top-100-tennis-resorts-and-camps.cfm and in the addendum below.

Gold Medal Resorts (Ranked In Order)

  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  2. Rancho Valencia, California
  3. Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina
  4. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
  5. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  6. Sea Island, Georgia
  7. La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, California
  8. Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
  9. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
  10. Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
  11. The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Arizona
  12. TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
  13. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
  14. Topnotch Resort, Vermont
  15. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol, Austria
  16. The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
  17. Wintergreen Resort, Virginia
  18. Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
  19. Kapalua Resort, Hawaii
  20. Caneel Bay Resort, U. S. Virgin Islands
  21. Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire
  22. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
  23. Saddlebrook Resort, Florida
  24. The Broadmoor, Colorado
  25. Four Seasons Resort and Club, Texas

Silver Medal Resorts (ranked 26-50, listed alphabetically)

Bronze Medal Resorts (ranked 51-75, listed alphabetically)

Top 25 Tennis Camps

  1. Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, Switzerland
  2. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia, Florida
  3. Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
  4. New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, Vermont
  5. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
  6. Reed Anderson Tennis School, California
  7. Topnotch Tennis Academy, Vermont
  8. PBI Tennis Camp at Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol Austria
  9. Sea Colony Tennis Camp, Delaware
  10. Wintergreen Tennis Academy, Virginia
  11. IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program, Florida
  12. Court Think Tennis, Utah
  13. Cliff Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton, Vermont
  14. Northstar Tennis, California
  15. Dave Marshall Tennis, Delaware
  16. Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Tennis Academy, New York
  17. Stan Smith Tennis Academy, Sea Pines, South Carolina
  18. NIKE Amherst Adult Tennis Camp, Massachusetts
  19. Desert Tennis Academy, Shadow Mountain, California
  20. Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina
  21. Club Med Academies at Sandpiper Bay, Florida
  22. New England Tennis Holidays at The Boulevard, Florida
  23. Brady Tennis Camp, California
  24. Total Tennis, New York
  25. Van Der Meer Tennis Center, South Carolina

Best by Category

Best Tennis Staff

  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  2. Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, Switzerland
  3. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  4. Reed Anderson Tennis School, California
  5. La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, California

Best Game Arranging

  1. Rancho Valencia, California
  2. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
  3. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  4. Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
  5. Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort, Florida

Best Lodging

  1. Rancho Valencia, California
  2. Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
  3. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  4. Sea Island, Georgia
  5. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida

Best Cuisine

  1. Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
  2. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria
  3. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  4. Rancho Valencia, California
  5. Mohonk Mountain House, New York

Best Value For Dollar

  1. Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos, New Mexico
  2. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
  3. TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort, Florida
  4. Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire
  5. Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort, Florida

Best Pro Shop

  1. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida
  2. Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
  3. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
  4. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  5. The Lodge at Pebble Beach, California

Best Setting

  1. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
  2. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria
  3. The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Arizona
  4. La Quinta Resort & Club, California
  5. Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire

Best Tennis Instruction and Programming

  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  2. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
  3. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
  4. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  5. TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida

Best Junior Tennis Programs

  1. Rancho Valencia, California
  2. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
  3. For Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies
  4. Wild Dunes, South Carolina
  5. Sea Colony, Delaware

Best Overall Children’s Programs

  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  2. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  3. Wild Dunes, South Carolina
  4. Sea Island, Georgia
  5. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina

Best Spa

  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  2. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
  3. Sea Island, Georgia
  4. Mohonk Mountain House, New York
  5. Rancho Valencia, California

Best Fitness Center

  1. Thanyapura, Thailand
  2. Sea Island, Georgia
  3. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
  4. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California
  5. Rancho Valencia, California

Best for Single Travelers

  1. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
  2. Nike Amherst Tennis Camp, Massachusetts
  3. Total Tennis, New York
  4. New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, Vermont
  5. Northstar California, California

Best for Couples

  1. Rancho Valencia, California
  2. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
  3. The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Arizona
  4. Caneel Bay Resort, U.S. Virgin Islands
  5. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands

 

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