May 1, 2013. Ask 10 avid tennis players to name the best tennis resort or camp and chances are you'll get 10 different answers. But ask thousands, and a consensus begins to emerge. So throughout the year, Tennis Resorts Online solicits the opinions of racquet-wielding vacationers worldwide and compiles their collective experience into our annual ranking of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps. As usual, we have broken the results down into two major categories: the Top 75 Tennis Resorts and the Top 25 Tennis Camps.
We've listed camps in ranking order; however, for the larger category of resorts, we've ranked the Top 25—our Gold Medalists—in order while awarding Silver or Bronze medals to the next 50. Once again we congratulate the two first-place finishers: Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina among the resorts and the Roy Emerson Tennis Holidays in Switzerland among camps, both of which retained their No. 1 rankings from last year.
What is not immediately evident here, however, is just how tight the competition has always been. Tennis Resorts Online asked
vacationers to assess the resorts and camps in some 20 categories. Those included not only all aspects of the tennis experience but also such diverse off-court characteristics as the quality of the lodging, restaurants, children's programs, and value for dollar. (To see which fared best in individual areas, see Categories.) Those reviews were then tabulated in order to determine a numerical ranking using a formula that gave added weight to the tennis elements.
To ensure that these results were statistically meaningful, we required a minimum of 25 reviews for a resort to qualify for a Top 10 ranking or for a camp to qualify for one of the top 5 places. Only reviews associated with a valid email address counted. Finally, although we encourage reviews of all types of properties, only resorts having a minimum of six tennis courts are eligible to be ranked.
Make no mistake, however, all of those listed here have a proven record of catering well to the needs of avid tennis players. The choice comes down to one final issue: Which one suits you best?
If you'd like to rate any of the resorts or camps you've attended on vacation, visit the Rate a Resort page. All the new information we begin to gather will be used to the rankings for 2013. Entrants are eligible to win valuable prizes in a drawing among those who submit reviews.