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Top-Ranked Tennis Resorts, Camps, and Pickleball Resorts For 2022

Although delayed by the pandemic, Tennis Resorts Online has once again published its list of the Top Tennis Resorts and Camps for 2022. As always, we based these rankings on reviews submitted by tennis vacationers like you. We relied heavily on your evaluations of such tennis criteria as the quality of the staff and instruction, the variety of activities and programs, the success of gamematching, the junior programs, pro shop, and even setting. But you don't spend your entire vacation on court, so we also took into consideration such creature comforts as lodging, cuisine, other recreation, spa and fitness centers, and dollar value. Using a formula that overweights the tennis, we then came up with this year's rankings. But for 2022, we added one new category: the Top Pickleball Resorts. We've excited about finally getting to publish these rankings again. You can see the complete list at Top Tennis And Pickleball Resorts & Camps For 2022 along with the rankings in individual categories. Meanwhile, we're now accepting reviews for the rankings for 2023. To make sure your favorites are in contention, please rate then on our Tennis and Pickleball Reviews page.


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The Guide To Taking Your Tennis Or Pickleball Racquet On the Road

Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has been helping vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday. I've made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of this website. What you see here are not paid listings but the descriptions—provided without cost to resorts and camps—of those properties I feel are worthy of your attention. Over the course of several decades, I've visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers like you—that underpins this website.

Finding the Tennis Resort or Camp That's Best For You

What you'll find on these and the following pages is a suite of tools to help you make an informed choice on where to go. Start by checking out the rankings of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps, which we base solely on the reviews submitted by people like you. For more personal advice, use the "Tailored Search" form that lets you specify precisely the features you're looking for in a resort or camp. Those results link to my personal descriptions, which are supplemented by the reviews—good or bad—of others who themselves have been there. There are also maps of what can be found in six different regions of the U.S. and one for Europe. Every property we list appears in a master index, listing both alphabetically and by state, region, or country. There is also a section devoted to junior camps, though since I'm a little old to participate in any of those I've had to settle for writing a description and let those juniors who've attended or their parents write personal reviews. To supplement all of this I've included a calendar of events taking place at tennis properties across the globe. We also ask resorts or camps to put together packages that offer special discounts or perks to Tennis Resorts Online readers. You can contact me at . See you on the courts. —Roger Cox, Editor

Your Recent Reviews

Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 4½-Ball Rating Hanalei Bay Resort, Hawaii
    "Mary is fantastic and brings a lot of energy to the court. She was very accommodating and made us feel welcome. She helped my game and was all around fabulous."—L.B., Adv. Int., September 2022
  • 4-Ball Rating Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, QR Mexico
    "If you want a different kind of experience from the usual hard court play, you might review the offerings at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center at the Grand Palladium Resort Hotel near Cancun. The tennis facility was well kept with clay courts that were groomed each morning. The small tennis office had a helpful staff with rackets and towels and cold bottles of water for tennis players. A small bar served coffee and snacks and fruit and later on drinks for those needing more hydration. Even though the tennis took place under the canopy it was a sweaty experience and the coaches can make it as intense as you can take if you ask them. The instructors were excellent players of course and they were good at working with different skill levels in the same group of players. In addition they seemed to enjoy teaching tennis which is not always the case with high level players. You will not spend a lot of time hitting easy feeds but playing with other campers at your level or a bit above. Often the instructors would step in and play one against one or one against two and raise the level and the heart rate for extended rallies that continue for fifteen or twenty shots. Each day the people in the group changed some and while the levels varied all of them were fun to hit with and fans of the game of tennis. I liked that the tennis balls were lively and that there were bottles of ice water next to the courts. I also lost eight pounds over three days. The advice from the staff to take the ferry to Isla Mujeres for a day was a highlight of my stay. Rent a golf cart and go see the town and the ocean views. Having been to Saddlebrook and some other intense tennis centers I would recommend the Rafa operation for players rated 3.5 and above. Bring extra shoes and tennis clothes because there is no laundry and you will work up a sweat fast. Clay court tennis shoes are not required. Slippage was minimal and fun was maximal for me. Your mileage may vary but if you like tennis you will like this place."—T.G.,  August 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating Saddlebrook Resort, Florida
    "Tennis camp was amazing. Went with 2 other friends so we had 2 pros for the 3 of us - Ed and Warren, and a 3rd pro Steve, popped in when he had a break. The pros were like doctors, diagnosing and fixing our bad habits. They also listened to what we wanted to work on, but still challenged us to learn new techniques. Ed and Warren were a great team; Ed was fast paced to help us learn to really move our feet more, and Warren slowed it down to work on mechanics of our swing and footwork. Steve stepped in from time to time for more demonstrations. You could really feel that these pros were passionate about teaching tennis. We had a lot of fun and a lot of good laughs with these guys! Definitely planning our next trip, but we want the same pros!"—A.K., Int., October 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating Topnotch Resort, Vermont
    "Just returned from a terrific week at Topnotch, highlighted by its tennis camp. Coaching by Simba Happy & his team is tops, IMO, based on their 2 hour morning Adult Academy + a private lesson I squeezed in between family vacation obligations. I left each Academy with clear takeaways for my game and was amazed at how coaches Georgi and Jamie were able to quickly spot areas for improvement and share actionable tips to practice in the moment and after--thus avoiding the 'one-size-fits-all' trap in many group clinics. So also, my lesson gave me many clear takeaways for forehand, backhand & serve [we didn't focus on volleys]+ valuable ideas about how I can coach & mentor the next generation of tennis enthusiasts, starting with my grandchildren. Speaking of of whom, my boy-girl twins took a terrific Junior Academy with Georgio, and I came away amazed by their progress after 2 hours."—R.W., Adv., August 2022

Your Recent Reviews

Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 4½-Ball Rating Hanalei Bay Resort, Hawaii
    "Mary is fantastic and brings a lot of energy to the court. She was very accommodating and made us feel welcome. She helped my game and was all around fabulous."—L.B., Adv. Int., September 2022
  • 4-Ball Rating Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, QR Mexico
    "If you want a different kind of experience from the usual hard court play, you might review the offerings at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center at the Grand Palladium Resort Hotel near Cancun. The tennis facility was well kept with clay courts that were groomed each morning. The small tennis office had a helpful staff with rackets and towels and cold bottles of water for tennis players. A small bar served coffee and snacks and fruit and later on drinks for those needing more hydration. Even though the tennis took place under the canopy it was a sweaty experience and the coaches can make it as intense as you can take if you ask them. The instructors were excellent players of course and they were good at working with different skill levels in the same group of players. In addition they seemed to enjoy teaching tennis which is not always the case with high level players. You will not spend a lot of time hitting easy feeds but playing with other campers at your level or a bit above. Often the instructors would step in and play one against one or one against two and raise the level and the heart rate for extended rallies that continue for fifteen or twenty shots. Each day the people in the group changed some and while the levels varied all of them were fun to hit with and fans of the game of tennis. I liked that the tennis balls were lively and that there were bottles of ice water next to the courts. I also lost eight pounds over three days. The advice from the staff to take the ferry to Isla Mujeres for a day was a highlight of my stay. Rent a golf cart and go see the town and the ocean views. Having been to Saddlebrook and some other intense tennis centers I would recommend the Rafa operation for players rated 3.5 and above. Bring extra shoes and tennis clothes because there is no laundry and you will work up a sweat fast. Clay court tennis shoes are not required. Slippage was minimal and fun was maximal for me. Your mileage may vary but if you like tennis you will like this place."—T.G.,  August 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating Saddlebrook Resort, Florida
    "Tennis camp was amazing. Went with 2 other friends so we had 2 pros for the 3 of us - Ed and Warren, and a 3rd pro Steve, popped in when he had a break. The pros were like doctors, diagnosing and fixing our bad habits. They also listened to what we wanted to work on, but still challenged us to learn new techniques. Ed and Warren were a great team; Ed was fast paced to help us learn to really move our feet more, and Warren slowed it down to work on mechanics of our swing and footwork. Steve stepped in from time to time for more demonstrations. You could really feel that these pros were passionate about teaching tennis. We had a lot of fun and a lot of good laughs with these guys! Definitely planning our next trip, but we want the same pros!"—A.K., Int., October 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating Topnotch Resort, Vermont
    "Just returned from a terrific week at Topnotch, highlighted by its tennis camp. Coaching by Simba Happy & his team is tops, IMO, based on their 2 hour morning Adult Academy + a private lesson I squeezed in between family vacation obligations. I left each Academy with clear takeaways for my game and was amazed at how coaches Georgi and Jamie were able to quickly spot areas for improvement and share actionable tips to practice in the moment and after--thus avoiding the 'one-size-fits-all' trap in many group clinics. So also, my lesson gave me many clear takeaways for forehand, backhand & serve [we didn't focus on volleys]+ valuable ideas about how I can coach & mentor the next generation of tennis enthusiasts, starting with my grandchildren. Speaking of of whom, my boy-girl twins took a terrific Junior Academy with Georgio, and I came away amazed by their progress after 2 hours."—R.W., Adv., August 2022