By Roger Cox, Editor
While still located in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve, Jonathan Markson has shifted venues to the 146-room Vila Baí, some 200-meters on foot from the rock and sandy shores of the bay in a picturesque, old Algarvian fishing village and close to the bustling, historic sea port of Lagos. Lodging consists of tastefully furnished one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, all with terraces. The beach, which gives Praia da Luz its name (the exact English translation of Praia da Luz is "Beach of Light"), is long with fine, pale sand. It is ideal for safe, relaxed bathing and is a five-minute walk from the club. The climate is sunny for most of the time throughout the year with the hotter temperatures of the summer mitigated by the cooling flow of a gentle breeze.
The tennis program itself consists of 15 hours of instruction/week on the resort's two hard courts. It is under the direction of Luis Machado, a top ranked player in Portugal in his youth and now one of its top seniors. The club also has three swimming pools and a pro shop. Golfers have the option of playing at several nearby courses.
Pro Shop: +44 (0)20 7603 2422
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Bookings can be made through:
Jonathan Markson Tennis
1 Putney Bridge Approach
London SW6 3BQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7603 2422
Rates quoted below are per person/double occupany for one week and vary seasonally, reaching a high in July and August. Prices include maid service, a welcome cocktail party, and farewell dinner.
Rates for 2016
£380-£585/person/week, double occupancy
Instruction Only, 2016
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