A new resort has taken over the No. 1 slot on the latest edition of Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps worldwide list, just released: the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in northeast Florida, where Cliff Drysdale Tennis manages the 23 clay courts of its Racquet Park. Among the camps, Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland once again captured the No. 1 honors.
The Top 5 Tennis Resorts:
1. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, FL
2. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC
3. Rancho Valencia, CA
4. Wild Dunes, SC
5. La Quinta Resort & Club, CA
The Top 5 Tennis Camps:
1. Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
2. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, FL
3. New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, VT
4. Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), FL
5. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, TX
Tennis Resorts Online also highlighted the best in several specific categories, including Best Game Matching, Best Tennis Staff, Best Instruction and Programing, 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.
To guarantee an authoritative list, the results have been compiled from evaluations submitted by tennis vacationers themselves, says Roger Cox, who founded Tennis Resorts Online after years as Tennis magazine’s travel and resorts editor. “As avid players—they 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.”
This year, the tennis vacationers they were asked to rate their experience in each of 20 categories. Those include the overall tennis experience, the quality of the teaching staff and instruction and programming, the dedication to game arranging, and the allure of the tennis complex itself and 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 computed a numerical score and used that as its basis for determining the rankings. Any resort or camp having at least six tennis courts was 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.
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.
“The collective experience of thousands of vacationing tennis players goes into these rankings,” Cox says. “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.”
To see the complete list visit www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/top-100-tennis-resorts-and-camps.cfm.
Tennis Resorts Online (www.tennisresortsonline.com) was founded in 1999 by Roger Cox with the goal of helping avid tennis players make better-informed choices about where to go on their tennis holidays. Cox had spent 17 years as Tennis magazine’s travel and resorts editor, and over the years has visited more than 350 tennis resorts and camps on five continents. Since its launch, the website has evolved into a leading source of tennis-travel information, that includes personal reviews, a calendar of tennis events, special tennis packages, a catalog of junior tennis camps, a tennis-travel blog, and a search form that allows vacationers to more easily find a resort or camp that meets their specific criteria. The Wall Street Journal has called it “A terrific resource for tennis players and their families.”
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