Destination: Florida

by: | October 27, 2009

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Need a breather from an arduous workweek or just plain need to let loose? The Sunshine State provides the ideal reprieve and answers the call for an exhilarating vacation destination – taking fun and sun to the next level. Florida serves up many of the world’s best resorts, tennis academies and spas; sure to stimulate your vacation on court and off.

Longboat Key Club & Resort

Off the coast of Sarasota, Longboat Key Club & Resort offers superlative tennis facilities, including the all new Tennis Gardens. With an array of recreational activities, you can swim in the sparkling Gulf waters off the private, white sand beach, take a treatment at the 9,000-square-foot Island House Spa, or break out the clubs at one of our championship golf courses. Dining options include five distinct restaurants, and, if you overindulge, innovative fitness classes are always in progress at the newly opened Mind & Motion Studio or Fitness Centre. Depending on your specific needs, Longboat Key Club & Resort offers guest rooms, fully equipped club suites, one- and two-bedroom, and deluxe twobedroom accommodations, all featuring private balconies. All rooms and suites include high-definition televisions, Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, and custom made furnishings. Longboat Key Club and Resort offers the amenities to ensure that your vacation is truly a memorable one.

(800-922-1009 or

The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort

Resting on the edge of a magnificent private Gulf of Mexico beach on Longboat Key near Sarasota, The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort has raised the care and feeding of tennis players to high art. This perennial Top 10 in TENNIS Magazine’s U.S. resort rankings, supplements free court time and conscientious game watching with a wide range of optional weekly clinics and drill sessions for adults and kids alike. The hotel’s friendly tennis staff includes 10 qualified professionals who give innovative and fun lessons and clinics to guests of all ages and ability levels. Two full-time tennis hosts can help guests reserve a court, schedule private or group instruction and find a match of your choice. Families can also look forward to complimentary children’s programs, while everyone can bed down in a spacious one- or two-bedroom villa just steps from the beach. An award-winning restaurant, a spa, a complimentary fitness center and a gourmet market round out the amenities. Complete group, league and team tennis package specials are available at special fall rates.

(800-4-COLONY or

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Magazine’s pick for No. 1 Tennis Resort in the U.S. for 2006, has been a northeast Florida landmark since its celebrated opening in 1928. This AAA Five- Diamond rated oceanfront resort features 250 luxurious rooms and suites, Atlantic surf, beach, golf, pools, gym, spa, shopping and fine dining. Framed by graceful palms, the Racquet Club delights tennis enthusiasts with 15 Har-Tru courts, pro shop, locker rooms and observation deck. Former touring pro Mike Leach and his staff offer a wide variety of lively programs including drill clinics, specialized coaching and round robins. The highlight of each summer is the “Leach at the Beach” tennis camps.

(800-234-7842 or

Saddlebrook Resort

Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, 30 minutes north of Tampa, is renowned for its demanding 5-hour-a-day Hopman Tennis Programs, but the regimen is not all work. The more leisurely amenities of Saddlebrook include a spa, fitness center, lake-sized pool, two golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and several restaurants. The tennis programs are tailored to a variety of skill levels, for children to adults, and combine technical instruction with relentless drills. The resort’s 45 hard, clay and grass courts are the perfect venue for honing strokes and improving conditioning. Want to branch out into new sports? Saddlebrook is world headquarters for the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, where top professionals are trained in Mr. Palmer’s teaching philosophy. APGA offers year-round clinics, tailored to the individual player.

(800-729-8383 or

The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy

For those eager to take their game to the highest level possible, the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton offers 34 hard courts, one hard stadium court, 16 soft clay courts, one red clay court, and four indoor courts and a variety of programs for kids and adults. The NBTA also offers the Strategy Zone, a theater of learning with 16 match play analysis stations and weekly classes, V-1 stroke production analysis, match play competition, and IMG Performance Institute (physical and mental conditioning, nutrition, sports medicine, regeneration, communication and leadership programs). Lodging on campus includes luxurious villas and dormitories. Come train where Maria Sharapova, Tommy Haas, Nicole Vaidisova, Monica Seles, Andre Agassi and many others have trained. Bollettieri programs are intense, but they are also a great learning experience, geared toward all levels of play and a lot of fun.

(800-872-6425 or


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