Tennis has an almost universal appeal as a sport enjoyed and played by many people. This magnificent game also attracts the rich and famous who are lured by the glamorous locations and players who compete at tournaments around the world. So where should we be heading to enjoy great tennis action surrounded by a luxurious setting?
The ATP & WTA schedule Men’s and Women’s events throughout the season at stunning venues. Here is the pick of 5 glamorous locations and luxury accommodation to head to if you want to play tennis and at the same time enjoy pampering and retail therapy while you are there. These destinations play host to the stars of the game competing in scheduled tour events and if you want your visit to coincide with the particular tournament check out the ATP and WTA websites for the dates.
1 – Acapulco – Mexico
Situated on Revolcadero Beach, the Fairmont Acapulco Princess is shaped like a pyramid and is a short drive from the downtown area. Close by, guests at the hotel will find shopping centres, restaurants, and a variety of nightlife. Whilst in Acapulco you will have access to waterfront activities such as water skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, and of course sunbathing. The International airport is only about ten minutes from the Fairmont Acapulco Princess. This is a large scale hotel with over one thousand guest rooms, seven restaurants, a choice of bars, a banquet room, meeting space, fitness center, sauna and five swimming pools. If this is not enough, you can also partake in a choice of treatments at the spa and enjoy the game of golf or tennis.
2 – Montpellier – South of France
The Domaine De Verchant is a luxurious hotel and spa which is housed in a former mansion. It features the latest hi-tech facilities, a state-of-the-art spa centre and elegantly decorated and furnished accommodation.
The sumptuous rooms and suites offer accommodation that subtly blend highly contemporary interior design set against charming 200-year old stones. Enjoy fine Southern-French cuisine for lunch and in the evenings you can take in the fine weather and enjoy amazing food on the garden terrace with a glass of wine.
As you would expect from a highly rated hotel, there are indoor and outdoor pools and a spa offering the latest in treatments such as an affusion shower.
3 – Rome – Italy
Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto is set in a historic building on Via Veneto, and is adjacent to the Barberini Metro Station for easy access to the City. It has elegant rooms that are decorated in an Art Deco style and the rooftop terrace offers views of Porta Pinciana and Villa Borghese. The public areas of the Grand Hotel offer a stunning setting with chandeliers, marble stairways and a crystal ceiling.
4 – Doha -Qatar
The St. Regis Doha is an example of Middle Eastern mystique, the highly seductive interiors are styled in modern opulence set against the impossibly blue Arabian Gulf. The towering sand dunes and ancient architecture create a magnificent landscape for guests to marvel.
The feature of this hotel is the dazzling array of signature restaurants to choose from and a premium quality spa facility. Add in the finishing touch of a 24 hour butler service and you might find it hard to tear yourself away to watch the tennis or even go shopping.
5 – St. Petersburg – Russia
The 5-star Domina Prestige is situated near to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and features some extraordinary designs. The Arcobaleno Restaurant within the hotel specialises in Italian cuisine as well as fusion dishes and there is a cocktail bar to unwind after a day of sightseeing in this beautiful city with amazing architecture and history.
Whether you choose to visit any of these stunning locations during tennis tournaments or not, you are definitely going to enjoy your time.
Author’s Bio: Written by travel and sports enthusiast Sam Harvey on behalf of You Win.
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