Travel GuideMost Beautiful Tennis Courts Around the World
With private beaches, beautiful terrace gardens, five-star accommodations and interiors designed by starchitect Fausta Gaetani, Il San Pietro is pure paradise. When you add a tennis court with breathtaking cliffside views overlooking the Mediterranean, the place becomes altogether magical. Is it any wonder this hotel is beloved by celebs such as Mick Jagger and George Clooney?
We don't have to sell you on the Maldives. You've no doubt seen the pristine beaches and blue lagoons waters that melt into the endless horizon. Now imagine a day on the court—instead of stands, you're surrounded by swaying palm trees—after which you dive into your private infinity pool, then unwind even further with a session at its spa—named one of the world's top 20 by Condé Nast Traveler.
If an adventure getaway is more your speed, head to the Sedona desert and Enchantment Resort, which is surrounded by the red rock walls of Boynton Canyon. There are hundreds of activities here to get the pulse pounding, from hiking and mountain biking to tennis, golf and pickleball. Parents, take advantage of Camp Cayote for the little ones—kids can enjoy scavenger hunts, culinary and art classes, nature walks…
A Scottish castle. The rolling hills of the Perthshire countryside. Fireside whiskey tastings. And tennis courts fit for a pro. No, really. Cromlix is owned by pro player Andy Murray, winner of three Grand Slam titles, and offers specialized tennis lessons by top coaches in the field.
Built in the mid-19th century for the Astor Family, Ferncliff Farm—as the estate was called—features a sports pavilion designed by Stanford White, the architect behind New York's famed Washington Square Arch, among other landmarks. The Beaux-Arts style building includes an indoor swimming pool, a shooting range, a bowling alley, squash and tennis courts.
Picture it: Roger Federer and Andre Agassi squaring off on a tennis court suspended nearly 700 square feet in the air. Sound fantastical? It happened in the lead-up to the 2005 Dubai Championships, when the city's famed Burj Al Arab hotel transformed its helipad, which juts out from the top of the building, into a temporary tennis court. Other vertigo-inducing events that have taken place there include Tiger Woods teeing off and David Coulthard performing donuts in a Formula 1 race car.