TennisResortsOnline.com, the Internet’s leading source of tennis-travel information, has just published its 2011 list of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps worldwide. Issued annually, this compilation basesits rankings on the evaluations of those in the best position to assess a tennis property: tennis vacationers themselves.
More than 2,500 avid players participated in the survey. Taken as a whole,the Top 100 reflects not only their wide-ranging opinions about whatconstitutes a great resort but also the broad diversity of the tennislandscape. Whether the resort is large or small; whether it revolves arounda grand or historic hotel, an opulent or modest inn, or cluster of condominiums; whether it is located along the coast, in the mountains, in the desert, or somewhere in between; or whether it has many dimensions or one, every single resort on this list has a proven ability to gratify the
very specific needs of tennis players. And that’s what Tennis Resorts Online celebrates each year when these rankings appear (the whole list may be accessed at www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/Top100.cfm).
Top 10 Tennis Resorts
1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
2. Rancho Valencia, An Auberge Resort, California
3. La Quinta Resort & Club, California
4. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria
5. Wild Dunes, South Carolina
6. Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, U.S. Virgin Islands
7. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
8. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
9. Topnotch Resort & Spa, Vermont
10. Longboat Key Resort & Club, Florida
Top 10 Tennis Camps
1. Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, Switzerland
2. New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, Vermont
3. Cliff Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton, Vermont
4. PBI Tennis Camp at Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria
5. Saddlebrook Tennis, Florida
6. Topnotch Tennis Academy, Vermont
7. Wintergreen Tennis Academy, Virginia
8. Reed Anderson Tennis School, California
9. Vermont Tennis Vacations at The Essex, Vermont
10. Stan Smith Tennis Academy, Sea Pines, South Carolina
How Rankings Are Determined
To determine the rankings, Tennis Resorts Online asks vacationers to fill out an online evaluation form
(www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/ReportForm.cfm) for those resorts and camps they know firsthand. It focuses on 18 different criteria. Many of these relate to the tennis experience itself: the quality of the staff, the depth and expertise of the instruction, the variety of programming—including options for juniors—and the ability to be matched with opponents. However, there is almost always more to a tennis holiday than what happens on court, so players are also asked to critique such creature comforts as lodging and cuisine as well as a range of features, among them the spa and fitness center, overall setting, other recreation, children’s programs, and value for dollar. A formula that weights the tennis elements more heavily is then used to compile a numerical score to provide a statistical underpinning for the actual rankings.
To ensure that these statistics are meaningful, Tennis Resorts Online requires a minimum of 25 reviews to qualify for the Top 10 Resorts and Top 5 Camps. All others had to receive a minimum of 10 reviews (with a fewexceptions on the lower rungs). And, finally, although reviews of all types of tennis vacation properties are encouraged, rankings are limited to those with a minimum of six courts.
About Tennis Resorts Online
Roger Cox, the former travel and resorts editor for Tennis magazine, foundedTennis Resorts Online in 1999, and over the years the website has emerged as the Internet’s leading source of tennis-travel information. His expertise
underpins it. He has spent more than three decades covering tennis vacations, research that has taken him to more than 350 tennis resorts and 50 tennis camps on five continents. He is available for interviews and to answer questions about the site and its Top 100 rankings.