Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch features a 3,500-seat stadium court. // © 2014 Royal Lahaina Resort
Feature image (above): The Hawaii Tennis Pavilion at The Fairmont Orchid is consistently recognized as one of the best facilities in the U.S. // © 2014 Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
Tennis has found its perfect match in Hawaii resorts. Amateurs and aces alike can enjoy the court sport any day of the year, thanks to the destination’s perennial sunshine and cool trade winds.
Around the islands, hotels and condominiums feature first-rate tennis programs with high-quality facilities and services. Better yet, resorts have brought in talented pros to oversee their operations, run clinics, host tournaments and help guests hone their skills. The net result is an appealing on-property amenity for all levels of players.
Following are some of the larger Hawaii tennis resorts that have clients raising a "racquet."
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Island
The centerpiece of this 10-court oasis called Hawaii Tennis Pavilion is a stadium court with grandstand seating and a dramatic backdrop of volcanoes, black lava, tropical flowers and the sea. It scores extra points for its top-notch teaching staff, daily drills for all generations, private lessons, round robins, player-matching, night lighting and theme clinics.
Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
On a bluff above Hanalei Bay, this north shore complex features eight tiered courts and dreamy views. Clients can sign up for one-on-one instruction, group clinics and themed events such as a Valentine’s Day mixer and a 4th of July tennis party. Peter Burwash International, a well-regarded tennis firm, manages the action.
Kapalua Resort, Maui
Kapalua Resort presents its award-winning facility Kapalua Tennis Garden, which includes an impressive roster of activities for all ages and abilities. The list features cardio tennis, stroke-of-the-day classes, camps, tournaments, super drills and matchmaking services for solo players in need of a worthy opponent. Its 10 Plexipave (an acrylic and advanced surfacing system) courts, tiered two-by-two, provide lanais for savoring the view between games.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii Island
The ocean vistas can be distracting at Mauna Kea’s Seaside Tennis Club, where 11 courts snuggle up to the Pacific blue. Tennis Resorts Online recently ranked it sixth among the world’s top 25 tennis resorts — for good reason. From courtside cold water, iced towels and sunscreen to a bevy of programs and classes, it’s a winner.
The Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui
For five decades, this Kaanapali site has dominated the northwest Maui tennis scene. With a 3,500-seat stadium court and 10 surrounding courts, the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch hosts professional and amateur championship tournaments, including United States Tennis Association events. Its ongoing sessions range from doubles clinics to opportunities to hit with a pro.
Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu
Here’s the place to play on Oahu’s North Shore. With creative options such as Hawaiian Tenniscize (cardio tennis), the 10-court club presents fun ways for travelers to work on their game. Resort guests get one free hour of serve and volley time each day. Courts are lit for intermediate and advanced matches in the cool evening air.
Wailea Tennis Club, Maui
With its 11 Plexipave courts, three teaching pros, challenging drills and tip-top customer service, this large facility is south Maui’s tennis mecca. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea uses the club for its November fantasy camps, where clients learn from some of the world’s legendary players. As Hawaii tennis resorts go, Wailea Tennis Club hits the sweet spot.