From Bermudian Mary Outerbridge bringing the sport to the U.S. to the island's partnership with the US Open, Bermuda is a true tennis destination. It’s easy to see why: Tennis in Bermuda is great year-round thanks to a temperate climate and top-notch facilities, and the island is only a two-hour flight from most U.S. East Coast airports. Whether you want to play oceanside with gentle breezes or opt for an inland court near tonnes of amenities, these resorts serve up hours of gameplay – and gorgeous vistas – just steps from your room.
Grotto Bay: Tennis Now, Cave Spa Later
Kid-friendly with lots of mini-racquets for hire, this resort has four hard courts that are floodlit for night play. Since it’s part of the Grotto Bay Beach Resort, a lushly landscaped property near Town of St. George and the airport, you’re never far from sweeping views of Bailey’s Bay (including from the fitness center) or otherworldly amenities. Consider booking a massage at the luxurious spa cave, Natura Spa, to ease your tired muscles and achieve full relaxation once you’re off the court.
Resort Luxe at Tucker’s Point Tennis Club
An exciting tennis centre that has partnered with esteemed management company Cliff Drysdale Tennis, this facility has four lighted clay courts, a pro shop and locker rooms, all on the manicured grounds of the luxurious Rosewood Bermuda. The tennis programme includes innovative retreats and engaging clinics for adults and juniors. Enjoy a post-match pizza – and phenomenal views over Castle Harbour – at Sul Verde, a restaurant on the resort property before you explore the resort’s many other offerings, including a golf course, the island’s largest beach and Sense®, a Rosewood Spa.
Coral Beach & Tennis Club: Bermuda’s Tennis Connection
The eight championship clay courts at exclusive Coral Beach & Tennis Club serve as the venue for elite tournaments, including the XL Tennis Open and the Bermuda Family Championship. The facility is largely recognized for spearheading the resurgence of tennis in Bermuda. If you’re travelling with kids, check out the variety of tennis clinics offered at the property. The court is steps away from the resort’s private beach, where you’ll find beach tennis, volleyball, snorkelling and frosty drinks at the Frozen Hut Bar.
A Perfect Match at Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort & Spa
With five PlexiPave courts close to the beach but shielded by casuarina and palm trees, this court’s amenities include a pro shop and courtside water coolers. You’ll feel welcome at this family-run facility run by husband and wife Laverne and Braxton Stowe at this expansive resort. As for the popular (if not legendary) Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort and Spa itself, amenities include extensive dining and a quarter-mile stretch of a private, pink-sand beach – and a seasonal kids’ programme in case all the running around on the court didn’t tire them out.
The Grand Dame: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Much like the outer walls of this iconic luxury resort and the sands that skirt its private beach, the beachside courts here are pink. The court’s unconventional colour scheme isn’t the only eye-catching thing for tennis players lucky to play here: so, too are the vistas of picturesque Sinky Bay, a private cove on the South Shore. The tennis courts are located at the resort’s beach club about 20 minutes from the resort via a complimentary jitney. After playing here, you can lounge on water hammocks or grab a chilled cocktail. Within the walls of the Hamilton Princess, you’ll find an extensive art collection featuring the likes of Banksy and Andy Warhol, as well as Marcus’, the island’s only celebrity chef-run restaurant, led by Marcus Samuelsson.
Newstead Belmont Hills: Great for Nighttime Play
At this waterfront resort that once hosted the likes of Mark Twain and Woodrow Wilson, you’ll find two lighted Har-Tru clay courts offset from the waterfront in a way that shields them from the breezes of Hamilton Harbour. Snap up one of Newstead Belmont Hills' 60 beautifully appointed rooms overlooking the harbour, a sparkling infinity pool, great restaurants, golf and access to private Elbow Beach. Hamilton’s bustling shopping, dining and nightlife scene is just steps away via the resort’s own private water taxi service.
Secluded Splendour at Cambridge Beaches
If you’re looking for a secluded hideaway, this is your spot. This adults-only (13+) resort on Mangrove Bay near Somerset Village has three tennis courts on a thin strip of land overlooking the water. Close to the attractions at Royal Naval Dockyard, Cambridge Beaches offers extensive amenities, including scooter and water sports equipment rental as well as a spa and some popular dining options. For some of Bermuda’s most coveted sunset vistas, head to on-site restaurant Breezes for a twilight cocktail in summer.
Fairmont Southampton: A Tennis Mecca
Don’t let the incredibly long list of amenities at this luxury South Shore resort distract you; or do, after a day spent sweating on the court here. If tennis is your passion, Fairmont Southampton is your place. At the resort's tennis facility, you’ll find six superbly maintained oceanfront hard courts, a pro shop and expert coaches, including Bermuda’s No. 1, Gavin Manders, a Davis Cup player. (Pro tip: snag Court 6, a favourite of ex-Wimbledon champ Pat Cash. It draws the best ocean breeze.) You don’t have to be a guest to play here; non-guests are welcome to play here for a small fee. Afterward, there are plenty of food and drink options to choose from, but you may want to opt for a swizzle on the resort’s private beach.
Find Low-Key Play at Willowbank Resort
Situated on a secluded stretch of shoreline, this resort offers a single tennis court alongside a basketball court and swimming pool. Willowbank is close enough that it’s easy to get to the excitement of Dockyard via a scooter you can rent on property, but far enough from the crowds to allow for a quiet getaway. The two on-site beaches promise ultimate relaxation and phenomenal views. Rent a kayak at Harbour Beach to search for sea turtles swimming in the surf, or catch sunset at secluded Ocean Beach.