Although holidays are exciting, a break is nice and exotic sunshine is always appreciated, sometimes we still can’t help but miss our weekly gymnastics meeting, or feel sad we couldn’t attend our Saturday football match. However a holiday doesn’t have to mean a break from the things you love back home, sports holidays are becoming increasingly popular and we have a great collection of hotels that put sporting activities at the forefront of their facilities list. Why not try something different by doing the same thing abroad, here are our favourite pick of resorts for a sports holiday this year…
Carlisle Bay in Antigua is one of the only hotels on the island that boasts nine tennis courts, including four of the floodlight variety so if playing the sweltering sun isn’t your idea of a ball, you can retreat into the shade until the cooler evening arrives. If you’re pining for the instruction of your tennis coach back home, don’ fear, there is another in the shape of Ken Gonsalves to take their place. Running complimentary clinics, one-on-one lessons and competitive matches, clients have been known to return up to six times a year to benefit from Ken’s expert instruction.
If your child is the next Jessica Ennis, an all round sporting over-achiever, then they’ll be entranced by the amazing sporting facilities on offer at Forte Village in Sardinia. Their sporting academies boast professional training and are sure to inject enthusiasm into any sporting lesson, as well as being well versed in international championships and training professional competitors. Personalised training sessions can be organised in Netball, Basketball, Football, Cricket, Swimming, Golf and Boxing. Particularly exciting is the Chelsea football academy, where your coach, fresh from Stamford Bridge, will create your own personal training session – imagine the envy of your friends when you arrive home with pictures of you and your favourite Chelsea players have a little kick about!
The Breakers in Palm Beach is the destination of choice for all those wanting to emulate Tiger Woods (aka, play some golf!), with two championship 18-hole golf courses designed for everyone and anyone, whether you’re a beginner or an avid golfer. Best of all the courses are exclusive to guests at the hotel, so your golfing paradise remains private. Children too will love the Ocean Course, and parents will love that they play for free! The John Webster Golf Academy offers world-class golfing instruction, schools and clinics to help you improve your game in the heart of this popular destination for golfers the world over.
A rather exciting opportunity has arisen this year at LUX* resorts in Mauritius, with the Royal Raid (the 1st Mauritian Mountain run) taking place on their resort. If you’re a keen runner there is still time to enter to take part and if you’re more of a spectator you will have a front row seat from your sun lounger – let the sporting action come to you! As well as this the stunning lagoon at Le Morne will also play host to the Indian Ocean Triathlon, with breathtaking views it has been dubbed, ‘one of the most beautiful triathlons in the world’.
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