Tennis may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a Hawaii vacation but a Hawaii hotel is among the top places in the world to play – and learn – the sport.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is ranked number seven worldwide and first in Hawaii in the “Top 100 Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Resorts Online. The annual list is based on responses from people who play tennis on vacation. Some may add a match as an afternoon activity but others plan a vacation primarily to play tennis. Ten criteria are used in the rankings, including the quality of the staff and the expertise of instructors, the lodging and cuisine of the property, other recreational or spa opportunities and the overall setting.

It’s hard to beat the setting of the Seaside Tennis Club on the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. But it sounds like the club also pulls out all the stops for guests. According to a news release, the “tennis experience” includes expert instruction, daily clinics, round robin tournaments and programs for children during holidays. There is a pro shop for purchases and equipment rental so you don’t have to pack a racket to play. But you know you’re in a classy club when it provides “an endless supply of chilled towels and iced water while playing the game.”

Photo provided by Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

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