There is a reason that Tennisresortsonline.com and Coastal Living Magazine this month separately named Kiawah as their 2012 award winners, naming it the Number One Tennis Resort and the Happiest Seaside Town. Kiawah is simply unbeatable when it comes to the perfect seaside tennis vacation.
I traveled to Kiawah with five tennis playing friends (NTRP 4.0 women) for our “second annual” girls’ tennis week to attend the eight hour, three day adult camp. This year several of us extended our time by a couple days on each end of the camp which gave us the opportunity to also participate in the daily Stroke-of-the-Day clinics offered to all resort guests. We all agreed that the instruction, whether in the camp or clinic, was exceptional.
Our camp was led by Head Pro, Jonathan Barth, who did a great job of picking up where we had left off the year before and pushing us to improve and learn new things. We appreciated that attention was given to both technique and strategy. The only thing we didn’t like about the camp which was spread over three days of three hours, three hours, and two hours, is that the time flew by much too quickly. Our group was divided into two groups of three, with Jonathan assisted by another pro, Ryan, so that we always had a pro hitting with us on court who was able to feed balls to create the perfect situations.
Our stroke-of-the-day clinics were taught by Head Pro, David Boyd. David really does a great job of teaching technique of strokes. He sent us home with so many specific things to work on.
Off the courts, Kiawah delivers too. Set in acres of nature preserve, the location boasts miles (10 of them) of pristine beach for walking, biking, sunning, or playing in the surf. Our biking adventures moved off shore to more than 30 miles of flat asphalt trails that wound through woods (We saw deer, a turkey with her chicks, and an alligator with babies on one ride.), past marshland teaming with water fowl, alongside the five golf courses, and past beautiful homes. We enjoyed sunning and swimming at the pool near our cottage, but were envious of the new pools that are presently be finished for opening in June, including an impressive children’s water park.
A variety of great restaurants onsite and within an easy drive, plus the history and culture of Charleston just miles away, truly makes Kiawah the perfect getaway. We are already looking forward to next spring!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.