Superior tennis program -- five hours per day with top pros. No more than four players to a court. But not for the casual player -- five hours in 90-degree heat requires stamina and drills are technical and demanding. A great value at $155 per day -- hardly more than a court and pro for one hour in New York City. Great deal of individual attention along with very useful video analysis.
While the resort claims "luxury" billing, it is really middle of the road -- comfortable but not luxurious in the sense of a Four Seasons or Ritz. Rooms are basic but reasonably priced and if you are there primarily to play tennis or golf, it is really a good value. Very nice pool and beautiful natural setting filled with wildlife. The Spa is pretty basic but nice enough.
There is a limited restaurant selection on site and food is expensive and of middling quality. Even if you rent a car, there isn't much in the area except strip malls. But staff are consistently friendly and helpful if not always professionally trained (chatting with a favorite barfly while you're waiting for service).
Bottom line: I would recommend this for tennis and possibly golf (I am not a golfer) but not for a family where these sports are incidental to the resort experience. Kids who are not enrolled in the tennis or golf programs would be bored.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 780 Acre resort 30 minutes north of Tampa International Airport with 95,000 Sq. Ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space, two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses, 45 tennis courts in every grand slam surface, European-style Spa, Half-million gallon Superpool, Sports Village with Fitness Center; four award-winning restaurants and three lounges, the Saddlebrook Golf Academy and Hopman Tennis Programs for instruction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saddlebrook Resort Tampa Hotel Wesley Chapel
- Saddlebrook Hotel Tampa
- Saddlebrook Resort Wesley Chapel