If you are a Wimbledon fan and fancy playing tennis like a pro, without worrying about the rain stopping play, then La Manga Club is the place for you. An award winning sports and leisure resort, La Manga Club is based in Murcia in Spain. Only a short drive from Alicante and Murcia San Javier airports, the resort is the ideal place to perfect your tennis, no matter your starting standard.
Irrespective of whether you’re rooting for Federer, Murray or Nadal; Wozniacki, Clijsters or Sharapova, you’ll certainly love strutting your stuff on the Centre Court at La Manga Club. Hailed by some as the jewel in the Spanish crown when it comes to tennis, La Manga boasts 28 courts in total, of which 20 are clay, four are hard courts and four artificial grass. All of the courts are floodlit and there’s an impressive, all-round tennis service available, including equipment hire, racket services and a pro shop, so you can kit yourself and your family out for the occasion and have any repairs required done on site.
No matter the standard of your tennis, you can be sure to progress in leaps and bounds if you put the work in at La Manga. With a mission to provide great “tennis for everyone”, it’s possible for anyone to play like a Wimbledon tennis pro during their holiday. The tennis Academy on site, which is run by tennis pros, offers truly first class coaching for all ages and standards.
If you’re new to tennis, why not pop along to one of the tennis Welcome Days which run on a Sunday at La Manga? Surprisingly, you’ll get a taster session of tennis and a sangria (for the grown-ups only of course), to encourage you to embrace the sport during your stay. Once you’ve given it a go, you might decide that you could do with some coaching to get you to the stage where you can enjoy a knock-about with your friends or family. When it comes to coaching, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with everything on offer from private lessons to group sessions.
Intermediate players will truly have the chance to up their game during their stay at La Manga and might well opt for a 5-day intensive course or private lessons. Either way, there’ll be the chance to play with other players of similar and higher standards to allow you to refine your game and take you to a whole new level. With a ratio of 1:6 coaches to players, you’ll get hands-on guidance even if you opt for group coaching. Outside of your coaching session, there’s any number of friendly matches and tournaments in which you can participate, helping you up your game as well as giving you the opportunity to meet new people.
If you’re at the stage where your game seems to have reached its peak and has even started to plateau, it might be worth thinking about booking an intensive combination of private and group lessons as well as really taking the friendly game opportunities by the horns. With a Centre Court that boasts spectator seating for up to 1200 people, taking tennis seriously at La Manga isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you get yourself into the swing (excuse the pun) at this resort, there really is no limit to how far you can take your game.
So, no matter whether you’ve just finished watching Wimbledon on the box and fancy having a go at tennis for the first time or you’ve perfected your game as far as you feel you can, there’s tons of opportunities at La Manga. Use the tennis facilities as a social outlet or an intense, focused personal development experience, the choice is yours. All of that said, we all know that there’s more to every sport than the technicalities of that sport itself and again La Manga scores all round on that front.
Why not pump up your overall fitness at the La Manga state of the art gym before heading on the court, or take a relaxing massage at the spa after a tough game on Centre court. Either one will help focus your mind and hone your game. And if you’ve been through a particularly intense training session, a session out on the open road on a mountain bike will clear your head and give you the ideal chance to reflect on your tactics.
When it comes to nutrition, the healthy eating options at La Manga won’t leave you hungry, that’s for sure, so you can look after your line at the same time as experimenting with new foods that’ll enhance your game. And finally, don’t forget, you’re on holiday too, so do make some time to relax by the pool or just chill in the bar.
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Last chance for some retail therapy
As you head off home from your stay at Spains premier resort, La Manga Club, if you are flying from Alicante airport remember you can indulge in your favourite sweet treat, churros and chocolate.
The newly expanded Alicante airport now has an excellent duty free area for some last minute retail therapy and plenty of places to eat some good food before you are left with no option but airline food..
No need to miss any of your TV favourites
La Manga Club properties have always had a good selection of TV channels supplied by the in house Club TV. You would always be able to find a selection of English speaking channels which would include BBC World, BBC Prime and of course some major sports channels..
Some Great Retail Therapy close to La Manga Club
La Manga Club has a selection of shops on site with several boutiques selling European fashion at reasonable prices, even better recently with the Euro making everything much better value. For a great day out and shopping trip off site, La Manga Club is just a short drive to Cartagena where you can find a branch of the famous El Corte Ingles department shop..
Discover Cuarenta y Tres
If you have ventured out of La Manga Club, heading towards Cartagena, you might wonder what is going on in the very brightly multi coloured building to be seen in the distance on your right.
It is the factory that produces Cuarenta y Tres, Licor 43 which is a Spanish liquor made from 43 ingredients produced exclusively in Cartagena ..
Large supermarket changes name
Those of you who regularly visit La Manga Club will no doubt at least once during your stay visited the large supermarket just off the slip road at Cabo de Palos.
Only a few minutes drive and you will find the large supermarket formerly known as Upper set back off of the road into Cabo de Palos..
Some famous faces returning to La Manga Club
It is not unusual to see a famous face on one of La Manga Clubs three golf courses or on one of the twenty eight tennis courts throughout the year. Some celebrities and well known sports stars own homes at La Manga Club and many just return and rent a beautiful holiday home..
Further tennis tournament just announced at La Manga Club
As undoubtedly Europes finest tennis centre, La Manga Club boasts 28 tennis courts of all types and top coaching programmes in their various academies held throughout the year. It comes as no surprise then that over many years La Manga Club has been home to many tennis tournaments attracting top players from all over Europe..
La Manga Club Spa
The very well established spa facilities at La Manga Club are most definitely second to none and the feeling that you are entering a place of tranquility and excellence hit you as soon as you walk in. Set up high into the Murcian hills the spa building has spectacular views right across La Manga Club..
Night life at La Manga Club
After a wonderful day lounging around the swimming pool and then enjoying a great meal in one of the fabulous restaurants at La Manga Club you can be sure that after the sun has set, at La Manga Club, a party atmosphere is guaranteed. With a selection of live bars, a discotheque all located within a short stroll from your La Manga Club villa or apartment..
La Manga Club: a golfing paradise
There are many, many reasons why people flock back to La Manga year after year and one of the main ones is the golf, with a choice between three stunning courses plus a pitch and putt, golfers could be forgiven for thinking they’d died and gone to golfing heaven when they touch down at La Manga Club. With a choice between the North Course, the South Course and the West Course, even during a two-week holiday you won’t tire of the challenges posed by these offerings..