The Perfect Tennis Lover’s Weekend In Palm Springs

Located in greater Palm Springs, the Indian Wells resort community is affectionately referred to as ‘tennis paradise’ and for ample reason — palm tree-lined streets, cerulean blue skies etched with mountaintops and of course, lots of tennis on offer. Courts are everywhere in this community, but for the ultimate tennis weekend make plans to play at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and stay at the nearby Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa where you’ll be just five minutes away.

Home to the BNP Pariabas Open, the Tennis Garden is a world-class facility that even the pros dream about. Think flower-lined walkways, palm shade, Champagne tents, and stadium seating, even on the smaller courts. Indeed, tennis great Lindsey Davenport, who was ranked singles world number one for 98 weeks, was raised in Southern California and is especially proud of the Tennis Garden. Says Davenport, “Players are always in a happy mood when they play here. It’s simply beautiful. A lot of players are coming off of winter in many countries. They might have been indoors all winter and when they come here it really feels like paradise. ”

Aside from the tournament, the venue operates as a year-round tennis club that is open to the public — making it one of the swankiest, most professional tennis offerings out there for fans of the game. Visit in March and watch the likes of Rafa Nadal and Madison Keyes at the Open, and stay on after the event to play the courts — they offer a range of clinics, drills and events for tennis lovers all year long.

When you aren’t watching tennis, there are more than enough distractions to consume your day, and the most obvious place to stay is the original home of the BNP Paribas Open, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, which is a quick five minute hop to the Tennis Garden. The Hyatt still has a few tennis courts (and during the Open you can often catch a pro or two on them warming up before heading to the Garden), but the property’s most compelling new addition is the HyTides Waterpark, which features, among other things , two 30 foot “dueling” water slides, a 450 foot lazy river and splash pad. The water park is a nice addition to the resort’s seven temperature controlled pools (including an adults-only pool with poolside service). If the resort pool is not your thing, book a treatment at the hotel’s 30,000 square-foot Agua Serena Spa. Just be sure to arrive early enough so you’ll have time to idle by the spa’s lavish outdoor reflection pool.

Guestrooms at the hotel are quite large — larger than a standard offering — which is nice if you are sharing a room with others. However, if you want even more room to spread out and added privacy for your tennis-minded group, consider booking one of the property’s cool villas — 43 of which are spread out across the resort’s sprawling property. The secluded one and two-bedroom casita-style accommodations come equipped with a private backyard patio area with either a hot tub or a fire pit, and the ability to take advantage of a private chef BBQ experience. Guests can also use the fully-equipped fitness center, run the jogging trails or rent bikes.

No matter how you opt to spend your time, and playing tennis should be activity number one, you’ll be in paradise here.


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