For years now — decades, in fact, probably since the 1950s — the supreme-reigning status symbol in Western culture has been the swimming pool. At home or abroad, in drone shots or Insta stories, a shimmer of eerily-blue pool water was long the highest bauble of modern society — a byword for a life of leisure; an implication of some endless summer; a vision of fine towels, tanned bodies, European sunglasses and flirtatious splashing.
But in the last year or so, you’ll have noticed, the pool has found itself unexpectedly gazumped. In the architectural status symbol leagues, it has been leapfrogged; put out to pasture. Sure, a piscine’s fine and all, so long as you lose the chlorine and add some infinity. But in this new era of sportif aesthetics and health-at-all-costs, it just doesn’t quite cut the mustard — and the thing, these days (if my Insta feed is to be believed) is a tennis court. Green and white is the colour combination of the hour. Racquet chic is all. Everything is a sporting club of some kind, even if it’s not. Tanned is fine, but tanned and toned is better. Thwack, grunt; game, set and match.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the six best hotels with tennis courts in the world — things of beauty, of course, but also of sporting pedigree. Places to dole out status anxiety, sure; but also to master your backhand. One love.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
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