Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tennis Resort Review: Las Brisas Huatulco, Mexico

Since it's already August and flight from Toronto to Huatulco resume in about two months  from now, I thought I'd recycle the review of one of my favourite tennis resorts in Mexico in case anyone is looking for some tennis trip ideas.

The Huatulco area is very peaceful, focused heavily on eco-tourism, with just a handful of hotels. Las Brisas Huatulco features 3 beaches open for swimming. Unlike in Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, there are no beach vendors anywhere in sight so you're guaranteed to be able to relax while soaking in the sun. Also, you won't meet any timeshare representatives at the airport.

Photos (c) MegiMK
What more do you need for a perfect vacation? You say tennis courts? Las Brisas Huatulco has you covered!

More after the jump.


The resort grounds are immense, a lot of walking involved. But if you prefer to take a golf cart, they're available as well. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean, some of them overlook the Ocean. Three pools (general, adult, water polo & volleyball) were excellent, perfect temperature and very clean.

Five restaurants (four a la carte - two Mexican, Mediterranean and Moroccan) plus the main one, Bellavista, serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of excellent quality and great variety with various theme nights and Mimosas on Sunday morning, excellent service.

Top notch gym and basketball court by the beach are definitely worth mentioning.

TENNIS

Last but not least, the tennis facilities! The resort features 14 flood-lit hard courts set steps away from the sea, among lush greenery. There’s also a small clubhouse with washrooms and a water cooler available.

Photos (c) MegiMK
 The courts were never full during the week I was there so I guess it's pretty safe to assume you can get a court whenever and for how long you desire. However, playing in the heat between 11 am and 4 pm is not always the good idea, depending on your health and stamina.

There's a free group tennis lesson offered every morning at 9 am, run by the resort's resident instructor, Paco. I took the class every morning and usually there were about 8 people on court.

The private tennis lessons are also available at $25 per hour. I took two one-hour lessons and really enjoyed the workout (although I requested no input as my coach at home is already busy with that and just had a hit with the resort pro so can't really comment on the level of instruction in great detail).

Photos (c) MegiMK
If you don't want to travel with your own equipment rackets and tennis balls are available at no extra cost at the front desk. Obviously, they're not what the more experienced players need. My recommendation - bring your own equipment if you can. I flew Sunwing Airlines from Toronto and was able to carry my tennis bag pack with two rackets on the plane without any trouble.

I'll be happy to answer any question you might have about Las Brisas Huatulco.

Bon voyage!

Photos (c) MegiMK

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