Total Tennis is a difficult place to describe...
I love it and have gone several times. I try to go with a group of my tennis friends and we always have a great time. Although I've seen plenty of people there by themselves having a good time, too.
The guests tend to be really into tennis (levels 3.0 and up) but beginners are welcome!
The rooms and facilities are pretty bare bones. Some rooms feel like you've traveled back in time. Sometimes the beds are squeaky, the bathroom fixtures feel wobbly, etc. There are no TVs or phone in the rooms. You get the idea.
But, many of the rooms have a little outdoor space where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. And I'm generally so exhausted from the tennis and full from the food that I sleep like a baby.
Oh, right--the food. This is always a highlight. And I'm not being sarcastic. The chef and his staff do a wonderful job of providing healthy and delicious meals. Seriously--you wouldn't expect perfectly cooked salmon in this cafeteria setting--but you're gonna get it! There is a bar and a wine/cheese hour, but we always bring stuff for our own cocktail hour. And we always bring wine. $5 cork fee payable at the bar.
But, you're here for the tennis. The director sets you up in a group of four players that work with one pro. If you come with a group that you want to stay with, just let him know. Otherwise, you get set up with players of similar capability. There are usually two sessions each day--morning and afternoon (unless it rains, then they have to juggle things around.) It ends around 3, I think. There's round robin tennis later if you want. But, a lot of people sign up for a massage in the afternoon. (limited availability!!)
I've never had a bad pro there. There are definitely some that are better than others, but all of them have been nice and had something to offer. Most people who have gone several times have a preference and will try to request a specific pro.
One of the reasons I love TT is b/c you don't have to make any decisions. You show up, eat and play tennis. You pay for everything up front (except for a tip for the pros and a massage if you get one) and don't need to do anything else. They even have a little bar, board games, and a saturday night "party." It makes for a very simple experience. I've never been to another tennis program/resort, but their websites never seem very straightforward.
Also, since I'm in the tri-state area it's a very easy trip. It's about a 2 hour drive from Westchester.
- Also Known As:
- Total Tennis Saugerties
- Total Tennis Hotel Saugerties