Looking to combine some socially distanced exercise with a fantastic getaway? Indian Wells offers the perfect solution. Grab a couple rackets, head outdoors, and start swinging! Tennis is the perfect activity to get your heart pumping with a little friendly competition while maintaining a safe distance. Plus, it can be enjoyed whether you’re a novice or a pro.
So, if you’re looking to add some sunshine and serves to your next vacation, then Indian Wells is a must. This intimate oasis nestled at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains offers a variety of courts, clinics and lessons against a stunning backdrop of gently swaying palms and endless blue skies. Here, beauty and tennis are simply unmatched.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
The first stop you’ll need to make is the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, a true tennis paradise, featuring 29 tennis and pickleball courts, as well as a 16,000-seat stadium— the second-largest tennis-specific stadium in the world. It’s also home to the BNP Paribas Open, the revered and highly anticipated yearly tennis tournament held in March. Perhaps the best part is that this esteemed facility is open to the public, which means you can play on the same courts as the pros.
In fact, anyone can take advantage of their group and private lessons or weekly clinics, offered for both juniors and adults. You’re in excellent hands here with a team of elite teaching pros led by three-time Grand Slam Doubles Champion and former No. 1 doubles player in the world Danie Visser, as well as top 50 Southern California Tennis Professional Jai Nettimi.
Those who just can't help but fall in “love” with this unparalleled facility can enjoy full access seasonally or year-round thanks to a variety of club membership opportunities for singles, couples or families (each of which includes access to a wide spectrum of amenities such as the fitness center, ball machines and more).
If you’re more of a spectator than a player, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden also hosts live music and a diverse array of sporting events throughout the year. Keep an eye on the calendar for updated opportunities once it's safe to gather again. Speaking of which—social distancing protocols and indoor mask mandates are already in place to protect the health of visitors and members.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Travelers who want to relax as much as they rally will find several world-class resorts in Indian Wells with on-site tennis facilities, such as the sprawling Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, featuring two courts available on a first-come, first-serve basis. And no need to pack your rackets and balls if you prefer to travel light; the resort team has those on-hand for you, and (bonus!) they’re complimentary. After you finish a match, cool down with a dip in the resort’s sandy beach pool, then settle into a lounge chair and catch some rays.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Three courts await at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, where reservations for play can be made ahead of time. They also offer rackets and a fresh can of balls for a nominal fee, and be sure to ask about on-site lessons and clinics. When you’re done, you’ll probably find the rest of your group at the resort’s HyTides Plunge Water Park, where they’ll be taking turns racing down the tallest waterslides in the Coachella Valley or floating the day away on the lazy river.
Indian Wells Resort
If you’ve chosen to stay at the historical Indian Wells Resort, you’ll be greeted by an old Hollywood vibe. The property was opened by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez in 1957 and features photography of the couple throughout. Here, guests will have their choice of tennis or pickleball. Just grab the key from the front desk to get in a quick set before afternoon tea at the hotel’s famed restaurant, Frank’s Place.