THE place to stay for tennis enthusiasts!
My husband and I were looking for tennis lessons and partners in a beach location and found this little gem of a hotel in Melaque just a few yards off the beach. We had the most wonderful 9 days and because of the intimate nature of the hotel and the shared tennis experience for those who were playing.
Thank you so so much for lightening my day by coming home to find these pictures. What a great shot at the Ceviche bar. My photos are not great at all and need a better camera. They are all too distant. Then Barry has sent on ones of my serves and of us. It is wonderful, and yes, had to wait a long time for them to chug out of my computer.
Was it a dream? Could it be possible that only 2 weeks ago I was lazing in your pool, trundling along to the tennis courts, eating those delicious bananas, the morning Smoothies, the shrimp etc etc. It was all so wonderful, so relaxing, the foods, so so good. Thank you all for making it that way for us. I will never forget particularly the kindness of Fergie and Paco on my first 2 days feeding me, seeing the wreck I was!! Thank you.
We really had the best time with you. It was perfect for us as we so love to play tennis and every day came another variation, sometimes very low key and sometimes very high key, like doubles with Martin, Fergie and Osvaldo or Mario!! Hey, I never played with you John! Then my change of serve, and wish I'd had more time to practice.
My trip back was very good (except for going through with 3 bananas and had to go through Agricultural X ray etc!! I offerred them the bananas too) and made my connections OK. I have only played once the day after my return and was quite jet lagged and worked every day since except for Sunday, yesterday.
I miss you all, had such a great time , and Barry and I really want to return possibly in November. Thank you for everything and sending such great pictures. I think your place is so great! My tan is already fading!
Wish I could return!
We've been coming to John and Rosa's place for 11 years and we are never disappointed. Tennis in the morning on red clay courts, pool time in the afternoon and then a margarita to watch the sunset.
After spending a week hitting with John and the young toros on the clay at El Palmar, my tennis game mentally and technically improved. More importantly, I had a good time.
My uncle Arturo, a novice, accompanied me and each morning Fergie would hit with Arturo, allowing me to focus on my 3.5/4.0 game. By the end of the week it was great to see my 75 year old uncle hit two handed backhands and enjoying tennis. John taught me the intricacies of doubles and in several games with 4.5 players I held my own. If you're looking for singles play, the young guns who show up on weekends have enough game to keep most club and college level players challenged.
John's place is a half block from the ocean and is tastefully designed and furnished. I borrowed his mountain bike and tooled around town, went snorkeling and sea kayaking up the coast which has some of the most spectacular seascapes in Mexico.
I had been to tennis camps elsewhere and prefered El Palmar's pace and pressureless approach. Getting to meet the locals and play with them made me forget that I was a tourist. If you're looking for a no pressure, quality tennis experience in a beautiful setting close to home, this is it.
~ Steve Ginsberg , ~ Arthur Bornstein