By Mike Vegis for The Island Connection
Kiawah received the ranking of the #2 Tennis Resort in the World by www.tennisresortsonline.com for 2014. The rankings come out each May 1 listing the top 75 tennis resorts in the world. Even though Kiawah was edged out of the #1 ranking spot for only the second time in the last nine years, the resort ranked #1 in the World for the Best Staff category and the Best Children’s Program category.
The source of the rankings comes from vacationers who are asked to assess resorts in seventeen categories. Those include not only all aspects of the tennis experience but also such diverse off-court characteristics as the quality of lodging, restaurants, children’s programs, and value for the dollar—so the ranking is definitely a total resort team effort.
Kiawah also ranked high in the following categories:
#1 Best Staff
#1 Best Overall Children’s Programs
#3 Best Lodging
#3 Best Spa
#4 Best Pro Shop
Here’s how the top ten ranked:
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Fl.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC
Rancho Valencia, CA
Wild Dunes Resort, SC
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, CA
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol, Austria
The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Fl
JW Marriott Springs Resort & Spa, CA
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, SC