Nantes – In the heart of Loire for an attractive womens tennis tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Engie Open Nantes Atlantique

From 10/30 to 11/05

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Centre de Ligue de Tennis des Pays de la Loire – Route de la ville au Blanc, NANTES, VERTOU, 44120, France

How to arrive: Tennis courts are far 9 km and about 20 minutes driving from central station.  Nantes Atlantique Intl Airport is located just at 12,9 km (using E3 highway about 12 minutes driving).

Entry list: Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Denisa Allertova (Cze) – Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Anna Blinkova (Rus) – Bernarda Pera (Usa) – Tamara Korpatsch (Ger) – Tereza Martincova (Cze) – Sofya Zhuk (Rus) – Lesley Kherkove (Ned)

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Pauline Parmentier nr.1 of Entry List

THE TOWN: Nantes  is a city in western France on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast. The city is the sixth-largest in France, with a population of nearly 300,000 in Nantes and an urban area of 600,000 inhabitants.

For Lonely Planet: Spirited and innovative, this artsy city on the banks of the Loire has a history of reinventing tself. It was founded by Celts around 70 BC and in AD 937 it joined the duchy of Brittany. The Edict of Nantes, a landmark royal charter guaranteeing civil rights to France’s Huguenots (Protestants), was signed in Nantes by Henri IV in 1598. By the 18th century Nantes was France’s foremost port, and in the 19th century – following the abolition of slavery – it became an industrial centre; the world’s first public transport service, the omnibus, began here in 1826. Shipbuilding anchored the city’s economy until the late 20th century and when the shipyards relocated westwards to St-Nazaire, Nantes transformed itself into a thriving student and cultural hub.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Jardin des Plantes

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  • Les Machines de l’Ile

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  • Château des Ducs de Bretagne

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Campanile Nantes Centre – Saint JacquesThis 3 stars hotel, rated 8.5 on Booking, is a 10 minutes in public transport from the city centre of Nantes. It offers modern guest rooms, a restaurant and a 24-hour lounge bar. Unlimited free WiFi is available. A superior double room costs 45€ per night with free parking included.
  • Oceania l’Hôtel de France NantesExcellent 4 stars hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located a 2-minute walk from Place Royale. The interior is designed in a contemporary style to complement the architecture of the 18th-century lobby. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom complete with a walk-in shower. Additional facilities at the Hotel De France include a contemporary bar and a fitness center. The daily rate for a comfort double room starts from 107€ per night with free WiFi included.
  • Okko Hotels Nantes ChâteauLocated in Nantes city centre, just 900 m from the train station , and rated 9.2 on Booking, this exceptional **** hotel features a 24-hour reception desk and free Wi-Fi and provides 12 private parking spaces. With a modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms include a satellite TV with free on demand channels, a safe, an iPod docking station and a coffee machine. “Le Club”, the hotel’s big communal area, includes a business corner with free computers and a free wellness area with sport machines and the sauna. A souvenir shop with local products is also at your disposal in the same area. A comfort double room costs 109€ per night with excellent organic breakfast included.

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Macon – Enjoy an intersting tennis tournament in the city “where soul lives”…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN W.L. AMOS SR. TENNIS CLASSIC

From 23/10 to 29/10

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 80,000

Tournament location: Leroy Peddy Tennis Center – 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA, 31207 USA

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in Macon, just 2 miles from famous Cannonball House. Regional Macon Downtown airport is located at 10 miles and 13 minutes driving from Leroy Peddy T.C.

Past champions: 2016 Kayla Day – 2015 Rebecca Peterson – 2014 Kateryna Bondarenko

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Former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone nr.1 of the seeding

Entry list: Francesca Schiavone (Ita) – Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Kristie Ahn (Usa) – Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) – Taylor Townsend (Usa) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Kayla Day (Usa) – Irina Falconi (Usa)

THE TOWN: Macon is a city located in the state of Georgia approximately 85 miles (137 km) south of Atlanta, hence the city’s nickname the Heart of Georgia. The Macon metropolitan area had an estimated population of 231,259 in 2014.

The city is characterized by rich history, incredible architecture, stunning Southern charm, and a soulful musical heritage. Infact it has branded as the city where soul lives.

Only in Macon you can hike at ancient Indian mounds and enter into North America’s only reconstructed earth lodge, tour the 18,000 square foot, 7-story Italian Renaissance Revival mansion known as the Palace of The South, immerse yourself in musical history by taking a Free Birds & Night Owls or Rock n’ Roll Stroll tour, or explore the Southeast’s largest collection of African-American art, history, and culture.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Ocmulgee National Monument

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  • Cannonball House

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  • Amerson River Park

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Comfort Suites MaconConveniently located off Interstate 475, the 3 stars Comfort Suites hotel is close to several area attractions (golf courses, parks and outdoor recreation areas nearby). Guests can enjoy fine features like free coffee, free WiFi, free local calls, indoor heated pool and hot tub and fitness center. Price for a 26 mq2 king suite starts from 95$ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott MaconExcellent hotel featuring an indoor salt water pool, a gym, a businnes center, a laundry and suites with free wifi and flat screen Tv included. It is located on Interstate 75 and is rated 8.8 on Booking.  A king studio with sofa bed costs 101$ with breakfast included.
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer UniversityShowcasing an outdoor pool and fitness center, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer University obtained the highest rate on Booking (9.5) and is located very close to tennis venue. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. It features free wifi, parking, breakfast and free access to fitness center and outdoor pool. Prices? From 125$ per night for a 28 mq2 king studio.

Please notice that you have to add to these rates 14% tax and a daily 5$ city tax.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Macon Official

Your Hotel in Macon

 

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Pattaya City – If you are in this multicultural town don’t miss some good tennis!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN PTT Itf Men’s Pro Circuit

From 10/16 to 10/22

Surface: Hard indoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: Greta Sport Club – 68/5 Moo 3 soi Wat Yan, Na Chom Tien, Tambol Najomtien, Aumpur Sattahip, Pattaya, Chonburi, Pattaya, 20250, Thailand

How to arrive: Beautiful Greta Sport Club is far about 18 km from Pattaya City. Closest airport is the international one in Suvarnabhumi which is located at 134 km and about 100 minutes driving.

Entry list: Ti Chen (Tpe) – Max Purcell (Aus) – Sam Barry (Irl) – Peter Kobelt (Usa) – Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) – Masato Shiga (Jpn) – Nicholas Hu (Usa) – Jumpei Yamasaki (Jpn) – Riccardo Balzerani (Ita) – Hunter Callahan (Usa)

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Nr.1 of expected seeding Ti Chen from Taipei

THE TOWN: Pattaya is a resort city in Thailand. It is on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. The Pattaya City is a self-governing municipal area which covers the whole tambon Nong Prue and Na Klua and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Pattaya’s census population figure is 107,406, yet this only accounts for residents who have formally registered in the city.

Lonely Planet writes about it: “Multicultural Pattaya boasts some excellent places to stay and eat, and the area is also a family-friendly resort coast. Nevertheless, the city itself is no tropical paradise; its reputation as a sex capital is totally deserved, with hundreds of beer bars, go-go clubs and massage parlours. Much of the rest is dedicated to mass-market sun-seeking tourism, with a huge retired expat population, and enormous tour groups hurried through town in an almost constant stream. For a relaxing stay in Pattaya, base yourself outside the central area.”

PATTAYA’S TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sanctuary of Truth

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  • Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

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  • Coral Island

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • E-outfitting Boutique Hotel PattayaExcellent *** accomodation rated 8.8 on Booking and located just 400 mt from Pattaya Beach, this hotel features free WiFi throughout the property, private on site parking and stylish rooms with private bathrooms and flat screen Tv. A 30 mq2 standard twin room costs from 42$ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Holiday Inn PattayaDirectly located on the popular Beach Road, Holiday Inn Pattaya features sea views from all 567 guest rooms and suites with the comfort of a private balcony. The hotel boasts 4 outdoor pools, a fitness center, a paronamic Lounge Bar and 4 restaurants. The price for a 36 mq2 deluxe double room starts from 114$ per night with free WiFi included (complimentary breakfast costs 9$ at day).
  • Wave Hotel PattayaThis property is 1 minute walk from the beach and less than a 5-minute walk from CentralFestival Pattaya Beach Shopping Mall. Rated 9.3 on Booking, it has rooms with modern facilities and sitting area and it features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. Rates? A 45 mq2 sunset king room with exceptional sea view costs 188€ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

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Pattaya’s Tourism On Bangkok.com

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Óbidos – Visit this little medieval gem of Portugal and enjoy some good tennis moments!

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Bom Sucesso Ladies Open 3

From 10/09 to 10/15

Surface: Carpet outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Bom Sucesso Tennis Academy – Rua do Comércio Nº 27, OBIDOS, 2510-662, Portugal

How to arrive: Lisbon international Airport is far from tennis venue about 89 km and from old town less than 80 km and 50 minutes driving. The tennis venue is at about 13 km from city centre.

Entry list: Irina Kromacheva (Rus) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Anna Kalinskaya (Rus) – Georgia Brescia (Ita) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Olga Ianchuk (Ukr) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Valeria Savinkh (Rus) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus)

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Former top 100 Irina Kromacheva will lead the seeding of the tournament

THE TOWN: Óbidos is a little and cute town and in the Oeste Subregion of Portugal. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants. The municipality population in 2011 was 11,772 in an area of 141.55 square kilometres. The area of the town is located on a scenic hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall. It remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture; its streets, squares, walls and its castle are a popular tourist destination. The castle now houses a pousada. The municipality is also home to the famous Praia D’el Rey golf complex, one of the top golf resorts in Europe.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Vila Natal

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  • Óbidos Castle

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  • The Azulejos of the City Gate

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hostel ArgonautaExcellent structure located at 200 mt from Óbidos Castle and rated 9.2 on Booking. It features shared kitchen and bathroom with free toiletries.  The unit has accommodation in dormitories and double rooms. A single bed in dormitory costs 26€ per night with free WiFi, parking and breakfast included in the price.
  • Innfusion. Located 1 km from Vila Natal, this hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. Each rooms have a TV and a private bathroom. You will find an ATM at the property. Prices? For a little but cozy double room you will pay 65€ per night with breakfast included in the price. Rated 8.7 on Booking!
  • Guesthouse Torre de Maneys. Wonderful accomodation rated 9.3 on Booking a few steps from Vila Natal. Each room at this guesthouse is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms feature views of the garden or city. A double room costs 125€ per night with free WiFi and excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Óbidos Official Tourism Pages

Óbidos Vila Natal Official Site

Your Hotel in Óbidos

 

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Cochabamba – A tennis trip to discover the bolivian “City of Eternal Spring”

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Copa Club de Tenis Cochabamba

From 09/25 to 10/01

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 15,000

Tournament location: Club de Tenis Cochabamba – Av. Ramon Rivero s/n, Cochabamba, Bolivia

How to arrive: The closest airport is the Jorge Wilstermann International Airport (CBB) which is far about 5.3 from tennis venue and just 5/10 minutes driving from downtown.

Past champions: 2016 Franco Agamenone (Arg) – 2015 Manuel Sanchez (Mex) – 2014 Ryusei Makiguchi (Jpn) – 2013 Chase Buchanan (Usa)

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Bolivian tennis player and main favourite Hugo Dellien

Entry list: Hugo Dellien (Bol) – Gonzalo Escobar (Col) – Federico Zeballos (Bol) – Juan Ignacio Galarza (Arg) – Matias Zukas (Arg) – Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera (Chl) – Felipe Mantilla (Col) – Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga (Col) – Christopher Diaz Figueroa (Gua) – Gabriel Alejandro Hidalgo (Arg)

THE TOWN: Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, in the Andes mountain range. It is the fourth largest city in Bolivia, with a population of 630,587 according to the 2012 Bolivian census.Its name is from a compound of the Quechua meaning “lake”, and pampa, “open plain”. It is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” and “The Garden City” because of its spring-like temperatures all year round.

Lonely Planet on Cochabamba“Busy, buzzy Cochabamba is one of Bolivia’s boom cities and has a distinct, almost Mediterranean, vitality that perhaps owes something to its clement climate. While much of the city’s population is typically poor, parts of town have a notably prosperous feel. The spacious new-town avenues have a wide choice of restaurants, eagerly grazed by the food-crazy cochabambinos, and the bar scene is lively, driven by students and young professionals. Despite this, Cochabamba remains a very affordable city, with prices far below those in Sucre or La Paz. You could easily find yourself staying a lot longer than you planned.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • El Cristo de la Concordia

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  • Toro Toro National Park

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  • Cordillera Tunari

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel BristonFeaturing free WiFi and a restaurant, *** Hotel Briston offers pet-friendly accommodations in Cochabamba, just 600 m from Santo Domingo Church.  Each room comes with a private bathroom equipped with a shower and with a flat screen Tv. Rates for a 25 mq2 double room start from 41$ per night with very good breakfast included. Rated 8.5 on Booking!
  • Hotel Boutique La Casa de MargaritaExceptional boutique accomodation rated 9.7 on Booking which is located 600 mt from downtown. All rooms with ensuite bathroom include flat screen Tv and the free Wifi. The private parking is free for guests. Prices? For a comfortable family room you will pay 70$ for night with exceptional breakfast included.
  • Gran Hotel CochabambaSet in the traditional La Recoleta neighbourhood, 5 stars Gran Hotel Cochabamba offers plush rooms decorated with stylish furnishing and marble bathrooms. The property features a garden with fountains, a heated swimming pool, a fitness centre with spa, and a delicious restaurant on site. Free WiFi and parking are available for guests. The price for a double room start from 119$ per night in b&b.

USEFUL LINKS:

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Cochabamba on BoliviaOnline.net

Your Hotel in Cochabamba

 

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Templeton – In your Californian tour stop here to discover rising tennis stars

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

From 09/25 to 10/01

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 60,000

Tournament location: Templeton Tennis Ranch – 345 Championship Lane, Templeton, CA, 93465, USA

How to get: The closest international airports are the one of Los Angeles and the one of Oakland, close to San Francisco. Both of them are at about 3 hrs driving from Templeton.

Entry list: Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel) – Viktorija Golubic (Sui) – Francoise Abanda (Can) – Naomi Broady (Usa) – Sofia Kenin (Usa) – Louisa Chirico (Usa) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Jamie Loeb (Usa) – Grace Min (Usa)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Alyson von Uytvanck

THE TOWN: Templeton is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is located at 5 miles south Paso Robles and in 2010 its population was 7,674. Its climate his mediterranean with mild winters and dry summers. Templeton is emerging as a world class wine producer; with many of the wineries carrying the “Paso Robles” appellation actually located in the unincorporated Templeton area – including Castoro Cellars, Peachy Canyon, York Mountain, and Wild Horse.

BEST TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN SURROUNDINGS:

  • Sequoia National Park (146 miles)

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  • Kings Canyon National Park (167 miles)

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  • Morro Bay (24,4 miles)

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Carlton HotelLocated in Atascadero  5 minutes’ drive from Charles Paddock Zoo, this historic *** hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, features an Italian-tiled courtyard with a fountain and an on-site gym. All the rooms feature a marble spa bath and provide tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. Prices for a 35 mq2 king room start from 107$.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles. This excellent *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking is situated in Paso Robles close to the city’s wineries and vineyards. The Pioneer Museum is only 5.6 km away. It features a hot tub and an outdoor pool, the free WiFi and parking. Each room has a seating area and a tea/coffee maker. All are fitted with a cable TV and a work desk. A 40 mq2 queen room costs 149$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Carriage Vineyards Bed & BreakfastNestled on a 100-acre working ranch 32.2 km from Morro Bay, this exception bed & breakfast offers carriage rides through the vineyards. A gourmet breakfast is served daily. Free WiFi is included in all rooms. The private parking is free for guests. Prices? For a 39 mq2 king room with spa bath you will pay 195$ per night with excellent breakfast included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Templeton Tennis Ranch Official

Visit California Official Site

Your Hotel in Templeton’s Surroundings

 

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Las Vegas – Would you like to spend your days on tennis courts and your nights in the casinos?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Red Rock Pro Open

From 09/11 to 09/17

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money. $ 60,000

Tournament location:  Red Rock Country Club – 2250-B Red Springs Drive , Las Vegas , NV, 89135, USA

How to arrive: The terrific resort Red Rock Country Club is just located under Red Rock Canyon National Park at about 12,5 miles from Las Vegas Strip. It is far just 17/18 miles from McCarran Intl Airport (about 25 minutes driving).

Past champions: 2016 Alison Van Uytvanck – 2015 Michaela Krajicek (Ned) – 2014 Madison Brengle – 2013 Melanie Oudin – 2012 Lauren Davis – 2011 Romina Oprandi  – 2010 Varvara Lepchenko (Usa) – 2009 Regina Kulikova (Rus)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Nicole Gibbs

Entry list: Nicole Gibbs (Usa) – Louisa Chirico (Usa) – Barbara Haas (Aut) – Sachia Vickery (Usa) – Marie Bouzkova (Cze) – Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) – Ivana Jorovic (Srb) – Nadia Podoroska (Arg) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul)

THE TOWN: Las Vegas is the most populated city the state of Nevada, United States. It anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. It is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife.

Lonely Planet‘s writer Benedict Walker explains why he loves so much Vegas: “Dazzled by the shimmering amber of Downtown’s streetlights, seduced by the Strip’s shiny neon and mesmerized by the city’s outlandish, outrageously photogenic pull, I found myself in an escapist vision where I could forget my troubles. But I soon realized that Vegas’ real appeal is far richer than its surface glitter. It’s in the brilliance of its performers, the artistry of its designers, the inspired passion of its chefs, the ingenuity of its architects and the grit and good humor of the everyday, home-proud folk who keep their city churning round-the-clock, that Las Vegas truly shines.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Red Rock Canyon National Park

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  • Las Vegas Strip

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  • The High Roller

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Desert Paradise ResortSituated just 3 km from Las Vegas Strip this *** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, offers spacious suites, an adult pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, free WiFi and parking. Accommodations at Desert Paradise include one and 2-bedroom suites with full kitchens, dishwashers and laundry facilities. Guests will enjoy furnished balconies or patios as well as exterior corridors. Prices start from 87$ per night for a 117 mq2 two-bedroom suite.
  • Marriott’s Grand Chateau. Located one block from famous Strip, this **** hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool. a fitness centre and the panoramic rooftop SkyBar. The daily rate for a 65mq2 double room is 179$ but you won’t pay a 15% of resort fee. Rated 9.2 on Booking.
  • Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter Las Vegas. Exceptional 5 stars modern hotel located directly on Las Vegas Strip and rated 9.3 on Booking which offers an extensive 27,000 square foot two-floor spa with excellent treatments and a modern gym with a yoga room. Guests can find modern French fusion cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. It also features a patisserie, tapas and cocktails at Mandarin Bar and the Tea Lounge. Prices? For a strip view King Room you will pay 279$ per night.

Please notice that in the prices are not included a 13.38% tax and a resort fee per night (about 40$).

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Red Rock Country Club Website

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Santander – The beautiful town of Cantabria will host an intersting Itf mens tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN LXIX Torneo Internacional RDT de la Magdalena

From 08/21 to 08/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location:  Real Sociedad de Tenis de Magdalena – Avenida de la Magdalena nº 8, Santander, 39005, Spain

How to arrive: Tennis club is directly located in one of the most touristic place of Santander, Peninsula de la Magdalena. It is far just 800 mt from Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Airport is situated at less than 10 km from tennis venue (about 20 minutes by taxi).

Past champion: 2016 Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp)

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Pedro Martinez nr.1 of the expected entry list

Entry list: Pedro Martinez (Esp) – Pedro Cachin (Arg) – Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Yosuke Watanuki (Jpn) – Fabien Reboul (Fra) – Ilya Vasilyev (Rus) – Miguel Semmler (Esp) – Raul Brancaccio (Ita) – Sergio Gutierrez Ferrol (Esp)

THE TOWN:  The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. Located west of Bilbao, the city has a population of 178,465. It houses the headquarters of multinational bank Banco Santander, and is the location of the founding of the namesake company.

Lonely Planet writes: “The belle-époque elegance of El Sardin­ero aside, modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint. But Cantabria’s capital is an engaging one, nonetheless, making the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander. It’s a lively spot to spend a night or two, with fine urban beaches, busy shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, plenty of surf, and some intriguing cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.”

TO NOT BE MISSED IN SANTANDER:

  • Peninsula de la Magdalena

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  • Palacio de la Magdalena

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  • Los Raqueros

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Art Santander. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking which enjoys boasting views on Santander’s Bay and offers contemporary decor, modern furnishings and free WiFi throughout. Available for guests 24h front desk and car parking without any additional charge. The price for a cozy comfort double room is 150€ per night.
  • Grand Hotel Sardinero. Located 1 minute walk from the beach, this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, features elegant rooms, in many cases with views of the Cantabrian Sea, a charming restaurant which serves traditional and regional cuisine and the free Wi-fi connection everywhere in the property. A standard double room of 22 mq2 costs 220€ per night with free cancellation.
  • Eurostars Hotel Real. Luxury and impressive ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located just 3 minutes from the beach, this property offers a spa with a free gym, an excellent award-winning on site restaurant with views of the bay, an elegant bar with a large cocktail terrace. The bright, air-conditioned rooms are elegant with free Wi-Fi connection. Prices? For a classic room you will pay 259€ per night with free parking included.

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Tournament Info

Santander Tourism Official Site

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Leipzig – Coming back in the ‘City of Music’ for Leipzig Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Leipzig Open 2017

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Leipziger TC 1990 – Am Sportforum 7, Leipzig, 04105, Germany

Hot to arrive: Tennis venue is quite centrally located in Leipzig just 4,2 km from the heart of town. You will need of a quick taxi ride of about 12 minutes to get in. International Leipzig-Halle Airport is far 16 km from tennis club.

Past champions: 2016 Olesya Pervushina (Rus) – 2015 Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) – 2014 Rebecca Sramkova (Svk)

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Top 100 Richel Hogenkamp will lead the entry list of the tournament

Entry list: Richel Hogenkamp (Ned) – Cindy Burger (Ned) – Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) – Fiona Ferro (Fra) – Tereza Mrdeza (Cro) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Magdalena Frech (Pol) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Julia Grabher (Aut) – Bibiane Schoofs (Ned)

THE TOWN: Leipzig is a beautiful town of German region of Saxony with about 500,000 inhabitants which is universally known for its incredible musicians. Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mandelssonh, Robert Schuman and Richard Wagner work for many years in this town. It’s for this reason that Leipzig has been nicknamed The City of Music. 

Another good reason to visit Leipzig is its culinary tradition with over 1400 restaurants, pubs and bars. For centuries, the people of Leipzig and visitors to this cosmopolitan city have enjoyed a wide array of culinary specialities, from the Leipziger Allerlei, a mixed vegetable dish and the Leipziger Lerche short crust pastries to Leipziger Gose, the local specialty beer.

NOT TO BE MISSED IN LEIPZIG:

  • Völkerschlachtdenkmal

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  • Asisi Arena am Panometer

Asisi Arena am Panometer

  • Nikolaikirche

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Book Hotel Leipzig. Wonderful *** budget hotel located in the centre of Leipzig at just 1,4 km from Zoo and rated 9.3 on Booking. It offers wide and comfortable rooms with free wifi connection and flat screen Tv. A 22 mq2 standard double room costs from 66€ per night.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Leipzig. Excellent design **** hotel rated 8.7 and situated in the heart of Leipzig, just 153 m from Augustusplatz tram stop. It features a 24-hour gym, an international on site Restaurant Spagos and stylish rooms with modern furniture and free Wi-Fi connection. On Booking you could book a 30 mq2 standard double/twin room at 109€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof LeipzigThis exceptional modern 5 stars hotel, rated 9.4 on Booking, is located beside the historic Naschmarkt square and Old Town Hall in central Leipzig. It offers a large spa with sauna and fitness facilities on 2 floors, The Brasserie restaurant which serves international cuisine and fine wines, soundproofed luxurious rooms and suites and free Wi-Fi. Prices? From 159€ per night for a 26 mq2 superior double room.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Leipzig Official

Your Hotel in Leipzig

 

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Montreux – Itf circuit comes for the first time to this Swiss gem beautifully set in the Alps

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Montreux Ladies Open by Elixim

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Montreux Tennis Club – Quai Ami Chessex 11, Montreux, Territet, 1820, Switzerland

How to arrive: The closest airport to Montreux is Geneva Cointrin International Airport which is at 1hr by train from city center (direct trains every 30 minutes). Montreux Gare is far just 1,3 km from tennis courts (15/20 minutes walking).

Entry list: Alexandra Dulgheru (Rou) – Elitsa Kostova (Bul) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Tara Moore (Gbr) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Katarina Zavatska (Ukr) – Ulrikke Eikeri (Nor) – Isabella Shinikova (Bul) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Jacqueline Adina Cristian (Rou)

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Former nr. 26 of Wta ranking Alexandra Dulgheru will lead the seeding of Montreux Ladies Open

THE TOWN: Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2015, of nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

This town is universally known for Montreux Jazz Festival.

Lonely Planet writes: “In the 19th century, writers, artists and musicians (Lord Byron and the Shelleys among them) flocked to magical Montreux, what was then a pleasing lakeside resort, and is today a visitor-magnet for the rich, famous and everyone in-between, ever since. Montreux’s main draws include peaceful walks along a lakeshore blessed with 19th-century hotels, a mild microclimate, a hilltop Old Town, one of the world’s premier jazz festivals, Friday-morning lakeside markets and a fabulous 13th-century fortress. Rock-trivia buffs love the story of British hard rockers Deep Purple recording an album at the town’s casino in 1971 and commemorating a fire that broke out during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig (also held at the casino). The pall of smoke cast over Lake Geneva inspired Deep Purple to pen their heavy-chorded classic, ‘Smoke on the Water’.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Chateau de Chillon

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  • Rochers de Naye

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  • Queen: The Studio Experience

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel de Chailly. Family-run *** hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking and located in the hills above Montreux only 2 km from town centre and Geneva Lake, which features a restaurant with a shady terrace, a large free car park and the wifi for free throughout the property. The price for a 18 mq2 budget twin room is 97€ per night.
  • Hotel Grand Suisse MajesticBuilt in 1870, this recently renovated Belle-Époque 4 starst hotel is located in the heart of Montreux on the shore of Lake Geneva. It offers a restaurant with a lake-view terrace, a fitness room with hammam and sauna, a business corner, laundry services and free WiFi in all areas. The daily rate for a comfort room is 177€ which increases to 228€ for rooms with lake view. Rated 8.6 on Booking.
  • Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux PalaceWonderful ***** hotel rated 9.1 and located on the shores of Lake Geneva with magnificent views of the lake and the Alps, it offers for its guests refined dining spaces with menus which reflect a passionate faith in the finest local produce including the regions best wines. Terrific is the on site 2000 mq2 Willow Stream Spa where you can enjoy fitness and wellness facilities. Prices for “this once time in the life” hotel? A Fairmont Double Room with City View costs 348€ per night with free WiFi included.
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The wonderful luxury Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Montreux Official

Your Hotel in Montreux

 

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Vancouver – The wonderful town of British Columbia on the road of Us Open 2017

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER + ITF WOMEN Odlum Brown VanOpen

From 08/14 to 08/20

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000 + 100,000

Tournament location: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, WEST VANCOUVER, BC, V7S 2S5, Canada

The venue: Hollyburn Country Club is one of North America’s premier tennis, fitness and social clubs. Situated mountainside, overlooking downtown Vancouver, the Country Club sits on 42 acres of West Vancouver’s renowned British Properties. Over the past 5 years Hollyburn has completed over $20 million dollars of improvements, making this country club’s facilities unrivalled and award winning. It is located at only 20 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown core.

Past champions men: 2015/2010/2008 Dudi Sela – 2014/2009 Marcos Baghdatis – 2013 Vasek Pospisil – 2012 Igor Sijsling – 2011 James Ward

Entry list men: Dudi Sela (Isr) – Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe) – Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Marius Copil (Rou) – Norbert Gombos (Svk) – Taro Daniel (Jpn) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Henri Laaksonen (Sui) – Tennys Sandgren (Usa) – Peter Polansky (Can)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Dudi Sela will try to win his 4th title in Vancouver

Past champions women: 2015/2013 Johanna Konta – 2014 Jarmila Gajdosova – 2012 Mallory Burdette – 2011 Aleksandra Wozniak – 2010 Jelena Dokic – 2009 Stephanie Dubois – 2008 Urszula Radwanska

Entry list women: Tatjana Maria (Ger) – Madison Brengle (Usa) – Jana Cepelova (Svk) – Nao Hibino (Jpn) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Ons Jabeur (Tun) – Ana Bogdan (Rou) – Naomi Broady (Gbr) – Julia Boserup (Usa) – Stefanie Voegele (Sui)

THE TOWN:  Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, recording the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre. It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; infact 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.

Lonely Planet‘s writer John Lee on Vancouver: “Eagles whirling overhead, sunset-framed beaches, and the unfurling ocean and mountain diorama from Stanley Park’s breathtaking seawall. Although I moved here in the 1990s, I’ve never stopped gaping at Vancouver’s natural charms. For me, it’s this astonishing backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I’m a city boy at heart and I’m also delighted that Vancouver is continuing to develop as it grows up. From amazing dining to a thriving art scene, this young West Coast city keeps moving forward – and I don’t just mean the gratifying excellent craft-beer scene (although, personally, that really helps).”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Stanley Park

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

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  • Seawall

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • GEC Granville Suites DowntownLocated in the Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver, *** GEC Granville Suites is only 8 minutes from the beach. Available for guests the free WiFi connection, an onsite restaurant which serves American cuisine, a rooftop deck and a sauna. The contemporary suites feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a safe. Rates for a 27 mq2 queen room start from 486 CAD for night.
  • The Fairmont Hotel VancouverLocated in Vancouver city centre and rated 8.6 on Booking, this **** hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, a spa and health club open 24/7, an indoor swimming pool and a business center. A flat-screen cable TV, coffee machine, minibar and city view are offered in most of the modern rooms. Prices start from 579 CAD for night (Wifi, parking and breakfast available with additional charges).
  • Fairmont Pacific RimRated 9.4 on Booking, this exceptional 5 stars hotel features  a full-service spa, A rooftop pool with fire pits and a hot tub along with a 4,000 square-foot gym. The Lobby Lounge serves small appetizers and cocktails. In-room dining is also available. It is located at 5-minute walk from the Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s Convention and Exhibition Center. Fairmont Pacific Rim offers rooms with flat-screen TVs, pay-per-view movies and laptop connectivity. Also included are an iPod docking station, an iPad2, an in-room safe and a coffee maker. A deluxe Room with partial harbour view costs 569.25 CAD per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

More info about Hollyburn Country Club

Visit Vancouver B.C. Official

Your Hotel in Vancouver

 

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