The best kept tennis secret in Mexico

Humberto March 2011

I first had the pleasure of visiting Mexico in January 2004 when I had the good fortune to stumble on the Marival Hotel with its’ excellent tennis facilities.

The pro at that time was a gentleman named Andres Donnadieu, who was a former Davies Cup captain for Mexico. He passed away in November of 2007 and his successor as pro is Humberto Ortega.

One of the advantages of coming to Mexico as a tennis player, golfer, cyclist, walker or runner is the guaranteed all year round good weather. Even in the rainy season from June through to October there is a enough day time sunshine to play and train several hours per day outdoors.

In Canada, there are up to eight months of winter and even then the summers are not guaranteed to be warm and sunny. In the U.K. where I am from, it can rain all summer which is dismal and depressing but in Mexico there are always sunny days to enjoy even in the rainy season.

The Marival Hotel is right on the Pacific Ocean and although the accommodation is modest, the food is tasty and plentiful and the tennis facilities are excellent.

There are 4 “Play on” hard courts which are specially constructed in seven layers to provide cushioning, which is protective to knee and hip joints. These courts were completely resurfaced in 2008 and are a joy to play on. A few steps away is the beach, where one can run or walk for miles or if so inclined swim in the Ocean too.

At the hub of the Marival tennis courts is Humberto’s office or the nerve centre of the facility. Humberto works six days a week, and provides tennis clinics Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 10.00 which are complementary for hotel guests. He also gives private lessons, restrings racquets, answers the phone and is always cheerful and friendly no matter what.

As well as the office, there are showers and bathrooms under the shadey palappa with a comfy sitting area in which to relax and chat. The Marival provides breakfast with coffee and herbal teas and fruit for visiting tennis groups while Humberto co-ordinates the order of play with unfailing good humour and efficiency.

If you want a great tennis holiday or want to prepare for a tournament or have a team of juniors who are in need of intensive training in warm pleasant conditions you can’t beat the Marival Hotel facilities.


About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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