After years of languishing in disrepair, Mallorca Tennis Club has been rescued, taking it back to its former ‘60s glory. Freshly renamed, Palma Sport & Tennis Club is the ‘hot’ new place in Palma.
Palma Sport & Tennis Club
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Palma Sport & Tennis Club is such a discreet structure, blending seamlessly into the surroundings, that it can take a moment to register you’ve arrived. It is a balmy late-November day, and walking up the immaculate path to the centre, the low hum of people chatting as they take lunch on the terrace comes into earshot.
While groups and couples take in the sunshine in short sleeves, the staff mill about in bright white uniforms, smiling and attentive. Business is open, and looks game, set and match to be a great success.
Residents of the modest square in Son Armadams in which it sits, though having been subjected to a good 18 months of construction work, must surely be pleased to know that the value of their homes has gone up as a result of the ambitious venture.
‘It’s given the area a complete boost’ says Marcus Phillips of Buy a Home Mallorca. Phillips, who specialises in real estate in central Palma, estimates an increase of at least 10% in the value of homes surrounding the centre.
The previously run-down sports club, built in the ‘60s by Barcelona architect Francesc Mitjans, has been given a full face lift, rediscovering and reinterpreting its original beauty. Completed in October 2015, Palma Sport brings a fresh dimension of luxury to this little corner of the capital, and is the result of a project by the same Swedish entrepreneurs who brought us Portixol Hotel and Hotel Espléndido, Mikael and Johanna Landström, who sought to keep the building’s soul.
On lease from Palma City Council until 2065, the centre required highly sensitive restoration, essential to the undertaking and a key agreement, meaning that several original features pepper the facilities, such as the exposed rock ceiling in the plush gym – which is also the underbelly of the centre court seating – giving the impression of a luxurious fitness cave.
Comprised of 10,000 square metres of carefully-rendered space, the centre boasts five clay courts, a 25-metre pool, state-of-the-art gym, spa and gourmet café-restaurant. There’s even a ‘Sport House’ apartment tucked behind the centre court, where sports professionals can stay during intense training periods.
Intelligent Scandi design is evident in every inch and corner, from the cleverly-designed children’s play park to the user-friendly lockers in the changing rooms. An upstairs wall lined with portraits of tennis greats is less of a display than an endorsement, since all were signed by the players themselves when they attended the opening.
The Legends Cup, which took place on 8th to 11th October, brought together a coterie of sporting heroes including Pat Cash, Tim Henman, Henri Leconte and Carlos Moya. Now a highlight of Mallorca’s sporting calendar, the prestigious event will take place again in October 2016.
Down in the spa, Turkish, Finnish and infra-red saunas do a great job of soothing gym and tennis-weary limbs, as do the heated waterbeds in the dedicated relax room, set to the calming strains of running water.
The main attraction is of course the tennis courts, the scene for match upon match, ranging from the friendly to the relentlessly competitive. The leisurely sound of pit-patting balls in this corner of Son Armadams will happily remain part of its identity for many years to come.
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