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A bit short on info re the transfer between hotel and airport.
Tennis coaches were great, well organised.
The only weak spot was the hotel.The food was very average and probably the worst coffee in the world! This was the common view in our group. Bar very expensive.
Lovely setting and gardens ,rooms large but generally it needs some TLC.
Pool so cold no one went in it whilst I was there, great pity as a swim after tennis coaching would have been great.
Had a great holiday the tennis coaching was excellent 5 stars, the coaches were very friendly and I learnt a lot. The teaching level was just right and well thought out, and I would recommend the holiday to tennis club members. The hotel was good and the rooms clean although fairly basic so overall a 4 star rating.
The booking process and follow up communications were good. The coaching was excellent and all coaches were very professional and ensured our expectations were met. A totally fun and enjoyable experience.
Friendly and instructive; I felt pushed both physically and technically! Good feedback with video Malaysia which I look forward to putting into practice
What a wonderful time we had with Jonathan Markson Tennis over this Easter weekend! Not only has my tennis improved - I have more confidence and energy and am therefore able to enjoy this fascinating game much, much more. After 4 days of 5 hours a day tennis I was blissfully exhausted. The exhaustion was temporary; the joie de vivre has remained. I'm sure all the coaches were wonderful, but I have to add that Gabrielle, Andrea, Rob and Andy managed to work the magic trick of giving me excellent individually tailored tuition while creating a lovely, warm atmosphere in which I feel I made new friends. THANK-YOU!
Très bonne prestation comme d'habitude.
Qualité de l'enseignement , des installations, de l'hôtellerie
Concernant l'enseignement, forte personnalisation et excellente qualité des conseils techniques
Friendly staff, very knowledgable about all technical aspects of the game. Always willing to help with individual technical aspects as well as working in groups. Group sizes were perfect - each person has enough time to practice the drills and perfect things. Highly recommended.
I was told- in writing via e mail that the first day there would be a fifteen minute session where people would be rated and moved groups if not appropriate. A coach was missing so this did not happen and I was in a group with people who didn't hit the ball with any pace. I wanted to move up, i asked to and was told that would happen the next day. Instead the next day, without the head coach Andrea looking at my standard of tennis, 2 men were moved up and I was kept in the same group. My tennis got worse over the week and I didn't enjoy it at all.*Possible Litigeous Comment removed by Feefo*
We are sorry to hear of your disappointment. We would like to address a couple of things. We had a coach missing but this coach would have been additional cover (we always try to have more coaches than we need for just this scenario) and was not linked to our group allocation. We did make several groups changes on the first day and subsequent days which we tried to do fairly. Group allocation is carried out by the whole coaching team.
We keep returning to Jonathan Markson in Praia da Luz (seven or eight times in 16 years I think, various times of the year, with and without children) and always enjoy the coaching, location and atmosphere.
The Baia da Luz appartments are high quality and conveniently located for the courts, pool and the Alloro restaurant (excellent Italian-style food). Just a short stroll to the other shops, restaurants and the beach.
We rarely return to our other holiday destinations but can't imagine going anywhere else for a tennis holiday really- that probably says it all!
Well run and fun!
Thank you :)
I loved the fact we had different focus on each day. I managed to learn a couple of new things from each coach (although far away from mastering them :-)). Also, we were told about different tactics on double and single games.
Our coaches were super friendly and they could easily point out how I should improve. After four days of training, I see the ball differently and think a lot more before I hit.
P.S. would be great to have more video analyses!
Great feedback, thanks. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the programme. We think you have made a great point about learning new things and thinking more! A clinic is only a few days so we try to share knowledge with you so you can notice what needs to change and then put it into practice. Your development really starts when you get to your home courts. Keep enjoying your tennis and hope to see you again.
I can't think of continuing my learning process with someone else now. The coaches were impressively skilled and understood what each one of us needed. A mix of patience, skill and humour. This is great value for money. As a beginner I thought I would not get as far in four days. The credit goes to the method. I would do it again every week if I could.
You really impressed the coaches with your attitude and development. Keep going and you will make great progress!
Highly professional and very friendly. Very well organised 4-day weekend in Barnes. It was great to have sessions with the different coaches so that we could get different perspectives and coaching styles. Excellent coaching on technique and tactics. Would definitely recommend and hope to be back for a residential course in the future. Thank you! Rhi
Thank you. Keep in touch!
The coaches were excellent. They were approachable, and you felt comfortable asking questions. The drills were thorough and the programme suited me. I liked at the last day tournament that those that did not want to take part had the option of doing what they wanted with a coach, which was more drills. It was also very enjoyable.
Great feedback thanks and good point about the option of tournament play and continued drills. We try and be flexible in our programme so very pleased this was appreciated.
A brilliant camp, lots learned and was great fun as well. Would definitely recommend.
Thank you so much!
Very good week of tennis. Nice coaches who gave lots of individual feedback and kept the training interesting
Thank you , we will pass this on to the team :)
Really good experienced coaches at Algarve. Nice astro courts. Good experience on the tennis side of the holiday. I would give the coaches 5 star. Organisation on the UK side could be better. Information on flights (the fact that flights are not included should be highlighted on your holiday summary on your webpage to make it clearer), airport transfer (shuttle bus) etc should be given out earlier before the booking not after. The hotel itself is very basic need upgrading. Lack of access of drinking water has been a problem. It costs 3 Euro to buy a bottle of 1.5L at the hotel which costs actually 30cents in the supermarket. One can't carry 5 day worth of water from one trip to the supermarket. If the coaches could help buying bulk water for us it could have been helpful. Free wifi signal is pathetic in the bar area only. If you just move a couple of tables you lose the signal. Otherwise, have to pay 10 Euro per device for use in your own room. The cost of the holiday works out much more expensive than the advertised price once you paid for flights, parking, airport transfer and food. It worked out to nearly £900 for me - again wished I knew that before I booked.
Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tennis coaching and appreciate your lovely comments (we pass these on to our coaching team). We would like to state that we only ever sell and promote tennis and accommodation packages. We do clearly list on our website that flights are not included. It is written on each venue page and is not something we have had from clients before. We will look to see if we can add this on additional pages.
The communication about the booking and the holiday itself was superb. I can't find anything to complain about
Great holiday, great tennis course. The whole experience was totally worth it: Algarve is a fantastic location and tennis coaches at Jonathan Markon are very professional. I would surely recommend it.
Thank you - this has made our day in the office as this is what we aspire to! We will pass all feedback onto our coaches, so thank you.
Yes we would buy again, excellent coaches and facilities
Thank you for your great feedback. The hotel is very well located to allow players to focus on their tennis! We are open all year so do let us know if you can escape for some tennis again!
I had a wonderful time. The standard of coaching was excellent and I really felt that my tennis improved! the accommodation was lovely and all in a beautiful setting.
Perfect! We hope you have a great summer of tennis.
Brilliant coaches with fun and well organized lessons. The hotel was quite basic but as I spent most my time either at lessons or playing with the other players it was fine for what I needed it for. I would definitely recommend it.
Brilliant! We love to hear this kind of feedback as it helps other clients. We regularly stay in the hotel ourselves and always try to be clear with clients what to expect. It is hotel suitable for purpose but is not 5 star! Have a great summer of tennis.
very good coaching, nice staff. quite pricey, the only reason I didn't put 5 stars.
Excellent coaching as always - well prepared and hosted perfectly. Only slight complaint would be that this was advertised as an advanced week but in several cases the level was not advanced which made it hard work for the coaches to split the groups. Accommodation and breakfast good - only complaints are to change the coffee and orange juice at breakfast for the real thing... the ones currently on offer are positively awful!
One of the stand-outs from the Markson weekend (London Tennis Camp - August) is the quality of the coaches. Unlike some other tennis holidays where the coaches are simply on a year out, Markson likes to hire fully qualified teaching pros with years of experience. You can ask the most difficult of questions and you know they will have an answer. More importantly for me, you can ask the most basic of questions and they will take time to work with you. I was struggling with my double-handed backhand and one of the coaches took 20 minutes with me to go over all the fundamentals (grip, body position, footwork etc) to ensure I was comfortable. (Read the full article)
The 50 best ways to improve yourself - "this is a fun activity holiday," says olivia macleod, veteran of jonathan markson tennis camps in both oxford and the algarve. in a group of six she enjoyed mornings of tuition from excellent coaches and endured revealing video analysis of her game. she left fitter and infinitely more proficient.
For us, the set-up at the Jonathan Markson Tennis Centre in the Algarve works perfectly. Three hours of tennis tuition every morning, then the rest of the day free to do as much or as little as you wish.
It’s a low-key affair, a world away from the big centres like Val da Lobo or Forte Village, but one that works very well. There are five courts in total, three of them brand new this year. Coaching groups are a maximum of six people, although often fewer, which means the tuition is really tailored to each individual. (Read the full article)
I came away with a reconstructed serve that has come along no end. The coaching was deceptively easy-going and the drills were enormous fun. everyone on the course felt they had progressed.
It was clear that, while the coaching was seriously intensive on this course, the social side counted for almost as much. in no time at all the social bonding was becoming firmly fixed. did our tennis benefit from the course? certainly.
The Sunday Times
Physically the camp is demanding but not exhausting. i did learn a lot. i had a great deal of fun.
By the end of the week i was still cursing loose forehands, double faults and fluffed volleys but i had improved almost every aspect of my game – and my confidence.
British Airways Magazine
From my experience of attending both the oxford tennis camp and algarve tennis centre, Jonathan Markson Tennis tends to acquire talented coaches with a sense of humour – and thus hard work is disguised as a lot of fun.
It was encouraging how quickly the coaches could single out flaws.
Serve and Volley Magazine
The coaching is done through a variety of exercises, drill and consultation breaks, so people have constant stimulation and a good deal of fun.
Chris Bauers (Eurosport)
It was all great fun, but between the good-natured banter, an expert analytical eye was at play, correcting obvious faults and praising our better strokes... A lot of laughter mixed with serious endeavour. This was our first experience of a group holiday and we enjoyed it thoroughly.
The views over the famous luz bay are stunning, the cottage-style apartments excellently appointed and the climate pretty much perfect. Walking the cobbled streets of this old fishing village at night, one is struck by the timelessness of the place... Whether you are a of beginner, intermediate or advanced standard your game is guaranteed to improve. the coaches see to that.