A Fan's Guide to the Rafa Nadal Academy and Review


The Rafa Nadal Sports Centre
My visit to Mallorca in April-May at the Rafa Nadal Academy was my lifetime bucket list tennis experience.

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Adult Tennis Programs include Half-week and Weekend options, plus free AirEuropa airfare included* until Dec 31, 2020.

Try to book at least 1-2 months ahead to get your best chance.

As a huge Rafa fan for over a decade, I decided to book a pit stop to Mallorca between my trip to the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open via Air Europa.

Several top pros had the same idea, making their stop in Manacor to do some clay-court training before the French Open!

I was able to visit Uncle Toni, Carlos, and the Nadal Academy Coaching Team. My room was just down the hall from Naomi Osaka's team. She was very shy and tried to avoid all attention from fans.

Fresh meals were included along with facilities that include many fitness classes available to attend almost all hours of the day. 
The adult tennis program also had access to hard courts. The gym, pool, and spa sauna are of the highest quality.

Just a short walk away is the clay courts with pro and junior programs half of the academy.


For 3 days, I felt so lucky to be right next to the now 20-time grand slam champion.

Joining the Adult Tennis players,  you can live and breathe tennis 24/7 or even play in a tournament:

I was able to train, eat, sleep, plus watch and play tennis right next to the top ATP and WTA pros like
Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal!



Visiting Rafa's Hometown and Mallorca








The scenic countryside with its windmills and small traffic circles are very quaint. Most tiny cars including Rafa's old Kia are miniature in size yet very nimble. Speed limits top out around 100kmph - yet you can go from coast to coast in a little over an hour. I would recommend renting a car but be prepared that it will likely be a manual transmission.

NY Times Article - 36 hours in Mallorca

Small packs of bicycle riders will dot the small country roads early in the morning riding in tandem. The local villagers are very friendly and helpful in sharing their traditions and culture. I made a lot of friends among the other Adult tennis program attendees.


I encourage all my tennis readers to visit Spain for the authentic Tennis Experience.


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There is even a special Roger Federer suite*

For a closer tennis experience in Mexico, try the 8-court Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy now open near Acapulco. A tennis friend who visited said it's much more empty than the main one in Spain.


Rafa Nadal Staff and Academy Team

I have seen the Rafa Nadal Academy booth at nearly every major tournament. In 2018 at Monte-Carlo, I was recommended to try in the Spring and Fall when the camp is not so crowded.

For years, I have reviewed many tennis resorts, camps, and academies where I have personally trained.

They offer many kids' summer camps and adult tennis-playing vacations. Most of the coaches and staff also speak English very fluently and even found several British staff working there as well.

Guilliam at the front desk and Eva at the Spa were the most helpful. The most friendly and knowledgeable staff I have ever met at any tennis resort - highly recommend them.

The facilities are world-class. The gym, pools, and spa amenities (sauna, ice bath, steam room, jacuzzi, and several hot tubs) are included in the lodging package.

The tennis programs can be customized along with specific workout classes that are available at almost every hour during the day into the evening. Playing tennis on the red clay usually requires a private lesson (around 100 Euros per hour), but there are plenty of hard courts for practice too.

My half-board package included a buffet breakfast and 3-course Dinner with several choices. The fruit options were very fresh and I had a very full portion of codfish. The best part is the dining area overlooks a beautiful sunrise and sunset with floor-to-ceiling windows with a panoramic view of the tennis courts.
Masters 1000 Clay Trophies at the Rafa Nadal Academy Museum

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Barcelona Open with Rafael NadalJust as Rafael told me in the hallway to the gym, Mallorca is a beautiful island when the weather is nice. I have to agree with him 100%! May through September is the perfect temperature. The cost of staying at the Academy is hardly much more than that of a typical hotel ~$150/night.

Follow Rafael Nadal's journey
from Spain to the French Open



Every day I was there, it was a beautiful paradise. Comparable to Hawaii and Maui - this island was the Spanish version of a very historic land yet brimming with its small village charm. Very calming on the water.

Highly recommend taking a Spring/Summer vacation to Spain

Tennis fans should also consider seeing the Barcelona Open 500 or the Madrid Open 1000.

Make your Spanish Vacation for Tennis truly complete and memorable for the rest of your life by stopping by the Rafa Academy and Museum on your tour through Europe. Hopefully, my trip gives fans at home some ideas to plan their own journey one day through Spain and beyond!


Mallorca Highlights

I love the giant church in the center of Manacor at sunrise. It's a short 5-minute drive away from the Academy to the town center. You can also go explore the warm, white sands of Cala Agulla beach.

Finally, for the adventurous hikers, one of the hidden gems is the Castle of Capdepera which looks like a Spanish version of the Great Wall of China!

Coming back to the wonderful, large suite room with full showers gives you the experience of a Nike Locker Room. It is a very enjoyable experience having a sunset buffet dinner to finish the day. Definitely a 10 out of 10!


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