Inside visits Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis to discover its new facilities
In recent years, there hasn’t been a time when community spirit and neighbourly kindness has been more important. Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis is one of the places in the area that is open all year, and you will always find someone to play a game with or have a chat and a drink.
Under the watchful eye of manager Matthew Watton, who previously spent his career managing clubs in the UK, the club is constantly evolving. It boasts flexible membership options, making it accessible to everyone. The name might suggest that it’s a tennis club; well, it is but it’s also so much more. There’s a massive gym with lots of cardio, free weights and muscle-building equipment along with personal trainers to help with tailoring plans for those who need them.
The membership structure is better than ever for the whole club, whether it be the gym, classes, tennis or padel, with monthly, non-resident and full membership options. Fitness classes run seven days a week, taking place either outside or in the studio. Classes range from Cardio Fit, TRX, LBT and Zumba Fit, Pump & Shape, Fitball and Power Hour, Pilates, Flow, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga and even Belly Dancing. The times start from 9am through to 6pm and classes are colour coded with regards to intensity, so there’s something for everyone.
The most significant new addition to the club is The Bungalow Wellness and Treatments Centre, located beside the main tennis courts. The Bungalow was transformed into four private treatment studios, where both visitors to the club and members can book a range of treatments. Traditional Thai Massage by Wiwi and her team take place to the left of the reception area, which houses a photographic or art exhibition where visitors can buy the displayed art (currently showing local photography by Craig Rogers). Along with classic Thai Massage, which is fantastic for relieving muscle tension, blood circulation and increasing energy, Wiwi also does facials, body wraps and waxing.
In the central area, around the reception, there are three rooms. The first one is home to Brows by Sarah. Sarah Goodchild is a certified PhiBrows Microblading Artist who transforms her clients’ faces with beautifully sculpted brows to frame their eyes. Sarah is also hosting Jo from Algarve Aesthetics, who runs a Botox clinic once a week from her studio. Next door, The Beautician, Kylie, works her magic with revitalising, deluxe spa manicures and pedicures. Recently, Kylie has added eyelash and brow tinting to her list of treatments, offering a top to toe service. Last but certainly not least, there’s Lydia Coles, who performs Traditional and Five Element Acupuncture in her studio, which is great for many ailments including sports injuries, sleeping problems, digestive issues, headaches and even menopausal symptoms.
The team from Bar 6 took over the catering outlet at the club and have been holding some very popular events at the club with food and entertainment. The bar area is open during club hours, and guests are welcome to enjoy the spacious terraces with a coffee or a full meal. The club has been busy restoring the tennis courts, adding the new craze padel court and updating the floodlights to allow guests to use the facilities in the early evening too. If you fancy learning how to play tennis or brushing up on your skills, the onsite Pro is always on hand to help. Although the club has become a multi-faceted venue, tennis does remain as the heart and soul.