Active + Adventure

Vacation Boot Camp

by Sarah Tuff

Playing Tennis in Marrakesh

Calories burned: About 550 per hour

Call to action: It just wouldn't feel right lacing up running shoes, or even carrying a yoga mat, in the palatial halls of La Mamounia, the legendary Marrakesh hotel that reopened in September 2009 after a three-year renovation. But donning crisp whites and tucking a tennis racket under your arm? Much better. The hotel has hired French former pro Henri Leconte to oversee the tennis program, instruct clinics, and arrange exhibition matches among international players on the hotel's two red-clay courts. It's likely that La Mamounia's four restaurants (two of which are manned by Michelin-starred chefs) will quickly replenish any calories you expend on the court, but the noble pursuit of fitness makes for a convenient excuse to pony up for a room here.

The warm-up: Not much—a slow pace reigns around here, and besides, the uniformed ball boys will retrieve wayward serves.

When to go: In February and March it's not too hot, not too cold, and the snowcapped Atlas Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop.

Doubles from $775; tennis lessons, $78 per hour

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