Here's what others have had to say about Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.
"Santa Barbara is home to a fantastic golf course but a tennis fan won't go home disappointed . The tennis courts at Santa Barbara are exceptional. Well maintained, great surface, lighting for night tennis and a two minute stroll from the main resort make these courts a great place to play on Curaçao. With a PBI trained pro on staff, taking the time during your visit for a lesson is an investment in your game which you won't regret. Through peer matching, camps, semi and private lessons your choices are many to help improve your game. I found the staff both on and off the courts friendly, energetic and ready to help in making your stay memorable. When you arrive you will see that the resort is quite large but is some distance from the main city of Willemstad. Shopping, nightlife, or sight seeing outside of the resort will cost you as you will either need to rent a car or take a taxi. If getting away from it all is your idea of a vacation, Santa Barbara is your place."—K.M., Beg., April 2017
"Reimer is very good and kind...we are (my wife, my kid and me) are use to take private lessons each week at our tennis club and Reimer find things that we didn't not correctly. He was very patient and funny with my son."—A.C., Adv. Int., April 2017
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"The Pro Riemer Sijbring and his staff were excellent. The well maintained Har Tru courts were well maintained, and in a beautiful setting. Had a lot of fun and got several good tips from Riemer. Highly recommend to players of all levels."—E.F., Adv., March 2017
"I received a private tennis lesson February 24, 2017 from Riemer Sijbring while on vacation in Curaçao at the Santa Barbara Resort. I needed a refresher on my tennis skills as it had been some years since playing regularly. Riemer focused our lesson time on my two areas of concern: my forehand and serve. I felt much more confident in both of these areas after my lesson. After playing with my husband the following day, he was especially impressed at the improvement in my forehand after having only a one hour lesson. After returning home from our vacation, I was delighted to see that Riemer followed up by sending me an email that reviewed what we worked on during the lesson and what I need to continue to work on. I would recommend anyone visiting Curaçao with an interest in tennis, to take advantage of the exceptional clay courts and teaching staff at the Santa Barbara Resort."—A.R., Int., February 2017
"What a beautiful setting in Curacao! Four green clay courts in awesome condition with lighting for night play. Very friendly staff who aim to please and make it easy for you. VERY reasonable prices and not a stuffy or fancy atmosphere at all. It feels like your home club the minute you walk in and greeted. The host Pro, Riemer Sijbring, is very personable and eager to make your stay the best. Highly recommended!!"—J.L., Adv. Int., February 2017
"We chose Santa Barbara because of the tennis - both the courts (clay) and the availability of a pro.
Riemer Sijbring, the pro, turned out to be a fantastic pro. We will return to work with him again. Riemer diagnosed a problem that likely contributed to my tennis elbow. My regular pro had never mentioned it. Over several private lessons he worked with me to retrain my grip and stroke. By the end, my stroke was strong and very effortless with no twinges in my elbow after playing.
I was impressed with Riemer's very observant diagnosis of my stroke issue and the quite evident time he spent planning lessons to help me retrain the stroke/grip. He even emailed after with suggested continued training exercises. I highly recommend Riemer. I would suggest booking lessons in advance though as he books up quickly and has many regular lessons already booked. We look forward to training with him again whether he is at Santa Barbara or another resort/training facility. PBI has a very good teacher in Riemer.
As for the courts/facility, the courts are well maintained and we never had a problem booking times. The club seemed fairly quite (other than Riemer's lessons). That may be the only issue for those hoping to set up matches. Some doubles match play is available."—L.S., Low Int., February 2017
"Riemer knew after the first lesson what i needed to work on.
He is inspiring and makes it fun. My serve improved unbelievable. I've learned a slice and topspin backhand in such a short time.
He gave me a summery on what we did en on the things i've to work on.
Thnx for a great time!"—D.A., Beg., February 2017
"We just spent 2 weeks at this resort. While we had a few reservations about certain aspects of the resort, the tennis experience was fantastic. The courts are in very good condition and the pro shop personnel are pleasant and helpful. The biggest asset though is the pro, Riemer. I did a number of sessions with Riemer and he helped me improve my tennis, both strokes and playing strategy as well as making me more enthusiastic about playing and improving. He also worked with my spouse and daughter and was simply fantastic. He has great technical coaching skill and thinks about the most effective ways to communicate with a student to help them improve. It is clear that he spends time outside of lessons thinking about the student and what they need to do to improve. I would very much like to go back and work more with him. As an aside, I'm also a golfer and the golf course is great fun to play."—W.T., Int., February 2017
"I found that Riemer noticed quickly what I could change to improve my technique and game, in single and double, so the lessons were very efficient and productive. I absolutely loved it! I was with three other adults who were also extremely satisfied with his personalised advices."—M.S., Int., February 2017
"Highly qualified team committed to student learning. I recommend and will certainly be back to learn more about this wonderful sport. Nice atmosphere and contagious people."—M.M., Int., January 2017