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Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort, Curacao

By Roger Cox, Editor

Santa Barbara Beach Resort Tennis Center
© Santa Barbara Plantation

No Caribbean tennis vacation is strictly about what happens on court even when, as is the case at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, those are four handsomely laid out clay courts kept playable by an underground watering system called Hydro-Grid (unusual to find in the Caribbean) and managed by an experienced teaching pro. Context matters, too, and this resort benefits from being on a Dutch island whose colorful and architecturally appealing capital, Willemstad, is a United Nations Heritage Site and from its location, on a beach-lined peninsula bordered by the Caribbean on one side and an inland bay on the other. The resort is part of Santa Barbara Plantation, a 1,500-acre master-planned development that encompasses a 120-slip marina, the 18-hole Old Quarry Golf Course designed by Pete Dye, and the 350-room hotel and its Atabei Spa, StayFit fitness center, three swimming pools, watersports center, Camp Arawak (for 3 to 12 year olds), and three restaurants.

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Pro Shop: + 59 99 840 4794
Email:

Peter Burwash International manages the tennis complex and has installed Riemer Sijbring as on-site director. He offers private lessons, a player-matching program, and seasonal mixers, ladies' mornings, and junior programs.
Courts & Fees. There are four Hydro-Grid clay courts, all of them with lights, as well as a full-service pro shop and snack bar. Court fees: $15/hour days, $25/hour under the lights.

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(22 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
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4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
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Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
Santa Barbara Plantation
Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort, Curacao
+59 99 840-1234
Toll-free: 855-590-2266
Web Link: Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort


Travel Essentials

Willemstad, Curacao

Seasons. Year-round.

Travel Instructions. The resort is roughly a 40-minute drive from Curaçao International Airport (CUR).

General Tourist Information. For general information about travel to Curaçao, check out the Curaçao Tourist Board website or in North America phone 1-800-328-7222.

©2017 Roger Cox


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Ratings

(22 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
3-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
3½-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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Your Call

Here's what others have had to say about Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.

  • 4½-Ball Rating "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
  • 4½-Ball Rating "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
  • 3½-Ball Rating "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
  • 4½-Ball Rating "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
  • 4-Ball Rating "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
  • 4½-Ball Rating "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
  • 5-Ball Rating "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
  • 3½-Ball Rating ""—M.V., Adv. Int., January 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Playing tennis at the Santa Barabara tennis club was a highlight of my vacation. I am a beginner and I got such excellent instruction. Riemer, the coach at the club knew exactly where my skill level was and worked with me at just the right pace. I couldn't believe how much I improved with his coaching in just one lesson. I was so excited about my progress that I booked a court for the next morning to practice my new skills! The staff at the tennis club were so friendly and attentive, they made it a pleasure to be at the courts and kept the grounds in beautiful condition. I also observed how great the coach and staff were with the kids who were at the tennis camp. They were natural teachersand the kids were clearly having a good time. I plan to be back in Curacao soon and will definitely be booking some lessons with Riemer at Santa Barbara again!"—M.S., Beg., January 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "I just spent a week (Christmas 2016) at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao. This is a first class resort with a great tennis center (including 4 great Har-Tru courts)which is run by Peter Burwash International. Although I didn't take a lesson, I observed the pro Remer and he connects very well with students. I played in the social mixer which was a fun way to meet some local players. Remer did a great job making sure that everyone had a great time. The Santa Barbara is a great destination for tennis players!"—D.C., Adv., January 2017
  • 3½-Ball Rating "Courts were in great condition. Riemer was a patient and skillful instructor. He helped improve my game in just a couple lessons. He was also able to match me with another guest and if I preferred, a local player. The resort grounds and facilities are amazing. This is a beautiful place for a tennis vacation!"—P.P., Int., January 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "The resort is beautiful and staff very friendly and professional. I had an excellent hitting lesson with Rainer the skillful pro and also participated in a surprisingly well-attended and fun clinic. The courts are well-maintained and the setting is lovely. Tennis is thriving at the Santa Barbara."—A.G., Adv., January 2017

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