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  • Avatar SF

    We just purchased our second unit at Palm Island resort. We love our new condo and look forward to all time spent there. We bought our original condominium in part because of the exceptional tennis pro ART. He immediately dialed us in with tennis and pickle ball. What fun we have. His clinics and lessons are fantastic. He works hard but never hesitates to play if we are sort players. Of course we love the beach as well. The bluest water and great shelling. Palm Island is very special and we consider everyone there family. I just hope the restaurant improves.

  • Avatar DN

    Returning every year to Art Santos and his tennis clinics is a highlight. Exceptionally patient and always present and available, he is a major draw to the resort. I look forward to 2025 and to his always friendly and welcoming demeanor. He pays special attention to make sure courts are clean and ready for play.

  • Avatar CP

    1. Art expanded tennis memberships to include those of us who live outside of the Palm Island Resort. 2. Art is highly skilled at designing and communicating his instruction to reach beginners to advanced level players through private lessons and small group clinics. His gentle humor allows all players to feel comfortable and confident. 3. Art organizes tournaments for those who enjoy competition. 4. Saturday morning round-robin doubles, organized by Art, are enjoyed by many. It is especially fun when he steps in when a player is needed. 5. Because of Art’s inclusive tennis program, we have made new friends from all over the island. 6. Art is one-of-a-kind and the Palm Island Resort is extremely fortunate to have him as their tennis pro! Jim and Cori

  • Avatar JM

    Art Santos is a master tennis teacher-coach. Over the last ten years, I have taken ten four-person clinics and six solo sessions with him, while also studying his teaching. In my life, I have written hundreds of recommendations for teachers. He is exceptional. When I first encountered Art, I was in my seventies. I have never been a-great-shakes tennis player, but Art has managed to coach me into becoming better at the sport I love. This last month, at age 86, due to an Achilles injury and the development of a balance problem, I feared my tennis days were over. Reluctantly, but because I trusted Art, I signed up for two hour long private sessions with him. Of course, I should have known, I walked away from those two experiences with renewed confidence; I don’t have to give up tennis—yet. Art figured out how to coach me to move in ways which made me feel more stable on the court. His discerning eye caught quirks in my strokes, serve and movements that explained some of my balance problems. His uncanny ability to sense what each person he works with requires is the key to your success as well as his. No matter what level of tennis you play, if you sign up with him, you can expect to walk away with more trust in yourself on the court. Art understands how we learn. He starts a clinic by asking us what we want to work on. He does that because he trusts we are wise enough to know what we need. Also, he wants us to realize this is a collaborative effort. His gentle, non-judgmental manner, his optimistic view of our abilities, his mastery of the appropriate language to explain and present a rationale for his suggestions make it easy to watch— listen— experiment—adapt, and finally, apply what we learned. Ask him about the three myths of teaching tennis having to do with your strokes, watching the ball, and the direction of your body to the net. You’ll be surprised. Judy Miller 4/30/24

  • Avatar MV

    Really enjoyed Art’s simple teaching concepts that were very effective, understandable and made perfect sense for my game.

  • Avatar JC

    Palm Island has an excellent tennis community and a very friendly environment. Art Santos, the tennis pro is a excellent instructor. Palm Island is a great place to getaway and enjoy a day at the beach and a good game at tennis.

  • Avatar EM

    Palm Island Resort is a lovely hidden gem on the gulf coast of Florida. If you enjoy the combination of incredible wildlife, with a personalized tennis experience, this is your place. The pro, Art Santos is a skilled and amiable tennis pro who can help ascend your game to a higher level. It’s not about fancy clothes and gear, it’s about great clinics and meeting you at your level. I am not a pickleball player, however there is quite a robust crew who meet daily for good games and tournaments. There are very nice condos on the beach and it can be an excellent and wholesome family experience. We believe there are no cars, only golf carts and bikes to scoot around in on the resort. We always return more fit and relaxed.

  • Avatar JM

    Art Santo is our tennis pro. He is well organized, gives his clients excellent service in the way of instruction and clinics. Effective in organizing tournaments and games, round robins and tennis/ pickleball events.

  • Avatar KD

    Love the tennis program. Art is the best. Great lessons and clinics. So knowledgeable and helpful.

  • Avatar CD

    Art Santos is an EXCELLENT tennis instructor. Highly recommend.

  • Avatar RM

    Coach Art did an amazing job putting our family off for through challenging yet on level drills that we all enjoyed. We will definitely go back!! Coach Art also gave us a different perspective at shot selection and doubles play! Thank you coach!

  • Avatar CD

    Great tennis pro! Great people playing both tennis and pickleball every morning (peak season). Resort is beautiful old Florida. Highly recommend. Keep in mind only one restaurant and one gift shop on the island. Limited night life. But amenities make up for it.

  • Avatar GA

    Art was an outstanding tennis instructor, and I would highly recommend taking lessons from him while vacationing here. Highly recommend him!

  • Avatar AD

    Art Santos was personable and helpful during our visit. Coordinating lessons was easy, and once we were on the court, we had a blast! Art kept things going, and even helped a beginner play up to the rest of the group. We booked a private lesson for the kids too and they made incredible progress. We had a great time and plan to return next year!

  • Avatar DS

    The quality of tennis instruction provided by Art was exceptional. My game improved dramatically in 3 weeks.

  • Avatar GR

    Looking for crazy nightlife? This isn’t it. Looking to spend some time on an island in a tennis loving and friendly environment? This is it! Art Santos is the best instructor I have worked with, and he runs a terrific program. Art makes sure everyone is involved and challenged. The location is heavenly. 7 miles of beautiful and uncrowded beaches covered with sea shells.

  • Avatar BB

    I have been playing tennis 8 years, in Texas, all year round, on 3 competitive 3.5 USTA league teams. I have had excellent tennis instruction by 7 different pro coaches, but no one has come close to the incredible wisdom & teaching skill of director Art Santos. Within a single private lesson, he can assess your game and tweak & refine your strokes and make suggestions to improve your game, both strategy & technique, to take it to the next level! The resort is a private island that is incredibly beautiful, and relaxing, where you can unplug, from the rest of the world ( or not ) . The players at the clinics range from beginner to super competitive district, regional, etc. champs and include both men & women. Art has something for everyone. Can you imagine a better vacation than playing tennis, in paradise? I will return to refine my game and stroll the beach every year! I might even try pickle ball .

  • Avatar GV

    Palm Island Resort is great for tennis players young and old. There were tons of hard courts which were in great shape. The pro, Art, was a lot of fun to hit with and take lessons from (both for me, an experienced adult, and my beginner-level daughters). There was a lot of activity (locals and visitors) and it was a really friendly group. I was able to play as much as I wanted while I was there. I would highly recommend Palm Island Resort for tennis players.

  • Avatar KL

    Art Santos is an exceptional Pro with great teaching skills and a wonderful way with people. It’s very organized and he make it fun for all. Totally accommodating to all levels of play. Could not have enjoyed it more and will return next year for these reasons.

  • Avatar PT

    Loved the friendly tennis community at Palm Island Resort! The tennis director, Art, connected me with many comparable players, and I participated in the fun daily round robins. Lots of great social tennis with a good mix of levels. Art’s private lessons are a fantastic workout. The courts are in excellent condition, and you get to play next to the palm trees. I will be coming back!

  • Avatar MS

    Best Tennis! The instruction given by tennis pro, Art Santos, is top notch. Art can figure out quickly what is needed to fix your game. He gave me great tips on how to improve my shots according to how I play. Not a one size fits all – but very individualized instruction. The tennis community at this resort immediately welcomed me, and I felt like part of their family. It was easy to join in on clinics and round robin play. Not only is the tennis perfect, but the island itself is beautiful. With only golf carts and bikes to get around, the island resort is quiet and contains its picturesque setting. With excellent tennis all morning and an alluring seashore in the afternoon… what more could you want?

  • Avatar JB

    The resort is set in an Idyllic setting right on the Gulf of Mexico. But what made the experience most memorable for me was working with the tennis pro Art Santos. His llove and understanding of the game is unmatched. I have been to other resorts, attended many clinics with a variety of prose and have yet to find anybody better able to break down my technique into simple next steps to advance my game. And he does it with such grace and style to keep it fun. His ability to generate interesting drills and keep points going ensures that everybody on the court is engaged. A true master of the game!

  • Avatar LH

    I participated in tennis for the first time at Palm Island Resort. There is a welcoming group that plays at 9:00 AM generally everyday except Sunday. It is an informal round robin with a variety of skill levels. There are formal round robins on Saturdays. Being SW Florida, while there is play year round, the group is definitely larger in the cooler months – expect the participation to be more sparse June-Oct. The instructor, Art Santos, is not only a highly skilled player, but an excellent instructor. He can quickly analyze one’s game, and provide insight for any level of player. He also provides clinics each week. I have participated in both private instruction and the clinics and greatly enjoyed both. There is also a small shop on property (also manned by Art) that offer sales and repairs. If you enjoy tennis, this is a great activity at the resort where one can just enjoy recreational tennis or take some lessons to fine tune the skills, get some exercise, and meet some new and friendly people.

  • Avatar JH

    Great tennis experience on Palm Island. Art Santos is a wonderful tennis pro – he makes learning fun. Each clinic is a nice lesson learned! Art doesn’t try and undo and restart your game but takes what you have an finds a way to make it better. Everyone feels welcome and it has been a pleasure to see tennis really take off on the island. Great mix of players and all nice people!

  • Avatar JB

    Spent a week on Palm Island this February (2020) for my 3rd visit there. We got lucky with amazing weather in early February. We were four 4.5 competitive female tennis players and we enjoyed the courts every day of our trip. Each time we’re there, we book a group lesson with Art, the resort pro, who always provides a fun drill session for us. Even though we’ve all played for many years and even taught tennis before, we always pick up something new to work on. We signed up for Art’s pickle ball clinic as well and had a great time learning this new game. The island is beautiful and I love that golf carting is the only transportation. We walked the miles of beach everyday and had champagne at sunset each day. The lodging is beautiful, and while we only went to the restaurant once, it was very good – try the Rum Bay Smashes! Overall, another great visit to Palm Island and one of many more to come!

  • Avatar JH

    A hidden gem . . .Pro Art Santos is experienced, excellent with everyone whether you’re a novice or a more advanced player. The year round tennis program at Palm Island Resort is one of the reasons I became an owner last year. There’s also a busy fall, winter and spring fitness program in which my wife participates. The people we’ve met are friendly and welcoming . . . if you love tennis, love being active and love the beach, you’d make time to come to Palm Island Resort and enjoy!

  • Avatar JH

    Elite Veteran PBI tennis pro Art Santos provides exceptional coaching to all ages, ranging from young juniors to older players. My 7-year-old really enjoyed his lessons and guidance, which included excellent tennis instruction as well as lessons in sportsmanship and character…arguably the most valuable aspect of the game. I highly recommend him as one of the best tennis pros I’ve experienced in 30 years of playing (10 years at elite junior/D1 collegiate levels). Instruction includes daily open play days, daily clinics, and weekend round robin tournaments. The superb tennis experience complimented by a pristine environment on semi-secluded white sand beaches with tons of nature at your door (sea turtles, dolphins, pelicans, etc.) makes this resort a ‘must experience’ for those interested in a unique relaxing vacation with sensational tennis instruction. Highly recommend for those going solo or bringing the whole family! visited Jan. 2020

  • Avatar DL

    I spent five days playing tennis at this resort and everyday was organized by the staff Art Santos. He made it a fantastic experience for all of us that were there during this time period. He secured other players to play with during our stay at our skill level and his input into our games was immeasurable. I look forward to going back in the future to schedule more time with Art.

  • Avatar GK

    Art, the tennis pro, is very professional, accommodating and made the experience for our group of 6 very enjoyable. He and another player he contacted played with us so we had two doubles courts for most of our stay. The resort has an isolated, private feel to it. If one is looking for a quiet place with your own beach and great tennis, it’s a great place to be.

  • Avatar MV

    My tennis experience was one of the best I’ve had because Art (the pro) was so good at picking up were I had to correct technique wise, he helped my game more quickly then anyone else ever has. Besides that it was very nice to have a tennis community to jump into while I was there.

  • Avatar DN

    Wonderful tennis pro, Art Santos. He truly makes the program. The clinics and private lessons provide impactful instruction and the social tennis is well run, enjoyable and also instructive. The clinics each work on particular skill sets and so you have the opportunity to opt in or out, depending on what you feel a need to work on. Every time I play here at home -which is three times a week -I hear Art’s words buzzing in my head. And that’s a good thing! Cannot wait for 2020!

  • Avatar TV

    The Palm Island Resort is an old world Florida beach resort with a first class tennis program. What made my experience special and unique was the resort’s tennis pro, Art Santos. Art has a gift for making players feel welcome and comfortable. More importantly, Art’s instruction is spot on! He is not too intense but effectively helps you emerge as a better player. I found the other players to all be friendly and inclusive. All feel strongly about Art’s professional leadership of the Palm Island Tennis Program.

  • Avatar SN

    Great group of people! Very welcoming, warm and friendly. The Doubles Round Robin each morning is a great way to practice your tennis skills. Play as much or as little as you like. I recommend staying for the clinics offered after the round robin. The tennis pro, Art, is fabulous — offering great tips to improve your game with a bit of humor and a lot of patience.

  • Avatar CJ

    This was our groups second year going to Palm Island and we love it! We arranged a tennis clinic with Art before we came and he was waiting for us when we arrived. i enjoyed the clinic as he touched on several aspects of the game which helped a lot. There were 18 of us and our condos were perfect for our large group and we had a great time boating and walking the beach. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

  • Avatar BC

    Art the head pro was a pleasure to work with. We had group clinics arranged before we arrived and they went off without a hitch. We also had 7 courts for a round robin format. The accommodations were perfect for our group, clean and well laid out. The beach was fantastic, I will definitely return.

  • Avatar KN

    Palm Island Resort is an amazing island getaway. Art Santos is a wonderful instructor. He gave me some great tips for improving my game. He also helped organize our tournament with 18 players. This is a great setting and wonderful courts and instruction. We all cannot wait to return soon.

  • Avatar KD

    We love coming to Palm Island Resort. The tennis pro, Art Santos, is fantastic. There are clinics, round robins and lessons. Regardless of your skill level, Art will give you valuable tips to improve your game. Lots of fun.

  • Avatar CD

    Palm Island Resort is the perfect place for tennis. Art Santos is the best tennis pro I have ever had. He even remembers from season to season what instructions I need to remember…such personalized attention! There are clinics nearly everyday and pick up games each morning and a round robin on Saturdays. My husband and o have no complaints! Fun group of players too. Highly recommend.

  • Avatar CB

    Over the past 6 months, my family and I have made 2 trips to Palm Island. On each occasion we have had the wonderful opportunity to work on our game with Art. I, along with my wife, have been able to participate in private lessons and clinics led by Art. In all cases, I can happily reply that Art has provide tennis instruction at highest level I have ever received. His attention to all aspects of the game (physical, mental, strategic) was balanced and measured the level of each student. As a member of Club Westside, a large tennis club on the westside of Houston TX, I have had the opportunity to work with many different tennis pros. I can say that without question, my game has advanced more with Art, and in a shorter amount of time, than with any other pro I have worked with. My only complaint with Art is that he doesn’t live in Houston! Cheers to Art for his dedication to his students, he is a truly gifted instructor.

  • Avatar DC

    Art Santos at Palm Island Resort in Florida is excellent. He is not only a very good player, he’s a great teacher. He quickly identified one of my (many) weaknesses, and provide excellent instruction to help fix it. He’s a nice guy, a good coach, flexible with his schedule, and a fun pro with whom to play and practice. I highly recommend him.

  • Avatar JC

    I did not stay at the resort but was to able to join with a tennis membership on a weekly basis, which was extremely helpful and flexible. I played at the club for almost 6 weeks. The weekly membership was a very good deal, providing me opportunity to join clinics, and play with other guests in a round robin format on a daily basis each morning. Everyone I met and played with was great. Good competitive play but still social and fun. However, the greatest element was Art, the resident pro and coach. I tried to go to almost every clinic each week because I learned something new about my game each time. What made Art so effective was his ability to be direct, with clear and easy instructions for ways to improve my game while always making it fun. I have other good coaches back home, but Art really brought it all together for me in ways I “got it”, but as important ways I can watch my game and adjust when going back to old habits, and skills to practice the good habits.

  • Avatar KS

    Art Santos at Palm Island Resort, FL was fantastic. What an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable, skillful techniques for teaching. He organized daily tennis in the mornings with a clinic to follow. But the best part is the information he provided us with. We can use the tools to improve our game as well as excellent reference material to refer back to. I can’t say enough about Art and how effective his teaching techniques are. The island is perfect if you are looking for a secluded beach experience, pools, 10 tennis courts, and wonderful seashells to be found. It was a relaxing experience and I would highly recommend it.

  • Avatar CH

    Palm Island Resort is a very beautiful, quiet, and relaxing venue with a great tennis experience. The tennis pro, Art, is excellent. He is very fun and helpful and provides great instruction. A wonderful beach experience on the gulf, pool, hot tub, and restaurant round out the great experience. The resort is accessible only by a very short ferry ride or water taxi and is very quiet and relaxing. It was a great experience for our group of 7 guys.

  • Avatar KS

    On a vacation to The Palm Island Resort in Florida, I decided to finally take the time for tennis lessonsI never get around to taking at home. Art Santos was a wonderful instructor, using his tips and tricks to improve my game immediately. The courts were in great condition, and the entire experience was top notch.

  • Avatar BL

    It is a beautiful facility with an incredible surroundings in a sunny Florida. The courts are very well maintained and the tennis program and instructions are run by PBI Tennis Pro Art Santos, who has many years of experience working with children and adults of all levels and abilities. Art worked as a tennis professional in many countries around the world and has a right personality for this kind of a job. I recommend this facility to anybody who wants to improve their game and spend a few days having fun in a beautiful and quite exotic area of Florida.

  • Avatar JT

    Palm Island Resort is a wonderful family oriented destination. Tennis is a major attraction with opportunities to meet tother players at your own level. The program has an exceptional professional whose drills have been very helpful for myself, wife, and daughter.

  • Avatar MD

    After visiting several tennis resorts, Palm Island is my all time favorite. Art Santos is a very seasoned coach that helps you bring your game to the next level. Each day he has a drop in clinic and I loved his style of coaching. Very positive while helping you make minor adjustments. I play USTA and captain several teams plus I am a tennis youth instructor. I have had many coaches over the past several years but none of them were as knowledgeable as Art. Palm Island is a tranquil resort where you can only get around by golf carts and bikes, making it a stress free vacationing destination.

  • Avatar GJ

    My family has been coming to Palm Island Resort for more than 30 years . My wife and I play tennis year round in our hometown of Sewickley ,Pa and are VERY HAPPY that the resort has now brought Art to the island to manage the tennis complex . I am not one who is inclined to participate in clinics and/or take lessons but after observing Art in action I have changed my tune . Our family truly loves the resort and would highly recommend visiting for a wonderful beach and tennis vacation !!!

  • Avatar SE

    Palm Island is an incredible place. Beautiful, unspoiled beaches/natural environment. 8 well maintained tennis courts and a versatile tennis programme that can cater to any level/fitness. There are scheduled drills for adults and children during the week, organised social tennis on Saturday and private lessons with the excellent pro Art Santos. Art is a very relaxed/low stress coach who is extremely effective at suggesting a small teak here or there that results in significant improvement. The only weakness I would note is that before the Burwash company was appointed last year, the resort had a few years of lackadaisical tennis support so there may not be huge numbers of tennis players around at any given point. Balance that, however, against an excellent pro and courts that are always available….

  • Avatar PP

    Director of Tennis Art Santos does a great job of welcoming and bringing visitors into the tennis group. He is a good, patient, calm and very helpful instructor who gets to know his clients’ strengths and weaknesses quickly. He runs good and fun group clinics, each one focused on drills designed to practice a particular element of the game. Art happily comes on court to fill out a doubles group.

  • Avatar BM

    Wonderful new courts and site plus excellent pro. The tennis pro is one of the best teachers I’ve used. Come at 9 o’clock every day and you are sure to have a game. All levels, everyone plays together and sometimes the pro will join in for fun.

  • Avatar AA

    This is a wonderful resort in SW Florida. Rental Units are extremely nice and inviting. Sunsets are as nice as anywhere in the world. Seven miles of wonderful beach to walk. Fishing is generally excellent. Shelling is great. Six tennis courts have just be re-done. New surface on three that are easier on knees and hips. Art Santos is wonderful pro with experience from teaching all over the world. Everyone likes him. Encourages you to play more tennis.

  • Avatar PL

    I just completed my seventeenth winter season at beautiful and unique Palm Island Resort and truly enjoyed the tennis program with our new pro, Art Santos. He is special and I’m really pleased that he will be back here in the fall.

  • Avatar PK

    Palm Island is a beautiful resort, it is right on the Gulf coast, and the water is warm and clean and the beaches are never crowded. Recommend going November through April, the tennis is great. There are 11 courts on Island, but the 6 that are next to the pro shop are where all the activity happens. Art Santos, the pro has clinics almost every day, lessons and he frequently fills in during the unofficial morning social, every Mon-Fri., Sat is official social. Quite, nice family place, great tennis

  • Avatar ST

    I learned to play tennis as a child and played through high school. After high school, I didn’t play for 20 or so years, but I took the game back up again about 10-15 years ago. I am constantly looking for good instruction on strategy and technique to continue improve my play. Art Santos made several suggestions on my technique and on strategy over the past few weeks which I feel have improved my game dramatically in a brief period! The tennis on Palm Island has always been fun, but this year the level of play seemed to increase due to Art’s attention and instruction. I look forward to my return next year for more fun and improvement!

  • Avatar RS

    Excellent program with a great teaching pro Art Santos. He has improved the quality of play tremendously. We hope that he returns next season.

  • Avatar JM

    Brand new courts at the tennis center and an active and engaged tennis pro has enhanced our tennis playing experience.

  • Avatar CN

    Art Santos, Tennis Pro, on Palm Island has a great program! There are adult activities, as well as junior clinic opportunities. My 14-year old daughter participated in the clinics and took several private lessons while we were there. The courts are top-notch and many have recently been resurfaced. Art’s instruction has helped my daughter immensely. The accommodations on Palm Island are beautiful condominiums on the Gulf. The beach is picturesque. Palm Island is a wonderful resort for tennis, swimming, fishing, boating, beach walking, bike riding, kayaking, children’s programming, adult fitness classes and relaxing!

  • Avatar AR

    Palm Island Resort was great. A beautiful spot with a short walk to the beach, a wonderful swimming pool, fitness center, and restaurant with excellent service. The tennis courts are in great shape. The pro there, Art Santos, is a member of PBI — Peter Burwash International. He is an excellent teacher. Tennis lessons are available. For anyone who loves tennis, Palm Island Resort is a great place to go on vacation.

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