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85 Reviews on “Ritz-Carlton, Bacara”

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  • Avatar CR

    The staff was the best part. They were so much fun. I did learn a lot and my new spicy racket is the boom!! Galina allowed me to practice with her racket and after falling in love with it she strung me up a new one just like hers. Got back home and won my 4.0 match with my new racket and the techniques I learned while there. This was my first time in California, at a Ritz Carlton so I had high expectations. Galina and her team made this weekend the best tennis and win camp I have been to. The pro shop could have been better. I was ready to shop.

  • Avatar PP

    Attended the CD Tennis and wine weekend at the Ritz and it was an absolute blast. Gorgeous hotel and tennis facility, lots to do in Santa Barbara. But the pros, Galina, Lexi, Valeria and Stuart absolutely made the weekend with their skill, enthusiasm and laughs. We had such a great time and will definitely go back.

  • Avatar SM

    Coaches Galena Valeria Lexi and Stewart were high energy and fun! Enjoyed the tennis immensely!

  • Avatar EK

    Gorgeous resort and exceptional high energy instructional tennis camp. Pros were each great and offered various tips.

  • Avatar AS

    Galina, Lexi, V, and Stuart were amazing. I had the best time and learned so much. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Avatar BS

    The clinic was exceptional! The only thing I would have liked was to have been partnered/ grouped with other people. Played with the same ladies a lot of the time. I know it wasn’t based on skill once I played with others at the end. I had a match today and used the martini glass volley drill and it worked great!

  • Avatar ES

    The tennis pros and staff at the Cliff Drysdale tennis clinic at Bacara were all super high-energy, fun, knowledgeable and helpful! They gave so many great pointers and tips for me to take home. I wish that some drills could have lasted longer so that I could build more muscle memory with the new skills, but the drills weren’t terribly short and there’s only so much time in a weekend anyway, it would have been impossible to change my 12 years of bad tennis habits in that tiny window of time. I also loved the immediate on-court feedback that the pros gave me about what I was doing right and wrong. Lots of positivity and encouragement all around. I would love to do this clinic again, and get some more match play in on the final day, and highly recommend to anyone interested in fun tennis getaways.

  • Avatar BC

    My son and I took lessons together, mainly focused on him. It was an awkward ask for me to be involved and to participate, but to still make it mainly for my teenager. Coach Galina did it perfectly, and my son does not have an easy temperament. She got him to warm up to her quickly and to buy in with enthusiasm. She also did a nice job not confusing him with instruction that would conflict with his coaches at home. We wanted practice, a workout, and some polishing. We got that and more. She kept it up-beat but she really challenged him and did that thing that all great coaches do well and all bad coaches fail at: staying right above their client’s level so the player can compete and win some points but so there are no easy points.

  • Avatar KZ

    This was a phenomenal getaway location for an active girls weekend. The cardio tennis was the most energetic cardio tennis class I’ve ever taken. Galina is a wonderful asset at this resort!!! She gave us an incredible workout that was also fun. THANK YOU!

  • Avatar VM

    Working with Galina was outstanding She is a huge asset for the tennis program She brings great energy and the kids really enjoyed her

  • Avatar SF

    I highly recommend it

  • Avatar WW

    Galina is fantastic please keep her!

  • Avatar SR

    Wonderful tennis courts, energetic and skilled coach.

  • Avatar TS

    My family and I love the tennis at bacara! Great energetic fun talented instructors!! So much fun and we are learning so much.

  • Avatar JB

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  • Avatar SS

    The best part of Ritz Carlton Bacara’s tennis center is its director of tennis, Galina Bykova. She is high energy in a positive and fun way. But more importantly she is an exceptional tennis instructor. Galina gives insightful feedback on technique and court positioning, all while putting together engaging drills that are complex enough to not be boring but with clear instructions so you know what you’re supposed to do. You’ll be happy taking a private or cardio or live ball clinic with Galina.

  • Avatar CW

    We have been club members at the Ritz Carlton Bacara for more than 12 years and associate members at the tennis facility for over four years. Between the outstanding program that Galina provides for Tennis, and the overall experience at the resort, we don’t know what we would do without it, a huge part of our lives!

  • Avatar KC

    Tennis courts and instruction are awesome and well managed !!

  • Avatar TS

    The clay courts are close enough to the beach that you can hear the surf. The facilities are very nice, the courts are always well-groomed. The instruction is top notch. Galina can taylor instruction to be effective for everyone in a clinic. Her one-on-one instruction is excellent, plus she is a lot of fun during your time on the court. I visit this facility several times a year and am never disappointed.

  • Avatar DR

    The tennis instructor, Galina, was very helpful, held a lively clinic and provided really good instruction in my private lessons.

  • Avatar DM

    As a solo traveller looking for an environment providing a combination of tennis coaching and relaxation, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at RC- Bacara. I genuinely looked forward to the tennis coaching each day which was varied, fun, energetic and appropriate to my level as a newcomer to the sport later in life. Thank you Galina and Francesca for making the experience a positive one. If I have the opportunity to return in the future, I think it would be of great value in the private lessons to have some video analysis and review of this as a visual aid for feedback.

  • Avatar MK

    Galina offers high energy, challenging drills and constructive suggestions to help with technique and strategy. Clay courts can get slippery.

  • Avatar CH

    Galina is the best: high energy, supportive, fun, and a skilled coach. We loved every season with her and look forward to returning.

  • Avatar SH

    We have always loved the Bacara and visit as often as we can. Once we met Galina, we knew she was the perfect pro for us. She is high energy, FUN, strategic and patient. 🙂 We look forward to our lessons every week – even when the only time we can make it is 7:30 am on a Sunday. She is flexible, friendly and did I mention FUN?! 😉 If I were you, I’d give her a BIG raise to keep her – she is a wonderful asset that makes your tennis program shine and keeps us coming back and recommending her and the resort to everyone we know.

  • Avatar LH

    Galina, the tennis pro is exceptional, experienced, high energy, fun.

  • Avatar DR

    Galina was a very good instructor. Very patient and enthusiastic.

  • Avatar SC

    Lovely resort and setting. Hosted tennis outing for small business group and the tennis staff was fantastic! We had multiple levels of players and varying attendance on different days. They worked with us on last-minute changes and ensured everyone felt welcome and had a great time!

  • Avatar PB

    Strength: Galana Bykova – skilled, high energy, personable. Weakness: more wait staff at Bistro restaurant.

  • Avatar MS

    Galina runs an exceptional experience at the Bacara. We will sometimes go just for the clinic for the day or sometimes in conjunction staying at the Bacara for the weekend! Love it there!

  • Avatar DC

    Galina is the heart and soul of the tennis program at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta/Santa Barbara. She is enthusiastic, encouraging, and technically superior in instruction with kids and adults alike. We see her annually and are lucky to have the same outstanding quality each time. It is a point of pride for the resort to provide you the best experience.

  • Avatar Kw

    The pro, Galina, at the resort was amazing. Super high energy, engaging and patient. Definitely top notch experience with the tennis and enjoying the resort, restaurants, and ocean views.

  • Avatar AG

    Came here for the tennis. Galina was a 10 out of ten in re: to clinics & instruction. However, the tennis facility falls short in comparison to other high end resorts. No water or towels on the court. Zero check in or greeting process. It’s too much for Galina to be on court, teaching; while also worrying about court reservations. Also, since the courts back up to public parking and beach access, the tennis club house should always have an attendant on site, during operating hours. Said attendant should not be the teaching pro. And…get a pro shop. We extended our stay and would have been easy targets for purchasing new tennis duds (as we are living on dirty laundry). I think the Ritz needs have more or a presence in the tennis center,

  • Avatar MH

    Had a great time! Galina was fabulous!

  • Avatar Ws

    I have played tennis often at the Bacara and Galina runs a great program. She is smart, communicative, an excellent coach, and always makes it fun. I would recommend tennis at the Bacara and especially Galina to anyone- she is a keeper!

  • Avatar MD

    Unforgettable experience playing on these gorgeous clay courts with the ocean breeze and Galina’s dazzling energy!

  • Avatar LR

    Our instructor, Galina, is a first rate instructor. Talented, well organized, upbeat, playful in exactly the right measue. I had an excellent lesson and will retuen again, gladly

  • Avatar KT

    Galina was fabulous! She and Valera were my absolute favorite pros. They had the best energy and made it such a fun getaway with my girlfriends. Emily and Jay were also delightful.

  • Avatar JB

    We had a great tennis weekend with Galina, Valeria and her teaching crew at The Bacara. Galina is fantastic – high energy, fun and very knowledgeable. Valeria was equally fabulous. My friends and I had a great weekend of tennis, especially loving the morning clinics. The Bacara resort was lovely as were the on site restaurants. We would most definitely come back!

  • Avatar SK

    The tennis instructors were wonderful! Positive, high energy and super fun!

  • Avatar HD

    Galina brings fabulous energy and instruction to the courts at the Bacara. I attended a tennis weekend with 3 friends and we had a wonderful time. This is a great experience for a large or small group. There was a mix of live ball, drills, instruction and round robin match play. We enjoyed ourselves and we enjoyed the fantastic group of pros who helped make each day fun and educational. I recommend the Ritz Carlton Bacara tennis weekend for players looking to enjoy an exquisite resort while playing tennis in ideal weather.

  • Avatar LP

    My group (beginners to intermediate) had a wonderful experience with Galina and Jay. They were super helpful in giving us tips and a solid foundation to continue building our tennis skills. They were high energy and super fun, and the time flew! We did two three-hour sessions and could have kept going! A wonderful experience and would highly recommend.

  • Avatar MB

    Our tennis instructors for our family lessons were Great. Galina and Jay had lots of energy and were excellent at drills and instruction . We had lots of fun doing our 2 hour lessons.

  • Avatar MG

    If you can go and ask for Galina Bykova for private or group lessons, then I would highly recommend that. She is so good at working on your weak points in such a fun and upbeat way. Both my husband and I really enjoyed her.

  • Avatar KW

    My husband and I participated in a small group tennis camp for three days. The energy was amazing and the instruction was valuable to our game. Thank you to Galina and Dan for running an energized few days of tennis at a beautiful location!

  • Avatar CB

    This is my second time to the tennis camp in Santa Barbara. Galena’s fun personality and tennis skill brought my group back. The Har-Tru tennis courts are fun to play on. The camp is organized to see how we play the first day, then provides drills to target the group’s specific needs. All of the drills were fun and effective. In fact I returned from my trip to playing USTA matches using what I learned and am winning.

  • Avatar JH

    Second time at this resort. The tennis was fantastic. Galina is an energetic and knowledgeable instructor. The hotel campus is beautiful. Only suggestion is to season the food a little better. everything was quite bland and too expensive.

  • Avatar MB

    The tennis Director is outstanding and a total blast for a fun tennis weekend.

  • Avatar HB

    Galina was a wonderful instructor. She assessed our skills, helped us work on our weaknesses, and elevated our level of play.

  • Avatar CR

    Tennis was Superb!! The grounds were beautiful and picturesque. The rooms and property were dated and had plumbing issues.

  • Avatar KB

    Galina is a gem. She made our trip incredible and we look forward to returning to work with her. We were impressed with her instruction and her energy. Her drills were high energy and pushed us athletically while focusing on skill development. Keep her for as long as you can! We will definitely refer our friends to take a trip to Santa Barbara!!

  • Avatar MW

    Galina Bykova is an outstanding tennis instructor. She is high energy, always positive, hard driving, and really improved our form. I give Galina the highest possible marks and hope to work with her again soon. She is a tremendous asset to Cliff Drysdale!!!

  • Avatar CS

    Everything about the property and the tennis program was beyond my expectations…Galina and Val had the most amazing energy at the tennis clinics and our whole team elevated their playing and had so much fun doing so! Just a magical experience- the resort, setting, service and tennis. All just amazing!

  • Avatar HR

    I thought this Tennis Camp was fantastic! The instructors were high energy, engaging, and gave great pointers. The resort was stunning and a great location for a Tennis Camp. I would have liked one extra night! Also a late check-out was key when the clinic ended at the same time as check-out. Overall, AMAZING and I can’t wait to attend another one!

  • Avatar TN

    The Cliff Drysdale tennis retreat was the most amazing tennis get a way I have been to. My husband and I loved the pros, facility and all around fun. We plan to go back for another fun weekend. I highly recommend this facility for a great tennis weekend.

  • Avatar KC

    Groups are perfect size for instruction. Lots of fun drills and excellent feedback from the teaching pros. Great social atmosphere and perfect weekend getaway.

  • Avatar LG

    Beautiful resort and accommodations. Tennis coaches are Phenomenal

  • Avatar MJ

    Awesome location on the beach in Santa Barbara. 4 great clay courts. Galina is high energy and very motivational, in addition to possessing an awesome tennis skill set.

  • Avatar LG

    Lovely resort, great tennis, fun pros. A really great experience

  • Avatar TF

    My husband and I had a wonderful time at the Ritz-Carlton- Bacara in Santa Barbara. This is the second camp we have attended and it did not disappoint. Galina Bykova and her team do an excellent job with the clinics and private lessons. It was a wonderful weekend!

  • Avatar KK

    Great place for rest and relaxation. Attentive staff and the return of the breakfast buffet! Beach was the highlight for me. Tennis was great fun! The pro’s were very good and the drills were on point. Loved the fast pace of the clinic and the progression of instruction and drills. I was disappointed with the wine tasting. We tasted two wines. The weekend was labeled Tennis and Wine, so I assumed there would be more than two wines. Also, it would be great if you include breakfast or maybe offer a discount coupon.

  • Avatar KC

    Loved the tennis trip here with my girlfriends!

  • Avatar LI

    Galina and Ted were absolutely fabulous. They had great energy and were good at setting drills and technique and strategy. They kept us moving and did not just sit there and feed balls but really tried to improve our tennis game and pushed us but did not push us to an extreme. I highly recommend these two pro’s and experience. Thank you so much for taking good care of our group.

  • Avatar JR

    I truly enjoyed my tennis experience at the Ritz Calton’s Tennis Camp in Santa Barbara. The coaching staff was knowledgeable and encouraging. They were able to help provide small adjustments that made big differences in consistency and placement. The tennis camps were small enough that you were still able to get some focused attention. The private training was great. The only challenge was using courts in free time after camps and lessons to put into place what you worked on.

  • Avatar MI

    I have played 138 Southern California and Central Coast 4.0 men’s singles tourneys since 2007. I am ALWAYS looking for professional staff to make improvements in my competitive tennis strategies. The Bacara staff, perform this with the result of making me a better tourney player. Staff focus is to get student feedback on improvements areas and work towards that improvement goal. I have improved my volleys, baseline hitting, approach shots, and improved percentage play for a variety of shots. Next few lessons will focus on serves and return of serves. I have to been to this clinic 8 times since Oct 2020. I will continue this great priced Clinic and Private Lesson Package deals at least 4 times a year. A great Central Coast Resource for Tennis improvements and Focused Fun during the clinics.

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