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Omni Amelia Island Resort
Cliff Drysdale Tennis School

Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Here's what others have had to say about Omni Amelia Island Resort and Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia.

  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—N.D., Adv. Int., November 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our pro, Elliot was amazing. Great feedback and energy. We went for a girls weekend and had the best time. Would definitely recommend."—D.S., Adv. Int., November 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Amelia Island. The tennis is phenomenal which is why we go. The tennis instruction is fabulous and so is the staff. It rained while we were there and they were extremely accommodating and we so appreciate them working so hard to get our time on the court. Katie, Rob and Xavier are always so nice and patient (there are 8 women!). The tennis facility and staff are what keeps us coming back year after year. I have done lots of women tennis trips over the years and to many different places and this is my favorite."—L.R., Adv. Int., November 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—R.M., Adv. Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis was exceptional, and I learned a lot. The pros were experienced, helpful, and friendly. I plan to come back next year. I went with a group of women. We did a clinic in the morning and played matches in the afternoon. The resort itself is beautiful and located right on the beach."—M.W., Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "I don’t have any experience at tennis camps … I loved loved this experience. Our instructors, Charlotta and Robb are amazing. Would definitely return and recommend. Thank you for an awesome time!!! Lorraine Boyer"—L.B., Low Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "This Omni Resort Tennis experience was fantastic. We were 8 women from Syracuse NY coming down for group lessons to prepare for Nationals tennis tournament in Surprise Arizona. We had a wonderful time, excellent weather and superb tennis lessons from Rob and Charlotta. They both were PHENOMENAL instructors with great knowledge to impart, great tips, personal and group attention and high quality instruction. We left with a lot of terrific tips to work on. We have already asked them about coming again next year at the same time. We also caught the most perfect weather week imaginable. Thank you so much!!"—K.A., Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "My entire team booked clinics for 4 days with Rob and Charlotta. I've been to several camps in the US but this one outshines them all!! Truly sooo fun and we ALL left there with lots of new crafty shots to practice, patterns of hitting and strategies to add to our game. If you want to take your game to the next level, this is the place to do it!! I got back to Upstate NY late from the camp, played tennis early the next morning and my my game was amazingly better! Cannot wait to keep practicing what I learned and then GO BACK for more!! Loved, loved, loved it! If you're on the fence, pull the trigger! I went with 7 other women and we ALL will be returning!!"—J.C., Adv. Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our instructors, Rob and Charlotta were the best instructors I have ever worked with. The drills were spot on for our age and level. Their knowledge was amazing and they had an exceptional way of communicating. I have gone to at least 15 tennis camps, my second time at Amelia, and of all the camps I have attended, they provide real and useful instruction and feedback. I plan on going back again. I planned this trip for 8 women and everyone asked when we could go back again. A testament to our instructors."—M.C., Int., October 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Really enjoyed the clinics that Rob and Thien ran for us. Very high energy, fun and great focus on several elementals that will really improve my doubles play. This is the second time a group of us has visited and I would definitely do it again."—L.T., Int., October 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—L.M., Adv. Int., October 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This was the second ladies tennis trip I have taken to Omni Amelia Island and it did not disappoint. We had such a great time the first trip in 2022, we went back this year and we will likely go back every year. Pros are wonderful and clinics very informative/helpful/reasonably priced."—T.P., Adv., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "We had a fabulous time! Rob and Thien were awesome pros! Very accommodating and fun, they had great drills and games for us. We are looking forward to returning for a 3rd time!"—H.V., Adv. Int., October 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—K.N., Int., October 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating "The Omni is beautiful and has it all. The tennis facilities are wonderful. The staff is educated and well versed in teaching."—C.G., Adv. Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis program is excellent - great courts, very well maintained . The instructors were fantastic and they made the time fly by. We stayed at the villas. Beautiful accommodations, very close to the pool and beach. The resort has a very cozy, beautiful vibe. We are looking forward to returning next year!"—J.T., Int., October 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our tennis instructors, Elliot and Xavier were outstanding...our group learned so much about doubles strategy and we all had a blast..."—J.L., Int., October 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My tennis team and I spent a week at the Omni Amelia Island to have a fun team getaway and also to play a lot of tennis and improve our tennis game. Unfortunately, the rain hindered some of our plans, but the staff at the Cliff Drysdale Academy worked diligently to make sure we made up court time. They were on top of it. We took several group clinics with Elliot Muth and Thiem Nguyen and had the best time. These pros were awesome. They had high energy, came up with great drills, and gave superb instruction. We are all 4.0 players and definitely learned some great tips. Both Elliot and Thiem have a way of explaining things simply and effectively. They are professional and energetic and focused on a certain skill during every clinic (groundstrokes, volleys, overheads and serves, strategy). We loved playing with them and are ready to hire them away to teach us all the time!! Would highly highly recommend!! The resort at the Omni is fine. The rooms could use some updating. The practitioners at the spa, however, are amazing. All 8 of us had massages and all 8 of us claimed it was the best massages we have ever had! I even hugged my practitioner after it was over because it was so magical!! I’m not sure I would return to the Omni without the tennis and the spa, due to the dated rooms- but would definitely return to take lessons with Elliot and Thiem anytime."—S.S., Adv., July 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Elliot Muth and Sam (from Australia - can't remember his last name) were the absolute BEST and MOST FUN tennis instructors EVER!! Our group had a wonderful time with them both and I personally learned a lot."—M.B., Adv. Int., May 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our pros Sam and Elliott were outstanding! Highly recommend!"—L.C., Int., May 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "We had an amazing time. Elliot was an amazing pro. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun too."—A.T., Adv. Int., May 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "To balance cranky above"—J.J., Adv. Int., May 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—A.I., Int., May 2023
  • 3-Ball Rating ""—M.D., Adv. Int., May 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating "We loved our tennis. Elliot and Sam coached with energy, clarity, and fun. This was the best group experience I have ever had. Games were balanced with competitive challenges. We’d absolutely do it again!"—J.B., Adv. Int., May 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our group of eight woman had a truly outstanding experience with our pros Sam & Elliot. They were excellent teachers - laying out a logical sequence of what we would be doing all week on the first day. Their instructions were clear and easy to follow, producing the best possible results. They understood what we needed as a group, but also zeroed in a wide variety of things that we each needed as individuals. They set high expectations but supported us and encouraged us at every step. They were patient, thoughtful, funny, energetic, and unbelievably enthusiastic. Back home, we see the improvements in our game and continue to remind each other to work on things Sam and Elliot taught us. We all hope to work with Sam and Elliot again someday!"—A.T., Adv. Int., May 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating "The hotel rooms need to be updated- other than that, it was great."—D.G., Int., April 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The tennis experience at the Cliff Drysdale Resort at Omni Amelia Island was awesome! The pros were great, kept the drills fun, and really helped each of us with our games. Kyle and Elliott were patient and really kept the tennis time engaging, despite different experience levels among our group. They also made sure we were hydrated and taking breaks when needed. Overall, it was a great experience in a beautiful setting."—W.N., Low Int., April 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "Ultimately, the quality of a tennis resort/academy is most dependent upon that of its teaching professionals--and those at Cliff Drysdale Tennis Amelia Island are literally all exceptional. We visited the resort and tennis facility as a family of three, one of whom is six years old. The six year old took private lessons daily with Xavier and Bryan, both of whom were fantastic as youth tennis coaches and also fantastic with our son. (Thank you Xavier and Bryan for that especially!) We--the two adults--worked with Rob, Kyle, Elliot, Sam, Xavier and Thien. Thanks to the Omni Resort's Camp Amelia for children, which occupied our son in the most engaging ways during the morning hours, we were able to participate in all of the morning tennis clinics as well as take one to two hours of private lessons per day. The tennis facility was able to schedule all of this seamlessly. We worked with all of the above named pro's in both the clinic settings as well as in our private lessons. The level of instruction was superb, the congeniality of all of the pros made spending time with them a delight and most importantly, our tennis games improved notably across the board over a one-week period. The value for money spent was excellent and the other participants in the clinics were lovely people. It's funny that only at the end of this review will I mention how beautiful the tennis facility and the resort are--but just wait until you see them! Also, important to mention is that the Jacksonville airport was an absolute pleasure both inbound and outbound. The resort is 40 minute, incredibly scenic drive from the efficient local airport. We already booked next year and intend to make this a regular family vacation. Thank you everyone! We'll see you next year."—K.B.,  April 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating "The tennis programming, specifically the pros, was the absolute highlight of this trip. The atmosphere was convivial, the music added a nice touch to the vibe at the clinics and the level of instruction was great. The operators managed to pair my group perfectly with our pros (Xavier and specifically our lead pro, Elliot Muth). Elliot was professional, entertaining and articulate while giving us tips but managed to keep the energy level (and fun factor) high. Both pros also had extensive local knowledge and offered us advice on everything from delicious dining options to live music and local tourist attractions. The spa amenities were also a wonderful component of our trip. While the accommodations were clean and serviceable and the hotel staff incredibly friendly and accomodating, I would have preferred a roomier lodging at a more luxury level."—D.F., Int., April 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I can't say enough great things about our tennis experience at Amelia and specifically Elliot! Our group of 4 women booked a custom package including 2 hours of clinic and 1 hour of private lessons per day. Elliot was an incredible pro - his energy is unmatched, he has a great sense of humor, and basically we wanted to pack him in our suitcase and take him back home with us! I've never felt confident at the net and after 3 days with Elliot I'm hitting winners with confidence and ease. After the first day our group decided we had to come back again we loved it so much. The grounds are gorgeous, weather in April was superb for tennis and we just had a perfect girls trip. Also a shout out to Xavier who was with us in other clinics and is also awesome! Book a trip to play tennis here and you won't be disappointed! Can't wait to be back!"—K.W., Int., April 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "I booked a tennis package with 3 of my friends. Megan from booking was so helpful and the price was very reasonable. We did the group clinics each morning with Elliot and Xavier and a couple of other pros who were great. Elliot and Xavier stood out as thoughtful and energetic, and were just outstanding pros. The clinics are a great time with impressive teaching, especially if you are in a group with your friends, though I would also feel comfortable attending alone. After the clinics we did a group lesson with Elliot. He is an exceptional and patient teacher. He goes above and beyond to make sure there is value to the lesson and that we are enjoying every minute. We will definitely book lessons with him when we return. In general, all of us can say we came back better tennis players and had such a fun weekend, we will definitely book again."—P.P., Adv. Int., April 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "I thought the tennis program at Amelia Island was absolutely incredible. From the coordinating on the pro's end to ensure that once my friends and I arrived we felt taken care of and excited about the program we were about to participate in to the conditions of the courts, everything was exceptional. All of the pros we played with as part of the clinics were great and made each hour super engaging and fun. Taking privates with Elliot was the highlight of the weekend. He made sure we had fun all while giving us great tips. We were blown away that when we arrived we'd be paired with Elliot for the entire 3 day trip and he had already pre-planned what each private lesson would look like so that we covered all aspects of our tennis games to become better players. I was blown away by this entire experience and am already planning a trip to come back!"—B.F., Adv. Int., March 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "I had the pleasure of playing tennis with Eliot Muth . Elliot made the lessons fun, specific to the players and showed a genuine interest in the desires to improve our game. Elliot is a wonderful ambassador to the program. I look forward to returning and playing with Elliot again. Thank you!"—J.K., Adv. Int., March 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Omni Amelia Island has many attributes that make its tennis program stand out above others - but two highlights from my recent trips are passion and facilities. Passion- both a love of the game and probably more importantly for this type of facility, a love of sharing the game with others through high-level instruction. The tennis staff is exceptional - shout out to Rob, Kyle, Xavier, Elliot, Sam, Thien, Bryan, and others who help out during busier seasons or boot camps. They are great at what they do and you can tell they really enjoy helping others improve their game. It's FUN - and it should be. The clinics are organized with a theme each day and somehow it feels very social without wasting a single minute. Rob makes booking a tennis vacation very easy - we've completed tennis intensive vacations, clinic focused boot camps, and relaxing play-a-little-here-and-there type trips - just tell Rob what you are looking for and he'll help design something for your preference and playing level. The facility is impeccably maintained - more than 20 clay courts in perfect condition each morning with towering oak trees providing a shade canopy - it's on another level. The pickleball facility is also impressive. The resort has something for everyone - it's more of a massive community with an impressive hotel, condo rentals, home rentals, beach, great dining, biking/walking trails, golf, etc. Book with confidence and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Amelia with high quality tennis and pickleball as part of your day."—W.B., Int., March 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—P.I., Int., February 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "The coaches were fantastic! Kyle, Sam, Brian, and Xavier made our experience amazing. Great drills, lots of energy, good music, and a fantastic exhibition match at the end. We all left singing the praises of a truly wonderful weekend."—E.J., Int., February 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia Island is a top tennis destination. Tennis Director Rob Wright runs a fabulous tennis facility with excellence pros that provide very personalized instruction. I especially loved playing with Elliot who gave detailed feedback about technique and doubles strategy. I’ve been to this tennis facility many times and plan to return again later in the year."—D.K., Int., February 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Want to take your doubles game to the next level ... spend a few days at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Academy (CDT) on Amelia Island. Instruction and match play with Rob (Director), and any of his teaching pros (Elliot, Sam, Brian, and Thien) and you will not be disappointed...caution, not for the "couch potato" crowd."—G.M., Adv. Int., February 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—C.E., Adv., February 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "You cannot beat the atmosphere and energy at Cliff Drysdale Tennis on Amelia Island. My husband and I have had lessons and clinics with Kyle, Rob, Bryan, Amy, and Elliott. They always bring a fun energy to improving our tennis game. No matter your level, they are working and challenging you to improve your game. Their passion for tennis is evident with the energy they bring to every clinic. This is why we continue to go back. We haven't found another place like it. We highly recommend!"—A.G., Adv. Int., February 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "My wife and I attended the Doubles Boot Camp in February of 2023. In short, the experience was perfection. Just book it. If you are still reading, here are some reasons I say that: 1) Instruction - the instruction focused on all key areas of the game with a combination of strategy focus, on court practice and immediate individual feedback. Virtually impossible to not leave a better player from wherever you are starting. 2) Pros - The above doesn't happen without the pros. Our pros were Kyle, Bryan, Rob, Amy and Elliott along with guest pros. Every single one of them have the heart of a teacher, including a passion for sharing their love of tennis with others. Their ability to provide individualized feedback in a group setting is truly impressive. 3) Courts - Clay courts that were in excellent condition. 4) Facility - We stayed in the hotel (vs. Villas) and had a great room with a beautiful ocean view. The restaurants and other facilities were top notch and ideal for our weekend getaway. I recommend adding a day on the front and/or back end of a camp to enjoy the area a bit more. 5) Overall environment - the whole package together was woven together so well that it made for a terrific overall experience. I had high expectations for the camp and they were far exceeded. I've already requested dates for next year and plan to be back. If you are in doubt, just book it (but don't take my spot :-))"—D.H., Low Int., February 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—B.O., Int., February 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "What an amazing experience! This trip was absolutely outstanding and Kyle and his team provided the best ever tennis camp. I would absolutely recommend this tennis club for anyone looking to have the best time ever while taking your skills to the next level. They provided instruction specific to all skill levels so bring your whole team/group, they will accommodate!"—C.M., Low Int., February 2023
  • 4-Ball Rating "The tennis pros are outstanding - very positive attitude and pro active lessons/drills. The are skilled at making the drills fun and helpful for different levels and abilities on the court. The clinics were so relevant and useful to take use in doubles play at our clubs back home.. The courts are in a beautiful setting/; looked forward to each day on the court."—A.P., Int., February 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This is my fourth year attending a custom tennis clinic at the Cliff Drysdale school. I participate with a revolving group of women and every year we leave looking forward to the following year. We play for a few hours each day and then enjoy other aspects of the resort or head into town. Never disappoints."—K.C., Adv. Int., February 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—I.W., Int., February 2023
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I visited the Amelia Island Resort with some friends for grown-up tennis camp. The location is absolutely lovely. Wide beach, nice pool, natural landscape. All rooms at the Omni are ocean facing. The racquet park is beautiful - well maintained courts, great landscaping and old oaks with spanish moss draping over the branches. Our pro was most excellent and kept us motivated with thoughtful drills and upbeat music on the court. We didn't rent a car, which was totally fine to get to things on-property. The Omni shuttle service is excellent. If you want to go off-property, the hotel staff will help arrange a car service. Overall, a very easy and fun vacation. I hope to return."—M.W., Int., January 2023
  • 3½-Ball Rating ""—F.C., Int., January 2023
  • 5-Ball Rating "I visited and was were blown away by the team’s enthusiasm and knowledge. Every single pro I interacted with took the time to work on my game with such patience and encouragement. I take on average 3 clinics a week at home and play total 5-6 times a week - and these pros are INCREDIBLE! The clinics are high energy but really take the time to drill into you the strategy of the game and then incorporate that strategy into the following drills. They’re unique in that ability and I’ve retained what I’ve learned from those clinics. The scenery is beyond beautiful and I can’t wait to return. This is a stand out facility and it truly thanks to Kyle, Sam, Elliot and Bryan- and of course Bonnie at the pro shop ! Everyone was a delight but truly a pro at their work. Thank you ??"—A.K., Int., December 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—M.K., Int., December 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "We had a girls tennis trip to Amelia Island Omni and the experience could. It have been better. Elliot and Rob did an excellent job with our group! Highly recommend the custom tennis package as they can tailor the clinic to the groups needs! Our villa was perfect for our group and being on the ocean was the way to go! Resort shuttle was excellent and a great way to get around the island. Highly recommend and our group will certainly be going back!"—M.M., Adv. Int., October 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our pro, Elliot Muse, was the best part of the trip. We loved our private lessons with him. He made the trip a memorable one!"—E.B., Int., October 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our group had Elliot Muth as our pro and he was amazing! We arrived with a group of four woman with no expectations and all of them were exceeded! We loved Elliot as he brought great drills, doubles stragegy, and volley help that we all welcomed! We can't wait for our next camp as we already said we are bringing Elliot to the next camp!"—S.L., Adv. Int., October 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Omni Amelia Island tennis camp was top notch and I could not have asked for a better experience from start to finish. The experience was customized to exactly what our group was hoping for. Our instructor Elliot was fantastic and I wish I could take lessons from him year round. He was knowledgeable, professional, and encouraging while also making our lessons so fun. Elliot left our group laughing and smiling each day and we all agree we left the camp much better players after Elliot’s coaching. I would recommend this experience to any of my friends and in fact I’ve already recommended it to a few."—J.C., Int., October 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—L.Q., Adv., August 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Our tennis instructor Kyle and his assistants were extremely skilled and friendly, made our two days stay so rewarding and pleasant!"—C.W., Adv. Int., July 2022
  • 3½-Ball Rating ""—H.L., Int., July 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—N.T., Int., July 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—L.G.,  July 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—S.L., Int., July 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Had a fantastic time. It was very easy to book. Great tennis facility and instructors. Highly recommend."—E.J., Int., June 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "We have been vacationing in Amelia Island for the past 20 years. The tennis program is outstanding. Rob and Kyle do an outstanding job in making the program great for very one. Weather you are a kid...junior...beginner...or more experienced this is the place to be. I play tennis 6 days a week and I always look forward to coming to Amelia for the tennis pros and everything the Omni tennis has to offer. The spa is amazing and relaxing as well. Would highly recommend this resort to everyone. Can't wait to get back and hit with Rob...Kyle and the rest of the pros."—D.H., Adv. Int., June 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "We had a great experience. The group clinics are a great fast paced and fun as well. There is no sitting around waiting. Paired with the private lessons, my wife and I learned more in 3 days than we had in the last 3 months!"—S.C., Beg., June 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Rob and Hassen were AWESOME instructors. They were knowledgeable and fun and kept things going. I felt like I got great instruction and a full hour of great tennis for each clinic. They moved the group from one activity to another quickly. We will definitely sign up every time we go to Amelia. Thank you so much !!!"—A.E., Adv. Int., June 2022
  • 3-Ball Rating "I booked Amelia Island based on this web site. I thought it would be a terrific tennis resort. This was the home of the former WTA event and seemed as if it would be first class all the way. The pro shop head Bonnie was terrific and very nice and one of the tennis pros Hassan was exceptional. Good player and instructor. I am a 5.0 player and my son is a high performance junior player so we take our tennis seriously.. I went in early on a Sunday at 8am to hit with my son and took out some balls from the pro shop. Bonnie wasn't there but the guy at the front knew this and was waiting for Hassan to come at 9am. As I came in to get some water - I was accosted by one of the pros who berated me for taking the balls to the court and felt as if he wanted to start a fight. I told him I was hitting and drilling with my son at 8am before anyone was playing and didn't realize it was a big deal. He went on to say he didn't like that I was on the court during my 7 year old's lesson and he felt it was a semi private. Although, I was paying over 700 dollars a night to stay there and it was because of the tennis I was staying there it was the most unprofessional and rudest talk I have ever encountered. He went on to refer to me as DUDE, I told him I was a guest of the hotel and please don't call me dude. I asked for his name and he refused to give it to me and kept speaking to me in a very hostile voice. I found out later his name was KYLE EDWARDS. This guy should not be a pro there as his customer service and hospitality was the worst I have ever encountered. I am surprised this is the quality of a Cliff Drysdale resort. I refused to come back to the tennis facility the rest of my trip after spending hundreds of dollars in the pro shop and hundreds with hitting with Hassan. Now, I will never go back to the Omni for tennis and will have to go to real tennis resorts where they don't nickel and dime the guests , act rude and obnoxious behavior. Although, it was not a 5 star tennis resort, I was enjoying my time there and Hassan was a great pro and they are lucky to have him. I am very sorry that this situation happened and will never step foot in the Omni Amelia Island again if Kyle is still one of the pros."—B.S.,  May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "I just returned from a memorable girls trip at the Omni Amelia Island. The highlight of our trip was easily the morning tennis with Luana and Gregor. They were energetic, fun to be around, and their instruction was unmatched. The tennis courts were picturesque, surrounded by old trees dripping with Spanish Moss and the courts were very well maintained. A cooler of water and Gatorade was provided for each of our sessions, a much appreciated gesture. We're already thinking about a return trip and would highly recommend this resort and specifically their tennis program."—B.F., Low Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—A.S., Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Wonderful instruction from Kyle and Rob . Really listen to our needs . The resort was wonderful the staff excellent especially Dedra at the Front Desk she went out of her way to may a trip special"—R.M., Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Amazing Tennis staff!! From first 2 clinics led by Keith and Gregor to the Sat. Clinics led by Bob and Kyle - could not ask for more skilled, knowledgeable pros. A special shout-out to Luana, with whom I had private lessons - she helped my ground game amazingly, taking a lot of unnecessary movement from my forehand and starting my way to making it a much more consistent shot - and avoid dumping so many into the net :-)"—A.S.,  May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Best tennis trip ever! Kyle and Rob are the best! We will be back next year!"—B.L., Int., May 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Had a wonderful time. Kyle and Rob were excellent. Our tennis group focused on area’s that we needed to improve as a tennis team. It was challenging and fun. We plan to return."—A.H., Low Int., May 2022
  • 4-Ball Rating "We traveled as a group for a fun tennis get-a-way. I had been to the Cliff Drysdale retreat there two previous times. Both excellent. The time the tennis again did not fall short. Our Pros Kyle and Xavier were outstanding. Knowledgeable, fun and kept us going. A very enjoyable trip."—M.H., Adv. Int., May 2022
  • 4-Ball Rating "We had a fantastic time. The pros, Kyle and Xavier were fun, personable and extremely knowledgeable. Three hours went by quickly because of the fun we were having."—P.B., Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—A.C., Low Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—R.B., Adv. Int., May 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—T.V., Adv. Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "All the pros were enthusiaistic and great to be with!!!"—J.W., Adv. Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "The omni on Amelia Island is a wonderful all around resort experience. We were able to take a tennis lesson with Luana who exceeded our expectations with her energy, games, and overall knowledge of the game. The access to the beach, convenient dining, kids activities and lodging made it so fun and easy to be a guest at the Omni!"—M.D., Int., May 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "We had th best vacation ever at this resort and will be back again very soon. The tennis was wonderful and I came home playing better than ever. The staff was exceptional! So much to do here after playing tennis and pickelball. The ocean/beach is fantastic. Downtown FB is really fun too."—C.C., Adv. Int., April 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Coach Luana is an exceptional tennis pro ! She breaks things down for all levels of tennis . Our daughter is a beginning high school player and I played competitive college tennis and we both left our lessons/sessions with her with many helpful tips ! My daughters serve improved tremendously in ONE session . Coach Luana has found her gift and passion in life and shared it so naturally with her tennis students ! She is enthusiastic and her love of tennis is contagious . We also totally lucked out working with Coach Xavier he too had a fun yet efficient style of teaching breaking down the strokes and building up the player:) thank you thank you Absolutely the highlight of our trip !! Eternally grateful to both of you :)"—A.K., Adv., April 2022
  • 4-Ball Rating "Tennis with Gregor Brydon was excellent!! His high energy and fun personality was infectious. He is a gifted teacher and observant pro who offered easy to grasp and actionable suggestions. We all left feeling our tennis game had improved. We recommend him highly and we look forward to working with him again."—K.F., Low Int., April 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Exceptional instruction by Gregor who had a game plan for our foursome for all 9 hours, and yet was able to pivot on a dime. We were quite impressed by his teaching skills and shocked to find that we all improved quite a bit over the 3 days."—M.D., Int., April 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great tennis getaway at Amelia Island resort, so much to offer at this location and the tennis instruction was awesome!! We had a great time!"—A.S., Adv., April 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "My girlfriends and I go away every winter for a tennis getaway, and have attended many different camps over the years. The last time we were at Amelia Island was 2017, and had a nice experience, so decided to give it another try. We again highly enjoyed both the tennis and the Omni Plantation Resort!!! We booked a 2 day clinic and Kyle was our instructor for both days. He was really nice and very encouraging. He had a good balance of giving just enough instruction, but then also gave us a chance to work on what we learned. Thanks to Kyle and all the Amelia Island staff for another great getaway. Hope to visit again someday!"—M.V., Adv., April 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "All inclusive resort with a generous number of experienced pros"—B.S., Low Int., April 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Scheduled two, four-person group lessons. Luanna was our coach and She.Was.Amazing. Best small group tennis clinic I've been in, in 10+ years. It was energetic, appropriately paced, GREAT mix of drills and well executed drills. Luanna's energy was unsurpassed and infectious! All the drills were applicable to real-life match play and Luanna was able to successfully manage a small group of players with varying strengths and weakness. Job well done. And to Cliff Drysdale programming--two thumbs up. Keep up the great work... your offering is a step above other resort offerings."—J.A., Int., April 2022
  • 3-Ball Rating "I have been to many of the resorts listed on tennisresortsonline. I rely on the reviews to assess the game matching available. Reviews of the Omni indicated satisfaction with this aspect of the tennis program. Unfortunately, this was not my experience. In fact, when I inquired about this at the pro shop, I was brusquely informed that this is no longer offered. The desk person absolutely refused to write down my number. I am not usually a fan of clinics but resorted to this and it was offered in a package with a 1 hour tennis lesson. The clinic pros were friendly and enthusiastic. There were more than 4 players on some of the courts so occasionally I had to sit out. I had my lesson with a pro who hit with me but didn't offer a lot of constructive advice. Our room was tired and out of date and quite expensive. The gym is very good. Unlike the employee at the tennis desk, there was a very friendly staff member who gave a detailed tour of the gym and offered advice as to Amelia Island sites and restaurants. As a 4.0 player I would advise other readers on this site to look elsewhere if game matching is a priority."—J.L., Adv. Int., April 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Brought a high school tennis team down to Amelia for a three day "spring training" trip. The team trained 3 hours a day with Kyle and Luanna. I can not even begin to express how AMAZING these pros were with my team. There were 20 boys on this trip divided into two sessions and Kyle and Luanna know all their names within the first half hour. Very impressive. But most impressive was the tennis drilling they provided the team while keeping things light and fun the entire time. The range of players were 9.5 UTR right through guys who will barely crack a JV lineup, yet the pros were really able to personalize the instruction and make it work to perfection. ALL 20 players commented on how much they enjoyed the rapport with the pros and most importantly how much they benefited from the instruction. We keep coming back to this resort for this trip because the tennis is always top notch and the resort is beautiful. I have been to countless tennis resorts over the years and none of them can even touch the combination of tennis facility and instruction offered here. Thank you Kyle , Luanna and Rob for making this trip so special!!"—E.G., Adv., March 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Luana was amazing and I would happily do any type of clinic with her again! In fact, if she is still with Clif Drysdale next year, we will ask to do another tennis camp with her. She taught great pointers that I took away with me and was full of positive energy!"—B.T., Int., March 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis camp was incredible! Luana was the most enthusiastic, positive and knowledgeable pro we have ever encountered. The courts were immaculate and the scenery was beautiful. This resort offered everything we wanted for a girls getaway and more. Highly recommend this resort for anyone interested in a little fun, relaxation and some awesome tennis instruction and exercise. Great poolside lounging, fire pits and hot tub located right on the beach! The Marche was our fav lunch spot and the resort teams made sure we were able to traverse the resort seamlessly on demand. Can’t say enough about our exceptional experience!"—J.H., Int., March 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Amazing girls get away present from our husbands, which included private group tennis lessons. The lodging, resort, pool, restaurants, and tennis were exceptional. Tennis was by far the best part of our trip thanks to our pro Luana. Her energy, smile, positivity, and instruction made the lesson go by far too quickly. Could have spent many more hours with her, Luana is amazing. Look forward to another trip to a Cliff Drysdale camp wherever Luana lands. Will happily follow Luana."—D.C., Adv. Int., March 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Luana is amazing! Lulu machine! Just had a girls tennis weekend with my 3 friends at the Omni Amelia Island. We loved the energy and enthusiasm that Luana gave us every second of our lessons. I didn’t know that tennis could be more fun than it already is! We learned so much and had a blast while doing it. Luana even made sure to adapt drills so one of our fairer ladies didn’t have to be in the sun. She went above and beyond for us. Hoping to do this trip every year now! Thank you Luana! XOXO"—J.S., Adv. Int., March 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—V.V., Adv., March 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—K.W.,  March 2022
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  • 5-Ball Rating ""—L.K., Adv. Int., February 2022
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  • 5-Ball Rating ""—K.S., Int., January 2022
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Just returned from a week at the Omni Amelia Resort where the highlight was the Cliff Drysdale Tennis experience. Rob Wright and his team are outstanding coaches and professionals. They have a strong following from within the resort community, as well as folks like my wife and me who have been coming to the Drysdale Academy for several years. The Academy is a tennis doubles paradise. Rob, Luana, Chis, Xavier and the rest of the team are first rate. We often participate in Rob's now famous "wolf pack" offering; 2 hours of match play with instruction, followed by lunch and afternoon open play. The Omni Resort does its best to support this amenity as part of their offering. There are higher end places to stay in the area; however the attraction for us is the Cliff Drysdale tennis experience."—G.M., Adv. Int., January 2022
  • 5-Ball Rating "Luana and Rob were fantastic. Best tennis pros I ever worked with. They are excellent tennis players and coaches. They brought high energy, enthusiasm, lots of positive reinforcement, and of course wonderful humor to make the 3 hour long sessions feel like a breeze. Thank you both for improving my tennis game significantly. Will definitely go back to Amelia Tennis Resort!."—S.Z., Low Int., December 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "Myself and 5 girlfriends had the best time over this past weekend receiving instruction from Lulu (Luanna) and Keith. Luanna immediately created a fun, positive atmosphere with solid tennis instruction for a variety of skill levels. She never let us take ourselves too seriously, but pushed us when she knew we could do better. We found out after the fact that it was her first time leading a camp solo and we would have NEVER known. She was incredible and we want to move her to our town! We will definitely be back. The trip was a dream - the resort was beautiful and easy to manuver, and everyone was very accommodating. Thanks so much!"—M.L., Low Int., November 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Pros and staff at Cliff Drysdale Amelia Island were really outstanding: all were Knowledgable, Personable, Hardworking, Collaborative, Creative, and Respectful - truly a great team of talent. The courts and grounds were outstanding as well. Well maintained in a scenic setting surrounded by grand live oak trees."—P.B., Adv. Int., November 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great location and super fun!"—J.B., Int., November 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "This is the 4th women’s tennis camp that we have arranged - Rob Wright made sure that me and the 9 friends I brought along had the best time while actually learning new doubles tactics. We appreciated Rob, Kyle and Luana - they were very patient - lots of fun - quick to laugh - and made our time together so memorable. We are already talking about our next trip! Thank you Rob and team - you are all the very best!"—K.S., Int., October 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis courts are in fantastic condition and some of them are shaded for all or part of the day. The Tennis Pros were very knowledgeable and made things fun. I actually came back from our tennis trip and won a match against someone I had never been able to beat before the trip. The shuttle service on the resort was unbelievable. It really seemed like every time I walked out of a store, hotel or restaurant the shuttle was pulling up just for our group."—C.S., Int., October 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "Rob and his team were high energy coaches. What an amazing experience. Can’t wait to book my next trip to visit The Omni resort on Amelia island and the cliff Drysdale Tennis Center!"—S.F., Int., October 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "We went with a group of 10 Ladies and our Pros were Rob, Luwanna, and Kyle. Not only was it a great lesson and clinic, it was so much fun! They all new our names within the first few minutes and really helped improve our game. We come to this facility every year because we always have a great experience!"—D.K., Int., October 2021
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We had a large group of 17 girls who attended a tennis camp. We were thrilled with the instruction and variety of drills that Rob, Sal, Kyle, and Jeremy offered. It was definitely a valuable learning experience, and was very fun! They rotated us around very well so that we had the opportunity to play with everyone, and were amazingly talented at learning our names quickly! I would definitely do this again, and would recommend it to any group looking for a valuable, fun, tennis experience!"—A.M., Beg., April 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "My tennis experience with head pro Sal Barbaro and the Cliff Drysdale team at the Omni Amelia Island Resort was so spectacular and life-changing, that it became the anchor of my June 2021 editor's letter for Women's Health magazine. Sal and his team's upbeat attitude, enthusiasm and passion for the sport, and patience and nurturing of my rusty skills inspired me to come back of my trip. And it ignited a re-connection with tennis that inspired me to enroll in regular lessons back in NYC. (spoiler: my new pro is just not the same!) Sal immediately recognized my former competitive spirit as a high school and college player, and brought out the very best in me. I was rusty, but felt like we shook it off quickly thanks to his instruction and cues. Meanwhile, my three young children (6, 10, 10) took lessons with another pro, Kyle. They had a wonderful time, and he did a dazzling job keeping them all entertained and challenged, in spite of there various skill levels. My husband even got in on the action, playing the best tennis of his life after some time with the Cliff Drysdale team. We had so much fun that we're coming back this summer for an impromptu trip filled with tons more tennis. Thanks Sal and team, you guys absolutely rock!! —"—L.P., Adv., April 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our group of 17 had a fantastic experience with this tennis clinic- the lessons were incredible with fantastic instruction and the instructors had high energy and made our drills so much fun! We can’t wait to come back!!"—M.D., Low Int., April 2021
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—J.A., Int., April 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "We really enjoyed our vacation at Amelia Island, especially the tennis experience. They ran an excellent program and Rob, Sal and the rest of the pros are exceptional. Everyone was very accommodating and the kids loved the kids program. Will definitely come back."—G.V., Adv., April 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "My tennis group of 12 women(tennis chicks)just completed 3 days of tennis camp with an outstanding experience. It started w/ the ease of booking and communication about costs and payment. When we arrived on the 1st day, Sal, Rob, and Don were ready and eager to start and get to know each of us by name and chicks 1-12!!! We were all excited and came with an assortment of skills and personalities. The drills and instruction were spectacular. Each drill had a specific purpose. The coaches kept us moving and engaged. We loved that the coaches rotated courts throughout the drills so we gained perspective from each of them. We were never bored or felt like the time was passing too slowly. We were so fired up that we stayed after camp to play even more tennis!!! Our final day the weather was a little questionable. Sal kept us updated about weather conditions and were able to squeeze in most of the morning session. The guys went above and beyond the call of duty when the courts began to get wet from the intermittent rain. Sal and Rob came up w/ drills that kept us on safe areas of the court, and they even called for towels and began to dry courts so we could continue our drills. When the rain began to take over, we moved to a dry area where Sal and Rob answered any questions we had about strategy or mental toughness. When we finished the day, we walked away smiling and talking about all we had learned and how much fun we had. It was one of the best trips I've had. There is nothing better than girl trips and tennis! Thank everyone @ Cliff Drysdale Tennis School, Amelia Island!!! The day after we returned home, we received a credit for the time we lost because of the rain. WOW!!! This team is 1st class!!! We are coming back!!!!"—T.W., Adv. Int., March 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "Three of my girlfriends and I decided to take a first time tennis weekend to Amelia. We wanted exceptional instruction, a high energy atmosphere, and fun memories to take back home. Every box was checked and then some! All the Pros (Sal, Kyle, & Jeremy) were so knowledgeable and very perspective of the kind of instruction each of us individually needed. I have been to several tennis resorts and this is hands down my favorite! We are already planning our Fall tennis weekend and I hope others get the opportunity to come try what this one of a kind tennis resort has to offer!"—M.M., Adv. Int., March 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "We had a great weekend of tennis. The pros were excellent! I can't say enough about the instruction from Rob, Kyle, Don. They went above and beyond to help our group walk away with some new skills. I highly recommend Cliffs Drysdale at Amelia Island!"—M.G., Int., February 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "My sister lives in nearby Saint Augustine so I wanted to get some work in while I was visiting for Christmas. I am a teaching pro / high school coach myself and I am a 4 / 4.5 level player. I did the adult clinics and was the best player there. It didn't sound like too many adult players come through at my level. The pros did an excellent job though of mixing all sorts of different skill levels and making it a worthwhile experience for everyone and building camaraderie among the group. They had great drills and a different focus each day and were clearly seasoned at what they do. Sal, Rob, and Kyle were all excellent. I came back each day because of they job they did. I was also able to get individual sessions with them and work on more advanced things in my own game. Excellent experience!"—I.M., Adv., January 2021
  • 5-Ball Rating "We visited the Cliff Drysdale Tennis facility in Amelia Island in November. The tennis facilities are great, and the resort is in a perfect setting. We participated in the tennis clinics and private lessons. Both of them were fun, and beneficial to our tennis game. The pros keep you moving, and the drills were really good. They didn't just feed you balls. They provided valuable tips to improve your strokes. The head pro, Rob Wright, does a fantastic job. He makes sure that all participants are having a good time. All of the pros were not only great tennis instructors, but were nice people too. We would definitely recommend this place as a must go to for great tennis, and a great vacation."—W.W., Adv. Int., December 2020
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—K.B., Adv. Int., November 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "I had my first experience at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island this past weekend, and I was just blown away. What an excellent facility, and all of the instructors/pros were so personable and flexible. In two group clinics I participated in the pros did a fantastic job of managing and teaching to the varying skill level of players involved. My private sessions with Rob Wright were simply fantastic. He provided the perfect amount of small insights and suggestions to lift my level of play in the exact specific areas as I had hoped to do coming in, along with allowing me to hit a lot of balls to work on the consistency that at my age you don’t get an opportunity to do when just playing your weekly matches. I haven’t taken tennis lessons since I was in high school, some 30 years ago, and this was just a wonderful experience to make small tweaks to hone some aspects of my game. I can’t wait to come back and do it again soon!"—B.C., Pro, November 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "We learned so much that will help to improve our game but we also had a really really fun time!!!. Kyle was both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We worked hard but it never felt like work. We focused on different skills in every clinic but kyle would also stop, point out, and help us with the needed areas that we had worked on in prior clinics as well. We mostly worked with Kyle but honestly all the pros were fantastic! We will definitely return. This is the place to go for a rewarding and energetic tennis get away!!"—W.C., Int., October 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our team had an amazing weekend with Rob and Sal. Their energy and pace was exactly what we needed. They were both very professional and obviously knowledgeable, but also a lot of fun! We laughed a lot and had a great time. And the setting is stunning....playing tennis under those gorgeous oaks was really special. We are already looking at dates to come back! Shoutout to Katie Steck for all her help in coordinating."—J.C., Low Int., September 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "Rob & Sal provided excellent instruction to my tennis team. We learned more in 3 days than we have in 2-3 years of playing. They were very accommodating with our delayed flight and poor weather and we were able to get our clinic time in. All the drills were informative and loads of fun. Highly recommend Rob & Sal!"—H.W.,  September 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—A.W., Adv. Int., September 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "Rob Wright provided an exceptional lesson concentrating, per my request, on cross court sustained warm up, volleys, V formation net play, and proper racket positions. A wonderful high energy workout for this 70 year old female C2 Womens doubles competitor. Rob was engaging and personable making this hour a pleasure to be on court."—T.B., Int., September 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Loved my girls weekend here, it was a perfect combination of relaxing & fun! Sal was our instructor & he was a blast. We learned new techniques , drills & ideas which has added dimension to our game . I can't wait to go back! They were vigilant with regard to social distancing & Covid preventative measures all around. I personally loved playing under the oaks, what a great atmosphere."—M.B., Int., August 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "My tennis comrades and I needed a camp getaway to step up our tennis games. Sal Barbaro was just what we needed. His high energy and knowledge of the game kept us going during each of the three hour clinics. He taught at our level and challenged us to try intricate drills and new strategies . He practiced social distancing and was diligent in his sanitizing of the areas we used. The girls and I would definitely return for further instruction and of course to relax on the beach afterwards."—S.M., Adv. Int., August 2020
  • 4-Ball Rating "The coaching staff was great - lots of fun but engaged and sincere in their interest to improve our games at the same time."—B.A., Adv. Int., April 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "All the tennis pros were excellent teachers, passionate about tennis and genuinely cared about the program and all the players - the tennis facilities are excellent and the support staff were also very friendly and helpful - our children and we all had a great tennis experience! The resort is beautiful and there are lots of other activities to enjoy. The Sunrise breakfasts and the Verandah dinners in particular were fantastic We visited resort in 2020 but not an option below so chose 2019 as closest in time."—M.B., Adv. Int., March 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "Facility in great shape. Instructors ( especially.. Robert, Andrew, Louis, Sal) were excellent, personable & attentive to my wife 3.0 and my 4.0-4.5 individual needs/desires. They were able to effectively separate us (given play level differences) for clinics, but accommodated us together for a series of shared private lessons. We will definitely be back!!!"—J.H., Adv., March 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Cliff Drysdale tennis program at Omni Amelia Island Plantation is exceptional. I own a vacation home near the resort and play there as often as possible when visiting. The HarTru courts are perfectly maintained and the staff greet me like family. Lessons with Sal, Rob, Luis and Andrew always strengthen and improve my game. With their help I have learned to hit a much better forehand."—I.W., Adv., February 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Sal and Rob were our tennis instructors and they made our experience exceptional. Not only were they fun to be with but they gave so many fantastic drills. It was so refreshing to be with instructors who are truly passionate about their jobs. Thank you for such a wonderful 3 day custom camp. I thoroughly enjoyed our experience."—A.L., Int., February 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "Just spent 5 days at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort primarily to improve my tennis at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Camp and get in some quality beach time. Both of these requirements were met well beyond my expectations. Strengths: * The best tennis coaching I've experienced yet - the team (Sal, Rob, Luis, Don and Andrew) are high energy, enthusiastic, patient and adapt well to any player, not to mention they all provide invaluable instruction to improve your game * Loved the tennis clinics - the team does a great job of mixing hotel guests with locals who live in the vicinity and they also offer fun social events for those interested * The beach and other facilities (including accommodation, restaurants, spa, other activities) at the Omni resort were all top notch Weaknesses: None! I hope to return soon!"—C.T., Low Int., February 2020
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I absolutely love the tennis programs at the Cliff Drysdale center. Our tennis pros, Sal and Rob, are exceptional. They bring not only the expertise but also the energy, making for an instructional and enjoyable experience. I recommend this tennis program to anyone looking to up their game and have fun while doing so."—I.W., Int., February 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have been to several adult tennis camps/clinics throughout America. I have now been here 3 times for 2 weeks at a time as it is by far my favorite. The setting, instruction and energy here is unbeatable as far as I am concerned. Rob Wright runs the best all around camp as far as I am concerned. Sal, Louise and Thomas are all top notch instructors. You really not need to look any further as Omni tennis is great for all level of players."—M.M., Adv. Int., February 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "I’ve been to the Doubles Boot Camp twice now and have absolutely loved it! I’ve gotten more instruction, feedback, and balls hit during my private and group sessions at this Cliff Drysdale tennis center than any other I have ever had. Every time I leave I feel like my brain is totally full from all kinds of information poured into it over the previous days. I feel more confident in my shots and at the net and have learned a lot of new strategies as well as being corrected on bad habits. I highly recommend this camp for anyone who wants to step up their game, no matter their level!"—T.B., Int., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—N.M., Int., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "A group of us (five adults) signed up for both group clinics and private lessons this past December. We first came to this resort four years ago and have been back each year since. Each time we ask for Sal and Rob because we know that we will be introduced to new clinic routines. They always make it fun even as we learn skill building techniques. Sal is especially knowledgable about the finer points of the game and ways to advance one's level of play. Also useful is his instruction in doubles strategies, net play, and the drills that will enhance these skills. That is what keeps us coming back. In short, Sal and his entire staff are terrific."—T.G., Adv. Int., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "I've been to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation several times with my family, and on tennis retreats with my tennis team. The resort has so many amenities, restaurants and recreational activities for everyone. I especially love the tennis programs. I've taken private lessons, participated in daily clinics and have also created customized retreats for my team. The staff is friendly, helpful and accommodating. All of the pros are fun, dynamic and patient."—C.G., Low Int., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "We visited Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort from New York for our winter vacation. The tennis facilities are very well-maintained and the locker rooms were clean. We had Sal and Andrew as our tennis instructors, and they were the most excellent trainers we've ever had. They were professional and patient, spending great efforts in helping us correct our mistakes and improve every aspect of our plays. The resort itself is also luxurious and all-inclusive, with very tasty dining options and one of the best spas we've ever had."—Y.Y., Beg., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "I visited Amelia Island during Christmas 2019, and had tennis lessons everyday. The tennis facilities are top-notch, with well-maintained courts, fully stacked pro shop, a heated indoor lap pool and a huge fitness center. More importantly, the instructors are the most excellent instructors I ever had. Sal and Andrew, our trainers, were professional and meticulous in help us build our forms and perfect our strikes. We'd definitely come back for the next vacation."—Z.Z., Beg., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "I recently stayed at Omni Amelia Island and the tennis experience surpassed my high expectation. The staff of Tennis Pros were extremely knowledgeable and friendl. They did not try to change my game instead they leveraged my strengths and gave me some valuable tips. When I returned home I noticed an immediate improvement in the aspects of my game they worked on. The staff in the pro shop was very accommodating and offered a number of options so I could maximize my tennis time. The courts are well maintained, all 23 of them! Overall great experience and great facility! I am looking forward to returning."—J.C., Adv., January 2020
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis staff at Amelia Island is incredible. I have never had a hard time getting a lesson, unlike some other locations where I have played. I have participated in clinics, private lessons, and tennis tournaments. In each of these settings, the staff has gone above and beyond to make sure that my experience was excellent. If you are in this area, I would highly recommend playing tennis here."—E.P., Adv., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Sal and his team are professionals in every sense of the word. The facilities surroundings are excellent, but the people are what sets tennis at the Amelia Island Omni Plantation above the bar. I am already planning to be back with friends."—S.P., Low Int., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "For the 3rd year in a row, our 4.5 level group of 8-10 men age 45-63 flew in for a customized 3-day destination camp with Tennis Director Sal Barbaro and his team. Two years ago, this was the best tennis camp I'd ever been to, and it has gotten even better the last two years as Sal worked with us to further customize the clinics to our group. The secret sauce? Sal and his staff love what they do and provide excellent, high energy, understandable, and fun tennis instruction in one of the prettiest natural settings I've ever played, at a resort with other great activities and dining on and off the resort. The service, tennis courts, gym facilities, and condo lodging (with a grocery store nearby to make many of our own meals) were top notch. Given there are so many tennis destinations around the US, each year our group has debated going somewhere else, but we all end up agreeing we've found a near-perfect package and place."—D.T., Adv., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—K.M., Int., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "My wife and I went to Amelia Island for a birthday/tennis getaway weekend 6 years ago and we were hooked! After much research we chose the Omni/Drysdale program based on reviews, breadth of program and number of courts available for play. It surpassed our expectations. We have returned to play there at least twice a year every year since. The pros are amazing. They manage to tailor every clinic to all ability levels and ages. They are always "can do" - making last minute accommodations for extra players or players who need more individualized attention - and always with a smile. Sal and his team (Rob, Luis, Nickie, Andrew) are always encouraging and positive. And a special shout out to Frieda and Jane at the check-in desk! The pro shop is excellent as well. And finally, we have met some of the nicest people on the courts - Players who have become friends. An absolutely wonderful atmosphere for tennis players of all ages and abilities!"—T.C., Adv. Int., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This year will be our FOURTH women's tennis trip. We LOVE Sal's camp for he makes the clinics fun and challenging. Garrett was his helper and he was terrific as well. The resort is a perfect vacation spot and we look forward to our yearly tradition for many more years."—J.L., Int., December 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The tennis set-up is really nice. Excellent har-tru courts and nice setting with many trees around the courts. Most important is that the head pro, Sal Barbaro, was superb. It's now the third year we have come down with a small group for three days of drills and lessons with Sal and an assistant pro. Sal is among the best pros I have come across in 50 years playing tennis. He of course hits the ball beautifully and understands every nuance of the game. But the important thing is how he communicates it, with precision and just the right amount of push and give. He played in with us often and raised our level, did individual video and commentary on our game, pulled us aside if he saw a problem with a stroke, and always brought in examples from the pro game to highlight his points. He is a great guy who does not get by on that. He is an intense teacher who know just how to instruct, push, drill and joke around. Sal is a big part of why we make this annual journey from up north."—W.M., Adv., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Cliff Drysdale program at Amelia is the reason we ended up purchasing a condo there. The pros are exceptional and the facility is perfect. Highly recommend!"—A.C., Low Int., December 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I had the pleasure to attend Amelia Island’s Women’s tennis retreat in October 2019. I really didn’t have any expectations but what I experienced was definitely some of the best instruction on a court to date in my life. I’ve been playing tennis since I was a kid, although I should be much better at this point, the Amelia Island retreat in those 3.5 days improved my game substantially! Sal and his team were just a constant infusion of energy, laser focus skills and drills and most of all the ability to make each of us feel special within our game. The attention to detail within the clinics, the format of the on court play, and the level of enthusiasm to keep all of us on our toes and focused was unprecedented. Sal, Rob, Mitch and the other pros worked tirelessly for those days to keep us all learning and growing and working hard while having a blast! I also was impressed with how the pros intermingled with all us to get to know us a little better and to bring that measure of social connection into the retreat - this is something that is not easy to navigate, but yet the level of professionalism mixed with perfect friendliness and the integrity there is really only found with pros that have been working together for years and can exude that special feeling for all is to drink in. The humor, the smiles, the easy feeling and the “don’t give up” attitude cannot be replicated with just any group of pros. Cliff Drysdale has put a special team in place at Amelia with Sal and his team and I will continue to recommend to all my fellow women tennis gurus that this place and this team is one to experience in their lives. Bravo!"—E.N., Adv. Int., November 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Rob and Sal were exceptional instructors! Challenging clinics ,very professional and they made it fun for all of us gals! Second time here and looking forward to our return next year! Thank you Rob and Sal!"—S.M., Int., November 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We visited for 5 days in October 2019. Rob and Sal took great care of us. They worked hard to make sure our time was pleasant and challenging. I am certain my game improved as a result of this adult tennis camp. The strength of the place is the focus on tennis, accommodation on the beach, great location, excellent tennis facilities, friendly and skilled staff. Weakness .... hard to think of any."—M.K., Int., November 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I’ve been coming to Amelia Island for many years and the tennis facilities, and instructors are second to none!!! Highly recommend! A+++"—A.D., Adv., November 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "i had an amazing tennis experience at cliff drysdale tennis at amelia island...sal and rob were excellent tennis instructors...kept it instructional/challenging and fun for our group of ladies!! thanks rob and sal....looking forward to seeing you again this february for our ladies tennis trip!!"—E.H., Int., November 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "For each of the past three autumns, our group of eight 45 to 63 year old men, all 4.5’s, have returned to Amelia Island to do a 3-day custom-tailored clinic designed and led by Tennis Director Sal “Ironman” Bárbaro. Sal’s energy, enthusiasm and insight are unparalleled. Each year we come away with new strategies and tips to think about and work on. Best of all, Sal and his staff keep it fun and fast, so there’s never a dull or wasted moment. We’ll be back again!"—S.O., Adv., November 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This is simply a beautiful location and setting for tennis and hanging at the beach and pool. The tennis instruction by Sal and his team was exceptional. Was with a group of 4.0 players. Sal worked with us for three days and provided a wonderful array of drills that covered all aspects of the game. He filmed each of us separately and offered specific instruction and comments on our stroke mechanics. This was our third year and it is hard to imagine a combination of setting and level of instruction that can beat the camp at Amelia Island. Not to mention a great tapas restaurant called Espana a few miles away in Fernandina Beach!"—J.M., Adv., November 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Sal and Rob are the reason I bring my tennis girls back to Amelia every year - they are the Best! We have been to other camp/resorts and nothing can compare!"—K.S., Int., November 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—J.T., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—M.D., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I spent three weeks on Amelia Island with Sal and his team in January, and it was the best tennis vacation ever. I spent many hours playing and taking lessons with them everyday. I had a superb experience during lessons and also throughout the vacation. Sal is an amazing instructor who made my experience what it was. He was very knowledgeable and engaging, and tailored the lessons to what I needed most. Overall a fantastic experience in tennis paradise. The staff are all great teachers and a blast to play with and learn from. I couldn't recommend the program more highly to anyone seeking a tennis vacation or retreat."—S.R.,  April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "The pros staff were great! Knowledgeable, engaging, attentive to tailoring our lessons. The drills were exceptionally useful and varied, often jazzed by some competition-including “Beat the Pro.” Best tennis experience my wife and I have had. Setting is gorgeous and we encourage fellow tennis players to leave the resort and explore Fernandina Beach historical district. Easy, compact walking fun, great restaurants, friendly people. I highly suspect that we are going to make this an annual event-including trying to persuade some of our Baltimore tennis friends to join us."—L.D., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This is a paradise to play tennis at. The facilities are amazing here with everything that they have to offer. Sal Barbaro, tennis director has changed this place around and has done amazing things here. I highly recommend that if you want your child to start playing tennis, they should start with Coach Barbaro. You will not regret your decision to come here."—K.V., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—C.G., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "It was our second visit to The Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The entire experience was Fantastic. The accommodations, food and serene beauty of Amelia Island are unmatched. Our time at the Tennis facility was the highlight of our stay. Thanks to the lessons, encouragement and fun provided by Sal Barbaro and his team of tennis pros. We’re looking forward to our next trip to their amazing tennis facility."—A.M., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "We’ve been to Amelia Island 5 years in a row and always had an amazing experience. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia has the best Tennis program!...The pros are very knowledgeable professional, and super fun...Sal Barbaro has a magic way to work and improve your existing skills and teach new ones..He definitely brings out the best tennis in you!... I love the beautiful facilities, the well kept clay courts surrounded by beautiful Spanish moss trees...the super friendly staff..the relaxing accommodation and breathtaking beaches and sunsets. We Looking forward to our 2020 tennis experience!."—N.N., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—R.V.,  April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—A.V.,  April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—J.V., Beg., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "I have been to Cliff Drysdale twice this year. I attended clinics and had private lessons with Sal, Han and Luis and had a great time and also improved my all around game. I was also able to play with the USTA 4.0-4.5 group during both of my stays which greatly enhanced my visit. I enjoyed it so much I will return in the end of July again to get more training and lessons as I am competing in the over 55 division in tournaments here in eastern Canada. I am already looking forward to my next visit at this topnotch facility."—D.L., Adv., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This was my second time at the Amelia adult clinic. I have been to several (saddlebrook, Newcombe tennis ranch, Feed Andersons...). I came back to Amelia and it will be the only one I attend goingforward. I spent the majority of my time working with Robert Wright. He was by far the best coach that helped improved my game. Everything about Amelia is great= restaraunts, setting.... I highly recommend this camp."—M.M., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I’ve been playing tennis and loving this sport for over 30 years and visited numerous tennis camps and tennis venues throughout the United States from Palm Springs, California to San Antonio, Texas to Florida and New York. My all time favorite Tennis Retreat is Cliff Drysdale’s Amelia Island Tennis at the Omni Plantation Resort. Over the past 4 years I coordinated an awesome Gals Tennis Getaway at Amelia Island and it’s evolved into the best tennis retreat ever. Last year, with 15 women, the experience was epic... the Pros worked their magic and designed a fabulous 3 days of Drills, Round Robin fun competitiion and a super, thought provoking workout. The Villas were beautiful and perfect for 3 women with 3 private baths and 3 bedrooms. The beach, pools, Spa, restaurants on premises and shopping was extraordinary. No other Tennis venue compares to the tailored Instruction, comfy Accommodations and soothing atmosphere offered at this gem of a resort. My players travel from NJ, Pennsylvania, Georgia and West Virginia to join me each year. We look forward to another amazing, active and super fun 4 nights this October 2019. Thanks to our Pros Sal, Han, Yana and Mike for bringing out the best in all of us???? The Tennis Shop could possibly offer a more extensive variety of clothes and racquets. The resort is huge and relying on the shuttles to get around is a bit unnerving but it’s worth the wait. We absolutely love this venue??"—K.M., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis program at Amelia remains the best I’ve experienced. For four consecutive years, I’ve participated in the Ladies Retreats and, on each visit, I’ve improved my doubles game and gained confidence on the court, all while having a blast. It left such an impression that when I had a chance to come to the Jacksonville area on business a few months ago, I knew that I just HAD to visit Sal and his team at Amelia. I participated in the morning clinics with Han and John and then enjoyed a private lesson with Sal. In one lesson, Sal taught me the slice. I never knew how easy it was; or at least the way Sal so clearly instructed me made it come so easily! The pros at Amelia have an uncanny ability to work with your existing skills and make meaningful improvements. It was again such a wonderful experience that upon my arrival back home, I booked another Ladies Retreat and am introducing a friend to the amazing instruction that Amelia offers. Can’t wait!!!"—S.B., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—K.H., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Usually I attend a tennis "Camp" with 5-6 hours a day of tennis instruction, followed by a set or two of play afterwards. However, this time my (non-tennis playing) wife wanted to come, and even bring the dogs. So, I wanted to tone it down a bit and looked for a "Resort". The Omni at Amelia Island was just the thing. I new the directer, Sal, from his days at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, so I knew he would run a top notch program. It consisted of 2 hours of group drills and 1 hour of private instruction each day. The days I was there, the 2 hour group clinics focused on Doubles. There were 8-12 players spaced out over 2-3 courts. They did a good job of breaking out players by skill level, and the drills focused on movement and Doubles strategy. I was lucky enough to be on a court with a recent Division 1 gal and her boyfriend - both excellent players! During my 1 hour privates with Sal I focused on Singles strategy and he spent a fair amount of time shoring up my backhand. Although this wasn't the "quantity" of tennis I usually go for, the "QUALITY" was top notch and worked out really will for a 'family' vacation. All the pro's I worked with were great. They had excellent knowledge and a fun way of imparting it. Additional notes: The Omni does except pets, but only in a few rooms which were already booked. And, it turns out, our dogs were over the weight limit anyway. I used VRBO to find a place in Fernandina Beach a few miles away, and that worked out great. We were right across the street from a dog-friendly beach, and everyone had a great time. My tennis lasted all morning and we had the afternoon and evening to explore the shops and restaurants of Fernandina Beach. All of us had a great time on the vacation, and the Omni had no problem with us staying off-site and attending the tennis program. Just sign up ahead of time so they know what you're doing. Tell them you're interested in the "Pay As You Go Adult Tennis Camp"."—T.F., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have been to Amelia Island Resort at least once a year for the last 4 years. This is one of the great places to go for tennis. The clay courts are amazing and always kept in top shape. Every pro is knowledgeable and fun, a truly great staff, but Sal is the glue who keeps it together. I have done many lessons and clinics with Sal and I always come away with something valuable. I’m preparing to play some national tournaments this summer and will spend 5 days working on my game at Amelia. Can’t wait!!!"—L.B., Adv., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "Great facility — courts, rooms, restaurants, hotel, etc. Beautiful setting. Strengths - Pros do a great job of working with you to adjust for your level. I’m a 4.5 and the clinics weren’t super strong my week, so the pros substituted an hour private for the clinic. - Every pro I had a lesson with was helpful, this included Sal, Rob, and Luis. I’d suggest working with different people to get different perspectives. Each left me with a tangible aspect of my game that I’m improving. - I was particularly impressed by pro’s ability to diagnoses strokes and focus on just a few things to improve. - I had my 14 yr old daughter in the tennis program as well. They did a great job working out a schedule for her. Weaknesses - Not a great option if you are strong and you want a social group (like a Saddlebrook). My guess is that this is better in some weeks, esp. if it’s really full. - Schedule ends up being scattered throughout the day, esp, if you want to play a lot of hours. - Ball machine didn’t work the whole time we were there. That was a disappointment. Overall, a great place, and I’d consider coming back."—J.R., Adv., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have been vacationing in Amelia for Several years. Each and every time I try and do as many clinics and lessons as possible. Sal, Luis, and the entire staff are amazing. Not only are they great instructors, they also make it extremely fun for all levels."—J.D., Int., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "Upbeat, happy, accommodating young staff, clay courts amongst lush green foliage, just minutes from the Ocean. I am a 2 hrs/day 3.5-4 tennis addict looking to improve my game and came solo with the intention of playing at least 5 hrs/day with feedback. I came for six days and in most ways the program delivered. Sal and Robert handled most of my private lessons and made plenty of helpful comments. Having Sal across several days kept things consistent. Daily hour with ball machine seemed to be a good way to consolidate the pointers. Unlike the Saddebrook and IMG programs which seem to attract more adults, I found myself alone or with just one other player during each of my weekday 2 hour 'clinic' sessions; the pro's were fun but the work was very light and I could not test myself against others of my level. Fortunately, 2 local residents befriended me and provided me with extracurricular matches and camaraderie. Folks are very friendly here! I would indeed come back but with a group rather than solo."—A.M., Adv. Int., November 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I visited this resort because of one of the tennis pros (Zach Lipson) I met him when I was vacationing in Amelia. Ive had numerous tennis lessons in the past but Zach brought something else to the table that I haven't seen from any other tennis pro. Over the course of three days I was simultaneously able to strengthen my strengths and improve my weaknesses all while having such an amazing attitude on court. The front desk staff was extremely accommodating and nice as well. Zach told me that he would most likely be in Southampton for the summer so I will definitely find the time to go down to that club since I have a summer house in the Hamptons."—J.M., Int., June 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis instruction is one of the best! Sal and Mattie conducted great drills and made it so much fun! I will be returning for sure!! Thanks again Sal and Mattie!"—J.B., Adv. Int., May 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I loved this place. Tennis camp was fantastic. We were 10 ladies took this camp & we all were so glad we came to Amielia Island. Another sets of 10 ladies came after us. I have learned lots of technical shots from amazing pros. They are the best coaches I have ever got training from. They watch your shots & coach you right away to improve my shots. I strongly recommend others to come here. We will be for sure come again!"—D.D., Int., May 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "Went for a Cliff Drysdale camp with 9 others. The tennis pros were the factor that made our experience there fantastic! Would love to have some food options nearer to the courts. Some of our group arrived from airport 2 hours prior to first lessons and had difficulty grabbing a quick sandwich on property before playing. Restaurant service all around was pretty slow. Would love to see a large pro shop there. Was hoping to buy new tennis clothes but there wasn’t much in the pro shop. Ocean view rooms were great! Property was clean, pool area and beach were gorgeous."—D.R., Int., May 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "All I have to say is EXCELLENT! I am a teaching professional in Houston, TX and I gave my girlfriend a Christmas gift to a tennis resort. I tried contacting several popular resorts in Florida and they weren't willing to accommodate my level or even return my calls. Sal and his staff responded immediately and totally took care of my girlfriend and I. It was totally what I was hoping for to make it an amazing experience for my girlfriend. I will definitely be visiting Amelia Island and participating in this program again, as long as Sal is still there!"—B.M., Adv., May 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Everything about this was fantastic! Sal and Luis are awesome! A group of 7 of us came for 3 full days of camp and loved every minute of it. Great instruction"—J.K., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Scott and Sal never fail to put together the best instruction for our Girls Tennis Weekend. We always learn something new and bring home additional skills to unleash on our competitors. If you have not planned a tennis weekend at Cliff Drysdale Amelia you are missing out!"—H.B., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Cliff Drysdale at Amelia is a one-of-a-kind experience. Not only is the setting beautiful and unique, but the tennis instruction is excellent. Both I and my children have taken lessons there and attended camps. Every single instructor is well-trained, top notch and professional yet very pleasant. Our 12yo took lessons there last July, 3 weeks before his school tennis tryouts. We are confident that the classes/privates he took made him successful at tryouts and we are returning this summer as well for more fun and training! When we visit Amelia, we not only take lessons but allow Cliff Drysdale to set up round robins for us and our guests. I would highly recommend Cliff Drysdale at Amelia!"—M.Z., Int., April 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "What a fantastic tennis tennis camp! Our group of 7 love our tennis and we all are very competitive players. Sal and Mattie quickly assessed our levels and moved on to fun, fast paced drills that are on point with double strategies, and some match plays with pros. They did a exceptional job of finding the right balance of drilling, playing and instructions so the 3 hours went very quickly. Great job Sal and Mattie! We'll be definitely coming back for more!"—L.K., Adv., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—D.Z., Adv., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Outstanding instruction. Our group of 7 have been to other tennis camps over the years, and this was by far my favorite. We were all pleasantly surprised by the exceptional drills that no one had ever done before. Sal and Mattie provided great instruction. We all learned new things and had fun doing the drills and playing matches. I have been playing competitive tennis for the past 10 years (USTA 4.0) and can highly recommend tennis at Cliff Drysdale at Amelia. Can’t wait to come back. Thanks Sal and Mattie!"—M.D., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Sal and Matt implemented fun and effective drills for us to work on, and we had such an amazing time doing it. Sal was also kind to recommend a great restaurant for us to have dinner which we enjoyed very much. This tennis camp is at the top of our list for our next tennis trip."—E.K., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—K.P., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "We are a group of six 4.5 guys (one 5.0 - SC you know who you are) who went for 3 days of training. We take tennis very seriously and had an amazing time. Sal and his crew set up two courts for drilling in the morning and in the afternoon we did match play with the pros playing in and giving us advice on strategy and technique throughout. We play 6+ hours a day and Sal always finds the perfect balance between instruction, drilling and match play. I have been to all the major tennis resorts in the US and you would be hard pressed to find a comparable place in terms of quality of instruction and accommodations. We had an amazing time! Thanks you Sal and staff for customizing a tennis trip for our group."—R.K., Adv., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "the enthusiasm of the tennis pros the ambiance of the clay tennis courts and the professionalism of the tennis pros makes for a great experience!!! Im coming back for more!!!"—J.W., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I am new to tennis. The staff here was very professional, friendly and very engaging. Because of them, my comfort level in playing tennis has greatly increased to where I am playing tennis more often than I could ever imagine. The resort is one of a kind. Sal and his team really exceeded my expectations."—M.Y., Beg., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Phenomenal resort with top-tier tennis facility and staff. Participated in the women's tennis camp. Was incredibly well run with tons of attention to detail, fun and great tennis."—B.K., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Third time here and hands down, this one is my favorite. From the courts, coaches, location, lodging and the beautiful sunsets who would go anywhere else!"—M.E., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I’ve spent countless hours at the Amelia Island plantation and witnessed first hand how phenomenal the tennis program is there. I had a group lesson with Sal and it completely changed my game. His knowledge and ability blew me away, and he’s super cool too! I can’t wait to come back ."—J.P., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I’m the organizer of a group of Tennis friends at the 3.5 level. We have been enjoying Tennis weekends at Amelia for the past 5 years. The Tennis instruction is top quality and it’s always nice to see the awesome pros they have there every year like Sal Barbaro. Sal is always so accomodating for our group and he goes above and beyond to make sure our weekend getaway is fun and filled with quality tennis instruction. The fact that we’ve been going for 5 years should be tesatment enough that we love our girls Tennis weekend at Amelia!"—T.C., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis was amazing I had a fantastic time the coaches were patient and extremely knowledgeable especially Matt and Sal. The staff in the pro shop were friendly and helpful and I would recommend any of my friends to come here as I had the best tennis experience and I will be coming back"—J.M., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have gone to the ladies retreat for the past 5 years and it is one of the best weeks of my year. The pros are exceptional. They give individualized Instruction on all aspects of the game including strategy. Anyone Can hit well during a drill but what sets the Cliff Drysdale model apart is implementing what is taught in the morning into competitive matches. Match play is as Competitive as you want it to be and the “draft” and team competition fosters a Sense of friendly rivalry and team bonding. It is definitely A lot of Tennis but you can take it as seriously as You want or not at all. Truth be told there have been mornings when my hungover self was not overly engaged in working on my strokes! Highest recommendation. You will have a BLAST!!"—D.D., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "I loved this tennis camp. It was great to learn some of the techniques, but what made the camp for me was the instructors. Mitch and Luis, and Sal...they made the camp for me. They made the whole experience. I am not sure I would have enjoyed the camp as much if we had different instructors. My only suggestion is, on the second day they changes the instructors and brought someone different in. It changed the whole dynamic of the day. I had to get comfortable with someone new. I would prefer if I start a group with instructors, those instructors stay with the group through the duration of the clinic. I did not like the change."—E.B., Low Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "We spent several fantastic days at The Cliff Drysdale Amelia Island Tennis Camp. Sal Barbaro and his entire staff were amazing The lessons from Sal were terrific. The courts and facilities first class!"—A.M., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "This place is awesome. The staff is always super helpful and I’ve been able to do nothing but consistently improve every single time I take a lesson with one of their pros. I wouldn’t want to visit or train anywhere else."—R.P., Adv., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "My boyfriend and I had another fantastic tennis vacation in Paradise!...this is our fourth time in Amelia Island. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and Cliff Drysdale Tennis School has everything to offer, from outstanding tennis pros and facilities to top notch accommodations...endless pristine beaches, on-site shopping and restaurants. Thank you Sal Barbaro for inviting us to participate in the St. Patty's mixer, we had a blast!... Sal and his staff make it fun for everyone! We can hardly wait to go back next year!."—N.N., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Outstanding resort, outstanding tennis! I've visited four times now, loved every minute, and will continue going! The courts are my favorite courts I've played on, and the pros and instruction level is exceptional! Five stars in all categories!"—C.P., Adv., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "In January 2018, I came to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort to learn to play tennis. I'd only started playing two years earlier, and it's tough to pick up a brand new sport in your 40s. I arrived with zero volley skills and a pretty shaky backhand. By the time I left, I was playing competitive doubles at the 4.0 level and could rally with the pros to 100 fairly consistently at a hard pace. In fact, by the end, we'd often practice with just a single ball to help me focus. I played about 6 hours of tennis per day for 3 full months, so I had ample time to get to know all the pros, clinics, teaching styles . . . basically everything about the program. There was no aspect of the tennis program that I didn't have contact with since I was spending so much intensive time there. The biggest strength of the resort is the friendliness and quality of tennis pros and the consistent high-level of instruction. We delved deep into technique -- learning not just how to hit the ball back and forth, but how to raise the entire level of play. I left Amelia Island as a completely different tennis player. But perhaps more important, I left the island with genuine friendships with the pros, some of whom I continue to stay in touch with. I can only think of one weakness. The Amelia Island tennis resort has no indoor courts. So you can't play tennis there when it rains. That said, the clay courts drain incredibly quickly. So they are usually playable within two hours of rain if the sun is out. (And the indoor courts at resorts that have them book up instantly during rainy days.) In summary, I couldn't have had a better experience at Amelia Island. All of the pros were top-notch, as were the other staff. And the guests were incredibly friendly. I made a ton of friends, and transformed my tennis game."—S.R., Int., April 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "Beautiful grounds and great tennis courts. The staff is extremely friendly and the tennis pros are very professional and knowledgeable. They helped us a lot improving our strokes and the strategy for doubles games. We were a bigger group ( seven players) and everyone was given personal attention. We will definitely return next year and hope to find Hannah and Luis here again! They were absolutely a pleasure to work with!"—J.T., Int., April 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "Beautiful resort and tennis academy. First class instruction by experienced tennis coaches."—M.L., Adv. Int., April 2018
  • 3½-Ball Rating "Stayed at the omni, which is a conference and family geared resort and played 3 days at the tennis facility. The pros were great and generally very accommodating. The level of the clinics varied quite a bit so they pulled another pro to hit with me on the days when the second hour clinics were not up to snuff. The only complaint is that on the second day the courts near the clubhouse were being used for a weekly match so they moved us to a side court. The issue is that the side court was right next to the construction being done for the car show. There were at least 10 empty courts visible so I'm not sure why they would do that unless it just didn't occur to them. If coming again (and I was on my own this time) I might stay somewhere else and drive over for the tennis. I did have some billing issues at the Omni and it was very difficult to contact them online afterward. The Omni staff was quite friendly but there were a lot of service issues (wrong food, late food due to broken kitchen printer, overly-early breakfast delivery etc.)"—M.N., Adv., April 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—A.C., Low Int., January 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "I had a blast taking lessons with Luis. I've been playing for a number of years but Luis was terrific at improving my performance. I've been to numerous other resorts but found Luis' instruction better than with any other pro with whom I've played. I had a foot injury and couldn't do any running but Luis kept the lessons productive and fun. Luis is a great pro who could identify a flaw and articulate the corrective action so that my shots and serves hit a level that I'd never seen. I was really amazed at some of the monster serves I was executing."—M.C., Adv. Int., November 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Sal was a terrific pro who improved my game and gave me a lot of great pointers. I had a great time!"—H.C., Adv. Int., November 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Attended two Cliff Drysdale Women's Retreats this year. What a fabulous week of tennis. The Pros are so conscientious of all the participants; helping each and everyone become better players. Bryce and Travis have a unique way of bringing out the best in the players. It is the best way to improve your game, have fun and enjoy the game of tennis. I would highly recommend Cliff Drysdale Women's retreat!!"—M.L., Adv. Int., October 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating ""Beautiful facility. Beautiful hotel. Beautiful setting. Thank so much the to the Cliff Drysdale staff for making our tennis vacation fantastic!""—J.L., Beg., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—B.T., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—H.R., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "fantastic. Scott Colbourne was our coach and he is truly exceptional."—I.E., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—E.S., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "We have done a girls' tennis trip here for consecutive years, and we will be back again. The tennis instruction is not only top-notch, but Sal and his staff make it fun for everyone. The grounds are beautiful, and the accommodations were perfect for our group. Love this place!"—J.F., Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have done tennis camp at Amelia three years in a row now. Best instruction I have found yet. Great way to perfect your tennis game in a beautiful setting with great accommodations."—R.L., Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have been to a few tennis retreats over the past 10 years and I would rate Cliff Drysdale Tennis Retreat at Omni Amelia Island as the BEST ever! The "Ballbuster" Team led by Sal Barbaro was full of great instruction and strategy. All of the Pro Staff at the Amelia Retreat - Scott, Yana, Luis, Robert, Harry and Jake were also extremely helpful, enthusiastic and patient!!! You have not experienced a real tennis retreat until you have experienced a CDT Retreat!!"—L.C., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "I am a huge fun of Cliff Drysdale tennis retreats. They have the best program for tennis competition with fun and quality time. My last visit was at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and I really enjoyed the view, the serenity, the service, the tennis facility, overall a great and amazing fun experience... I am always up to join their retreats!"—C.S., Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "My family and I recently visited Amelia Island for Spring Break and I can't say enough about how great this place is! The hotel was in such a beautiful setting located right on the beach. My entire family signed up for clinics and lessons. The pros were extremely energetic and fun, but also very informative. They were able to pin point small things to help you improve. Thanks to Sal, Yana, and Luis for giving our family an incredible experience. We can't wait to come back!"—K.C., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "I went with a friend from my tennis team to the Cliff Drysdale Ladies Retreat at Amelia Island. This was my first time and it was the BEST tennis program I've ever had the pleasure of participating in! The pros were super friendly, enthusiastic, talented and made sure everyone had a good time. The tennis facility was amazing - so many courts in a beautiful scenic surrounding. Everyday we drilled in the morning where the pros kept it lively and fun and then we split into teams and played matches against the other teams in the afternoons. Dinner was arranged each evening at a nice restaurant or at the hotel. There's a fun awards night at the end with hilarious video footage taken during the retreat. The ladies who attended were awesome and friendly. The resort itself lies right on the beach and every room has a view of the ocean - I'm in heaven! I can't say enough wonderful things about the tennis, the staff, the facility -- I would most definitely come back here!!! :)"—E.E., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is the best tennis resort I've been to. Sal Barbaro is an amazing tennis professional. He and his team know how to make tennis learning fun. He gives you pointers that stick with you long after you leave the camp. Sal & Scott Colebourne's combined talent and wonderful personalities shine to make this resort a MUST VISIT! I plan to get a group of friends to join me again this year."—C.L., Low Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—T.W., Pro, April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "I visited with my family, and being an advanced junior playing college tennis, I was really looking for an tennis camp to push me and improve my game. The pros did a great job breaking down the clinics based on ability and pushing you to work hard. In my privates each day, Sal and Luis really helped to improve my consistency and court awareness without changing my style of play. I cannot wait to use what I learned in my upcoming matches."—H.S., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "This was exactly what I was looking for in a tennis vacation. The resort is stunning with the trees, beach, and awesome tennis instruction. I went with my family, and we did the clinics in the morning and a private lesson every day. The clinics allowed us to play agains other guests visiting and rotate with the pros. They did a great job breaking us down based on our ability. My private lesson really allowed me to work on my individual weaknesses. The resort offered many ways for us to relax once our tennis was over each day."—J.S., Int., April 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Excellent camp. Did not like the Omni, however."—J.S., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our group of five from little rock ar took our first visit here this February. We did the four day tennis camp. This place is so AWESOME. The condo on the golf course is first class. The neighbors are friendly and helpful lEttinger us know places to do and see in the area. The beaches very nice. The pools and hot tubs are great and came in handy. All the staff very friendly and helpful. Jim got some golf in and loved the courses. Now about the TENNIS, we loved it. Sal,Scott and Yana are very professional and made it fun to learn and play this awesome sport of tennis. It's just enough hours not to get tired or burned out. The drills are fun. The other players we met were having fun. You get that one on one from all the pro's. Not there to change your game but to improve it. You will learn and have fun. If you never been on clay courts before, you will love these. I love and play clay courts more than hard tops. When you go, tell them Batman sent you. No discount but you might get some good stories. I get loud when having fun. Thanks Sal,Scott and Yana for making it a awesome place. Batman"—R.B., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Arriving at this sprawling resort at evening time was breathtaking! With so much to do from the adorable shops in the village, luxury massages/spa time for the ladies and miles of beaches with sunsets that pictures alone do no justice. The best part of the trip was attending the tennis retreat that was full of amazing talent from Sal Barbaro, competition was fierce and the courts were superb! Thank you to Sal for making our trip one to remember with skilled direction, coaching and lots of laughs! Just how a trip should be!"—M.E., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Very friendly, outgoing, positive and knowledgeable instructors. Lots of energy and enthusiasm in a beautiful setting."—D.B., Int., March 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great experience with enthusiastic and skilled tennis pros (Kudos to Yana!). Variety of clinics and new drills make it very fun. The resort is simply stunning and there is so much to do, tennis, beaches, biking! You will be in awe of the atmosphere and the tennis is no exception."—K.F., Pro, March 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Top notch tennis pros with very exciting clinics that are fun and imformative in an amazing resort setting. Clay courts are well maintained and sit under Spanish moss trees."—G.T., Int., March 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This was a great experience. The coaches were wonderful and the accommodations were beautiful, a great variety of restaurants. I really liked the blend of lots of good tennis and time for some relaxation. I highly recommend it!"—M.P., Int., March 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Fantastic tennis experience! I have attended 2 retreats on Amelia Island and leaving for my third next week. The pros are the best. Excellent instruction and the pros are a lot of fun on court. Beautiful courts that are excellently maintained. Would highly recommend a tennis vacation on Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort."—K.P., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This is a top notch tennis camp experience. Lodgings were beautiful overlooking beautiful Amelia Islamd beaches. We enjoyed meeting players from all over the country and made lifetime friendships in just four days. My favorite experience was the pro exhibition where we were able to enjoy post match champagne court side while the pros showed us their stuff! Each pro offered me invaluable tips and suggestions for improving my game. I could always find a pro to work with me during free time on specific improvements to my strokes. Their energy and enthusiasm was absolutely contagious. I smiled and laughed for four straight days. I also came home a much better player. The competitive format of the camp, gave me an opportunity to be coached through a tight match and learn ways to adjust in order to win. Literally the best tennis camp ever!"—K.C., Adv., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—R.R., Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "You couldn't pick a better place to enjoy phenomenal tennis, beautiful resort and it's on the beach. For the last 12 years eight of my girlfriends and myself have been traveling to different resorts to find a tennis program that fits all of our needs. Eight years ago we planned a trip at the Cliff Drysdale tennis facility at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne FL. We have returned each year because the program is so outstanding and the pros are amazing. I would rate this a 10 out of 10"—J.B., Adv., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Amelia Island Doubles Clinic was, by far, one of the best-run clinics I have seen and been a part of. Coordination, timing, and absolutely the best atmosphere on and off court. The Coaches are all passionate, smart, and very well-versed in the lesson plan each day of the weekend. Five stars. Ten out of ten. I'm already planning on going back."—T.W., Pro, April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I am the tennis coach at a high school in Bergen County, New Jersey and we (along with the golf team) have returned to Omni Amelia Island Plantation year after year for our spring break tennis trip. Te resort is AWESOME....right on the beach and just beautiful. The kids have a blast as do all the parents and coaches who chaperone this trip. But what we re really here for is the tennis instruction and the staff is just tremendous in every way. From the moment my team arrives they establish a special rapport with my players that is unique to any tennis camp or clinics. Just all positive vibes that make our players feel real comfortable within the first few minutes. From there the staff get right to business: drilling the kids in every area with a passion that I have not seen at other resorts and camps in my 25 years of coaching. Footwork, groundstrokes, volleys, serves......FUN conditioning drills and most importantly lessons in how to construct points and stay positive mentally in all situations. The staff is first rate every year. Scott makes sure we are in good hands year after year and is more than happy to adjust instruction based upon the needs of our team each year. Sal and Katie were true professionals in every way and bring an energy to the courts that can not be beat. Even all the other pros we do not work with stand out when I walk the grounds of the facility. A facility that has NO equal in terms of amount of courts and gorgeous setting!! I have been around the country to so many top resorts over the years and this is the best of the bunch for tennis by far. Nobody is "mailing it in" when it comes to the time spent instructing on the court. They want to be there, it shows in every drill they do....and my team is much better because of it. Can not say enough about the quality of the tennis instruction at this beautiful resort. Coming back next year as always!!"—E.G., Adv., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "An absolutely gorgeous resort with top notch tennis.Many good restaurants, some great. We had enough fun on the Plantation with our three hours of tennis per day, the fitness center, lots and lots of walking, and some bicycling, that we never felt it necessary to go anywhere else. We did not rent a car. This is the perfect place for working on your tennis game in a relaxed southern setting. The guest rooms are a good size, but could use some sprucing up, and more attention paid to replacing light bulbs, etc. The staff is very accommodating in all areas of this resort and the tennis pros are terrific. This was our second trip, and we are looking forward to the next time!"—M.S., Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—L.S., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "After years of hearing about the fabulous women's retreats were a group of tennis ladies and I decided to give it a try. Every one of us had such an amazing experience. The Amelia tennis facility is gorgeous and the tennis instruction was top notch. The plantation is beautiful and full of activities if you had enough tennis for awhile. Imagine a week with friends, good food, beautiful weather and the most entertaining tennis instructors you can imagine. 5 star experience. A must try!"—G.T., Adv., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I came to Amelia Island looking for a tennis vacation with my family and the pros at the Plantation surpassed my expectations in everyway. Being able to play under the beautiful trees was so peaceful. The drills in the morning with Sal, Hannah, and Travis were fun, yet educational. I felt that just in a few days, I was able to improve the consistency of my groundstrokes in my private lessons each day and go home with a better game. My children (5 and 9 years old) went to the after school tennis program, and they were able to interact and play tennis with new children. While we were visiting on Friday, there was a "Play Day," and it was a tennis carnival full of games, prizes, and pizza at the end. While the kids played in that, I was able to take a cardio tennis class offered for the adults. The accommodations at the main hotel overlook the ocean. The view made it very hard to leave. The resort offered plenty of activities for the family to do together by the pool and at the Nature Center. We enjoyed eating at Ocean side for lunch and Falcons Nest for dinner. I was even able to sneak away to the spa for a massage while the kids were playing tennis in the afternoons. I would highly recommend going here, and I look forward to taking my family back soon!"—A.S., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I tell my tennis friends all the time that this is THE tennis vacation to take by yourself or with friends. The ladies who attend the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Retreat at Amelia are a fun, welcoming group. It has become a reunion of sorts for those of us who try to schedule it in every year. The tennis professionals are top in the industry. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable about the game, they make the experience so much fun. I always walk away reenergized about my game. It also doesn't hurt that we are in such a beautiful, peaceful setting. The resort has great food, a fantastic spa and a few great places for a fun night out! You really don't needy I leave the property at all. I can't wait to go back this year. (I know I am supposed to come up with a weakness, but I can't!). By the way, the only reason I marked no opinion on junior/child programs is because I haven't brought my daughters with me. However, I would have to believe they would run a great high performance program!"—S.R., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "Make no mistake, this was a 5-star experience for me and my girlfriends. We loved our time at the resort, and especially our time on the courts!"—J.F., Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I have been going to the Doubles Boot Camp for three years. It is a highly educational and intense camp that teaches all levels how to make better decisions and improve technique. Each year I rally all my tennis friends to attend the camp and it never disappoints. The pros there are not only highly skilled, but fun and entertaining. Looking forward to next year!"—J.B., Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Resort at Amelia Islands is awesome! It's a huge property that is easily navigable via your own golf cart. The grounds are beautiful, the pool and beach areas are relaxing and the food options are varied and delicious! We stayed in a private rental property that was spacious and gorgeous. The real treat at this resort, though, is the tennis program. The courts are impeccably maintained and the pros are fun and knowledgeable. We had 3 days of fast-paced instruction and left the resort feeling like our strokes and strategy had improved. I would highly recommend this resort and this tennis program to anyone and everyone from children to adults."—B.M., Adv. Int., April 2016

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Omni Amelia Island Resort

39 Beach Lagoon Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034