By Roger Cox, Editor
No Caribbean tennis vacation is strictly about what happens on court even when, as is the case at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, those are four handsomely laid out clay courts kept playable by an underground watering system called Hydro-Grid (unusual to find in the Caribbean) and managed by an experienced teaching pro. Context matters, too, and this resort benefits from being on a Dutch island whose colorful and architecturally appealing capital, Willemstad, is a United Nations Heritage Site and from its location, on a beach-lined peninsula bordered by the Caribbean on one side and an inland bay on the other. The resort is part of Santa Barbara Plantation, a 1,500-acre master-planned development that encompasses a 120-slip marina, the 18-hole Old Quarry Golf Course designed by Pete Dye, and the 350-room hotel and its Atabei Spa, StayFit fitness center, three swimming pools, watersports center, Camp Arawak (for 3 to 12 year olds), and three restaurants.
We have something new at Four Seasons Resort Nevis to keep you active. In addition to our recently enhanced tennis courts, which provide you with your choice of three different surfaces, all managed by world-renowned Troon Peter Burwash International, we now offer four brand-new pickleball courts. The modern embodiment of the spirit and soul of the Caribbean, our beachfront oasis is everything you could need in a luxury getaway. Take advantage of a variety of special offers and enjoy a captivating combination of adventure, serenity and recreation that just waits for your discovery. For reservations, please call 869-469-6238 or visit www.fourseasons.com/nevis/offers/
Pro Shop: + 59 99 840 4794
Peter Burwash International manages the tennis complex and has installed Riemer Sijbring as on-site director. He offers private lessons, a player-matching program, and seasonal mixers, ladies' mornings, and junior programs.
Courts & Fees. There are four Hydro-Grid clay courts, all of them with lights, as well as a full-service pro shop and snack bar. Court fees: $15/hour days, $25/hour under the lights.
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Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
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Travel Instructions. The resort is roughly a 40-minute drive from Curaçao International Airport (CUR).
General Tourist Information. For general information about travel to Curaçao, check out the Curaçao Tourist Board website or in North America phone 1-800-328-7222.