Florida, known for its pristine beaches and vibrant culture, also boasts some of the finest tennis facilities, and there’s no better representation of that than the Palm Island resort helmed by the distinguished Art Santos. An Elite Professional certified by the USPTA and a Pickleball Certified Instructor by the IPTPA, Art’s journey began far from Florida’s coasts—in the picturesque landscapes of Hawaii. A standout player from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, he not only held the position of #1 in both singles and doubles for four consecutive years, but his outstanding contributions to tennis were recognized when he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Having been with PBI since 1979, Art’s extensive experience spans across continents, from Asia to Europe and from the Middle East to the Caribbean. But his heart has found a place in Florida, where he now offers a plethora of tennis and pickleball programs. Catering to all age groups and skill levels, the resort under his guidance provides clinics, lessons, junior programs, and complimentary round robins. They regularly host tournaments and unique themed tennis events that engage and entertain. For those who’ve caught the pickleball fever, there’s no shortage of excitement. The resort boasts nine tennis courts, four of which are also lined for pickleball, and an additional two permanent pickleball courts.
Beyond tennis and pickleball, the resort promises a holistic experience. Start your day with the complimentary adult morning tennis play during weekdays, and after a fulfilling game, dive into one of the five heated pools or unwind in the hydro spas attached to each Villa Cluster. Fitness enthusiasts can keep up with their routines at the state-of-the-art fitness center, while golf aficionados have nine spectacular Southwest Florida golf courses to choose from. If you’re keen on exploring the aquatic beauty of Florida, fishing adventures, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling reef tours, shore diving, and a private jetty await.
In Florida, Art has combined his love for tennis with the luxury and beauty that this state has to offer. Whether you’re a tennis pro, an amateur, or someone just looking for a beautiful private oasis, Art’s resort is where sport meets luxury in the heart of Florida.
Check out the latest tennis calendar or give Art a call directly at: 941-662-0546