Check out these awesome surf resorts. All worth adding to the bucket list. Some you have to save up for and some are possible with a cheap flight and a few quid. We selected a few beauties for you to think about.
1. Wavepark Surf Resort, Mentawais
Set Up: It’s all in the name, a wavepark created by nature! A small island all to yourself in the tropical Mentawais in Indonesia.
Surf: Only 12 guests are allowed stay on the Island at any one time and the entire island is exclusive to guests only. There are 26 different types of waves from fun beginner to challenging to absolute charging waves. Book me in please.
2. Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort, Maldives
Set Up: This islands name Lohi Fushi means the island of white gold! This place is pure heaven, surrounded by white sand and the clearest water you have ever seen.
Surf: World class Lohi’s left is right in front of the resort while another 10 breaks are within a short boat ride. To keep the crowds down in the surf they only allow 45 people on the island. Stay off my wave number 46!
3. Tavarua, Fiji
Set up: This is the love heart shaped island that you have probably seen a thousand times on Instagram and always thought it was photoshopped. Well it’s not! Tavarua Island has only 16 private beachfront houses so it is never crowded. Look paradise up in the dictionary and it will probably say Tavarua!
Surf: Home to ‘Cloudbreak’, one of the top 5 waves in the world. And is surrounded by 7 other unique waves from ‘Kiddieland’ for beginners to more advanced spots such as the 200 metre long ‘Restaurants’! A surfers paradise.
4. Paradise Plage, Morocco
Set up: Close to Europe, THE place for warm surf in winter. Built right on a surf beach by Morocco’s answer to Richard Branson whose passion happens to be surfing. Also known for its excellent Moroccan cuisine and one of the best Spa set ups in Europe.
Surf: On a Beginner/Intermediate break and in the middle of Morocco and arguably Europe’s best surf. 10km’s of different surf breaks for all levels including the world famous surf spots Killers and Anchor Point.
5. The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados
Set up: Small boutique lodge with 8 rooms overlooking a beautiful sandy beach in the East Coast of Barbados. Year round sunshine and turquoise water!
Surf: ‘Soup Bowl’ is the islands most famous waves and it is 100 metres from the hotel. It almost always has waves and is great fun and can be epic on its day. Kelly Slater has said it is in his top 3 favourite waves. Plus the island is only 22kms across so there are dozens more waves close by. Slater check out my backside 360!
6. Castillo de Pavones, Costa Rica
Set Up: Castillo means Castle and this is a Castle in the trees with an amazing view of the surf. Located in the off the beaten track town of Pavones on the South West coast, surrounded by luscious rainforest on one side and pumping surf on the other!
Surf: The Pavones wave is considered to be the longest wave in the world. It runs for 1km and has been surfed for 2 and a half minutes, the same amount of time you have to make a cup of tea during Eastenders ad break!
7. Mukul Resort, Nicaragua
Set Up: This place is nothing short of breathtaking. 37 Private villas surrounded by lush tropical forest and a beautiful private beach.
Surf: Manzillo Point, a private surf break right in front of the resort, which has different peaks for advanced to beginners. There are 15 different waves types close by in what is one of Central Americas best surf areas. Nicaragua I need you!
8. Hotel Komune, Bali
Set Up: 66 rooms spread overlooking the spectacular ‘Keramas’, one of Bali’s best waves. Located on the quieter East Coast of Bali, a true surf hotel, and often full of Australian pros.
Surf: Keramas, a year round wave that is more suited to advanced surfers. The wave is long and lots of fun! You are also within walking distance of plenty of other breaks and 45 minutes drive from Kuta.
9. Kandui Villas, Mentawai Islands
Set Up: It calls itself “The Worlds Premier Luxury Surf Resorts” and it is easy to see why. The resorts has an infinity pool that looks out onto the beach, luxury spa facilities and with 12 Eco-friendly Umas (beach houses) will never be overcrowded.
Surf: The Mentawais is arguably the best place in the world to surf and the waves selection around Kandui are world class. It is in the area called ‘Playgrounds’ and has 20 plus waves surrounding the island, all accessible via the resorts speed boat.
10. The Helios Beach Houses, Ericeira, Portugal
Set Up: Three bungalows on arguably Portugal’s most reliable surf beach Foz do Lizandro. The bungalows are just above the beautiful sandy beach looking out onto a stunning valley. If you want a quick break to Europe this is a peaceful paradise in one of Europe’s most beautiful surf towns.
Surf: Foz do Lizandro suits all surf standards. In the winter with big swells it doesn’t work so well but from April to October it has some of the best beginner to advanced surf in Europe. And if you are very advanced and looking for fast barrelling surf then Coxos, one of Europes best waves, is just up the road. Ericeira is one of only 8 areas in the world to be given status as a World Surf Reserve due to its abundance of surf breaks, all within 10 kms of each other!