Surfing is a sport that everyone has to try at least once in their lifetime. Synonymous with bohemian beach beauties, surfing is not only impressive to watch but also provides an adrenaline rush unlike no other. Learning to surf as a couple can be one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences- plus once you get the hang of it, you look pretty awesome. Here at Hero & Leander we have put together our pick of the world’s best bohemian surf retreats. Whether you are enthusiastic beginners or barrel riding pros, we have found a retreat that will blow your mind.
Florblanca Surfing, Costa Rica
Discover Costa Rica’s fantastic Nicoya Peninsula beach on a surfing holiday where anyone can learn to ride the tropical waves and enhance their well-being. Enjoy six private surfing lessons with expert local instructors, or go it alone if you’re more confident in the water. Discover a variety of ways to keep active and enjoy the wide range of other activities on offer, from snorkelling to zip lining and horse riding to cycling. After an action-packed day enhance your well-being by indulging in a holistic treatment at the luxury spa, including scrubs, massages, wraps and facials.
For couples, we recommend booking into the Honeymoon House (regardless of whether you are on your honeymoon or not!) This two storey accommodation is the height of luxury. The ocean front king bedroom and Jacuzzi adorned bathroom are set in the tree tops, high above the Pacific surf. Retreat to this hideaway after a day out on the waves and enjoy a much deserved drink on the secluded terrace.
For more information visit healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891
Surfaris, El Salvador
If you’re looking for world class waves and an undiscovered and thrilling place to surf then El Salvador should be considered. Consisting of lush mountain ranges, volcanoes, lakes, farmlands and a narrow coastal belt, El Salvador features some of the most beautiful beaches and right hand point breaks in the world. Discover the best surf El Salvador has to offer with experienced bilingual local surf guides that will get you to the best spots in the Country by car or by boat. They will give you the best advice of where to go, the best time to surf according to the conditions, size and direction of the swell, tides, crowds and ability. Known lovingly by the team as “Surfaris” these trips will maximize your time away, helping you to score the best possible surf while keeping that all important eye on safety and security. Surf El Salvador’s epic coast everyday while staying in comfortable hotels, located in the best surfing areas.
For more information about the combo stay ‘Surfaris’ please visit www.anotherworldadventures.com/adventures/surf-el-salvador/
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali
Bali is a surfing hot spot and because of this Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay have recently partnered with TropicSurf to offer bespoke surfing holidays. For beginners and long-boarders, the gentle beach break directly off the Coconut Grove is the perfect learning ground, and TropicSurf’s unique coaching methodology provides personalised guidance for a maximum of four people per class making it ideal for couples. The Resort offers a Learn-to-Surf package which includes daily breakfast and a one-hour lesson for two people with TropicSurf’s professional instructor as well as The TropicSurf Family Holiday which includes daily buffet breakfast and a private lesson for two adults and two children. For experienced suffers looking to catch the perfect wave, book onto a Boat Excursion — take a short boat ride to some of Bali’s best waves located in Jimbaran Bay, including Toro Toro and Airport Rights and a few other lesser known waves. Surfs up.
For more information please visit www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay/
Gili Lankanfushi and Tropicsurf, The Maldives
Visitors at the award winning private island and resort Gili Lankanfushi can now learn to catch that perfect wave with the opening of a top-notch surf ‘shack’ on the island. The high end resort has teamed up with renowned surfing company Tropicsurf to offer expert instruction for all ages and levels, complementing the five-star, luxury experience. In the North Male atoll, surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, Gili Lankanfushi is ideally located for unbeatable surfing. Some of the best breaks in the country lie on the doorstep, with three just a ten-minute boat ride from the resort and several more within 20 minutes. Gili Lankanfushi shares the same stretch of reef as the famous ‘Jails’ surf break, where the more experienced can push their performance. Thrill-seekers will love the challenge of the open tubes at Cokes or the excitement of racetrack waves like Honkies, while mellow waves at Ninjas or in the calm of the lagoon keep novices happy.
Tropicsurf specialises in combing the very best surfing with the very best resorts around the world and amazing, experienced instructors personally ensure everyone from the complete beginner to the hardened surfer feels inspired and in safe hands. All lessons and surf trips are bespoke and tailored to guests’ needs, whether it’s a private or group session.
Surfing lessons start at US$125 per hour, with equipment hire. Villas (based on two sharing) at Gili Lankanfushi start at $1,385 / night + taxes. For more information please visit www.gili-lankanfushi.com
Hotel Shangri-La at The Ocean, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
Three-and-a-half miles long, covering 245 acres of fine sandy beaches, never ending golden bays and 340 days of sunshine, Santa Monica State beach is a paradise with rolling waves drawing in surfers from all over the world. After spending a day on the waves, couples couldn’t do much better than retreating to a luxury after-surf hotel right on the beach’s doorstep- and Hotel Shangri-La fits the bill perfectly. This chic Art Deco boutique hotel perched atop of the oceanfront bluff of Santa Monica, overlooks the Pacific- an inspiring vantage point for surfers. No more so than at its iconic open-air rooftop bar ONYX – the only one to boast 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Guest rooms boast cool ocean breezes, spectacular views of the Pacific and the Santa Monica Beach, and gives the impression of an opulent ocean liner. Learn To Surf LA is just minutes away from the hotel and the best spot to surf in the whole of Los Angeles – because of the gradual slope of its sandy ocean floor, waves break gently far offshore no matter what the ocean conditions, delivering consistently perfect beginner’s waves, one after another. Perfect for all ages and skill levels: more advanced students will learn techniques to improve their performance. Learn To Surf LA guarantee you will be up and standing on your first lesson- in the words of the Beach Boys, “Everybody’s gone surfin’, surfin’ USA”.
Surf lessons are 1h 45 min long and all equipment is provided. Price per lesson: $240 for two.
Rooms starts from £248. For more information please visit www.shangrila-hotel.com
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, a luxury boutique hotel and spa in Guacalito de la Isla, a private beach community on Nicaragua’s spectacular Emerald Coast. This beautiful hotel features 37 spacious accommodations that combines modern elegance with traditional Nicaraguan roots to create a distinct sense of place. Guests can select from Beach Villas, Bohios (treehouses) or the stately Casona Don Carlos (a private beach house). Guests enjoy access to the property’s four miles of white-sandy beach and rugged coastline, and 12 kilometers of nature trails on which they can hike or bike to observe the four species of monkeys and other wildlife that reside in the lush coastal forest. Now to the surfing- With seventeen impressive surf breaks within a forty-five minute drive, Mukul has positioned itself as a world-class surfing destination. The jewel in her crown is Manzanillo Point, a challenging left-point wave that lies directly in front of the resort’s private beach club. Without public road access, outside surfers may only visit by panga. Tropicsurf, the pioneer of luxury surfing, offers full-time surfing guidance at Mukul. Services range from beginner lessons, coaching sessions to master the resort’s Manzanillo Point and guided half-day panga or 4WD surfaris along the coast. Guests can enjoy being taken to the best waves and secluded spots, or learn and step up a level under Tropicsurf’s unique ten-level coaching plan.
For more information please visit www.mukulresort.com
The Oitavos, Portugal
Set on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline near Cascais and just 20 minutes from Lisbon, The Oitavos offers guests of any surfing ability (professionals and ambitious beginners alike) the opportunity to learn from the best with private tuition from leading Portuguese surfing champion, Ruben Gonzalez. The Oitavos provides wetsuits and surfboards and enables guests to brave the conditions of the world-renowned surf, joining Gonzalez at nearby Guincho Beach. The turbulent waves make it a great surfing destination, which is one of the reasons why Cascais is seen as being the main surfing area in Portugal; however, experience is not a necessity. Gonzalez explains “The location is perfect for everyone. We have all type of waves, for beginners who just want to slide on the wave with their surfboard; or for more advanced surfers who want to improve their technique. Once you get the real sense of riding a wave, you will be certain to come back for more.”
For more information please visit www.theoitavos.com/
Villa des Chais, Hossegor, France
Villa des Chais is a newly renovated coastal villa with a private pool sleeping up to 14 people – ideal for surf loving couples and their friends. The property is new to the Alternative Aquitaine rental collection for summer 2016. Surrounded by pine forests, the house boasts its own secluded gardens which includes a yoga room, putting green and outdoor kitchen. Just a short walk to the legendary waves of the Aquitaine coast and to the beach and restaurants, Villa des Chais is a surf lover’s paradise. So where is the surf connection I hear you say? Well, Villa des Chais is owned by legendary South African surfer and board shaper Kevin Olsen (ex pro surfer on the ASP tour), who lives locally and can be on hand to guide surfers of all levels, rent boards and wetsuits, arrange yoga sessions, chefs, massages or personal trainers. The Villa can be rented as a whole or in September and October, when the surf is at its best, Kevin Olsen and his new KO Surf School offers surf packages from the villa, combining surf with yoga which is at the core to his surf training. Whilst KO will teach surfers at all levels, the 1-0-1 Master Class is perfect for surfers who want to improve and fine tune their skills.
Price for the Surf and Stay package start from £995pp for 4 nights in September or October and can be tailored to suit the guests.
For more information please visit www.alternative-aquitaine.co.uk/villas-with-pools/hossegor/villa-des-chais
Namotu Island Resort, Fiji
Fiji is a bucket list destination for both surfers and couples all around the world. This year Fiji hosted the Fiji Pro, where the World Surf League held the 2016 championship tour. Whether one’s looking to exude their energy with thrilling water sports or renew their romance with a couple’s spa, Fiji is the destination of choice. Here at Hero & Leander we think that the perfect combination of romance and surf can be found at Namotu Island Resort. Namotu Island is a South Pacific fantasy that is considered world class for surfing, diving, sailboarding, kite surfing, fishing and standup paddle boarding, but what really sets Namotu apart is the service and atmosphere. No matter what activity you may be interested in, Namotu’s attentive “can do” staff are there to make it happen. Boat transfers go where you want, when you want, and if you want a round of golf, no problem! Helicopter tour? No problem! Scuba diving? No problem! Feel free to do nothing at all but relax in the shade with an icy cocktail, enjoy the company of friends, or rest under the beach palapa in the solitude that only a private island accommodation can deliver. What looks to be barely a speck of sand in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is actually a five-acre piece of island heaven offering world-class luxury and out of this world surfing.
For more information please visit waterwaystravel.com/destination/surf-fiji-namotu-island-resort/
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