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A Guide to Luxury Surf Travel & Resorts

 

 

We’re so fortunate to love a sport where we can naturally social distance – surfing! Please travel responsibly and follow local government guidelines.

From private islands to virgin white sands dotted with palm trees and driftwood, the world is full of unimaginably beautiful locations that are home to some truly spectacular hideaways and resorts.

What could be better than paradise islands and beaches? Well, the answer is that some of these destinations share one very special thing in common…some of the most white-knuckle-thrill-ride, exclusive and most sought-after waves on that planet!

Luxury surf resorts today are scattered far and wide around the world’s oceans and some can be harder to find than others. But that’s half the fun right? Finding that hidden stretch of coast filled with flawless rollers or discovering a perfect reef break on a secret island.

For a little inspiration on where to take your next surf trip, we’ve pulled together a selection of some of the hottest luxury surf resorts from the four corners of the globe to get you started.

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at Nihi Sumba Resort, Indonesia

 

Hidden away from the world on the west coast of the island of Sumba, Indonesia, you’ll find some of the most desirable waves in the hemisphere, back-dropped by a resort of unparalleled, understated luxury. Conditions often vary, creating challenges for even the most experienced surfers. But that’s not to say novice surfers aren’t welcome. Coconut Cove, a nearby beach, offers calmer swells for light surfing, whilst lessons on Nihiwatu beach are also available, depending on the swell. The resort itself is an intimate island retreat that manages to combine an air of exclusivity with one of absolute relaxation and blissful abandon.

Nihi Sumba Resort, Indonesia | https://mukulresort.com/

•   Surfing Highlights  – A mere few steps across the sand from the resort is the coveted wave “God’s Left” or “Occy’s Left” and what’s more, it’s completely private. With a reasonable cap of 10 people allowed on the wave at one time, you can carve out a path for yourself through both the playful and challenging sections of the famous left break.

•   When To Go You can enjoy awesome waves at Nihi all year round, but the biggest, most powerful waves usually appear from May-September, with solid groundswells reaching double overhead or bigger. If this sounds too much, transitional months March/April and October/November offer more fun, but more relaxed surfing, with less wind and smaller swell.

•   Water Temperature – The water temperature here remains a toasty temperature throughout the year, ranging from 26/27 °C (79/81 °F) between July and September to 29 °C (84 °F) between November and April.

•   How To Get There – There are daily flights from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, to Sumba Island’s Tambolaka Airport. Additional routes to Sumba Island are also available from Jakarta (CGK) and Surabaya (SUB) international airports, flying through Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara). From Tambolaka Airport, it’s a scenic 1.5-hour car journey to Nihi Resort, where you experience fantastic views of the Rijewa mountain ranges,  traditional settlements, the Sewah waterfalls and vast Wanokaka River Delta. Private charters can also be arranged from Bali to Sumba Island, or from Sumba Tambolaka airport to Nihi resort.

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at Four Seasons, Seychelles

 

The Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles is nestled among the white sands and tropical islands off the East Coast of Africa and the crystal clear waters and pristine beaches make it a paradise like no other. The beachfront resort is made up of modern villas with a rustic touch, surrounded by emerald waters that are perfect for mellow, crowd-free surfing. 

Four Seasons, Seychelles | image by https://www.fourseasons.com/seychelles/

•   Surfing Highlights  – In contrast with other surf spots, the islands aren’t known for surf culture due to the comparatively small waves, but the reefs and beaches provide sublime conditions for long, clean breaks.

•   When To Go The biggest waves are during Dry season (between May and September), where groundswells can be up to double overhead. During transitional months (April and October) the wind is quieter, and when the swell is up you can enjoy nice clean breaks.

•   Water Temperature – From October to June, water temperature is typically between 25-28°C, whilst July and September is slightly cooler, dipping to around 23°C.

•   How To Get There – You’ll need to fly to Seychelles International Airport, on the main island of Mache, where a Four Seasons representative will be waiting to greet you and take you to the resort. And if there are any sights or attractions you wish to visit along the way, you also have the option to plan these stops into your journey.

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at COMO Maalifushi Resort, Maldives

 

The Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles is nestled among the white sands and tropical islands off the East Coast of Africa and the crystal clear waters and pristine beaches make it a paradise like no other. The beachfront resort is made up of modern villas with a rustic touch, surrounded by emerald waters that are perfect for mellow, crowd-free surfing.

COMO Maalifushi Resort, Maldives | image by https://www.comohotels.com/en/maalifushi

•   Surfing Highlights  – The Thaa coastline offers a range of off and onshore breaks that can be reached by speedboat from the resort. For a real treat, head out to the Farms. It’s a perfect reef corner that delivers an idyllic right-hand break perfect for all skill levels.

•   When To Go June to September are best for swell size and consistency, however, April and October offer good glassy conditions too. May marks the beginning of the monsoon season.

•   Water Temperature – With water temperatures a consistent 30°C all-year-round, you certainly won’t be needing a wetsuit here.

•   How To Get There – Arrive at Malé International Airport (MLE). From here, you’ll take a 60-minute seaplane transfer to COMO Maalifushi. If you prefer, it’s possible to arrange a private seaplane capable of seating up to 10 people. Private air travel around the islands can also be arranged with Maldives’ national airline, Maldivian.

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at Mukul Resort, Nicaragua

 

With world-class surf breaking right in front of the jungle resort, Mukul in Nicaragua offers a bohemian surfer’s paradise paired with the kind of understated luxury found in award-winning boutique hotels. The Pacific Ocean destination is back-dropped by cliffs adorned with greenery and exists in harmony with neighboring fishing villages.

Mukul Resort, Nicaragua | image by https://mukulresort.com/

•   Surfing Highlights  – When it comes to surfing, Nicaragua is known for its challenging Pacific breaks and Mukul is no different. Manzanillo Point is a world-famous point-break that is reliable all year round and rarely crowded due to being accessible only by the hotel guests.

•   When To Go Whilst good surf is available all year round, peak surf season is usually between June-August when the swells are at their highest and most powerful. However, if lighter winds and smaller surf sounds more appealing, Mukul Beach still offers great surfing outside these months.

•   Water Temperature – The water temperatures in Nicaragua range between 25-30°C, with the coldest temperatures between November and January.

•   How To Get There – When planning your arrival, there are a couple of options. You can fly into one of Costa Rica’s two international airports: San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR). From here, you can take a 30-minute flight on Sansa Airlines, to Costa Esmeralda Airport in Nicaragua, where a driver from the resort will be waiting to collect you via private car. Alternatively, the resort is a 2-hour car ride from the International airport in Managua, where a driver will meet you at the airport to assist with luggage and customs paperwork. They can either drive you to Guacalito via luxury coach or arrange a private charter flight with the airline.

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at Anantara Uluwatu Resort, Bali

 

Located in the Bukit Peninsula, the Uluwatu Resort is impeccably placed within throwing distance of an impressive list of famed waves; Racetracks, Temples, Dreamland and more. Arguably the most famous of these is Impossibles, which lies right underneath the resort. Anantara Uluwatu exudes the utmost modern chic in its design. Built into the cliffs and sprawling down to the ocean it is both sleek and contemporary – but this is toned down somewhat by various boho touches like candlelit pathways and thoughtfully placed trees and gardens.

Anantara, Uluwatu Bali Resort | image by https://www.anantara.com/en/uluwatu-bali

•   Surfing Highlights  – Bali is home to some of the best surf spots in the world, Uluwatu being one of them. Famous for it’s powerful, racing waves with vast barrel sections, Uluwatu – or as most surfers call it, ‘Ulu’, offers some of the most consistent waves in the region. Made up of several large peaks, Ulu offers thrilling challenges for surfers of all skill levels including a speedy, hollow walled section known as Racetracks. Meanwhile, the reef break Outside Corner offers large swells which can produce rides nearly 300 meters long.

•   When To Go The best surfing conditions are usually during the dry season (May to September), with the strong southeast-west winds creating big overhead swells that challenge even the most competent surfers. 

•   Water Temperature – Water temperature around Uluwatu varies slightly throughout the year, with highs of 30°C between April and June and lower temperatures of 24°C in late summer.

•   How To Get There – From Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, it’s a 40-minute car journey to the resort, with the option of either a private limousine or public taxi. And if you’re a penthouse guest, you can enjoy complimentary transfers.

  

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at Six Senses, Fiji

 

Residing on the west side of the Fijian Island of Malolo, Six Senses Resort is the first of its kind when it comes to luxury surfing destinations. Running completely on solar power fed into a micro-grid, the island paradise champions sustainability, whilst offering access to some of the most favoured waves on the planet. Sleep in luxury cabanas complete with private pools, backdropped by lush tropical forests and built right on the pristine white sands.

Six Senses, Fiji | image by https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/fiji

•   Surfing Highlights  – A mere 15 minutes away you’ll find the impossibly sublime Cloudbreak, a favourite left break amongst pro-surfers.

•   When To Go At Six Senses Fiji you can surf all year-round, however March to October produces the biggest waves, with consistent ground swells and regular offshore tradewinds. From November to February, conditions are often glassy, with smaller swells. This time of year is usually quieter, meaning you can enjoy more waves to yourself.

•   Water Temperature – The water temperature is highest between November and April, reaching a warm 29°C. But May to October is still comfortable without a wetsuit, with temperatures of around 26-27°C.

•   How To Get There – The resort is tucked away on the Mamanuca Group of islands, a few miles from Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu. The closest airport is Nadi International Airport (NAN), where a resort representative will be waiting to greet you and assist with your transfer to the resort. There is a choice of transfer options to suit your requirements, including a private or shared speedboat, private sedan, minibus, or helicopter.

  

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, Australia

 

Perched cosily between the forests and beaches of Noosa National Park in eastern Australia, Peppers Resort is our only selection that doesn’t celebrate seclusion. Instead, you’ll find a mix of natural beauty reminiscent of the Sunshine Coast, coupled with the perks of a developed area, such as fine dining and boutique shopping. Villa style apartments offer a luxurious resting place after a day spent amongst nature and the nearby Queensland will provide an endless source of urban entertainment for you or your group.

Peppers Resort & Villas, Noosa - Australia | image by https://tropicsurf.com/pages/noosa-australia

•   Surfing Highlights  – Spend your days surfing both world-class point breaks and playful waves as you take in the majesty of sweeping golden beaches and koala inhabited eucalyptus forests.

•   When To Go You can surf at Peppers Resort all year-round, but the best waves are usually between February and June. And with the cyclone’s often looming over the Queensland coast between January to April, these months usually have the most powerful swells.

•   Water Temperature – If you’re visiting in June-August, you may want to bring a light wetsuit, as the water temperature is usually between 21-22°C. However, summer months (December to February) are warmer, with temperatures averaging between 25-27°C.

•   How To Get There – The closest airport is Sunshine Coast Airport. From here, it’s a 30-minute drive to the resort, or you may prefer to use their shuttle service.

  

Luxury Surf 5 Star Resort:

Surfing at One and Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico

 

Situated in a tropical paradise that gazes out onto the Sea of Cortez, One and Only Palmilla offers the perfect blend of traditional Mexican charm and modern luxury. And poised on the edge of the Baja Peninsula, this luxurious haven has world-class surfing on its doorstep. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the beautiful and magnificent grey whales that are often seen offshore.

One and Only Palmilla - Los Cabos, Mexico | image by https://tropicsurf.com/pages/one-only-palmilla

•   Surfing Highlights  – With sand bar beach breaks, reef breaks, and long rolling pointbreaks, the waves around One and Only Palmilla are perfect for any type of surfer. 

•   When To Go If you’re visiting between August to November, water temperature is usually around 29°C, however January to April is colder averaging between 22-23°C.

•   Water Temperature – The water temperature is highest between November and April, reaching a warm 29°C. But May to October is still comfortable without a wetsuit, with temperatures of around 26-27°C.

•   How To Get There – Daily flights to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), operate from most major US airports. When you land in Los Cabos, a luxury SUV will be waiting to collect you and complete the last 17-miles of your journey to the resort.

  

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