Get away from it all at these idyllic seaside spots
Time Out Bahrain staff
Surfing doesn’t have to mean backpacking and bunk beds – you can
ride the waves in
laid-back luxury at these cool destinations
Escape Heaven, Seminyak, Bali For women that want to surf like a dude and be pampered like a queen, Escape Heaven is the ideal destination. This exclusive women’s only retreat is on the south coast of Bali. At this resort you can unwind, swim in the crystal clear ocean, surf and practise yoga. It’s ideal for the solo, female traveller as well as small groups. The Revive package offers a week’s stay in the five-star villa, five days of surf classes, six yoga and meditation sessions and five hours’ worth of spa treatment pampering. Guests can also check out the local culture and take a bike tour around rural Bali – the local markets are well worth a visit.
There’s a vibe of blissed out luxury – you can surf in the morning, then hit Seminyak’s cool boutiques, and be treated like royalty by butlers who are on hand 24/7. Most meals are included – excluding two dinners and one lunch – giving guests a chance to sample local delicacies. Rooms are shared with two or three people, but for an additional cost you can book a private room. From Dhs9,532 for a seven night surf and yoga package with accommodation, based on shared accommodation. Excluding flights. www.escapeheaven.com
Surf Maroc Taghazout Villa, Morocco A small boutique hotel with just nine rooms, located on the crest of Morocco’s popular surf locations Hash Point and Super Wedge. The waves around Taghazout are some of the best in the country, and the surf school here caters for those who are new to the sport as well as seasoned surfers. When staying at this resort surfers are walking distance from seven great spots, and guests don’t even have to leave their rooms to check the conditions. Seven nights’ stay Dhs1,986 per person. Excluding flights. www.surfmaroc.co.uk
Casa do Ceo, Santa Catarina, Brazil Highly recommended by surfers, this bed and breakfast lodge holds regular yoga and surf retreats.
Located in the Florianopolis area of Brazil, known to locals as ‘Floripa’, this colourful hideout takes inspiration from the native Santa Catarina architecture, with the Minas Gerais handcraft decoration creating an inventive and refreshing space. The lodge is close to Rosa’s Beach, which has a wide soft sand beach as well as 30 rocky bays making the area a haven for watersport enthusiasts. From Dhs452 per night based on two people sharing. Excluding flights. www.casadoceo.com
Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat, Lagos, Portugal For the ultimate in rustic relaxation and a chance to unplug from the world, check into Tipi Valley at the Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat. This resort lies tucked away in a remote valley amid 16 acres of native cork trees. You may not be able to hear the waves every morning but the retreat is still only a short distance from four local surf beaches.
At this destination you can really get away from it all – there are no radios or TVs, and organic vegetables are grown around the site and used to create delicious seasonal meals. The camp even has bamboo showers that use water drawn from a natural well.
The tents are simple and charming – a retreat in its truest sense. Expect to return home completely chilled. Five-day all-inclusive programme from Dhs3,538, includes meals for three days, and surfing lessons, board hire and wetsuit. Excluding flights. www.surfalgarve.com/thecamp.htm
The Green Rooms, Weligama, Sri Lanka For surfers who want to step out of bed and straight into the sea while hearing the sound of waves crashing against the beach, The Green Rooms is a great choice for a tropical surf break. A small resort of four wooden bungalows, this resort is a surfer’s hideaway. Weligama means ‘sandy village’ in Sinhala and is well known in surfing circles for having good swell. Staying here keeps you away from the crowd and first on the surf. Getting out and about around Weligama go and check out ancient fort towns of Galle (which was visited by explorer Ibn Battuta), the snake farms and tea plantations. The Green Rooms organise surf tours and classes for novices. From 2,749 for seven nights, based on two people sharing, bed and breakfast, includes three hours’ tuition per day for six of the seven days. Excluding flights. www.luex.com /the-green-rooms