In theory, a surf vacation should be stress free, right? However, with so many options available so close to home, vacation planning itself can bring about a wave of anxiety before you’ve even hit the sea. Here, Savoir Flair has rounded up four of our preferred surf retreats, ranging from the luxurious to the laid-back and everything in between.
Soul & Surf
Located on a secluded clifftop in Kerala, India is the infinitely charming Soul & Surf lodge. “If your surfing/yogi friend had a massive house in the tropics and invited you to come stay, it would be like this,” say the founders Ed and Sofie Templeton of their retreat. The school offers two surf sessions – one every morning at 6:45 a.m. and one every afternoon at 2 p.m. – as well as daily sunset yoga sessions and trips into the picturesque village nearby.
Prices start at AED 129/SAR 131 per person per night for a three-night stay.
Tucked away in a Dutch colonial-style bungalow in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka is the Sunshine Stories retreat next to the beach communities of Midigama, Mirissa, and Unawatuna. In addition to daily surf lessons (all of which are filmed to help improve the skills of beginners and advanced alike), the retreat offers yoga and is focused on providing healthy dining options. The coffee is even flown in from Sweden.
Prices start at AED 3,300/SAR 3,370 for a one-week retreat.
Surf Camp Morocco
Surf Camp Morocco is situated in Taghazout, just north of the bigger city of Agadir, which is known to have some of the best waves in the kingdom. The accommodation, a small hotel, features two gorgeous terraces where guests can eat, practise yoga, and relax. Its proximity to local marketplaces makes for a unique surfing-meets-culture expedition.
Prices start at AED 966/SAR 987 for a one-week package.
Maalifushi by COMO
Located in Thaa Atoll in the remote South West Maldives, Maalifushi by COMO is an upscale setting in which to learn the art of surfing. The private island resort features villas with their own plunge pools, white-sand beaches, and five-star dining options. The hotel works with luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf to offer easy access to some of the Indian Ocean’s most sought-after breaks.
Prices start at AED 18,000/SAR 18,600 for five days.