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Surfing & Luxury Travel: High-End Resorts and Epic Waves

Surfing has long been associated with the adventurous. Where surfers seek out pristine waves and untouched coastlines foregoing luxury for the remote waves. However, the world of surfing has expanded beyond the realm of rustic beach towns and basic accommodations. With the rise of luxury travel, surfers now have the opportunity to experience luxury surfing and combine their love for riding waves with indulgent experiences at high-end resorts.

Destinations around the globe offer the perfect blend of epic waves and luxurious accommodations, creating an unparalleled surfing experience. Whether it’s the pristine beaches of the Maldives, the lush jungle of Central America or the rugged coastlines of Morocco. On the tropical islands of Indonesia or the exotic shores of Sri Lanka, surfers have a plethora of options to choose from.

Maldives Luxury Surf Resorts

One such destination that embodies the fusion of luxury and surfing is the Maldives. With its turquoise waters, picture-perfect waves, and stunning over-water villas, the Maldives offers a surfing experience like no other. Resorts like Six Senses Laamu, Niyama Private Islands, and AYADA Maldives cater to surfers seeking both adventure and indulgence. These resorts boast great surf breaks, expert surf guides, and luxurious amenities such as spa treatments, gourmet dining, and personalized service. At Niyama surfers can paddle out to its private world-class reef break, Vodi , and return to their villas for a truly lavish retreat.

Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of the Maldives, Soneva Fushi stands as the epitome of luxury and sophistication. This idyllic resort offers an unrivalled experience that combines natural beauty, opulent accommodations, and impeccable service. From the moment you step foot on the island, you are transported to a world of indulgence and tranquility. Guests can indulge in exceptional dining experiences, rejuvenate at the serene Spa, and partake in a range of activities, from diving to sunset cruises. Soneva Fushi is a paradise where luxury meets sustainability, creating an unforgettable experience for discerning travelers.

Luxury Surfing in Sri Lanka

Heading to the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, luxury surf resorts have emerged along its stunning coastlines. Anantara Peacehaven Tangalle is a firm favourite for surfers wanting to escape their busy lives and experience 5-star luxury. Located in the far South of the island, Anantara Peace Haven Resort sits in front of a private tropical beach. Just a 5-minute drive from the resort there is a punchy righthand pointbreak which offers easy take-offs and fun walls to play with. Slightly further afield is a dreamy horseshoe-shaped bay with a beginner and longboard-friendly beach break.

Indonesia Luxury Surf Resorts

Indonesia, with its vast archipelago, is a treasure trove for surfers seeking luxury and seclusion in remote island paradises. From the Mentawai Islands to the Banyak Islands, this tropical haven offers a collection of exclusive luxury surf resorts that cater to the discerning traveler. Surrounded by untouched natural beauty, guests can enjoy uncrowded waves, explore vibrant coral reefs, and immerse themselves in the tranquility of these remote island escapes.

NIHI Sumba, having been voted the “World’s Best Hotel” for 2 years running, offers an unforgettable luxury surfing experience that is unmatched by any other resort in Indonesia. NIHI Sumba is blessed with exclusive access to ‘Occy’s Left’, a stunning left-hander that breaks directly in front of the resort. Awera Resort & Spa, located at the Northern end of the Central Mentawai Islands, is an exclusive beachfront surf resort with its own private beach, large pool, and access to some of the best waves in the Mentawai Island chain.

Indonesia Luxury Surf Boat Trips

For those seeking a truly off-the-beaten-path surfing adventure, Kudanil Explorer is a completely unique, luxury charter experience. This converted Indonesian safety vessel offers some of the highest-end cabins and living spaces available on the water.

Surfers can explore the furthest reaches of the Indonesian archipelago (Raja Ampat, Papua, and the Maluku Islands) in 5-star luxury. Equipped with 8 beautifully designed staterooms, a large jacuzzi, and huge dining and lounge areas, Kudanil Explorer is a charter in a league of its own! The focus of Kudanil Explorer is to offer an exclusive experience onboard and in the water, chasing some of the most untouched surf in the world!

Barefoot Luxury in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Siargao Island has gained a reputation as the country’s surfing mecca. Known for its legendary Cloud9 break, Siargao attracts surfers from around the globe. Amidst this tropical paradise, Nay Palad Hideaway, a barefoot luxury resort, offers unparalleled comfort and refined elegance. Surrounded by lush vegetation and pristine beaches, guests can retreat to their private villas or enjoy lavish amenities such as spa treatments and gourmet dining. After a thrilling day of riding the renowned barrels of Cloud9, surfers can indulge in the tranquility and opulence that Nay Palad provides.

World-class Luxury Surf in Fiji

In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji captivates surfers with its epic waves and idyllic islands. Six Senses Fiji, located on the perfect Malolo Island, is a haven for surfers in search of luxurious seclusion. The resort offers a total of 24 beautiful villas, making it smaller and more intimate than many other luxury offerings, just one of the many reasons we love Six Senses Fiji. The resort is just a short boat ride from a range of world-class waves, including Cloudbreak, one of the best left-hand barrels in the world!

Luxury Surfing in Central America

Further afield, Costa Rica has emerged as a premier destination for luxury surf travel. Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo offers a perfect blend of pristine beaches, world-class waves, and luxurious amenities. Surfers can enjoy the thrill of riding breaks like Witch’s Rock or Ollie’s Point, knowing that a plush resort with stunning ocean views awaits their return. A few km up north, on the Southwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua, Rancho Santana delivers world-class accommodations and luxurious amenities with a dedication to sustainability. The Ranch boasts 2,700 acres of rolling hills, five unique beaches, a variety of dining options, and a myriad of activities from adventure sports to spa treatments.

If you’d like to experience a brand new eco-haven flanked by lush jungle-clad mountains and the warm Pacific Ocean you should stay at One&Only Mandarina, a hidden retreat in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Intrinsically connected to the environment, One&Only Mandarina blends the best of chic resort living, tropical relaxation, and authentic outdoor adventure. Nayarit has tons of options for experienced surfers, while the secluded crystal-clear waters bay of the resort is the perfect place to learn the basics of surfing!

Eco-luxury in Morocco

Venturing to North Africa, Morocco offers an enticing blend of world-class surf breaks and cultural richness. Taghazout, located along the country’s stunning coastline, has become a popular destination for surfers seeking both thrilling waves and luxury accommodations. Paradis Plage provides an oasis of sophistication amidst the rugged beauty of the Moroccan coastline. Surfers can explore renowned breaks such as Anchor Point and Killer Point, and then retreat to their private suites or villas with breathtaking ocean views. 

While the concept of luxury surf travel may initially seem at odds with the idea of a free-spirited surfing lifestyle, it offers an opportunity for surfers to indulge in comfort and relaxation after a day in the water. These high-end resorts and charters provide a level of convenience, service, and pampering that can enhance the overall surf experience. Additionally, luxury surf travel contributes to the local economies by creating employment opportunities and supporting sustainable practices in the hospitality industry.

It is important, however, to strike a balance between luxury and respect for the local environment and culture. Sustainable practices should be at the forefront of luxury surf travel, with resorts and charters adopting eco-friendly initiatives such as minimizing waste, supporting local communities, and promoting conservation efforts. Surfers can play their part by choosing resorts that align with their values and engaging in responsible travel practices, such as reducing plastic waste and respecting the natural surroundings.

Surfing and luxury travel are no longer mutually exclusive. With the availability of high-end resorts and charters, surfers can indulge in the best of both worlds. These destinations offer unparalleled surfing experiences paired with luxurious accommodations and amenities, providing an unforgettable getaway. As long as sustainability and respect for the environment are maintained, luxury surf travel can contribute positively to both the surfing community and the local communities where these resorts are located. So, whether you’re seeking the perfect wave in the Maldives, Indonesia, Central America, or beyond, why not treat yourself to an unforgettable surfing experience with a touch of luxury?

Written by Delia Ruiz Malo

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Tatsiana Radchanka 04/21/2024

Amazing surf camp. Felt at home there. Super nice, kind, helpful staff. Any of my requests has been satisfied. Highly recommended!

Charles Viellevoye 03/27/2024

Very professional team. Giulia is always on and have an accurate answer to all my questions. The boat trip was incredibly well organised. Nothing was missing.

Emily Bullen 04/03/2024

Professional and Top Notch! From the moment we started planning our trip AWAVE was responsive and professional. We had a lot of back and forth picking the perfect location and resort and James and Giulia were patient and helpful. The resort we stayed at, AYADA in the Maldives, was beautiful and relaxing- great for families and couples! It was perfect for us- we have 1 surfer in the family, he was able to enjoy the waves and we also were able to enjoy the reef and snorkel as a family. Our kids loved the kids club and the private pool on the beach villas was amazing. The alcohol is expensive if you don’t do full board but that is to be expected. Wonderful vacation and amazing travel agency! Definitely recommend!!

Cobus and Jackie Van Aswegen 10/19/23

awesome last minute trip which was well communicated, friendly crew and great surf guide! waves were not the best but we realised at the time of booking that it was end of season. crew could not be more friendly and willing to help all the time - chef prepared a wide variety of food and never any complaints on that front - thanks!!!... we will be back for more!

Steve 10/07/23

I've used Awave twice ... so far. This is the second time I've used Awave for a trip to the maldives. Stayed in 2 different resorts this time. They've always been incredibly prompt at replying and handled everything for us, making sure the 2 Resorts were in touch to get us transfered half way through our trip. At one of the resorts I even bumped into Giulia and Delia who were out there surfing at the time. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll use awave again if I'm booking a surf trip

Donald Ayres 11/06/23

Indonesia Surf Trip/ Java/Bali/Sumba - James Colston was my representative from AWAVE - I’m an older solo surfer and James was attentive, respectful, extremely responsive from the initial planning stages all the way through the booking. And he was so patient with all my crazy questions along the way. I couldn’t have been more pleased with James’s level of service. Thank you James

Alex Daish 12/28/23

Giulia was an amazing person to book with. I was overwhelmed with choices initially, but AWAVE knew their stuff and helped me with my options and even suggested delaying my trip so I could go to a certain hotel which ended up being the best decision I made all year.

Mickey 01/24/24

Giulia and James were always on line to answer any question or to give an advice. The Ayada resort is perfect both for families or for couples. We did not have waves as the season goes from April to September, but there are plenty options to have fun and good times. Highly recommended both Awave and Ayada.

James 01/30/24

The AWAVE team are knowledgable and helpful. Giulia is a very helpful and patient person to deal with, and do not worry, you can trust her. I had to delay my trip to Morocco due to unforeseen circumstances and Giulia was very understanding. I have just returned from having a fantastic week at Amouage in Taghazout. Thanks AWAVE!

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.