Catching the Perfect Wave with Luxury Surf Resorts

The world of surfing used to be associated with sleeping on beaches, pulling pineapples from the ground and going penniless for that perfect curl. Yet times are changing and with many of the world’s best breaks being perched on paradise shores a whole new market is opening up in the form of luxury surf resorts.

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The art of luxury surf travel is all about chasing the endless summer, finding that dream set of rollers and indulging in the little luxuries. Whether it’s getting a morning surf massage to loosen your limbs, dining on fresh seafood with your skin still salty from the waves or falling into a blissful slumber on a featherbed here are some of the world’s finest luxury surf resorts.

 

Mukul, Nicaragua

The emerald beauty of Nicaragua will take your breath away every morning as you race down the shore to greet the clean rolling waves. Chattering monkeys and bright plumed birds provide the soundtrack to your stay and every second is sheer bliss at the private and privileged beach community of Mukul. The world class destination is a surfers dream with Manzanillo Point right outside your door.

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The beach villas are exquisite in their design boasting ocean view decks, private pools and secret gardens. After the perfect morning surf session you can soothe tired muscles in the ancient spa sanctuary or in the Turkish inspired private grotto of the Hammam. Dining is an art form at Mukul and you can taste dover sole sashimi, veal cheeks and truffle oil and steamed black mussels in the warmth of the private dining room of La Mesa.

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

For a sophisticated surf escape that delivers solitude on the waves, outstanding beauty and elegant surroundings, Lord Howe Island is the place to be. The private island is a UNESCO world wonder with its volcanic peaks, thick green forests and secret beaches with exposed swells that roar. The Capella Lodge offers spacious suites that embody modern perfection with oversized rain showers, soft cotton beds and unrivalled views of the surf rolling in.

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Delectable spa packages will leave you satiated and ready to take to the waves. The three hour ‘dreaming’ therapy will ensure that every knot is unwound, every inch of you pampered and that your body, mind and soul are completely balanced. Start your day with fresh island fruits and artisan cheeses and end with sumptuous seafood, seasonal delights and exotic cocktails to celebrate another perfect day on the backline.

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Four Seasons, Jimbaran Bay, Bali

Jimbaran Bay carves you the perfect slice of Bali especially when you use the majestic Four Seasons as your surf base. Beautiful villas provide a breath taking retreat with your own private butler on hand to fetch you a beer after hours duck diving through Bali’s superior breaks. The Balinese style villa boasts private sleeping pavilions, plunge pools and award winning architecture to sweep you off your feet.

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Along with legendary surf breaks on your doorstep you can soak up the spiritual side of Bali with personal yoga practice, access to healing masters and ancient massage techniques. Epic dining experiences can be yours at the Four Seasons with private tables on the beach. Listen to the sound of the surf as you bite into the creamy lobster bisque, breathe in the scent of wildflowers and sip decadent cocktails by moonlight.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes