9 Luxury surf hotels around the world

Surfers are always the first to discover the true natural wonders around the world. Typically eco-minded, after finding the best waves, they're hiking and taking in the nature when they're not surfing. From venturing out to find hidden Mexico waves, venturing south for surfing New Zealand, These surf hotels are ideal if you're looking for an international surf adventure and want to stay in luxury. These are some of the most unique surf hotels.

These surf hotels are perfect whether you’re a novice or a seasoned waterman, surfing is one of the best excuses to buy a plane ticket and go off in search of beautiful beaches and empty waves.

Here are 9 surf hotels to help you live out your dream surf vacation.

The Harmony Hotel

Nosara, Costa Rica

A perfect luxury surf hotel if you're interested in surfing Costa Rica. The first of our surf hotels collection, The Harmony Hotel is near Playa Guiones. A beginner friendly surf break is perfect for longboards. The Harmony is just a two-minute walk down a jungle path to Guiones Beach, which offers consistent year-round waves. The hotel’s juice bar creates the perfect post-surf recovery drink. When you're not surfing, a healing center and open-air yoga pavilion offer relief for sore muscles after a day of paddling.


Nomads Hotel

San Clemente, California

The surf breaks in this area consist of Trestles, Lowers, Uppers, T-Street, San Onofre, Cottons

Perfect for surfers looking to surf in California for the first time. This many surf breaks in such close proximity to each other is unique.

In the Nomad Hotel, each of the seven rooms is themed after a different international surf locale and adorned with photos from part owner and former ASP tour photographer, Sean Rowland. Surf packages include dawn patrol breakfast, two guided surf sessions per day, and free board and wet suit rentals.

The Canteen restaurant has 33 beers on drafts, insanely delicious poke bowls, and a big screen showing the latest surf flicks.


Surfers Lodge Peniche

Peniche, Portugal

The surf breaks in this area are gentle beach breaks for beginners.

This hotel is perfect for beginner and experienced surfers with an eye for style and an appreciation for good food.

Founded by former Swedish national surf champ John Malmqvist is the brainchild behind this hip surf lodge. Malmqvist will personally tailor surf safaris to breaks from Ericeira all the way to Nazaré. The hotel’s Surf Academy limits lessons to six people. All lessons are filmed on a GoPro and analyzed post-surf to improve your skills.

Malmqvist has melded surfer and Scandi style at this surf lodge. Hangout areas include a living room with a fireplace and a terrace with a Jacuzzi. The food is local and organic. Wellness offerings range from massages and yoga classes to full on surf-specific circuit training.


Nihi Sumba

Sumba Island, Indonesia

One of Indonesias most interesting surf hotels. Nihi Sumba is near the surf break called Occy’s Left (aka God’s Left). It is directly in front of the resort. Intermediate to advanced surfers wanting great temperatures and a mostly empty surf break.

Occy’s Left is reserved for just ten surfers each day to assure a crowd-free surf session. Lessons are available for all levels, though experienced surfers can work to improve snaps and barrel riding with experienced instructors. When there aren’t any waves there are plenty of other adventures. From waterfall hikes to market tours. You can also visit local communities and observe or participate in work the hotel’s Sumba Foundation carries out in local communities.


Four Seasons Kuda Huraa


The surf break here is called Kuda Hurra Lagoon and is perfect for beginners. There are six uncrowded breaks within each other for more advanced surfers. There are secret spots in the outer atolls

This is one of the only luxury surf hotels for surfers with a preference for exotic locales and warm waters. Especially for surfers who enjoy surfing reef breaks and searching for waves offshore by boat.

The Four Seasons offers a 10-step learn to surf clinic created by Tropicsurf. A seaplane safari allows you to scout hidden breaks on the outer atolls. For the ultimate splurge, the Four Seasons Explorer takes guests on a seven-day live-aboard surf adventure to rarely surfed waves. This is the only luxury surf hotels offering unique experiences from cooking classes to Robinson Crusoe-inspired seaplane adventures, they’ve thought of it all.


Hotel Alaia


Out of these surf hotels, this is the only one in South America.

Chile’s position as a major surf destination shouldn’t be surprising really, given its 4,270km coastline. And yet, few people know Punta de Lobos – birthplace of the country’s surf scene and official World Surf Reserve.

Here, amid the rolling waves and sealion-roamed rocks, you’ll find Hotel Alaia, which nudges up against the swell with driftwood-like buildings, ocean-view rooms and wraparound decks dotted with hot tubs.

Naturally, there are boards to borrow for tackling El Diamante – a ripable, sand-bottomed section of ‘the best left pointbreak in Chile’, according to pro surfer Ramon Navarro. Take it on – ignoring the sea birds, who seem to be taking bets on whether you’ll make it out standing.


Noah Surf House


While the Algarve absorbs the majority of Portugal’s summer swell, those in the know head to Costa de Prata (the Silver Coast), which stretches for 150km along the Atlantic shore between Lisbon and Porto.

Your base here is wetsuit-welcoming Noah Surf House, which sits beside Praia Santa Cruz, with upcycled, beachy rooms that run from bungalows to bunks, plus board racks and outdoor showers for washing off the day’s surf.


Blackbird Byron

Byron Bay, Queensland, Australia

In our list of surf hotels, Blackbird is an escape from the ordinary in Australia. Offering luxury accommodation in the Byron Hinterland. Somewhere to escape the ordinary.

This boutique bed and breakfast has been impeccably designed to be close to nature and close to the hearts of the founders, James and Stella Hudson.

The attention to detail in the interior design, exterior design and facilities, like a Magnesium mineral swimming pool, are framed beautifully in acres of green rain forest, with spectacular views Eastwards to Cape Byron and the Pacific ocean.

From the moment you arrive we take extra care to ensure you receive a memorable experience, with Champagne on arrival, and complimentary artisanal local produce in your room.

This luxury destination is a boutique ‘home from home’ for couples, small groups of friends, family or colleagues. We hope to provide an ideal location to relax amongst the waterfalls, animals and flora & fauna; or to use as a base to going walking, kayaking, mountain-biking and explore the rest of the region. We offer a range of facilities for musicians and artists, whether it be penning a new album or finding inspiration for the canvas, we’ve got you covered!


Timber Cove Resort

Sonoma, California

SoCal might have given us the Beach Boys, but NorCal remains ‘the last frontier of surfing’ for its wild, windy coast running from San Francisco up to Oregon.

You’ll need a thick layer of neoprene and a hearty appetite for adventure to take on these waves, but the rewards reveal themselves in Sonoma at Salmon Creek – a rivermouth break for experienced riders where wipeouts are cushioned by an underwater sandbar. Due north you can dock in at Timber Cove – an elemental retreat where nature runs wild.


Book Your Surf Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book your flight
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Book your surf hotel or surf accommodation
You can book a really unique and local place with AirBnB anywhere in the world. We used it recently in Sri Lanka to book a place withing a 3 minute walk to a surf break. If you want to stay somewhere other than an AirBnB, use Booking.com, as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, surf gear theft, and cancellations. Basically, you get protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a surf trip without it. We’ve been using World Nomads for close to ten years now.

Protect your personal data
When you travel, you're constantly logging into public Wi-Fi. VPNs are designed to protect all of your Internet traffic. This includes email, streaming music and video, voice calls, and anything else you can think of. We use ExpressVPN when we're on a surf trip.

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