Although many people book an all-inclusive for rest and relaxation, others want to spend their days out on the water instead. But while many resorts have ample snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding opportunities, very few of them are located near places where you can surf. Therefore, it can be quite the hunt to find an all-inclusive resort on a beach with suitable surfing conditions.
If you’re hoping to hang ten on some of the world’s best breaks, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of resorts for surfers. Whether you’re looking for a luxury resort with uncrowded surf beaches or a surf and yoga retreat with pristine waves and swells, you’ll find your next surf vacation on this list.
What is the Best All-Inclusive Resort for Surfing?
Very few traditional all-inclusive resorts offer great surfing. However, there are some surf retreats that offer lessons, packages, food, and accommodation. Bali’s WavePark Mentawai and Panama’s Beach Break Surf Camp are two of the most well-known all-inclusive surf hotels. You’ll also find resorts in the Maldives, Nicaragua, and around Indonesia.
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Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi – the Maldives
If you’re looking for a luxury surfing destination, then look no further than the Maldives. The Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi is an upscale berach resort on North Male Atoll – a breathtaking island known for its outdoor water activities.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, this resort is the perfect destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating, and of course, surfing! Guests will have exclusive access to Lohi’s surf break, which became world famous after it hosted the recent WQS O’ Neil ‘Deep Blue Open’ competition.
Once you’re back on land, you can enjoy many of the fine all-inclusive amenities the resort has to offer. That means unlimited food and drinks, complimentary cooking and cocktail-making classes, non-motorized sports equipment rentals, and weekly beach parties.
It’s definitely one of the pricier surfing locations, but with great surf breaks and a pristine location right on the beach, I think it has the potential to be one of the most memorable vacations you’ll have!
WavePark Mentawai – Indonesia
Is there anything better than an all-inclusive surf resort? How about an all-inclusive surf resort on a private island? WavePark Mentawai was the first surf camp ever to be built in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, an idyllic destination home to more than 25 different surf breaks. And you can see them for yourself whenever you want during your visit (guided surfing trips and fishing speedboats are included every day for guests).
The retreat is the epitome of luxury, as it can only accommodate up to 12 guests at a time. In addition to having your very own private beachfront bungalow, you’ll also get three chef-prepared meals a day, hotel transfers, and guided snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and coconut plantation tours.
As you can see, this is a once-in-a-lifetime surfing experience for those seeking to explore one of the most stunning coastlines in the world.
Beach Break Surf Camp – Panama
The Beach Break Surf Camp Resort is situated on the breathtaking Playa Venao beach in central Panama. Considered to be one of the world-class surf destinations in the country, Playa Venao has consistent, year-round waves that cater to surfers of all skill levels – from very beginners to advanced professionals.
The most basic package offered at the resort includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, unlimited rental equipment (surfboards, kayaks, boogie boards, paddle boards), and surf coaching tailored to your skill level.
On top of having a surf school, you’ll also have access to all their on-site fitness classes. They have classes for yoga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and functional training, which are things I’ve never seen offered at many other all-inclusive resorts!
While Beach Break Surf Camp isn’t necessarily a destination for a laid-back vacation, it’s one of the best for those seeking an active and adventurous experience.
Club Med Bali – Indonesia
I consider Bali to have some of the best waves in the world for surfing. But don’t just take my word for it! Book a few nights at the family-friendly Club Med Bali to see the excellent surf for yourself!
As the resort is located on the beach (Sri Lanka Beach), you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from crashing waves and countless reefs and coves. But beware – the beachfront surf isn’t for the faint of heart.
The waves are fast and too inconsistent for beginners. If you’re looking for more friendly surf spots, you can easily head to Uluwatu Beach or Padong Padong Beach on the other sides of the island.
After a day on the water, head back to the hotel to relax in the pool (the resort has four!).
You can also treat yourself to a gourmet meal or drink at one of the four restaurants or three on-site bars instead. If you can’t get enough action, then make sure to also take advantage of the other Clud Med activities, including snorkeling, windsurfing, tennis, yoga, and even flying trapeze.
Nicaragua Surf Lodge – Nicaragua
For laid-back beachy vibes and unlimited surf sessions to dozens of local breaks, the Nicaragua Surf Lodge is one of the best all-incluisve destinations in Central America.
Your surf package includes six nights in a private room on the stunning white sand beach of Playa Gigante, all meals, and transportation. But like I said, the main draw of staying here is the fact that you can surf whenever you want. There’s a captain on hand to take you to any of the hotel’s surf spots, including the world famous Playa Colorado.
Unlike other big name all-inclusive chains, the Nicaragua Surf Lodge isn’t a luxury hotel. With only four rooms, it’s an intimate getaway where you can relax and meet like-minded individuals.
Other perks of staying here include free beer, a communal lounge area, an outdoor kitchen with BBQs, and one of the prettiest oceanfront locations in the country.
Planet Hollywood Cancun – Mexico
Although Cancun isn’t known for surfing, you can still have a great vacation without ever stepping toe into the ocean! That’s because you can still ride the waves on the FlowRider Surf Simulator at Planet Hollywood Cancun.
With endless waves at your disposal, this resort waterpark is great for beginners and kids, as well as advanced surfers! And while a spin on the FlowRider costs extra, there are plenty of other fun activities included with your stay, like mini-golf, fitness classes, kayaking, snorkeling, and nightly entertainment.
If you’d rather spend your days relaxing, then you’ll also be just steps away from the beautiful white-sand beach of Costa Mujeres. Grab a drink or something to eat (there are 11 restaurants and 11 bars), lay out your towel on one of the lounge chairs, and enjoy your dreamlike vacation right here in Mexico.
Finding the ultimate surf hotel can be difficult, as there aren’t many all-inclusive resorts located in those parts of the world.
Booking your vacation at a dedicated surf retreat might be your best option, as they include surf sessions in addition to meals, activities, and entertainment. Just make sure to review what other amenities are available. Even though you’re there to surf, it’s always a good idea to spend some time hanging loose on the beach or by the pool.