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Dreamsea Surf Camp

Bloody marvellous!

Padang Padang Beach T: (0361) 335 0603 (0823) 4080 5054

Dreamsea Surf Camp

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If “surf camp” conjures up images of basic, filthy rooms packed with sweaty salt-encrusted bods, think again—Dreamsea Surf Camp is the antithesis.

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Focus more on the “Dreamsea” part of the name and you may begin to envisage this magical luxury surf retreat nestled into the cliff face above Padang Padang Beach. Bagging a stunning view of the waves, you don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate this place and while all-inclusive surf packages are available, rooms can be rented individually.

Can Not Get Out Of Bed.

Can Not Get Out Of Bed. Photo: Sally Arnold

The stylish digs are beautifully designed by a Spanish interior designer, and offer a relaxed calm vibe—think salt, sand, driftwood, wafting cheesecloth and boho elegance all with a backdrop of the blue blue sea and long peeling waves. On offer are options from dorms to privates, but even though you may be sharing a room, this is not a budget stay. Although some may find the facilities a little too “budget” for the pricepoint, we think the comfort and views offer reasonable value. The vibe is more along the idea of a simple boutique guesthouse rather than a hotel and only the pricier rooms offer air-con and hot showers, so expect fan-cooled rooms and shared cold-water facilities, along with thin (read not soundproof) bamboo walls.

Choose from a basic, four-bed mixed dorm with no sea view (although we only viewed a two-bed “dorm”), shared twin rooms with or without cold-water ensuite with a shared hammock-strewn balcony and sea vista (charged at a per person rate—great for single travellers) and the pièce de résistance: the cosy private air-con doubles with hot-water ensuites, some with a private terrace and all with gorgeous views from your ever-so-comfy bed—sweet dreams indeed. Aside from the basics, don’t expect fancy mod-cons, but be assured you won’t miss that large screen TV.

Plenty of hammocks on hand.

Plenty of hammocks on hand. Photo: Sally Arnold

Dreamsea is graced with an onsite restaurant offering healthy organic fare and their seaside bar enjoys a terrific outlook over the small golden beach which is almost exclusively used by the surf camp. A delicious filling breakfast is included too. Yoga classes are on offer and included with the surf packages and if you just want to get a couple of surf lessons under your belt, everything is available a la carte as well.

Balinese staff and the Spanish manager are charming and very welcoming. We think Dreamsea Surf Camp is bloody marvellous (although they had never heard that expression before) and would be happy to move right in—lets go surfing now! However, note that sometimes dreams may be other’s nightmares, and some folk may find the access here too difficult, as you’ll have to navigate very steep stairs to the bottom of the cliff—leave the wheelie bag at home!

This should do nicely.

This should do nicely. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you love the salty sea vibe here, but the budget is tight, check out Stiky II at Bingin Beach or if your budget swings the other way and relaxed comfort is more your style, Sal Beach Resort also on the cliffs at Bingin and The Temple Lodge are excellent choices.

Dreamsea prices their rooms in Euros, so we’ve listed an approximate equivalent in Indonesian Rupiah. Please see their website for the exact rates.

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Walk-in rates at Dreamsea Surf Camp

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
335,000 rupiah
335,000 rupiah
4 bed mixed dorm
Dbl fan share bathroom
420,000 rupiah
420,000 rupiah
Per person, shared room (a 2-bed dorm essentially)
Dbl fan private bathroom
500,000 rupiah
500,000 rupiah
Per person, shared room (a 2-bed dorm essentially)
Standard double room
1,300,000 rupiah
1,300,000 rupiah
Air-con, hot-water ensuite
Superior double room
1,500,000 rupiah
1,500,000 rupiah
Air-con, hot-water ensuite, with terrace
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 335,000 rupiah, high season 335,000 rupiah. Notes: 4 bed mixed dorm
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 420,000 rupiah, high season 420,000 rupiah. Notes: Per person, shared room (a 2-bed dorm essentially)
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 500,000 rupiah, high season 500,000 rupiah. Notes: Per person, shared room (a 2-bed dorm essentially)
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,300,000 rupiah, high season 1,300,000 rupiah. Notes: Air-con, hot-water ensuite
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,500,000 rupiah, high season 1,500,000 rupiah. Notes: Air-con, hot-water ensuite, with terrace

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Where is Dreamsea Surf Camp

Dreamsea Surf Camp
Padang Padang Beach
T: (0361) 335 0603 (0823) 4080 5054
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º6'19.3" E, 8º48'36.73" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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