Surf and stretch package
Want to surf? Want to stretch? Solid Surf House offer package deals for bed-and-breakfast, surfing (for beginners and all levels), and yoga. So if you’d like to stay in their lovely rooms, you’ll have to sign up for the whole deal.
Minimum is for five nights, though shorter stays are sometimes available (but you’ll miss out on the included airport transfer), and maximum is 21 nights. The days are full and it makes for a pretty intensive holiday, but we think its a good deal considering the inclusions and the high standard of accommodation.
Rates are per person per week, but to add or subtract days just work out the daily rate, and special rates are offered for advance bookings. You can join anytime you wish, with no set start dates, the lessons are ongoing and you’ll be matched with an instructor for your level (and you can repeat the absolute beginners lesson until you feel confident).
Your day starts with yoga at 07:30 for an hour, breakfast, then from 10:00 to 16:00 you’re surfing or at least learning to with a minimum of two hours in the water with an instructor for beginners. More advanced surfers will be taken to bigger and better waves. Then it’s yoga 17:30 to 18:30… then time to party? Packages includes airport transfers, scooter hire and a pass at Canggu Club with waterparks, gyms, tennis and more. Excursions and a weekly barbecue are available for additional charge.
Accommodation is in a large contemporary-style double-storey house with a small courtyard plunge pool, several terrific communal areas, and one of the best positioned yoga studios we’ve seen in Canggu with views over the surrounding greenery. Three-bed or four-bed dorms, twins, doubles, triples and quad rooms are all available, so whether you’re a solo traveller or with a group of friends, there’s an option. Solid Surf House can accommodate up to 17 people at any one time.
We were only able to view one of the dorms, but other rooms follow a similar style. Rooms are lovely and bright and very spacious with both air-con and ceiling fan, tastefully decorated using natural finishes including hardwood, stone or terracotta tiled floors. Some have views, others look over the pool. Only the three-bed dorm has a double bunk (plus one single bed), all other rooms provide single or king sized beds with thick bouncy mattresses and quality linens. Furnishings and facilities include wardrobes and open shelving and a mini fridge in all rooms, private rooms add TVs, with DVD player and a safe. Ensuite bathrooms are large and stylish with hot-water shower.
Communal areas are just as inviting—we love the open airy kitchen / dining terrace with views over the (mostly green) neighbourhood, but the pool/bar area will probably see more patronage. Although only a postage-stamp of a plunge pool (an inflatable took up half the pool when we visited) in a paved courtyard, the wide comfy lounges (big enough for two or more) and general pleasant atmosphere make it a fun place to hang out.
If you don’t mind doing the group thing, we think this is a great way to maximise a surfing holiday—you’ll make friends and have a clean and comfortable place to sleep. Note that the actual house is signposted and marked on some maps as “Bali Starling Homestay”.
If you prefer your surf and yoga more a-la-carte, The Chillhouse has lovely (but pricey) rooms which include breakfast and dinner; or for decent accommodation where your hosts are big on the surf and can fix you up with professional lessons, Big Brother Surf Inn, Ayok Stay and Surf and the (more basic) dorms at Surfer’s House are all worth a look.
Address: 8 Gang Bekul, Jalan Raya Semat
T: (0822) 3759 4817; (0822) 3736 1420;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º8'33.65" E, 8º39'21.63" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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