SURF’S UP: HOTELS TO CATCH A WAVE AT ACROSS THE GLOBE
Forget Bondi and Oahu: 2017 sees surfing trending around the world, with hotels are getting in on the action. First up: the brand new Four Seasons Surfside Miami, which just opened its doors last week. Its Surf Club has been a Floridian institution since it first began back on New Year’s Eve 1930, and has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Noel Coward to Liberace. Today, you can hang out in the fully refurbished Surf Club in Miami’s North Beaches and, of course, surf the sun-drenched Atlantic. The area is known for its three-to-five foot moderate waves and sandy-bottomed breaks.
Across the globe trendy Soul and Surf are riding the wave by taking their pop-up surfing business permanent, having just opened their own independent hotel and surf school in Sri Lanka – and boy, is it beautiful. So beautiful, we’d quite like to replicate these interiors in our own home. Eschewing traditional Sri Lankan design, the 12 spacious rooms have a mixture of pale pink walls with yellow accents and cool, grey tones, plus a huge pool shrouded with palm trees. As well as a pretty epic place to bed down, you also get a full week of surfing, yoga, breakfast, lunch and two-course dinners (plus a guided SUP class) for £750 for seven nights.
Over on British soil, Cornwall’s Watergate Bay is a surfer’s mecca, with some of the best waves in the UK. Watergate Bay Hotel has its own Extreme Academy down on the beach for surfing lessons year-round and are hosting their annual Grom Search event (to find surfing’s latest talent) this August.