Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Catching the Best Waves Near Bali

Are you interested in surfing? Even if you've never grabbed a longboard before, it's better to invest in a spot that will provide the right environment for a proper lesson. Big waves, rocky surf, and wide-open beaches are all part of the surfing experience, and they are part of a top hotel visit, too -- when you choose the right place, of course.

One of the most popular places to vacation in the world, Bali still maintains mystery and exclusivity.

What the Experts Say: “Bali, with its glut of world class surf spots, is the epicentre of Indonesian surfing. Any surf trip here almost invariably begins at Kuta, the original Indonesian beach resort. The waves here offer something for everyone.”

===Hot Hotel===
St. Regis Bali: The Garden of Bali awaits. Perfect, pristine beaches outside the St. Regis Bali only heighten its lavish interior decor. This hotel offers personalized service and a top-rated spa far away from the worries of "real life." 121 suites and villas are decked out in tasteful Balinese art, and your accommodations feature a balcony and large marble bathroom.

Culture and beauty collide in Java, an intriguing vacation spot with plenty of clues to ancient life in the East.

What the Experts Say: “The most famous wave on Java, Bali’s northern neighbour, is G-Land (also known as Grajagan). This is one of those freak of nature waves which all other waves are measured against. Endlessly long, flawlessly perfect and super consistent, G-Land is most commonly reached via boat charter from Bali.”

===Hot Hotel===
Como Shambhala Estate: Next door to a hot surfing spot, the Como Shambhala Estate features blended east-west accommodations and careful detailing. With each room individually furnished according to a specific theme, you can return and have an entirely fresh experience with each visit. A Personal Assistant assigned to you during your stay ensures that everything you need is delivered.

Breathtaking views and bustling city life give you a chance to experience it all in Sumatra.

What the Experts Say: “An almost hypnotically perfect righthander, this wave has always been considered perfect, but following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the wave actually improved dramatically. The reef rose upward by around a metre and made the wave faster and much more consistent.”

===Hot Hotel===
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan: If you have little ones who are interested in starting their careers as pro surfers early, then you might want to try booking a stay at the Four Seasons. This kid-friendly luxury chain is a perfect choice for the traveler looking for ocean views, adventurous travel, and children-positive perks in the same place.

Nusa Tenggara
A "travel secret" of Indonesia, Nusa Tenggara is home to extremely friendly people and fantastic waves.

What the Experts Say: “Lombok, the closest island to Bali, is the most visited by surfers and the jewel in the surf crown here is the legendry Desert Point, possibly the best wave in the world. It is a highly fickle wave but when all the elements come together, this near endless, freight train lefthander offers tube rides of up to 20 seconds.”

===Hot Hotel===
Four Season Resort at Jimbaran Bay: A great view from your plunge pool; terrific oceanside dining. It's hard not to enjoy the atmosphere and spirituality of this peaceful, romantic land. Plus, it's a nice contrast from bashing around in the waves as you learn how to surf.

Even if you're not the surfer in the family, these hotels won't do you wrong. Sinking into a luxury suite at night, waking to see the sun rise over the ocean, and basking under a palm tree certainly doesn't sound bad -- and then you can let the athletic ones in the family have all the lessons they want.

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