For something a little more exotic (and expensive) the “Surf’s Up” package at Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa includes overnight accommodation, round-trip transfers for two guests by speedboat between the airport and the hotel, guided transfers to local surf breaks, and use of surf equipment and paddle boards.
There are various options either in the lagoon or out in the ocean for beginners and experienced surfers, and the package can be tailored to anyone from age six and up. Rates start at $1,262 a night in a Beach Pavilion in April, which includes the surfing aspect for one person – a hefty supplement for a second guest ($900 for beginners, $800 for experienced) applies. Between August 26 and September 2 you can also watch the pros demonstrate their skills during the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy.
Over in Costa Rica, Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo partners with Tropicsurf for “surfaris” based on a 10-level skill progression to either pick up the basics or improve your technique. In Mexico, the “Surf Paradise” package at Four Seasons Punta Mita throws in a surf lesson for two per day, with a minimum five nights stay running for $850+ a night in a Casita room with garden view.
For a chance to learn from two windsurfing champions, head over to Four Seasons Maui between November 10 and 15 during the Aloha Windsurfing Clinic, where Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas will teach you the ins and outs of both windsurfing and stand-up paddling.
Not all packages can be booked online; for those with a limited time window it’s best to get in touch with the hotel directly.
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