Bali is one of the world’s top surfing destinations, but often the challenge is getting the best waves yet avoiding the crowds, as well as spending quality time with family or spouse. It is a constant balancing act, but there is now a solution to keep everybody happy thanks to a new partnership betweenFour Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay and TropicSurf, to offer bespoke surfing holidays in Bali.
With a strategic location at Four Seasons’ Coconut Grove on Jimbaran Beach, TropicSurf’s ‘Ticket to Ride’ program caters for all levels – beginner through advanced – and provides convenient access to the island’s best breaks, all while enjoying the authentic Balinese culture and world-class service of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. For beginners and longboarders, the gentle beach break directly off the Coconut Grove is the perfect learning ground, and TropicSurf’s unique coaching methodology provides personalized guidance for a maximum of four people per class. Experienced surfers can take advantage of TropicSurf’s boat to surf ‘Airports’, just 10 minutes’ boat ride away, or the Uluwatu peninsula, or take a 20-minute road trip to Nusa Dua and Sanur.
Hurley-sponsored professional surfer Jay Phillips said the TropicSurf program at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay offers “the experience of a lifetime”. Phillips is based on the Gold Coast, Australia, and traveled to Bali with his wife and three children. “You’ve got all surf breaks at your fingertips right here in the Bay,” he said. “I know my daughter’s in safe hands surfing perfect little waves at Tora-Tora or on the shore break right in front of Sundara, and my wife’s having the time of her life at the resort while I get some quality waves as well. It’s been a dream holiday.”
While TropicSurf enables surfers avoid the crowds and pick the best waves to get the most of their time in the water, any non-surfers can immerse in the resort’s tranquil beach-front location and authentic experiences. Comprising seven living ‘villages’, the 156 villas– each with indoor and outdoor living pavilions, shower garden and picturesque pool – cascade down 14 hectares of hilly headland and tropical water gardens dotted with hundreds of statues and shrines. Guests can go on a Temple Tour and even receive a traditional seawater blessing by the resident ‘Mangku’ (Priest), embark on a culinary journey at the onsite Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy, take a curative journey at The Healing Village Spa or soak up the chilled-chic vibe – and Southeast Asia’s best cocktails – from a poolside beachfront day bed at Sundara.
“TropicSurf’s unique coaching methodology and approach to luxury surfing holidays is the perfect match for what our guests look for when traveling to Bali,” said Uday Rao, General Manager of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. “Whether beginner or experienced surfers, they can maximize their time in the water and still enjoy plenty of time with their family or spouse, immersing themselves in everything that Bali has to offer; from the art and spirituality, to the wellbeing rituals, recreational activities and world-class dining.”
Ross Phillips, Founder and Director of TropicSurf, said: “Tropicsurf is delighted to be partnered with Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay in Bali. The property has an authentic Balinese feel and the location is central to the broad range of wave types that we need for our varied guest abilities. We understand that for most of our guests, their time is valuable. So we have direct boat access just 10 minutes from the Four Seasons beach to some ideal waves. We aim to get our guests to a higher level of surfing skill in a shorter time span. Our expert guides not only can get you into some of Bali’s magical waves, but also transform your surfing along the way.”
The new TropicSurf program is the latest addition to Four Seasons Jimbaran’s water activities based at the Coconut Grove. Resort guests can also go windsurfing, ocean kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, take a catamaran out on their own or have a guide sail them around the wide curve of Jimbaran Bay.
To mark the launch, Four Seasons has created exclusive new TropicSurf accommodation packages. The Learn-to-Surf package is the perfect choice for beginners, inclusive of daily buffet breakfast and a one-hour lesson for two people with TropicSurf’s professional instructor. The TropicSurf Family Holiday includes daily buffet breakfast and a private lesson for two adults and two children (aged 6 and above) to enjoy quality family time bonding over the shared experience of riding your first waves together. For more information on any of these packages, please go towww.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay or email [email protected]