I recently attended Surf Haven resort and felt like sharing some details as this is an expensive holiday to book.
Overall I had a lovely week - the Villa is beautiful and the service and food is amazing. The staff in the villa are kind and cater to every need. The yoga was lovely and the surf instructors at the beach very helpful. Unfortunately however, there was no meditation or relaxation exercises included - and I feel overall it is a busy retreat without any gifts of peaceful/ mindful exercises to take back into your everyday life. If you are looking for peace and relaxation - I suggest looking at another retreat. It is a shame that there is no one person with the group across all acitivites - this means that there is no cohesion between the yoga and surfing (not even an after surf stretch!). The manager was often not there - 6 of us became quite unwell at the same time with Bali Belly from something that was obviously at the retreat - yet no offer of another yoga class/ surfing class was made for the day missed.
Schedules were changed as well -for instance - the Ubud trip occured much later than usual which meant that no shopping was done in Ubud - the driver even commenting how strange it was that we were so late. There was never an offer for guided beach walks and runs - and we were not told that there were additional surf boards at the retreat that we could have used in our spare time. Overall - I feel it would be much bettter if the manager was there throughout the day and activities and then she would be able to fix and explain these errors and make it more tailored to the individual. Three of the days we were there she was on a detox retreat herself - so obviously unable to assist. For the cost of the retreat I felt this was simply not good enough.
Overall - the retreat is lovely - and for a busy person who enjoys luxury - wants a taste of yoga and surfing - this retreat is certainly good and great for the solo travellor. For the price however - I would expect more presence of the manager for feedback and tailoring of specifics - and it is such a shame that given the space and opportunity - no meditiation and relaxation is being taught - two things that are so needed to soothe the busy minds of our world today.
As the retreat does not offer a feedback form of any type - I thought it best to write the review here. I would recommend this holiday for the solo travellor a little nervous of going to Bali - but be vocal about what you want early on. If you are confident in Bali - organise the surfing/ yoga yourself and still stay in luxury - and save some money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury women's surf and yoga retreat offering week long all inclusive well being programs. Included in the rate is surfing lessons, daily yoga, delicious healthy food, spa treatments and a cultural tour. The villa is Villa Sakti, a beautiful 5 star property in Seminyak. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Surf Haven Bali Hotel Seminyak
- Escape Haven Bali Kuta