My husband and i booked ten days holiday at Blue Surf with our one-year-old son. We wanted a holiday of surfing and relaxing which we did not know would be possible with a baby. Blue Surf were absolutely brilliant at enabling us to have the most wonderful chilled out - and high action surf holiday - in gorgeous santa teresa.
Before we booked the aboslutely brilliant hotel manager Pia and owner Gloria, were utterly helpful on the phone, assuring us that no requests would be too hard. We asked for something to make the balcony safe for our son and if we could have surf lessons around his schedule rather than what is normally offered. We also asked for a baby car seat for our airport pick up and a baby sitter to come while we went surfing and for some evenings out. They sorted everything brilliantly, finding a loving and reliable baby sitter and even even flying in wire mesh from LA to properly secure our balcony! During the week Pia and her assistants Sophia and Tanya helped us with any arrangement we wanted to make (and change at the last minute), from massages to horseriding to booking restaurants in the evening.
The hotel is made up of four lovely bungalows overlooking a small pool and set in a lush garden with an open air kitchen for communal breakfasts which you can use to cook in the evening and just hang out. It made the place feel more personal than a hotel, and all the staff were so fab, and so welcoming to our son, we really felt like we lived there, rather than being faceless tourists. That said the atmosphere was a communal as you wanted it to be.
Every day we had surfing lessons with the surf school which is run from the hotel and our two instructors, Toro and Quique were unbelieveably dedicated, patient and helpful. There were times when one would be under water helping push me on to waves, or personally pulling my board through heavy white water with me clinging on. Despite being unconfident in the waves my surfing really improved with them as teachers and even in big, scary waves i managed to have fun.
Re the location we were a little in doubt at the beginning as to whether to stay at Blue Surf because it wasn't actually on the beach like many of the hotels. But in the end we considered this an advantage - it was actually quite nice to walk 100 yards back to a tranquil green garden which was more restful than the beach front properties. It also felt lot safer in that the hotel was enclosed and the grounds locked at night with a security guard so you didn't feel like anyone could just wonder in off the beach. this was particularly reassuring having a small child. Blue Surf is also at the quieter end of the beach - which is more chilled - although it does mean that to go out at night requires booking taxis or hiring a car, or a half hour schlep along the beach. We were so tired most nights we were happy to stay in and order pizza, cook, or eat early at the nearby local beach restaurant.
In summary, Santa Teresa is a gorgeous beach with lots of great places to stay, but being somewhere that was intimate and personal and run by such lovely people, meant a great holiday became absolutely wonderful.
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