The hotel is a perfect first stop on travelling from Poto Tano ferry port. Spacious grounds, beach front property, big dining area with amazing bamboo structure, large yoga shala, and generally friendly staff. But the check-in experience was unreasonably lengthy, the food not good and overpriced, and the rooms very unimaginatively laid out, with not even a hook to hang clothes on and no bedside light. With a bit more effort it could be a dream location!
I came to W&W with my teenage son as we had been recommended the selection of empty uncrowded surf spots. An English speaking driver from the resort was waiting for us at public ferry port at Poto Tano for the 45 drive to the resort. We were impressed by how empty yet clean and organised the small local farms and villages were. Everyone we passed smiled and waved. Arriving at the resort we were immediately impressed by large and tidy bungalows within a perfectly landscaped coconut grove right on the beach with green mountains and islands breaking up the multi colored sunset. The manager Yuni and owner Denis met and greeted us attentively and answered all our questions patiently in perfect English. They gave us a cold drink and we started a tab. They showed us to our standard twin room. We then had a swim and a beer and returned to the massive 11m high communal bamboo lounge and dining area with plenty of cool breeze space, tables and chairs and bean bags, with hammocks between the trees. There was also a large open covered yoga area, exercise bars and beach volleyball court, their was also a speedboat that can be hired for deep water activities. All were perfectly maintained within the grounds overlooking the beach and surrounded by green mountains. We were shown our scooter with surf racks and given a full surf report for the morning. They then organised a guide to follow to a secret spot 10 minutes south, where we found a perfect righthander. The only other mammals here were a dog and some cows and a lone fisherman in his boat. Paddling out we were greeted by a dolphin and a turtle. Our room had comfortable firm beds, soft pillows, clean sheets and monogrammed towels and reasonable Wi-Fi. The bathroom was huge with a strong warm shower and some toiletries provided. The a/c worked well enough. Just outside was a second open cabana area with tables and chairs with better Wi-Fi. The main restaurant lounge had excellent Wi-Fi at all times. There were occasional power cuts but the standby generator kicked-in immediately so the drinks always remained cold. The menu was limited but servings large, fresh and tasty. They also had a Espresso machine for a decent cappuccino. The owner surfed with us and introduced us to the few other guests. They arranged the best massage I have had in Indonesia for many years. Unfortunately the wind and tides worked against getting the best surf spots but the secret spot worked well each of our four mornings. Scooters were well serviced. The local town is interesting for its seaweed farming and the locals all smiled at us. There is no ATM, the nearest is 30 minutes away but there were some shops with snacks, softdrinks, fly spray and cigarettes but no one spoke English. The sunsets were incredible every evening. Most of the mosquitos were found in our bathroom but closing the door and a spray at night sorted that. There is only two other home stays in the town, but we couldn't find them to check out and the seaweed smell was intense. The friendly attentive staff and immaculate grounds, very close to a range of quality surf spots made this place well worth the visit. Highly recommended for romantic couples or a group of surfers, yogis or watersporters. …
Whales & Waves is an awesome place to train outdoors with their outdoor gym, yoga shala, beautiful common area near the restaurant and surfing options! The staff is so friendly! It is at once energizing and relaxing - a great environment for finding balance.
Beautiful property in perfect location right on the beach. Amazing dining area under a bamboo structure surrounded by palm trees. Incredibly welcoming and friendly staff with a chilled out atmosphere. Perfect place to relax in paradise.
A beautiful place to stay when in Sumbawa. The staff are so kind, they learn your names and truly want you to have the best experience while you are here. My room had AC and the food was great. The accommodated for my vegan diet!