I stayed for just over a week during Winter 2012.
Hotel: Well-decorated rooms, clean facilities, reliable amenities (hot water, wireless internet), beautiful pool. Certainly more expensive than anyplace I stayed in Bali, and much nicer too.
Food: Healthy and varied. Lunch was consistently wonderful, always with vegetables/greens. Dinner was always easy with several restaurants within walking distance. We often ate with other guests, sharing a cab to places a bit too far to walk.
Hotel staff: Ina was our host (Andrew was away in Wales). I enjoyed her direct communication style; I knew the rules and when to be where.
Surf destinations: As promised, we visited several different beaches and breaks. Even on the flatter days, the staff tried their best to keep up good spirits and make the day fun. The camp has arrangements with vendors at every beach so we could leave our stuff (camera, flip flops, change of clothes, wallets) and be sure it was safe. Some days we were divided by ability level; some days we went as a big group. There were always waves suitable to our different levels -- first-timers, mid-level just getting used to surfing the green faces (like me) and accomplished surfers looking for big waves. Sometimes the drive would be 90 minutes due to traffic, road construction and the general hassle of driving in Bali.
Surf instruction: All great surfers and all friendly enough, but the 'instruction' was limited. It was two people to one coach, which was a great ratio in terms of attention and safety. The guides would get you situated in exactly the right place to catch a wave, tell you which to go for and which to pass and give you a push if you're paddling wasn't strong. Beyond that, I got almost no advice about trimming my board, my pop up, my stance, what I did wrong when I missed a wave, what to work on next, etc. Of course I learned a ton just being in the water that many hours a day, but I would have loved some real coaching.
A few more notes:
- Great environment for kids & families, we had a few kids around and they seemed to be having a blast
- Other reviewers are correct about the possibility of very early start times -- and be aware that during the hour-long drive at 6-7 AM you'll be listening to very loud music from the instructors' ipods
- Bali has its challenges -- don't bother coming if you can't deal with insects, trash all over the beach, broken water pipes, etc.
- Photographer was out with us several times and made a real effort to get at least a few good photos of each and every one of us
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Padang Padang Surf Camp offers quality accommodation near some of the best surfing breaks in the world. Surf guiding for advanced surfers and surf lessons for beginners. We cater for all levels of surfers and offer full services including airport transfers, meals, accommodation, surf lessons, board rental. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Padang Padang Surf Camp Hotel Pecatu
- Padang Surf Camp Pecatu
- Padang Padang Surf Camp Bali/Pecatu