About a year ago, I started surfing. I have been on a few surfing trips since, but am still a beginner. I have also been to Bali before and even though I liked it, I didn't fall in love with it. I was hesitant about returning, but had friends raving about Bali generally and surfing on Bali specifically so I figured I'd give it another try. I checked out a few surfcamps and decided on this.
The Chillhouse is the perfect place for any surfer. It is not a party place, if you are into that kind of thing, you better stay somewhere else. I came here to surf and well, chill, and got what I wanted.
The place is gorgeous. It has two pools, a pool bar, an own massage place (at a fee of course, which is a bit higher than in the massage parlors on the street in Bali, but the therapists are very good), offers yoga classes, has a pool/billiard table and huge pool beds to just relax.
I booked the Surf Star package which included three massages, yoga classes, and of course five surf lessons. The lessons are one instructor per two students which is a very good ratio - I've taken lessons with 10 students in one class (awful) and private lessons - this 2:1 was basically like a private lesson. The instructors are young, but experienced and most are understanding, patient and really help you to improve your surfing skills. We also received a videocoaching session and a few photos of our surfing.
The package also includes all breakfasts and dinners. Breakfasts start early (as surfing is early in the morning) and usually lasts until around 1pm so that you can eat both before and when returning from your morning surf session. Dinner is at 7pm and while some felt a little constrained as it was at a specific time every night, I personally didn't mind. On some evenings, there's a buffet, on others a set four-course meal. Cuisine varies, it is usually a mix of Indonesian/Asian and Western. Of course your not obliged to eat there and can go somewhere else whenever you like.
Staff were all very friendly and helpful, they always remember the name of each guest and greet you personally whenever they see you. The dinner staff was extremely upbeat and fun!
Pick-up and drop-off from/to the airport is free of charge and worked well. The Chillhouse is located a little bit out of the way. They have free shuttle services to Kuta for instance, but there are few restaurants and bars within walking distance. Of course taxis are cheap, but if variety in terms of dinners/restaurants etc and going out at night are important to you, you may want to look into other places as well.
I had a single room which was nice and big enough. All rooms have an outdoor bathroom, which I personally liked a lot, as well as a patio (size depending on room type). There may be the odd gecko, mosquito or ant in the bathroom and the bedroom, but hey, you will see that in Bali at any rate, even in very upscale places.
The other guests too were amazing, they're not the very youngest, but most were in their late 20s/early 30s, definitely into surfing rather than partying all night. We got along well as a group, dat together at night for a beer and also organized a few trips around the island. All very relaxed and easygoing. I may just have been lucky of course.
For me, this place was worth every penny and I will for sure return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chillhouse is a surf and yoga retreat situated in Canggu amongst the rice fields on the southern shores of Bali. Our Bali Surf & yoga Retreats offer guest's quality accommodation and delicious organic meals, along with surf guiding, massage treatments, and yoga sessions. It is a place where you can indulge in an unforgettable surfing holiday, filled with endless waves and maximum comfort. The emphasis, of course, is on surfing but our retreats aren't just about chasing waves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chillhouse Hotel Canggu
- The Chillhouse - Bali Surf And Bike Retreats Canggu