The best surf trip I have been on by some distance. After spending a couple of (underwhelming) months in Australia I wanted to go somewhere that consistently had really good waves, wasn't too crowded and was cheap. When booking I thought combining those expectations would be a pretty big ask but I got more than I ever could have wished for at Lovina.
Firstly, there are a good mix of waves in the area that give you options for pretty much every swell size and direction. The wave next to Lovina, Ujong Bocur, is a 150m+ left hander that has little barrel sections and big walls. Probably the funnest wave I've surfed on my backhand and it didn't seem too busy. The beach break is around 20 minutes away by scooter and seems to never go flat.
Lovina itself comprises of some beautiful A-frame bungalows and a row of rooms in the main stretch of building. I stayed in both; each had fairly comfy beds, fans so it wasn't too hot, mosquito nets and bathrooms with sit down toilets, showers and basin. More than enough considering you'll be spending all of your time out of your room. The hangout/restaurant area has sofas, a pool table, some chess boards and provides some shade for the hottest part of the day as well as an upper floor with hammocks and more seating.
What really blew me away at Lovina was the service and the food. Joris, Fransiska and Edgar are amazing, they make each guest feel like part of the family and as a result everyone gets to know each other and the atmosphere is fantastic. If you need anything, all you have to do is ask and it gets done. The hangout area is kept super clean by the staff that work at Lovina so its always a nice place to be. The food was some of the best food I've ever eaten. Breakfast was a choice of pancakes or omelette, the lunches and dinners changed everyday and where always incredible. I have no idea what the dishes where called but it all tasted fantastic, especially anything with fish in.
Highly recommend this place to anyone who likes good food and good service. You could go here for a beach holiday and have a fantastic time. There's a ton of stuff to do other than surfing to keep everyone entertained. Can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely accomodation,Lovely food & lovely service at Tanjung Setia-Krui,lampung-sumatra. Heaven for the international surfer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lovina Krui Surf Sumatra, Indonesia