Several years ago, I decided I wanted a surf vacation, so I looked at some websites and wrote a few emails. The first (and fastest) reply came from Marcela at Kalon Surf. That level of service and professionalism is one of many reasons I've visited Kalon six times now.
Each time I come back, I can count on two things. The first is that the waves will be good, the sunsets awesome, the people friendly and welcoming, and the food will be five-star quality. I value this consistency when vacations are rare and you want and need the time to really count. But I also know something will be different and better than the last visit, and this is the second reason I keeping coming back.
The highlights this time were the new accommodations. The mansion blends into the local scenery, perched amid the jungle and nearby rain forest and offering stunning vistas of verdant countryside and winding coastline. It has resort quality amenities but also a local flavor and aesthetic that keeps a person comfortable but also provides a window into the culture. The rooms all have terrific views - it's such a treat to start the day with a cup of coffee on the deck and see local birds or maybe a monkey and to then end the day with a communal meal as the sun sets.
When you add such a great place to a great experience, it makes for a memorable vacation. I've met such interesting people, from around the world and a variety of backgrounds and professions, from families to couples to solo travelers, and it's common to keep in touch even after the vacation ends. And it's an equal treat to returning to see the people who run Kalon - Kjeld and Silene are engaged owners, Marcela makes everyone feel at home, Roberto and his crew are committed to providing a fun, safe surfing experience, and Esme and Christopher's food will have you asking for more (and for recipes).
In this respect, Kalon has become a home away from home, a place where I escape from a busy life and unwind and relax while chasing the perfect wave and hanging out with an interesting, friendly people. Not everyone is going to come to a place six times, but this wouldn't happen if the first time hadn't left such an impression. I wish people the same experience if they visit Kalon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- COSTA RICA'S LEADING SURF SOLUTION Are you looking to learn or improve your surf? And experienced coaches, proven methods and quality methods sound good to you? You also just want to surf and relax? --- well this is it! You just surf and let our coaches help you improve, we take care of the rest - the moment you set foot in Costa Rica, you do not have to worry about anything. We got you covered from beautiful lodging, to your airport pick up, to your Watermans Sun Block and even your smoothie! Just to make sure you can focus on surfing together with our surf coaches.We know that your trip does not just start when you arrive here, so we make sure you already can get excited before the trip starts. During the surf week here, we are sure it will be everything you thought it would be and more. And to make it complete, at the end of the week our coaches will help you understand what your level is and how to improve further, while we prepare your own Kalon Surf USB stick with all photos of the week on it, so you can show it to your friends and family back home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kalon Surf - Surf Coaching Resort Costa Rica/Dominical