If you don't like surfing uncrowded, world-class, powerful waves in warm water, surrounded by lush, tropical jungle don't go to Aura; however, if you're like me and spend your life in search of such perfection then do whatever it takes to get to this unmatched perfection.
I have dedicated a lifetime to search out the perfect setup. In that quest I've surfed on every continent and in all honesty I really don't think I could accurately list all the places I've been. From living above a garage at J Bay, renting a hammock between two trees in Ecuador, pitching a tent on the beach in Panama to staying at "upscale" yuppie places like Tavarua and Lohifushi (Maldives), I'm sure it's safe to say that I've probably seen as much of the known surf spots around this planet as anyone short of sponsored pros.
But to say the very least, Aura is in league all its own. My buddy and I went there in late March - early April and both of us had an incredible time. As luck would have it, I (stupidly) injured myself four days in, but as a testimony to how impressive this place is, I still had an unforgettable experience! Andy (the owner of the resort) jumped right in and made absolutely sure that I was patched up (he did it himself!), safe, and comfortable. He and his staff were so attentive that I swear I've never felt so looked after (this despite the fact that we were way out on an island with scant medical facilities).
The food is more than adequate and there's always plenty of it - you'll actually be served four meals a day and there's always something to eat; it's very casual and you'll even find yourself skipping meals for lack of room in your stomach.
This place is a surfing destination - from the time you wake up until you fall into your (comfortable) bed, the entire day is about surfing and the full crew, from cooks to guides, are dedicated to finding the very best adventure and waves for any given conditions and/or surfing experience. The guide's are the best I've personally experienced - they rotate but Andy definitely knows how to pick 'em. (If you go this season, 2014, you'll meet Josh; this kid is a superb human being and wise beyond his years. He's top-knotch and you'll see what I mean).
Wow - just proofread this thing before sending it off and it sounds like an advertisement. But you know what? I'm not going to change a word... Aura is that cool! If you don't go you're missing an experience that you'll tell stories about when you get my age (you can use you're imagination on that one).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amongst 15,000 sqm of beachfront parkland with an epic Peak break right out the front. Aura is the only resort on the island to have a wave directly at its doorstep without any travel needed. Watch the Peak barreling from the comfort of your verandah deck chair. Aura has been in operation since 2010 and our knowledge of the various secret waves is unrivaled. We are situated on a long pristine clean beach ideal for surfing and swimming. Amazing mountainous jungle backdrop. All bungalows have direct view of the peak. You are able to check the surf without leaving your bed. We are the only resort with EXPERIENCED surf guides and a comprehensive knowledge of the waves and the conditions required. Aura has the only fiberglass speedboat to get you and your friends to world class waves comfortably and fast. Also in our fleet is our 3 meter rigid hull zodiac with 25hp motor able to do tow ins and get close for filming in the lineup. Scooters, cars and a 9 seater van readily available to explore the island on your own or with your experienced guide. Our accommodation encompasses 3 traditional bungalows and main building restaurant. Able to house up to 14 surfers at any one time. The resort is fully equipped with modern luxuries including bar, dining areas, cable tv,games room including pool table, table tennis, mini golf, tree house looking onto the Peak. Serving the best food on the island with a buffet style mix of western and local dishes, fresh juices, meat and seafood and plenty of healthy vegetarian meals. Aura is run by Surfers for Surfers! ... more less