At 47 years old, I finally decided that it was time for me to learn to surf! Luckily I found Surf Goddess Retreat (it was recommended by a female business leader in the surf industry). The retreat provided just the right mix of comfort, activities, nurturing (particularly by providing gourmet healthy food), and space to relax. Rooms are classy, Key West bed and breakfast chic style (with air conditioning, nice linens, ceiling fans, and plenty of space). The food provided was creative, delicious, and varied - and we had lots of affordable choices for those meals we ate outside the retreat (a Moroccan restaurant near the villas had excellent food). Massages from recommended therapists can be booked at "home" at the villas for approx. $10 US per hour - a small spa service room on the property has two massage tables (and air conditioning - yes, you are detecting a theme, it is warm in Bali!). The local surf instructors were enthusiastic and supportive for all skill levels and you can decide how little or how much help you prefer as you learn to ride the wave. Surfing is not easy but it does an amazing thing for your soul: while you are in the ocean with your board you must focus on surfing to the exclusion of anything else, and this is a wonderful gift for those of us who are accustomed to doing a zillion things every day in our work and home life. A wonderful quote (I believe attributed to artist Jane Evershed), prepared me for this retreat: "While others preferred to chase the wave, I chose to ride it."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DESIGNED FOR WOMEN, BY WOMEN. Goddess Retreats was established in 2003 to be the premier provider and most loved women's retreat, creating memorable surf, yoga, ski / snowboard, fitness and overall wellness retreats for women in beautiful Bali and beyond. Our retreat holidays are specially designed to offer as many amenities and personal touches as possible for solo female travel (or with a friend), so you leave feeling well cared for, re-invigorated and re-connected with yourself! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Surf Goddess Retreats Bali Hotel Seminyak
- Goddess Retreats Bali/Seminyak