If you think of a surf school as a driftwood beach shack littered with hipsters spouting ‘surferese’ and shaking shakas, then the Kalon Surf Mansion, situated on the unspoiled Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, might revolutionise your thinking.
Kalon’s luxurious 420-square-foot apartments are spacious with high end details like high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and ensuite rain showers.
Best bit: guests can draw back their curtains and enjoy a 180-degree panoramic view of either the ocean or the lush jungle (depending which way their room faces.)
Farm to Table Kitchen
The meals and drinks (including wine and beer) are all inclusive at Kalon. The chef has a ‘farm to table’ kitchen policy and you’ll find wagyu beef, fresh tuna and red snapper on the menu.
Guests can help themselves to smoothies and chocolate brownies all day long – and if you fancy a mango, just go and pick one from the tree in the kitchen garden.
No Men in Grey Suits
At Kalon you’ll get a week of surf tuition from a pro-surfer, tailored to your level. The sea is warm and shark-free (surfers refer to sharks as ‘men in grey suits’) – but you may spot a manta ray, as they love to ride the waves too!
Teaching takes place on a sandy beach and includes pilates lessons and video performance analysis: novices will be up on their board within the week and those looking to improve their technique will be thrilled by the unspoiled coastline.
The surf school is committed to reducing its ecological footprint and works hand-in-hand with the local community to create a sustainable and philanthropic resort.
Organic morning coffee comes courtesy of Boleto, and the wooden cups and coffee stands are made by Sr y Sra Ese – both hyper local. The surfboards are made by Firewire, who are the ultimate in ‘planet-friendly’.
And the Guestlist?
Kalon’s week-long residents may surprise you; it is a popular choice for wanderlust couples, adventure-seeking solo travellers and directors of global corporations seeking an alternative to the traditional golfing teambuilding holiday (since Forbes tipped it off as such a few years ago).
Settle down by the infinity pool as the sun sets, and feel confident that you’ve just won at surfing.