SOME QUICK QUESTIONS
WHAT MAKES SWELL DIFFERENT?
When we started to make plans for our first Swell hotel in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, we had 1 goal in mind: to build a place where we would want to stay ourselves. It seems we were on the right track: 10 years and 7000 guests later, everyone’s been asking us to build another place so they can experience Swell’s unique vibe in a new location.
Swell Bali, just like Swell Cabarete, will be one of the few purpose-built surf hotels in the world. Designed by renowned architects, Arkana, every care has been taken to create a really comfortable, stylish and enjoyable environment.
When it comes to food, we love to eat good, healthy and tasty organic food, so that is what we serve our clients.
Surf lessons? Our partner surf schools are offering quality surf lessons in a structured manner from surf instructors who have a passion for teaching people how to surf, rather than for surfing themselves.
The Swell Promise to:
- Provide high quality surf lesson courses for beginners, progressive and intermediate level.
- Provide our guests with super-comfortable, clean and stylish rooms.
- Make sure that even though you may arrive alone, you won’t be for long.
- Serve tasty, fresh home-cooked meals.
- Have friendly and knowledgable staff.
- Create a friendly, social and welcoming environment.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Swell is located in the heart of Bingin village, 300m from the cliff edge and the charming stairs down to Bingin beach. We are central to access Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Impossibles, Bingin, Dreamland and Balangan surf breaks. Click on this link to see how good our location is.
ON WHICH DAY SHOULD I ARRIVE?
At Swell we don’t have a fixed arrival day. You can arrive any day of the week, as long as we have space for you. Check our availability by contacting Clare.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE SWELL?
Off course we are biased in our answer, but if you have doubts on whether a Swell hotel is the best choice for your surf holiday; have a look at the 100’s of reviews that our clients have posted on external sites like TripAdvisor, Facebook or Google.
When we planned Swell we had 1 goal in mind: to make a surf hotel we would want to stay at.
To achieve that goal again, just as with our first hotel in Cabarete, we have designed our building from scratch to be everything you need, and more. We also employ the best staff to look after you and prepare excellent food. We take the fact that you have chosen us very seriously and we won’t let you down!
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE AT SWELL?
The average age of Swell Bali Surf Camp clients varies per week, but generally speaking, the people who come to stay with us on their surf vacation are aged between 25 and 50. That’s not to say that in certain weeks there’s more people in their 20’s than 40’s (or the other way around). Our clients come from all of the world and everyone has one thing in common, they want the comforts of a surf retreat, combined with the social aspect of a surf hostel.
IS THIS SUITABLE FOR A FAMILY SURF CAMP EXPERIENCE?
Generally speaking, we get more solo travelers and couples without kids than we do families. We have set our minimum age at 13, so that our guests can enjoy mainly adult company.
If you are interested in joining us with your family, if your children are 13 and up, make sure to contact us asap, since spaces are limited and these popular holidays fill up a while in advance.
I AM TRAVELLING SOLO, IS THAT OK?
About 70% of the clients who come to Swell Bali Surf campfor surf retreat & active holiday, travel solo. As a result, we’ve made it very easy to meet like-minded travelers from all over the world, to surf, eat and chill together. If you are looking for a social surf holiday, then a stay at Swell will definitely be the right option for you.
Have a look at our reviews on external sites like Tripadvisor and you will see the social aspect at Swell as the no.1 recurring theme. And it’s not just the single and solo travelers who enjoy the company of new friends. For couples or groups, it’s also a great way to make new friends from all over the globe.
About Swell :
After opening our first surf camp in the Dominican Republic in 2010 with such a positive response from our guests, we’ve been searching for another ideal location to build our second surf hotel. The search was not easy; we bought land in Costa Rica and spent a long time in Mexico whilst we searched for a location we knew our guests would love. We gave up on both of those locations eventually, either because the waves were not quite good enough, or because outside of surfing, there were was nothing else to do, or nowhere decent to eat a nice meal out. Jeroen, co-owner of Swell and my husband from the Netherlands, had always loved Bali and so he went back 3 years ago to see if it was still the beautiful island he remembered. He found it so and convinced me, Clare, (originally from the UK) to come and see for myself. Initially, I didn’t like Bali too much as we started in Seminyak and Canggu; I found to be busy places with too much traffic. It was when we drove out to the Bukit Penisula that I fell in love and most particularly with one of the most stunning beaches I had ever seen, right in the least spoiled, quiet Balinese community of Bingin village.
We were already experienced in running a successful surf hotel and know exactly what our clients need; a stylish, safe and social place to stay whilst they surf, learn to surf, or just chill. Swell Bali was born of all our experience so far and has been designed and built especially to cater to all your needs: A comfortable room with a divine bed, A/C and ensuite, a large communal space to hang out with fellow guests, a beautiful swimming pool and superb staff to look after you, all just a few minutes walk to the surf. We know about food too and you will have a great breakfast to set you up and some simple, tasty dinners at the surf hotel to get to know your fellow guests a little better. Our great location also means you are short walk to lovely restaurants like the Cashew Tree or Casa Asia.
A Luxury surf camp/surf hotel
We hired well known architects, Arkana, to design Swell Bali, our 2nd stylish, luxury surf camp retreat. Tremendous planning and thought has gone into every aspect of Swell Bali’s design.
Because of the world-class waves in Bali, we are not only catering to beginner surfers; we also welcome intermediates and expert surfers at our custom-built surf hotel.
If you are new to surfing, we will set up your surf lessons with an excellent surf school who can either teach you to surf right here at Bingin beach, or at beautiful Balangan beach.
If you are an intermediate surfer, we can set you up with a surf guide who will help you find the right wave for your level of surfing. We can also arrange progressive or intermediate surf lessons for you to suit your skills with our partner surf school.
If you are an expert surfer who wants quality accommodation and people to hang out with, look no further than Swell Bali. Bingin, a world class barrelling wave is 200m from our front door. Impossibles can also be reached by foot and a paddle. Balangan, Padang-Padang and Uluwatu are all less than 10 minutes by scooter, or, with a surf guide we can set up for you.
If you are into Yoga rather than surfing and want a sociable place to stay, Swell surf hotel in Bingin has a wide choice of Yoga classes on offer locally. You could take Yoga classes at the Bali Training Center and Temple Lodge, both of which are a charming walk away.
Since opening our first surf camp in 2010, we have hosted more than 7000 guests and taught 1000’s of people how to surf in a safe environment. Our first hotel won multiple awards and has 100’s of excellent reviews from happy guests. Swell Cabarete continues to be one of the top destinations for couples, groups and solo travelers to go to as the #1 luxury surf holiday. Now, Swell Bali will offer the same level of comfort, friendship and style to surfers of all levels.
Swell Bali offers package surf holidays that take all the hassle out of the planning, with airport transfers included in our week-long packages, transport to the beaches and much more, all Swell guests can enjoy a stress-free holiday right from the start. You just have to book your flights, and we take care of the rest!
With so many daily flights available into Denpasar (DPS) from all over the world, you will find it very easy to get to Swell Bali!