Surf-Centric Getaways


From the world’s longest wave to resorts that offer great breaks (and plenty more), some good spots to get your wetsuits on.


Boddhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara, Godellawela, Tangalle | +

Starkly furnished and dipped in earth tones, Amanwella was designed to enhance its beachside surroundings rather than disturb them. The 30 spacious suites are shaded by the many palm trees dotting the property and offer calming views of coconut groves and slivers of ocean. Mild temps allow adventurous guests to surf and take part in an assortment of other water-based activities all year (and a lengthy spa menu is there as an antidote to sore muscles). As expected, the resort’s eateries (Asian and Mediterranean cuisine at the Restaurant, salads and coconut charcoal-barbecued snacks at the Beach Club) provide an impressive seafood assortment. Feel free to bring the kids, complimentary babysitting services are available.

La Sultana Oualidia

Parc à Huîtres, Oualidia | +212.5233.66.595

An intimate, beach-y counterpart to La Sultana's original Marrakech property, La Sultana Oualidia is located within shouting distance of prime bird-watching spots, oyster beds (which supply the sunken dining room with some of the freshest seafood around), and the neighboring lagoon’s flamingo population. The 12 secluded living quarters—request a junior suite to accommodate extra beds if traveling with children—are designed with traditional Moroccan elements in mind (plaster walls, mosaic tiles, and gauze-draped canopy beds), plus, each comes with its own salt-water hot tub and flora-rich terrace. During the day, book a guided fishing trip, roam the property’s breathtaking gardens, or take a surfing lesson—but not before exploring the castle-like hotel’s majestic facilities, including an infinity pool and a private beach peppered with grass-roofed cabanas. Head to the on-site spa for a dip in the heated pool and an indulgent massage in one of the stone treatment rooms.