From the world’s longest wave to resorts that offer great breaks (and plenty more), some good spots to get your wetsuits on.
AmanwellaBoddhi Mawatha, Wella Wathuara, Godellawela, Tangalle | +18.104.22.1683
Starkly furnished and dipped in earth tones, Amanwella was designed to enhance its beachside surroundings rather than disturb them. The thirty spacious suites are shaded by the many palm trees dotting the property and offer views of coconut groves and slivers of ocean. Thanks to the consistently mild temps, guests can surf and take part in a mix of other water-based activities year-around. (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 a consistently good seafood assortment.
Alila Villas UluwatuJl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu | 62.361.848.2166
Perched high above the sea, all of the accommodations here are villas—whether one- or three-bedroom—and they all come with their own pools, offering epic views of the ocean. The restaurant and spa on site are both great, as is the access to Bali's other cultural treasures, like biking through the rice paddies and climbing volcanoes. Alila Villas Uluwatu is also close to some of Indonesia's best surfing, adding to the fact that there's a bevy of things to keep you entertained during your entire stay.
La Sultana OualidiaParc 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 twelve 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.