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at Mentawai Surf Retreat

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... same meal twice. The only time I took my phone out of the room the entire trip was to take pictures of the food each day....
... a huge plus of having Pitstops literally 15 meters from your room. He has an excellent relationship with all his staff and...
... just amazing!!! from the Photographer, to the cook, to the room keepers AMAZING SERVICE and care! I really felt at home. ...

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JimmyGeary wrote a review May 2021
Jupiter, Florida1 contribution
I can't say enough great things about Vere and his crew. Even before our arrival, Vere took the time to help us book travel arrangements and help us iron out the details since we were traveling around the world during COVID. Upon arrival, this place exceeded my expectations...by far. MSR is idyllic and the wave out front is one of the funnest in the Mentawai's. What more could you ask for?
The location is perfect. You are a short boat trip away from the Playgrounds area and a short boat trip away from Burgerworld. You are literally right in the middle of some of the best surf on the planet.
The most impressive thing I found during my stay was the work that Vere and crew put into making sure that you are on the best waves, during the right conditions each and every day. The first hunch wasn't always correct (most of the time it was), but they were not afraid of running the boat all over the place to key in on the right wave for the conditions. We NEVER felt that we didn't score. We kept asking ourselves, how can they out-do this day...and the next day, they would.
The food is simply amazing. Lots of thought and preparation went into every meal and we didn't have the same meal twice. The only time I took my phone out of the room the entire trip was to take pictures of the food each day. It's top notch quality and you couldn't ask for anything better.
The slogan of MSR is "surf stoke lives here" and they all embody it. Everyone from the kitchen staff to the boat guys, especially "small but spicy" Yacob, made the trip such an excellent experience and I would never stay anywhere else in the Mentawai's. Looking forward to a return trip soon.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Vere Dixon-Smith, General Manager at Mentawai Surf Retreat
Responded 19 May 2021
WOW Jimmy!! Thank you so much for the raving review! I'm humbled by your words and super stoked that you had a good time with us. It was awesome scoring so many great waves and epic sessions and of course watching you all froth on it added to the good vibes. Thanks for acknowledging my crew too - I could never do this without them and they love what they do just as much as I do! I look forward to hosting you again soon!
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yabberdoo wrote a review Mar 2021
Oxford, United Kingdom44 contributions5 helpful votes
The whole week was an awesome experience.
Vere and his team ensured fantastic personal service which involved a seamless excellent experience.

Very good food and ample portions ensured we were ready and re energized for the surf.
On that note Vere, Tom, Jacob, Peter and his team have fantastic local knowledge and ensured that all surfers with us irrespective of their abilities had excellent waves.

There’s a huge amount of options in terms of surf spots so with a huge plus of having Pitstops literally 15 meters from your room.

He has an excellent relationship with all his staff and everyone is super friendly and so helpful both in and out the water.

The bungalows & restaurant have amazing views and sunsets that are absolutely amazing.

We can’t wait to be back, terima kasih.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vere Dixon-Smith, General Manager at Mentawai Surf Retreat
Responded 5 Mar 2021
That's an amazing review! Thanks so much, I'm humbled by your words. My crew are like family and are a true asset. They are the reason that we are so successful. It was a real pleasure for us to host your group and we're stoked that you're stoked. We're already looking forward to your return.
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Eric B wrote a review Jun 2018
Los Angeles, California4 contributions7 helpful votes
This was my second adventure to the Mentawai's. I will "No Kandui" the last place I stayed at with the dope swimming pool, but what I will say is Marjolein and Leo are a CLASS ACT, the staff, the entire situation AMAZING!!! I was the dude that never missed a session, and not one of the sessions disappointed! They took us to great waves EVERY single day. I felt more like family, than a tourist on a surf trip! The food was EPIC, the rooms were badass! I slept like a baby, and woke up at sunrise, walked to the restaurant and drank a great cup of coffee, while looking at the beauty of the surroundings and then had a GREAT Breakfast, then hit the waves!!! I have been around the globe, and Indo holds a special place as the culture, people, and food are just amazing!!! from the Photographer, to the cook, to the room keepers AMAZING SERVICE and care! I really felt at home.

If you are reading this, you are wondering where to stay... STOP, BOOK, and have the trip of lifetime!!! The staff here only need for the owner to know that they all need a major increase in salary as they all kill it on every single point!!! Hats off!!! cannot wait to come back!!!
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vere_MSR, General Manager at Mentawai Surf Retreat
Responded 3 Sep 2018
Wow! That's a raving review and thank-you! Your review is generous and very much appreciated. It's especially good to hear such a positive review from someone who has had such global travel experience. We look forward to hosting you again.
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Colin M wrote a review Aug 2017
Bali, Indonesia2 contributions
From amazing surf guides & great staff. Rooms with a picture perfect view and sweet Az comfy beds. Super fun right out the font and loads of others on tap close bye, waves in all conditions!! Just Go!!
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Take a nap in the hammock
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Response from Vere_MSR, General Manager at Mentawai Surf Retreat
Responded 20 Aug 2017
Thanks Colin! It was great hosting you boys and so good to see you nail some solid swell.
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bruceashcroft wrote a review Aug 2016
Sydney, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
Transfer boat from Padang to retreat MSR lodgings had fuel odours was not a pleasant 4hrs out to island. Return Boat transfer trip Padang was ok (different boat
Meals - All good just a little bigger serves for us big blokes.
I can highly recommend MSR for value you won't have a better surf trip for the money
Veer, Wade & James really look after you had a great holiday.
regards
Bruce A)
Hosts services were spot on Guides always took us to best surf spots for swell & wind conditions.
Rooms - Beds comfortable, only complaint room required more storage shelving, hooks required for personals we had 4 guys & 2 of the guys had to put cloths on ground in corner.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vere_MSR, Manager at Mentawai Surf Retreat
Responded 26 Aug 2016
It was great hosting your group! Thanks for the valuable feedback. Our guest are often taken in by the great experience they've had and sometimes forget to mention the things we need to work on, so your feedback is valuable and will help us tweak those areas that need attention. More hooks and shelves going as I send this.... We're stoked you had a good trip though and scored some epic waves.
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