You will have gathered from all the other gushing reviews that this is a fantastic place to visit. I found everything written about Swell on their website and in these rave reviews to be accurate... and more. My advice is stop reading and just book, you won't be disappointed.
At the booking stage, Clare is really quick to reply and answer any questions which was so helpful. Once you arrive there is a fantastic team in place, from Haudy's warm welcome and organisation to the super supportive, fun surf and yoga instructors and cooks producing the most delicious, fresh and healthy food (yes, breakfast is legendary!).
The place is gorgeous. It's hard to describe the chilled out vibe but it's my new happy place. Everywhere is super clean (and I'm fussy), from the bedrooms to the pool toilet, it's pristine.
The beds are incredibly comfy with crisp linen. I was in a premium room but the dorms looked lovely too. Rooms are airy, bright and cleaned daily.
So what is the Swell experience? Well, it was my first solo holiday and I highly recommend going on your own. After the first five minutes you forget you arrived alone. The staff and other guests were incredibly friendly and the atmosphere is so laid back.
We were up and in the van heading to the beach at 7am every morning. The first surf session works up a real hunger and breakfast is well worth the wait. Then it's back to the beach for second session. The surf instructors were professional and fun, they really know their stuff and work hard to get you up and riding the waves asap. I felt spoilt to have such individual attention with constant tips and adjustments helping me progress quickly. Thanks Ed, Neno and Paloma for your patience and for the laughs!
Afternoons are free and there's optional evening yoga three times a week. Your body will thank you for doing this and the poolside location is magic. Martín's classes were fantastic. He was dedicated and accommodating to all levels, my new guru!
As an extra trip, I got the chance to go Canyoning. Four of us went together and joined a bigger group. This is quite physical but really exhilarating. Haudy organised everything, we just had to be ready for collection!
Dinner was delicious and for the nights that it's not provided, there are loads of options. Gordito's Fresh Mex is a must - we got take away for our pool party! Dinner on the beach was delish too - try the frozed Banana Daiquiris in Mojito Bar!
The week flew by and I left Swell positively humming from the sun, sea, surf and pure fun. I'm hooked on surfing and genuinely can't wait to go back and do it all again!
Thanks for a fantastic holiday Swell Gang!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swell is a brand new purpose built hotel for surfers in the center of Cabarete. All rooms have en-suites with AC optional. Swimming pool with LED and fibre optic lighting and a large communal area with pool table, fussball and ping ping table as well as a video library and other games.We cater for active people that want quality accommodation in a social setting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Swell Surf Camp Hotel Cabarete