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Learning to windsurf is one of life’s great pleasures. Mastering the technique and enjoying your first unaided ride across the water is an unforgettable moment. But it takes hours of building confidence, muscle memory and skill before you get to that point (unless you’re lucky enough to be a natural, of course). Which means that you’re going to end up in the water a fair few times before you get up and riding. And you’ll be using muscles you never even knew you had. After the first couple of days, before your body fully adjusts to this new pursuit, it’s natural to feel a little sore.
All of which makes learning in a luxury beachside resort highly recommended. What better way to soothe aching muscles or mentally revise what you’ve learned that day than with a massage or relaxing soak in a luxurious spa? What can be more enticing to get up the next day and try again than having your accommodation just yards from the beach? And how better to celebrate your eventual conquest of the basics than by sipping sunset cocktails by the stunning resort pool?
With this in mind, here are five of our favourite luxury beach hotels where you can learn to windsurf.
The family-friendly St Regis Mauritius boasts an impressive array of all-inclusive activities, as well as luxury accommodation at unbeatable prices. Situated on an idyllic beach and surrounded by a tranquil turquoise lagoon, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect place to learn the windsurfing basics than Le Morne. Plus, you’ll even enjoy your very own butler during your stay, have access to a selection of amazing restaurants and the family can enjoy a whole host of inclusive activities including an amazing kids club.
With its own private beach protected by a coral reef, you can sit and drink in the stunning panoramic views of the bay and its wildlife at Sorobon Beach Resort. There’s a superb bar and lounge area, a choice of beach-side chalets and cottages, and this being Bonaire, the perfect conditions for windsurfing throughout the year. Roll out of bed and hit the water before anyone else has even woken up yet. With a large lagoon just metres from your accommodation, there is no better place to learn!
Located in the Sagres region on the southwestern tip of Portugal, the Martinhal promises barefoot luxury at its best. Situated in a national park and with incredible sea views in almost every direction, this is among the best family beach resorts in Europe. And it’s pretty windy here too. With the vast Atlantic stretching out from the coast and nothing in its way from the east coast of the US, this is a place where luxury meets wilds nature and an endless playground for learning to windsurf at your fingertips.
Located just steps away from the Cabedelo Beach and boasting an in-house watersports centre, Hotel FeelViana is a luxury windsurfing at its finest. With beautiful accommodation located in a pine forest, you’ll feel at one with nature and wake up just a few steps from the ocean every morning. There’s a magnificent beachfront restaurant, a gorgeous alpine-style spa, a wakepark and mountain bikes for hire at the hotel, so you’ll also never get bored staying here!
The Coconut Bay Resort is divided into two wings: one for families and the other for adults only. So, you can choose your own type of luxury during your stay. It’s located just a short drive from the airport, so it’s possible to be on the water within an hour of landing. And with a huge choice of amenities, there is always something to do when not on the water.