Good surf, great vibes, awesome location
experience the best of bali
with Swell, bali’s newest surf retreat
Our purpose-built Bali surf retreat is right in the heart of the popular surf village of Bingin. Swell has the look and feel of a boutique hotel and retreat, but with the relaxed, social vibe you would find in a surf resort or surf camp in Bali
In designing our place, our thought was to create the perfect surf resort for solo travellers or sociable couples and friends to get together with other surfers.
At the heart of Swell is a big open communal area with sunken sofa/fire pit, pool table, games area, huge dining table, and bar. A Ping Pong table stands at the end of our massive swimming pool and deck.
And the location of Swell Bali Surf Retreat? Right in the centre of Bingin; we are a genuinely short walk to the surf, the beach and to great restaurants.
There are many surf retreats in Bali for woman only. Swell is not one of those. We think mixing men and woman, old and young from different parts of the globe is more fun. We all share the same passions: travel, surf, healthy food and good vibes. We do have a minimum age of 13 years old.
Did you know: The Bingin / Uluwatu area doesn’t just cater for advanced surfers, it also has some of the best beginner and intermediate surf spots in Bali, a short walk from Swell Bali.
We started the first Swell in the Caribbean in 2009.
6500+ happy clients later and having been consistently rated the #1 Surf camp & Yoga retreat holiday in the Caribbean, we finally found our perfect location for another Swell surf camp in Bali.
Swell Bali is the ideal set up for solo travellers, sociable couples and groups of friends that want to meet new people on their holiday in Bali.
After all, going out for a drink post-surf is far more fun in a group than by yourself!
Swell Bali Surf retreat offers a unique lodging & surf holiday experience: We provide high-quality boutique hotel accommodation right in the centre of Bingin, walking distance to Bali’s best surf spots.
But Swell Bali is not just about providing a hotel bed for visiting travellers: We are all about providing a social stay in a boutique surf hotel setting.
What does that mean?
Well, we allocated a large part of our building and budget to our huge communal area where our guests can chill, relax, socialise, work, eat and play games.
Our dining table seats 18 people and we provide daily healthy breakfasts, but lunch and dinner meals can also be ordered from the bar. We can cater to vegans, vegetarians and cope with most dietary restrictions.
Swell is the ideal place both for solo travellers and for sociable couples / friends who want to meet other interesting people on their Bali holiday; Play some pool or a game of Ping Pong or Darts or sit at our specially designed games stations for one of the many board games we have at Swell.
Learning to surf in Bali is great, but the Bingin – Uluwatu area is also bali’s hotspot for surfers looking to improve their surfing.
There are perfect waves within walking distance from Swell for those of you that don’t need lessons, but are looking to surfing perfect left waves ( there are right handers too btw).
Stay at Swell, meet new people and go on a surf trip with them. Surfing with mates is more fun than surfing by yourself.
For those looking for local knowledge and surf spot information we can also set our Swell guests up with guided surf trips to different surf trips in the area ( or even further away).
Swell is a social place to stay for people aged between 25 and 55 years old, who are looking for a clean, comfortable and stylish place to stay.
If you have never surfed before and are new to the sport of surfing, then a Swell surf holiday is the perfect way to get familiar with the first steps of surfing in a safe and quick way. There are several surfing beaches nearby that offer perfect beginner surfing conditions.
With our partner surf school we can offer different lengths of learn to surf packages and both private and group surf lessons to suit your budget.
If you already have some surfing experience but want to take your surfing to the next level, we can organize surf guiding here in Bali for you to help you move your surfing skills on to the next level.
“Bali truly is one of the best places in the world for surfers of all levels.”
If you are hosting a retreat, the best way is to send Clare a message . Let her know how many nights, how many guests you will have and what you would need us to provide in the way of meals/surf lessons etc. Please note though retreat-organisers, it’s not cheap to rent Swell Bali entirely; a 7-night rental of all 9 rooms starts at $5000 USD. The final price you will pay will depend on the number of guests you have and what you need us to provide for your retreat.
Bingin, on the Bukit Penisula, is right in the centre of the best waves in Bali and Swell is very deliberately placed so that you only have a short walk (250m) to the beach. Restaurants are all around us and Yoga, a gym, a mini-mart, a spa and even a laundry are all within a very short walk. There is no other Bingin Surf retreat with a better location than Swell.
We started our Surf Camp in the Caribbean 10 years ago. Clients loved the concept of the luxuries of a boutique hotel with the social aspects of a hostel. Swell in the Caribbean has ideal learning to surf conditions for people who have never surfed before and is also a good choice for a retreat. But after looking for a location for a second surf camp, with detours in Mexico and Costa Rica; we finally made it back to Bali after 20 years. Both Swell’s are designed with a social aspect as the focus and that’s what makes both venues a great choice for groups. We haven’t forgotten the comfort level either, so our rooms have A/C, (and mosquito screens at the windows if you like sleeping with fresh air), natural latex mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, and very tasty and healthy food.
Bingin is a very cool & quaint little Surf, Yoga & fitness village in the SW corner of Bali. Bingin is unique in that it is still a real Balinese village. There are no high rise buildings or massive hotels. Instead, you will likely have the local cows wandering down the street (they are as chilled out as the villagers). The beach is really charming with bright white sand. The surf is world-class at Bingin and on the different tides, suitable for beginners, intermediate and experts surfers.
There are restaurants who cater to vegan, vegetarian and all food choices; we even have a French bakery opening in October 2020, just 150m from our front door.
Several places offer Yoga and fitness classes. Bingin is the ideal base for a Bali Surf & Yoga Holiday.
A short walk from Swell Bali you will find the world-class wave of Bingin. Bingin is a machine like a left-hander that breaks over reef, however on the higher tides and smaller swells it’s also a great wave for beginners and intermediates. Impossibles is another wave that Swell guests can walk to, without the need for a scooter or taxi. It’s a long left-hander that is suitable for intermediate and expert surfers. For long rides, it’s best on a bigger swell and can easily hold waves up to 4-5 x overhead. On smaller waves, you can still enjoy Impossibles but don’t expect the waves to connect all the way through.
Looking for mellow intermediate waves? Walk to Dreamland and enjoy mellow waves. Dreamland is best on the lower tides.Overall if you want to enjoy the best waves that Bali has to offer, you could not be better located than in Bingin with Swell bali Surf Camp
A Swell bali surf holiday can only be booked through our own online booking system.
We do not sell our room rates on any other external website or via an agent, so you are guaranteed to pay the best price!