March 6, 2016 malindkate 4Comment

Lapoint – one of the bigger surf camp chains (if you want to call it like this) offer a unique surf experience in Ahangama, Sri Lanka. (+ in Bali, Costa Rica, Morocco, Portugal and Norway – WOW!) As I myself like to read reviews before booking an accommodation – especially when speaking of a surf camp where so many different factors are important – here is mine from my one-week stay at the Beach Villa at the Lapoint in Sri Lanka.

Lets start with the things I found very well and I will then give you a short overview of what could be improved/I did not found to be that good

Sri Lanka Lapoint Surfcamp - Beach Villa - MartinParzer

The accommodation is exclusive, the rooms are very clean – including Air Condition – and the bathrooms are super fancy. The rooms are big, so don’t bother about not having enough space. My personal tip: If you are staying in a dorm at the Beach Villa, ask for a bed in the room upstairs – so you have a terrace as well. Both, the Beach as well as the Garden Villa have a pool, an open living room as well as a TV to watch surf movies and you can connect your own music to the loud speakers.

Sri Lanka La Point Surfcamp - Beach VillaSriLanka LaPoint Surfcamp Poolview

The Food/Drinks: Breakfast (every day) and Dinner (5 out of 7 nights) are included. It was so good!!! For Dinner three courses are served: Soup, main and something sweet afterwards. For breakfast various options are given at a buffet. The coffee is very bad, but it is quite hard to find a good coffee in Sri Lanka anyhow, the tea is good and there is fruit juice as well. Fresh fruits, pancakes, Sri Lankan specialities, … soooo good! What else should I say? YOu can sign up for Lunch, which you have to pay extra and which is, on my opinion and compared to the other Sri Lankan prices I experiences, very expensive. Also Coffee and Smoothis during the day can be ordered extra.

Sri Lanka LaPoint Surfcamp - Breakfast

It´s a surf house, not a party house. This is something I wanna underline as I really enjoyed it. The first surf lessons started at 6am and I can tell you: it is the best feeling in the world to stand up in the morning at a quarter to 6 knowing you will be in the water soon – just with your bathing suit on – as it is already warm in the morning. After a morning surf the breakfast tastes even better! Of course there are later lessons as well. If you are not the early bird, you can ask to be replaced into another group.

Yoga sessions twice a week. The yoga session were very good, as the teacher took her time for each and every single one 🙂 Unfortunately there are only two yoga classes a week, but as you have to pay extra (which I found to be not appropriate, as the camp itself is already quite “expensive”) two are fine too.

The employees are super nice, these people really love to surf. There are so-called “social worker” who take care of everything in the house and help you out with everything you wanna know. Then there are the surf teacher, who really know the spots nearby and can read the waves. The spots are not too crowded which makes it easy for intermediates to catch waves too.

Sri Lanka Lapoint Surfcamp - Surfspot

There is a first aid kit at the house. Jap. I needed it twice, as we were surfing at the reef and were walking over the beach and the road I stept on a glass, cut my feet at the reef, got some sand into my wound etc.

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The biggest minus I see is, that it is a Scandinavian surf camp. Most of the people working there speak Swedish or Norwegian and most of the guests too. Therefore not a lot English is spoken which sometimes made me feel a little bit uncomfortable. E.g. as I was sitting in the middle of a group of people and they were talking and laughing and although I discussed it with one of the surf instructors as well and he admitted that they know, that this is an issue at the camp, it did not improve throughout the week. I had the impression it’s not that good for people traveling solo, I had big groups of friends in the camp, but this is something the camp can´t influence. There were one or two other girls traveling alone, but they stayed at the other house and as they were Scandinavian as well it did not matter.

The activities are more or less the same every week, activity evenings, dinner at a certain restaurant etc.which is normal for a surf camp, so this is not a minus. But I did not like the fact, that it is mandatory to book one week (Monday to Monday). So you have to spent a whole week or two and are not able to extend for one day or leave one day earlier etc.

Although breakfast and dinner are included as well as the usage of the surfboards and the accommodations are very high standard I have to admit, that I think that it is a little bit expensive. I paid around € 750,- for one week. Lunch and Air Port Pick Up are not included and on my opinion overrated in comparison to the other prices in Sri Lanka. BUT at it is stated with it´s image as a “fancy” surf camp you know the prices ahead and should calculate higher when staying in such a camp.

The surf lessons itself were ok, I was in level 2, which means you can paddle out, take a wave and would love to improve on your turn and the ride. The groups consist of 5 to 7, which is very good. We sometimes even had lessons with two teachers being out there with us in the water. I really learned a lot about reading the waves, but I have to admit, that I really would have loved to have more feedback. Once a week a theory lesson is given in the evening which I found very interesting and informative.

Sri Lanka Surfcamp Review malindkate.com

All in all I would recommend the Lapoint Surf camp in Sri Lanka to you, if you can afford it 😉

 

4 thoughts on “Lapoint Sri Lanka – Surfcamp Review

  1. I’ve been looking at surf camps lately, this looks great but definitely a bit overpriced if it doesn’t include airport pick up! Either way, making me want to go on my surf trip already just by reading your post/ seeing the pics. Any tips for a surf camp first timer? I’ve surfed before but never within an organised camp like these! 😀

    1. Hello Henar! Thank you for your nice words! It is a bit more expencive than other camps, thats true. Where do you live and where do you wanna go? I started surfing in Portgugal, at Peniche Surfcamp, which was very good, and will be working at the Rapture Surfcamp this summer, in Ericeira, which has also very good recommendations.
      I like those organised camps, as you rather meet people who are surfing too here than in a “normal” hostel 🙂

  2. Hi Kate, Is there any partying at the camp on days without lessons? And are there any organized trips?

    Also, what’s the difference between the 2 villas? Did you interact much with people from the other villa?

    1. Hey Tom, sorry for my late reply 🙂 while I was there, there was not a lot of partying going on, except of new years eve 😉
      The main difference is, that one has a beach front and holds less guests and the other one has some more bed rooms as well as a roof top, where yoga takes place. Both of them have a pool!
      Dinner has been held in each of the villas separately, so I only met the others during the lesson or out in the surf.

      Hope I could help!
      Best, Kate

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