Cantaloupe Hotels Group has teamed up with The Perfect Wave, said to be the world’s largest surf travel network, to offer a series of Sri Lankan surfing packages.
The hotel group is also in the process of creating a new Surf School at “Lazy Left” in Midigama, the spiritual home of Sri Lankan surfing on the island’s south coast. This will also be the location of Cantaloupe’s new seafront hotel, Cantaloupe Veralu Verala, which is expected to open in 2018 and be the only upscale hotel in Sri Lanka focused primarily on the surfing market.
As an island nation with beaches lapped by the waves of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has the natural attributes needed to become a surfing hotspot, the hotel group said in a statement, but this potential has been largely untapped.
The group expects its partnership with Perfect Wave and the surf packages to help boost visitor arrivals from key markets such as Australia, while positioning Sri Lanka as an attractive alternative to traditional surfing destinations such as Bali.
Cantaloupe Hotels Group will offer Surf Experience packages at its two hotels in Galle for the 2017-18 winter surfing season, which runs until April 2018. Guests can enjoy 5D4N or 8D7N packages at Cantaloupe Levels and Cantaloupe Aqua, including sea-facing accommodation, lessons for inexperienced surfers or professional guide services for those seeking the best breaks, shuttle services to Sri Lanka’s top surf spots, airport transfers and free Wi-Fi.
Prices start from US$950 nett (based on double occupancy) for the 5D4N package at Cantaloupe Aqua or US$1,200 nett for the same duration at Cantaloupe Levels. The 8D7N packages start from US$1,500 nett at Cantaloupe Aqua or US$1,950 nett at Cantaloupe Levels.