A well-designed, tastefully decorated and ideally located property that overlooks the ocean and offers a spectacular view of the Costa Rican sunset, which is consistently beautiful every single night!
Charlie, the concierge/manager, is organized and friendly and helps with any request, large or small.
Juan, the chef, is a true artist and creates gourmet dishes with local ingredients in order to keep your tastebuds satisfied and your energy up for surfing. The kitchen is open for snacks and drinks at any time.
The massage I received at the spa was one of the best I've ever received, and the focus was on releasing tension in specific muscles due to surfing.
And of course, the surfing itself! I was totally intimidated by this aspect. I had tried surfing in Indonesia to disastrous results. 20 minutes in on the first day I could see that it was because the level of instruction had been terrible and the site itself not ideal for beginners! Roberto, Andres and Henry love surfing and love teaching others how to surf. The technique they use had all of us who were beginners standing up on our boards the first day, and improving steadily from there. The beach we surfed at had ideal conditions for beginners as well as those with more experience. The daily video analysis, filmed by Diego, was also invaluable and gets you to the point where you can critique yourself. Above all, they kept us safe! Roberto, thank you for that!
Lastly, Kalon offers a unique opportunity to meet people you wouldn't normally meet and quickly form a tight knit group through your shared experiences! Down time away from surfing is spent chilling by the pool (our group challenges any other group to find the hole) and having drinks, watching movies, talking and laughing. By the end, I felt like I was saying goodbye to family, including the staff.
I would and will do it again in a heartbeat!
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We enjoy perfect year-round conditions, with outside temperatures averaging 82 - 88°F (28 - 33°C). Meanwhile, the ocean hovers around 78°F (27°C). And, of course, the waves are perfect.