Girls Get Away Hawaii ~ Surf ~ Spa ~ Yoga


Got a Blue Crush? Catch a wave at surf camp this year

by Ann Abel

Want to add a little excitement to your next beach vacation? Why not trade the lounge chair and best-seller for a surfboard? All-women surf-spa-yoga packages have cropped up in wave-riding destinations all over the globe in the past decade, but our favorite is the Kelea Surf Spa on the north shore of Oahu. Kelea is presided over by Elenice Senn and Stephanie Tufts, who originated the no-boys-allowed surf concept in 2000. And whether you’ve never ridden a wave or could teach Gidget a few things, Kelea will keep you challenged. Top-notch instructors acquaint beginners with the basics, while advanced surfers get more sophisticated coaching as they tackle tougher waves.

Kelea also offers girl-getaway staples like daily yoga classes as well as spa treatments that include massages, body wraps, and body scrubs. As Kelea’s website points out, “While a good massage relaxes the body, surfing clarifies your thoughts and replenishes your inner being. Surfing directly connects you with nature and provides you with a great workout.”

A typical day starts with breakfast, followed by surfing lessons, lunch, afternoon Hatha or Ashtanga yoga classes, a spa treatment or two, and a leisurely dinner.

Guests stay near the charming town of Haleiwa in a house with ocean views and beach access. Both shared and private rooms are available. Meals, prepared by a gourmet chef, feature organic produce from a nearby farm and just-caught seafood.

If Hawaii is too far, consider Kelea’s sister surf spa in Costa Rica, the first in Central America, where guests stay at a small locally owned hotel near boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife.

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