Top Luxury Surf Resorts

These 10 tony stays go above and beyond the typical indulgences, offering wave chasers of all levels the ultimate amenity: access to the world’s best breaks.

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Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesia

This boutique ecoresort in the lesser Sunda Islands (an Indonesian archipelago southeast of Bali, on the Timor Sea) beckons mostly hardcore surfers. The west-coast beach of Sumba island, where the property is set, opens to one of the most revered surf breaks in the Southern Indian Ocean: Occy's Left. While remote, many surfers make the pilgrimage here; to ensure its guests get wave time, Nihiwatu caps the number of people allowed on the lineup per hour to just 10 (reserving one of these spots costs $100). The resort itself is a collection of 28 spacious, gorgeously appointed private villas, each with its own pool and private ocean-view terrace. Villas, from $650; minimum stay from 3-5 nights; Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands; 62-811/ 397-8550; nihiwatu.com.