2nd Visit – Twice as much fun!!
Swell has created a wonderful experience centered on surfing. Our family of 4 (2 sons, 18 and 16), just returned from another great trip (previous was 2 years ago – also a great experience). Swell’s staff, from Haudy (manager) to the surf instructors, to chefs, and so on are fun, energetic, interesting people – just like the other guests Swell attracts.
We are experienced surfers, but the instructors still had helpful suggestions, and for the guests with no surfing experience, all were up and riding waves the first day. After surfing, Swell is a relaxing place to lay by the pool, or in the hammock. Meals at Swell are fun, delicious, and family style that always seem to turn into fun nights (or not for those who choose an early bed).
Yoga is great, and Haudy is able to seamlessly arrange for other activities including Canyoning, day trips into Puerto Plato, etc.
Most of the guests were in their mid to late 20’s through late 30’s, but we felt perfectly comfortable with teenagers and the age range included those older than us (i.e. 50’s). The instructors, who turn out to be social directors as well, are inclusive and fun.
We will definitely be back again!
BTW – Swell was not impacted by the numerous hurricanes this year, nor could we identify any damage to the area since our prior trip. It’s an easy flight into Puerto Plata, a half our drive (that Swell arranges), and the fun begins.
Highly recommend this awesome place/experience!!