fbHollow Tree's Resort — Thermal
Accommodation
Private villas
Duration
3+ nights
Nearest major airport
Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)

One resort, 10 world-class waves

"Our home away from home is located right in front of one of the finest right-handed waves in the world. Hollow Tree’s, known locally as HT’s or Lance’s Right, is one of the best and most consistent, barreling right-handers in the world. With 10 world-class waves within a short boat or bike ride from our resort, there’s surf to suit all levels. Surrounded by white beaches, palm trees, and crystal-clear water, our inviting villas are perfectly suited for relaxation and adventure in the Mentawai Islands."

The surf

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If you decide to come to Mentawais you can do it from March to November. Due to their position in the Indian Ocean, the islands are exposed to the South-Southwest swells, so from March to April, the waves are smaller but consistent as well. Then they will become stronger in May. The same happens to the ending of October and the beginning of November: smaller but consistent waves again.

From April to October strong swells from South Africa and Antarctica reach our coral reefs carrying amazing waves that roll into clean and perfect barrels. Now you can plan your trip thinking of this: if your choice is no crowds and easier surfing we suggest you book in March, April, October, and November. If you like to play rough you should definitely plan to visit from May to September! Surfline suggests Mentawai in August is the 'Best Bet' in the world.

A Perfect Day Surfing at Hollow's Tree

"For me, a perfect day would be a mellow high tide, sunny day at HT’s with minimal crowds and sharing all the waves with others. Love it when we cheer each other on, especially when we have girls staying with us, good vibes only!" - Sina

The lodge

Our place is located right in front of a world-class A grade wave HT’s aka Lance’s right. We are one of the only resorts that has the wave right in front of our doorstep, just a 3-minute paddle away. You can fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean and beachfront views.

Enclosed by palm trees, powder-soft sand, and azure waters, our resort has a homely, laid-back atmosphere that will make you feel comfortable when staying in the Mentawai Islands. Life on Sipora Island encourages simplicity, and we aim to reflect this in the design of our accommodation. Four villas are scattered along Katiet beach, each with its plunge pool and cabana.

Food

The resort features a brand new restaurant concept where the in-house chef cooks fresh, gourmet meals inspired by Western & Asian cuisines. Lunch and dinner are served buffet-style, and for breakfast, you order from the mouthwatering menu. Refreshing freshly squeezed juices and smoothies available all day along with the best coffee on the island! The dining area looks out onto HT's, so you can spot surfers carving the waves from the moment you sit down.

Amenities & activities

We have plenty of communal spaces to gather or soak in the scenery, making the resort a couple and family-friendly destination. Explore our treehouse, play a game of pool, or meet up a the bar for a refreshing drink.

We offer a range of experiences beyond world-class surfing. From snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up-paddle, and fishing in crystal clear waters, to hiking around the untouched jungle, massages, cooking, and yoga, you'll find plenty of options to fill your days in this tropical Eden. Good vibes, well-being & a sense of freedom guaranteed!

Location

Southeast Asia/Indonesia/Mentawai Islands
Getting there
Fly to Minangkabau International Airport, in Pandang. You will need to spend a night in Padang as no flights connect with the... read more

Hollow Tree's Resort is a dream come true and the culmination of a life spent on the open ocean. Inspired by the pristine natural beauty of Sumatra, we've dedicated our lives to helping surfers connect with this magical part of the world. We take great pride in creating a relaxed and comfortable environment in this remote part of the world. The surf here is second-to-none, and we count ourselves lucky to be able to live and work in such a special place. This is as much our home as it is a resort, and we enjoy connecting with all the amazing people we've had the pleasure of welcoming to Hollow Tree's Resort since beginning this wonderful adventure.

"My fiancé is the owner, and we came here on holiday back in 2016, we started the resort together with our partner Vincent. I am grateful to have stumbled upon this place. As an island girl, this place is the perfect place to be. My routine is to wake up at 8:00 am do some emails and in the afternoon when the surf is good, I would go surfing with my partner. Happy to say that I have found my dream home and workplace, a balance in both worlds." - Sina Kirmse

Sustainability

Maintaining the natural beauty of this incredible place is of huge importance to us. We use papaya stem straws, no plastic bottles, all guest get their refillable bottle. Our organic hydroponic garden gives us salads, cherry tomatoes, basil, mint, coriander. Every day we work hard to improve our efforts to become even more sustainable.

Languages: English, French, Indonesian
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

Choose your accommodation

Each of our four villas scattered along... more
From $150 / night
For dates and accommodations not listed, or if you want to book further out

Questions?

What's included?
Three gourmet meals per day (breakfast, lunch & dinner), complimentary unlimited water provided dispenser in the villa, air conditioning, hot shower's & outdoor dip pool, 1x complimentary 15 mins back... read more
What's not included?
Padang Hotel (we recommend staying at Mercure hotel, Oxville, Grand Zuri or Budget hotel by the harbour), round trip boat transfers, Mentawai surf tax ($75 valid for 15 days for visiting surfers only)... read more
Do you offer round trip boat transfers?
Yes. Package includes ferry ticket plus luggage, surfboards (for surfers) & then speedboat transfer to/from the resort. Price for surfers: $280 per person. Price for non-surfers - $250 per person (tra... read more
Do you have monthly rates?
Yes. We also offer a monthly rate (minimum of 30 nights) of 25% discount - $150 USD per person/night + 10% tax.
When should I arrive in Pandang?
Consider arriving in Pandang on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You will need to spend a night there as no flights connect with the ferry schedules. The ferry only departs four times a week an... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
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