Hotel Aqualuna, Mexico

6am alarm call. The heaving waves out front are already sending shockwaves through the entire town. After a good-morning welcome, from Bali the coolest Dalmation you’ll come accross, you head up to the roof terrace to get a gage on how big Playa-Zicatela is this morning.

The sun hasn’t unleashed its fury yet, but it’s soon to be in the 40’s. After watching a couple of sets unload you decide that, today, you’re going to give it a shot.
Down as much water as possible, grab a snack and head down to the water to give it a crack.hotel-aqua-luna
No matter the size, Zicatela will kick your ass, so you want to come back to somewhere that can look after you. Aqualuna hotel, Puerto Escondido in Mexico is just the place. The joint is run by Australian bodyboarder, Clive Richter and his Mexican wife Adrianna. These guys will look after you, you’ll feel welcome and looked after and you’ll meet some of the coolest likeminded travellers that you could ever wish to.

You know after a full-on work out session out at Zicatela, you need to replace the food you just burnt up. A cooked brekafast or burrito wipped up by the staff should sort that out.  You can now sit back, recover, hide from the midday sun or chill and watch movies in the best hotel in Puerto Escondido. A big clean pool is the ideal place to try and relax your aching muscles from this morning’s session and the spacious air conned rooms are perfect for a cheeky siesta before attacking the evening offshores.

It’s no surprise that the Quiksilver team book the whole place out every year for the ASP event at mex-pipe, or that the entire IBA crew take over the hotel for the Bodyboarding Grand Slam event in July.

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