Surf & Turf – A Hotel On Wheels Is All About Mobile Surfing
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Location, location, location! It’s real estate’s mantra, and one hotel is using prime location – in fact multiple locations -- to its advantage.
The Truck Surf Hotel is a converted Mercedes Actros vehicle that has been turned into a surf hotel. It travels the beaches of southwestern Portugal and Morocco in search of the best waves for its clients.
Owners Daniela Carneira and Eduardo “Edu” Riberio wanted to create the “hotel on wheels” for travellers who wanted flexibility and outdoor adventures. Although it’s perfect for surfers, they say it’s for anyone who enjoys activities in nature, team building or sports groups.
“We wanted to create something different to share this lifestyle and offer people the flexibility to travel with comfort and the best outdoor experiences,” they write on their website. “This project is all about sharing travel experiences, making new friends and connecting with each other, combining surf, nature and adventure in a new way of travelling.”
Both surf coaches, Daniela and Edu take guests on guided trips and lessons, surfing along different or exploring the nature and culture.
“In the end of the day relax, take a warm shower inside the Truck, drink a nice cold beer and enjoy the sunset and a delicious barbecue with your friends,” they write.
The double-decker B&B on wheels has a kitchen, living area with a projector and bathroom facilities on the lower floor. Upstairs, hydraulic arms extend to create a pop-up second floor with five rooms -- four shared double rooms with a bunk bed, and one private double room with a couples bed.
While prices vary between location, room type, experience and season, a one-week stay in southwest Portugal in a shared double room for the “Surf Experience” package is €758 (CAD$ 1,142).
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.