It’s like a dream.
One of those dreams where you find out you’ve been a royal all your life and have a rich inheritance and a crown waiting for you. Or you’ve won the lottery and you’re driving your dream car down a road to your home with an oceanfront view. But then, it’s not a dream, it’s a reality that, perhaps unbeknownst to you, you have a home on the coast of France!
That home has a name and it is ‘Surf Hostel Biarritz.’ Most hostels I’ve been at through my travels in Europe that are within a certain student-esque budget will offer you the following: the comfort of a sturdy bunk bed, and a breakfast of toast and jam with some coffee or tea. Those accommodations live up to most travelers’ expectations of a value hostel. But Surf Hostel Biarritz, founded by Aussies, has chosen to go above and beyond. They are opening up the doors of their five-bedroom rustic converted basque farmhouse and handing you a board, wetsuits, and a bike, not to mention breakfast and a bed! (It seems like a bed would just be obligatory after they’ve given you everything you need to go spend your energy surfing and cruising the town). Surf Hostel Biarritz also offers two large lounge areas and a dining room where you can hang out and get to know other travelers, or simply chill out on the couches with a DVD or cruise the free internet. When hunger strikes, you can cook yourself up a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, which is open from 10 am to 10 pm. But don’t worry about breakfast- you can expect a cooked breakfast every morning of your stay (no need to sneak Mom in your carry on). The hostel has received raving reviews about every aspect of the hostel, but what’s always mentioned without fail is the secret ingredient that makes it all happen: the excellent staff. The staff are described as ‘’amazing’’, ‘’wonderful’’, ‘’brilliant’’.
But we don’t need to rely on reviews from travel websites to figure out how great it is; Surfing the Nations can personally say that this place MUST be amazing because one of our very own former interns, the lovely Shoshanna Bowles [see photo below] has been staff for the past year. Shosh, being a world traveler herself, explains that while she has decided to put her own backpack down for a while, her favorite part about the traveling has not been left behind. ‘’My favorite thing in travelling was the people I met along the way. Now they all come to me, people from all corners of the world. I think now I can actually say I have lived with almost every nationality in the world! I love hearing their stories, where they come from, where they’re going.”
And what better place to work than a place where the surf is good and the people are happy: ”In the year that I have worked here, we have never had a bad review. Most people leave us comments on our ‘guest wall,’ (a huge board of all our guests that pass through) and their comments such as ‘came for a hostel, found a home’ are always really touching for our staff.’’ A hostel in what’s been called ‘the gem of the Atlantic’ hooking you up to get the most out of your surf trip, and the favorite part of the staff’s job is YOU.
That, my friend, is a dream come true.
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