Step back in time and experience the raw beauty of Indonesia. Located in the village of Hu’u, in stunning South East Sumbawa, Lakey Peak Haven is an exclusive boutique resort that is a surfer’s sanctuary and haven for travellers from around the globe.
Built on 4,000 sqm of beachfront land, this Sumbawa surf resort gives guests a taste of island life, with eight rooms and hardwood shacks built from all local materials. It’s the ultimate island getaway where you can surf, relax, immerse yourself in local culture and explore the marine wonderland.
The perfect destination for travellers looking for a secluded stay away from the usual hustle and bustle of Bali, Lakey Peak Haven has 180-degree ocean views and is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, homegrown vegetables and fruit trees. Visitors to Lakey Peak Haven say it’s like Bali, 40 years ago.
Sumbawa is renowned for some of the best waves in Indonesia, with various pitching right-hand barrels and fun left-handers of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for stand-up barrels or long rippable walls, this region has the best of everything, depending on the swell direction and size.
The main surf season is from May to August, however, there are great waves all year round in this region of Indonesia. The trade winds come into play from September to October, great for kite surfers, but surfers won’t be disappointed with early morning and afternoon sessions. Throughout November and April, there is still plenty of swell on offer, with occasional side-shore winds, some stormy weather and waves that won’t disappoint.
While staying at Lakey Peak Haven, you’ll have five world-class waves at your fingertips, including the most well-known waves, Lakey Peak, Lakey Pipe and Periscopes. The epic waves in this region won’t disappoint even the most discerning surfers.
Lakey Peak Haven offers a range of accommodation options that overlook the swimming pool and picturesque grounds and offer stunning sunset views. All accommodation is air-conditioned and fan-cooled and every room has a private ensuite with hot and cold water, comfortable beds, TV and DVD Player and all rooms are serviced daily.
The surf resort has a swimming pool, a small shop selling snacks, toiletries and surf hardware, a ding repair shop nearby, and a variety of free activities available to keep you entertained every day during your stay. The accommodation options are suitable for families, couples and small groups.
Within the wooden homestead house, there are five surf shacks (all two storeys) located under the same roof. The spacious rooms (29 m2) each have a verandah to take in the gorgeous views while you relax on a lounge chair or bean bag.
Each shack has one air-conditioned room downstairs and one fan-cooled room upstairs (double or twin available), as well as one bathroom. The rooms feature a TV and DVD player as well as a private terrace. Each room has a stunning sunset view and overlooks the swimming pool and grounds.
The three garden shacks are built with local bricks in a modern style with tiled floors and painted walls. Guests can choose from a single or double/twin, each room featuring air-conditioning, a private ensuite, a TV and DVD player. All rooms have full use of Lakey Peak Haven facilities.
Lakey Peak Haven’s restaurant, Eat At Shacks, serves a range of healthy meals that will satisfy the biggest of appetites, and it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They only use the freshest local ingredients for their delicious meals and fresh fruit juices, sourcing produce from their own vegetable garden.
Eat At Shacks prepares a selection of Western and Indonesian cuisine, including curries, fried rice, pizza, pasta, salads, hamburgers, jaffles, seafood barbeques, prawn satay and a range of traditional Indonesian dishes. Meal prices range from $5 to $15 and vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available if organised before your stay.
Additionally, if you want to try something different, the best warung in the area is only a short walk away to sample a range of traditional Indonesian cuisine.
Surf Lakey Peak Haven
There are nine waves to surf within 20 minutes of Lakey Peak Haven, with big-name surf breaks such as Lakey Peak, Lakey Pipe, Periscopes, Nunggas, Cobblestones and Nunga Doro’s the biggest drawcards.
The closest wave to Lakey Peak Haven is Lakey Pipe, which can be seen from the pool. Guests can walk to Lakey Pipe or Lakey Peak (only 700m by road) or use the in-house mountain bikes to get there quicker. Motorbikes are available, but the resort doesn’t recommend these as guests aren’t covered by travel insurance and the pathways and roads can be dangerous.
Surf packages include private surf trips (four hours per day) with a local surf guide/surf photographer to ensure your Sumbawa surf trip is one to remember.
Sometimes described as ‘The Machine’, Lakey Peak is an intense, hollow left and right-hand peak. The left-hander is usually longer, however, the right can be epic in the correct swell direction. It has an a-frame set up with a guaranteed backdoor section if you’re committed.
Lakey Peak is best surfed between 4 to 8 ft, but any bigger it can get ugly, but amazing. It can be surfed on all tides, but mid-tide is optimal. Low tide offers up an extremely hollow barrel. Depending on the conditions, it can be suitable for surfers of various abilities. Although the reef is soft, it has sharp edges, so booties are recommended.
If you love barrels, look no further than Lakey Pipe. It’s a barrel-fest for anyone who loves a left-hand rip-bowl, but it’s only surfable on mid to high tides. When Lakey Peak is too big, Lakey Pipe offers the best stand-up barrels in Indonesia. This wave is only suited to intermediate or experienced surfers. Booties are recommended.
Some days Nunggas can barrel like G-Land, while other days it can be as fun as T-Land. A severely underrated left-hander, it breaks in several sections under 8 ft, but if they connect, surfers can expect a 200 m ride. Booties recommended.
As its name suggests, surfers just need to hold on and enjoy the ride. This barreling right-hander can only be surfed on mid to high tide. It picks up less swell than Lakey Peak and needs a big swell to open up. Booties recommended.
Another left and right-hander in the area, the left can be super sucky, but watch out for the greedy rock, or pull off before you hit it! The right-hander is fun between 2 and 4 ft, breaking into a picture-perfect bay.
Nanga Doros is a left and right-hand wave that picks up plenty of swell even when it’s small. If Lakey Peak is flat (rarely), Nanga Doros is a great option.
The Lakey Peak surf trip packages include a surf guide/photographer and a driver and car (seats one to five people). Trips are for four hours and the driver will ensure all your belongings are safe while you’re out in the waves.
Note: Remember to bring a memory card or hard drive to download your photos to take home at the end of your surf trip.
Lakey Peak Haven provides a range of fun activities for both surfers and non-surfers alike. Guests can relax by the swimming pool, watch TV, or play volleyball, badminton, basketball, and darts, or gaze at the stars through Lakey Peak Haven’s telescope.
Grab a stand-up paddleboard or some snorkeling equipment to explore the beautiful underwater wonderland surrounding Lakey Peak Haven, or fishing trips can also be arranged, but it’s recommended to bring your own lures and equipment. To immerse yourself in the natural beauty and history of the area, sightseeing tours can be organised to the hot water springs or Japanese WW11 relics.
For the internet, guests can purchase local sim cards that provide access to local services.