Telo Island Lodge versus Latitude zero resort

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davel started the topic in Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 at 9:22am

Looking at booking a 10 day stay in late September/early October. Travelling solo. Any info regarding a choice of one over the other would be greatly appreciated. Considerations would include cost, access to waves, crowds, and services.
Thanks for the help.

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groundswell commented Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 at 1:50pm

As far as i know the waves around latitude zero are better and more consisitant and more open to south swells but i could be wrong. The waves seem more dmeanding than in telos island lodge area but lodge area seem like theres waves in almost any wind.
There are also cheaper options in telos island lodge area i might mention later.

Hopefully Indo dreaming pops in he knows the areas very well.

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 at 3:07pm

Seeing as I've got plenty of time on a lazy sunday arvo.

Ive never stayed at either way to expensive for me and not my style but I've spent a lot of time in the Telos and surfed with both their guest and been to both resorts for a look. (feedback is always positive from both resorts guest)

Price: I believe both are in the same range very expensive about $500-$600 per night.

Location: Both are in very idilic locations, TIL is in the north close to more consistent waves, RLZ is located in the central area located near higher quality but very fickle waves, so generally need to do much more traveling to get to waves most days, but their boats are so damn fast it wouldn't be a huge factor.

Setup: IMHO between the two RLZ easily has a much better setup looks full 4-5 star, more a proper resort and also has a pool TIL does not, IMHO TIL is more just a really really well presented upmarket surf camp, as IMHO to be a resort you need a pool, RLZ would also edge out TIL out a bit in other facility's too.

Food: From what i hear both are as good as they get for surf resorts anywhere in Sumatra.

Boats: Both similar some of the best and fastest speed boats of any resorts in Indonesia but RLZ looks to be bigger and faster.

Access to waves: Okay this is is the big one without giving too much away both have waves in their back/front yards TIL wave is consistent and fun, RLZ is world class and heavy.(but very very fickle only breaks properly a handful of days a year)

TIL focusses on the more consistent north region with odd trips to the more fickle central region access to roughly 20 waves.

RLZ surf every area and wave in the Telos north, central and far south so access to roughly 30+ waves (some of those extra waves are very good waves though like Bombers and the Beachie)

If i was going to pick between the two at a similar price, just the fact RLZ has access to another seperate area with about 10+ other waves would be the decider for me, plus they have a pool.

Crowds: possibly more chance of avoiding others with RLZ just because of surf all areas although I'm sure TIL guest surf out the front of their place alone a lot of the time.

Yes there is other places including as Groundswell mentioned a much cheaper option in the , Telo Island Surf house, but that's a much more basic option more for the adventures surfer on a budget.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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davel commented Monday, 12 Feb 2018 at 4:08pm

Thanks guys for your unbiased input. Plenty of food for thought. If anyone has stayed at either or both resorts your feedback would also be appreciated.

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matador commented Sunday, 22 Apr 2018 at 9:58pm

RLZ - main draw back is also its main advantage. They surf a wider area as they however they spend all day on the boat. TIL - have short boat missions to nearby breaks then back to the lodge for lunch. They also tend to surf later in the evening due to their proximity to waves. However, as a repeat TIL customer, I note the atmosphere has changed in recent years. Option - maybe try Monkeys resort - local consistent break, new resort, and more competitively priced.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 at 4:50pm

Interesting aspect that i didn't consider but yeah good point .

One day me and a mate pulled up and surfed really fun Skateparks (Monkeys), the RLZ boat was anchored there but know one out, so we paddled out and surfed alone then about half an hour latter a few heads popped up, nice boat but still couldn't be all that comfortable sleeping on it during the day, no proper beds or anything.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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Mark Byrne commented Monday, 30 Apr 2018 at 7:53am

Monkeys resort is right out the front of monkeys great price have a fantastic boat that can go north. thing about monkeys is you surf sun rises with no one around come in for breakfast kick back surf to lunch time kick back and surf to dark. Bungalows are unbelievable and you sit on the deck and watch monkeys and pick your time to head out. The boat is always ready to go. Take a look monkeysresort.com.au

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udo commented Monday, 30 Apr 2018 at 8:15am

How about resort pricing Mark ....Nothing on your Web page.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 30 Apr 2018 at 10:57am
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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at 8:00am

@freeride76

Ive been staying with Andreas (owner/operater of Telo island surf house) since he was a grommet i first stayed with him a few years before the first surf resort (Telo island Lodge) opened in the Telos.

These days i help him with bookings and social media for the house, in the past he housed guest in his family home but this year is the first year the new house for guest has been open. (pretty much booked out until late Nov) (BTW. business is now fully licensed, etc has all licences to operate as a business and pays taxes etc)

New house has a perfect view of the left which depending on tide is a short paddle/wade or walk on the reef, right 20 min walk away and about a dozen more waves within an hour by boat.

Im probably bias as Andreas is like family to me and my wife and family, but Andreas and his family are some of the best Indonesians people I've met and guest only ever have positive things to say about them.

The accommodation itself is currently pretty basic, as i said above more a basic roots style option for the adventures surfer on a budget in the same vein and price range as places at E-bay/Nyang Nyang in Mentawais.

Although as time goes on Andreas will improve and tinker things and get a better faster boat, install solar power, improve menu etc and will raise the price to reflect this, most likely work off a complete package deal that will still be affordable for most surfers.

Long term part of the aim and reason I help Andreas is ensure he does things right and help develop a business that not only makes him money but also brings positive change and benefits to the local community, and not fall into some of the same traps seen elsewhere in Indonesia that many cheaper options do.(Nias being prime example)

If Swellnet poster Carpetman is reading he could probably give an unbiased review, i haven't met him but know he has stayed with Andreas before.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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Mark Byrne commented Thursday, 3 May 2018 at 8:27pm

Udo most Resort don’t have there prices on display best to send a inquiry

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udo commented Saturday, 5 May 2018 at 2:53pm

Not for me : If i visit any Mentawai Site
And No prices on display and a no Whats included and Whats not included list
I dont enquire any further .....Im out.

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crip commented Saturday, 5 May 2018 at 11:46pm

Sorry Mark, I totally agree with Udo. Unless it's a place I know or recommended by a close friend, if there's no price and details (inclusions, exclusions, what the rooms are like, etc) then I move on to the next place on the list.
Your choice not to disclose info.
My choice not to choose your place.

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 6 May 2018 at 9:42am

It's an interesting concept to not to list prices seems it's a Telo's thing more than anything, pretty much all other surf resorts in Mentawai's etc show prices even high end places like Kandui Villas.

Personally id also possibly be put off if the price of a resort or charter boat isn't listed, as the first thing id do is be looking around comparing prices and what i get for the price, it could be easy just to cull a resort from a list if i didn't have the price to compare, i guess the thought is if people are serious they will get in contact and ask.

Personally i dont see any advantages only possible disadvantages on not listing the price, as if you give a price on the website, people already know what price to expect so they are serious enquiries and not time wasters, once they contact you, depending on circumstances and different factors like size of group, how full bookings are and demand or lack of for a time of year etc, you can then give discounts, lets face it everyone wants a discount and wants to feel they are getting a better deal than normal, if you were tossing up between a few places it could be the deciding factor. (most resorts that are also listed on a surf travel website should have room to give a min of 10% discount as surf travel agents generally take a 15% commission, so if self booked they are still 5% in front)

I mean sure you can give a discount without listing prices on website but if someone said our normal price is such an amount but we can give you a discount of such an amount, although happy id personally take it with a grain of salt as you are just trusting that it's true rather than knowing it's true.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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Mark Byrne commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:25pm

Boys really I’ve surfed all around the world the surf travel industry is ran on enquirer. The reason new resort don’t put prices on there website is you judge traffic they do this normally for 12 months. No resort in the Telo has there prices displayed.

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udo commented Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 6:06pm

# Bule with Attitude..

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Mark Byrne commented Friday, 11 May 2018 at 8:53pm

Hi have you been on there website?
Has all the info bungalows boats etc bar pricing

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Mark Byrne commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:29pm

Udo attitude???

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BaSz commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 11:11am

As long as the local Indonesians don't find out how much rupiah it costs..!

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Mark Byrne commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:28pm

That why BaSz Resort in Telo have request enquirer.
It’s also close to impossible to keep it a secret from the locals guest talk.

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BaSz commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 5:08pm

Okay really good place to stay is it?

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 8:56am

Whats with all the negativity in here?

Im not a huge fan of foreign owned resorts with big prices, but others dig them and are happy to pay the price.

Locals know the rough prices of resorts etc but in all honesty be it $100 USD or $800 USD (like Pinnacles) a night per person to them it's just one thing super expensive and something they can't comprehend seeing most locals have very little cash flow even an average Indonesian min wage in the Telos or Mentawais etc is good money, even teachers in the Telos get paid lower than elsewhere and food and fuel cost are higher, it's a real hard life I've actually had friends from the village near Monkeys die from child birth complications because she couldn't get to a hospital in time because of the distance, she died on the way as did the baby.

I know the location of Monkeys resort well stayed in the nearby village a few times and it's an amazing location, beautiful spot, really nice bay and beach, up the point four totally different rights, one super fun super consistent that any surfer can surf and really push their turns, the other right is rare hollow shallow and fast, the next can get really fun just watch that end section, then the next is a deep water swell magnet that can hold real solid waves, also plenty of other fun and high quality waves in the area from A Frame beachies, to little bingin type left, to a right that does a fair impression of Burleigh over reef.

For anyone considering the two above resorts in the tittle, id definitely also consider Monkeys resort, operators also have history and connection to other established resorts in the area, so imagine they would run things professionally and have you well looked after.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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belly commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 10:35am

1 rookie indo visit to TIL in 2016. Other differences I could see are:
- At TIL you'll be bunking with someone else
- I understand that the RLZ boats spend the whole day out with a packed lunch, TIL return to base for cooked lunch (also helps if any sea sickness predisposition)

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 4:47pm

"- At TIL you'll be bunking with someone else"

Never thought of that, pretty crazy people pay $550 plus pppn and don't get a room to themselves and no pool either :(

Ada gula, ada semut!

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memlasurf commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 10:14pm

Noooo....I don't do that after my experience in Mentawais quite a few years ago. My brother in law drew the short straw and bunked with an ex US army Vietnam Vet, trouble was the guy liked to go nude everywhere. Just imagine a big, balled (at both ends) yank reclining, legs akimbo as you enter the room. Welcome to the Mentawis!

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simba commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 6:07am

Gary G ?

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Gary G commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 9:03pm

Gary G is standing to attention, Simba, Sir.

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I got all my Gary's and me

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simba commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 5:59am

You certainly know how to paint a picture GG.....at ease

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Bas West commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 2:56pm

Shout out to indo-dreaming, really appreciate all the info you share, I've found your posts really helpful in planning trips over the last couple of years.
Some time ago I was lucky enough to go to Lat Zero and surf north and south telos, surfing Monkeys several times. I am planning a longer trip through to nias/telos and/or mentawais soon, but on a real budget staying in local homestays and villages. I have been thinking Monkeys would be a great wave to stay close by for a while as it's pretty consistent and quality. Can you (or anyone who's done it) share some info on how to get a boat down there and staying in the nearby village you mentioned?
Cheers mates

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