John’s Place Mentawais

John’s Place is a meticulously crafted beachfront guesthouse initially designed for private use. Now welcoming small groups and families, this secluded retreat in the heart of the Mentawai Islands offers guests the ultimate surf trip experience. 

Located on Awera Island, this traditional five-bedroom villa crafted from Sumatran hardwood offers stunning views of local surf breaks and a sustainable stay. Catering to both surfers and non-surfers, guests can enjoy a range of activities, from surfing world-class waves to snorkeling and exploring the islands’ natural beauty using the surf resort’s speedboats and guide. 

From return Padang transfers to a private chef, all meals, an expert surf guide and more, John’s Place offers an all-inclusive tailored experience, with a focus on top-notch, personalised service.  

February to November
All Levels
Fishing, Beaches, Family-Friendly, Snorkeling, Pool
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Sustainability at John’s Place

John’s Place prioritises sustainability by minimising its environmental footprint through a blend of modern technology and community engagement. Employing locals and contributing to community initiatives are key aspects. 

The resort is powered by a 27-kilowatt solar system, supporting all electrical needs, supplemented by rainwater collection for all water use, including drinking water, which guests can enjoy in reusable stainless-steel bottles. Waste minimisation strategies include composting, recycling, and eco-friendly waste management, with a significant annual donation to the A Perfect Foundation to support local recycling efforts. 


John’s Place is nestled amongst a beautifully grassed palm grove, with direct access to white sandy beaches and turquoise blue lagoons. 

This handcrafted haven built from Sumatran hardwood is strategically placed to offer breathtaking views of the surrounding surf breaks and natural landscape. It accommodates small groups, families, and couples in five air-conditioned bedrooms that open onto expansive verandahs, ensuring a private and serene experience. 

The property also boasts an air-conditioned dining area with panoramic views, two large bathrooms, and a games room equipped with entertainment options, and a lower deck and swimming pool for relaxation or lively gatherings in a secluded setting. 

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As a guest at John’s Place, you’ll have a private chef cooking up a delicious array of Indonesian and Western cuisine. You won’t go hungry with an amazing range of freshly prepared dishes made with love from locally sourced meats, fruits and vegetables.  

Whether you’re refueling after a big day in the surf, or need a packed lunch ready for a snorkeling or beach hopping adventure, the experienced chef at John’s Place has you covered. For snacking in between meals, fresh seasonal fruits and coconuts are readily available for guests. 

All meals at John’s Place are enjoyed in the air-conditioned dining room, with spectacular views over the manicured gardens, palm trees and private beach.  


Surf John’s Place Mentawais

John’s Place offers an unparalleled surfing experience in the Mentawai Islands, catering to all levels from intermediate to advanced surfers. Located close to 11 named waves and within reach of the famous Playgrounds area and Lances Right (HTs), guests at John’s Place have access to a broad spectrum of world-class surf breaks.  

John’s Place offers three types of speedboats for guests: a 10.5 Meter Kahajaya Marine with twin Suzuki 250 hp engines designed for chasing waves further afield, a 5.5 Meter Kahajaya Marine with a Suzuki 90 hp engine and shade canopy suitable for local surfing and fishing, and a 4 Meter Achilles Rubber Duck with a Yamaha 25 hp outboard for snorkeling, diving, and local beach-hopping trips. Each boat is equipped with specific features to enhance safety, comfort, and the overall guest experience on the water. 

Waves in close promiximity to John’s Place include Telescopes, Scarecrows, Suicides, Icelands, Tikkus, and Omak Tidur.



Secret Spots

Secret spots still exist in the Mentawai Islands! Some fickle, some forbidden to operators, these surf breaks are only known to a handful of local surf guides. If you’re lucky, you might get to surf one of these hidden gems. 

Supira Island


An enjoyable, playful left near John’s Place. On a big swell, this is a good, mellow option for intermediate level surfers or longboarders.

Omak Tidur

A long, slabbing right out the front of Awera Surf Resort with intense barrel sections on good days. This wave can be super challenging, and often seems surfable when it’s not. Always wait for the green light from your surf guide before attempting this one!


Ridiculously perfect left, easily accessible from Awera Surf Resort, Togat Nusa Retreat, John’s Place and Villa Mentawai. A user-friendly wave with multiple good sections for barrels or turns. Telescopes likes a SW swell with SE winds.


Another swell magnet, this time a peak, that picks up any available swell. When Telescopes is big and pumping, Iceland can be 2-3 times bigger. A true big wave spot, this wave has been surfed at 20ft and is a great place for an adrenaline rush on your step up.


A heavy and unpredictable left with gnarly barrels over a very shallow, live coral reef. When it links up, it’s a remarkable wave, suitable for advanced surfers only and definitely at high tide.


This is a challenging right hander suitable for advanced surfers chasing a novelty experience.


A good, sometimes hollow, usually uncrowded left hander, working best on a SW swell. Mostly suited for experienced surfers, as the wave can get shallow on the inside.


A fickle wrap-around left that can be challenging. This wave needs a big swell to come to life.


A relatively under-the-radar right hander that’s fast and zippy breaking over shallow reef. Arikis can offer good barrel sections and is best at higher tide.


A bowling left in front of Togat Nusa Resort. Scarecrows picks up a lot of swell, and on bigger, heavier days requires a bit of paddling and a bigger board. This wave can offer a good barrel on the inside section after some big carves on the outside.


Shifty lefts off random peaks. This spot, rarely crowded, picks up plenty of swell but can be hard to surf.


Siberut Island (Playgrounds Area)


An easy, mellow right hander with a beautiful tropical backdrop. A good option if nearby Bankvaults is a bit too intimidating. Nipussi is best on a mid-size swell with light NNW winds.


A powerful, challenging right hander. Expect an open ocean style take-off,  then an incredible, wide open barrel section. This wave suits experienced surfers only, as it ends up bending back over shallow reef. Bankvaults is best on a SSW swell and a N wind.

Pit Stops

A playful and rippable right hander with a sand and reef bottom. The wave breaks close to the shore, within paddle distance of Mentawai Surf Retreat. Pit Stops needs a WSW swell to get into the sheltered bay, and any wind except for N/NE. The wave is perfect for busting out some turns.


A beautiful, barrelling, and world-class left, with intense emerald green water, just a short paddle down from Pit Stops. E-Bay needs a big W/SW swell with SE winds to work. The bigger it gets, the better it gets. This is a truly magical wave!

Bang Bangs

A playful, user-friendly left that breaks further down in the bay from E-Bay and Pit Stops. Suitable for longboarders, funboards, and has a good section for some big turns.


A world-class hollow left hander that breaks directly in front of Wave Park Mentawai Resort. Hideaways picks up plenty of swell and offers incredible barrels for experienced surfers. This wave works best with a SW swell and SE wind on a higher tide.


This novelty right hander, perfect for longboarders, runs down the side of a tiny sand island. A super scenic spot suitable for all levels.

The Secret Slab

A short, intense right-hand barrel. This wave is a good option on small swell.


A very mellow peak, perfect for longboarders or beginners.

Burger World

This long right-hand wave with a beautiful backdrop is considered the swell magnet of the Mentawai Islands and works best on a small 2-4ft SW swell with NNW winds. On bigger swells, the paddling required to hold position tends to prove not worthwhile. Burger World is a great wave for a relaxing surf together with some turns. Some surfers pack a fish or funboard specifically to surf at this spot.


A playful peak that’s mostly a left, a good wave for a couple turns.


World-class right hander with multiple barrel sections over a reef so perfect it must have been designed for surfers. Rifles likes a big SSW swell and light WNW winds. This is considered one of the longest, most perfect waves in the Mentawai Islands.

4 Bobs

A playful, one-section right with an easy take-off. If you’re lucky, you’ll score a quick almond shaped barrel or a 2-turn combo.

Kandui Left

Incredible freight-train left out the front of Kandui Villas, with big, heavy barrels and long sections on good days. Here, there’s potential to get the best barrel of your life. Kandui Left likes a SW swell and E/SE winds on a mid to high tide.

Baby Kandui

A very mellow, playful left hander. Baby Kandui is great for beginners and long boarders, or a relaxed session for more advanced surfers looking to refine their skills or trial a new board or fin set up.


A super fun right with short but good barrels, and nice sections for turns.


Lances Right (HTs)

This famed wave is positioned directly in front of Katiet Beach Resort. On it’s good days Lances Right is one of the best waves in Indonesia with flawless barrelling rights. To work best, the wave likes a confusing combination of W swell and W winds. When it turns on, it’s a mesmerising 8-second barrel from the office all the way to the channel.

Lances Left

A fun, super consistent left, straight out the front of Kingfisher Surf Resort where guests can watch perfection from the comfort of the pool bar or private bungalow. Lances Left has a good barrel section and enough space to link together some turns before kicking out.


This wave is a short, powerful right-hand barrel that perks up quickly over a shallow section of reef. Amazing barrel on it’s day but a very short ride. Bintangs is visible from Kingfisher Surf Resort.

Surf Guides

Meet Cahn Mitchell, the surf guide at John’s Place. Cahn’s passion for surfing and extensive knowledge of the region makes him an invaluable asset to guests. With over a decade living in the Mentawai Islands and a background from Margaret River, Cahn brings unparalleled experience to guiding surfers to the best waves. Cahn, along with his family, lives nearby, ready to ensure your stay is as personalised and memorable as possible. 

Non-Surf Activities

John’s Place offers a rich array of water-based activities against the backdrop of its stunning beach, lagoon, and reef directly out the front. From leisurely stand-up paddleboarding in the calm lagoon to snorkeling in crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful marine life, there’s something for everyone. 

Using the speedboats at John’s Place, guests have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy activities beyond surfing at their own pace. For guests looking to explore further, Cahn, the expert surf guide at John’s Place, can arrange beach-hopping adventures, local village visits and excursions to outer reefs. 

Dawn and dusk present the best fishing opportunities for species like Spanish Makerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Rainbow Runner and Trevally. For the best experience, it is advised that guests bring their own gear. 

At the guesthouse, facilities like the swimming pool, ping pong and pool table, surf viewing deck and large bar and dining area ensures guests have ample relaxation and entertainment options. 



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