Villa Santai

Villa Santai, located on Rote Island, offers a serene beachfront haven for surfers and non-surfers alike. Positioned on Nemberala Beach, directly in front of Besialu Reef, also known as T-Land, it’s a gateway to one of Indonesia’s longest and most consistent left-handers.

This authentic surf resort caters to a maximum of 14 guests, ensuring an intimate experience with its 5 exclusive, air-conditioned bungalows, blending traditional Rotenese architecture with western comforts. Villa Santai guests have unlimited access to surf breaks like T-Land and The Bombie using the resort’s speedboats, alongside recreational equipment such as stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling gear, and mountain bikes.  

March to November
Nature, Culture, Snorkeling, Pool, Beaches
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Villa Santai on Rote Island features 5 bungalows that combine local architecture and modern amenities. Each bungalow is equipped with air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, a private bathroom with a hot water shower, a bar fridge, and a flatscreen TV. 

The resort offers a variety of accommodations from beachfront views to more secluded bungalows with private courtyards, catering to different preferences. Each bungalow features a different configuration, some more suited to couples or families with children, and others suited to solo surfers or small groups of friends. 

The largest bungalow boasts ocean views and includes a kitchen and expansive outdoor dining area, emphasising comfort and privacy amidst natural surroundings.  


At Villa Santai, guests enjoy 3 meals a day, crafted by an experienced chef who combines Indonesian and Western culinary traditions. Emphasising freshness and quality, meals feature organic produce, much of it grown in the resort’s own garden, and locally sourced fish, seafood, chicken, and beef. Each evening meal concludes with a specially prepared sweet treat, while fresh juices and smoothies are served in between surfs during the day. 

A guest favourite, Villa Santai’s beach bar is the perfect spot for sundowners or a refreshing drink post-surf. Situated on the water’s edge, the beach bar offers uninterrupted views of T-Land and the stunning tropical surrounds. For sports lovers, a built-in flatscreen TV allows guests to tune into local or international channels, adding to the diverse range of entertainment options at Villa Santai. 

Surf Villa Santai

T-Land, situated in front of Villa Santai, is celebrated for being one of the most consistent and longest left-handers in Indonesia, with conditions ranging from 2ft to 15ft. The resort facilitates flexible surf transfers each day to T-Land and The Bombie via a fleet of speedboats, ensuring guests have the freedom to surf at their own leisure. Additionally, for those looking to explore further waves such a Boa, Sucki Mamas, Dana Island, Doo Island, and Spot X, full day surf transfers can be arranged at an additional charge. 

For optimal conditions, the best time to visit Rote Island for surfing is from June to September, with the shoulder season offering diversity to less experienced surfers.  


Surf Guides

The expert surf guide at Villa Santai, with 20 years of experience surfing and fishing around Rote Island, ensures guests are at the right surf break, at the right time. With extensive knowledge of local weather patterns, your surf guide will advise where to go and when, while catering to various surf skill levels of guests.   

Non-Surf Activities

Villa Santai provides everything needed for a comprehensive experience on Rote Island. Beyond its beachfront pool and bar, the resort’s knowledgeable team facilitates a range of activities, including fishing, snorkeling, cultural excursions, and more, allowing guests to fully explore and appreciate the island’s beauty and culture.  


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