Bilou Beach Villas, North Sipora



Guest Reviews


Bilou Villas

By Richard Hartsuiker, Sept 2016

Bilou feels like you in the wild and at the same time is a beautiful area, quiet, no cars - waves around and beautiful snorkellng! And nice neighbours. See you next time!


Bilou Villas

By Tania Lopez, Nov 2016

A big shout out to the Malherbe's and Bilou Beach Villas for my trip to the Ments!! Incredible selection of right and left hand wave setups minutes from resort with a hollow fast right hander on the door step. Incredible swell magnet just around the corner for smaller days and a premier left 5 min drive for the juice. Definitely spoilt for choice ! Froth level 10!! Epic and easy fishing and as much spearing and snorkeling opportunities in warm crystal clear torquise water on the down time. Super easy mainland ferry access, with all the necessities nearby. 5 star service with beautiful self catering accommodation right on the beach! All in all an amazing stay!!! Will definitely return. Big thx again Regards, Richard Hartsuiker


Bilou Villas

By Jess and James Brodie, Sept 2016

Staying at Bilou Beach was a one of a kind experience. Gideon and Chantal were amazing hosts and their intimate knowledge of the Mentawais made our stay that much more enjoyable. Great snorkeling, fresh fish and cooking waves everyday. The biggest bonus was our short 5 min hop from the ferry to their piece of paradise. Thank you so much for an epic stay.


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By Luke Herbert, Nov 2016

I got to say thanks to Gideon and Chantal for being incredible hosts during our stay at bilou beach...they turned us on to the best waves around as well as the top non surfing things to do like going through the mangroves at high tide, snorkeling spots, shopping in the village and exploring the area..didn't make it to the waterfall but we will be back...we had a great trip and I loved the DIY element too... it made the holiday more real.


Bilou Villas

By Debbie Goodman, Sept 2017

We've been home a week already since our extraordinary trip to Bilou Beach Villas and Beach Bar, Mentawai Islands, and I'm finally getting round to facebooking a bit about the experience. I consider myself relatively well-travelled when it comes to surf and beach holidays. Over the years we've done lots, and so you know what to expect and how things will work, wherever you are in the world, regardless of the resort. But Bilou is completely different! And incredible. Proper 'boutique' (only 4 villas), and so that means wonderful, warm, personal attention from Chantal Malherbe and Gideon - hosts extraordinaire! It means daily fresh baked-bread (by Chantal) which arrives on your kitchen table, so delicious that even my gluten-free family devoured it the moment the loaf landed. And it means your own personal boat driver to take you to the waves, or snorkeling, or to the village at the next island, whenever you want. So you're not watching the clock to be ready at a specific time when the group boat leaves. And (best of all) you're not sitting in the boat waiting for the die hard surfers who are not related to you to get their last damn wave before you can leave (very important for me...I'm about a 45min/ surf sesh person, regardless of how warm the water). The waves are really uncrowded (one day it was just me, Zaheer GB and our 10yr old); the waves are incredible (and also sometimes small enough that shit-scared-of-big-waves people like me can go out); and the snorkeling is magnificent (live coral, which you don't see much anymore). But my most endearing memory is waking up every day and going to sit on my lounger at the shore, lapping waves rolling in, writing or meditating or just staring out into the ocean. Bliss.

Sipora surf map

Camp Size: Max 16 adults + kids
Accommodation: 4 x Private bungalows
Daily Meals: Available but not included 
Daily Transport: Private Daily boat included
Located in front of surf break: No, 15 min walk
Destination: Awera Island, Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Beginner to advanced
Budget: 3/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No
Ideal for: Couples, families & small groups

Bilou Beach Villas

Bilou Beach Villas
is situated on a the southern end of Awera Island, just off the north coast of Sipora in the Mentawai Islands. Set amongst 3 hectares of land guests have private use of hundreds of metre's of pristine beach that culminate into a beautiful sand spit at the islands tip. 

Guests are located in the heart of this often overlooked surf zone, with views of "backyards" (aka Ariks) that's reached by a short 5 minute boat ride. There are a number of other world class waves close by too, including the regions crown jewel Telescopes that's located across the channel (10 min boat ride). 

Fantastic snorkeling, spear fishing and regular fishing is also on your door step (please bring your own equipment) and beginners can learn to surf at Tikus, the perfect learner wave that's just a 15 minute boat ride away. There are also some Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP's) available for the guests.

The resort is particularly good for families & couples (or small groups) looking for a tropical surf vacation with no set schedule. 

Wifi internet isn't provided but a very reliable 3-4G connection is available. Buy a SIMPATI sim card with Rp 100,000 ($8) worth of data and you will be set for 2 weeks worth of browsing. Sim cards are available in Tua Pejat village.

Guests are able to travel to the resort from Padang 4 days a week, making it one of the most accessible resorts in the region.


Beach Villas has 4 villas available, sleeping a maximum of 16 adults (+ children). Each bungalow is constructed with beautiful local hardwood timber & includes two bedrooms (both with private bathrooms) and a third loft room upstairs. The showers aren't heated but instead offer you refreshment from the tropical sun. Each room comes complete with a fan inside each mosquito net providing you with cool air at night.

What makes Bilou Beach Villas unique is that each bungalow comes complete with its own fully kitted kitchen (gas hobs & fridge) where guests can cook for themselves each day. For those that don't want to cook, an evening meal is available at a discounted rate ($10.50) as well as some breakfast options. The Bungalows also include a lounge and its own balcony with access to a private pathway that leads to the jaw dropping white sand beach which is just a stone’s throw away.

4 x Private Villas

Each includes 3 bedrooms per villa:

Bedroom 1: King size bed - with private bathroom
Bedroom 2: 2 x single beds - with private bathroom 
Bedroom 3 (loft): single bed

Occupancy per villa:

1-4 adults per villa or 3 adults with up to 4 children (under 12)

All accommodation includes:

- 2 x private bathrooms
- Private balcony
- Pathway to the beach
- Fridge
- Hobs
- Private beach cabana with deck chairs
- Private BBQ area
- Swimming & snorkeling 20m away
- Daily cleaning

Please note: We supply sarongs on your bath rails. But please bring your own towel. The resort is 100% off grid. The no 1 contributing factor to contaminating this small islands well water and mangroves is soapy water and towels. Towels take up loads of water, soap and power. Thanks for your understanding.

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Bilou beach mentawai

Soft Catering

The soft catering concept of Bilou Beach Villas is to keep the rate down to make Mentawai surf travel more affordable but at the same time offering its guests quality & spacious accommodation. This is achieved by offering "soft" catering.  Its not quite half board, its not fully self catering, its somewhere in between. If preferred, those staying at Bilou can buy breakfast and dinner from the resort - but with a private kitchen at your disposal (and a stocked shop next door,) guests can easily cater for themselves too. 

Ciabatta bread is baked daily and delivered to the villas. Fresh basil pesto and fresh tomato pesto is available for quick fix meals, as well as steak and lamb chops from the braai. A super healthy muesli is available for breakfasts. The small shop at the resort sells a number of imported items including cheese, steak, canned plum tomatoes, marmalade, tortillas etc. There are also additional supplies in Tua Pejat which is just a short boat ride away. 

Each evening, set dinners are also available at the beach bar (USD 10.50 pp).  

Gluten free options:

Please let us know prior to arrival if you're gluten intolerant. Gluten free pasta is usually available. Muesli ingredients consist of oats, dried banana, raisins, nuts, & honey. Those opting for the "all inclusive" package will have plain oats, rice etc in their fully stocked Villa on arrival. Because of the self catering aspect of Bilou, guests with special requirements (vegan etc) tend to manage very easily as they can be independent in their food preparation. There are quick fix meals like homemade pesto. Every 2nd night there is the more traditional Padang food such as coconut curry, salads, fish/meat/chicken. Soy sauce can be kept separate. Its also advised to pack some gluten packaged snacks prior to arrival. 

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BILOU BEACH BAR has a set meal in the evenings for USD 10.50

The BILOU shop stocks:

• Ice cold beer (RP 30,000 / can)
• 100% Arabica ground coffee
• Fresh Ciabatta bread (RP 30,000)
• Olive Oil
• Cheese
• Jams + Honey
• Mince meat, steak, lamb chops (RP 260,000 PER KG)
• Canned items
• Herbs and Spices
• Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard etc
• Butter
• Pasta
• Muesli (RP 90,000 / 1kg)
• Fresh basil pesto (RP 90,000 / 250g)
• Fresh tomato pesto (RP 25,000)

Fruit and Vegetables can be purchased from Tua Pejat which is a short boat ride away (10 mins). We offer free delivery of fresh food or you can send your driver with a list.

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All Inclusive (optional)

USD 35 per person / day (USD 12 children under 10, children under 5 free) - additional cost to daily rate.

Guests have the option of adding the all inclusive option for those wanting to have the ultimate relaxing experience.

* Sunset dinners at the The BILOU BEACH BAR
* Fully stocked Villa on arrival with fresh and deli food
* Food items from the BILOU DELI for your whole stay.
* 2 fresh food deliveries per week
* Fresh ciabatta bread delivered daily
* Filtered drinking water
* 2 beers per day
* Surf Guide/Driver and fuel

Or... guests can Pay as you go (guests typically spend about $25 per person on all of the below):

* The beach bar serves the set meal in the evenings (US $10.50) + ice cold beer. Children under 10: $6
* Fresh ciabatta delivered to your villa daily
* Deli items such as olive oil, 100% Arabica ground coffee, steak, lamb chops, mince, bacon, cheese, honey, herbs, canned items, tomato paste, kidney beans 
* Local fresh food, snacks and beer in the village 10 mins across the channel
* Surf guide/driver $25 per day per Villa
* Fuel +- $15 - $20 per day per Villa

Each villa comes complete with it's own private Long Boat (speed boat) as part of the nightly package.

Each speed boat can comfortably take 4 surfers to surf any of the local waves at anytime during the day. The boat is also available to go to Tua Pejat to stock up on groceries and buy phone/internet credit. 

An additional cost of USD 25 / day will be charged for your surf guide / boat driver for any day you require his services.

Fuel is not included costing on average $15 for a whole days surfing (divided between 4 guests is less than $4 / day). 

Bilou Speedboat

Unlike 99% of other surf camps in the region, guests of Bilou Beach Villas will have the opportunity to surf whenever they want, without having to share a ride with another guest. 

Although Backyards is close enough to walk and then paddle to, guests will also have the use of their very own private speed boat, choosing to surf exactly when they prefer & without sharing with other guests. Its totally up to you. If you want to surf at the crack of dawn that's no problem, or if you'd prefer a later start, that's also fine. Its totally your call!

Backyards Mentawai

With "Backyards" (above) viewed from the comfort of the camp, its certainly the focus for many guests as you can watch it all day long. Although it gets very perfect, its particularly shallow on the low tide, so many guests prefer to wait for the high tide to provide some water between themselves and the reef below.

Bilou Beach Villas is perfectly located to reach all of the regions 9 or so waves, all reachable within 5-20 minutes of each other with the majority being left hander's. The region suits an intermediate surfer (or advanced) as well as a surfing family that are looking for the least crowded waves in the Mentawai Islands. 

Beginners can also enjoy some user friendly waves at a nearby wave known as "Tikus" that's sheltered from the majority of the swell.

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the North Sipora pages.

Bilou Villas Surf Breaks

travel to mentawai

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), West Sumatra 

We recommend using and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang,  from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Sriwijaya, Citilink & Lion Air. We recommend 

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"TRANSFERS" (return transfers: Padang Airport to Bilou Villas to Padang Airport)

Guests are free to make their own way to Tua Pejat in Sipora (Mentawai Islands). Alternatively we can arrange everything as follows...

USD 185 per surfer 
USD 85 per non surfer
USD 45 children under 12


-  Airport collection
-  Taxi to hotel
-  Taxi to Ferry
-  Ferry Ticket (Padang to Tua Pejat, Sipora)
-  Speedboat transfer from Tua Pejat (Mentawai port) – to Bilou Beach Villas
-  Surfboard bag up to 25kg
-  Return trip back

Your transfers in detail

Padang Airport (PDG)

Upon arrival at Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our staff members with pre-arranged transport and you'll be taken to the Axana hotel. From this point we can help with any pre-departure needs, like accessing money, where to eat or simply explore this unique and colourful city for a genuine Indonesian experience.

Padang Hotel

All guests will need to spend their first night and last night in Padang

We recommend the Axana Hotel in Padang

USD 30 per person TWIN or KING superior room includes breakfast
USD 95 FAMILY ROOM: king, single plus extra bed includes breakfast 4 pax

Mentawai Fast Ferry

Mentawai Fast Ferry

You'll be collected from your hotel and taken to the ferry port the next morning around 6.00am. The port is very close to where the hotels are found - it's just a short 5-10 minute taxi ride.

Mentawai Fast Ferry - departure times:

Padang – Tua Pejat: Monday, depart 06.30am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Wednesday, depart 06.30am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Friday, depart 07.00am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Sunday, depart 07.00am
Tua Pejat – Padang: Monday depart 14.30pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Wednesday depart 14.30pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Friday depart 14.30pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Sunday depart 14.30pm

The Ferry crossing time takes around 3 to 4 hours. Guests will arrive in Tua Pejat (Mentawai Port) around 10.00am, where our staff will be waiting to transfer all the baggage to the speedboat and take the guests to Bilou Beach Villas, arriving around 10.15am. Crossing times are subject to weather conditions and delays can happen.

On return, guests will depart the resort around lunchtime (with the speedboat) to take the Ferry at 2.30pm. The arrival time in Padang will be approx 6pm. Our staff member will transfer you to your hotel as well as the airport the next morning. 


Make sure you to pack light & within the baggage restrictions of your airline. 

Don’t leave for your trip without any of the following:

Passport valid for at least 6 months from date of departure and must have at least 1 completely blank page (no stamps, nothing)

Tickets & itinerary

Travel insurance policy

Cash – change $500 minimum per two weeks stay into Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Valid Visa (for Australian, British & USA passport holders, visas can be issued on arrival (30 days max). Please check prior to purchasing your tickets.

Important: Make sure to check our "know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.

All guests travelling to any surf camp or charter boat in Sumatra will require Travel Insurance. Surf Camp Sumatra recommends using World Nomads for any trip to Sumatra. Simply use the below form to get a quote.

2019 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
1 x Private Villa (for 2 adults) 22 MAR 19 to 20 NOV 19
1 x Private Villa (for 3 adults) 22 MAR 19 to 20 NOV 19
1 x Private Villa (for 4 adults) 22 MAR 19 to 20 NOV 19

Booking Notes

Family bungalow: USD 540 / night including your private boat - max 3 adults with 4 children under 12.

Bilou is closed for renovations/maintenance from 18th November 2018 until 22nd March 2019

Note: A government tax of IDR 1,000,000 (approx AUD$ 100) will be charged additionally to all surfers in the Mentawai Islands.
Guests can surf up to 15 days with the option to extend. Fees will be due on arrival.

A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (guests are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payments is due 60 days prior departure and non-refundable 100%.

One payment per group for initial deposit & final payment.

Credit / Debit Card

Guests are welcome to pay by credit/debit card. Please let us know if you’d prefer this method of payment so we can send you a "secure payment link" by email.

Please note a 3.5% charge will be added to cover bank fees.

Bank transfer

Bank details will be emailed upon booking. Each payment requires an additional USD 25 to cover bank fees. Transfers typically take 3 days to clear.

Save a lot of $$$ by using for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank. 

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and guests will not be able to depart on any trip unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Bilou Beach Villas & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Bilou Beach Villas:

Surf Camp Sumatra:

This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

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Item Krui Mentawai Telos Banyaks Simeulue Hinakos
Alcohol available Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Yes
Beaches OK Great Good Great Good Great
Crowd Good Good Great Great Good Great
Date Flexibility Great OK Poor Poor Great Great
Diving No Yes No No No Yes
Family Friendly OK Great Good OK OK Great
Female Friendly OK Great Great Good OK Great
Fishing OK Good Good Good OK Good
For Couples OK Great Good OK OK Great
Learn to Surf Yes Yes No No No No
Snorkelling OK Great Good Great OK Great
Surf & Yoga Yes Yes No No No Yes
Surf Season April-Nov All Year All Year April-Nov All Year All Year
Surfer Daily Budget $30+ $130+ $225+ $200+ $50+ $160+
Surfing Ability Beginner+ Beginner+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+

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