A very good mate of mine and his friend are in the process of building and opening a brand new surf lodge over in Baleal, Portugal ( right next door to Peniche). The building is pretty spectacular and has been designed in an eco-friendly manner. They are trying to do something different over there by creating something a bit more than a basic hostel/surf lodge. It's got some amazing things going on and will include a roof top pool ( amazing views of the sea) , a decent restaurant with locally sourced and freshly prepared food( this is still affordable and portions will still be nice and large for hungry surfers!), 25 rooms that are all individual ( some are like mini flats with lounges), a cinema room, a surf school that caters for large numbers if needed( all boards , wetties etc are there if needed) and loads of other things. They both really sound people and I'm sure will offer a great stay and experience. They will cater for beginners/improvers who want lessons etc and those of you who just want a nice place to stay whilst on a surf trip ( will be very nice - so would be a great place to take the ladies as well!). The best thing about the place is the setup waves wise. I visited them in Easter this year and despite numerous visits to the Algarve and northern Portugal I have not been to this part of the country. I was amazed at the variety of waves ( it always has offshore waves due to the peninsulas and has something for everyone -including crazy barrels at supertubos) and the number of options up/down the coast to lose the crowds and surf empty points. The other nice thing about this part of Portugal is that it is a bit greener that the algarve and the locals seemed way more friendlier.
Anyway I realise that this may not be everyone's cup of tea - but for those of you who want a bit of affordable luxury whilst on a surf trip this could be a good option.
Anyway link for the place is below - if you do book I have a discount code that will get you 10 Euros worth of food/ booze daily during your stay. I hope that someone finds this useful. Thanks
Discount Code: FREERIDE
Their website : http://www.surferslodgepeniche.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Surferslodgepeniche
Any questions Just ask and I will try and answer