Sunshine and Yoga holiday Sri Lanka
|Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka|
|13 - 22nd February 2018 (Tuesday - Thursday, 9 nights)|
|25 February - 06th March 2018 (Sunday - Tuesday, 9 nights)|
Escape the cold and damp days of winter by joining us on our sunshine and yoga holiday, Sri Lanka. From the climate, the people, the culture to the yoga, the meditation and the time out this holiday will revive and revitalise your body, mind and soul
We have been exploring Sri Lanka finding the best sunshine and yoga holiday package for you since 2013. We have explored the whole island and the surrounding area of our yoga holiday location, to make sure we offer you the best balance of yoga, relaxation, adventure, culture and time out just for you.
Our location is Bentota, only 2 hours from Colombo airport. Wake up to the sounds of monkeys in the trees and egrets wandering the grounds as the suns rays shine through the palm trees. Morning yoga revives you after a peaceful sleep and then be welcomed by our Sri Lankan staff for a wholesome and healthy breakfast and coffee and tea. Relax by the pool in the shade or take a tuk tuk to the beach. Here you can surf, dive or relax with the friendly locals on the beach; explore the markets and Buddhist temples and really fall in love with this stunning country and it’s people.
Book this retreat
£1,147.00 – £1,210.00
Early bird offer available
Early bird expires 12 weeks prior to the start date of your holiday
Prices are based on two people sharing a room. If you would like your own room the single supplement is £400.
About the teacher
Chetana has been on her yoga journey from a young age and has been teaching for 20 years. Her time spent in India, the heart of yoga, has culminated in a very spiritual approach to yoga, although she remains down to earth. As a result her practice soulful, wise, philosophical and playful all at the same time. Her use of language and deep experience shows you she is an authentic yogi who truly knows what she is talking about so you can feel confident in her ability and knowledge.
About the yoga
Chetana draws on many yoga styles and fuses it all together! She has a gift for feeling the energies and needs in the group, and shares her learnings and practice based on this. She has the ability to manage all levels, ages, abilities to create a class everyone benefits from. Over your 10 day holiday you can expect 3 hours of yoga a day.
Chetana is a diverse teacher who incorporates a combination of flow, traditional hatha based practice, acroyoga, thai yoga massage and sound healing to create truly energising and uplifting classes.
Expect a more restorative class, with focus on breath work, deep stretching and healing that will release tension, unwind body and mind and encourage you to let go of the layers that you are inadvertently holding onto.
With Chetana’s teaching we are confident you will return home transformed: lighter, brighter and shinier and ready to take on life again.
SuitabilityThis holiday is suitable for anyone who wants a getaway in the sun and to explore the culture and the sea. Must have a desire for adventure and new experiences. All ages and yoga abilities are welcome.
- All ages
- Men & Women
More about Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island that still has an untouched feel to it from tourism. We like to say it has all the best bits of India; it has amazing food, fascinating culture with a mix of Buddhism, Hindu, and Sinhalese; stunning beaches, the most friendly and accommodating people, sunshine, historical culture from the Dutch, Portuguese, and British; you will become a bird watcher here their colours are so spectacular.
Our schedule is the right balance of activity and relaxation, allowing you to settle in for a few days and then explore the country. You can join in with the group as much or as little as you like. If you need your own space, then do what you need to in order to make your holiday the best experience it can be. If you feel like a lazy day then stay by the pool in the pavilion gardens of our accommodation. The holiday is jam-packed with things to do each day so if you like to be busy and really get a feel for Sri Lanka and the local surroundings you can do that too. Check our example itinerary for more.
This is a jungle experience with the beach only 10 minutes away in a tuk tuk or bicycle
On the arrival day settle into your room and relax in the grounds and enjoy the first meal and welcome meeting to talk about your 10 day holiday ahead of you. Each day will follow the schedule below, with the day filled with a loose structure and whatever you feel like doing. There is a day off of yoga and that is the day trip to Galle followed by dinner out. On the last day, most people will leave before 9am and so the last yoga class is the night before.
- 8am – 9.30am: Yoga with the sun rising under the palms
- 9.30am: Delicious breakfast served in the pavilion
- 10.30am: The day is yours to explore the beach, the towns, the markets, enjoy excursions, have treatments and more
- 3pm: Afternoon Tea
- 4.30pm – 6pm: Evening yoga class
- 7.30pm: 3-course evening meal
There is so much included in this holiday we make sure we offer you excellent value for money
- Exclusive use of luxurious boutique hotel accommodation
- Transfers to and from the airport on our recommended flight times
- A choice of double, twin, or single rooms with en-suite beautiful outdoor bathrooms
- 3 hours of yoga a day, 1.5 hrs morning and evening
- A wholesome breakfast for 9 mornings of western or Sri Lankan style
- 7 evenings of delicious Sri Lankan style 3 course meals (2 meals out)
- Afternoon tea at 3pm each day
- Fresh mineral water available throughout your stay – just ask!
- Day trip to the beautiful Portuguese/Dutch city of Galle in private chauffeur driven mini bus with your yoga teacher as your guide, stopping off at popular Hikkadua beach for sunset and a swim
- Final evening of Yoga on the beach followed by a live band and non-alcoholic or alcoholic cocktail
- Flights, visas, travel insurance
- Lunches and any drinks
- Excursions, diving, surfing
- 2 evening meals out to explore the area
Your accommodation is set back from the beach into the jungle. We love this because you get to see more of Sri Lanka and have the best of both worlds. The beach is a short 10 minute cycle or 5 minute Tuk Tuk ride away. The road to your retreat meanders along the river and you get a real feel for local Sri Lankan life as it bustles away with everyone getting on with their day to day. Sri Lankan people are so friendly it really feels special to share this with them.
The villa and grounds
Your retreat is comprised of a beautiful 150-year-old restored Dutch Colonial Villa and was formerly the colonial residence of Bentota’s Ayurvedic doctor before being transformed into a beautiful 6 bedroom boutique hotel. Set in 4 acres of lush garden, it teems with wildlife such as monkeys and brightly coloured birds and trees and plants which were planted originally for use by the Ayurvedic Doctor. The lush lawns with palm trees, cinnamon trees, and fig trees surround the pavilion in the center of the grounds which acts as the relaxation and dining space. The pavilion is situated right next to the pool with loungers and towels.
Doctors House: This is the original Dutch colonial bungalow that was built for the Ayurvedic Doctor as his home. It has been sensitively restored to its former charm and consists of an open column verandah, living room with ornate arches and dining area with central courtyard reflection pond.
The Master bedroom: Overlooks the gardens and pool with a kingsize four-poster bed, antique almirah, writing desk and chair.
Twin four poster bedroom: This room has two large twin four-poster beds with mosquito nets, a wardrobe, and air conditioning
Both bedrooms overlook the inner courtyard lotus pond. The bathroom is finished in polished cement and features an open-air garden bathroom shower.
The Mango Wing: The elevated suites of the Mango villa offer open views across the gardens and pool. There are two twin en-suite rooms and each room is tastefully furnished with twin four-poster beds, air-con, almirah, writing desk, and day bed.
The Coconut Wing: Named after the beautifully shaped coconut palm that rises from the verandah, this wing has 2 stylish double bedrooms with large canopied queen-sized beds, antique furnishings and opens to a spacious outdoor tropical garden bathroom.
Nick Villa: This accommodation is next door and is a self-contained Sri Lankan style villa with 4 acres and private swimming pool and staff. There are 4 double rooms with en-suite bathroom.
The Airport you need to fly into is Bandaranaike International Airport, in Sri Lanka (CMB)
The airlines to look at are:
Srilankan, Emirates, Qatar airways, Oman air.
Transfers are included in the price if you arrive before 1.30pm on either the 13th February or 25th February so that you can meet up with the transfer. Or alternatively, arrive the day before, have a stopover in or on the beach outside of Colombo and pick up the transfer with everyone else at the allotted time. Lots of people enjoy arriving a day early to give them a chance to overcome the jetlag.
Transfers for the return journey will be arranged closer to the date of the retreat depending on everyone’s flight times. There will be 2 transfer times available which will be included in the price.
For Sri Lanka, please go to www.eta.gov.lk – They cost about £20 and are very easy to do online.
Doctors House: The Master bedroom: Overlooks the gardens and pool with a kingsize four-poster bed, antique almirah, writing desk and chair. Early bird: £1210, Standard price: £1345pp
Doctors House: Twin: Overlook the inner courtyard lotus pond. Early Bird: £1147, Standard price: £1275
The Mango Wing: The elevated suites of the Mango villa offer open views across the gardens and pool. The rooms are tastefully furnished with twin four-poster beds, air-con, almirah, writing desk, and day bed. Early Bird £1210 Standard price: £1345
The Coconut Wing: Named after the beautifully shaped coconut palm that rises from the verandah, this wing has two stylish double bedrooms with large canopied queen-sized beds, antique furnishings and opens to a spacious outdoor tropical garden bathroom. Early Bird £1210 Standard price: £1345
Nick Villa: This accommodation is next door and is a self-contained Sri Lankan style villa with 4 acres and private swimming pool and staff. There are 4 double rooms with en-suite bathroom. £1195 own room or £895pp sharing double room
Single supplement: £400 if you would like a double room to yourself.
*Share a double room with a friend or loved one and receive £100 OFF per person!*
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any availability?
Most retreat will show the availability on their specific page. If you are unsure or need to book for a larger group, you can always contact us before placing your order.
Whats the booking process like?
To reserve your space we ask for a £150 (UK) or £250 (abroad) deposit immediately, paid online on the page of the retreat you want to join, or over the phone by credit or debit card. We will then send you out your final invoice, your booking form and ask your room preference. We then ask you to pay the full amount 6 (UK) or 8 (abroad) weeks before the retreat or holiday. You can pay online, by bank transfer or Paypal but we add the 3.6% charge incurred by Paypal. Please call 01273 782734 to pay over the phone by debit or credit card. Two weeks before the retreat we will send you your welcome pack via email, and help you iron out any concerns you may have.
How do I pay for my retreat or holiday?
Firstly, pay your deposit online on the page of the retreat or holiday that you would like to book. We will send you a confirmation and your final invoice to pay. You can pay online by card, by bank transfer or Paypal but we add the 3.6% charge incurred by Paypal.
I haven’t done much yoga before, can I come?
We have designed our weekends and weeks for people who love yoga, whether they are beginners or have been practising for years. All our teachers are very experienced and are more than capable of adapting the classes to all levels. Our ethos is about being open & friendly, and we set up our business to spread the incredible word of yoga to people who perhaps wouldn’t have gone on a yoga retreat before. So don’t be shy, there is no time like the present to start your journey with yoga.
What is included in the price of a yoga holiday?
You will find everything included by looking under "what's included" tab on this page. If you have any particular request or requirements, feel free to contact us.
Do I have to attend all the Yoga sessions?
Of course not, we understand we all want different things. Our two-hour sessions normally also include meditation or mindfulness, so it's worth giving it a go.