Seaside Ayurveda Yoga Retreats Bentota, Sri Lanka
"On my return I felt totally rested and refreshed, much calmer and healthier." Ania S. More reviews.
|Location||Near Bentota, Sri Lanka, Asia|
|Activities||Ayurveda and Yoga|
|Prices||From EUR1225 (approx £1090) per person, per week, inclusive in single ensuite room|
|Ideal for||Ayurveda - Yoga - Detox - Vegan - Weight loss - Rejuvenation - Swimming - River cruises - Excursions - Solo travellers|
Ring the reservations department for the Barberyn Sands Resort in Sri Lanka on +94 34-22 76173.
Nestled between the Bentota river and the Indian ocean, with lush green surrounds. Stay in individual cabanas, swim in the sea or pool. Benefit from personalised Ayurveda treatments, and yoga at sunrise. Enjoy river cruises and Sri Lankan hospitality at its best.
Come here for a uniquely relaxing holiday where you can discover the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of Ayurveda. Enjoy synchronised full-body massages, herbal steams and individually freshly prepared remedies. Daily yoga is offered at sunrise.
Founded by a local family who pioneered the resort concept of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka, this is amongst Sri Lanka's most respected Ayurveda resorts. The focus is very much on individually tailored Ayurveda treatments, about 2 to 3 hours each day. Daily Yoga sessions of 60 to 90 minutes are offered to complement the Ayurveda.
NEWS: Early September 2016 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Sri Lanka free of Malaria. However, dengue fever has been on the increase in 2017 and there are of course still mosquitos, therefore, you should bring relevant protection.
Set in a tropical garden are a cluster of low rise duplex cabanas, a few River Front Rooms and a string of Garden Rooms. The majority of the rooms having varying views over the river and ocean.
Each room has a double bed, ensuite bathroom, mosquito nets, standing fans, telephone and a patio with a table and chairs. Some rooms have air conditioning, which is optional for an extra fee.
Just having 26 rooms gives the place a casual homely ambience where guests can feel like one big family. Here you find Sri Lankan hospitality at its best.
Food is freshly prepared from local produce, mostly organic, healthy and delicious, vegan or vegetarian. Fresh local fish is occasionally available if desired. There are usually several dishes to choose from. No meat or alcohol is served.
Ayurvedic food plays an important complementary role in the healing process, so the consulting physician will recommend a specific diet for each guest. Food is considered Prana (life-sustaining energy). It is advisable to eat every meal consciously, experiencing aroma, taste and its pleasant warmth.
The cuisine is one of the greatest assets – the dishes from the chefs will surprise and delight you every day of your stay.
Nestled between the Bentota river and the Indian ocean, with its lush green surroundings on this peninsula. Situated near the town of Bentota, a drive of approximately 100 km from Colombo International Airport.
...airport: Colombo International airport, Sri Lanka. Airport transfers are included; flights are separate. A driver from the resort will collect you whatever time you arrive. The journey takes about 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Please note: your outbound flight from Europe will depart the day before the day of arrival due to the time difference and journey time (the return flight usually arrives back the same day).
Before booking your flights please check availability and confirm your booking with us.
Check-in time is 2 pm. If you arrive in the early morning hours you will need to pay for that night. Check-out is 12 noon.
...swimming facilities: depending on the tides you can swim in the sea. Else there’s a swimming pool and poolside terrace where fresh juice is served in the mornings and tea in the afternoons
...shops: on-site is an arts and crafts shop. Foreign currency exchange is available. There are markets and bazaars in the local town.
...other attractions: The resort organises free short excursions to places of interests on most afternoons during the week. Local places of interest include:
The romantic Brief Garden (10 km away) designed by the late Bevis Bawa, a famous artist and writer. He was host to Laurence Olivier amongst other famous visitors to the gardens in days gone by.
Galapota Temple, said to date from the 12th Century.
Also turtle hatcheries at Induruwa, river cruises, local markets, and the fortress town of Galle.
This resort focuses on offering professional Ayurveda treatment packages. The qualified staff prescribe treatments for each guest individually, including head, face and body oil massage; herbal or steam baths; freshly prepared herbal medicines and elixirs and personally recommended food. Guests enjoy approx two hours of treatments per day.
The beauty at this resort is that there are female doctors and massage therapists for female guests (which we find is much appreciated by female guests), and male therapists for male guests.
Ayurveda treats the body, mind and spirit of a person as a whole entity, and works on the basis that the mind and body affect each other and together can overcome disease and strengthen the immune system. It can complement modern medicine. A one or two week programme can be very beneficial for general rejuvenation or a gentle detox. Allow two weeks or more for deeper health benefits. More on Ayurveda.
Other optional activities include Yoga and meditation, free lectures on Ayurveda, and free excursions including river cruises.
Minimum 7-night stay.
Prices include ensuite room, full board, all Ayurveda treatments (the personalised package includes consultations with an Ayurvedic doctor, daily massages, wraps, herbal baths, steams, optional acupuncture, freshly prepared herbal remedies, etc; approx two hours of treatments per day), yoga, tai chi/chi kung and meditation classes, local excursions and airport transfers. Flights are not included. 'From' prices depend on room type.
All prices are seasonal and subject to change. All pound prices depend on the exchange rate.
Price for Ayurveda treatments is EUR 85 per person per day which will be included in the prices quoted.
Price for rooms: All rooms have their own terrace and sea or garden views. Prices depend on room type, from Euro 90 to 130 for a single room, and from Euro 130 to 170 for a double room including full board (prices summer 2019).
Sharing a room with a friend or partner lowers the cost per person.
Children over 12 years of age are welcome, though no special facilities are provided.
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How ethical and environmentally friendly is the holiday?
The resort supports the Sudana Rodrigo Sahana Foundation which continues the community development work that evolved as a response to the 2004 tsunami that affected the lives of countless people in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka.
Local villagers are encouraged to take ownership and contribute their skills in implementing the Sahana projects. Resort staff supervise the projects and ensure that the projects are implemented in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. At the core of every project lies the goal of sustainability and self-reliance.
The Sahana Foundation is now also collaborating with the Breath of Hope Foundation to empower at-risk children and communities through therapeutic interventions and educational programs of Yoga, that can help heal children and communities from natural disasters and other trauma. Breath of Hope’s mind-body programme of yoga helps to engender resiliency in the child, creating a ripple effect from the child of the family, school, community and beyond. In this way, hope and peace are rekindled one child at a time. The programme has recently been successfully extended to a school for deaf children, in Rathmalana.
"The experience of ayurvedic medicine was fantastic and I feel great. I only wish I was booked to stay for three more weeks to take advantage of the full effect. Would thoroughly recommend the experience...
The highlights for me were the delicious food, the likeminded people and the four-hands massage! Thanks again." Zoe England, consultant
"I came back feeling reborn, fully recharged mentally and physically. Do it! and when you are there surrender yourself to the programme and don’t do too many trips as it disrupts the tranquillity and the restorative effect of being there." Patricia Hancock, PR consultant
"In December I booked three weeks at the resort through the very good advice of the friendly staff at Neal's Yard Holidays and this has been a life-changing experience for me! There is no going back to pre-December!" Patricia S.
"We had the most wonderful holiday. I could not recommend it more highly - outstanding service and food, and the location is idyllic.
The staff are just the loveliest people, could not do enough for us and anticipated our every need. Fabulous. Thanks again, I shall have to start saving in order to go again." Anita T, overseas property sales executive
"The highlights were the feeling of wellness... The general atmosphere, the treatments, the food... I felt fabulous on returning, had lost some weight too! ... I would definitely go again. Met some lovely people. The staff were very helpful and friendly." Sue Bates, nurse
"Everything went smoothly with the arrangements. The pool was heavenly... All the staff were excellent and looked after everyone really well. The treatments were excellent... The food was very good and the fruits and juices delicious and plentiful.
Yoga and meditation were very balancing. Everyone was friendly and I would recommend going alone as you meet such interesting people, you can switch off from the stresses of your life far better, and I made a couple of really good friends.
My blood pressure was lower... and I had not had one headache in over a week which is a novelty for me. My body felt lighter and stretched and exercised from yoga and swimming." Lily R, publishing
"The highlights were the excellent service and professionalism across the whole staff. The food, best massages ever, the programme of free events, the swimming in both lagoon and pool, and last but not least losing 18 pounds and curing my asthma. An out and out success.
I would go back - the people are terrific. Very good value for money. Never knew a vegetarian, alcohol-free holiday was possible - never mind so enjoyable." Prof. Howard Liddell, architect
"The highlights for me were the peace and quiet; the staff and the food were fantastic; my room was delightful; all the treatments were excellent... I felt very relaxed on my return.
Try to book for three weeks... I would definitely recommend this resort and I look forward to being able to return in the future." Terri M, photographers agent
"I felt welcome and looked after on all levels. A lovely place to go to by yourself. There is a lot of me-time. Although the treatments did not sort out my symptoms I think they worked in a more subtle way." Maria B.
"The highlights of the holiday for me were: feeling great and more energetic at the end of it, the excursions, the focus on health and learning healthy habits that I could take back with me. ... The food is amazing. Don't be afraid to try everything!" Karrie O, Communications Consultant
"The highlights of my holiday were the treatments, the friendliness of the staff, the easy way everything seemed to run like a swiss clock and with no effort. Food also excellent, as were the rooms and overall family atmosphere.
On my return I felt fantastic: energised, rested and raring to go." Marinella S.
"I had a wonderful time at the Resort and would definitely love to go back again next year! The staff were really friendly, the atmosphere was very calm and relaxed, the treatments exceeded my expectations and the food was tasty and healthy."
"Having wanted to have time for recreation of body and soul for some years without result, I am very happy to now enjoy sunshine and friendliness... wonderfully prepared meals in proper Ayurvedic tradition, of fresh papayas and mangos delicious.
After only a few days I seem to be a person without problems not thinking about past or future just being in a beautiful present.
After only a few days of soul-ness at the Resort, I am beginning to get to know myself again on a simple and loving level.
Thank you to all of the staff many times. They are doing a wonderful job, filling us all with happiness and well-being." Susanne Schumacher
"I've been back over two months and just realised that I never contacted you to let you know the holiday really was an excellent and well recommended by yourselves." Joan Davis
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