West Coast Ayurveda Resort
"The Ayurveda treatment I had was fabulous... Wonderfully cleansing." Mary Farr. More reviews.
|Location||Ayurveda yoga holidays, Sri Lanka|
|Activities||Ayurveda and Yoga|
|Prices||From EUR1060, approx £793 pp p wk inclusive in single ensuite room|
|Ideal for||Ayurveda - Yoga - Tai Ji - Qigong - Rejuvenating - Detox - Weight loss - Health - Swimming - Solo travellers - Excursions|
Neal's Yard Holidays on 020 7390 0500
Located right by a sandy beach in Sri Lanka, with a natural lagoon. Come here for a uniquely relaxing holiday where you can discover the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of Ayurveda and Yoga. Enjoy synchronised full body massages, herbal steams and individually freshly prepared remedies.
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, along with the South Coast Ayurveda Resort.
NEWS: Early September 2016 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Sri Lanka free of Malaria.
There are still mosquitos and you may wish to bring relevant protection.
Beautifully furnished and comfortable ensuite rooms with balconies and view of the sea or garden. Sri Lankan hospitality at its best.
Food is freshly prepared from local produce, mostly organic and very delicious.
Begin the day with tropical fresh fruit and juices, herbal or Sri Lankan black tea, yoghurt, eastern and western bread, yams and the nourishing conjee with different leaves - the 'green soup' which also aids digestion.
The highlight of the lunch buffet is a variety of vegetables cooked in different ways and fresh fish, followed by fruit, curd and treacle, and dessert for those who are not watching their weight.
Dinner is a set meal with a soup or entrée, vegetarian or fish main course followed by dessert.
Saturday evening is Sri Lanka night with wonderful Sri Lanka food - some of it cooked in the dining room, and eastern music played by a group of traditional musicians.
In addition there is individually prepared food to complement the Ayurveda programme.
This stretch of coast is favoured by most visitors as it is only two hours south of the airport. You can walk along the beach for miles, enjoy the open expanse of the sea or visit nearby shops.
...airport: Colombo International airport, Sri Lanka. Airport transfers are included; flights are separate. A driver from the resort will collect you what ever time you arrive. The journey takes about 2 hours depending on traffic. Please note: your outbound flight will depart the day before the day of arrival due to time difference and journey time (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 12 noon. If you arrive in the early morning hours you will need to pay for that night.
...swimming facilities: there is a large new swimming pool and also the sea lagoon in front of the property - just step outside the resort's garden and you are on the beach.
...shops: on site is an Asian silks and handicraft gift shop. Sri Lanka's famous jewel shops and other shops are 5 min away by tuk-tuk.
...restaurants: by the beach, at one end of the resort, there is a seafood restaurant. Others can be found nearby but you are unlikely to need them as you are well catered for at this resort.
...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 kms 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. Turtle hatcheries. River cruises.
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 or Tai Ji/Qi Gong or meditation on the roof top overlooking the sea at sunrise or sunset.
Free lectures, Ayurvedic astrology and excursions are also offered.
Minimum 7-night stay.
Seasonal offers apply only to full board accommodation for those taking Ayurveda.
Winter OFFER: 8 November - 20 December & 15 March - 23 April
including 10% discount on FB accommodation.
Winter - peak season: for stays from 21 December - 14 March.
Summer offer: up to 50% off accommodation for stays between 24 April - 7 November.
Stay one night, get one night free, e.g. stay 7 nights get 3 nights free;
stay 8 nights get 4 nights free; for 9 nights get 4 nights free.
For 10 nights get 5 nights free; for 11 nights get 5 nights free; for 12 nights get 6 nights free, etc.
Prices will include 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.
The treatments cost EUR 80 per person per day which will be included in the prices quoted.
All rooms have their own balcony or terrace and sea or garden views. Prices depend on room type.
Sharing a room with a friend or partner lowers the price per person.
Children over 12 years of age are welcome, though no special facilities are provided.
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The resort has been involved in community development since its inception in 1968. It 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.
"I had a fabulous holiday and loved the place! The highlights included being welcomed at reception on arrival with a flower, a cold flannel and a drink; the professional and caring Ayurveda programme; and the lovely location.
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 Dec 2007 I booked 3 weeks at the West Coast Ayurveda Resort in Sri Lanka 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-Dec 2007!" Patricia S.
"The experience of ayurvedic medicine was fantastic and I feel great. I only wish I was booked to stay for 3 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
"We had the most wonderful holiday - got back last night, thank you. I could not recommend the Resort 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, t’ai chi 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 the 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; there is a newly built swimming pool which is wonderful; all the treatments were excellent... I felt very relaxed on my return.
Try to book for 3 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.
"The West Coast Ayurveda Resort was beautiful - I loved the building, the setting on the beach, and the authenticity of it all. ... On my return I felt totally rested and refreshed, much calmer and healthier." Ania S
"I've been back over two months and just realised that I never contacted you to let you know the West Coast Resort really was an excellent place and well recommended by yourselves." Joan Davis
"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."
"I am welcomed at the Resort with a necklace of finely perfumed white temple flowers. Feeling instantly at ease I start my first Ayurvedic holidays.
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 few days I seem to be a person without problems not thinking about past or future just being in a beautiful present.
After only 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
We do not charge booking fees: you pay the same or sometimes even less than if you book direct.
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Last updated 9th September 2015.