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Come and experience the magic of Sri Lanka with Adventure Yogi and senior yoga teacher and healer, Wenche (Venca) Beard. Be taken on a transformational journey into your heart to connect with your true self and shift blockages and make changes in your life you never thought possible. Stay in luxurious 5-star boutique hotel accommodation where you will feel comfortable and safe, so that this exploration of the soul can happen.
Enjoy two yoga classes a day days, fully immerse yourself in your yoga practice. Enjoy the days relaxing by the infinity pool, relaxing in the 22 acres of grounds, play volley ball. Explore on bikes the surrounding area, relax on Bentota Beach or for more energetic activities try surfing or diving. There's plenty to do but you can be as active or as relaxed as you like, it is your holiday, your choice.
For a taste of ultimate luxury, stay at the Gold Buddha Boutique Hotel. In this beautiful 5-star boutique hotel accommodation, the price does not reflect the high quality accommodation. Set in 22 acres of grounds, originally an Ayurvedic doctor's house, it was built 150 years ago with Dutch colonial design.
The property is set in 4 acres of lush garden that teams with wildlife, birds and plants selected originally for their medicinal properties. The garden also houses a beautiful fresh water infinity pool and stunning pavilion where meals are taken. Yoga will take place in the pavilion gardens in the morning and evening.
Enjoy sitting on the veranda in the early evening enjoying a soft drink or G & T watching the fireflies and listening to the crickets. Offering accommodation in three colonial styled luxury villas. Choose from the original 150 year old Doctors House, the stylish and calm coconut suites or the spacious tree top Mango Suites.
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 king-size four-poster bed, antique almirah, writing desk, and chair. A second bedroom offers twin four-poster beds. Both bedrooms overlook the inner courtyard lotus pond. The Bathroom is finished in polished cement and features an open air garden bathroom shower.
The elevated suites of the Mango villa offer open views across the gardens and pool. Each room is tastefully furnished with twin four-poster beds, air-conditioning, almirah, writing desk, and day bed.
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.
07:00 Yoga with the sunrise
08:30 Delicious breakfast served in the pavilion
09:00 The day is yours to explore, the beach, the towns, the markets, enjoy excursions, or treatments
16:30 Evening yoga class
19:30 3-course evening meal
20:30 Free to relax in the pavilion gardens, swim, explore, or sleep
The beautiful Sri Lankan retreat is situated just inland from a beautiful long white sandy beach called Bentota. Being inland makes the experience even more special as one feels more grounded and connected to the earth so that you can go deeper into your practice. Cycle to the beach and meet the friendly locals (and their dogs) and stop off for an ice-cream and a chat!
Sri Lanka is not only a beautiful country, safe, friendly, and helpful locals, interesting historically, but also has amazing food! You will be spoilt by a fantastic Sri Lankan chef who will bring you a choice of breakfasts: Sri Lankan style or western, with fruit and yoghurt every day. The evening 3-course meal will be decided by all the morning before with whatever is fresh at the market that day.
A day trip to Galle: Experience the multi-cultural history of this beautiful city in south of Bentota with Dutch and Portuguese influences in architecture, food, art, and design. A trip worth going on.
Diving: Explore the Indian Ocean, diving ship wrecks or if you would like to try diving for the first time then your can study for your paid license.
Lunaganga Gardens and house: The home of famous architect Geoffery Bawa. Explore his beautiful home and surrounding gardens, with beautiful sculptures and a sense of calm and serene. Get there by Morris minor for extra style too.
The Buddhist temple: An afternoon spent at the Buddhist temple at prayers time, a peaceful time to visit and have time for contemplation.
Turtle sanctuary: An afternoon at the turtle sanctuary, hear how tough it is for turtles to breed and how these wonderful charities help them to survive.
Surfing: For the adventurous, hire a surf board or have a lesson and practice you pop-up at Bentota beach on beginner waves. If you love to surf then let Adventure Yogi know to arrange a day trip to Welligama for a bigger surf break.
Fly direct to Sri Lanka with Sri Lanka airways or via the UAE. There will be a transfer waiting to pick you up.
Recommended Flights (info as of June 2015): Sri Lankan Airlines: Departing at 20.30 on February 19, 2016 or March 2, 2016 from London Heathrow and arriving in Colombo at 12.45 on February 20, 2016 or March 3, 2016.
Returning on February 29, 2016 or March 12, 2016, leaving Colombo at 13.00 and arriving into London Heathrow at 19.00. The price is currently 500 GBP 550 GBP and they are direct flights.
There are other indirect flights with various stop overs, and they start from 480 GBP/500 GBP.