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22 Days Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resorts, Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Yoga and Ayurveda Vacation in Beruwala

Welcome to Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Sri Lankas pioneer health resort specializing in Ayurveda. Barberyn Reef has a perfect balance providing the levels of care and comfort necessary to enjoy the well-being that comes from within. Join us in a journey of pure yoga and Ayurveda in this exotic paradise. We welcome our guests with warmth and a quiet competence that few resorts can match with more than 40 years of fine hospitality, more than 25 of these fully dedicated to Ayurveda.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily authentic Ayurveda treatment
  • Gentle yoga to complement Ayurvedic treatment
  • Initial and subsequent Ayurveda consultations
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Hatha yoga with pranayama
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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Barberyn Reef has 75 rooms which are furnished with hand crafted wood made on site by our own team of carpenters. Rooms have mosquito nets, attached toilets with showers or bath tubs, natural ventilation as well as electric fans and a terrace or balcony.

Standard room

Located on the ground floor and the first floor, standard rooms have all the amenities of the other rooms and the sizes vary. Each room has a balcony overlooking the garden and the swimming pool.

Beach front room

These rooms are built in groups of two, four, six and eight rooms, very close to the ocean. All rooms are comfortable and have been elegantly furnished with wood and natural material. They have views of the ocean and a terrace or a balcony. A few of the Beach Front Rooms are on stilts and face the ocean on one side and open out to a passage overlooking the swimming pool.

Ayurveda health center

Since opening in 2003, the Health Centre at Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort has earned a reputation of providing effective professional and caring Ayurveda therapies. It has the benefit of long years of experience of its sister resort, Barberyn Reef, with which it shares the same kind of Ayurveda treatment. After a review of the spa scene in Sri Lanka, Asia Spa magazine commented that it was a place to experience Ayurveda at its best.

Yoga

Recently embraced in the west, people in South Asia have recognized and practiced yoga for thousands of years as a powerful complement to Ayurvedic medicine and healing. Ayurveda and yoga come from the same philosophical matrix. They examine the body/mind concept from the perspective of maintenance of health and treatment of diseases.

The type of yoga practiced at Barberyn is mainly traditional Hatha Yoga (postures) with Pranayama (breathing). It is designed to awaken the Kundalini (third eye). This form of yoga helps to elongate the spine. If you can keep the spine supple, it helps delay the aging process.

At Barberyn Reef, yoga is practiced in the morning and evening. We also organize yoga classes for beginners and special yoga sessions from time to time. The physicians encourage guests to join at least one session every day. The class held on the roof top with a view of the ocean starts with the Sun Salutation and moves on to breathing exercises (Pranayama).The teacher demonstrates up to 12 different Asanas that will be practiced to keep the spine supple. We also organize yoga classes for beginners and special Ashtanga Yoga classes, so our guests can enjoy different postures and routines. The yoga teachers at Barberyn will adapt their daily routine and postures according to the guests attending the class, so that they can get the maximum benefit.

Ayurveda treatments

Ayurveda gives equal importance to the maintenance of health and the curing of a disease. It does not simply suppress the disease, but rather aims at removing the disease from its root. Ayurvedic principles state that the imbalance of the three biological energies (Tri Dosha) creates a disease due to years of poor diet, weak digestion, improper metabolism, and incomplete elimination of waste matter, inadequate sleep, pollution, stress and production and accumulation of bio-toxins (Ama). %During the initial Shodana (purification) process, these toxins are collected from various parts of body and expelled through the nearest outlet. Then, the Shamana (pacifying treatment) or the rejuvenating treatment will have better and long lasting effect on body.

Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort arranges short excursions to places of interests on most afternoons during the week. These excursions are free of charge to resident guests. Currently, the following tours are available at the resort:

  • Matara Tour - Veherahena Temple, Dondra Temple and Lighthouse at Dondra
  • Galle Tour - Old Dutch Fort
  • Koggala Museum
  • The markets and bazars around Weligama

Weligama is situated at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, about 15 miles (24 km) from the historic city of Galle. Half an hours drive, along the scenic coastal route, brings you to Galle. Weligama itself is known for its beautiful sun-drenched beaches as well as the spectacular sight it gives of stilt fishermen, whom you will not find anywhere else on the island.

The stilt fishermen have a unique style of fishing: it involves casting their lines from a perch on a sturdy pole, 20-50 meters out into the sea. Nobody knows how or why they created this unusual technique, but it seems to work. The stilts are passed on from generation to generation and they are jealously guarded.

Weligama has a long history. The famous Kustarajagala is a rock carving, depicting a Bodhisatva (potential Buddha) Avalokitheswara. The rock carving dates back some 1500 years, and is surrounded in myth and legend.

Our guests can also arrange the following special day trips from the resort, for an extra charge.

  • Mulkirigala rock temple

Described as the little Sigiriya, Mulkirigala consists of a series of rock monasteries carved out of the face of a huge outcrop, built during the 2nd century BC. It is a mixture of religious and secular (non-religious) paintings and sculptures, with several reclining Buddhas among them. The beautiful paintings are based on stories connected with the past lives of the Buddha.

  • Udawalawe National Park

Mulkirigala is located in the southeast of Sri Lanka. It is a major eco-tourism destination. The game park is famous for its elephants, water buffalo, monitor lizards, sambar dear, and the occasional leopard. It is also an exciting location for bird watching enthusiasts.

The Lonely Planet guide book states that the park rivals the fauna reserves of Africa. The parks 30,821 hectares are located around the large Udawalawe Reservoir, which is fed by the Walawe River.

Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort is set on a long strip of beach, with a reef running the length of the resort, forming a natural swimming lagoon. Sri Lankas well known landscape artist, Laki Senanayake, is doing the landscaping at the resort. The resort has a casual and serene ambience.

Distances

  • Colombo International Airport, 85 km
Activities
  • Activities
  • Health club
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming pool
General
  • General
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Services
  • Currency exchange
  • Free! WiFi
  • Hair salon
  • Hair salon nearby
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

The dining room spills out onto the terrace for outdoor dining. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style. A wide range of food is served during this time. Dinner is a set vegetarian meal. Kitchen and dining room work closely together to see that the guests get the food that the doctors prescribe. Each table has an individual card with directions.

Guests also get herbal drinks and soups specially prescribed by the physicians. The menu takes account of the dietary needs of all guests. Those on a controlled diet are asked to avoid certain dishes. All guests eagerly await the meals at Barberyn Reef Ayurveda resort as they quickly learn the advantage of Ayurveda food: healthy food can also be tasty food. Fresh vegetables and fruits are a special treat, including the fruit service at breakfast.

The waiters will gently remind you what Ayurvedic food you should and should not eat. An Ayurveda physician is on hand at meal times and can advise you which specific vegetables, herbs and spices to select and which to avoid, according to the treatment prescribed by the consulting physician.

Sri Lankan delicacies such as the well-known hoppers are served for Sri Lankan Night each week. Morning and afternoon tea and fruit juices are served at the dining room or poolside. Sri Lankan traditional music is played several times a week at dinner time.

Exclusions

The Sunshine Restaurant, a little beach restaurant, serves tea, light meals and fruit juices. It is a magical place to enjoy the aroma of fresh Sri Lankan tea, or enjoy a relaxing drink as the sun goes down over the horizon.

Cooking demonstrations

The Barberyn chefs believe that when you cook, you participate in the nourishment and vitality of yourself and all those around you. The more awareness you bring to this process, the greater the healing you derive from the food. Chefs and physicians thus come together each week at Barberyn to provide guests with an understanding of the dietary principles of Ayurveda, the basic ingredients used, and the ways of preparing simple and delicious meals.

Participation is free for all resident guests.

Tourist attractions

Sri Lanka is a land of astonishing diversity. No major sight is more than a few hours drive away from Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort. Barberyn offers specially arranged tours of all of Sri Lankas numerous cultural highlights, including:

  • Kandy, the cultural capital in the islands centre, home to Sri Lankas most important Buddhist temple, the Temple of the Tooth. Also home to the annual Perahera festival, a world-famous spectacle, drawing visitors from around the globe.
  • North of Kandy lays the celebrated Cultural Triangle of ancient cities including Polonnaruwa, Anuradapura, and Sigiriya with templeruins featuring fabulous rock paintings, carvings, and magnificent Buddha statues dating back thousands of years.
  • The port city of Galle in the south: its rich colonial history stems from its unique combination of Portuguese, Dutch and Bost interesting ritish influence. Its main tourist draw is its ancient Fort, a walled enclave containing a dazzling pot-pourri of traditional buildings that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Hill Country, whose long-established tea plantations produce some the world's finest tea. Nicknamed Little England for its cool, temperate climate, the regional capital Nuwara Eliya contains some famous colonial hotels.
  • Numerous dry- and wet-land nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries around the country.

Customized tours

Barberyn is happy to put together a customized itinerary. This includes a private air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver and accommodation in hotels based on your preference and interests. This way, Barberyn can help make your visit both health-restoring and culturally rewarding. Tours are pre-arranged and usually commence on arrival at the airport and vary in length depending on the guest requirements. Depending on the time of arrival of the flight, some guests prefer to stay overnight close to the airport and start the tour the next day.

  • Full board accommodation - breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as morning and afternoon tea or fruit juice.
  • Initial Ayurveda consultation with physician and subsequent consultations.
  • Ayurveda treatment as prescribed by the physician. This includes all therapies.
  • Freshly made herbal decoctions
  • Herbal elixirs
  • Head oil application(massage)
  • Face oil application (massage)
  • Synchronized oil massage
  • Herbal bath or steam bath
  • Any other therapies as prescribed by the physician according to medical requirements.
  • Yoga
  • Lectures
  • Food demonstrations
  • Short excursions
  • Culture/music programs
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Other personal purchases
For information about the booking conditions, please send Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Tarren Hart
    10 out of 10

    "It was a wonderful trip, a much needed break with the holistic healing effect that was anticipated. The staff are really friendly and caring, from the drivers, reception staff and doctors to the Ayurvedic nurses. The food, although peculiar, was very tasty and with the help of the Ayurvedic doctors aided in achieving my health goals. I have recommended the resort to a few friends as they could see the effect of my brief stay there. I will definitely be visiting the resort again in the future. "

    May 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Nancy McIntyre
    10 out of 10

    "My 2 week stay at Barberyn Reef Resort was amazing. Having my beach front room, combined with the relaxing treatments was pure joy. Both my mind and body felt cleansed and refreshed. I would recommend this resort for a great experience."

    December 2015, BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

Testimonials

  • Review by Nigel P. from Bradwell, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Much to my dismay, my wife wanted to go to this Ayurvedic 'hospital' as my gift to her for a special birthday. As a confirmed carnivore used to more than the occasional beer, here we were heading to a world of abstinence, for me at least. What a surprise it turned out to be. Despite the lack of meat, the food was of great variety and yes, there was also some fish - not the normal mix of vegetables but a truly cosmopolitan selection.Then there were the 'treatments'. Meditation, yoga and tai-chi passed me by and the daily acupuncture was something I never expected to experience but then there was the daily two person massages - how amazing was that! The accommodation was great for us thanks to the earlier post about taking a 2nd floor sea view room rather than a bungalow or pool facing room - for choice ask for room 9 or room 14.Also, if you fancy a change the hotel arranges frequent trips out, either in groups or on an ad-hoc basis with your own driver. Udaya, our driver, is highly recommended, as are all of the staff who paid us so much care and attention over the duration of our stay. I never thought I would say I would return to a vegetarian, daily acupuncture hell but sign me up - I'd very happily return and miss it already."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Igne from Brussels, Belgium
    9 out of 10

    "I came to this resort for one reason - to relax and "recharge my batteries". At the time of arrival my health condition was definitely not the best - I was leading a very stressful life, was feeling anxious all the time, had digestion and skin problems and was feeling like I really needed a break. Two weeks at Barberyn Reef gave me that break I really needed - all my problems literally disappeared and I left all rested.The service at the resort was of a high standard. The rooms - although basic, were clean and with all the necessary amenities - even electric mosquito repellants were included. The only problem was wifi - which was expensive and of a poor quality. There's also a library on site full of books in many languages and you will have a lot of time for reading if you take the treatments seriously. The atmosphere - very nice and calming and there is also a very lovely swimming pool filled with see water. Yoga classes are held every day (although quite often it starts at 6:30 am).The resort has free daily tours to nearby tourist attractions; otherwise a driver can be arranged. The food was amazing, fresh and of high quality with heaps of fresh fruit and juice every day! If you are taking the treatment, you also get a special menu. However, not all the waiters are attentive and sometime they forget to check your prescribed diet, so you have to always remind them about it.The treatments are prescribed after a consultation with your doctor and take around 2,5 - 3 hours each day. I believe, if you really take the treatments seriously and follow all the guidance (for instance, you are advised to rest, stay out of sun, avoid swimming and physical exercises after most of the treatments), you can really see the results. There I've met people who have been coming to the resort for over 20 years. Otherwise, you might just have a relaxing holiday. Also, beware of sand flies and always use citronella oil, which you can get for free from the Resort's medical centre, before going to the beach!"

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Mike from Doha, Qatar
    9 out of 10

    "I just returned from the hotel and I cannot stop raving about the place. I never did an Ayurvedic Treatment before but this place changed my mind. We arrived on the 7 June early morning at the airport and got a pick up from a very friendly driver of the hotel. It took us 2.5 hours with a coffee break on the way to the hotel. We were welcomed by very friendly staff who seems to never say no to anyone or anything.After check in and orientation, we were introduced to our doctor who was amazing and here we started with the "experience within". Acupuncture every morning, massage, and steam bath or herbal bath, everything you could imagine to make you healthy. The herbal medicine was specific for every guest and made on the premises.The hotel organizes tours and educational evenings to understand the treatment etc. Hotel drivers are available for a very reasonable price. Nearby townships are okay for shopping, a bit expensive sometimes, but you can bargain. We stayed in a Beach Villa but I think I will book a normal room next time since all the rooms are very well maintained and it does not make a huge difference to where you stay.Meals are based on your diet and very tasty, mainly vegetarian with fish. Some nights we enjoyed a dinner buffet and some nights we had set menu. In the morning and lunch time we got served a buffet what suits every taste. All in all, the staff in the restaurant, the nurses, doctors, ground staff from sweeper over pool attendant, congratulations to all of you! You make your hotel and country proud. I can highly recommend this hotel for an Aryuvedic Treatment but go for two weeks not like me only one."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Ann from Oregon, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I recently spent a month in Sri Lanka. The final 8 days I chose to spend at an Ayurvedic treatment center. After searching the internetm I chose Barberyn Reef as it was listed as one of the oldest authentic Ayurvedic places in Sri Lanka. I could not have been more pleased with my choice. The people were all warm and friendly, especially the therapists giving synchronous massage. The initial and on-going two interviews with the doctor were informative and I felt she understood my specific concerns immediately.Foods prepared varied daily and were both delicious and authentic, very fresh and well-prepared. Treatments were lovely (massage) and interesting (cleansing & healing) I left feeling I want to return on an annual basis. The only difficulty for me is that it is a very long air journey from the USA to Sri Lanka. I consider this a treatment center rather than a "spa"--so people need to understand the difference. My ocean front "villa" was a delight; I loved listening to the ocean surf all day and all night!"

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Enid Hendershot from Rishikesh, India
    10 out of 10

    "So much more than a resort. The location is just amazing right on the sea. The lush, well-tended, peaceful gardens give you the impression that you are really in paradise no matter how many guests are there. Beautiful fresh seawater swimming pool and some of the most delicious healthy food I have ever been privileged to eat. The staff are fantastic and that makes the treatments they offer really life changing for so many who come there to heal.It is rare to be able to find such a beautiful natural location that also provides such quality food and both Ayurveda and Acupuncture. This was my second time and sure not to be my last. I am happy to recommend it as the perfect healing holiday to treat yourself to!"

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Tatyana from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I spent in a beautiful setting of Barberyn Ayurveda Resort two weeks in January this year. For me the experience was the life changing one. That's why I am not surprised why the resort has so many returning clients who have been visiting them for several years in a row. The setting is fabulous, hardly 10m from the sea. The sound of the sea wakes you up in the morning and put you asleep at night. Every day the sunset was very poetic and inspirational! I went there in search of alternative treatment for my asthma and some other ailments as well as to detox my body and mind, and I achieved it!I was off my steroid inhaler on the third day of my Ayurvedic treatment, lost 4 kg and feel completely energized! The service at the resort was excellent, accommodation good, and also a lot of healthy activities are put in place for your convenience. There you can enjoy yoga, meditation, go sightseeing or just chill out by the pool or the sea. I will definitely be back and will be spreading my word about a little paradise that I found for myself in Barberyn."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort is a pioneer health resort specializing in Ayurveda. Barberyn Reef also offers yoga retreat year round in Sri Lanka.

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