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Welcome to Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Sri Lanka's pioneer health resort specializing in Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of medicine dating back about 5000 years. With 40 years of fine hospitality of which 25 years have been dedicated to Ayurveda, Barberyn Reef welcomes its guests with a warmth and quiet competence that few resorts can match. Over the years the resort has achieved the perfect balance in providing the level of care and comfort necessary for guests to enjoy the well being that comes from within.
Located on Sri Lanka's south-west coast, 85km from the International Airport, Barberyn Reef is a beautiful property with a long sea front sheltered by a natural reef running the length of the property forming a natural swim lagoon. It is one of the few resorts that can be described as being literally "on the beach" with a garden setting. Sand stretches for miles along the shore and guests now have the choice of swimming in a wave shaped large swimming pool adjacent to the ocean.
The main yoga practiced at Barberyn is the traditional Hatha Yoga (postures) with Pranayama (breathing) It is designed to awaken the Kundalini. This form of Yoga helps to elongate the spine and if one can keep the spine supple, it helps to delay the aging process. "You are as old as your spine".
The accommodation at Barberyn Reef consists of 75 rooms, the majority of which have been newly rebuilt. The others have been recently renovated / refurbished.
Located on the ground floor of the main building, the standard rooms are with all of standard amenities (the same as other rooms). Each has a balcony that overlooks the garden and the swimming pool.
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.
A wide range of food is served for breakfast and at the lunch buffet. 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.
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.
Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style. Dinner is a set meal, served at the table. 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.
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.