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8 Days Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat at Barberyn, Sri Lanka

  • Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resorts, Beruwala, Sri Lanka

8 Days Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat at Barberyn, Sri Lanka

  • Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resorts, Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Yoga and Wellness in Sri Lanka

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.

Barberyn beautiful natural settings

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.

Yoga in Barberyn

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".


  • 2 yoga sessions daily
  • Experience authentic Ayurveda treatment daily
  • Gentle yoga as complement to Ayurvedic treatment
  • Hatha yoga with pranayama, for awakening your Kundalini
  • Integrated spiritual activities in Barberyn way of life
  • 7 nights full board accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation at Barberyn Reef consists of 75 rooms, the majority of which have been newly rebuilt. The others have been recently renovated / refurbished.

Standard room

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.

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.

  • Health club
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming pool
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Currency exchange
  • Free! WiFi
  • Hair salon
  • Hair salon nearby
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

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.

  • Full board accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon tea / 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), cace oil application (massage), synchronized oil massage, herbal bath or steam bath and 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

Verified 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. 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, website, edited


  • Review by Nigel P. from United Kingdom
    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 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 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 United States
    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 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 United Kingdom
    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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