The team aims to place their maximum effort towards providing a warm and chilled-out stay for you here at their home, Basecamp!
Yoga Retreats (5)
from United States, March 2020
"Relaxing and carefree "
Where do I begin! The hosts were amazing! They organised EVERYTHING for us! From Tuk Tuks to snorkelling, where to get the best massages etc.
The breakfast was fresh, tasty and plentiful! The yoga was zen and refreshing and easy for a beginner such as myself. The views are stunning and I felt completely at ease.
The new owners are so wonderful and are making some exciting renovation changes for new travellers. 10/10 would recommended this beautiful place
from Sweden, February 2020
"Don’t hesitate, just go!"
The hole experience was wonderful. Breakfasts was amazing and the people was to. I had the best time!
And what an view from the Yoga shala! The yogas perfect for beginners, as an immediate yogi I would have liked a little more power/challenge in the morning practice, but still it was very good! Of course the practice differed between the teacher, one were a little more challenging.
Rooms and bathrooms were good, everything was clean and well taken care of. Had the chance to spend some days with the new owner, I think they will keep on doing an awesome job!
Don’t hesitate to go you will not be disappointed, it’s just the perfect place to spend some days, a week or more. And don’t miss out of trying to Surf!
from Thailand, February 2020
Great location, really nice and helpful staff, delicious breakfasts, perfect mixture of social life on one hand but also alone time whenever you want
from Germany, February 2020
"Donna (Yoga teacher)"
Donna was the best yoga teacher I ever had. She was very professional and took attention to everyone! I learned a lot about my body and to improve myself and got new energy! She was fun, lovely and made our time as much comfortable as possible((:
She should open her own retreat peoples would love it! Thanks Donna
from India, February 2020
"Amazing food, lovely rooms, fab yoga"
I really liked the breakfasts, the free tea and coffee + yummy biscuits. The staff were all so helpful and lovely. The social dinners were a nice way to meet people and eat delicious food in cool locations. Basecamp made everything super! I loved my stay and enjoyed the long period between yoga sessions to explore, surf, swim, eat and chill.
from Switzerland, January 2020
Everything was amazing. The hosts, the breakfast, the location--really everything.
Coming back next december, for sure.
from Great Britain, January 2020
"Little piece of paradise!"
I loved everything about this place! We had 2 classes I’d yoga daily and Marcia and Carla were wonderful and skilled yoga teachers, where I really learned to develop my practice. My room was lovely and really comfortable and the whole retreat has amazing facilities. The breakfasts are AMAZING!! I would return just for the breakfasts alone! Really yummy, healthy and wholesome food by chef Tomas!
from Czechia, January 2020
Totally recommend! a great value for money with great yoga classes, breakfasts, massages(Secret Roots place is a must!) and amazing beaches in the vicinity. The hosts were amazing and super helpful and other guests being friendly, inspiring and easy going! Will definitely come again
from Sri Lanka, December 2019
"Wonderful yoga retreat "
Loved it all - from the mouthwatering breakfasts, to the yoga, the gorgeous view and the wonderful stay. Would definitely go again 😊🎉
from Hong Kong, January 2020
"Relaxing experience "
Excellent yoga instructor for a beginner. The accommodation was great and food really tasty! Would highly recommend to all. Thank you for a great stay!
from Oman, December 2019
"Stay at Basecamp!"
The accommodation is very nice! Amazing food, energy and people that travel through are unique and interesting. Yoga is nice and varied. Highly recommend!
from Switzerland, December 2019
"Perfect combination of yoga and meeting exciting people"
Everything! I loved my stay in Basecamp and would love to come back again!
Some of the highlights:
- the yoga itself: Carla was one of the best instructors I ever had, and as an intermediate practitioner I got to learn a lot new about yoga.
- socializing: traveling solo in this Sri Lanka trip, it gave me the opportunity to meet exciting, like-minded people and do activities together. The social dinners, that Basecamp organizes are a big contribution to this
- the people running Basecamp: Thomas and Hanike were not only excellent hosts, but it felt like being among friends having you over.
- the building and the premises: there is a lot of love being invested here and one can see that! Absolutely felt at home.
- the absolutely lovely dogs!
from Ireland, October 2019
"A truly special place"
Basecamp is not just a fantastic yoga retreat, it is one of the most welcoming, homely and friendly places I have ever stayed. This is thanks to the team there; Hanneke, Thomas, and Carla.
Breakfast was different each morning, and was nourishing and downright delicious.
Carla's yoga classes were beautiful and varied. She really bonds with the students and creates bespoke lessons in the beautiful Basecamp Yoga shala.
The overall atmosphere is super friendly and relaxed, and I really felt at home during my stay.
The accommodation is simple yet comfortable.
I decided to extend my stay as I enjoyed it so much!
Thanks again to all the team for their wonderful hospitality!
from Hungary, June 2019
"Summary of my experiences"
I liked all of my experiences, what I managed to get in Weligama at Basecamp.
Katie and Drew were very friendly, they did everything for me to be unforgettable those days, what I spent there. They were really open minded, we had very good conversations and they showed me a part of their own life. And it was really enviable...
Katie took very enjoyable yoga lessons, Drew helped me to make my days more comfortable. They are a perfect couple! I hope I will see them in the future... In Sri Lanka or another part of the world! Thank you guys, I am really happy that I managed to get to know you!!! :-)
from United States, April 2019
"Exactly What The Doctor Ordered"
I had an amazing time at Base Camp, it was very-well organized. My room was excellent (I had an upgrade to A/C & private bathroom), I loved the morning Vinyasa and evening Yin sessions --- it was well-rounded, incorporating innovative and classical postures with a solid emphasis on pranayama breathing. The yoga shala had the most stunning views, staring at beautiful bay, sky, clouds, jungle, animals, I never wanted to close my eyes. Base Camp offers organized day trips or general advice on what to do and see, and it's situated in an easy jump point to many other activities. Or you can chill. The dining guide and social dinners offered options to go off on own or to socialize.
from United States, April 2019
"Great place to stay in Weligama"
All the staff were welcoming and friendly.
The social dinners were superb and well organised.
The yoga twice a day was good. More energetic in the morning and a lovely yin practise late afternoon. Cold face towel after morning yoga was most welcome!
Beaches were beautiful and quiet.
Massage at Secret Spa was very good.
Breakfast each day was excellent and different every day for 6 days!
from Great Britain, March 2019
"Great place with great vibes "
Beautiful views, lovely people.
from United States, March 2019
"Great place to enjoy yoga and Sri Lanka "
from Great Britain, February 2019
"A week away from it all"
The staff, the people staying there, the Yoga, the breakfasts and the opportunity to join in with arranged evening meals at different places in the locality.
Juliette Antoinette Simon
from France, February 2019
"A really special place"
Renee, Vince and Felix created a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere - very much a home away from home! The two yoga teachers we had during the week (Katie and Jane) provided different yoga styles that combined challenging flows and restorative poses. The breakfast following the morning vinyasa was out of this world! I also really enjoyed the social dinners; a great opportunity to meet other solo travellers and explore the local restaurant scene. Finally the location was stupendous, gorgeous views and luscious greenery, pleasant rooms and a variety of hang out spaces.
from Hong Kong, February 2019
"Indeed a Yoga Retreat"
It has created moments of ocean, sunlight, sound of tree leaves moving in the breeze, and yoga narratives.
It is those moments that would stay with me for long time, comfort my soul from everyday life in a concrete jungle.
Love the owners, and the atmosphere that's created by them.
from Great Britain, January 2019
"A really friendly and relaxing place to stay"
As a solo traveler I was a bit nervous about meeting people, but the Basecamp team (and friends) were really friendly and helpful and arrange dinners every night so that people can get to know each other at the local top restaurants, which made it very easy. The location is about ten minutes walk (or a short tuk tuk ride) away from Weligama beach, which was the perfect distance. Each room has a list of the best restaurants and activities in the area which was super helpful and all the ones we tried were delicious!
The rooms were clean and tidy and had everything I needed in there. They were cleaned every day as well which was great. The yoga twice a day was the perfect time and a lovely way to start and end the day. There were two different instructors while I was staying, both with a different style which was great to experience. The breakfasts were AMAZING! Always a highlight of the day.
Basecamp is a warm, friendly and calm place close to but not right in the middle of the action. The team have created a wonderful place for people to stay and everyone I spoke to had the best time there. I would definitely go back again.
from Australia, January 2019
I absolutely loved Basecamp! It’s the perfect place to stay when visiting Weligama! It’s a real credit to the incredible, beautiful, caring owners who have created a home for like-minded travellers. They are always there for you for a chat and to help in anyway you need whether for surf or food information or anything in between. The grounds are beautiful; the rooms are lovely; and the daily breakfast is delicious. All the staff are so sweet. My favourite part was the Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes offered daily. Practising on the roof top, overlooking the water, with teachers from around the world was so special!
from United States, January 2019
"beautiful amazing experience"
Base camp was a brilliant experience for those travelling on their own. Under extremely difficult circumstances, Katie and Drew did an amazing job to enable a beautiful and comfortable experience. The description of Base Camp was very accurate my expectations were met from the get go. I would highly recommend Base Camp
from Australia, December 2018
It was all better than expected
from Great Britain, December 2018
I liked everything, everything was very good.
from Great Britain, December 2018
"Friendly Social Caring"
I loved the people at Basecamp they have created a home for their guests. They genuinely care.
from Great Britain, December 2018
"Base camp is a triumph! "
I can’t rave about this place enough. Everyone should experience Basecamp. It attracts the best people from all over the globe. The owner, Renee couldn’t have been more accommodating, helpful and kind. The yoga teachers are exceptional (a mix of challenging Vinyassa Flow in the morning and Yin in the afternoon) all in a stunning setting overlooking the ocean. The breakfast is locally sourced, fresh and delicious. Rooms are bright and clean and the location is in the heart of Weligama. I will definitely return to the Basecamp family. GO!!
from United States, November 2018
"The best week!"
Basecamp was perfect! Great staff, amazing breakfasts and a great vinyasa flow class suitable for all levels. It really is the perfect get away for solo travellers.
from Qatar, November 2018
"Great spot by the beach "
The hosts were all friendly and welcoming. It's a great location for access to many cafes, beaches and things to do.
The organised evening meals and activities is a great idea where you can choose to opt in or not. Makes the stay as a solo traveller or more than one a breeze. The hosts know all the good spots to eat so the recomendations are handy. Transfer from airport to accomodation was smooth and easy. When travelling around it can be stressful where this just takes the edge of that & makes the whole experience alot more relaxed. They haven't been open super long and can tell they are continuously looking on how to improve and listen to feedback, adding things, creating a lunch menu etc. They are all doing a great job plus really responsive to any questions and emails. Prob one of the best spots to stay in weligama for the price point.
from Australia, November 2018
"Most perfect week - can not fault a thing"
I loved absolutely everything about staying at Basecamp. Cheryl and Vinnie, Felix and Renee who ran the hostel were the loveliest and most accommodating hosts who went above and beyond to make everyone's experiences as enjoyable and relaxed as possible. A beautiful surprise breakfast every day and anything you wanted to do was arranged for you with zero hesitation and 100% enthusiasm, before you even had the chance to ask them! The yoga, led by two of the best instructors I have ever had, Katie and Claire, was absolutely incredible. The setting of the yoga was insane and the vibe of the teachers just made it the most perfect yoga experience ever. I did not want to leave! I cannot recommend this yoga retreat and hostel more.
from Australia, November 2018
"Most amazing week of my life ! "
Upon arrival into a new country as a solo traveller I felt excited but extremely nervous ! As soon as I got to Basecamp I felt at ease and excited to call it home for a week. The amazing people I met and exploring such a beautiful destination I would recommend this in a heart beat to all of my travel agency clients at home and to friends and family ! Was an amazing time and cannot thank the staff enough for such an accomodating stay :) will be back in the new year !!
from United Arab Emirates, August 2018
"Home away from home"
Absolutely incredible experience at Basecamp! Such good vibes and I felt at home.
Wonderful place for solo travelers or couples. Every night there is a family dinner which was an amazing way to meet everyone and the food choices were phenomenal.
Yoga in the morning at 8am was the perfect way to wake up followed by, the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. Every day is different food and it’s incredibly healthy and fresh, perfect way to start the day. Yoga in the evening at 4pm is a nice way to wind down before the family dinners.
I loved my experience here and would go back in a heartbeat
from Netherlands, July 2018
"Great week of relaxation and fun"
Great breakfasts, great people and social dinners, best views from the yoga shala!
from Australia, May 2018
"Great place for beach, yoga and surf"
The 2 couples that run Basecamp are really welcoming and make you feel right at home.
The included breakfast was always excellent (super lekker!) and the social dinners too - we went out every night except for one time when we got take-out (and that was the best food of all, from Akila).
The yoga - morning vinyasa and afternoon yin - is really good too, although given it's on the coast and outdoors, in Sri Lanka, you need to be prepared for the fact that it's hot and sweaty. You do sometimes get a breeze and the yoga deck has a lovely view across the bay, monkeys often pass by and even seem to stop and watch, and birds are chirping in the background too.
There are lots of options if you're not into the yoga, or between classes - various spots for surfing or surf lessons, different beaches and bays to visit (easy and cheap to get to by tuk-tuk), whale-watching (in season), national parks, cooking classes...
One thing to definitely be aware of - this is much more of a B&B with yoga, than a yoga retreat. I've done the latter before, but thoroughly enjoyed this too, and would definitely recommend Basecamp if you're after a beach-based B&B, with yoga.
from Italy, April 2018
I spent a perfect week in Basecamp!the team is so friendly and kind! Yoga lesson are really good organized and the teacher is amazing! my room was daily cleaned, and the breakfast are delicius!
from Great Britain, April 2018
"I couldn’t have choose a better place as a solo Traveller! "
I was a bit afraid ( since I am traveling alone) that I would be spending a lot of time on my own, but I was so lucky to meet great people with the best vibe and attitude ( I think this place attracts this kind of people) and other solo travelers and couples, the owners of the hostel just make it even easier for you, they organized social dinners and take you to the best restaurants, the team Is just amazing, super caring and helpful and the yoga is great! I already feel like I have improved only with in one week.
Is the place to be!
from United States, January 2018
Owners could not be any nicer - helpful, cool and friendly.
Ali the yoga instructor was AHHmazin’
Such a lovely bunch !
from Germany, March 2020
"Super Yoga Retreat"
Excellenter Yogaunterricht, super leckeres Frühstück.
from Netherlands, November 2019
"Perfect relaxed verblijf voor solo reiziger"
Basecamp biedt een ongedwongen relaxte plek, waar je andere reizigers kunt ontmoeten, lekker je eigen ding kunt doen of aansluiten bij anderen, heerlijk kunt ontbijten en ontzettende fijne yoga lessen kunt volgen. Voor mij boden ze het perfecte aanbod: twee yoga lessen per dag, heerlijk verrassend en gezond ontbijt, mogelijkheid om overdag met anderen erop uit te gaan maar niet aansluiten was ook prima, en mogelijkheid om in de avond met z’n allen uit eten te gaan. Daarbij was de kamer netjes, super schoon, net als de gedeelde badkamer en toilet. Ze (managers Hanneke en Thomas, host, en yogadocente) doen er alles aan om je gastvrij op te vangen en je te helpen bij iedere vraag. Thomas maakte iedere ochtend een heerlijk ontbijt klaar. De yogalessen van Carla waren ook echt goed. Een kundige, warme en oprechte vrouw, echt top. Kortom: ik ben helemaal tevreden, bedankt!
from Austria, April 2019
"BASECAMP feels like home"
My stay at Basecamp felt like renting out a house with a group of friends! There was a homy, comfy atmosphere from the start! Most beautiful yoga shala and great breakfast that varies everyday! Also it's perfect for traveling solo because there are social dinners every night with the lovely hosts.
from Switzerland, January 2019
"super start for vacations"
das personal war sehr freundlich und hilfs bereit!
es war für mich perfekt um in sri lank anzukommen, leute kennen zu lernen und extra tipps abzustauben.
die täglichen social dinners waren super und waren jedes mal sehr köstlich!
würde wieder dahin gehen!
from United States, January 2019
"Super nice people and the most epic yoga view!"
The rooms were always clean, super friendly staff, a yummy breakfast every day and the most amazing view from the yoga shala! I felt very well cared for and the owners gave me really helpful tips on trips and restaurants in the area. Loved everything about my stay!
from Germany, November 2018
Einfach alles. Die Lage war perfekt, ruhig gelegen und dennoch zentral. Man hatte Blick aufs mehr und das Camp war sehr sauber.
Die Organisation war sehr gut, man musste sich um nichts kümmern.
Die Yogalehrer und der Yogaspot waren der Wahnsinn.
Vielen Dank für diesen Urlaub:)
from Austria, March 2018
"Lovely place, great yoga"
Breakfest was great, every day a different delicious surprise. The yoga sessions were wonderful too. The staff is very friendly + competent. İt was the perfect yoga vacation
from Germany, February 2018
"Perfect stay with lovely hosts"
It was an awesome week in this little paradies. You feel like you are home, very personal atmosphere, overlooking the ocean and yoga class couldn't be better. The breakfast is delicious and changes everyday and it is easy to get in contact with each other as you always have the possibility to join the dinner in different places.