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8 Days Luxury Sri Lanka Soul Retreat: Discover and Explore Your Soul through Yoga & Adventure

The Coco Bay, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Luxury Women's Yoga Holiday in Sri Lanka

It’s time to take a break and discover more of who you really are in the stunning beach and tropical paradise of Sri Lanka, Unawatuna. Discover and explore your soul through a combination of pursuit activities, adventures, yoga, and delicious food. This retreat is hands-on filled with a refreshing activity-packed program that balance activity with relaxation catered to anyone. Not only will you be having an adventurous escape, but you will get to meet awesome like-minded people! Inner Seed's nurturing team work together to make sure that your entire experience is amazing. So whatever your level of yoga, you’ll feel totally restored by the end of your stay.

Meet the instructors

Laura-Helene
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Highlights

  • 2 daily themes yoga program
  • 45 minutes of Sarvangadhara therapy
  • Circles talks and meditation and farewell ceremony
  • Koggala tour, cycling, hiking, lagoon canoeing, and diving excursions
  • Daily breakfast and dinner as well as fresh mineral water and daily fruit platter
  • Transfers to and from the airport on recommended flight times
  • Exclusive use of luxurious boutique hotel facilities
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
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Accommodation

Coco Bay offers guests an experience that is intimate and personalized while providing the highest level of service. Each room is uniquely designed with an amazing sea view from every angle even while enjoying a bath in the Jacuzzi. The spacious balconies are ideal for sipping your evening cocktails while watching the magical sun sets and furnished with comfortable day beds and other designer furniture. Certain elements characterize them all - a beautiful natural location, outstanding facilities, exceptional service and a small number of rooms to ensure exclusivity and privacy of your stay.

Sea Escape Deluxe Rooms

The deluxe rooms are located on the first floor providing sensational views of the Indian Ocean from any part of the room, even while enjoying a Jacuzzi bath. All rooms are comfortably furnished with extra king sized double beds and designer furniture. The large balcony, ideal for sipping your favorite cocktail while watching magical sunsets are furnished with day beds and comfortable outdoor furniture with dining facilities.

Aqua Deluxe Rooms

In addition to all the facilities that are provided with the sea escape deluxe rooms, the aqua deluxe rooms include a private plunge pool with an amazing view of the ocean and a spacious private terrace.

Program

We all have those moments where we feel stuck in a situation where we see no way out, bored doing the same routine every day, or even frustrated at the world, right? Which is perfectly normal. It doesn’t mean that you hate your life, it just means that you suspect there is something more. Well, guess what, there is! This is your queue to find new connections, new adventures and new possibilities to grow within yourself. The truth is those possibilities are always within your reach. You may not be able to quit your job or develop new skills, but every day contains within it countless opportunities, all dictated by the choices you make.

The schedule

The schedule is the right balance of activity and relaxation, allowing you to settle in for a few days and then explore your adventurous journey through fun activities. You can join in with the group as much or as little as you like. If you need your own space, you can enjoy some surfing by the beach, mindful coloring or simply do some writing time in your journal. If you feel like a lazy day, stay by the beach in the pavilion gardens of the accommodation.

Note that the below program is optional, you do not have to take part in all of them. It’s all up to you. The hotel is also located five minutes away from the main “happening” district where you can enjoy some shopping, hippie coffee shops and yummy traditional restaurants by the beach.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Hatha Flow yoga with the sunrise
  • 07:45 Delicious breakfast served in the pavilion
  • Activities included below. You will have days to explore the beach, the towns, the markets, surf on the beach, enjoy your included excursions, have treatments and more.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yin restorative evening yoga class
  • 19:45 Delicious Sri Lankan meal served by the pavilion

The yoga

Inner Seed offers two yoga sessions each day, one morning and one early evening with Laura who is a senior yoga teacher and very much loved by the Adventure Yogi guests. She takes you on a journey that will release, soften and inspire. Each day is varied with a new theme, new body focus to ensure you have a truly relaxing experience, following an easy yogic flow. Laura will spend four weeks in India before the retreat to prepare a fresh and enlightening program catered to each one of you.

Yoga is for everyone, you don’t need to be an expert, nor be flexible. Each session includes the practice of pranayama (breathing exercises), asanas (seat, posture) and savasana (relaxation at the end of the class). The morning classes will be the Vinyasa Flow, a gentle practice of Hatha yoga which focuses on the synchronization of the breath (prana) with the postures (asanas). It is a dance of the asanas always in connection with breathing to calm the mind. Let the breath be your guide to liberate your mind and increase your inner peace, harmony, love, and joy.

Traditionally the evening classes are more soft, slow, Restorative or Yin yoga to integrate the day and prepare for a great rest for the night. Let yourself emerge into the flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy the breathing, and relax deeply your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind. Let yourself lead your own breath through a class full of regeneration, recreation, and calm.

Included excursions

Koggala Tour

Start your first excursion day with a short trip to Koggala Lagoon, where you will enjoy a boat ride to Cinnamon Island. Cinnamon has been big business in Sri Lanka since the 16th century. During your tour of the Island, you will get to interact with the locals, try your hands in cinnamon cultivating, and have a taste of their well-renowned cinnamon tea. The team will then accompany you to a local restaurant where you will have a traditional Sri Lankan lunch (vegan and vegetarian options are available).

After lunch, the team will take you along the coast for some beautiful and memorable photo opportunities of local fishermen and a lighthouse. The final stop of your tour is the famous turtle farm. There, the turtles are being protected and nurtured before being released into the wild. The tour will include feeding the turtles, interacting with them, a detailed explanation about the mission of the farm, and loads of great photo opportunities.

Cycling

The lagoon and village cycling tour goes at your own pace. You get off the beaten track with an easy 12-kilometer ride from approximately 2.5 to 3 hours depending on how comfortable you are and how fast you wish to cycle. You will get to experience the local biodiversity in Sri Lanka - mangrove forest, tropical palms, ferns and lots of coconut trees, and you will stop over at an ancient rock Buddhist temple.

Throughout this journey, you will pass through lush green paddy fields, a big part of people’s lives here in south Sri Lanka. After cycling around the lagoon, a short journey on the main road and a stop for a refreshing king coconut wind down your tour before you head back to the final destination.

Lagoon canoeing

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island blessed with hundreds of rivers, reservoirs, ancient canals and lagoons. This excursion will allow you to explore the natural beauty of the landscapes and the culture of the local people. During this leisure canoeing trip on this beautiful lagoon, canoeists can marvel at ever-changing landscapes and a fascinating variety of flora and fauna. Canoeing is the perfect way for you to appreciate the prolific wildlife including beautiful birds and breathtaking views of the surrounding mangrove forest as you paddle.

Hiking

This hiking journey starts 18 kilometers away from the beach of Unawatuna near a small village on the east side of Hayare rainforest. Prepare to get your feet dirty as this hike takes you through a narrow dirt path that goes around the rainforest. After nearly three hours of hiking, you can enjoy a nice cool dip in a waterfall with mesmerizing views of tea plantations and the surrounding area.

Diving

Challenge yourself and discover the beauty of what lies beneath the waters of Unawatuna. Enjoy the warm waters and feast your eyes on the colorful corals while diving with the many different species that inhabit the deep waters. Satisfy your adventurous side by doing a shipwreck dive where you can see the interesting remnants of the wreck like oil barrels, transmission parts and relatively intact parts of the great hull. You don’t have your diving license? Don’t fret you can still enjoy this amazing trip by doing a three-hour fun dive accompanied by a PADI certified dive master. You will swim with the warm current, dive around the coral reefs, and feed the fish from your own hands.

Instructors

Laura-Helene Kopinski

Retreat location

Sri Lanka

Serendipity, the discovery of beauty by coincidence or accident. It has been over 2,000 years that the beautiful island of Sri Lanka offers serendipity to visitors. With its beautiful landscapes, unspoiled golden beaches, an abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife, historic temples, a unique culture, and delicious exotic food, make this Island the chosen destination to disconnect from the world and connect with your inner self, inner soul.

Explore your resort

Greeted by the serene blue waters of the Indian Ocean, your relaxation begins the moment you arrive at the Coco Bay Unawatuna. This Boutique resort in south Sri Lanka ensures a matchless Experience with its obliging concierge and a breathtaking view of the ocean with its own exclusive beach and spectacular location to make your holiday in Sri Lanka a dream come true.

Unawatuna is a picturesque fishing village close to Galle and a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka, famous for its stunning coastline and corals. It is a suburb of Galle, about three kilometers southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometers south of Colombo.

Located on the quieter side of the famed Unawatuna beach away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist strip crammed with Unawatuna Hotels, the Coco Bay offers you a quiet and serene atmosphere with catamarans dotting the early morning sea, monkeys on trees and crabs on the beach to keep you company. It is in close proximity to some of the most amazing sightseeing locations in Sri Lanka.

The stunning Coco Bay provides a magnificent view of the Galle fort across the ocean and stunning sunsets. It is also located a few minutes away from the amazing Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its vibrant shops, bars, and restaurants for a quick stroll down these exciting cobblestoned streets.

Distances

  • Galle, 3 kilometers
  • Colombo, 108 kilometers

Food

Feed Your Soul

The ‘LA MER’ beach restaurant, located directly on a fabulous secluded beach in a splendid setting, is one of the highest rated Unawatuna restaurants. The LA MER beach restaurant at Coco Bay offers the best in fine dining Mediterranean cuisine including day’s fresh seafood, choice cuts of meat, authentic Italian pizza’s and pasta, French baguettes and innovative sandwiches. A wide variety of vegetarian dishes and authentic down south Sri Lankan cuisine is also on offer. You will not want to miss the delightful selection of desserts and a variety of international coffees and the best of Sri Lankan tea.

Vegan and vegetarian option are available

You will get to pre-order your breakfast and dinner plan so that your meals can be ready and served after your yoga practices.

Included meals

  • A wholesome breakfast for seven mornings of western or Sri Lankan style
  • Lunches included in Koggala and hiking excursions
  • Seven evenings of delicious Sri Lankan style or Western three-course meals
  • Welcome Sri Lankan dinner
  • Fresh mineral water and daily fruit platter

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Please note that the below offerings are not included in the price package. For inquiries and reservations, send an inquiry to Inner Seed and they will be happy to assist.

Galle’s status as Unesco's world heritage site means it is also sightseeing heaven with colonial heritage artifacts. Customized day trips can be arranged. The following sites can be visited:

  • Historical Galle Fort
  • The Jungle Beach
  • The Peace Pagoda
  • The Turtle Hatchery
  • The Tea Plantation
  • Cinnamon plantation
  • The Yatagala Temple (Old Temple)
  • Martin Wickramasinghe Museum
  • Maritime Archeology Museum
  • Jungle beach which is in walking distance is amazing for snorkeling with clear blue waters and many species of tropical fish
  • Snorkeling gear available for hire
  • Surfing and surfing school for beginners - With its rolling waves the sea in front of the resort is ideal for soft surfing. Inner Seed team has selected a safe and approved company which is recommended on Trip Advisor and offers private surf lessons and five day, three day and daily surfing packages. Boards available for rent.

Spa treatments

Massage

Every guest will get a 45-minute Sarvangadhara therapy during the retreat. Sarvangadhara is an anointing of the whole body. Two therapists apply five quarts of warm herbal oil in gentle continuous streams over the whole body. The client assumes a series of six easy lying and sitting positions. After one hour the skin is toweled off thoroughly. The flow of warm oil gently washes away tension accumulated over years of stress. Habitual patterns of holding vital energy deep inside feel opened and soothed.

What's included

  • Exclusive use of luxurious boutique hotel facilities
  • Transfers to and from the airport on our recommended flight times
  • A choice of single or sharing room
  • Daily themes yoga program: 90 minutes sunrise and 90 minutes sunset
  • Circles talks and meditation
  • 45 minutes of Sarvangadhara therapy
  • All listed included activities mentioned above
  • A wholesome breakfast for seven mornings of western or Sri Lankan style
  • Lunches included in Koggala and hiking excursions
  • 7 evenings of delicious Sri Lankan style or Western three-course meals
  • Welcome Sri Lankan dinner
  • Farewell ceremony
  • Fresh mineral water and daily fruit platter

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and any drinks
  • Excursions not mentioned in the list

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The Airport you need to fly into is Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo (CMB). Inner Seed team will advise you accordingly on recommended flights from wherever you are. Free airport pickup will only be on the first. If your flight arrives before/after these timings, then you should arrive at the hotel with your own transport. Airport drop off: A bus will be taking everyone on the last day.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Friday November 8, 2019
Departure: Friday November 15, 2019

Pricing information

The prices below include an early bird discount. To benefit, book or reserve before August 1, 2019.

The default currency is the United Arab Dirham (AED). The prices are as follow:

  • Single occupancy rate in the Sea Escape Deluxe Room: 8,000 AUED
  • Double occupancy rate in the Sea Escape Deluxe Room: 6,000 AED per person
  • Suites rooms available for 3 people upon request. Please enquire for more info

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