Ready for Something Special?
Come to Sri Lanka this January to get your year started in high gear! Starting 14 January this 10-day yoga holiday is a complete reset, restore and relax remedy.
Ten days in Paradise to start your year off right. Our Sri Lanka escape is located in an exquisite setting in remote Southern Sri Lanka. Our home for the retreat is tucked away in a peaceful setting and just minutes away from sandy beaches. With attentive staff on hand to ensure your stay is comfortable, no detail has been spared in preparing for the retreat. **If you’re not able to join us for the full 10 days ask about 5- or 7-day packages.**
The name “Ratnakara” translates from ancient Sanskrit texts as “Indian Ocean.” This traditional colonial style house is situated in 1.5 Acres of tropical trees on a hillside overlooking a small and remote sandy bay close to the village of Dondra, the most Southerly point of Sri Lanka. The owners have paid excellent attention to detail in the construction of the property and sensitively included the local concepts and respected the Buddhist culture. This has created a incredibly peaceful space that is ideal for retreat.
January is a superb month to travel in Sri Lanka, with the beaches along the southern and western coast all expecting plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall throughout the month, and temperatures averaging at around 30 °C.
Direct flights to Colombo take 10.5 hours and Sri Lanka is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT. Colombo has a good network, with many large international carriers traveling direct. At time of posting (September) there are two daily direct flights for under £475.00.
Let us know arrival times so we can arrange transfers to the villa (approximately a 3 hour drive), the cost of this is approximately £80, so if we have all your arrival information well in advance we can arrange a mini bus.
Please make sure you arrange sufficient travel insurance insurance. This is a requirement of participating on this trip. It is advisable to check with your GP or local travel clinic on any vaccinations you may require.
Travel visas are available on arrival, but to save any delays you can do this online too. Visas cost $30 http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
8.00am Morning Yoga
10.30-1.00pm Free Time
2.00-6.30pm Free Time
6.30pm Evening Restorative/Yin Yoga
*Wednesday 20th will be a non-yoga day*
Morning and Evening Yoga Daily
Breakfast, lunch and dinner of fresh local foods – vegetarian or fish dishes – carefully prepared by local chefs
Accommodation in Single/Twin/Double Room as follows:
Amethyst – A ground floor bedroom that leads off from the main downstairs living room. Walk through dressing room into an outside bathroom, includes free standing bath and outside rain shower. The room is light and airy with its own private garden and a private patio over looking over the green lush land in front of the villa, though which you can see the secluded bay just 100m away. This room can be furnished for double or twin occupancy.
Amber – Enter the bedroom from the upstairs yoga shala. A walk through changing room leads to an open bathroom, with free standing bath looking out to the jungle and an outside rain shower. It has its own private balcony on one side with views looking to the green lush land in front of the villa, though which you can see the secluded bay just 100m away and views to the lily pond on the other side. This room can be furnished for double or twin occupancy.
Garnet – Enter the bedroom from the upstairs yoga shala. The bedroom has a large balcony that looks over the swimming pool and the views over the land to the sea, it has a walk through changing room leading to a large shower room. This room can be furnished for double, twin or triple occupancy. 2 Sapphire Enter this bedroom from large landing over looking the lily pond.
Sapphire – room is spacious looking over the lily pond and with a large balcony looking inland to the jungle and a shower room. This room can be furnished for double or twin occupancy. Sapphire and Emerald are connected by 2 interconnecting doors which when combined makes them an ideal suite for families/friends.
Emerald – Enter this bedroom from large landing over looking the lily pond. Emerald is a spacious room with views inland and onto the lily pond, it is the only room in the house not to have a balcony. This room can be furnished as twin occupancy. Sapphire and Emerald are connected by 2 interconnecting doors which when combined makes them an ideal suite for families/friends.
Flights to Colombo Airport
Transfers to/from Ratnakara
Optional Additional Trips/Activities
Price & Payments
10 Days Inclusive in Twin or Double Room: £1099
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT *Save £100* £999 before 1 December
***5 and 7-day options are available on request as well**
A deposit of 50% is required to secure your space. The deposit is non-refundable. The full balance is due 6 weeks prior to the retreat date. Cancellations prior to 6 weeks will receive a refund of monies paid, less deposit. Cancellation within 6 weeks of retreat date will receive a refund of monies paid, less deposit only if we can fill your space. If your space cannot be filled, no refund will be given. You can transfer your space to another guest at any time – though if we have arranged accommodation it will need to be a guest of the same sex to avoid rooming conflicts.
As well as trips to local towns such as Dondra, Matara and Galle and those further afield, such as Yala National Park, Kandy or Colombo, there are so many things to do locally during your stay. We can help you arrange Luxury Yacht Services, Stand Up Paddle Board, Massage, Surfing, Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Conservation, Tea Plantations, Ayruvedic treatments.
Dress & Details
Dress: Within the confines and privacy of the house feel free to relax in swim wear or yoga wear. However, it is advised whilst Sri Lanka is avery relaxed country, it also maintains conservative values on decency and as such you should cover up when going out. The house is in an area relatively untouched by tourism, so please me mindful of this when you venture into the local village.
Swimming and Local Beaches: The beach at the end of the garden is lovely and a great place to go snorkeling, however you should only swim here on calm days. Do not swim out of the bay where there can be very strong and dangerous currents. Talla beach is is a 5 min Tuk Tuk ride away and is a beautiful long beach with safe swimming all year round.
Electricity: The electricity supply in south SriLanka is unreliable. Power cuts are common between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. There are emergency lights in the house and candles or torches throughout the house.
Internet: There is free Wifi available throughout the villa, it is relatively reliable, however, as across much of Sri Lanka, there are times when due to low voltage or high use the connectivity can be variable. Laundry: Staff will be happy to fulfill any laundry requests, there are washing machines, ironing board and iron available.
Security: Security of valuables is entirely the responsibility of the individual. Safes are provided in each room. Individuals are asked to consider personal safety around the villa and around SriLanka as they would in any other country (for example, do not leave valuables on the beach within swimming in the sea, and be mindful when using public transport).
We look forward to seeing you in Paradise! To find out more and book your place email Jen now.