Ayurvedic retreat in Sri Lanka

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Environment

The whole mission of our resort is to good - to our guests, team, environment, neighbours, community etc. Sri Lanka is now victim to a growing pace of deforestation. We undertake a huge effort to grow plant and tree species are currently Critically Endangered. We use a portion of our profits to buy these plants from the Sri Lanka Forest and Wildlife Preservation Dept and plant and grow them in our plantation. We also have an 'Adopt a Tree' program which enables are guests to join in. Additionally our maintenance team ensures that we do not drain out resources from mother nature by managing our waste and carbon emissions.
Our main efforts focus on:

1) Trees and Plants - we grow rare and Critically Endangered plants in our Plantation.

2) Animals - our garden is a haven for a number of wild and rare local and migrant birds. We maintain parts of our outer garden in its wild form to protect their habitat. Also growing of plants currently becoming endangered, support the maintenance of the eco system that surrounds them. A number of small animal species are also in the danger of extinction due to increasing rates of deforestation in Sri Lanka.

3) Water - The hotel and the gardens are maintained by natural spring water obtained from our own estate. We have four spring water wells which pumps water for our needs. Every effort is made to use the water carefully and we requests all our guests to work with us to preserve our environment.

4) Energy usage and carbon emission - We make compost out of waste material generated from the hotel kitchen and fallen branches and leaves in our plantation. This provides the fertilisation for our organic vegetable, fruit and spice garden and our plantation. Additionally we have a specially built wood burning stove which burn quickly and at high temperatures leaving little carbon emission. 95% of the light bulbs used are LED energy saving bulbs

Community

We are located in a rural village in Sri Lanka. Our Villa was originally built for the Village Chief there and it is the tradition in the villages where the Chief and the wealthy in the village look after the needy. We continue with this tradition at the Villa by funding and enabling all village community projects and activities, just to name a few:

1) Jobs - Majority of our staff in the plantation and hotel are from our village. Most of them have never worked before. We have provided them with inhouse training and provided jobs. We also provide educational programs for them to teach them how to manage their money, house-hold costs and help them save a portion of their salary. Most of our staff members never had a bank account before they joined and are unaware of how to handle money.

2) Local Schools - The local schools are basic and we provide them with any cash shortage to meet their bills (we pay their electricity bills), provide books/clothing/toys to the children on an annual basis and fund key projects in the school such as new buildings etc. We allow the chance for our guests to also visit the schools and join in with some of these projects either with time or funding. Some of our guests have provided books, computers and even built new bathrooms in the Schools.

3) Village Temple and Vocational Training Centres - The Villa profits contribute to renovation and maintenance of the temple. The temple pagoda in the next village was a donation by the Villa. We additionally have set up some vocational training centres such as computer centres, sewing courses etc to help provide vocational training to villages which will help them find jobs.

4) Product Sourcing - Whilst most of our food we serve in the hotel is grown in our own garden, we source other products from the village shops. Excess food from our plantation is donated to an Old People's Home - Mallika Home - in Colombo.

5) Local Culture and Village Environment - Our hotel is a retreat which tries to be in harmony with our environment. Therefore, we take utmost care to preserve the culture and environment of the village and to ensure that we do not upset the balance.

Reviews of Ayurvedic retreat in Sri Lanka

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I spent the first week on the Plantation, having treatments (massages), eating
healthy, well cooked food, doing yoga and relaxing by the pool. In the second
week I ventured out on a couple of trips to see the turtles and the elephants.
The staff were warm and welcoming as were the other guests.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for the Ayurvedic diet, it is different and can take some getting
used to. Be prepared to feel awful on some days, detoxing can be hard, but it is
worth it. Short visits are fine, I stayed two weeks and felt the benefits of the
second week, a third week would have been even better.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The hotel staff were all local, with interesting stories to tell and a caring attitude .

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A great retreat from the stresses and worries of every day life and a great place
to meet like minded travelers and make new friends.

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