For those of you who have stayed with us in Kerala, India since 2010 you’ll know we go the extra mile to make your stay great. For those of you who haven’t stayed with us check our Trip Advisor Reviews for Sri Lanka from those who’ve come before you.

Are we a surf & yoga retreat?

We hope you know that we’ll deliver a stay which is informal enough for you to feel relaxed and at home but with enough organisation and structure to provide as much or as little for you to do as you fancy. We operate a sociable schedule and Soul & Surf is open to fellow travellers to join our yoga classes and enjoy our little cafe. That’s why we tend not to call ourselves a surf & yoga retreat, despite that being the current zeitgeist. We’ve been honing our skills at this kind of thing for years in Kerala in Sri Lanka and on Pop-Ups around the world. And most people seem to like it.

Your week with us starts on a Saturday and runs to the following Saturday. You’ll get the most from our surf and yoga programme if you follow this schedule, however if you can only commit a few days, let us know and we can work something out, just be aware that Saturday is a change over day and Wednesdays are a rest day, so there’s no lessons on those two days. Here’s what a typical day at Soul & Surf Sri Lanka will look like…”

A Typical Day at Soul & Surf Sri Lanka
6.00am Meet for Water & Bananas, yawn, stretch, wake up
6.15am Our Daily Yoga/Meditation/Pranayama Class
 7.45am A hearty, healthy group breakfast putting the world to rights
 8.45am Leave for your surf lesson or surf guide
 11.30am Surf Theory, 1:1 Yoga, Massage, swim, chat or snooze
 1.00pm Light Lunch
 3.30pm Cooking Demo, Surf Theory, 1:1 Yoga, Massage, swim, chat or snooze
4.45pm Head out for a sunset surf session
 7.15pm Meet for dinner, a drink and a good yarn.

This might sound pretty regimented. Trust us, that’s not how we roll. If you want to spend the day drinking Bloody Mary’s in the pool we won’t bat an eye-lid. Or if you want to spend the day careering from yoga to meditation to massage and back again we’ll make that happen too. It’s a broad church we run here.

Bringing The Kids?

We very much welcome families coming to stay with us and do what we can to make it affordable and workable with the kids. But we have to be realistic too, we’ve got a small number of rooms so we need to get income from them when they’re being used. So if we can add extra beds or a cot to your room we can keep things very reasonable, if the kids need their own room we have to charge the normal rate. We have a couple of rooms which are perfect for families who would like two linked rooms. See the rates on our What’s Included page.

We’re not allowed to recommend or offer baby-sitting or childcare as a service because our UK insurers advise us not to as the local mums from the village aren’t qualified, registered or insured. But we can introduce you to some of the Sri Lankan ladies from the local village that look after Ed & Sofie’s baby and our friends kids and if you feel comfortable you can arrange child-care, whilst you surf or practice yoga, directly with them at very reasonable rates.

We love the kids to join in with whatever we can reasonably allow them to do. Surfing is an inherently dangerous activity so we have to have some limitations, check them out on our What’s Included page. Talk to the yoga teacher when you arrive if you’d like your kids to try yoga. It has the be at the yoga teachers discretion and not to the detriment of our other yogis experience. There’s plenty of other stuff we can fully allow the kids to get involved with. See here for what else is available.

Guest Reviews

Back in Manchester now and its hard to believe two days ago i was swimming in an infinity pool overlooking Koggala lake, after an amazing surf followed by breakfast whilst watching monkeys swinging in the trees, looking forward to lunch, followed by a yoga session on the veranda, then another surf, a beer at the […]

David Phipps