Like so many before us we fell in love with Sri Lanka’s surf, culture, food & climate on our regular jaunts from the original Soul & Surf in Kerala, India. So in 2015 we began offering year round surf & yoga holidays here in Sri Lanka offering our guests a glimpse into the tropical soulful surfing life that we cherish so much.
Folks tend to call us a surf & yoga retreat, we’re not so sure. A retreat sounds quiet and serious, we’re a little more relaxed than that. But, a Sri Lanka surf camp? We’re a little more sedate than that. We offer a particularly special and, well, erm, soulful surf, yoga & therapy experience for our guests.
With more experts on hand than most and more attention to detail than many, we really hope you’ll get what you need. Be it relaxation, progression or rehabilitation. To meet new people, to hang with your loved one, or to hang with the family. Or, of course, to just laze in the pool with a drink. We’re not too serious and definitely not too worthy… But we do have a whole heap of life-affirmingly brilliant people on our team making it happen who you might like to get to know while you’re here.
Due to Covid-19 we were forced to leave the Sri Lanka property we’ve occupied for the last five years or so. We’ve used the time wisely and re-evaluated what we offer and… pivoted. We realised the all-inclusive weekly retreats we ran in Sri Lanka didn’t suit all of our guests. We listened.
From winter 2021 we are offering two kinds of holiday.
Use the Read More below to find out which is right for you.
BOUTIQUE BEACH-FRONT HOTEL | BED & BREAKFAST. YOU CHOOSE THE REST
|Year-round – opens October 15th|
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HILLTOP ECO-LODGE | LUXURY SURF & YOGA RETREAT
|October – March|
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Whichever option you go for, you’ll be getting the same amount of love from us. Our beach-front bed & breakfast hotel is right on the shoreline and is simple and flexible, encouraging you to custom build your holiday as short or long as you want – adding surf, yoga, massage and meals as you see fit. Our hilltop luxury surf & yoga retreat on the other hand is just 10 mins inland on a tea estate and has everything you could possibly need, all taken care of by us and included in the price – in jaw-dropping, tranquil, hilltop surroundings.
Interested in knowing more about the area? Download our Sri Lanka guide >
If these two choices aren’t quite enough for you, our four-bedroom jungle villa – Awimbawei House – is also available to rent year-round. The villa is an open-plan modern tropical building nestled deep in the jungle, yet only 8 minutes from the coast and 10 minutes from the nearest town, Ahangama.
Designed by Soul & Surf founders, Ed & Sofie, the building is an exercise in indoor/outdoor living, looking out over and surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells of jungle whilst being clean, simple and comfortable.
For more info and to book, check it out on Airbnb.
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’ve been honing our skills at this kind of thing for years, not just here in Sri Lanka but in Kerala, Portugal and at our Pop-Ups around the world too.
We surf stunning palm-fringed beaches and reefs in and around Ahangama each morning and afternoon. We put ourselves back together with meditation classes, massage and yoga classes each day. We eat healthy, hearty sunshine food to fuel busy bodies. But above all we bring together a brilliant group of people – both our guests and the families that make up our Soul & Surf team – to make it truly special.
We’re not a serious, pious yoga & meditation retreat or a macho, strict-regimented activity holiday, or a grotty bunk-bed surf camp. Do as little or as much as you want to, no pressure. Some guests surf and spend the rest of the day hanging out, having coffees, chats and putting the world to rights; some just come for the yoga, meditation or massage; some surf as much as they possibly can; some come to just hang out, eat cake, drink coolers, sunbathe and enjoy the welcoming community Soul & Surf vibe.
Need more info on why you should stay with Soul & Surf? Luckily Ed wrote a thing…
As we are near to the southern tip we escape the full monsoon that rages elsewhere in Sri Lanka which means we’re open all year round. But be prepared, in the wetter season of May to November we do experience some heavy tropical showers mixed with bright sunshine, and some wilder seas making this time of year more suitable for either beginners (on our sheltered beaches) or experts (at the few reefs and points that handle the swell). In the drier season from November to May there are more sunshine days and cleaner surfing conditions but bigger crowds. We love both but the choice is yours.
For more details check our two current Sri Lanka offers: Bed & Breakfast. You choose the rest & Luxury Surf & Yoga Retreat. And for info about our Covid protocols and bringing the kids, click the Read More below.Read More
The c-word. It has changed the whole world, and forced many of us to re-think habits and routines we wouldn’t once have thought twice about. Anyone remember hugs & handshakes? We have always taken cleanliness and hygiene seriously at our hotels, but in light of Covid-19, we have created our own internal protocol that meets both Sri Lankan and international guidelines.
For more info, please read our company Covid-19 page.
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. 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’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 directly with them at very reasonable rates whilst you surf or practice yoga.
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. 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.Read Less