Guest Reviews from India & our previous Sri Lanka Pop-Ups

So, I think you get the gist of it by now. Winter 2015, was our first full season in Sri Lanka. But we’ve been running one offs and Pop-Ups in Sri Lanka for three years now and have a whole heap of happy customers who can help ease your fears that Soul & Surf might be a bunch of weirdos who wouldn’t know a good surf & yoga holiday if it jumped out and bit them on the bum.

We’ve got reviews galore from our place in Kerala, India which will give you a good idea of what we’re about. Plus a newly set up Trip Advisor listing for our place in Sri Lanka that you can check out below. Then keep scrolling to see some genuine emailed testimonials from guests of our previous Sri Lanka Pop-Ups.

Soul & Surf on Trip Advisor




Exceeded expectations

Jennifer Russell Mar 18 2015

The S&S team were awesome, so warm & friendly to the point that they almost felt like they were guests too!  While still keeping us super organised.  The villa team were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble & they didn’t stop smiling!

The surf lessons were great! Adam was so good at explaining everything & was super patient with us all.  I felt like I improved a little bit every day. The yoga was so good!  I would never have believed Rachel had only just qualified in December.. she’s such a natural born teacher, I came away with loads of little tips & tricks!

The villa was absolutely stunning! And the food & drink was top notch every time.. especially the sri lankan breakfasts & friday night seafood BBQ.

I was looking for a relaxed week away, but with a bit of activity.. soul & surf delivered on all accounts & then some.  I came away feeling super relaxed & having made some amazing memories, it was a completely hassle-free week thanks to the most attentive & friendly staff.  I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

almost perfect!

Brooke Belton Feb 28 2015

I loved every single minute of every single day. The hosts Adam & Rachel were amazing. They are both very friendly, approachable, happy, positive & willing to interact with us all. Nothing was ever a problem for them. Adams teaching style for surfing was patient & thorough while still being funny & entertaining. Rachel is also positive, calm & has plenty of tips to help. I will continue to surf & do yoga after their encouraging introductions.

The house was a great location. Away from the business of the tourist spots.  It was like a home away from home but better. Waking up in a peaceful setting, room to move in a big house without feeling like you’re stepping on anyones toes. It wasn’t a problem to travel to the surf or lunch or anywhere else as it was all arranged for us. My room was lovely too. Big enough to do my workout in anyway!

I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family. Without a doubt!

Special mention to Jill & Raf being so amazing too. It worked out really well that they were there for the week as they bought a much needed, good balance to the group dynamic as they are super positive & happy.

I really enjoyed the amount of activity included each day with the two surf sessions & yoga. It was nice that it was stressed to us we could do as much or as little as we wanted each day. Having the option to do everything was awesome & something I took advantage of.  If anything was to change it would be to have yoga earlier in the day, say before lunch.

The stay exceeded my expectations. A huge thank you to everyone at Soul & Surf. There are not enough positive things I can say about you guys.

Very smiley, happy Sri Lankans

David Phipps Feb 16 2015

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 beach, then dinner prepared beautifully by very smiley, happy Sri Lankans,

And i did this every day for two weeks !!!

Many thanks to Ed, Sophie, Adam and Rachel for looking after me and laughing at all my jokes !!

The Team was Great!

Anne Jacobsen Feb 15 2015

I really enjoyed my stay and had a great time. The Team was great- the team who took care of the house and the food was always lovely and helpful. Sometimes it was a bit hard to communicate in english, but we´ve solved everything. And Adam and Rachel were great hosts- they are really lovely people.

The Surf lessons with Adam were great. He explained everything very well and even if it was sometimes exhausting, we always had fun and he always motivated us to move on.

And the Yoga classes were nice- space was a bit limited, but Rachel managed to calm us down.

The Food and drinks were great- every day it was delicious and plenty of all. And the atmosphere was great- we were a group of all kind of people, but we got along very well and it was really relaxed. I Would Definitely recommend you to friends!

It’s the Soul & Surf magic

Emma Peil Feb 20 2014

I got back from my holiday at Soul and Surf on Monday (still slightly in shock to be back in the cold and rain!).  I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone there for making it such a brilliant week and to let you know how awesome all the staff are (I’m sure you know already!).

A holiday of sunshine, relaxing, great food, meeting brilliant people, and enjoying the challenge of learning to surf was exactly what I needed to lift me out of the rut I was stuck in.  It helped me get some sleep, some distance, and to focus on looking after myself.  I’ve come back feeling like myself again for the first time in over 6 months; people are even commenting how much healthier and better I seem (of course I’ve been telling them it’s the Surf and Soul magic and they should check out your website!).

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place to be.  So thank you, and thanks to all the staff for making it me feel so welcome and well looked after.

best vacation ever

Richard & Sherie Stoner Feb 16 2014

We are back in Mumbai (albeit briefly until LA) and already miss Sri Lanka.  What a lovely place you and Ed selected and we feel privileged to have been able to spend some time there.

We want to thank you, Ed, Lucy, Josh and the staff at the House for one of the best vacations we have ever had.  You have really put together a fantastic experience for all your guests in Sri Lanka.  It was a lovely group we shared that experience with.  We are already talking about when we can return in the coming seasons.

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