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“I wish I were back there!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Dambulla
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“I wish I were back there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

I stayed at Ulpotha for one week at the beginning of their winter season and it was just what I needed. Since returning, I've found it difficult to describe to friends what Ulpotha is exactly. It's more than just a retreat or an eco-lodge, and there is so much thought and care put into the whole project and Ayurvedic center.
I met some wonderful fellow guests, spent a lot of time getting to know kitchen staff there who were wonderful (I'm in the restaurant business, so I like to hang out in kitchens), and felt all the previous year's stress fall off my shoulders each day. It really set the tone for the rest of a fantastic trip alone in Sri Lanka and helped me to rediscover the basic essence of yoga that had eluded me for some time.

I plan to return for a longer stay in the future when I can get away to that part of the world again!

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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I have been to Ulpotha twice and I hope to go there again and again. The food is the best I've ever had and the atmosphere is incredibly healing. The lake is divine, and the yoga classes, ayurvedic treatments give you the true meaning of good health.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

It is hard to know where to start in my review of Ulpotha and my two week yoga holiday in the beautiful village. The whole holiday was more than I ever expected in terms of the location, the accommodation, the food and of course, the yoga!

The traditional working Sri Lankan village is in a stunning location that is nothing short of magical. Boulder-like mountains encompass the area, and an absolutely stunning freshwater lake provides the perfect place to sit and relax as well as to swim and cool off throughout the day. There is no electricity and mobile reception is scant, so it is actually posisble to switch off and unplug completely while staying in Ulpotha.

The communal meals are delicious and made with love- mostly all vegan, and all vegetarian, I was very impressed with the quality and love with which it was made. I even had a chance to hang out in the kitchen one morning and was amazed at how such delicious food was made using just a fire-lit stove top.

As well as doing yoga twice a day, it is possible to take long walks or bike rides through the village, or to do traditional ayurveda detox treatments. Included in the package is also a weekly massage from very good therapists.

We did a day trip to the dea and a half day trip to a nearby (ish) former monastery which were nice escapes frfom the village. I was also lucky to experience a traditional Sri Lankan wedding which was nothing short of amazing to experience.The delightful host Suzi looks after your every need an ensures everything runs smoothly and that evereyone is happy and comfortable.

Ulpotha is an inspiring place, and even if you are not into yoga, it is worth staying in Ulpotha to completely switch off and relax.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Ulpotha is a magical place. It is meant to be basic living in nature, eco friendly, an escape from the city but it was all this and more. The rooms were simple mud huts, breezy, comfortable and you sleep and wake as nature intended. Daily yoga and ayuveda treatments were second to none and the food was simply delicious!! Ulpotha isn't easy to find, so requesting a transfer directly from Ulpotha is recommended. Words can not justify the experience at Ulpotha. If you're ready to look in and start taking care of yourself, Ulpotha is highly recommended. Be prepared to leave a whole new person.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

I have stayed in Ulpotha for a Yoga Retreat and an Ayurvedic Treatment for the first week of August. This is heaven on earth. Where you swim with the fishes in the silky lake, take your shower watching the monkeys, eat the amazing fresh vegetarian food, have the massages of a lifetime and renew your self mindfully and physically. I feel so happy now that I can not wait to go back. If you practice Yoga this is your heaven and if you dont then there is the wonderful nature hikes, tree and lake houses to enjoy your book, make many new best friends. You sleep in mud huts wtih the breeze coming from the jungle or the paddy fields and bringing you the most vivid dreams. Ulpotha is out of this world.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

You have to be prepared to go here, and be ready to really embrace the lifestyle. A five star resort it is not.
Fantastic food. Great Ayurvedic treatments.
Great wildlife around...too much for some. Beautiful butterflies, dragon flies. Some fantastic views to take in.
You get a lot out of removing yourself from a city existence and experiencing this more back to basics lifestyle. It feels like you are getting a very authentic sense of the place.
Do bear in mind the Mosquitos will get you, take insect repellant, allergy tablets and bite cream! Also a torch!

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  • Stayed March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

It's been 4 months since I stayed at Ulpotha, but its wonderful effects continue. Ulpotha is a restorative experience. It is a place of warmth, friendliness and caring. It's so good knowing that there is a place like Ulpotha in our world. Just go.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ulpotha Village, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'The best yoga retreat in the world', according to the Observer, Ulpotha is a beautiful private eco-hideaway open to guests for part of the year; a place of total peace, where you can experience the warm, generous and gentle hospitality Sri Lankans love to offer. This oasis of tranquility is a traditional working village cradled on one side by low mountains and a lotus ringed lake, and on the other by emerald green paddy fields. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ulpotha Hotel Embogama
Ulpotha Spa Embogama

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