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"One of the world's best yoga retreats" according to The Guardian, 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. World renowned for its elegant barefoot luxury and sustainable chic, Ulpotha offers fun-filled two week yoga retreats with top international teachers throughout its winter and summer seasons. Complemented with traditional Ayurveda treatments, off-grid relaxation, free massages with outstanding visiting therapists, forest walks, boating, swimming, cycling, exploring, excursions to Sri Lanka's splendid cultural heritage sites, your stay at Ulpotha can be a life-changing experience. Just read the reviews!
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Ulpotha Village 21100 Sri Lanka
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Nothing contrived about Ulpotha. Food, setting and yoga make up to a unique experience. The villagers make the stay so hospitable and Suzi runs the programme with amazing attention to detail. Ulpotha surprises you wonderfully.
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Ahhh Ulpotha! Where do I even begin... I’ve been to many yoga retreats around the world from Bali to Byron Bay to the French country side. I’ve also travelled around Sri Lanka extensively. I actually own a luxury travel agency in Sri Lanka so I’ve had more than my fair share of
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Responded Sep 7, 2018
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we sincerely hope we can welcome you back very soon. Until then, be well and best wishes from myself and all the villagers.
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Friendly people, an eco and ethical paradis in the jungle. Yoga classes were very good, the food super diverse et and delicious ! :)Thank you to all the villagers and happy staff. I wish i could go back and miss it already!
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From the moment I arrived at Ulpotha (a which point it was absolutely tipping it down and this didn't matter!) I felt like I had been transported away from real life. Firstly the welcome I received from the wonderful and always helpful Suzi put me totally at ease. The beautiful
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Ulpotha takes you to another time and place where you can rediscover the simplicity of being. Wonderful on your own (my favorite) but also many people came as a couple or with a friend and even a family and everyone seem to love their time there. Very special place.
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mijn jungle bed...inslapen met in de verte wat licht van een olielamp en wakker worden met de opkomende zon en de geluiden van de apen, kikkers, eekhoorntjes en andere jungle dieren
Hi there, Thank you for your inquiry about holidays at Ulpotha in Sri Lanka, via Trip Advisor. Please note that our retreats run from Sunday to Sunday, therefore, to best benefit from the Yoga foundation teachings, it would be best for you to arrive, on Sunday 1 January rather than on the 2nd (1-8 Jan.). If this is not possible, or if you prefer other dates, please let me know. For more information, with our calendar of holidays, our Ayurveda programs and the cost, you may like to visit our "Rates & Dates" page on our website. Frequently Asked Questions Please feel free to visit our website where you will find most of the answers to your questions. If after reading this FAQ page some information is still unclear to you, please feel free to get back to me. I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, the very best way possible. AYURVEDA Re-the Ayurveda, as per today, I'm afraid that our little clinic has now reached its maximum capacity during this period, therefore, I'm afraid that we won't be able to offer you some treatments, but I will you on a waiting list, for the moment in case our Doctor Srilal can fit you whiles at Ulpotha. I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Because our programmes are short by Ayurveda standards (anything less than three weeks is ‘short’), we do the basic preparatory, inhalation and purgation treatments which involves oil application to the body, herbal baths, steam baths, saunas, inhalation, rice milk packs and facials; in short, you’ll feel pampered. The programmes are a great detox and, combined with the yoga and Ulpotha’s delicious food, leave one feeling very relaxed, toned and cleansed. Please keep in mind that short treatments, which are essentially preparatory in nature, are similar regardless of your dosha type. Dr. Srilal leaves a couple of days for the guests to acclimatise, before starting a treatment. Therefore, with a 1 week stay, you can have a 5 day Ashinsanaya (Benediction) Ayurveda package at USD-$300. YOGA We have guests coming with all different levels, some are beginners. Our retreat has a capacity of 20 guests when full, which allows the yoga teacher to pay special attention to the guests so all can enjoy and follow the class at their own rhythm. Our yoga classes begin in the evening of the first Sunday of a retreat and end with the evening class on the final Saturday of the retreat, leaving you time to pack before departure on the Sunday at 10:30 am. There is no Yoga, on the afternoon of the 1/2 day excursion trip (week one of the retreat), nor on the day of the excursion trip during week two. I’m happy to confirm that we still have one very last space for a 1 week holiday, from the 1 to the 8 January 2017, for one person. * As this is our very last spot left, with still too many demands for the offer, to avoid any disappointment, I suggest that your reconfirm your dates and secure your booking, with me, within 24hours! IMPORTANT If your arrival flight is prior to your starting date at Ulpotha or late at night (close to midnight or thereabout or in the very early hours of the morning), we kindly request you to check into a hotel close to the airport and we will have you picked up after your breakfast (9 -9.30 am), and bring you to Ulpotha in time for lunch. In such a case, please inform us of your hotel details once you have made the booking. So the best way to proceed is for you to book a flight that lands on Sunday morning, in the Colombo Bandaranaike International airport, also known as the Kutayanake airport (3 hours drive from Ulpotha). COST The cost for a 1 week holiday during High Peak, from the 1 to the 8 January is USD-$1,750/per person. *(with a 5 day Ashinsanaya (Benediction) Ayurveda package at USD-$300, the total cost is USD-$1,770/per person). INCLUDED & EXCLUDED Included in the cost are: · accommodation on a shared basis · all meals, snacks, drinks · two Yoga classes a day (except on arrival – evening class only, departure and excursion days · a one-on-one consultation with our resident Ayurveda doctor · an excursion once a week (1/2 day excursion during Week 1 + a full day during the Week 2) · a one-hour massage per 7 nights' stay · laundry service · the use of bicycles, hot water bathing area · taxes Since gracious and priceless hospitality is what Ulpotha offers, tipping is not accepted and there are no additional service charges. Not included are: · travel costs to and from Ulpotha, · insurance, · Ayurveda treatments · entrance fees to cultural sites, outside meals . any additional massages guests may wish to book with the respective therapists. These can be arranged with the therapist subject to availability at USD-$80/per hour and paid in cash in USD., Sterling pounds, Euros or in Sri Lanka Rupees to Nirosha in Ulpotha directly. A Typical Day at Ulpotha: 7-7:30: Tea and fruit 8 - 9:45: Yoga 10 - 12:30 Time is yours for massages and Ayurveda treatments, swimming and just relaxing 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 14:00 - 15:45 Time is yours for massages and Ayurveda treatments, swimming and just relaxing 16:00 Tea & snacks 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga 19:30 - 20:00 Dinner BOOKING INFO: To book please copy and paste the questions below into a reply email and answer them as best you can: 1. Full names of each guest, Male, Female: 2. Date of birth of each guest: 3. Telephone contact details: 4. Passport number: 5. Nationality: 6. Dates of your arrival and departure from Ulpotha: 7. Accommodation Type, for 2 persons booking together and sharing their hut (Double bed OR Twin beds): 8. Whether you want an Ayurveda supplement or not, and if so for how many days: 9. If you have already reserved flights to Sri Lanka or not, and if so give flight details: 10. If you will be already in Sri Lanka and coming to Ulpotha by any other means, what are they and do you need directions? 11. Where did you hear about Ulpotha?: 12. Please inform us, before your arrival at Ulpotha, if you have any medication that you request to be refrigerated: PAYMENT: The easiest way to pay is by bank transfer. If you prefer to pay by credit card please let me know and we will send you a PayPal payment request. Please note that there is a 5% surcharge for payments by credit card. Our bank details are: Bank: HSBC Branch: Kings Road Branch Address: 76-78 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4TZ. United Kingdom. Account Name: EAST POLE FOUNDATION T/A ULPOTHA USD Current Account #: 73864715 IBAN: GB48MIDL40051573864715 BIC: MIDLGB22 SORT: 400515 Currency: USD Please note that transfers must be made NET of all charges (ie. the transferor needs to pay all charges). Please enter your name clearly in the reference field when making a bank transfer. This is particularly important if your transfer is coming from any person/organisation other than yourself (ie: your company or a third person). On reception of your payment we will send you a confirmation of your booking. DEPOSIT:A 20% non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days to confirm your booking, the full amount is due 8 weeks in advance. For bank transfers you may wish to transfer the complete amount in one go to save on the bank charges. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: We will arrange for a driver to collect you at the Colombo Bandaranaike International airport, also known as the Kutuyanake airport (3H. drive, from us), upon arrival and we will return you to the airport or drop you to your next destination after your stay with us. The cost of a taxi to Ulpotha from the Airport is USD-$100 on a single basis and USD-$115 on a sharing basis (max 2 guests per booking/taxi), each way. Our Check-in time is 12:00 (noon) – Check-out is 10:30 am. YOUR VISA: Please note all tourists arriving in Sri Lanka need to apply online for their entry visas before arrival at their website. The entire process is contained online - you apply for it (please make sure that you enter your personal email address), pay for it and receive confirmation online. You can also get it through travel agents and embassies/consulates. *VERY IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 180 days before your date of entry into Sri Lanka otherwise you will be refused entry into the country. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a nice day, Sylvie Ulpotha Ulpotha Watta Embogama Nr Galgamuwa Kurunegala District Sri Lanka Mobile: +94 (0) 773507088 (In Sri Lanka) Skype: UlpothaVillage WhatsApp & Viber (Calls & Sms): +94 (0) 77 3507088 Calls from Europe can be made to the following local UK number +442081233603 and are transferred free of charge to our booking office in Sri Lanka. Please note that Sri Lanka is 5 1/2 hours ahead of GMT.
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Hi Stella, Thank you for your inquiry about the holidays at Ulpotha, in Sri Lanka. Stella, please note that children are very welcome to stay with us and they usually enjoy the freedom that Ulpotha offers, but please note that there are no special facilities, for children, or nannies, nor do we cater for them especially. 6 years ol is fine, as long as your son respects the other guests who come to our retreat for a peaceful holiday. Also how far in your pregnancy will you be, and when are you planning to stay, with us? Also, for your info, please note that the closest and best hospital to us is in Colombo, a 4 hour drive, from us. I will send you more information, together, with the cost as soon as you confirm your dates with me. In the meantime, for more information, together, with our calendar of holidays, together, with the programs 2016-17, and the cost, you may like to visit our 'Rates and Dates' page, on our website. I'm happy to confirm that we still have some availability, for a 1 week (USD-$1,470/per adult), or, a 2 week holiday (USD-$2,940/per adult), during our Summer season 2016, from June 12 to August 21, as well as during our Winter season 2016 -17, from November 13 to April 2, for you and your son. Your son will come at 50%. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a nice day, Sylvie - Ulpotha
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Hi May, Thank you for your inquiry about holidays at Ulpotha in Sri Lanka, via Tripadvisor. As per my previous message, I have already confirmed to you the availability, for a 2 weeks stay, form March 1 to 15 march 2015. Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you. Warm regards, Sylvie Ulpotha
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"they are all amazing and unique!"
"All the huts are gorgeous and comfortable with everything you need for a wonderful stay."
"Not sure about the name or number of our hut, but we felt it was the perfect hut for us in the perfect location on the property."
"I loved our hut overlooking the paddy fields, but it is very loud at night so for a light sleeper I would recommend ear plugs..."
"I lucked out and had a room to myself but all the rooms are different, unique and quite luxurious because fo this. "
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