I was new to ayurveda and in fact new to holidays that didn't involve hectic itineraries and lots of monuments and museums. After 10 days at Barberyn I'm a total convert and looking forward to going back every year while my legs can carry me.
The whole resort is set up for ayurveda and work together perfectly. As soon as the doctor prescribes a treatment, the restaurant and health centre staff know about it, and even the cleaners seem to know and prepare your room accordingly. That said, if you're not doing the ayurveda treatment, this probably isn't the hotel for you.
Amazing location right on the beach, and a beautiful beach at that. Ocean front rooms are literally just that - I could have thrown a chair off my balcony and hit the water. The plethora of locals selling tours and sarongs can be annoying at times, but they're friendly enough and tend to move on once they realise you're not buying.
I stayed in an ocean front room and these were very well done and worth the extra money compared to the cheaper rooms which were at the back of the hotel. Lots of natural woods, high ceilings, comfy beds. No TV or minibar, but these don't really fit the ayurveda experience anyway. No a/c, which was missed on some of the hotter nights, but the ceiling fan combined with the open doors was good enough to let the breeze through.
Treatments were excellent and all of the heath centre staff were incredibly attentive and very sweet. Food was all vegetarian, buffet lunch and half dinners (other half of the dinners were set menu). Huge variety in the buffets and delicious - I've never been into vegetarian but these guys know how to make it tasty. I ate like a pig but still lost weight!
Also on offer are tai chi, yoga for beginners and experienced, buddhist meditations, cooking classes, and excursions to nearby sights. All at no extra charge.
I came away feeling completely relaxed and refreshed. Can't recommend the resort, the location, the staff or the ayurveda experience enough, especially for those like me with busy jobs and annoying blackberries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Find your self and heal your body, mind, and spirit in the holistic experience of Ayurveda, meditation and yoga, in this unique property overlooking the ocean. Join like-minded guests at the original home of Sri Lanka Ayurveda in Beruwala. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Hotel Beruwala
- Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort Sri Lanka/Beruwala