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The retreat is focussed on weight loss because if you’re carrying many extra pounds, you face a higher-than-average risk of a whopping 50 different health problems! You will have daily yoga, meditation, ayurvedic treatments and medicine to aid weight loss. You will also get healthy fresh nutritious food which is delicious and filling but still will help you shed the pounds! Additionally, you will receive three fitness classes per week with our world class fitness instructor who will help you workout in a fun way! We will also teach you techniques to follow to practice at home to continue your weight loss even after you leave us. The Plantation Villa is a place where life in nature, fresh air, nutrition, and herbal medicines combined with mindfulness techniques of yoga and meditation with personalized service, Plantation Villa offers a haven for guests to relax in and focus on their well-being. The Retreat Centre enjoys fabulous guest reviews and is focused on offering a personalized service to all who stay with us.
As an eco-friendly Retreat Centre, we work tirelessly for the sustainment of our environment and the village people. The centre employs local staff and funds numerous village community establishments such as the village temples and schools. The Centre Supports its own charity, The Metta Trust and guests get an opportunity to join in the charity activities.
The villa is a colonial home, approximately 150 years old. It was the house of the village chief - and it now converted to consists of a living room, dinning hall, veranda and open living area all renovated in end 2015/2016.
The property consists of the main Villa and the Lodge, each about 2 minutes walking distance from each other. The Lodge is the original house of the first occupier of this colonial treasure. With time, their son built a bigger home to house his expanding family. This is the Villa.
The Villa consists of 8 rooms (2 Suite Rooms and 6 Deluxe Rooms) and the Dining Hall, Lounge, Verandahs and Spa. The Lodge consists of 6 Standard rooms and an open Verandah. Both the Villa and the Lodge were renovated in end 2015/2016 and is decorated to contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property and to meet our guest comforts and modern needs. Rooms are beautifully completed with luxury bathrooms.
Each guest has an initial consultation on their first day. This consultation gathers a holistic understanding of our guest covering physical ailments, areas for stress for the mind, lifestyle, and wellness objectives or requirements.
Daily schedule/itinerary (Please note this is only an indicative itinerary as timing and durations can change with each retreat or guest)
Milan was trained as a Hatha yoga teacher over 20 years ago, and certified by the Yoga Alliance in USA. His focus is primarily in the Viniyoga style, a fluid, accommodating style which starts with the breath and ends with the breath. It flows from one asana to the next, the muscles are coaxed towards each asana with several repetitions before a calming hold. Therapeutic in nature, this is a style anyone can achieve to perfection, for the perfection of each pose lies within each individual body. He also teaches Kundalini and meditation. He believes in the healing nature of yoga and mindfulness.
Mujith was trained in Hatha yoga and has been teaching yoga for over a decade. Studied under the Sri Lankan Yoga Foundation, his focus is primarily on toning and strengthening the body along with improving flexibility. His practice flows from one asana to the next, and at each stage, multiple options can be given to accommodate varying abilities of the class attendees, from beginners to advanced yoga practitioners. He conducts group classes as well as individual classes during retreats. He believes in the healing nature of yoga and Ayurveda, and is a regular meditation practitioner.
The property is located in a small village called Nehinna, 80 km away from the capital city Colombo. The village is rural and has a traditional community feel. The retreat centre property itself is a 30 acre plantation of rubber, coconut, cinnamon, and black pepper. The villa is surrounded by nature and is a habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies, and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. We have an open yoga sala where yoga and meditation classes and buddhist poojas take place. We specialize in Ayurveda which is an ancient art of healing the body and mind through nutrition, relaxation, and herbal treatments.
Plantation Villa follows a farm to plate policy where majority of the food served come from their own organic gardens. Your food will be prepared according to ayurvedic principles and you will be taught how to cook your favourite dishes to ensure you can continue to eat healthy when you go home! Food is delicious - you will not feel like you are on a weight loss plan!
Guests can either hire our cycles for rides around the surrounding villages or hire our car for the following day trips:
Sinharajah Natural Rain Forest - the last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka which is lush and green and hike through this will be an amazing experience.
Whale & Dolphin Watching in Mirissa - We work with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. It is an early morning start but totally worth the experience.
Udawalawe National Park (to see Elephants) - we recommend this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where we have heard mixed reviews about how the animals are treated. This is an opportunity to see elephants in their own natural habitat. Holding the largest population of elephants in sri Lanka, you are almost guaranteed to see elephants here.
Kandy Town and Temple of the Tooth - The last kingdom of Sri Lanka still rich in art and culture. Kandy also has the Temple of the Tooth where Buddhas tooth is kept and is one of the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a must see sight to understand the richness of Sri Lankan art and culture.
Local turtle hatchery: a turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles and can have the opportunity to release baby turtles to the sea!
Beach: Picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches
Kalutara Bhodiya: One of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka with a Pagoda with architectural value and a Bo Tree over 2000yrs old
Galle: A visit to one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka where the influences of colonial time is prevalent with some world heritage sites
WarakagodaTemple: An ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock
Richmond Castle: Left over from the British Empire depicting the influences of European Architecture
Other activities include:
All Spa treatments administered (a minimum of four treatments per day) are designed for weight loss. These will be planed by the doctor following the guest consultation with the resident Ayurvedic Doctor. If you would prefer additional treatments, please discuss with the doctor. Weightloss related treatments are: Abhyanga Massage Therapy, Intensive Massage Therapy, Udwarthana, Steam Bath etc.
Plantation Villa is about a 1.5 hourr drive from the Colombo Airport. The hotel car is available for transfers at the rate of 65 USD for pick up. Alternatively one can come by train to Kalutara.