Our venue offers you and your students a new destination with unique experiences to be enjoyed and explored.
Between morning and evening workshops, there’s a gap during the day for everyone to chill out in hammocks and relax by the pool but also there’s an opportunity to explore the local culture. Our mission is to help you all experience an authentic slice of Sri Lankan life whilst on retreat.
Let us help you showcase all things Sri Lankan and show you how we can make your retreat as attractive as possible.
Sri Lanka is a beach lover’s paradise, with mile-upon-mile of pristine palm-backed tropical beaches, warm turquoise waters and soft split sugar sands. Just 15 minutes in a Tuk Tuk from Satori Retreat through the jungle villages delivers you to a glorious coastline where you are spoilt for choice.
Our favourite all-rounders include Unawatuna Beach 3 km’s, with its calm waters, relaxed beach bars and street vendors offering local crafts and fabrics.
Wijiya Beach ( 3 kms )offers safe swimming in the form of a lagoon and delicious simply cooked seafood from small beachside restaurants. Stay here until the sun dips into the horizon for a heavenly sunset.
Jungle Beach (3Km’s) is also highly recommended and that can be explored as well as the beautiful peace pagoda near by.
For boogie boarders, Mirissa Beach & Weligama is excellent. It’s a little bit further away than the others, around 40 minutes’ drive south, but worth the journey. Keep an eye out here as it is the best place in Sri Lanka for seeing blue whales a short distance from the shore. Serious surfers head for Hikkadwua Beach, 18kms north from Unawatuna, where a huge expanse of sand is slapped by some great waves.
Our team can organise transport to any of these beaches for you.
Galle Fort – Established by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Galle was colonised by the Dutch and British – and is now a World Heritage Site. Stroll its narrow streets and ramparts (particularly lovely at sunset) for the sights and sounds of life’s patchwork; Buddhists, Tamils, Muslims and Europeans living in harmony, the energy of trade and the gentle claps at the ever-present cricket matches.
Galle Town – Best explored on foot or by Tuk Tuk. Don’t miss the exotic fruit market and myriad shops selling everything from saris to televisions.
Bike rides – Galle resident, Alex Barrett will take you on an unforgettable ride through paddy fields and jungle. Suitable for all ages, trips last 1.5 to four hours and give you a real slice of Sri Lankan village life.
Turtle Sanctuary – There are several in the area, including a well-run one in Habaraduwa, 15 minutes away.
Stilt Fisherman – Unique to Sri Lanka you can observe fisherman out on their poles close to the shoreline.
Tea Estate – The Handunugoda Estate is 40 minutes away and has a fascinating tour around the production of white tea.
Whale watching – Mirissa is best place in Sri Lanka for seeing blue whales and dolphins a short distance from the shore.
Yala Safari Park/ Udawalawe – Leave Galle at 4am to arrive for sunrise and sightings of leopard, elephants and crocodiles.
Temples – Sri Lanka is predominately Buddhist and you’ll find temples everywhere, including Yatagala and Kalatuwa.
Kogala Lake Sunset Tour – Marvel at the spectacle of thousands of birds and bats all flying to a lake island for the night.
Surfing – There are a number of surf schools in the area, and great waves at Unawatuna, Wijiya and Weligama.
While many of our guests come to Satori for the full duration of their retreat , others who have travelled from afar like to combine their stay with a wider tour of Sri Lanka. To assist with any additional holiday plans you may wish to make, we have teamed up with travel expert Kate Glover from Fleewinter Travel, UK.
Kate has been organising holidays in Sri Lanka for over seven years and is passionate about the country. She has travelled extensively and can advise on your plans, organise a seamless itinerary and recommend the best places to visit and things to do – as well as some wonderful hidden secrets off the beaten track.