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Plantation Villa

Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Plantation Villa is a secluded eco-friendly hotel offering a well-being experience through organic food and Vedic disciplines of Ayurveda and yoga.

Culinary Vacations 1

Speaks English

from US$1,015

Really Good

Based on 54 reviews
from US$1,015
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Really Good

Based on 54 reviews

Instructors 2


Yoga Alliance International (Hatha Yoga)

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.

Reviews 54

  • David Riddlestone Great Britain

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Plantation villa is a beautiful idea, a community project that is also a wonderful treatment centre and retreat. The treatments themselves have left we feeling lighter, happier and with more energy. The yoga teachers were a completely different class to the 10+ different teachers I've experienced in the uk. The food and Ayurvedic massage and detox were all thoughtfully combined into a plan that would suit my needs. Above all, in 10 Days I have been touched, heard and smiled at by people who barely know me more times than I have in years in western culture. Progress is not necessarily progress. Thank you so much

    Having to leave

  • Lisa Vasiliadis Australia

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The villa felt like a beautiful loving community. The staff were so accommodating and always with smiles on their faces. The food was fantastic; so very fresh and tasty. The treatments were amazing! The Dr on site was also really helpful helping me with my migraines. The yoga - I have never had teachers who were so passionate about the practice, I learnt a lot and really hope I can find a new teacher in my area that is just as good, thank you!!!

    There was nothing to not like. If there was I would have told staff and they would have fixed it for me!!!!

  • Jon. Stollar Great Britain

    January 2018, BookCulinaryVacations

    It took me five days to settle in and calm down from the years stresses This was in part because I quite smoking cold turkey.

    I read books did yoga went for walks and meditated. I did not crave any of my normal vices. I learnt to accept my emotions rather than running away from them. All in all I would say giving myself three weeks to focus on the above has helped me solidify my outlook on life and I left with a deep sense of peace..

    The food is very good. Even after three weeks I was not bored of the food. There are of course a few dishes that were not to my liking. however there are several curries per meal, so if one is not to your taste you can just order some extras of your favourites.

    By the last day my appreciation for the local habitat and sounds had increased, due to all that deep breathing and mindfulness.

    The staff are great and make you feel like family. I would go with the full treatment. Two hours of massaging a day is never a problem for me

    Marco the yoga and meditation teacher was a fantastic bonus. Do check with plantation as to who will be there as the yoga instructors do change. There is a nearby waterfall thats great and a veg market on Sat afternoons and evenings thats worth a visit.

    The massage oils are pretty hard to wash off 100%. Leave your lululemon white t shirts at home.

    Bring your own yoga mat and straps.

    When It says Pizza on the food board don't get excited it has no cheese or tomato on it.

  • Anonymous

    January 2018, BookCulinaryVacations

    Like the place and all the kindly staff. Perfekt in all kind of ways!

    The noise from the quary and from other workers.

  • Anonymous

    January 2018, BookCulinaryVacations

    Setting was perfect and better than expected, the people were great, most of staff were great. I had a great time because i refused to let anything get to me . It would be very hard to be miserable at such a perfect setting and i love nature.

    Dr were not very informative, did not really follow things through. Massages were of poor quality. Masseur was very nice and did her best , she just was not trained properly and qualified. Management issue really.

  • David Fletcher Switzerland

    December 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Fabulous location. Lovely people. Two great yoga instructors. Lovely break.

    Hard to find any negatives.

  • Elisa Riteau United States

    December 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Beautiful place away from the din of city. The food is delicious with plants and vegetables feom the garden. The treatments, the doctors, the yoga and meditation classes are all great. And the connection with others is easy and very rewarding. A fantastic journey.

  • Irene Cavalli Australia

    December 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    It was my first yoga retreat and I loved it. The place is amazing, in the middle of the forest, very isolated and perfect to reconnect with nature and with yourself. The yoga and meditation classes is what I loved the most. Thanks to Alana, she is an amazing teacher, I could improve a lot and be more conscious of my body. I appreciate the community and the workers were all very nice and worried to make me comfortable. I've also met beautiful people, doing the retreat in a similar life period and I could connect with many people immediately. Overall a positive experience!

    I think the retreat is a bit overpriced. Also the cooking class was very short and we did only one class during my stay.

  • Mireille Vogelsang Thailand

    November 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The staff was very attentive and welcoming to our needs.

    The yoga mats need a proper cleaning or renewal.

  • Asenet Varela United Arab Emirates

    November 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The place was lovely, surrounded by tropical trees, monkeys, sunny and rainy days. Relaxing atmosphere, meeting great people that have same preferences like you.

    You can take your time to be on your own, and that is fine.

    Love the daily routines and schedules. Food was awesome (I'm vegan, so I enjoyed every bite), all organic, super tasty. New flavors.

    The staff was also great. Great people always welcoming you with a warm smile.

    The yoga mats. I was planning to take mine (as I've read the reviews before), but forgot it at home. The mats there are really worn and not washed.

    I was expecting as well more cooking classes! (there were only 2 classes scheduled in a week, one the day I arrived (so I missed half the class) and one the day I left (and I was out for a walk, so I missed it). The package I bought was called "5 Days Cooking and Yoga" so I was really hoping cooking to be daily :( (or at least looking how they cooked the amazing meals)

  • Giulia Soliman Great Britain

    November 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The Ayurvedic treatments were fantastic, the staff really friendly, the food really tasty and healthy, the yoga left me flexible and energized! I just loved every minute of it!

    All great

  • Nese Bayrac Qatar

    November 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Lady doctors especially resident Doctor Prasadi are amazing.

    Staff also are amazing. But they need training.

    Food: always same and not tasty.

    Hygen and kitchenware.

    Noise (explosion) from the mining.

  • Alison Bannan Australia

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The kindness and sincerity of all the staff. The simplicity and authenticity of the facilities and treatments. The food was sublime. There was a wonderful, flexible attitude and the other guests were wonderful. The chats with the doctors was incredibly therapeutic.

    The room standards were very different. I do think they should use the best rooms first.

  • Hanna Hanula Switzerland

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Yoga classes, food, pool

    Yoga equipment used and stinky

  • Sandrine Bertrand Sri Lanka

    September 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I have been update to a higher room type

    The location is all

    The food

    Catherine the amazing yoga teacher without her i would have left earlier

    Room was very humide with a lot of mold around

    Did not get amy treatment due to lack of manager understanding even though i have explain 4 time to different person the manager kept to sell me something i did not want

    Lot of wayer leak especially on my bed! There is a lot of maintenance to do in this place

    Price is up to europeen for les standards. Its unforunfortunately a more for less.

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    the wonderful teacher , Katherine

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The friendly attitude of other guests, the yoga teacher and the location but assolutely not the room (single one)

    My single room was orrible not a standard one absolutely!

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The yoga teacher Cathrine was amazing

    A bit too uniform food menu, especially during lunches.

  • Val Baze Great Britain

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I absolutely loved the yoga and meditation. Also enjoyed the evening talks about Buddhism. I loved the place itself so peaceful and with a great swimming pool and lots of wild monkeys

    In my yoga package it didn't mentioned that the plantation Villa was a healing place so most of the people were there to detox or cure and illness, so most of them were having massages, treatment etc .. And I felt that if I new I would of book a different package to have access to all does lovely treatments. If you want to have one done it becomes very expensive as it's not in your package!

  • Siobhan Flood United States

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Our stay at Plantation was perfect from the moment we arrived. The staff are so friendly and helpful - it feels more like a family than a hotel.

    The day is full with activities and the infinity pool is sublime. The trees were hopping with monkeys - such a delight to see! We loved our room - it was very clean and comfortable. All furnishings have an earthy feel and are made from natural materials.

    The yoga teacher, Catherine, is incredibly special - she brought something new to every class and taught with unparalled integrity, honesty and enthusiasm. She's a seven star yoga teacher and an intuitive and effective reiki practitioner as well. Her wisdom and guidance will stay with me forever... Truly a beautiful, rare and precious gem!!!!

    Hiring a tuk-tuk to go out and about is a fun and cheap way to see some of the surrounding sites.

    All in all, a wonderful holiday at Plantation. I would definitely return and will be recommending it to my friends in need of some RnR.

    We loved everything!

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The staff provided all the assistance you could ask for. The atmosphere promoted mindfulness and a good place to just be.

  • Anonymous

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Inspirational yoga teacher

    Amazing food

    Beautiful location

    Very accomodating staff with an incredible towel designer . Everyday the towels were created into an art form.

    Very relaxed and healing place.

    Mosquitos. Bring lots of insect repellent .

  • Disa Pequeno United Arab Emirates

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    The place by itself, the nature and the fauna. The staff was adorable. I loved the food and the massages.

    The mosquitos!

  • Pamela Williams Australia

    May 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I found peace, tranquillity and a senses of another way of living, streeet anxiety free. The warmth, smiles, personal attention, love and kindness seemed to permeate us all, guests, staff and the villagers we encountered. The treatments were great, my Ayurvedic doctor an angel and the food, local was so interesting and always served with that special smile. I met great people from all around the world. A rich experience, with extra special memories for me. Thank you everyone.

  • Uri Shoan Australia

    April 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Very caring Stuff , great food and healthy, great doctors , loving people , loving approach , love it and I will be back very often

    The Mosquito ? Who like them

  • Kelly Ward Great Britain

    April 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Plantation Villa provides clean, comfortable and homely accommodation in a beautiful natural environment. I found it relaxing and tranquil and met some lovely people there. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I e

  • Karen Appleton Great Britain

    April 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    A wonderful eleven day stay, staff are fantastic and have met some great people. Lovely location very peaceful, treatments are amazing, I feel really relaxed and happy.


  • Anne Stevens Oman

    April 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Fabulous yoga teacher and lovely surroundings... Interesting food

    A bit more unexpected noise

  • Elsa Tommasini France

    October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Les rencontres, la spiritualité des médecins, une cuisine divine et une atmosphère reposante.

    Les travaux d'extension des bâtiments servant aux traitements.

    Octobre n'est définitivement pas une période à choisir si l'on veut éviter la pluie et les moustiques.

  • Coralie Doucet Germany

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Wonderful yoga teacher (Catherine) and a wonderful atmosphere in there.i have learnt what I wanted to and get back in Europe different. The treatment are good and the package detox is worth. Thanks to everyone .

  • Annalies Wieland Switzerland

    May 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Die Menschen vom Yogalehrer bis zum Zimmermädchen waren einfach super.

    Die Bestätigung, dass ich vom Flughafen abgeholt werde hat mich nicht erreicht. Was zu zwei fahren geführt hat.

  • Sonia Karim United Kingdom

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Ref. my calls to bookyogaretreats, with regards to what I had booked https://www.bookyogaretreats.com/plantation-villa/5-days-meditation-and-yoga-retreat-in-sri-lanka, described as providing:


    * Guided daily yoga and meditation

    * Cookery classes and demonstrations

    * Vegetable and fruit picking in some seasons

    * Ayurveda doctor consultation and detox therapy treatment

    * Rubber tapping and paddy harvesting in some seasons

    * Meals prepared with organic ingredients

    It states "Ayurvedic doctor consultation and detox therapy treatment".

    Both were refused me on the first day and there was an awful attitude from the staff demanding extra money for the detox treatment which I had to pay. As I was walking to one treatment the staff followed me and demanded $20. I requested him to wait till I return to my room after treatment if he couldn't wait till check out. He kept insisting and demanding and wouldn't leave me.

    In the above description it states both the Ayurvedic consultation and the detox package, that they demanded money for were included in my package. Yet, I had to spend 2 hours of my time since arrival convincing the staff I was entitled to this. I was informed the doctor was busy with appointments all afternoon, to find out later this was not the case.

    Finally, the room I was put in for the 2 nights and "supposed" 3 days was actually less than 2 days as I was told I cannot check in till after 2pm on Thursday 23rd Feb and I was told to vacate by the staff by 11am on Saturday 25th Feb. Therefore I did not have 3 days at the Plantation villa with all the yoga classes. Also meditation classes were not daily as described.

    The room I was put in was horrendously noisy as it was next to the dining room, with of noise of talking and dishes clanking at meal times (from breakfast time at 7.30am…till the end of dinner time) coming from the dining room. I was not able to rest or sleep at the times that suited me.

    The food that was served, resulted in my being sick despite informing both the staff supervising the meals and the Ayurvedc doctor of my allergy to onion and garlic. On my last day, Saturday I couldn't eat as I was so sick -–attached is a picture of the resulting skin rash.

    The overall attitude of the staff was confrontational and negligent.

    By the end of my stay both the Ayurvedic doctor and the yoga teacher walked out.

    Due to the above situation, I request you to refund my payment of $260 for the time I was at this “wellness retreat centre” due to the unnecessary suffering (sickness) I had to endure, the conditions and the mis-selling of the package.

    Management Response from Plantation Villa

    Dear Sonia

    We are both saddened by your review. Your confirmed booking came through only an hour before your arrival and we had our last room available which was a Suite Room. We made an exception and offered you the Suite Room for no extra charge (you paid for a Standard Room) and allowed you to book for two nights (our standard minimum stay is for four nights). It is a shame you have noted that you did not enjoy the room as you were given a free upgrade to a Suite Room as this was the only room available and yours was a last minute booking. This is one of our most popular rooms.

    The package advertised on BookYogaRetreats clearly note "what's included" and "what's not included". It clearly states that Ayurveda Treatments are not included. Additionally when you first inquired, a list of inclusions for the retreat was emailed to you. You had a number of email communications with us prior to booking and you were informed in writing what the inclusions on the package are. We know that you were aware of this because on arrival, you asked our Manager whether he could give you a free massage and stated that you are travelling on a budget. When he declined, you noted to him that the reservations office from our head office promised you a free massage. When this failed, you asked another guest to also come with you and demand a free massage and it was only after that guest walked away that you then agreed to pay for your massage which was $20.

    Our manager and onsite team informed that you were almost assaulted by the taxi driver you had come with because you had not paid him what had been agreed. Our manager had to intervene and save you from this and calm the driver and convinced him to forgive you and not to go to the police against you. When you enter through our gates, you are our customer and we will try our best to protect you from outsiders.

    Our policy for additional treatments is that all guests need to meet our Ayurvedic Doctor prior to any treatment and need to sign to confirm which treatment they confirm to receive. Even though you were clearly informed of the process and you promised to sign, you avoided doing this so when you walked in to the spa, you were asked to sign for it. Your arrived at our Villa soon after 2pm (this is our standard check-in time and this is an industry-wide standard...you might find that most other places have check in times after 3pm) and your massage was scheduled for 4pm. As you were advised, for guests who are not on a treatment package, if they want to take additional treatments, it is dependent on availability of the doctor and the spa. These are standard industry-wide practices and we still arranged your treatment within 2hrs of arrival.

    Contrary to your note, daily yoga and meditation classes did take place and none of our staff walked out - our doctor has been with us since 2014 and now his wife will also be joining us from April 2017. Our yoga teachers rotate throughout the year to ensure we offer a varied experience specially for our repeat guests. The daily classes did continue although you did not attend these as on your first day you took your massage and stayed the rest of the time in your room and the second day you went to the beach after lunch.

    You only mentioned about your food allergies only after dinner on your first day and therefore the second day, your food was separately cooked to your allergy requirements. Your photo you forwarded to us shows no allergic reaction on your skin. We also have an Ayurvedic doctor onsite and if you mentioned an allergic reaction on your skin, he could have treated you for it.

    It is important to note here that on your last day with us (24th February), you wrote to our reservations team asking to extend your stay by a few more nights. We had to decline due to non-availability. If you were so unhappy, we are confused as to why you wanted to extend your stay?

    We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your time with us and could not grasp and understand our concept. We wish you much happiness.

    Warm regards

    The Plantation Villa Team

  • Sarah

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I have returned from Sri Lanka after my 10 day stay at the villa. I met some wonderful people and enjoyed my time there. I particularly enjoyed the yoga - Gary and Raquel were brilliant and really supported me during my stay. They were great teachers and always listened when myself or other guests needed to talk. I am shocked to hear they have recently left as I know myself and others thought they were brilliant teachers and kindhearted people.

    I also met Dr Nishan, who from the website I thought would be the main doctor but I learned he no longer works there but visits weekly. Maybe the website needs to be updated regarding staff? I found him to be extremely kind, wise and very approachable. He really took time to speak to people, including myself and gave great advice. It was a shame he wasn't there permanently. Unfortunately, although the other doctor was pleasant, there was a big difference in approach.

    The staff members were also very friendly and kind and I met some wonderful people from around the world - all there for different reasons. I think the retreat works well for people who want a break from every day life or want to experience yoga or meditation and/or Ayurvedic treatments. However I feel it lacks a support for people who are there for reasons such as anxiety, depression, exhaustion or other deeper issues. I noticed (including myself) that emotional support came from the guests. I think I was very lucky to be around some great people but would be concerned for others who don't have that. It felt a little like you were "just another guest" especially in consultations. This is just something I wanted to merely point out as feedback. It would be great if there was a staff member who couple be approached for emotional support. I think this is something a lot of people mentioned when I was there.

    Also, I had my room cleaned the day before I left and a travel towel which was on my bed has disappeared. In a rush to get my stuff together I assumed it must have been in my bag but I am yet to find it. This also goes for a couple of tops and a pair of leggings. I'm not sure what's happened but I just wanted to highlight it in case you hear of other things. Because this was on the last day I didn't think to report it as I believed they were in my case coz I'd only seen them the day before. I'm wondering whether things have got caught up in laundry?

    Overall I had a pleasant time, enjoyed meeting new people, experiencing the treatments and improving my yoga in a beautiful place! I just thought it would be useful to give both sets of feedback in order to improve things for future guests.

    Management Response from Plantation Villa:

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy you had an enjoyable retreat with us. Thank you also for your feedback. You came to us during a time of transition in our yoga teachers and doctors. We are constantly in a state of change to respond to the needs of our guests, and to incorporate improvements to our retreats. Most of the time, our guests find joy and support from our staff team, our environment and also other guests. This is also a part of the retreat experience as unlike in a big resort, the benefit of a smaller place like ours is that the guests all blend together and become like a family along with our team members. This also helps each guest as it helps one understand how people from different parts of the world, in differing ages, lifestyles, income, culture, race etc still go through the same emotions. It helps us understand and accept that in the end we as all humans experience the same emotions. It also helps grow our compassion and empathy to understand the struggle of another and to feel for them and reach out to help them. The development of this compassion and empathy in turn improves our own wellbeing. This is one important aspect of your retreat with us!

    Yes we are actually changing our doctors around a little! Dr Nishan is now our Chief Doctor and monitors all the guest treatments and visits for two days a week to oversee our guests. Given his medical research work and further studies, it was increasingly difficult for him to remain full time with us and we promoted him to be our Chief Doctor from beginning of February. From beginning of March, we will have three doctors: one very good resident doctor, Dr Nishan as our Chief Doctor and another Gynaecology Specialist due to increasing amount of guests coming to us with gynaecology issues. Our retreats are constantly evolving based on the type of guests we get and also the specialists that we meet. Yes our website changes are not as quick as we would like it to be but will definitely work on it! Thank you for the reminder!

    As for emotional support, we did not have this request before as yoga teachers and doctors offers the emotional support needed. However, given this feedback and one guest we had last month who needed much more one-to-one support, we are now working with some trained coaches to join our team. From March, we will offer a package including coaching for those guests who might need more emotional support than what is currently offered.

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss of clothing items. I wish you informed us before you left as we could have checked and done something. We maintain a record of which staff members clean which rooms which helps us identigy the staff member to locate any lost items and this also eliminates any potential theft. Please do drop us an email with the date when you noticed the loss and your room details so we can help locate these.

    Thank you again for your feedback. We will start actioning them immediately (some are already in the pipeline). We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. This really is our main goal: to ensure our guest have a nice time and that they may incorporate some learnings in to their lives back home to improve your happiness and wellbeing. Wish you continued happiness and good health.

    Warm regards and much love, The Plantation Villa Team

  • Jane Simmons Australia

    BookYogaRetreats Website

    Plantation Villa offers a comfortable and authentic Ayurvedic and yoga experience. I booked a 7 day all-inclusive package which meant accommodation, meals, yoga, doctor's consultation, medicines and treatments were all pre-paid for what I thought was a pretty decent price.

    There is a real warmth in which you are greeted, from smiling faces of management to a floral arrangement on your bed, spelling out your welcome. From there, depending on your time of arrival, you are taken to the doctor to diagnose your dosha (I'm overflowing with Pitta, in case you were wondering). Diagnosis is done with a few short questions, a feel of the pulse and a look at the coating on your tongue so nothing too invasive. The doctor is a quiet but friendly man whose knowledge seems broad and extensive. It can feel a bit awkward as you sit waiting for feedback but his prime concern is to initially get your digestive system working (and it does on those early doses of medicine- very much so) before he talks through what your dosha actually means.

    Then you're off to the spa for your first treatment. A couple of things here: first, get ready to smell like that Ayurvedic oil for your entire stay, especially when they do the treatment that requires sticking it up your nose. Secondly, the services are provided by trained locals and it can feel hit and miss at times but it's almost always pleasant. You will receive oil massages, oil facials, oil scalp massages, mud packs and steam baths. It's about an hour of your day and always a lovely experience (except for that nasal violation thing!).

    The food can get repetitive. Do not expect classic Sri Lankan, although it pays homage to it. This is Ayurvedic food so much less spicy, far more salty and no meat or dairy. Bitter herbal teas and warm water seem to fill any other gaps but there is no doubt that it all feels and tastes healthy so embrace it.

    Plantation Villa is most advertised as a yoga retreat so let's spend some time unpacking that. Depending on your level of experience with yoga, this was going to be the determining factor in your level of enjoyment during your stay. Having recently changed teachers- our yogis had only been there two weeks before my arrival, they are yet to really understand and appreciate the varied clientele that walk through the door. Those with an advanced practice were pushed and most catered for; lots of poses that required lifting the body with the hands, back bends, etc. Newer yogis could often be seen waiting in class for a substantial amount of time for a pose they felt comfortable to do and it took a while for the teachers to understand that they had to offer gradients and levels for those in the class. No doubt they will find their rhythm but unless you are coming with previous yoga ability, this class may not be quite right for you, especially as some of the fundamental techniques that need to be taught weren't always present. Having said that, I quite enjoyed it but I was grateful for my prior knowledge.

    Plantation Villa works closely with its community and the owner, Ishara, is geniunely interested in preserving the heart of the place and offering opportunities for the village to participate in being part of that. Events such as watching the local children do traditional dance, harvesting food on site, planting trees, cooking classes should all be embraced and enjoyed.

    A word of advice: bring little items from home you can donate- exercise books, clothes, souvenirs, etc. These things are treasured by the locals and staff. Also, although one big tip is encouraged at the end, to be distributed to all staff, you may get cornered by individuals to tip so make a decision about what you want to do.

    The pool is fantastic- do bring your swimmers but you are distance from the beach so if you want to experience it, be prepared to pay more than top dollar to get there. In fact all excursions come with a hefty price tag so you are better doing the majority of your sight-seeing before or after your time at Plantation Villa.

    There's plenty of downtime but you're going to meet great people from all over the world and talk for hours. Do your best to stay open to it all, even the oil up the nose! I think for the most part, you'll have a good time at Plantation Villa.

  • Sian Dubai


    I arrived at Plantation Villa with very few expectations having not done anything like this before. The staff were very welcoming and the other guests were very friendly. The rooms were clean and largely pest free (which for someone who is not a fan of bugs, is very important!). The setting was stunning and relaxing. The yoga and treatments were great and I definitely felt I could have stayed longer than my 4 days. My only negative was that due to the relaxed approach, it sometimes caused a bit of confusion. I had been asking about paying the driver since I arrived, and about booking a driver to take me to my next destination. I was told don't worry we'll sort it but then on the last day I was told the options weren't possible and told I'd have to go about an hour later. It could have been resolved without the stress if it hadn't been put off and they had planned properly as I prefer to do. After 4 days of relaxing, I ended up leaving a bit frustrated. That said, it did not take away form the great experience I had and I would definitely consider going again.

    Management Response from Plantation Villa

    Hi Sian, Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. So sorry about the issue you faced. Unfortunately during our busy period, our manager who normally handles our invoicing and payments was suddenly unwell and admitted to hospital. There was an expectation that he will return the next day so the team was not processing your payment and instead waiting till he arrived. This is unacceptable and we will immedietly take corrective action to ensure this does not happen again. - The Management

  • a traveler

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I had a fantastic stay in the Plantation Villa. The room was comfortable, and nice. The food was very good -- I missed chocolate but I understand that was part of the diet program :). The nature was just amazing and very relaxing. Raquel and Gary (yoga teachers) were nice, competent and helpful. Last but not least, the staff in the Plantation Villa was warm, and very nice to us. They did all what they could to make us feel home.

  • Jackie United Kingdom

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Plantation villa provided an ideal location for a break from the demands from the outside world. It's lush and green and waking up to the beautiful bird song each morning was incredible. Accommodation was good, some rooms were a little dark and personally I preferred the lodge rooms although these were a short distance from the main facilities. Food is basic vegetarian which I enjoyed but some found a little repetitive. I signed up for the weight loss program and over 3 weeks list 8 kilos so was delighted. The personal trainer helped achieve these results and adapted exercises well to my fitness level and capabilities. The treatments were good and I suggest you try different therapists to identify the one that suits you. I had a few injuries and the team were really helpful in providing additional natural remedies to help these get better. The team were very friendly and helpful. Initially I thought the place could benefit from a little more finesses but as I relaxed l decided this was part of the charm of the place. I met some lovely people and they too definitely added to the great experience I had. I would definitely recommend plantation villa as a place to unwind and to rejuvenate yourself.

  • Stuart Laird-Smith

    BookYogaRetreats website

    The staff were super attentive, the venue is magnificent, and the whole experience was perfect! Would definitely recommend and will definitely try go again.

  • Paula Meijerink Netherlands

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Plantation Villa is a wonderful place to get to know yoga & meditation or to improve it. Its located in a very lush area. Birds, monkeys and other wildlife will show up regularly and it is a very good place to think about life and to get away from your stressful life. Yoga/meditation classes, nature walks, talks about Ayurveda/life, vegan food. The staff and teachers will go above and beyond to make you feel at home and if you need something, anything, they will try to make that happen. Also the rooms are very nice and comfortable. Will definitely come back!

  • Alla United Arab Emirates

    BookYogaRetreats website

    This stay in Plantation Villa is one of the amazing experience in my entire life. This is something that I will never forget. If there is a place on earth that is close to be heaven from all points of view, this is it! First, the villa's staff is a family with open hearts that make you feel like a child again, whose wishes are fulfilled - half a word is enough. They are there for any question or concern you have. I felt pampered, taken cared of and loved. Second, the villa is decorated with so much of attention and love - designs and furniture show that every detail has been thought of and well organized. There is no strong internet connection in the lodge where I stayed, but this was just the right thing to do! Please do not put Wi-Fi there! This is the way to "switch off" the world around and get to know yourself, for a change. The surroundings of the villa are breath-taking - treas, plants, birds, monitors lizards, flowers, fruits; there is no better place for meditation. There is just no better place to make your eye forget how cars, trains, crowds, skyscrapers look like. Third, the treatments provided in the spa, medicines advised by the in-house doctor and food from plantations make you a completely new person. The health program used for each person individually cleanses up the body and the mind. You look great, you feel great. Food, there is no way to describe the tastes I have tried in the villa! There are so many different dishes, no vegetarian person would know how many recipes the two ladies in the kitchen know! If you watched the movie "Eat, pray, love" - then this is how you feel in the Villa, but not one by one as in the book/movie, all of it together. Great food, amazing meditations, lots of love! Yoga classes in the morning and in the afternoon make you feel even better - your blood circulates, body shapes itself, your mind is at peace, you learn so much - and this is all just for your own benefit! And I cannot skip how many amazing people I have met there, who will always be in my heart. This is my personal experience and I am sure every person is different and has own goals and expectations. I would recommend to visit this place - alone or with family, without any expectations. Just leave the world behind and get to know yourself and people around you. Eat, pray, love.

  • Amandine Poncin

    BookYogaRetreats website

    The Plantation villa was a welcoming home from the day I set foot in it. The food was fabulous, the guests are fantastic, happy people, thanks largely to a nice and caring staff, and daily treats (including massages and Ayurveda treatment. All of us, including myself, were traveling solo, but felt at home in just a few hours at the common dinner table. A Sri Lankan guest guided us spiritually and for a cultural tour to nearby temples during Buddhist celebrations. I also discovered the benefits of Ayurveda treatment, and the doctor, a young medical researcher, answered all my (many) questions about Ayurveda, from its origins to recent research. He was also an excellent meditation guide. Not mentioning the manager, who always makes sure you are having a nice stay. In sum, if you want to feel cared for, make friends and relax, this is just the right place. I highly recommend.

  • Maria Weigt

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I stayed at this beautiful and wonderful place for 10 days for my first Ayurveda Detox Retreat and I was overwhelmed by this special place. It's located in a very quite environment where is not so much to discover when you don't want to, but of course there is lot to experience if you are up to. For myself I just wanted to clean my body and mind a get connected with my soul and the now. It felt like coming home to a family, all the employees and other guests seemed to be like a big family and as a new guest you where taken so lovely inside that. Everything like the treatments, the so nourishing food, the gentle yoga classes, meditations and the location itself has been suited perfectly together. Especially the doctor consultation and all the caring chats were outstanding. It was really special to me and I am so thankful to find my way to this wonderful place on earth. I recommend this to everybody who's looking for a mindful and loving Ayurvedic Retreat.

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  • Hans S. Bundsgaard

    Plantation Villa Facebook page

    This was definitely the best vacation, we have had ever.

    Usually we need a holiday after a vacation, but after our 2-week stay at Plantation Villa, our batteries were fully charged.

    We had chosen the weight loss package, but a no time did we feel exhausted or had cravings for more food.

    And we DID loose weight ☺

    We cannot point a finger at anything at The Plantation.

    The entire staff is so nice and the surroundings are fantastic look at the pix).

    We had never practiced yoga before, but the yoga teachers Gary & Raquel are ever so nice and welcoming, so we felt comfortable right from the beginning.

    The meals served at the Villa are all nutritionally balanced and prepared with minimal oil and no artificial flavorings.

    It is a set menu. And actually we liked not to have to decide what to eat. Just as well as we liked, that there is no TV, radio etc.

    Unlike the announcement on the airplane, this was:

    “Unlock your seatbelt (and yourself) and enjoy the ride ☺

  • Editam Mach

    Plantation Villa Facebook page

    My five day stay felt like a two week getaway. It was exactly how I envisioned Ayurveda retreat would be without ever experiencing it before. The quality of food, treatments, service, Dr. Nishin, yoga and holistic instructors Raquel and Gary were exceptional. I am planning to return in July, loved every moment of it.

  • Keith F. England

    Plantation VIlla website

    A truly amazing environment,natural beauty personified by amazing people ,warm welcoming , humble ,sensitive and caring to every individuals needs for restoration of mind and body.The plantation provides tranquility,harmony and complete rest and a chance to be at one with a natural enviroment of wonderful fruit, vegetables, animals, birds and flowers. I hope all future visitors take away some of the qualities that this "Garden of Eden" provides and i wish plantation villa continued success for the preservation of such natural beauty for the future of mankind.

  • Gabriela M.

    Plantation VIlla website

    I checked in the Plantation Villa anxious that I was going to be bored as I was going to spend 14 days there, I knew I needed a break away from everything in my life and I had no idea that I was going to enjoy every moment of it , the yoga sessions in the morning ,and in the evening ,the daily treatments , the food I was served every day , even though I was on a weight loss programme., all amazing . The housekeepers and kitchen ladies were serving amazing food , all organic from the Plantations garden , they were also so sweet and funny and always there to offer something to drink or to eat. Daniel the manager , so smart and wise and so having an answer for everything you wanted to ask about the diet , Ayurveda or anything else really. Roshan the therapist always with a big smile on his face , making you feel comfortable and then giving you a very relaxing or invigorating massage . I have never felt like I had to leave the Villa , everything I needed it was there during my stay. also our yoga teachers Warren and Michelle were very experienced and serious about the classes . I left the Planation feeling very sad , but I did promise everybody there I was going back again and I will definitely go back. for me this 2 weeks were an amzing expericne , it made me know myself more

  • Vibekeulmann England, UK

    Plantation VIlla website

    My sister and I spent a magical week at Plantation Villa in June this year. I can only recommend others to do the same. It's a magical place, with a superb service (nothing is too much trouble), and the staff is incredibly caring and attentive.I have Bone Cancer stage 4 and follow an alkaline diet and I also shun white carbs and sugar completely. Outside of that, the diet was centered around my condition and at every meal we got delicious and varied food. I listened carefully when told that Pineapple and Mango is not good for me - and funnily it resonates with me as I never much liked either, so now I avoid them completely. Endless supply of herbal tea with the local honey, and cool coconut water as well. The water is drinkable from the tap and for the first time ever I managed a week in South East Asia without any tummy issues. FAB! Thanks again to all the staff who looked after us so well. Hugs from Vibeke Ulmann Weincke and her sister Marianne Ottesen Weincke.

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