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If a week of refreshing surf, yoga and meditation doesn’t sound like the best getaway, then we don’t know what does. Located on the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka, this restorative retreat is a tropical paradise for solo travellers. Take in the beauty of Hiriketiya beach with serene Hatha and Yin yoga sessions followed by refreshing surf lessons. Indulge in delicious seasonal dishes and head to the poolside wellness centre for soothing spa and Ayurvedic treatments. As a bonus, guests will also get to explore the country’s rich biodiversity at the Udawalawe National Park. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
5 days of surf lessons
All surfing & yoga equipment provided
Seafood/Vegetarian BBQ dinner
1 Poolside cocktail
Unlimited yoga classes incorporating meditation
Delicious daily à la carte breakfast
Sri Lankan Rice & Curry dinner
Imagine a tropical beach paradise with incredible scenery and magical vibes...… A hidden bay of turquoise blue ocean lapping gently onto the soft, white sand, with tall coconut palms swaying gently in the warm breeze. Welcome to paradise. The Salty Pelican is located in the perfect position, on a headland with two beautiful beaches on either side, separated by a 400-meter walk. Relaxing and feeling balanced is a big part of The Salty Pelican retreat for those who are interested. 

Explore Sri Lanka’s beautiful nature, relax & sleep in a laid-back beach retreat, eat well to restore, revive, and feel amazing. The friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, take you to the most magical beaches, and create the perfect experience. It will be the perfect week of learning to surf, sun, yoga, good people… good vibes, and good times.

Accommodation

Beach setting
Caters for vegetarian and vegan diets
Luggage room / storage
Hot tub / Jacuzzi
Café
Yoga deck
Laundry
Restaurant
Barbeque facilities
Dining area
Swimming pool (outdoor)
Poolside bar
Barbeque facilities
Dining area
Free Wi-Fi
Garden
Hot tub / Jacuzzi
Café
Garden
Swimming pool (outdoor)
The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat located on the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka sits perched on a slight headland above two sun-dappled bays, with the magical tropical surfing paradise of Hiriketiya beach on the east side and the sprawling beach of Dickwella on the west side. Dickwella beach is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sand which is simply stunning when it comes alive at sunset with all its colours. Both beaches are reached by foot from The Salty Pelican in just a few minutes' walk. You will spend most of your time outdoors, even during the offseason. The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing tropical scenery. While travelling in Sri Lanka at least one National Park needs to be on your bucket list, the centrepiece is undoubtedly the Udawalawe National park which can easily be reached by booking one of our half-day elephant safari tours including air-conditioned transfers in approximately 2hrs. Marvel at Wewurukannala Vihara temple just a short 5min tuk-tuk trip from The Salty Pelican and gaze upon the visage of Sri Lanka's biggest Buddha standing at over 50m tall.

Distances
  • Colombo International Airport (Bandaranaike) – 2.5hrs
  • Hiriketiya surfing beach, 400m
  • Dickwella surfing beach, 200m
  • Wewurukannala Vihara temple, 5min
  • Udawalawe national park, 2hrs

The venue
The Salty Pelican Team have just recently completed the build on their dream retreat from the ground up, so you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure, and clean. With comfortable new beds, personal lockable space with secure charging points in each locker, each guest room with a super clean private ensuite bathroom, large swimming pool with water seating area, poolside sun loungers & beanbags, an all-day poolside restaurant and cocktail bar, large covered open living space and communal dining area, private jungle yoga shala, wellness centre, laundry service, luggage storage room and sea view rooftop yoga deck.

The Salty Pelican has been converted into a stunning tropical traveller's meeting point, featuring a cosy open living space opening out onto an amazing chill-out pool area surrounded by lush gardens and coconut palms and a guest café area and cocktail bar serving up anything from a delicious home-brewed coffee, healthy smoothies, to a well-deserved mango margarita. So, whether you’re up early to go check out the beach for a morning paddle among the waves or stretch out those achy muscles with early morning yoga, joining one of our learn to surf classes, or you’re just after a freshly brewed coffee by the pool before exploring the National Parks, all your needs will be taken care of here.

The accommodation includes a comfortable bed in a spacious room with a private ensuite bathroom and a delicious a la carte breakfast menu served each morning. Besides the amazing time, you will have practising yoga and learning to surf, the retreat offers all the comforts of a home.

The retreat has a beautiful garden to relax about all day in, with comfy XL bean bags, sun loungers and some nice relaxing ambient background music. The Salty Pelican's all-day menu of delicious healthy juices, fresh jungle-inspired salads, shakshuka, fish & vegetarian tacos, hummus plates, quesadilla, loaded sweet potato fries, local hoppers and curry. Explore the immediate area of Hiriketiya, it can be easily done on foot as we are just 200m from the nearest beaches and other restaurants in the area. Alternatively, you can jump in one of our tuk-tuks and take an adventure to the surrounding areas and nearby beaches. We also offer an amazing tour to the nearby Udawalawe National Park, for an incredible elephant safari tour including a visit to the baby elephant orphanage transit home... That's a tour you do not want to miss.

Food
The retreat has its very own poolside restaurant catering to all our guests in our beautiful garden. The restaurant is open from breakfast until 20:00 PM each day and we are continually adapting the diverse and delicious menu seasonally and using local produce wherever possible. All our guests will have a choice each morning from our healthy energising à la carte breakfast menu, including a fruit plate, main dish choice, fresh fruit juice of the day, espresso coffee and local black/green tea. Breakfast options are always evolving but you can expect dishes like energy-boosting avocado toasts, shakshuka, grilled mushroom & hummus toast, Benedict & vegetarian hoppers, plus more. There are also 2 group dinners included in the 7-night package which include our delicious grilled seafood/vegetarian BBQ dinner and also our curry & rice and all things nice dinner. There is an extensive drinks menu available including imported coffee, cocktails, mocktails, healthy smoothies, fresh king coconuts and alcoholic beverages which are not included in the package price but can be bought separately.

Our poolside restaurant is open all day until 20:00 PM with both lunch and dinner à la carte menu available. 

Unlimited and filtered fresh cold drinking water is available for free all day.

 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

Practice Yoga in a breathtaking location...Surf in Sri Lanka's perfect waves... Relax and sleep in our laid back yoga retreat... and eat well to restore, revive and feel amazing... Those wishing to combine the traditional delights of Hiriketiya with a week of surfing and yoga can take advantage of some of the best beginners to intermediate waves on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, right at your fingertips. The Yoga & Surf Package program aims to make sure you get the most from your experience in Sri Lanka whether you are an experienced surfer or have never tried it before. Surfing gets you fit, and tanned and you’ll make some great new friends in the process. After an active day of laughs and spills, you can relax with our morning or late afternoon yoga & meditation sessions before sitting around the infinity pool at The Salty Pelican with some ice-cold drinks from our poolside restaurant and your new friends. Our friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, teach you how to surf a wave and create the perfect experience. Just a great week of fun, sun, sand, surf, yoga, meditation, good people, good times and good vibes....

Please note that there are no yoga classes all day Monday or on Friday afternoons, as we have safari tours scheduled instead (not. incl. in the package price).

Yoga
This 8-day Surf & Yoga Package offers an excellent detailed introduction to Hatha Flow & Yin yoga for beginners and the chance to dive deeper into more advanced practice. Yoga is for everyone, you don't need to have any prior experience and we welcome complete beginners. We have 2 yoga classes scheduled each day (no yoga all day Monday or on Friday afternoon) and during the peak season, we sometimes have an extra morning class for you to pick the best morning class. This gives our guests plenty of flexibility when planning their days with their alternative activities like surfing and exploring the local areas. Practising Hatha & Yin yoga will help to harmonise the nervous system, increase your sense of balance with the body & mind and strengthen your lymphatic system. There is no yoga scheduled all day Mondays or on Friday afternoons, to give you the time to enjoy some other activities and tours we offer, like exploring the beautiful Udawalawe National Park elephant safari tour we schedule those afternoons. Located a short half-day trip away, we also visit the baby elephant orphanage transit home which is not to be missed. We have our own beautiful covered yoga shala deck surrounded by lush tropical jungle on our property and we provide all yoga mats and equipment.

Meditation
Daily we combine meditation with our yoga classes. Our teachers will guide you ​through relaxing meditation to find balance with your body, emotions, and thoughts.​ ​Learn to relax with different breathing exercises. These classes are daily except all day Mondays or on Friday afternoons. 

Morning Hatha Flow Yoga
Experience revitalizing Hatha Yoga sequences early morning to give you all the energy and focus you need for the day. Our in-house yoga instructors will help develop muscular strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and breathing. They will help bring balance to your body and mind during the morning practice so that we build our bodies to be light and strong for the day. The mental benefits of yoga include an increased sense of focus and awareness of the human form and body. This practice is for all level yogis.... You don’t need any earlier experience. During peak season, we sometimes have two separate start times each morning for this class, except all day on Mondays and Friday afternoons.

Afternoon Yin Yoga
We start our practice with a Yin Yoga class right before sunset on our rooftop yoga platform or in our shala... We hold long deep postures with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Almost every posture is done at each level and the stretches will maintain for 2-5 minutes at a time. This will take us deeply into our connective tissue expanding flexibility and aiding healing energy to our bodies. This practice is for everyone and it's a beautiful way to start your yoga journey. Traditionally the Yin evening classes are more soft, slow, and restorative to integrate with the day surfing activities and prepare the body for a great rest overnight. Let yourself emerge into a nice flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy breathing, and relax your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind.

Sample Daily Program
  • 07:00 - Breakfast served at our poolside restaurant (finishes at 10:00)
  • 07:00 - Early morning Hatha Flow yoga class incorporating meditation
  • 09:30 - Alternative 2nd Hatha Flow yoga class ( *peak season only )
  • 10:30 - Morning surf lesson 
  • 12:00 - Lunch at our poolside restaurant or at the beach (Not included)
  • 13:00 - Udawalawe elephant safari half-day tour departs every Monday & Friday afternoons ( Not. Included but highly recommended )
  • 14:30 - Free time to chill around our pool, explore, free surf or book a massages or body scrub from our poolside wellness centre
  • 14:00 - Afternoon Surf lesson
  • 17:00 - Yin Yoga class combined with meditation
  • 19:00 - Group dinner MON/WED/FRI/SUN ( 2 included )

Surf Lessons & Unlimited Surfboard Use
Surf lessons are only on 5 days of your 8-day package, giving you plenty of time to chill out, explore, swim, free surf, relax with a massage, enjoy a body scrub, explore the Udawalawe National Park, discover the hidden restaurants of the local area and much more. You can pick and choose which days to take your included surf lessons that best suit your itinerary. Our certified surf instructors follow a very unique approach to teaching and will make sure that you learn the proper surf techniques. The unique geography of our location means we have rideable waves almost every day of the year. We also have a large diverse range of premium FLOWT surfboards for unlimited guest use all day and every day included in your package. Feel free to grab a surfboard anytime you like and try different types from soft to hard or long to shortboards during your stay with us. Extra surf lessons can also be booked at additional rates.

Wellness & Spa
On your arrival day, a schedule is open to book your full-body massages, body scrubs, and other Ayurvedic treatments. Our wellness and spa area is located in our beautiful peaceful garden and has two poolside rooms where we pamper your bodies with treatments. Really take the time to appreciate and absorb the special locally made oils that your body and mind need. Our relaxing Ayurvedic massages and head massages will make your stay even more zen after a good day of surfing or exploring… Help your body to find the perfect balance.

Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari Tour
If beautiful beaches, delicious food, rich culture, and stunning landscape aren’t enough to convince you to hop on a plane to Sri Lanka, then take a look at the amazing wildlife that this little island in the Indian ocean offers. Despite its size, the country possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Going on a safari in Sri Lanka is one of the best things to add to your itinerary. Udawalawe National Park is our favourite, where there are more than 500 elephants that roam freely and wild buffaloes that play in the waterholes. It's a quick 2hr private air-conditioned transfer away. You will depart after lunch from The Salty Pelican for a unique elephant safari tour including a visit to the baby elephant orphanage transit home. You will also have the chance to see incredible birdlife and lizards too. Highly recommended and shouldn’t be missed on your travels to Sri Lanka.

Breakfast, Dinners & Nightly Activities
Each night we try and get all our guests together to socialize over a good meal and some delicious cocktails or mocktails from our poolside restaurant. Included in your 7-night package are our daily a la carte breakfast and 2 group dinners. We have group dinners scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, so this also gives you the freedom to savour the local flavours from other nearby restaurants during your week here. Take a choice each morning from our forever evolving diverse breakfast menu which can include dishes similar to power-boosting avocado toasts, grilled mushroom & hummus toasts, fresh fruit platters, shakshuka, Sri Lankan Benedict & vegetarian hoppers, plus more. We have an all-day menu filled with Mexican infused fish & vegetarian tacos, shakshuka, jungle-inspired salads, fresh juices, a seasonal menu of fresh seafood, delicious vegetarian options, plus more. So lay back in your beanbag, order a drink from our poolside bar and truly relax… you are going to love every moment here at The Salty Pelican. We also organize four nights each week: Seafood BBQ nights including grilled vegetarian options on both Wednesday & Sunday, Sri Lanka Curry & Rice nights on both Monday & Friday, and an elephant safari tour to Udawalawe National park every Monday and Friday afternoon.

Optional activities
The Salty Pelican retreat sits between two sun-dappled bays, with the magical tropical surfing paradise of Hiriketiya beach on the east side and the sprawling beach of Pehebiya & Dickwella on the west side. To relax, you can always grab a drink from the poolside bar, try some tasty food at our restaurant area, or lay back and chill out in one of our beanbags in the beautiful garden with a great book.

Hiriketiya
Exploring Hiriketiya is a voyage of discovery. On the one hand, there is the tropical beach area that has a distinct chilled surfer vibe about it - with its perfect beginner surf and cosy beach bars in the sand selling watermelon daiquiris, where the day's fresh catch is still bought ashore by the local fishermen. You will find a few beachside restaurants and backstreet cafes serving up delicious coffee.

Beaches
The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat sits perched on a slight headland above two sun-dappled bays, with the magical tropical surfing paradise of Hiriketiya beach on the east side and the sprawling beach of Dickwella on the west side. Dickwella beach is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sand which is simply stunning when it comes alive at sunset with all its colours. While you will find the perfect wave from a beginner beach break on one side of the bay, to an intermediate point break on the other end of the bay. Both these waves are only separated by a 2min paddle… it truly is a surfer’s paradise fringed with coconut palms. Both beaches are reached by foot from The Salty Pelican in just a few minutes' walk. The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing tropical beach scenery which can be explored very easily by a cheap tuk-tuk.

Wewurukannala Vihara Temple
Marvel at Wewurukannala Vihara temple just a short 5min tuk-tuk trip from The Salty Pelican and gaze upon the visage of Sri Lanka's biggest Buddha standing at over 160ft high, the largest statue in all of Sri Lanka which is 250yrs old dating back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782 – 1798). Inside you will find carvings of cartoon strips depicting Buddha’s life. Before reaching the Buddha, you pass through a hall of horrors full of life-sized models of demons and sinners. If you don’t follow the path to enlightenment this is what happens to you. Climbing the Buddha will give you an opportunity for a great view of the surrounding areas.

Dikwella markets
Every Saturday, take a short stroll along Dickwella beach to the beachside market which holds a huge selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, local foods, freshly caught seafood and delicious baked bread, pastries, and clothing being sold by the local farmers and fishermen.

Talalla Beach 
This is an incredible "secret" beach which you can take a beautiful walk along, feels like a lost paradise with nothing but coconut palms fringing the perfectly white sand and turquoise waters. You will hardly find a soul at this beach and is the perfect day escape. 15min tuk tuk ride away.

Mirissa Beach 
Picture yourself slipping into a hammock with a coconut in your hand, gently rocking in the breeze, just lying there watching the surf and the hours go peacefully by. That`s Mirissa beach in a nutshell. It is a beautiful beach, with a relaxed and laidback atmosphere. Along the beach are plenty of small restaurants and cafes, serving delicious and freshly caught seafood. After an amazing sunset, the restaurants put out tables on the beach, light lanterns and candles, and serve seafood barbecues. Super romantic and relaxing.

Tangalle Beach
A white sandy beach that stretches out as long as your eyes can see, with soft turquoise water…Tangalle Beach… It is Sri Lanka’s answer to paradise! 

Half-Day Tours Udawalawe National Park (2 hours away)
Love elephants and wondering where to see elephants in Sri Lanka, then join our wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park every Monday & Friday afternoon (*depending on minimum signup) where there are more than 500 elephants that roam freely and wild buffaloes that play in the waterholes. Our guide is extremely knowledgeable and you will also have the chance to see incredible birdlife and lizards also on your afternoon jeep safari tour. Afterwards, you will visit an ethical elephant orphanage transit home that supports elephant calves' survival, nurturing and cared for back to health. The elephants are free to roam around and are never chained. The Elephant Transit Home ensures that human contact is kept to a minimum in order to maximize their chance of survival when they are returned to the wild. Udawalawe in our opinion is the best safari in Sri Lanka because it provides a truly gratifying experience. You can get very close to animals, particularly the elephants, and you've never really bothered by other jeeps and tourists. Including in your tour is return transfers, an English speaking driver and water.

Other activities:
  • Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage or body treatments at The Salty Pelican
  • Enjoy peaceful walks along the beautiful beaches
  • Chill out in our relaxing garden with a book and some sunshine
  • Enjoy our twice-weekly seafood BBQ nights and our delicious Sri Lankan curry nights

Instructors

Alex
Alex
Alex is a qualified surf coach with the Portuguese Surf Federation. He is also a qualified swimming coach. With Alex, you are in safe hands. He is very understanding and patient and will make sure you have a smile on your face, in and out of the water.
Ida
Ida
Ida, the in-house yogi goddess from Finland, will help develop muscular strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and breathing. Ida will bring balance to your body and mind during your morning practice by the sea, so that you build your bodies to be light and strong for the day. She teaches both Ying and Yang yoga along with meditation sessions. 
Gabby
Gabby
Born in England and went to high school in Portugal, at heart, Gabby is a true South African and the beach has always been a great part of her life. She will make sure you are not only progressing with surfing, but that you have a smile on your face the whole time. 
Monika
Monika
Monika is one of the co-founders of The Salty Pelican and she is also the hostel "mum". She is always happy no matter how bad the day may seem. Monika will always find a way to make you smile and cheer you up. Not only that, she is also a qualified masseuse with over 10 years experience and available everyday to help you relax with a beautiful Ayurveda massage. 
Anna
Anna
Anna is from the UK, and she will take care of some the yoga classes and SUP yoga classes out on the water. She teaches both Hatha and Yin yoga styles. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 30 days in advance for a 86% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
Prices are based on an 8-day, 7-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details 
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