Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
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Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat

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Experience a week in our tropical mansion in familiar atmosphere, surf at the most beautiful beaches of the South coast, relax your body & soul with yoga in our unique Island-Cabana and restore your body with our home-made and fresh food. We are passionate about teaching you how to surf or improve your surf level. Feel the Surf Spirit without missing any comfort. What's included in our one week surf & yoga package: - 7 x Nights Accommodation in Double- or Twinroom - 7 x Breakfast - 5 x Afternoon Tea, Coffee & fresh fruits - 6 x Dinner - 5 x Surfsession incl. theory & Transfer - 10 x Yogasession - 1 x Surf-Photoanalysis - 1 Hour Massage - Guided Meditations - Free use of Surf- and Yoga Equipment
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Athtragoda Road, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
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Koggala Airport
Mawella Lagoon Airport
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Lucy P wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had hoped to enjoy a week of convenient surfing within a comfortable setting, and did so, but my expectations were also totally surpassed. The villa is a beautiful and tranquil hideaway, which feels safe, secluded and at one with the natural beauty of its surroundings. The surf instructors were thorough, fun, dedicated (6am extra sessions for those keen/experienced enough) and eagle-eyed in the water. Everyone developed their skills over the course of the week. The yoga was magnificent - with our teacher creating a wonderful atmosphere and treating us to a varied, challenging and spiritual approach. Food was healthy and well-presented. Rooms were clean and thoughtfully maintained. Extras like photos/souvenirs were modestly priced and good value for money (as was the entire package). The whole place runs like a slick operation, because it has been so carefully crafted and managed. This was an absolutely blissful holiday. I will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Nils Schluter, Inhaber at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thanks a lot for this outstanding review. We are more than happy that you saw everyone improving in our surf classes. Amazing that your expectations we totally surpassed. We are proud you are going to come back. See you very soon :) Nils & Your Surf Spirit Team
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Reem B wrote a review Jan 2020
Weligama, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second time at Surf Spirit and I am planning my third 🙏

The staff: everyone who works at Surf Spirit is EPIC 💚

Flexibility: you have 10 yoga classes and 5 surf classes included, but you can sign up and take a board at any time and you can use a yoga room.
My vibe was more coconut by the pool relaxing and discovering the nearby cities. All you have to do is grab a tuk tuk or scooter and go!

The people: Surf Spirit attracts really chill people and you are bound to make some friends you will keep in touch with.

Food: the food the first visit was so good, and somehow it got even better! Beetroot smoothie bowl was my favorite 🥰
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from NilsS784, Inhaber at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 23 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for this review! we are really proud that you came back and are more than happy again! Really cool, that you also realised that we attract really relaxed people :) We see people arriving on their own they are leaving with new friends. Of course also happy to hear you loved the the beetroot smoothie haha :D Hope to see you soon on your 3rd Trip to us! Your Surf Spirit Team Dana & Nils
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Ruwanthi Ananda wrote a review Jan 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing day out. It was perfect with absolutely delicious meals, clean pool, the quiet surroundings with squirrels running around n friendly staff. Even the coffee was just out of this world! (They offered us a day package for LKR 2500 pp, included a welcome drink (a fresh juice!), lunch, tea/coffee) Highly recommend for families & friends!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Nils Schluter, General Manager at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 7 Mar 2022
Hey thanks for this great review :) Have a good day Your surf spirit team
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Bexpuravida wrote a review Jan 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
1 point for the surf coaching, instructors gave good inputs which helped a lot.
1 point for the yoga. The classes in the morning were energizing and yin practice great for stretching in the evenings.
1 point for the local staff and the food at dinner. It was very tasty and had many vegan options.
Breakfast was ok, but most options were sweet.

0 points for the overall concept which was not my style. You get 1 surf class for about 90 min. You can surf on your own - if you are lucky, there are enough surf boards. You get theory classes everyday, also if you experienced. However, I really missed theory about "how to behave in the waves > do not snake in, etc"... Would have been useful information for some people.
The beach is about 10 min drive away (you are taken there by camp-bus) and you spend a lot of time of waiting until everyone is ready...

0 points for my room. You pay for a single option and end up in a room with two single beds. If you travel with friends or anyways want to share a room with others, this is ok. But I expected something else when paying extra for a single room.

However, I am sure you can have a great time.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Nils Schluter, General Manager at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 7 Mar 2022
Hey many thanks for the review, we always take the feedback seriously so we can improve :) First of all we are really happy you liked the Surf Coaching, the yoga classes in the mornings and in the evening and the food :) You are right, for the free surf we (next to the lessons) we have been lacking a few boards. We already purchased more boards and are even looking into adding more boards to the quiver :) About the room: In case of booking a single Room you normally should get a room including one double room. We are really sorry this was not the case during your stay. We apologise for this mistake. Other than that we are glad to hear you have been happy with the surf lessons, the yoga sessions and the food. Have a great day. Your Surf Spirit Team
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ludwigrossbacher wrote a review Jan 2020
Vienna, Austria
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was by far our best surfcamp experience! We stayed at surf spirit twice and can highly recommend it! The surf villa is amazing (stylish, tasteful yet comfy, calming, super clean and spacious, rooms are amazing, especially the open air bathrooms!). But what made our experience outstanding was the staff! Everyone was highly professional and made us feel at home at the same time. The surf lessons were perfectly structured and organized, Alex is an amazing surf instructor! We really could improve our surfskills. (We visited surfcamps in Morocco and Portugal and surf Spirit in Sri Lanka was by far the best!). Great quality and variation of surf equipment (from various softtops to mini malibus and also short boards). You could use the boards outside the surf lessons too! We also enjoyed yoga a lot (great yoga teachers for unexperienced as well as experienced yogis, and the most stunning yoga room planted in the middle of nature). The food is delicious and within a year they also enlarged their lunch, super awesome to refuel between surf sessions! Our first stay was already wonderful and the second stay was simply perfect! You could really tell that the owners Nils and Dana put all their heart into this surfcamp! We loved it and highly recommend going there!!!!
Bianca and Ludwig, Austria
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NilsS784, Inhaber at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 23 Jan 2020
Hey Bianca & Ludwig, many thanks for this amazing review. We are really proud to hear that you have visited several Surfcamps around the world and you think we are by far the best :) Many thanks that you recommend our camp so much. Hope to see you soon again! best regards Dana, Nils & the whole Surf Spirit Team
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Martina L wrote a review Jan 2020
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Surf spirit camp is just perfect for solo travellers (also for couples and groups for sure😉) You will meet a lot of lovely souls that share the same interests like you. The yoga classes and surf courses were excellent. The whole team was super friendly and helpful. The camp with its pool, dining and relaxing area and the rooms create a special atmosphere - minimalistic and still stylish. The weekly agenda offers a good balance between sports and free-time! The food was just amazing. Still missing the breakfast bowls❤️ I definitely found my personal happy place there.
Sri Lanka and this Surf Camp are a really good choice for your next holidays😊
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Nils Schluter, Inhaber at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Hey Marta, than you so much for this great review. Good to hear you find our Camp perfect for solo travelers such as couples :). Next to the Food, Yoga and the Surf you liked, what really is important to us that you mention the great Team we have. We love to create a great atmosphere within the Team full of passionate Surfers & Yogi to spread this Vibe. So good to hear you can recommend our Surf & Yoga Camp so much. Have a great day! Your Surf Spirit Team
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Linda A wrote a review Dec 2021
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent an amazing week in the beautiful beach lodge. Every morning and afternoon we had a yoga class on the rooftop with a beautiful view over the bay. The beach and surf spot is directly in front of the terrace. We were treated with healthy and yummy food for breakfast, with smoothie bowls, lunch and dinner every day. The hole team was so lovely, we had lots of good conversations and funny evenings. I couldn’t imagine how to spent my time in Sri Lanka better. It was really hard to leave!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Nils Schluter, General Manager at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 7 Mar 2022
Hey Linda, thanks a lot for this beautiful review. It sounds like you had a great time. We appreciate you took the time to create this review. Great to hear you loved the food and the overall vibes :) See you next time :) Your Surf Spirit Team
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Yvonne F wrote a review Apr 2023
Munich, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You can only describe it as amazing. The location is right on the beach and you can hear the sound of the ocean while doing yoga. The team and the locals always had a smile on their face, were courteous and helpful. Of course the surfing was just wowi and you could really improve significantly within a week and came always out of the water with a smile:)
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Stephanie wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After spending one week in this amazing Surf and Yoga Camp I can highly recommend it. Not only because you can meet an awesome team who will accompany you during your stay,but also meet other people from different countries; so its perfect for people who travel alone. The surf and Yoga classes can be also taken part by beginners, instructors will help you improve your skills. Your day is structured through your whole stay, Sri Lankan food is served which was really delicious, even diets are taken into account. So if you are searching for a chilled and on the other hand sporty experience you should definitely try Surf Spirit out!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Adele D wrote a review Jan 2020
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Didn’t know what to expect from a retreat and never been to SriLanka before, but from the moment we arrived at Surf Spirit we were greeted like old friends by the host Nici who looked after us the whole trip!!
It was an amazingly beautiful place we met some amazing people from around the world and local. Our surf teacher Marc was great, fun and patient.
I can not fault the beauty and the relaxing setting, the food was great with so much Vegan options and the Yoga sessions were perfect.
I only wish we stayed longer!!!
Thank you Surf Spirit!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from NilsS784, Inhaber at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Responded 23 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your great Feedback! We are glad you have been happy with our staff but also the relaxed setting and vegan Food options. Many thanks for that. So nice to receive this great review. Have a great day and hope to see you soon Your Surf Spirit Team
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Ralf asked a question Feb 2020
Frankfurt, Germany
Are you available for one person between the 29th of Feb and the 4th of March? Cheers.
Answer from Nils Schlüter
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Hey :) Thanks for your inquiry. The next available date for 1 person is the 15th March. Please let us know if you have any other queries :) Dana
Answer from Nils S
Hey Anna, thanks a lot for your message. Unfortunately our classes are exclusively for our guests :) Thanks a lot for understanding. We are working on a future project with drop in classes. Right now we are focussing on best quality for the guests who stay with us :) Have a great trip in Sri lanka. If you would like to stay with us, we would love to welcome you :) Dana, Nils & the Surf Spirit Team
Alicia wrote a tip Mar 2023
Berlin, Germany2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Next time I’ll book two weeks, because one goes by far too quickly and it's also worth it for the surfing progress. "
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Frequently Asked Questions about Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Swing Ceylon (0.7 miles), Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya (0.4 miles), and Sithma Gems & Jewellery (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Black & White Restaurant, Coconut Style, and Yellow Cabin.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Unawatuna.
Are any cleaning services offered at Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Surf Spirit Surf & Yoga Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (2.8 miles), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (2.6 miles), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (2.7 miles).
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