I spent 10 days, 9 nights at Amba. It was my first foray into Ayurveda and it was exceptional. The doctor on site was very caring and set up a great treatment plan for me. She was always available to answer questions throughout the treatments. The staff who took care of me was very experienced and professional, and also very kind and caring, making sure that I was comfortable during the sessions. The cooks were amazing and the food was delicious, including local fruits and vegetables cooked in very tasty curries.
The hotel afforded an ample amount of comfort, with very clean rooms having private balconies, extremely comfortable beds, a small library area and a pristine saltwater pool. The décor was modern and minimal, which appealed to my taste. The owner is such a lovely person who made me feel very welcome and each member of her staff was always so friendly when I encountered them. The small size of the hotel and shared meal times allowed for good conversation with the other guests. As a solo traveler it was nice to have these shared times with others, while still able to have privacy when needed throughout the day. Though located on a busy street, you would be hard pressed to notice when relaxing out by the pool or during your treatment sessions. Located on a gorgeous stretch of beach, I was able to walk in the cool mornings in relative peace and fall asleep at night to the sounds of the waves crashing along the shore. At night, locals came to play cricket on a pitch on the beach in front of the hotel as well as to enjoy the sunsets, which were beautiful most evenings. A yoga class was offered each morning at 7am, a very nice way to start the day. If you wanted to venture outside the hotel, the manager was very helpful in setting up excursions to local attractions and neighboring towns, with car and tuk tuk drivers who spoke English and were very knowledgeable about the area. My flight times were very early in the morning, but I was allowed a late check-out my last day, so I could stay in the comfort of my room until a driver picked me up and brought me to the airport.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is interested in Ayurveda, or those who are very experienced with it. I hated to leave when the time came, as it was such a lovely and welcoming place and I hope to visit again sometime in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Amba Ayurveda Boutique Hotel Sri Lanka/Balapitiya