COVID-19

Kindly find separate sections for ‘Fully Vaccinated Travellers’ and ‘Not-Vaccinated & Not-Fully-Vaccinated Travellers’ below. 

Please refer to the section that applies to you for more information on the relevant Health Protocols during your stay in Sri Lanka. 

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(A) Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Travellers who have completed 14 days after the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccination and are arriving with a negative COVID-19 PCR Report done within 72 hours of embarkation will be considered as fully vaccinated travellers. Any vaccination type accepted by the country of origin will be accepted.

Before you travel to Sri Lanka

  1. You will need to arrange a PCR test and present a negative result no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight to Sri Lanka. 
  2. Get insured – A mandatory COVID-19 Insurance cover at $12 USD for a $50,000 USD cover over a period of 1 month, is to be paid at the time of booking your stay.
  3. Apply for a visa online – a simple process you have to do before you depart your country of residence.
  4. Download this health declaration form, fill it in and hand it over at the airport when you arrive. You will also need to present your negative COVID-19 PCR report (in English/translated to English), and your original vaccination certificate/card (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate/card is not in English).

Getting to the Sanctuary from the airport

We will provide a fully sanitised, private vehicle to bring you from the airport to the Sanctuary. For your safety, only those within your booking party will travel in this vehicle at one time.

Local return transfers are included in your package if you stay for 7 days or longer.

The journey will take around 2.5 hours.

Once you arrive at the Sanctuary

  1. You can roam freely throughout the property, including neighbouring Rekawa Beach, and enjoy all private treatments, group classes and activities. As with national guidelines, you will also be free to travel around Sri Lanka without any restrictions. 

Preparing for your departure

  1. The Sanctuary will be able to organise a mobile PCR-testing service should you require an exit PCR test prior to your flight’s departure. Each PCR test costs $40 USD.
 

(B) Not-Vaccinated & Not-Fully-Vaccinated Travellers

Travellers who have not received COVID-19 vaccination, nor completed the recommended doses of vaccination (not-fully-vaccinated), and/or departed from abroad within less than 2 weeks of completion of recommended doses of vaccination will be considered as not-vaccinated or not-fully vaccinated travellers. 

 

Travellers falling under this category will stay in the safety of the Tourism Bio-Bubble until the completion of the 14 day period from:

 

• the completion of recommended doses of vaccination for not-fully-vaccinated travellers (flexible bio-bubble) or

• the completion of 14 days from arrival for not-vaccinated travellers (full bio-bubble)

 

Travellers will be allowed to visit approved tourist sites and use all facilities of the hotel upon receiving negative results of the on-arrival PCR test, typically within 24 hours or less. 

 

 

Before you travel to Sri Lanka

  1. You will need to arrange a PCR test and present a negative result no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight to Sri Lanka. 
  2. Get insured – A mandatory COVID-19 Insurance cover at $12 USD for a $50,000 USD cover over a period of 1 month, is to be paid at the time of booking your stay.
  3. Apply for a visa online – a simple process you have to do before you depart your country of residence. Prior to applying for a visa, ensure you have received a pre-confirmed booking at a Level 1 ‘Safe and Secure Certified’ hotel for up to 14 days depending on the duration of your stay and vaccination status. 
  4. Download this health declaration form, fill it in and hand it over at the airport when you arrive. You will also need to present your negative COVID-19 PCR report (in English/translated to English), and your original vaccination certificate/card if not-fully-vaccinated (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate/card is not in English).

Getting to the Sanctuary from the airport 

We will provide a fully sanitised, private vehicle to bring you from the airport to the Sanctuary. For your safety, only those within your booking party will travel in this vehicle at one time.

Local return transfers are included in your package if you stay for 7 days or longer.

The journey will take around 2.5 hours.

Once you arrive at the Sanctuary

  1. We will conduct a PCR test on you upon arrival (There is no PCR testing done at the airport). If negative, then you can roam freely throughout the property, including neighbouring Rekawa Beach, and enjoy all private treatments, group classes and activities. 

Exit PCR/Rapid Antigen Test (Not-Fully-Vaccinated Travellers)

Travellers who are vaccinated but are yet to complete 2 weeks from the recommended doses of vaccination will be entitled to a shorter flexible bio-bubble period as follows:

Travellers will undergo the Exit PCR/Rapid Antigen test on completion of 14 days from the recommended doses of vaccination and upon receiving negative PCR test results, will be entitled to leave the bio-bubble, and are not subject to any travel restrictions in the country. 

Exit PCR/Rapid Antigen Test (Not-Vaccinated Travellers)

All Not-Vaccinated Travellers will perform an Exit PCR/Rapid Antigen test on Day 12. If the particular traveller departs the country before Day 14 from arrival, the Exit PCR/Rapid Antigen test is NOT required. 

After the 2-week completion and verifying the negative PCR/Rapid Antigen test results, the respective Safe & Secure Level 1 Hotel doctor/in charge will issue a “Discharge Document” and release the travellers from bio-bubble. 

 

What are you doing to ensure my safety at the Sanctuary?

Sen Wellness Sanctuary is certified by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority as a ‘Safe & Secure Level-1 Hotel.’ This is an independent audit done by KPMG.

We are a small, private retreat centre located within a secluded nature reserve, offering an unparalleled location for these times. Rekawa Beach is a stone’s throw from the Sanctuary and much of the time it is empty.

We have implemented the strictest protocol in response to COVID-19 as required by the Ministry of Health and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

  1. We will operate no more than a 75% occupancy rate at all times.
  2. The Sanctuary’s beachside location means that we receive natural ventilation from the fresh sea air. The building’s open architecture is designed to maximise airflow and we do not use any air conditioning, reducing the risk of viral transmission.
  3. The Sanctuary is a low-density space, our cabanas are separated by a walkway, and each has its own balcony and bathroom, offering you privacy and space from other guests.
  4. When you arrive, your luggage and footwear will immediately be disinfected. If not-vaccinated or not-fully-vaccinated, you will then undergo a PCR test and wait in your room for the result. If you arrive after 17:00, you will need to wait until the following morning to be tested.
  5. Service staff and therapists will wear masks and PPE according to WHO standards.
  6. Surfaces and equipment will be disinfected twice a day.
  7. Linens will be supplied in sealed covers and washed separately.
  8. All rooms will be disinfected after check out.
  9. We will continue to randomly test our staff for COVID-19.
  10. We will brief all staff according to the latest changes and developments in health & safety protocols.

Are there any areas of the Sanctuary or surrounding area that I’m not able to spend time in or visit? 

All areas of the Sanctuary will be available to you.

You will also be able to visit neighbouring Rekawa Beach. However, please note that the current is too strong to swim on our doorstep and, due to current restrictions, we’re unable to visit the rock pool for morning swims.

Are there any changes to the wellness programme and are there any treatments which are not available?

All treatments are available as normal and will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines given by the Ministry of Health & Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason related to COVID-19, we will offer you a full refund, or alternatively, you may have a credit note and transfer your booking to a future date.

If you have any further questions or need further information, please contact our booking team.

I can’t stress enough what a pleasure and beautiful experience it was to spend 7 days at SEN. The facilities, treatments, yoga, soul warming localisation and last but not least - most helpful and kind staff made my stay there a full wellness immersion journey. I recommend to everyone to unwind, relearn how to rest and come back to the body and peaceful mind.
Karolina D.
02:38 30 Dec 21
If you are having trouble finding peace of mind in your busy everyday life, imagine this: you are sitting in a room with wooden floor, surrounded by nature. When the monk tells you to listen to the sounds around you, this is what you hear: the wind in the mangrove forest and palm trees, the waves of the Indian ocean thundering against the nearby beach, the songs of local birds you may not have heard before. When you open your eyes, you see the dense forest, watch an eagle flying by, or look into the curious eyes of a monkey that sticks its tiny face down the roof.I came to Sen Wellness in December 2021 to get myself ready for a major surgery in January. I needed to relax, stretch, meditate and leave a troublesome year behind me. When I arrived at Sen Wellness, I quickly knew that I had chosen the right place. What struck me first was the perfect architecture of the place: the columns, the open stairs, the open walls that give you a slight breeze sometimes, the furniture and wooden carvings (all made local and/or from recycled wood). It has all the beauty of pure nature, combined with the convenience of modern life, except that you will not see a single piece of plastic and no screens (unless you choose to bring your own) while you are there. The founder, Sam Kankanamge, told me that no trees had to be removed for the construction of the building. From what I could see, the idea of sustainability is taken very seriously at Sen Wellness.From day one the staff took care of everything I needed. Madura, the concierge, welcomed me with this perfect smile, the kitchen crew around chief Darshana served us three times a day with very healthy and also delicious food, doctor Waruni provided me with an individual program of ayurvedic treatmens so full of the most relaxing massages that after a few days I already felt brand now. And I had booked two weeks!Every morning, Prema, a warm and hard-working lady, woke me up with a tea at 5:30 to get me ready for Yoga at 6:00. It sounds early, but once you are there it is as smooth as everything else. The Yoga teachers were fantastic. The level of fitness among the group was different and they found just the right way to include everybody. In one-on-one Yoga sessions, they provided me with a very good individual program (I have a severe hip condition and have seen a lot of physiotherapists in my life). The way they looked into my personal situation and developed a special Yoga program convinced me that they really know what they are doing. (Thank you @emmaflowmoon).By the way: a lot of women are working here, especially in the well-paid jobs. The kitchen and the room service staff is male, the rest is female-dominated. Since most of the guests are female, this is only fair, and it is not a coincidence: "This is a place for empowerment of women", Sam told me.But it is, first of all: a beautiful place to relax and take care of your body and soul.
Charlotte K.
12:26 28 Dec 21
I can’t stress enough what a pleasure and beautiful experience it was to spend 7 days at SEN. The facilities, treatments, yoga, soul warming localisation and last but not least - most helpful and kind staff made my stay there a full wellness immersion journey. I recommend to everyone to unwind, relearn how to rest and come back to the body and peaceful mind.
Karo D.
02:57 14 Dec 21
My time at Sen Wellness Sanctuary was truly awakening, and I'm really grateful for this wonderful experience. Immersed in nature, the sanctuary is so beautifully designed to naturally heal.No amount of gratitude enough for the wonderful people that work there, who have made my stay unforgettable. Every Ayurvedic treatment was served holistically with attention and dedication, and the local vegetarian options were so nourishing and filled with all sorts of colors and flavors — leaving me to feel relaxed, renewed with a better understanding of myself; merely it was food for the mind and soul. The power of kundalini yoga, meditation and sound healing held by the beautiful soul coco and the great monk have made a valuable impact on my daily practice and mindset.Above all, I’m so thankful and honored to have met and received personal care and attention from Dr. Sam. He’s an incredibly human with so much to offer and learn from. The sanctuary is purely a destination advocating a new way of life — the people coming from all walks of life and the conversations I encountered along the way have left the greatest impact on my heart and are my biggest take away from this trip. This is not a good bye but a see you soon :)Reminder that the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you — RumiWith lots of love,C
Cinderella H.
09:24 18 Nov 21
We can highly reccomend this wonderful place.My husband and I spent 2 weeks at Sen Wellness Sanctuary in October. It was just great and we felt very comfortable. After 2 weeks of Ayurveda retreat and yoga we feel relaxed and full of energy again. The Sanctuary is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The staff made us feel very welcome. Especially the manager Gangani made us feel at home. Thanks you especially to her and the whole team. Gangani, you spoiled us every day, thank you so much for that.The place is a gem, nestled between the lagoon and the beach and away from the tourist hustle and bustle.The ayurvedic consultations with Dr. Waruni were professional and lasting. The entire therapeutic team was also excellent. The massages were wonderful. My sinusitis and back problems were sustainably treated.We also had the privilege of participating in a very special yoga experience. We have several years of yoga experience and practice Anusara Yoga regularly. We had no previous experience with Kundalini Yoga. In these 14 days our expectations were far exceeded, it was a transformative experience and a journey to our inner self. Coco introduced us to Krya sequences combined with breathing techniques, meditation and mantra chanting, and we immediately felt at ease. Coco is an incredibly impressive personality, with deep spirituality and a great teacher. Through her captivating personality and the many great conversations she gave us access to new insights. At the end of these 14 days, we received a wealth of tips and advice on how to practice safely at home.We highly recommend Sen Wellness Sancutuary and we will definitely come back.
Eva S.
17:40 07 Nov 21
My time at Sen was nothing short of transformational. Every day in that sanctuary brought me a new gift, a new truth, or a new opportunity to heal from my pain. It wasn’t always smooth, or necessarily happy, but it was deeply fulfilling to my body, my soul, and my soma. It almost felt like a pilgrimage to nature, to purity. The people I met there, the conversations and rituals we had together, the meals, laughs, and stories we shared, they were life-altering for me. Some of those moments left an impact that is still with me today, two months later. Thank you Sen team for all you have given and done. 🤍
Asrar M.
10:24 16 Oct 21
I was a part of the Golden Summer Retreat at Senwellnesssanctuary. This has been a very intense experience. The Sanctuary is built within the middle of nature on the lagoon near Tangalle with an outstanding architecture. The whole stuff is perfect working together within their different tasks and does everything for the wellbeeing of the guests. Very soon you don't feel as a guest but more as a member of a loving and caring family. Excellent ayurvedic food, doctor and treatments as a basic for a deep going transformation process with special tools and combination of ongoing steps. A real magic experience within the travel bubble in islandwide lockdown and global pandemic. My deepest gratitude for all the people there which makes this possible
Karin R.
04:51 03 Sep 21
I just was part of the Golden Summer Retreat at Sen Wellness. This was a very special and magic experience on an outstanding place in nature with awasome people on a wonderful island. Started with super friendly and caring hotel managing team, best ayurvedic kitchen, doctor and treatments, lovely yoga work and special and carefully developed transformation tools and process. Highly recommend Sen Wellness for a mindful and deep going stay. My deepest thanks for all who created and worked for this space and give their best whatever their task is
Karin R.
12:55 02 Sep 21
This was my first wellness trip .. and I loved it!Every other holiday I have been on involved drinking and returning to normality feeling worse than I did before I left.After visiting Sen for 2 weeks, I felt brand new.Before leaving I was concerned that I would get bored, but I never did. Just pure peace, relaxation, and contentment, for 2 full weeks.You get so well looked after every day, from the early morning tea wake up call, to your serving of herbal medicine before bed. With plenty of yoga, meditation, and treatments in between.The food is delicious! Clean and fresh. The daily ayurvedic treatments are bliss and the beach is isolated and beautiful, perfect for an afternoon stroll.Thank you to all the staff at Sen for making my stay so worth it. From the management, chefs, cleaners, treatment therapists, yogis, the monk and especially the resident doctor, who put a smile on my face every day!I recommend Sen to anyone that just needs a good break from life. To switch off, refresh and reconnect with yourself. The results are long lasting.Paul.
Paul K.
05:34 06 Jul 21
I was staying in March for 2 weeks .Beautiful place with untouched beach you can walk along and enjoy the sound of the waves . Bespoke location with surrounding of wildlife . Amazing people and individual approach makes your stay relaxing and enjoyable . Would be lovely to have more non vegetarian food option . Thank you for looking after me
Kristina H.
16:19 18 Jun 21
It was an amazing experience in a real paradise location, close to one of the most beautiful and prestine beaches i have ever seen , and trust me i have seen many beaches in south east asia, it is so untouched and clean. We even saw little baby turtles hatch at night ... i will never forget that !The treatments and especialy the massages were one of the best i have had in my life, the Premium Cabanas are so charming and top levels even have an outdoor shower.When you come to Sen Wellness i can guarentee you will also meet likeminded people and enjoy your time including great Yoga Classes and other experiences and excursions.If this sounds all to good to be true, you should experience it for yourself!
Jacob H.
16:37 25 May 21
Perfect place to truly reset yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Pricing is very cheap for what they offer - all inclusive food (each meal a symphony!), treatment plan, massages, shirodara, cleansing options, beautiful accommodations, gorgeous secluded beach with turtles, daily herbs per your plan as prescribed, daily yogic practices etc etc. Current is strong so might need to arrange for lifeguard for swimming. I highly recommend this place for tired Europeans and US residents. Yes, even from US, totally worth the loooong flight. If you want to explore the country after quarantine at SenWellness, recommend hiring a private driver guide as public transport is not welcoming tourists per covid.
Pruz0001 P.
18:32 24 May 21
I spent 2 weeks at Sun Wellness to rest and recharge/detox from the every day life. It was an amazing place.The staff is professional and super helpful. We got delicious food everyday (mostly vegan), and daily support from a doctor that monitored how are we doing.The yoga teacher was also excellent and i enjoyed the 2 sessions we got every day.The massages were the best I got in my life. they really knew the anatomy of the body and focused on the right muscles and pain points. It was a great recovery after the yoga sessions and long beach walks.Finally, the beach is amazing. Its long with kilometers, its sandy, its full with palm trees. And the best part, we saw plenty of giant turtles nesting on the beach and small turtles hatching almost every day.The trip was a great pleasure, and left me refreshed, energized and more mindful. I warmly recommend this place.
Trajce D.
04:33 20 May 21
I was planning to come there for only one week to start practicing yoga and also to see if ayurvedic treatments were helping me to overcome some of the stress as most people experienced in this Covid period. After only a few days i already felt how the daily practices in Sen Wellness Sanctuary (with daily yoga and meditation classes, ayurvedic treatments and super healthy and natural food) changed my perceptions and helped me to become much more centered and connected with myself again. That is why i extended another week and it was a very good decision to strengthen the skills and way of life which is thaught there. The place is really well made which lots of attention to details and the location at the remote and beautiful Rekawa beach can not be better to get into the vibe and spirit you feel there.Thanks alot to Dr. Sam and the whole staff for this fantastic experience.
Christian W.
07:39 23 Apr 21
I didn’t think it would be possible to travel somewhere far during this pandemic, let alone feel completely safe, in awe of all the country’s and the sanctuary’s protocols, and their ability to allow you to enter a bubble with a group of fellow retreaters so that for 10 days we completely forgot about the covid world out there. In our little haven between beach and lagoon we healed, relaxed, meditated, swam, did yoga, slept, made life-long friends and found an emotionally safe place to let go, process, feel vulnerable and share much needed laughter. You return home so healthy from the incredible locally sourced foods and the cleansing monitored by an impressive ayurvedic doctor, so at peace... Now the challenge is to use all those new tools we have acquired there and use them in our daily lives to feel happier and more fulfilled in our day to day lives. Thank you to the whole amazing Sen Wellness team. Namaste.
Gabrielle S.
16:58 20 Apr 21
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