COVID-19

COVID-19

Before you travel to Sri Lanka

  1. You will need to arrange a PCR test and present a negative result no more than 96 hours old 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. The payment for up to 3 PCR tests (at USD 40 per test), depending on the length of your stay, is to be paid at the time of booking your stay to obtain your visa.
  5. Download this health declaration form, fill it in and hand it over at the airport when you arrive.

 

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.

The journey will take around 2.5 hours.

 

Once you arrive at the Sanctuary

  1. We will conduct a PCR test on you as soon as you arrive. (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.

If, unfortunately, your PCR test is positive

  • But you are asymptomatic: you can still stay with us but you won’t be able to have meals or interact with other guests or staff. We will deliver food and beverages to your room. Our resident Ayurveda doctor will provide you with all the necessary care and keep the Ministry of Health informed of your progress.
  • You are symptomatic: You will be transferred to a Ministry of Health approved private hospital so you can get the necessary care. The local insurance policy mentioned above will cover all related expenses.
  1. You will be required to undergo another PCR on your 7thand 14th day in Sri Lanka depending on the length of stay. These will be done via a mobile testing unit. For stays beyond 14 days, a PCR test is required 96 hours prior to your departure from Sri Lanka.

 

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. Both you and the driver will have your body temperature taken. 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. Social distancing will be maintained in the common areas, at mealtimes, and in the yoga shala at all times.
  6. Service staff and therapists will wear masks and PPE according to WHO standards.
  7. Surfaces and equipment will be disinfected twice a day.
  8. Linens will be supplied in sealed covers and washed separately.
  9. All rooms will be disinfected after check out.
  10. We will continue to randomly test our staff for COVID-19.
  11. 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.

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.read more
Paul K.
05:34 06 Jul 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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Gabrielle S.
16:58 20 Apr 21
Amazing place with beautiful people. Delicious food and great, helpful stuff. I've been very satisfied of treatments and whole stay. Really recommend that place!
Pawel M.
16:35 18 Apr 21
The Sen wellness centre was a refreshing place to find. The current world, post covid climate only served to boost this gem of a (possibly) life changing, experience.Arriving at the centre was a little daunting to start with, people sitting at a large table engaging in lively, upbeat... conversations, whilst the newbies sit in partial isolation. A requirement of law to ensure covid safety for all at the centre but a comforting experience none the less.After a day or so of settling in (this being my first experience of such a place), I was blown away by the warmth of the team. All professionalism and smiles, from the doctor to the cleaners, they all made you feel incredibly welcome and special.In turn, this encourages you to be equally open. Not an easy thing for us all to do but once you start, you begin to feel your way and gain in confidence, finding a better you.Then there are the treatments .. I have been a meat eater for 20 years and here I was with no meat, no dairy, no bread and butter and no alcohol, tea or coffee & enjoying it all, looking forward to all meals and often asking for seconds. It’s amazing how one’s pallet can change.Living on a mainly plant based diet took a few days to get used to but my body ended up feeling like it hasn’t done since childhood. Functioning as it should, processing the food easily, no bloating or discomfort and sleeping like a baby in the wonderful surroundings.The diet along with a tailor based health plan of herbal medicine, teas, detoxes, yoga and a general reset have changed the way that I feel and also how I am starting to think.It’s not just the food and the treatments. The energy of the staff and the guests who visit Sen Wellness is heart-warming experience, I cannot recommend it highly enough.I’d also like to thank all those that shared this experience with me .. thank you guys, it was amazing !Take time out of what you consider to be the important things in your life. Take a trip to this centre and find out for yourselves what is really important. Forget the constant consumption that we are fed, as being a necessity to happiness on a daily basis - go and feed your soul, you really will not regret it !read more
Mark F.
13:21 18 Apr 21
A beautiful space with beautiful people, Sen Wellness Sanctuary lets you truly unplug from the madness and get in touch with yourself. My wife and I spent 1 week there and our only regret is that we didn't stay longer.After your individual consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor, your treatments... are tuned to your personal issues and are out of this world. All the staff are super friendly and professional at their jobs.The yoga classes were incredible and both of us could really see progress in the short time we were there. The best part is that your level of practice does not matter and anyone can take part without feeling inept.The food was healthy and super delicious at the same time. Really missing our morning tea!Sen Wellness Sanctuary is highly recommended for anybody that wants to let go or just reset. We can't wait to go back!Thanks again to everyone for making us feel like a part of the family! Much love!read more
Paul T.
09:02 15 Apr 21
I travelled to Sen Wellness Sanctuary trying to reconnect with myself and found a community immersed in love, trust, peace and serenity. I was hoping to discover a stronger sense of self-esteem and ended up finding self-love.I was blown away by the care and attention from all members of staff,... the incredible quality of the food on offer, the breath taking surroundings, the beautiful beach and the immersive Ayurvedic treatments. One of the best experiences I have had in my life so far.I have blossomed not only physically, but mentally and emotionally through this experience. Everyone has a different reason for going on this journey and, for me, I found it is only the beginning.A true Sanctuary.read more
Neil P.
08:21 06 Apr 21
Staying at Sen Wellness Sanctuary really changed my arrival to Sri Lanka. Offering yoga classes with one of the best teachers in Sri Lanka, amazing Ayurvedic treatments with local professionals and delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian food. My stay really helped to setup new healthy routines while I meat... a group of wonderful people. Will definitely recommend to anyone coming to Sri Lanka and needing to choose a hotel for the quarantine period! Thank you to all the stay for your amazing customer service! 🤍💫🙏read more
Marta P.
01:52 30 Mar 21
I feel So grateful and blessed to have a peaceful and essential Yoga & Ayurveda retreat in Sen Wellness sanctuary. It makes me physically and mentally ready to start my vacation in Sri Lanka.The Food in our 3 meals are incredible delicious and fresh local vegetables and beans; The staff especially... our Ayurvedic therapists are all so nice with good skills, highly recommended Ms.Nayana and her son, they are professional with beautiful souls, I can feel that they are working with their hearts; I also like my gallery room a lot, without AC is totally fine for me, shared toilet and bathing is no problem at all with my budget, lol...I've found peace and love in Sen Wellness, Looking forward to going back in the future.Namaste!Emmaread more
Emma S.
10:10 22 Mar 21
Волшебное место, в котором можно остановиться на долгое время и по-настоящему насладиться спокойствием и временем наедине с собой. Лучшая еда на Шри-Ланке, 90% Веган диета, без сахара и переработанных продуктов. Прекрасный персонал, заботливая доктор, аюрведический процедуры, которые помогут... расслабиться и оздоровиться. Отель расположен между океаном и лагуной, вокруг только природа и ничего больше. Я участвовала в групповом ретрите - незабываемый опыт, волшебные люди, с которыми мы прошли этот путь. Занятия йогой по два раза в день, медитация с буддийским монахом, экскурсии в храм и на местный рынок. Я обязательно вернусь в Sen Wellness! Спасибо персоналу за заботу, тепло и улыбкиread more
Arina E.
17:21 11 Feb 21
Highly recommend Sen Wellness Sanctuary for a memorable and meaningful healthy holiday in a spectacular place. The people are friendly, the treatments are relaxing and effective and there's a unique balance between chilling out and exploring the natural environment and local area. I've kept up a... number of the simple habits, thanks to the chance to deep dive in yoga, meditation and being more present.read more
Avni T.
10:51 10 Mar 20
Truly a magical experience! After 5 days of great food, excellent treatments in a beautiful location I can't wait to visit again. The staff were so friendly and create a 'home-like' atmosphere in welcoming everyone. The bedrooms are very clean and tastefully designed with an array of books at hand... to help pass time as well as various daily activities which you can choose to participate in if you so wish. Would recommend to anyone who is serious about health and well being...read more
Nalina S.
10:12 15 Feb 20
What a special place!! I had an unforgettable week at the sanctuary.Filled with relaxing treatments, friendly faces and the most nourishing food.Also loved the nearby rock pool and watching the turtles nest their eggs on the beach in the early mornings.Truly recommended!
Constanze S.
10:19 10 Feb 20