Excursions and Activities

Surroundings

In keeping with the philosophy that nature is the best healer, Sen Wellness Sanctuary has been designed to function in harmony with its surroundings.

Excursions and Activities

We recognise that all guests visit the Sanctuary for different reasons and that this is reflected in the spectrum of needs and desires you have when you stay with us. The daily rhythm at the Sanctuary is intentionally designed to make space for deep rest and relaxation, and for some this will look like spending more time alone for quiet contemplation, and taking naps in the day in between treatments. For those who embrace a slightly busier schedule we have an optional excursion or activity on offer each day.

Daily rock pool swimming
The Sanctuary is located by a beautiful stretch of unspoilt beach which you will often find you have to yourself. The current is too strong to swim directly on our doorstep but a picturesque 25 minute walk takes you to a spot sheltered by rocks where it's safe to swim. We are happy to transport you there and back if you prefer that option. And trips to swimming beaches in nearby Tangalle will also be organised during your stay.

Turtle watching
Our proximity to Sri Lanka’s first protected marine turtle nesting sanctuary on Rekawa Beach offers guests the very special and rare experience of witnessing hundreds of baby turtles hatching, making their way to the ocean and seeing adult females turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. This is a seasonal activity with high nesting season occurring from January to July. Turtles have been nesting on Rekawa Beach for centuries and it is always a joy seeing them making the pilgrimage back to their natal beach.

Mangrove project & tree planting
Sen Wellness has launched a new initiative within the Rekawa Nature Reserve to plant 10,000 mangrove trees as part of a reforestation, carbon footprint reduction, and community engagement project.

Mangrove trees make a positive contribution in reversing the effects of climate change, as they absorb up to three times as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere compared to other tree species. Mangrove trees also play an important role in biodiversity as they act as shock absorbers against storm surges, as a water purifier, and as a nursery for aquatic animals.

This project will directly help many families who rely on Rekawa Lagoon for their livelihoods by hiring them to create nurseries and look after the trees in the long-term. The project will indirectly have an impact on the larger community due to its positive impact on the entire lagoon and its surrounding habitats. Guests will have the chance to visit the mangrove nurseries, meet the local farmers tending to the trees, and will have the opportunity to plant a tree of their own.

Yoga at Rock Temple 
Mulkirigala Rock rises about 676 feet from the surrounding land mass. There are seven cave temples containing images of Buddhas, Arhats and Gods. The rock temple provides a stunning and highly memorable setting in which to practice yoga and meditation at sunset.

Cooking demonstration
Our Head Chef Bonnie will lead guests through a traditional cooking demonstration, exploring the different indigenous and Ayurvedic ingredients, their properties, and health benefits, as well as sharing cooking tips.

Testimonials

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 Saemann

- February 2020

Overall was a great 2 weeks staying at Sen Wellness, where we reached the goals that were defined - clean the mind, loose weight and starting to get back in shape. We'll be back.

Rui & Claire

- December 2019

What an amazing experience. Everything was above and beyond- treatments, service, staff, hosts, doctors. I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 night stay in a private cabana with amazing meals. The excursions were great and everything flowed so well. I highly recommend if your just looking for a place to relax, if you have a health issue or stress to deal with. Thank you to Sen, I look forward to coming back again.

Madison Graham

- November 2019

Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a true oasis for wellness, relaxation, detox and a culinary heaven. We were pampered from check-in to check-out. The staff was always friendly, the treatments were amazing, the beds were so comfy and everything was very clean. The food was amazing: so tasty and fresh. I was looking forward to yoga on the beach or gong meditation daily as it was the best thing to start or end your day. I would recommend staying at least 7 - 10 days, since 5 days are waaaay to short. There is nothing that I didn't like about this place!

Mimi Harp

- December 2019

This was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life. Everyone was so kind and considerate, nothing was too much trouble. The team are so knowledgeable, catering for your own personal needs. The surroundings are idyllic and food great. I came away after a 12 day stayfeeling like a new woman, totally re-energised both physically and mentally. Just wonderful!!

Karen Lester

- January 2020

A stay in the Sanctuary was a wonderful experience in every respect (renewal for the body, mind and balance of emotions). For 10 days fantastic and professional people took care of us: Ayurveda treatments, delicious and healthy food, daily yoga and meditation. Fantastic yoga teachers (Kundalini, Yin and Vinyasa) and the wonderful Dr. Sam (bioenergy therapy, acupuncture). The area is ideal for retreatment (nature, peace and quiet). This is a place worth returning to - we will definitely be back next year, especially since we need to check how the mango trees planted by us on the lagoon grow

Paweł Bębenek

- November 2019