12 Nov - 15 Nov - 1 Room, 2 Adults
Wattalaya Watta, Nehinna, Dodangoda, Matugama, Western, Sri Lanka
In Matugama (Kalutara District)
Eco & Sustainable
Therapeutic Treatments, Massage & Spa
Healthy Food Menu
Organic Garden Onsite
Set in a rural village, surrounded by lush green natural landscape, we are a community center where a village has come together to serve you and take you on an unimaginable journey.
We offer a very authentic Ayurveda/Yoga experience and a rather un-touristic experience in to life in a Sri Lankan village. In Oct 2019 we were listed at No 8 in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in their list of 20 Holiday trends to know and destinations to book in 2020. In 2015-19 we won the Country Award for Best Luxury Holistic Retreat by World Luxury Hotel Awards. In 2016 we won the country award for Best Luxury Villa by Luxury Travel Guide UK and the award, Sri Lanka's Best Wellness Retreat by World Spa Awards.
Todate we have received excellent reviews from our guests and been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from 2014-2019.
Plantation Villa is a specialist Wellness Nature Resort situated in a rural village in Sri Lanka, specialising in Ayurveda and Yoga. We are a community centre established and run by this village community. The retreat funds and maintains the Metta Trust charity to do community development, wildlife conservation and forest preservation activities. We maintain the local temples, village schools and fund majority of the community activities in our village and surrounding villages. Over 90% of our staff team are local villagers from underprivileged backgrounds who we have trained and offered employment along with mentoring to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
We specialize in Ayurveda which is an ancient art of healing the body and mind through nutrition, relaxation and herbal treatments. Our Ayurvedic doctors and senior therapists have over 15yrs of experience. If you come on our package rate, you will consult our Ayurvedic doctor who will develop your treatment plan to focus on your wellness goals and to address any existing ailments you may be suffering from. The doctor will also advice the kitchen about any specific food allergies you may have. You can join the yoga classes to help with your mind/body connection and general mindfulness. We aim to provide a mind/body wellness experience through Ayurveda, nutrition and mindfulness in a relaxing environment. In addition to treating the body through Ayurveda treatments and nutrition, we aim to offer a personalised service where we understand and care for our customers. Being a small centre, allows us the luxury to look after each of our guests in a very personalised manner.
All rooms are tastefully decorated with ensuite bathrooms and modern facilities. The property is located in a small village called Nehinna, 80km away from the capital city Colombo. The village is rural and has a traditional community feel. The property itself is a 30 acre plantation of Rubber, Coconut, Cinnamon and Black Pepper. The villa is surrounded by nature and is a habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna.
It is a place to really focus on your own wellbeing and happiness and learn tools to improve your physical and mental wellness and how to incorporate them in to your daily life, whilst being pampered and cared for by a loving team in a sanctuary created by nature.
At Plantation Villa we offer treatments for illnesses (ranging from small discomforts to acute and chronic conditions), detoxification and rejuvenation treatments. Ayurveda cure is further strengthened using some proven Indigenous Medicines (or Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine). Some of our doctors are trained in both Ayurveda and Indigenous Medicine allowing us to use the best of both to help you.
If you want to embark on the Full Ayurveda program (Check our Packages), you will be first consulted by our doctor who will assess the balances of your doshas (the term in Ayurveda for the tendencies of your mind and body) and develop a treatment schedule for you. Your treatment plan will include Ayurvedic Treatments to detox and cleanse the body, herbal medicines to support the body to help gain its balance and you will be required to relax and reconnect with yourself through the practice of Yoga and mindfulness. During your stay, our doctors and teacher will have social discussions about Ayurveda and its science, meditation and health.
We also have a number of books in our library for your use during your stay. A number of these books relate to Ayurveda and Buddhist principles of mindfulness. You are also encouraged to spend time in our gardens amongst nature, walk in the village and join in our nature preservation and community development activities.We are one of the best and most authentic Ayurvedic resorts in Sri Lanka.
Our doctors and therapists have over experience of working with a wide range of patients both foreign and local. Our treatments range include all Ayurvedic treatments: from basic massages, shirodhara, to full Panchakarma.
Ayurvedic healing is coupled with ancient practices of yoga and meditation which are key components to embracing a more mindful lifestyle. Coupled along with healing natural treatments and medicines, yoga and meditation allow the body to restore, improve and develop a harmony of mind, body and spirit. We cannot fully benefit from the physical treatments alone, and this is where yoga and meditation practice plays such an important role in truly overcoming our own personal shortfalls, physical imperfections, disabilities or ailments.
At Plantation Villa, we work with a number of fully qualified and experienced international teachers to guide your daily yoga lessons. It does not matter whether you are a complete beginner or if you are an experienced practitioner.
We also offer a range of activities that complements your healing wellness journey such as:
- Ayurvedic cookery classes to learn how to amend your diet when you go home
- Mindfulness workshops and talks to learn about the mind and how to find peace and happiness
- Ayurveda doctors discussions and talks to learn about Ayurveda
- Buddhist talks and discussions and meditations with Buddhist monks to learn the Buddhist teachings on the mind, mindfulness and loving kindness
- Visits to temples and sacred sites to embark on a spiritual experience see how faith can at times calm and lighten the mind
- Nature walks and visits to National Parks to learn how being in nature can improve our wellbeing
- Visits to our charity projects which can help us bring some perspective in to our life and our problems
Ayurveda places a high importance on food noting that poor digestion (including assimilation of nutrition and elimination of waste products) is one of the two main causes of all diseases (the other cause being the state of the mind). Therefore, the food we serve is overseen by our team of doctors. They have developed the menus and monitor the kitchen to ensure the meals are nutritionally balanced and in keeping with the Ayurvedic principles. Our meals are vegetarian and gluten and sugar free. Most dishes are vegan and if you have allergies and food intolerances, we can both help you with them and amend our food accordingly.
Ayurvedic food preparation is a complete science of its own, requiring careful consideration of the following factors: Guna (properties or qualities of the food), Rasa (the six tastes), Vipaka (the product of digestion), Virya (the potential of generating heat or cold), Prabhava (unique qualities) and Karma (resulting action in body and mind).
Guests are invited to learn about diet and also on how to cook your favorite meals through cookery demonstrations conducted by our doctors and the kitchen team. Our "Farm to Plate Policy" ensures that the majority of the food that is served to you comes directly from the Plantation own rice paddy field, organic vegetables, fruit, spice and herbs garden.
Free from the artificial preservatives, colourings and pesticides, all meals on site are home made from healthy, fresh ingredients. Anything that is not picked straight from our own organic gardens is sourced locally and ethically so that quality of the food is not compromised. The complete experience encourages a more hands on approach to wellness and promotes changes to unhealthy lifestyle choices and habits for good.
We are a community centre established and run by this village community. The retreat funds and maintains the Metta Trust charity to do community development, wildlife conservation and forest preservation activities. We maintain the local temples, village schools and fund majority of the community activities in our village and surrounding villages. Over 90% of our staff team are local villagers from underprivileged backgrounds who we have trained and offered employment along with mentoring to improve their lives and the lives of their children. See below for a summary of our work:
Almost all of our staff are local villagers and we have made significant efforts to train and employ those who couldn't find employment before due to their lack of education and experience. Prior to joining us, they were either house wives or worked as maids in wealthier families for very little money. They are now trained an employed by our resort. We run a family atmosphere with the hotel being directly involved in assisting the upliftment of their personal lives. These include:
All training provided free whilst on the job whilst they receive salaries which is a cost to the hotel but it is important as they do not have any other source of income
In addition to their salaries, all staff members receive 8% of our net sales on a monthly basis on a performance basis.
Every six months, profits are shared as a bonus based on their effort contribution
Annual staff trip - we travel either on a day trip or a weekend trip to one of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the country to experience what it is like to be in a hotel and experience service. Prior to coming to Plantation Villa, they have never seen a hotel before.
Family Assistance - high performing staff members are well looked after with the hotel assisting them with their medical bills, children school fees, financial planning advise, life planning advice etc.
LOCAL SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT:
The hotel supports the local village and neighbouring village schools as these places lay the foundation for the next generation. We currently work with three schools: The Nehinna School, Wadugama School and a small School in Mathugama.
Provision of Books and Uniforms - When the retreat centre was set up in 2012, most village children had no uniforms or shoes. With the assistance of our guests, we have annually provided uniforms, books, stationary and shoes to all children.
Guidance and Teaching - Our founder and our regular guests visit the schools periodically to teach and offer motivational discussions.
Performance incentives - The hotel provides incentives for students achieving higher grades. Those becoming first in class receive a goodie bag from the hotel filled with items that most kids love. It is offered as an incentive to focus on their studies. The hotel also is putting together a scholarship program to allow parents to also promote education amongst their children.
Building Development - The hotel and our guests have been involved in a number of development projects in the local schools. We have build a play ground, roofing in school buildings, providing loud speaker systems and building of the computer lab, library and toilets.
LOCAL TEMPLE DEVELOPMENT:
Village life in Sri Lanka revolves heavily around the temple with the buddhist monks often playing the role of a counseller helping people make sense of life's difficulties. We work with a number of the local temples to support these establishments as they survive solely on donation and rural villages, these can be few and far between. You can walk around the village to visit the temples we support.
Assisting Monks - Provide food and medicine for monks as and when needed and the temple is short of supplies.
Building Development - We have funded a number of temple development projects such as roofing or tiling of temple buildings, providing the water system for the temple, donation of buddha statues, and funding and development of stupa.
FREE ELDER CARE:
We provide free care and medicine for elders in the community. Every other Monday, we hold a free clinic where elders can come and receive doctor consultations and Ayurvedic medicine.
Along with our guests, we have sponsored many fun days where a village festival is funded or organised by the hotel.
Annual Dinner and Chanting - There is also an annual dinner followed by an overnight buddhist chanting in the hotel to which all villagers are invited to join. It is an opportunity to villagers to partake in hotel facilities, enjoy a nice dinner, listen to chanting and discuss their problems with a wise buddhist monk.
O Mommy and Me Parties - The hotel organises periodic parties for village kids and their moms to attend. The party will have lots of party food for kids, an opportunity to play and display their talents to the guests such as singing, dancing or giving a speech and receive gifts. Each kid will be given a goodie bag filled with toys, chocolate, and candy. Kids enjoy displaying their talents to our foreign guests as this is generally an opportunity only available for kids from popular drama schools in the capital.
Village Festivals - the hotel sponsors many of the periodic village festivals such as the Annual New Year festival to provide light entertainment for villagers.
Free Food Days - The hotel provides "dansala" or free food days where a chosen item of food it provided free for anyone who comes. These are normally done on a poya day, which is a buddhist holiday and the food stall is located at the steps of the temple and some item of food considered a luxury in the village such as Ice Cream, Chocolate, Biscuit or a Meal is provided free to anyone and everyone who comes. The objective is to provide the villagers with a treat that they wouldn't otherwise get and for us to practice non-attachment to the money we earn. It is important for us to earn money for the continued success of our operation, but we do not want to get attached to the money we earn and instead we want to give back to our community. It is a super fun and joyous event and we invite all our guests to join in.
Free Medicine Days - We have provided days where villages can come and obtain free doctor consultations and medicines for their ailments. Many of the village elders do not take the necessary medicines due to lack of funds. We are trying to combat this through our free medicine days and our individual relief programs.
Providing relief to individual needs. All of our villages know our concept so when there are needs they come to us. Each cases is assessed for its genuineness and the hotel provide relief for these villages. These instances include buying medicine or wheelchairs for elders, payment of school fees for a kid, or supporting a major surgery for a villager. We also send all our extra food to the Old Peoples Home near our Head Office along with medicine supplies as and when they need.
NATURE PRESERVATIONS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
We are already aware of the significant decline in wide open and green spaces owing to industry and deforestation. With the help of the leading botanist in Sri Lanka, advisor to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy, we have started a number of nature conservation projects. We have started buying plants of a number of Sri Lankan flora that is on the brink of extinction and classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered from the Forest Preservation Department and grow them in our land. We have a minimum of 44 endangered plants growing in our grounds today. See our Adopt a Tree page for more details on how to join in.
We also work with a number of local charities on larger nature and wildlife conservation activities. These include funding relief projects for wildlife conservation, assisting the Udawalawe Elephant Transit home, and lobbying the government on programs to stop deforestation and improve wildlife conservation.