EXPLORING THE SOUTH OF SRI LANKA

Galle, Sri Lanka

February 21st - 28th, 2018
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Traveling, and the memories it creates, are my greatest treasure. Each experience leaves an imprint on my soul that I can turn to for comfort and inspiration during the frenetic pace and sometimes high stakes stress of daily life. Escape to Shape is by far THE BEST at curating a series of meaningful experiences that will forever shape my perspective and outlook. From cultural exploration, historical tours, challenging fitness schedules, and healthy culinary experiences, Erica and Francesco expertly orchestrate trips and memories that I shall relish forever. The friends I have made on these trips are indeed friends for life. Thank you Escape to Shape for what you do - your trips are works of art.

-- Liz R.


Wellness

Yoga. Meditation. Boot Camp. Biking. Power Walks. Massage.

Nourishment

Delicious local & seasonal cuisine, such as fresh crab curry, flavorful salads, local-caught fish, free range chicken & of course tropical fruits are always in abundance. And who doesn't enjoy cocktails made with fresh, local coconut water? Gluten free or vegan? We've got you covered!

Home

Experience the best of both worlds- the breathtaking beach & the vibrant green lowland tea terraces- in two boutique chic propeties. Intimate, relaxed sophistication at its' best.

Unique

Navigating Sri Lanka can be time consuming & chaotic- but not with Escape To Shape! We have scoured the island and cherry picked the best of the best, leaving you more time to not only savour the flavors, sights & sounds, but to relax pool or beachside in between. 


Join ESCAPE TO SHAPE on an exclusive journey to exotic Sri Lanka. Experience the vast wonders of this beautiful region - a combination of luxurious accommodations just outside of UNESCO protected historical Galle, daily yoga & fitness training classes, rich Sri Lankan traditions, elaborate temples and breathtaking natural beauty - from the lush tea plantations and magnificent beaches, to the elephants that have long called this island home. Along with the cultural and natural wonders, guests will enjoy relaxing massages, a visit to the elephant and wildlife sanctuary, delicious Sri Lanka cuisine, plus many other cultural surprises.


Includes

  • 7 nights divided between 2 boutique-chic properties in the surrounding area of Galle, Sri Lanka. Each room includes luxurious linens, Wireless Internet access, air conditioning, en suite bathroom and deluxe amenities.
  • Three meals & snacks daily, reflective of the region & the season- a combination of private meals in the villas, dinners in Galle, beach BBQ and picnics in the various areas we are exploring.
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Fitness training
  • Unique opportunities to learn about the colorful history of the country, which includes a civil war, devastating tsunami & a rich Buddhist influence.
  • Historical Tour of charming UNESCO protected Galle, considered one of the country's key cultural and heritage sites. Including a shopping tour of the best finds in the area!
  • Guided bike ride to explore local villages of the area, ending with lunch on the beach. (Tuk-Tuk transportation available for non-bike riders, but it's an easy, picturesque, all levels ride)
  • A lowland Tea Trail Experience- because no trip to Sri Lanka is complete without an authentic Tea Trail experience!
  • Witness the iconic stilted fisherman of Sri Lanka
  • Private guided visit to local Buddhist temple for Buddhist blessing.
  • Cooking class & market visit to explore the colorful fruit, vegetable & fish markets. Learn the secrets of the spices along with traditional Sri Lanka specialties, prepared the Escape To Shape, healthy way!
  • Elephants! Experience the Sri Lankan Elephants in their natural habitat. A long day as the national park is about a 3-hour drive away, but well worth it for any elephant/animal lovers.
  • One 60-minute massage
  • Use of the pool at both properties & the gym at our tea terrace property
  • Free time to relax on the beach, poolside or in the shade of a palm tree in a hammock.
  • Round trip ground transportation to and from the Colombo International Airport (CMB) or Colombo City Center (for those arriving or departing on different dates). Please note that our villa is located 2.5 hours by car from Colombo.
  • Tax

Rate

Private Room: $6000
Shared Room: $4800

$1500 non-refundable deposit per person. Please refer to the policies page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.


Accommodations

While in Sri Lanka you will experience the best of both worlds- the breathtaking beach & the vibrant green lowland tea terraces. We will have exclusive use of two of southern Sri Lanka's most stylish & unique boutique properties. Our journey will begin with 4 nights in a chic property right on the beautiful Habaraduwa beach. Each room is complete with a beautiful outdoor terrace, en suite bathroom, luxurious linens, air conditioning and deluxe amenities and is decorated in a crisp palette splashed with artwork from local Sri Lankan artists.   

Then, all you have to do is pack your bags and let our private tuk tuk's take you on a 20 minute journey up the mountain, to our private villas surrounded by the lush greenery of the lowland tea terraces, complete with breathtaking views of Koggala Lake and the surrounding palm fringed jungle. Each suite is meticulously decorated in an authentic and unique style, filled with an eclectic mélange of antiques as well as more contemporary pieces - sourced locally and from the owner’s personal travels around the world. And of course, each room has an en suite bathroom, luxurious linens, air conditioning and deluxe amenities

Each intimate yet spacious property offers all the indulgent luxuries & personalized service of a five-star hotel, while maintaining a relaxed air of sophistication & elegance. 


Sample Itinerary & Menu

Sample Days At Escape To Shape: Sri Lanka

Please note all activities are optional

DAY 1

7-10:00 am – Breakfast Available At Your Leisure

7:30 am - Morning Meditation & Journaling- 30 minutes

9:00 am – Yoga & Meditation 

1:00 pm – Lunch & History Chat

3:00 pm – Blessing at the local temple + witness the famed stilted fisherman of Sri Lanka 

5:00 pm - Beach Walk & Boot Camp

7:30 pm - Dinner 

DAY 2

7:00 am -  Morning Meditation & Journaling - 30 minutes

7:00-8:30 am – Breakfast Available At Your Leisure

9:00 am - Yoga & Meditation 

10:30- 1:00 pm - Free Time to relax poolside or beachside, get a massage or stroll the beach

1:00 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm - Galle Historical Tour & Shopping Tour

6:30 pm - Cocktails & Dinner in Galle

SAMPLE MENU

DAY 1

Breakfast

Eggs made to your liking 

Home made muesli with fresh fruits & curd or milk/nut milk

Egg or String Hoppers with coconut sambal and dahl curry 

Fresh fruits

Yogurt

Fresh juice

Coffee & tea

Lunch

Gazpacho

Prawn, Avocado and Mango Salad

Sliced mango

Mid-afternoon snack - Hummus with vegetable crudité

Dinner

Carrot ginger soup

Crab Curry with brown rice & vegetables

Roasted cocount sorbet

DAY 2

Breakfast

Eggs made to your liking 

Home made muesli with fresh fruits & curd or milk/nut milk

Egg or String Hoppers with coconut sambal and dahl curry 

Fresh fruits

Yogurt

Fresh juice

Coffee & tea

Lunch

Roti with 3 Dips- Hummus, avocado tomato, dahl

Chicken Satay with Salad

Exotic fruit plate 

Mid-afternoon snack- Banana & almond milk smoothie

Dinner

Half avocado stuffed with fresh crab

Grilled Mahi Mahi with roasted vegetables and Tamarind Sauce

Grilled banana with caramel

   


Teachers

Andrea Maltzer

Andrea Maltzer has been instructing movement classes for over 30 years . She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2000 at It’s Yoga in San Francisco. She then travelled to Mysore India to study with Pattabhi Jois. After returning to San Francisco she began studying with Rusty Wells who is her primary teacher today. She teaches Bhakti Flow Yoga. This practice is a dance-filled prayer. A meditation in motion and a path to connect with the Divine. Andrea uses an eclectic playlist as a backdrop to support the practice and guide students through a fun, challenging, and heart opening class.