What does a Pravassa Wellness vacation look like?

What makes Pravassa's Wellness travel concept different?

Close to our heart, mind, body, and soul, our company wellness principles lay the foundation upon which every Pravassa tour is built.  No matter where in the world we take you, expect these principles to shine through on each of our wellness travel journeys.  

1) Unique Boutique Accommodations - Scouting and vetting hotels is a hallmark of our travel philosophy. Pravassa is proud to have built lasting relationships with locally run boutique hotels, supporting the communities we visit and fostering the concept of Fair Travel. Our handpicked, vetted, deluxe accommodations offer you a quiet, restful setting, enabling you to focus on self-care and reconnect with the world around you.

2) Locally Sourced Food - The best way to learn about a culture is to trace its history through food. Local recipes can tell stories across time and geography. Our wellness food philosophy — eat locally sourced food, mostly vegetables — renews our commitment to sustainability and opens a world for you to nourish your body in the best way possible. 

3) Exclusive Experiences - All Pravassa journeys give you access to expert educators and exclusive travel experiences. We craft relationships that offer insider access to cultural festivals, local residents’ homes, and onsite offerings created just for Pravassa's guests.

4) Stress-Free Travel - By expertly handling every detail of your trip, Pravassa puts you on a path to wellness and a stress-free vacation. From our exclusive travel guides and pre-departure consultations to VIP customs clearance and on-site transportation, you'll never have to sweat the small stuff with us.  

5) Time for Self-Care - In our over scheduled, constantly connected world, self-care often goes by the wayside. Pravassa gives you the permission and the time to stop, recharge, and bring joy into your life.

6) Wellness Support, Pre, During, & Post Journey - From jet-lag hacks to advice on how to stay healthy while traveling, Pravassa is here to guide and support your journey from the time you register until after you return home. Joining our connected community enhances your entire vacation experience. 

 

What can i expect on a Pravassa group wellness tour?

A Pravassa travel experience is more than just a vacation. We plan a stress-free vacation, which restores your best self.  Our 5-tenet wellness philosophy®: BREATHE. MOVE. MINDFULNESS. NOURISH. EXPERIENCE. ensures you'll have a #changedbytravel experience. Here’s how:

  • We will limit this group size to a maximum of 16 travelers in order to create a harmonious tribe. 

  • We personally research and scout our itineraries ensuring they are properly vetted for wellness travel.

  • We craft each tour to balance between cultural excursions, physical activities, and down time to explore on your own.

  • We never drop you off at a must-see sight in a cattle call. Instead, we partner with expert guides who invite you to immerse in the culture for an authentic and often exclusive experience. 

  • We eschew large tour buses and instead use vans that seat three across.

  • We understand the importance of diet & nutrition and work with all our travelers to accommodate their needs.

  • We connect you to our like-minded community made up of solo travelers, couples, friends, and families, all over 18 years of age.

  • We create a Pre-Departure Package, which includes an exclusive travel guide, wellness tips and travel hacks, a wellness consultation, and access to our team who will answer all your questions. 

  • We make sure you are greeted at the airport with a friendly face to whisk you to our first location.

  • We welcome the group in an opening wellness session, during which we release the stress of traveling and discuss our upcoming itinerary. 

 

Do i need to book my flights to Sri Lanka?

Pravassa's wellness travel tours do not include international flights therefore travelers are responsible for booking their own flights into and out of the country. For this Sri Lanka wellness journey, you’ll fly into and out of Sri Lanka’s Colombo (CMB) airport. All flights from the US take 24+ hours including layovers. Travelers are responsible for booking their own international flights either via their travel advisor or on their own. We will work with to find the best route. Do not book your flight until the tour is confirmed to depart.  

 

What is the Sri Lanka arrival & departure info?

Our wellness journey begins on Oct 18th at Sri Lanka’s Colombo (CMB) airport. Please make sure that your international connection allows for your arrival between 8am –12pm on this day. Upon arrival at CMB, there will be a group transfer to the resort. Many international flights arrive in the middle of the night. If you book a flight to arrive prior to the start of our group programming, we will help you book early accommodations and transfers at an added cost.

Please schedule departure flights out of Sri Lanka to depart after 5pm on Oct 27th. Departure transfers will be confirmed once travel plans have been submitted from all travelers.

If you choose to arrive/depart outside of the set transfer times, we will be happy to help arrange your transportation for an additional fee. 

 

Are there entry & Travel requirements?

All travelers’ passports MUST be valid for 6 months after date of entry into Sri Lanka (4/20). Please make sure to check your passport at least three months before your departure so you have time to renew it if necessary.

North American visitors to Sri Lanka require a 30-day Visa, which costs $35. We will work with you to secure this prior to departure.

For this trip we suggest packing no more than a 10kg/22lb suitcase and a tote or backpack — we'll offer tips & tricks on how to do this! A packing list will be sent as part of your pre-departure package, but to get started you'll need: light layers, yoga/fitness clothes, earplugs, and a good pair of walking shoes.  

Are there health/medical concerns?

Please consult a travel doctor and the CDC website for up-to-date travel vaccinations. 

Pravassa will be purchasing medical insurance coverage on your behalf for this trip. Even if you're healthy, accidents can happen! The insurance covers things such as accidents and medical emergencies. If you plan to extend your trip, please let us know, as there will be additional insurance fees you’ll need to cover. We STRONGLY recommend you purchase additional travel insurance coverage for the rest of your trip. Travel insurance can be inexpensive and covers things such as trip delay, trip cancelation, and lost luggage. We are happy to refer you to our preferred travel insurance company. 

Stomach problems can be common when traveling. Drinking a lot of water is the best way to stay healthy. We suggest you pack activated charcoal and probiotics to keep your gut healthy and calm should it become upset. Small drug stores are available in Sri Lanka should you need anything on the trip. 

 

What level are the active excursions?

Sri Lanka’s Activity Level is MODERATE. Focus is on walking, bicycling, climbing temple stairs, mindful movement, sitting for meditation, and treks through nature. These activities will be done on uneven ground and in direct sunlight.

Our #changedbytravel hashtag is most appropriate when you find yourself far away from home in a foreign land. Expect to be taken out of your comfort zone, where your most profound personal change will happen. For active experiences in Sri Lanka, we ask that you wear good walking shoes.  
 

What can I expect in the Wellness Classes?

All wellness classes in Sri Lanka will be held in outdoor, open-air spaces. The temperature in Sri Lanka will fluctuate: hot and humid near the coast, cool and dry in the mountains. We schedule the classes in the early morning or late afternoon, so please bring layers to be prepared. Sessions will be a mixture of mindful movement and seated meditation to stretch and stimulate your body and mind. Our wellness guide, Lena Franklin, will offer modifications should you have any restrictions. Please note these practices are active movement, but no prior experience is needed.

Remember that you have the freedom to skip any activity that does not resonate with you. 

 

Are there additional fees?

International airfare, meals not mentioned on the itinerary, alcohol, personal expenses, additional activities such as day tours, transportation, or spa appointments booked in addition to our itinerary will all be additional fees.

 

Is traveling to Sri Lanka for me?

Sri Lanka offers a warm, welcoming culture, most of it untouched by tourism. Here are a few local customs to understand that will help you to decide if this tour is a good fit for you. 

  • USING YOUR HANDS - Sri Lankans eat with the fingertips of their right hand. Feel free to request cutlery, but give the traditional style a try! If offered the opportunity to wash your hands, you should do so. And remember, in Sri Lanka, cleaning your plate means you’re still hungry. So leave a small amount to indicate you’ve eaten your fill.

  • MAKING A DONATION - Temples are maintained from the donations received by visitors. Please remember to make a contribution when visiting.

  • REMOVE YOUR SHOES - Shoes are never worn indoors in Sri Lanka. You are expected to take them off at the entrance to a house or temple and remain barefoot. When seated, do not point your feet at people or the temple altars.

  • SITTING ON THE GROUND - In all temples and blessing ceremonies, you will be required to sit on the ground—sometimes for extended periods of time—while praying and receiving blessings from the monks. It is traditional to sit on your heels (women) or cross-legged (men) with your feet pointing away from the altar.

  • DO NOT TOUCH - Women are not supposed to touch monks. If you are a woman and want to hand something to a monk, the object can be placed within the monk’s reach or directly on his receiving cloth. Additionally, no person should ever be touched on his or her head in Sri Lanka.

  • SRI LANKA IS NOT INDIA - Sri Lankans take pride in being culturally and politically distinct from India and often prefer not to engage in political discussions. Do not attempt a political conversation, and if one arises, remember that the civil conflict has resulted in a great deal of pain and loss for the people of Sri Lanka.

What do I need to know about traveling in Sri Lanka?

  • The national languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. Westerners are not expected to learn the language and English is widely spoken. We’ll teach you a few key phrases and our experts will be there to guide you, so no need to worry.  

  • A Visa is required to visit Sri Lanka. It is $35USD and we’ll walk you through how to secure one online before departure,

  • All transactions in Sri Lanka are done in Sri Lankan Rupees (Rs). When you exchange money, request to have larger notes (500, 1000, 2000) broken down so you can travel with smaller notes. We will provide suggested spending amounts prior to arrival.

  • Tipping on services is generally expected. 10% is often added to your bill with you leaving an addition $1 - 5 for excellent service.

  • Sri Lankan weather is humid. We will be traveling during the end of the monsoon season, which means the humidity can give way to sudden rainstorms. Luckily the rainstorms disappear as quickly as they arrive. Coastal temperatures will be in the low 70s to mid 80s, with cooler temperatures in the highlands. Pack layers and a lightweight rain jacket so you can remain comfortable.

  • Electricity is 220/240V and outlets have 2 types of plug bases: UK (Type G) or India (Type D). Consider bringing an adapter, though they are often available for travelers.

  • WiFi is available in the hotels we'll be visiting, yet mostly in common areas, not your room. We encourage device-free mealtime.

  • While pickpocketing is prevalent in every large city across the world, we've not had a problem in Sri Lanka. You'll receive our guide on how to protect your belongs while traveling. We suggest you be aware of your surroundings and not travel after dark unless you’ve prearranged transportation with Pravassa.

  • Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia so we recommend modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for your own comfort.

  • Drinking filtered or bottled water is your best bet for a happy gut. It's cheap, available everywhere, and you'll have some in your room to use to brush your teeth.

  • Sri Lankan food is varied and fresh, generally including a rice base and variety of vegetables, fish, and tropical fruit. There is always something for everyone. Pravassa curates our group meals with the healthiest ingredients available, allowing us to accommodate dietary requests.

  • Travel stresses your immune system. We'll provide you some wellness ways to stay healthy, but we also suggest taking vitamins and washing your hands to avoid getting sick.

 


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