Retreat weeks at Amba Estate, Sri Lanka
About Amba Estate
Amba Estate is a working organic farm and guesthouse in the Uva highlands of Sri Lanka. It is perched in a small valley above the Ravana-Ella waterfalls with fantastic views of Ella rock and Lipton’s seat. Built 100 years ago by one of the first families in Sri Lanka to develop their own tea estate, Amba bungalow exudes rustic charm and character. Amba produces a range of artisanal teas, coffees, spices and preserves and are very active in the local community supporting environmental, economic and educational initiatives. Three separate buildings are used for our retreats - all within a 2 minute walk of each other - the main tea bungalow; Eagle Rock Villa and Clove Tree Cottage.
Rooms and Weather
You'll get a room of your own (unless you want to share with a friend - in which case we can offer a discount); hot showers; towels and plenty of sofas and chairs, inside or outside to relax on. There is also good WiFi if you really need it! The weather will be warm, but because we're up on the hills, it isn't stifling heat - so there will be plenty of time to soak up the rays on the outside terraces or cool down in the waterfall pools.
Three meals a day will be provided (including dinner on the first Sunday evening and breakfast on the following Saturday morning). All meals will be prepared and cooked by staff at Amba Estate. Food will mainly be vegetarian, using as much of the organic produce that is grown on the estate as possible. Food can be tailored for those with specific requirements and will all be very healthy and fresh.
In and around Amba Estate
Farm walks: Wander around the farm, meet the herd of rescued cows, watch tea pluckers at work or amble around the cinnamon and lemongrass fields.
Waterfall swimming: Take a 20 minute stroll to the pools of the nearby waterfalls or a slightly longer 1 hour walk to a secret and secluded cave and waterfall.
Hiking: Take longer walks in and around the forest reserve surrounding Amba estate or into Ella. A hike up Ella Rock takes about 2 hours and into Ella town a further hour. Grab a tuk tuk to bring you back to Amba in 30 minutes.
Bird watching: The valley is home to a wide variety of birdlife and wildlife including kingfishers, peacocks, birds of prey and the Jungle Fowl, Sri Lanka’s national bird.
Massage services: Additional in-house massage services can be arranged using a local masseur.