Anyone who knows me knows I’m not the kind of girl to sit still in one place, and therefore I’m always bouncing around from one place to another when I’m traveling.
With this in mind, I find it very difficult to go with pre-booked stays, because I never know quite where I want to stay and for how long.
However, in the case of my trip to Sri Lanka I made an exception … and a good one!
The Lapoint Surf Camps is a project I’ve known for some time, since it has a Portuguese partner and Ericeira was one of the first sites to be implemented. However, I had not yet had the chance to try it and Sri Lanka seemed ideal.
Located in Ahangama, there are two houses prepared to receive travelers: the Beach Villa, next to the beach, and the Garden Villa, across the main road.
When we landed in Colombo we decided to travel to the south and to stay on the Garden Villa for the first two days and recover from jet lag. We liked the place so much that, after traveling through the country, we decided to return for the last week and spend a few more days, just resting and surfing.
A Lovely Spot
The villa is super private, so that we passed it and didn’t noticed the small sign next to a gate that is always closed and controlled by a security 24h/24h, making it a very safe place.
As we crossed the gates we understand why they call it Garden Villa: the green space is generous and very well maintained.
An amazing team, super available, immediately greeted us. Although not belonging to one of the groups that were staying that week, they made us feel right at home and invited us to take part in the activities that were taking place, whether it was a yoga session or a dinner out.
The big house is very spacious, bright and simply decorated, but cared for and full of details. But it’s in the outer space and the pool that the attention falls in and where everyone ends up spending most of the time when we’re in house.
In our case we were housed in a dormitory for four people, which was the only room available at the time — if you are looking for a double room, it’s better to try to book it in advance — but the truth is that there was no one there, so we had the whole place for us!
Although being a dormitory, it had a private bathroom and air conditioning, which worked flawlessly. And every day the room was clean, tidy up and perfumed by the camp staff. 😉
Another positive note for the food! The Lapoint in Sri Lanka has an extraordinary team in the kitchen and all meals broad deserved praise from all the guests.
The breakfasts and dinners are varied, sometimes with touches of oriental flavors, but with plenty of Western offer, which allows a pause on local cuisine (your stomach will thank you).
Perhaps the only drawback of the Garden Villa may be the proximity to the train line, with the train passing now and then. But nothing really unpleasant. By the way, it gives a touch of uniqueness to the space, taking into account that the Sri Lankan train gets to be a tourist attraction.
Surfer or not, Lapoint may be for you!
Talking about a surf camp, you may be thinking that it’s an exclusive place for surfers. But you don’t need to be a surfer (or even a fan of the sport) to stay here. You can always opt for packages of 1, 2 or 3 weeks in Basic format (no surf lessons).
Of course, you are in Sri Lanka and this country is the most appropriate to try to set on a surfboard for the first time. The Lapoint also offers packages that include classes adapted to your level, from learning to more advance.
If looking for a complete program, even this is a good option, since, as mentioned earlier, the team offers a range of extra-surfing activities ranging from safaris, visits to tea factories, among others.
What do you think of this place? When traveling, do you usually book your stay or go day by day? Tell me all about it in the comments box below.