Camp Poe

Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Camp Poe is a boutique yoga retreat set in a luscious tropical garden based in Ahangama on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Find your flow with Camp Poe!

Surf Camps 1

Speaks English

from US$649

Really Good 8.7/10

Based on 4 reviews
from US$649
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Really Good 8.7/10

Based on 4 reviews

Instructors 2

Ben Stevenson

Quantum Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

Ben is a surf and yoga teacher from the UK and has been living in Sri Lanka for the past 2 years. He is a part owner of Camp Poe, and will also be hosting the yoga retreat with his business partner, Till. Ben is trained in Vinyasa yoga with Quantum Yoga's Lara Baumann.

Jessica Gray Lightley

Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Hatha Yoga)

Jess is from the UK and has dedicated her life to yoga. She now lives in Sri Lanka, where she teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga. Jess is also a keen surfer!

Reviews 4

  • Jordan Schmidt Spanish State

    December 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I enjoyed all the classes , made me feel really relaxed and centered and really got to focus on my breathing

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookSurfCamps

    Not much to do in the area

    Testimonials 18

    • Julia & Christin

      Trip Advisor website

      We booked a full package for a week including yoga, surfing and a tent! It was our first week on Sri Lanka and it was a difficult one to move on after as we straight away fell in love with this place. It´s energy is so positive and relaxed. Ben, Till and the sri lankan family including "Mama" really give you the feeling you are coming to a home away from home. The tents are made for nature lovers. You can hear the monkeys and little squirrels, the birds and the wind. Really important fact: Extremely comfortable beds! And everything is surrounded by plants and palmtrees...just beautiful. Surfspots around the camp are available for every level. Within walking distance you´ll find "Sticks" and a beachbreak, which are both (depending on conditions) suitable for beginner to intermediate to pro. Within a 10 min TukTuk ride you´ll reach a bunch of different lefts, rights or beachbreaks. Ahangama for us was the perfect place to be. It isn´t too touristic but yet you get everywhere within 10-40 min by TukTuk or just 10 min walk into Ahangama village. We didn´t miss anything.

      Yoga was very delightful and a perfect match with the surfing. Also the offered massages are great! ou can just totally be yourself at this camp, play music, draw, chill, read a book, sleep, play in the pool, play many options but you not gonna get bothered-all up to you. We got taught some Singhalese, hangdrum, drawing... Last but not least: food was insanely delicious!!! Breakfast is the best we could find on the island! I could go on like this for a while, but instead I just recommend go there yourself and check it out! We´ll be back for sure! Thank you Camp Poe family!!!

    • Jonathon

      Trip Advisor website

      The best place I stayed while in Sri Lanka:) Ben and till and all the local staff are legends. Poe had a really good vibe going on with a fun mix of travellers. Food was great and it was central to many surf spots.

    • Elvira Basira Yeshe

      Camp Poe website

      A great homely place to just BE, relax, surf, enjoy, good company, good food, really nice tents and the best of all: working hard towards an evermore sustainable and socially just place!

    • Gabriela Hjell Czechia

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      Nice people. Relaxing atmosphere between palm trees and monkeys. Great food and usefull tips how to get around. It will always be the place where I fell in love with surf!

    • Mirey Kara Dantziguian

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      Amazing place.

      Warm welcome and stay

      Beautiful set up. Very friendly.

      Highly recommend it to those who wish to escape the city life to a little piece of heaven

    • Kathi Rng

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      If you're looking for the perfect balance between relaxation and surfing camp poe is the place to stay. The camp is super calm and the food the camp offers makes the stay even better. Ben and Till were great hosts and I'll be back for sure (:

    • Anja Rolfes Germany

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      I couldn't have wished for a better place to do my first surf lessons, relax and calm down after travelling the isle of Sri Lanka. Ben and Till are great hosts - and the team surrounding them makes Camp Poe just a special place. Saying hi from Germany to Mama, Dominda and the rest of the lovely people! Hope to see you again soon!

    • Eleanor Train United Kingdom

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      A very special place! The camp is so beautiful, relaxed and full of creativity. Everything has been built with love. Ben and Till are great hosts, yoga and surf teachers, and all round wonderful people. They made me feel instantly at home, which was so lovely, especially travelling solo. What makes Camp Poe so unique is the connection with all the staff, who are so kind. Mama will invite you next door to her house for delicious lunch, you can get to know her children and immerse yourself in Sri Lankan life. They have a lovely relationship with Ben and Till, it really is a little family and I am very sad to leave after only a week. Definitely see you again Camp Poe, thank you!

    • Rosa McCulloch

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      My favourite place to stay in Sri Lanka! Ben and Till are fantastic hosts- totally embracing their Sri Lankan community so you really feel like your part of something bigger. Great sense of being a tourist while also being able to have a positive local impact. Mamma and her beautiful family next door are super welcoming and attentive, and put on fresh and authentic Rice and Curry everyday- the only way to eat in Sri Lanka! Ben will get you started with some Sinhalese, the kids always fill in the gaps. Yoga classes were fantastic- non- pretentious and as challenging as you want them to be. Awesome access to the waves on a completely flexible schedule, and plenty of boards to hire. I can't speak for the lessons...but the people who took them were better than me in all of about a day... The best place if your looking to meet people and have a real social, family style experience...the best place if your looking for space and chill, and want the time to yourself. Can't recommend it any more highly!!

    • Bianca Blackmore Europe

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      A hidden gem! Chilled but with a feeling that you are staying somewhere special! Love all the artwork & all the creative details!

    • Geordie Baxter

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      Camp Poe is an idyllic escape with fantastic local food, ideal waves for all abilities and a great atmosphere. Endless opportunities to lounge by the pool, immerse yourself in yoga sessions with Ben or surf with the stick fishermen. Would very highly recommend!

    • Sam Stevenson United Kingdom

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      If anyone is looking for a great place to relax, unwind, practise yoga and surfing, in a super chilled out environment, Camp Poe is the one! Great staff, super good vibes and open all year round. We loved it ! We will be back!

    • Lorna Hayes United Kingdom

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      What an experience ! I'd never learnt to surf and I'd never tried yoga, but the camp Poe family have shown me the light ! Thank you to Ben and Till for taking care of us so well! See you next year � namaste!!

    • Phil Rudelle

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      I entered camp poe and after 5 minutes it felt like home!

      Lovely people, surfing, yoga, awesome food, pool, good vibes and a lot of fun!!!

      Definitely a special place...

      See u next year ;)

    • Lucy Harris United Kingdom

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      These guys have something great going on here! Camp poe is just beautiful - lovely jungle-y gardens, amazing tents, super friendly staff, relaxing hammocks and pool, delicious breakfasts and dinners - all this and it's just a walk over a train line away from the beach and the main road, so very easy to get to. Ben was a great instructor for both yoga and surfing and very good at adapting the class to your level. I absolutely love the relationship Ben and Till have with their Sri Lankan family next door, who by the way will cook you the most delicious (and huge!!) lunch if you want! Thank you for a great couple of days, I wish we could have stayed longer!

      P.s. Till - thank you for your advice about extending our visas, without that we might have ended up waiting 7 hours too!

    • Aoife Bergin

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      Camp Poe wins as the best place I have ever stayed! It has an amazing homely atmosphere, I couldn't have felt more welcome and comfortable. The hosts were so wonderful and helpful, full of tips and tricks as well as organising some incredible activities. Camp Poe was beautiful and serene with clean facilities and an awesome communal area and great food was a massive plus! I couldn't fault one single thing ❤️

    • Lily Plume France

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      A little jungle oasis where you can enjoy a real Sri Lankan experience. Even in low season there was always plenty to do and see, including a boat tour of Koggala Lake, star gazing, lunch with the lovely local family next door, beach BBQ or just chilling by the pool. I stayed in a tent for the first few nights which was an experience like no other - you can hear monkeys in the trees above and the sounds of the jungle all around you! Then I was upgraded to one of the beautiful bungalows for the last couple of nights of my stay, which was dreamy :) thanks Camp Poe you're all legends!! Hope to be back again soon!

    • Agnieszka Lomza Spain

      Camp Poe Facebook page

      It's just a perfect place to chill, have fun, surf and enjoy good company. It's simply beautiful with its bungalows and tents surrounded by the real wild jungle (fireflies at night!) but at the same time very close to the town and really nice beach. Food is delicious, staff super friendly. Expect an amazing time with life music, pool parties and lot's of fun. Oh, and there's the cuttiest puppy ever living there! :) Enjoy!

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