If its action you are seeking for your next holiday, then explore the growing trend in active holidays. Australian wellbeing experts Paper Tiger offer health and wellbeing retreats with a difference – in tourism hot spot Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is the travel destination on everyone’s lips in 2015, and with the current #fitspo fascination, active holidays are making a big name for themselves. Paper Tiger is at the forefront of this movement, with a well-adjusted focus and a big dose of reality forming the basis of what they like to call ‘Balance Breaks.’
“We recognised the main holiday options out there – the eating and drinking festivals, where you come back exhausted; or the strict yoga and juice benders – where you feel shiny and new but didn’t really have any fun,” explains Casey Beros co-founder of Paper Tiger. “We want to bring those together and offer something a little different – a fun, active holiday with friends that showcases all that Sri Lanka has to offer including tourist hot spots, cultural experiences, active fitness days and a taste bud tour of local cuisines.”
The tiny island off the South of India is being touted as ‘the new Bali’ – a claim the girls from Paper Tiger deny, vouching their home away from home to be so much more. Airlines offer direct flights from central hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai since overcoming its tumultuous past of tsunamis and civil war. In line with its rich culture, Sri Lanka offers peace and tranquility to its visitors, a diverse landscape from the national parks to the Hill Country and beautiful beaches yet to be overrun with tourists.
After some time spent living in Bali, the Paper Tiger girls appreciate the comparison. “Sri Lanka feels like Bali 20 years ago, revered more for its beautiful landscapes, wildlife and culture than Bali’s intense nightlife and heavy crowds,” explains Jenna Kruiskamp, Paper Tiger’s co-founder. “It’s accessible from Australia (flights approx. $1100 return from Australia) and less than a five-hour plane ride from Asia and the U.A.E (flights approx. $400 return) as main transit points. Sri Lanka has definitely cemented itself as our vision for active holidays and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Paper Tiger’s Balance Breaks are hosted at Talalla Retreat, Tangalle – on the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. With surf, yoga, pilates, boxing and barre classes, the fitness offerings are varied and personalised depending on what the participant wants to do and achieve. If people have a more specific focus Talalla also boasts a renowned surf camp and twice daily yoga classes in their specialised shala.
“For us it’s not about detoxing and drinking endless green juices,” adds Ms Beros who is passionate about the realities of a balanced lifestyle. “We do a heap of exercise and a little personal development too which people love – because we never take time to self reflect. We explore the southern region and go on safari, visit tea plantations, indulge in pampering and local cooking classes with a few drinks thrown into the mix – and that’s our point of difference. It’s people’s holiday – we want them to spend it exactly how they want with plenty of options to get involved or to choose to do their own thing.”
Paper Tiger was founded in 2013 when the two friends found themselves burnt out from long hours and increasing pressure in their production jobs. “It’s what drives us to make sure people have an amazing time. Most of us are stressed out and over-stimulated – we want people to leave our Balance Breaks well rested, glowing with good health and ready to tackle the world again, hopefully taking some of the balance home with them. Anyone is welcome.”
For more information head to www.papertigerwellness.com or get social by following @papertigerwellness. Upcoming Balance Break dates 2015: September 27 – October 3; October 4 – 10 or check the website for 2016 dates commencing April through to October.