News and Updates

Thomas Cook Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Thomas Cook's website for up to date accurate information.
https://www.thomascook.com/travel-updates/
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are ABTA bonded
If you booked direct with Thomas Cook and paid with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Thomas Cook and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Thomas Cook’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments ar refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

2019 - for those of you already registered for summer 2019 and beyond please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Some prices have risen due to exchange rates - sorry!

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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Barberyn Reef, Sri Lanka Ayervedic Resort

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  • November 2019

    £1600

    Ayurveda & Yoga in Sri Lanka with full Ayurvedic programme included

The Barberyn Ayurveda & Yoga Experience

Find yourself and heal your body, mind, and spirit within the holistic experience of Ayurveda, meditation and yoga, in this unique Ayurveda resort overlooking the ocean.

With more than 35 years fully dedicated to Ayurveda, Barberyn Reef welcomes its guests with warmth and a quiet competence that few resorts can match.

  

After an initial consultation you will experience Ayurvedic treatments as prescribed plus yoga on all days except our excursion day. Ayurveda is the main focus of your day for everything including the food. Please note that no alcohol or coffee is served at this venue.

This is an opportunity  to improve your health through authentic Ayurveda while on a Sri Lanka beach holiday. A long sea-front sheltered by a natural reef runs the length of the resort and forms a natural swimming lagoon. Sand stretches for miles along the shore. There is also a large salt-water swimming pool.

The resort has a casual and serene ambience. A journalist writing for 'The Nation' Newspaper in Thailand remarked:

"Lulled by the rhythmic pounding of the Indian Ocean nearby, relaxed by the kneading of daily oil massages, long-staying guests eventually emulate an aura of well-being, signalled by slower speech and a softer demeanour. No wonder that many of the guests end up rescheduling flights and extending their stays."

To view this venue on YouTube please follow the link below
Barberyn Reef overview

A typical day is as follows.

6.30-8.00am - meditation and asana practice

8.00am-9.00am - swim, walk, breakfast

 9.00am - treatments 

11.00am - juice

12.00pm-2.00pm - lunch

2.00pm - free time or more treatments if needed

4.00pm - tea

5.00pm-6.00pm - asana class

7.00pm - dinner

 

Yoga is a powerful complement to Ayurvedic treatments

There will be yoga classes each day led by Tina Abbey.

Yoga will  be twice a day, Yin in style to compliment your treatments.

  

AYURVEDA THERAPY

Click here for a video of the Ayurvedic Treatments

This time away is not so much a holiday as a journey into re-balancing your body and mind.

On arrival you will be scheduled to meet with your doctor for an in depth consultation, a program will be put together for the duration of your stay. It will include daily head face and body massage, acupuncture, herbal compresses applied  to the body and a herbal bath, there may  be other treatments if your doctor feels it will be of benefit. There will also be Ayurvedic remedies to take.

Food is considered a medicine so great importance is given to what you eat. There will be doctors in the dinning room to advise you. The food is high quality vegetarian with a fish option, breakfast and lunch are as plentiful as you wish, dinner is much lighter, juice and teas are available during the day.

 

You will be surprised - Ayurvedic food is both healthy and delicious!
According to Ayurveda, the diet of an individual plays an important complementary role in the Ayurvedic treatment.

Therefore, after the diagnosis of the health status, each guest will be prescribed a diet consistent with the physician’s diagnosis and the recommended treatment.

The food, which is of six main tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent) and many sub tastes, has been mentioned in classicbooks about Ayurveda, some of them up to 5000 years old, along with the food’s characteristic properties: Guna (property), Virya (potency), Vipaka (post digestive effect) and Prabhava (special attributes). 

This doesn't mean a strict regime of bland, tasteless or bitter vegetarian dishes, prescribed by physicians. On the contrary, our Ayurveda kitchen is one of our greatest assets, and the dishes our cooks prepare will surprise and delight you every day of your stay!

At breakfast, you'll find a buffet with fresh fruit, fruit juices, herbal soups, home-baked breads & cookies, as well as a selection of Sri Lankan breakfast dishes.

For lunch, we offer a wide selection of vegetable and herbal curries, arranged in a beautiful buffet.

In the evening, we serve you a set vegetarian menu.

Twice a week we celebrate “Sri Lankan night” with an extended buffet – our chefs prepare typical local dishes right in front of your eyes.

 

 

All rooms are  en-suite.

Single, Twin and Double rooms are available.

Each room is unique with its own character and identity depending on the location and the furnishing.

They are furnished with hand crafted wood made on site by their own team of carpenters.

 

 

 

Rooms have mosquito nets, en-suite with showers or bath tubs, natural ventilation as well as electric fans and a terrace or balcony.

 

Rooms are allocated by the venue subject to availability

Travel:

You will need a flight to Colombo

We are suggesting that people travel one day before the holiday begins and overnight near the airport . We can then all travel to the venue together after a good night's sleep and begin the holiday already relaxed.

The transfer will take 2 hours and we will arrange to be collected after breakfast .

You will need a flight to Colombo - please DO NOT book your flight until we advise you to do so as we require a minimum of 5 persons for the Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat to go ahead.
Excursions during your stay

There will be time to go on excursions which are included , your treatments can be rearranged to do this,  one day there will be a morning only practice, which gives times to explore further afield .

 

BARBERYN IS  VERY ECO AWARE, CHEMICALS ARE NOT USED TO CONTROL  THE MOSQUITOES, YOU WILL BE GIVEN AYURVEDIC OILS TO REPEL THE MOSSY.  THERE ARE MOSQUITOE NETS OVER THE BEDS.

IF YOU HAVE WHAT IS CONSIDERED A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE CONTACT THE BARBERYN DIRECTLY AND THEY WILL ADVISE YOU.

On leaving you will be given a package of medicines to take at home, at no extra cost.

 

2019       Single Room Shared Room
Nov 27 Dec 7 Hatha & Yin Yoga (private group) Tina Abbey £1600 £1600
           

All prices are per person

Includes: accommodation on a full board basis, transfers, all meals for 10 days (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning & afternoon tea/ fruit juice) and Ayurveda treatment for 09 days according to the treatment plan that will be prepared by the physicians, short excursions, yoga and other activities that take place at the resort. The prescribed treatment plan would include daily head, face and synchronized body oil treatment (massage with two therapists), herbal bath or herbal steam bath, accupuncture, fresh herbal decoctions, and herbal elixirs.

The above cost is inclusive of service charge and government tax

Not Included: flights, travel insurance, optional extras.