Having been in the corporate world for many years, I decided to bite the bullet and head to my favourite place in the world to set up a business based on all my loves; fitness, food and travel. After a year of setting up, we have finally launched this place; a destination for fitness, sport & health enthusiasts offering a cafe, strength and conditioning gym, CrossFit box, calisthenics playground, a varied class schedule and international trainers right on the beaches of Sri Lanka in Kalpitiya.
The quiet tourist destination of Kalpitiya is more commonly known for its world-class kitesurfing which brings kiters in droves during the peak wind seasons. But this little slice of rustic paradise has plenty of other delights up its sleeve such as being a prime location for dolphin and whale watching, endless sandy beaches lined with swaying palms, a short trip from Wilpattu National Park with leopards, elephants, sloth bears and crocs, and beautiful mangrove forests for relaxing kayaking trips.
Whilst Kalpitiya is still developing as a tourist destination, it can sometimes be difficult to get healthy food, a good cup of coffee and meals created for varying dietary requirements. This was why The Cafe was born, as well as to ensure our clients' diet is complimentary to their fitness goals serving protein smoothies, proper coffee, vegan/keto options & general fitness foods made from carefully selected, locally sourced, organic ingredients. Everything on the menu is homemade and helps supports the local community.
Our overall mission is to become one of the top locations for people to travel to from around the world in order to refresh and rejuvenate. To press the reset button and get in shape . But we also want to become a credible voice in Sri Lanka educating on nutrition, healthy living and active travel as well as working closely with the community to develop the area sustainably into a thriving tourist area.
We try to run the business as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible, with vigorous recycling and beach clean ups and hope to start recycling beach plastic into gym equipment and apparel as our long term mission.
The owner, Vicky
Cooking / shopping
Helping with Tourists
Primarily it's the experience of living in a small picturesque fishing village. Kalpitiya is an exciting area with so much potential that needs to be unlocked. Be a part of this incredible movement and come see how your work can make a difference to this area. Untouched by major tourism, spend your days off going out to sea with the local fishermen, visit the local schools and hold a lesson in English, learn cooking skills from our local head chef or just spend time with the team here learning how we are working together to ensure kalpitiya develops as a tourism hub in the most sustainable way possible.
We are a small team consisting of a local Head Chef, Kitchen assistant, Head Trainer and Cafe Manager. Use this opportunity to learn cooking techniques from our master chef who will also show you how to cook more local cuisine. Work closely alongside the Cafe Manager to learn how to run your own business sustainably and deliver high levels of customer service. Train alongside our head trainer in the gym to gain more experience and knowledge of how a gym operates, class programming, nutrition and body maintenance.
We are a fully staffed beach cafe and gym with local chefs and helpers, but extra help is always welcome with other important daily tasks. We are looking for a chef or someone that loves to cook that can train our local team in innovative healthy cuisine, develop our menu and feed the workers. This does not involve cooking for customers in the cafe but instead help with greeting and entertaining, gardening, maintenance, and helping our staff in general. Work alongside our staff to learn local cooking techniques, learn how to make the best coffee in the area using local coffee beans, and get to understand the daily needs of a cafe and gym.
We are working on our own compost and vegetable / herb garden for the cafe so any green fingers out there that have experience in this field would be great. Especially in sandy terrains!
We are also looking for carpenters to help make improvements to the cafe area and develop some gym equipment / calisthenics playground on the beach.
And finally an artist to come help with some murals for the gym! We have around 2 feature walls that need painting
Accommodation will be provided in the staff villa which has a kitchen, washing machine, is cleaned regularly and is 20 minutes walk from the cafe. Meals are all provided for at the gym cafe. It must be noted that items from the menu cannot be freely ordered and depends on what is available that day or cooked by the chef.
Most places are accessible by walking, bicycle or by tuk tuk. During your time off, visit the UNESCO site of Sigiriya, take a boat to the jungle where you can swim in the river and have a picnic, or hire a jeep to discover all the wildlife of Wilpattu National Park which houses all of Sri Lanka's big 5! Or try your hand at kite surfing. It's very addictive once you get the hang of it! (although a little expensive). Or just build sandcastles, swing in hammocks or take walks along the endless sandy beaches with a fresh coconut in hand :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week