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What We Love

  • A buzzed-about destination spa on a former tea plantation, with an all-inclusive wellness programme The one-to-one guidance of internationally trained wellness experts
  • Knock-out views of the forest, mountains and rice fields from every angle
  • The design concept of minimalist luxury, allowing the idyllic scenery to do the talking

What To Know

  • This health retreat has holistic programs, an in-house Ayurvedic doctor and a customized meal plan of raw foods, juice cleanses, and even biodynamic wine
  • Bliss out with hydrotherapy spa treatments or a dip in the infinity lap pool
  • Gorgeous minimalist architecture puts the views front and center
sky water mountain leisure wooden overlooking seat

Overview

An exceptional Sri Lankan health retreat with minimalist design, offering all-inclusive nutritional dining, twice-daily yoga, spa relaxation and a 60-minute massage

The Lowdown

Located in the green heartland of Sri Lanka on a vast former tea estate, the setting of this hilltop sanctuary is alone enough to refocus frazzled minds. But Santani takes the concept of wellness to new heights – 2,800 metres above sea level, to be precise – with an architecturally striking retreat overlooking rice paddies and distant mountains.
It’s been described as the country’s first fully-fledged destination spa – and what a debut. With minimalist interiors and a staunch eco conscience, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa guides guests towards inner calm with holistic programmes that are completely bespoke. At a basic level, you’ll find all the core features of a serious health retreat here: juice bar, raw foods, detoxing (digital and otherwise) and yoga. To that, Santani adds the services of an in-house Ayurvedic doctor, a custom meal plan devised for your individual goals and, if you like, the odd glass of biodynamic wine – it’s about balance and not extremes, after all.
When it comes to relaxing, descend level-by-level into the spa for hydrotherapy or take a dip in the infinity lap pool with the wilderness for a view. In fact, the indoor-outdoor design means there’s an impressive vista to gaze upon from just about every corner – not least, the private balcony of your elevated ‘Ambalama’, or ‘place of rest’. An understatement, we’d say.

How to Get There

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
Werapitiya, Sri Lanka

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 162 Reviews
Holidays
Reviewed 16 hours ago

What a lovely place! We really enjoyed our stay here. Amazing views, fantastic food, relaxing wellness and very kind staff. For us it was just perfect!
We stayed in the mountain view villa as well as the one in the forest. Both are great.

Best trip!
Reviewed 2 days ago

After 140h of research for a boutique hotel worldwide immersed in nature and sun with best-in-class service, I finally made my choice for Santani. Expectations were high before my trip and being myself a very demanding traveler I did not made it easy for them to dazzle me. But they did. The landscape, service, food, relaxing environment are absolutely incredible!!! For the first time in my well traveled life I found a place I would repeat again. And again.

I was a solo traveler for 5 nights. It doesn't matter how long you stay, you will always feel it is not enough.

Out of this world!!!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed here for 3-nights and it was magical!!! The resort is located in one of the most beautiful locations I have ever seen! Food is individualised to your personal requirements and it has been one of the best dining experiences of my life. I came to fully understand why it has been chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 Greatest Places on Earth and CNN's list of 11 Best Wellness Retreats in the World!

Truly a Place of Rest and Relaxation
Reviewed 4 days ago

After arriving upon this secluded resort, words become difficult to express the feelings we experienced. A true hidden gem in the mountains that offer constant breathtaking views. It truly is a place of rest for the human body or as the Sri Lankan people would say “ambalama”. We found such a tranquility during our stay. We connected with nature, from the greenest that the mountain offered, to the beautiful words of the geckos, to the songs of the birds, to the silent but ever presence of the clouds in the mountains, to the warmth of the sun and all its enrichment. We celebrated love and were loved back. We were rejuvenated. The simplistic style and openess to nature is everything promised by Santani. You will not be dissapointed.

The hospitality garners the highest of marks. The staff catered to our every need and went above and beyond to make us comfortable.

They appointed us a personal driver to accommodate excursions away from the Resort. Thushara took us to various parts of the country. Despite constant changes in our itinerary, he followed as graciously and hospitable as anyone I’ve ever met. Such a wonderful man and I will never forget him. I strongly recommend him. His knowledge and passion of the country was most appreciated. An excellent driver. Safe. Funny. A true representation of the delightfulness and compassion of the people of Sri Lanka.

Thank you so much for an amazing experience and we hope to see you soon.

Highest marks

A SCAM
Reviewed 5 days ago

A scam !
Stayed 3 nights and had a nightmare and a big disappointment.
We wanted to spend the Christmas holidays in love while enjoying a quiet and relaxing. Unfortunately it was the opposite.
From the first night I got sick because the bungalows billed at 800 euros per night was all open even though the outside temperature was around 5 ° C.
The bungalows are of no comfort:
• No storage space
• The toilet without doors open on the room (it's very romantic especially when the room is very small)
• Lack of comfort
• Lack of coverage
From your room could admire a beautiful landscape, but nothing exceptional either. But it was especially the occasion to listen to the noises of the nature like the discussions, the flushing and the farts of the other customers ......
The meal was very disappointing.
There was no menu or card, which can be interesting. The hotel communicates a lot about their heathy gastronomy and their ability to adapt to our tastes. IT'S WRONG.
At lunchtime we were treated to a small salad and a tiny dessert, while in the evening they served us a 4-course menu! They refused to prepare the most popular dish in the country, Nasi Goreng, because they did not have the right spices. We had made this request in the morning for the evening ....
Orders are taken in the morning for noon, noon for the evening and the evening for the morning, nothing is ready at the last minute everything is warmed and it feels.

The spa is not very beautiful but the massages are exceptional.
We expressed our disappointment to the person who made our reservation the next morning. She told us the night before we left saying she could not pay us back and gave us totally ridiculous explanations!
Thanks to this experience I no longer accept to pay the entire stay in advance.