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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

5.0 Excellent 181 Reviews
Oh my god!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely stay we had here.. the room is amazing with beautiful views.. but the highlight of this place is the food.. they tailor a food menu based on your needs and tastes.. and it’s so good.

Service is amazing and everyone is super friendly..

Ultimate in relaxation and luxury
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to spend four nights at this wonderful, relaxing and regenerative place. The small number of eco friendly and minimalist cabins are all set into the spectacular mountains, and have fabulous panoramic views across the valley. Any stress you may be feeling as you arrive at Santani melts away in the tranquil surrounds, and the staff do their upmost to ensure you enjoy your stay. The food is amazing and tailored to suit your requirements. The daily yoga sets you up to enjoy the beautiful surrounds, and the spa treatments on offer are excellent. Could not recommend more highly. Was far and away the best place we stayed in Sri Lanka.

The most relaxing stay in a beautiful setting
Reviewed 1 month ago

we visited in April 2019 and from the second we arrived at Santani Wellness we were looked after, we were greeted by both the owner and the manager which gave it a very personal feel. The manager took the time to get to know us and understand our needs and requirements during our stay. We were given a tour of the grounds and hotel, the views and architecture of the buildings were absolutely breathtaking. We were told about how the hotel was formed and the positive effect that is has had on the local villages as all their produce is locally sourced as well as their employees, all of who were extremely attentive. The view from our room was incredible, I have never seen anything like it before. The room was very clean and had a very luxury feel to it.
We had a very short stay here but when we return to Sri Lanka one day we will definitely be coming back here.

Blissful isolation
Reviewed 1 month ago

Spent 4 amazing nights at this beautifully set up hotel. Rooms are located to give you spectacular views and are extremely comfortable. The toilets have no doors so for those who require privacy for their ablutions, this is inconvenient
Food and service is excellent
Spa is overpriced but has a good selection of services. Lovely walking trails and great bird life.
The one huge disappointment is it has virtually no bar. A few wines on the menu and a bottle of gin or two but that’s it
Go visit for the solitude, the great food, service and location but take your own bar with you

Heaven on earth
Reviewed 2 months ago

I lived for 2 blissful weeks at Santani, stayed in 3 different rooms, had 39 mouth watering meals, 14 yoga and 20 meditation sessions and 24 to die for massage treatments. Every single experience and interaction with Santani staff was a genuine and consistently pleasant experience. Consistent food excellence by chef Wajira, Hemantha, Pradip and kitchen team.They redefined how a great curry should taste and made every meal a delight . Even the pancakes are better than the best I've had in NY diners

Rooms are extremely comfortable, stunning views and minimalist luxury in every detail.

The spa is the best I've experienced. Dr Mudhita guides the guests spa team with grace and elevates the wellness experience. She is truly wonderful. Padmini and Anil, great therapists who healed and pampered me, thank you. And, yogi master Rahul, an amazing spirit and teacher, you inspired me!

Genuine smiles and top notch service are the best ways to describe the staff. I got to know many by name over the 2 week stay. Have so many to thank

Siddarth, Suresh, Mano, chanaka and viraj service with a smile and great conversations. Hosand and Dhamitefor getting me to like hiking. Prabath for being patient and Tushara for the great hike and genuine hospitality. Satheesh for my yogi outfit and Yasita and everyone I forgot to mention.

Thanks to the outstanding management team, Chamindra, Badare and Mahesh and their entire team, this piece of paradise should not be missed.

I simply can't wait to return