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