Floating high up in the luscious jungles of the Knuckles Mountains, Santani is a beautiful eco-retreat centred on harmony and wellbeing. Sri Lanka’s first and only dedicated ayurvedic wellness property, it is a place of pure serenity where you can feel everyday stresses slowly melt away. Whether you’re looking to de-stress, detox or embrace the ayurvedic culture, individually customised wellness programmes are on hand to guide you. So, step into the tranquil subterranean spa, the stunning glasshouse restaurant or one of the 18 Ambalama villas and hit the reset button.
Just an hour’s drive from Sri Lanka’s spiritual centre, Kandy, Santani is set on a former tea plantation in a spot that is both easily accessible, whilst still blissfully secluded. Amid thick jungle and paddy terraces, Santani blurs the distinction between inside and out as you relax amid an unspoiled wilderness. Spend your days breathing in the fresh air as you enjoy a morning yoga class, meditate by the Hulu River or hike through the stunning Tea Country.
Meaning ‘place of rest’ in Sri Lankan, an Ambalama was a traditional stopover for travellers looking to rest their weary bodies ahead of the next leg of a long journey. In a similar vein, Santani’s 18 Ambalamas seek to provide you with your own temple of relaxation. Sleek and stylish, the rooms are deliberately minimal, with no TV or WiFi, allowing you to focus the mind and unwind whilst looking out over stunning views from your private balcony.
Why we like it
At Santani, they’ve taken the concierge concept and revitalized it, with each guest assigned a Wellness Concierge on arrival, there to help you make the most of your individually tailored programme, with tailored activities and advice. Dining at Santani has been given a whole new spin too. There are no menus here so whether you’re a juicer, vegetarian, vegan, paleo or omnivore, the talented chefs will design bespoke meals tailored just to you, your tastes and your goals. And when your stay comes to close? Santani’s parting gift of a ‘To Go’ programme is designed to ensure your wellness journey doesn’t end the moment you walk out the door. In short – it’s the ultimate holistic retreat.