Kandy, Sri Lanka

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

Rates from (ex tax)$346.56

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD451.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Minimal distractions

Setting

Rainforests and paddy fields

One size does not fit all at luxury retreat Santani Wellness Resort & Spa; each stay is tailored to your specific goals. Whether you travel here to de-stress, get fit, find balance in your life, or just improve your yoga, you’ll work with a team of resident Ayurveda therapists and consultants, fitness trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors and chefs to plan a package that’s just right for you. These can be a taxing or tranquil as you like; choose between fitness classes and facials, meditation sessions and mid-afternoon treks through the forest, citrus-and-beetroot-cured salmon or crunchy banana-blossom salad – that’s our kind of wellness regime…

This spoiling stay is one of the stops on our Sri Lanka itineraries.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

20 villas.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. If a room isn’t available on arrival, or if late check-out isn’t possible, guests are welcome to use the facilities while a room is prepared, and reception will store your luggage.

Rates

Double rooms from $346.56, excluding tax at 30.28 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD451.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Room rates include the resort's Full Board meal plan of breakfast, lunch, dinner and non-alcoholic drinks; daily sunrise and sunset yoga; and use of the sauna, steam room and salt bath. Laundry is included for stays of three nights or more.

Also

The hotel doesn't currently serve alcohol, but guests are welcome to bring their own wine with them. There's no corkage fee.

At the hotel

Media room with a 15-seat cinema and a computer, free WiFi in public areas, laundry service. In rooms: minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, WiFi available on request.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms have similarly minimalist interiors, but for a room with a seriously impressive view, request ambalama one; the first in the row of hillside villas. It has totally uninterrupted views of the valley. Wake early and take a seat on your private balcony to watch the sun rise over the mountains, see the mist clear to reveal lush green paddy fields, and listen as the rainforest comes to life.

Poolside

There are two pools at the hotel, including a thermal salt pool in the spa which, although covered, has one partial wall so you can gaze at the surroundings while you soak. Perched on the side of a hill, overlooking the forests below and mountains beyond, the main infinity pool has some of the best vistas in the hotel; wake early to watch the sunrise while leisurely swimming, and return for a dip at dusk as the setting sun transforms the surface of the pool, turning it shades of pink, purple and inky blue.

Spa

Tucked into the side of a hill, this is Sri Lanka’s first destination spa, which houses the country’s first hydrotherapy facilities. Inspired by the ancient Buddhist meditation caves in the surrounding mountains, this minimalist space has a steam room, a cedar-wood sauna with a glass wall overlooking the valleys, and a thermal salt pool. On the lowest level are four open-air treatment rooms, including one couple’s room. The expert therapists offer both western treatments, like detoxifying scrubs, cleansing wraps and hot-stone massages, and a range of Ayurvedic practices including Shirodhara and Takra Dhara therapies using vitamin-rich organic oils.

Packing tips

You’ve guessed it – enough yoga gear for days of meditation. Unplug and leave all your tech, gadgets and chargers at home (you might even have enough space left in your suitcase for your yoga mat).

Also

You're encouraged to unplug during your stay so mobiles, iPods, tablets and laptops can only be used in your room, not in public areas. Meal plans are available for those on a vegetarian or raw food diet.

Children

Children aged 12 and over are welcome at the hotel, but it’s best suited to older teenagers who appreciate that silence is golden and are able (and willing) to fully participate in the hotel’s wellness programmes.

Eco‐friendly

Santani is Sanskrit for harmony, and this philosophy drives everything at the hotel. Natural ventilation in rooms saves more than 70 per cent of energy used. As well as recycling, Santani runs a replanting program and has grown more than 1,000 plants on-site so far. The hotel sources 80 per cent of its produce locally; organic fruit, veg, coffee, tea and herbs and spices are grown in a greenhouse in the grounds.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Change tables every night to get a 360-degree panoramic view of the valley. For unparalleled vistas, the best seats are those around the edge of the pavilion, but bring a shawl or cardigan as the windows are often open and the breeze can be chilly.

Dress Code

Take style inspiration from Buddhist monks and loosely drape brightly coloured shawls over easy-breezy dresses and shirts. The restaurant has a no-shoe policy, so be sure to book a pedicure before you arrive.

Hotel restaurant

Forget set menus: at Santani you’ll have your very own customised meal-plan, specially designed by chef Wajira Gamage and Santani’s very own Ayurvedic doctor, Dr Sreekanth Nair. Gourmandes, don’t be put off by the mention of healthy food – you can still enjoy dishes like grilled, grass-fed Australian tenderloin, duck confit and masala chai crème brûlée. The food here is exceptional and all locally sourced; try dishes like a traditional Sri Lankan curry with organic vegetables and chutney, or a crunchy banana-blossom salad with shredded coconut and tamarind dressing. The only thing rivalling the food in wow-factor is the view: the four external walls are made of glass, and offer breathtaking views of the valley and forest.

Last orders

The restaurant serves breakfast between 7am–10am, lunch from noon to 2.30pm and dinner between 7pm–10.30pm.

Location

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Address
Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
Aratenna Estate, Werapitiya
Kandy
00013
Kandy
Sri Lanka

Planes

Bandaranaike International is the closest airport, about a four-hour drive from the hotel. Our dedicated Smith24 team are on hand to organise your flights; fly direct from London, Hong Kong and Singapore or get a connecting flight from other destinations. We can also arrange airport transfers from $140 a vehicle each way, or $198 for a SUV. Call our team on 03300 376 891 to arrange it all.

Worth getting out of bed for

No matter which wellness package you choose, you’ll have ample opportunity to unwind on your own time. Get out your hiking boots and roam the hotel’s 48 acres of tropical jungle and fertile rice fields, from the tops of the mountains right down to the Hulu River. Take a day-trip to Kandy to explore the spiritual centre of Sri Lanka. The ancient city is home to the golden-roofed Sri Dalada Maligawa temple, which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, one of Buddha’s teeth – a big hit with dentists. Discover the origins of Buddhism in the Dalada Maligawa and then visit one of the city’s most popular religious sites, the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue; glistening white and standing 88-feet tall at the top of a hill, it’s quite hard to miss. If you’re visiting in August, be sure to attend the Esala Perahera procession, a historical event in which the sacred tooth relic is paraded through the streets amongst dancers, drummers and 100 elephants dressed in colourful, glittering fabrics.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury wellness retreat in Sri Lanka and unpacked their yoga mats and jotted down a detoxifying smoothie recipe or two, a full account of their reviving retreat will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Santani in Kandy...

Travel along winding roads, past crumbling Buddhist temples, through thick forests, up steep Sri Lankan mountains and eventually, you’ll find Santani, a luxury wellness retreat miles from the distractions of modern day life. Unplug from your orchard of Apple products, leave the Blackberry at home and give yourself a digital detox. Even the interiors are designed to help you unwind: inspired by ancient Buddhist meditation caves, the hillside ambalamas (self-contained villas), spa and restaurant all have minimalist decor to keep your mind on higher things. They’re also open to the elements, so you won’t need to miss a minute of the jaw-dropping surroundings. Spend your days, taking outdoor yoga lessons by the cliffside pool, indulging in spa treatments in open-air therapy rooms overlooking lush paddy fields, and dining on seasonal dishes from the hotel’s own greenhouse – from pasture to plate in under five minutes, talk about fresh fare…

 

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