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Santani Wellness Resort and Spa Sri Lanka

Overview of Santani Wellness Resort and Spa

Named for the Sanskrit word meaning “in harmony with,” Santani realises the sincere belief that sustainable wellness begins by bringing oneself into balance with nature and by allowing ourselves to receive

nurture from ourselves as well as from others

That harmony guides everything we do here. Within one of the world’s lushest environments, our holistic architecture treads as lightly as possible upon the land to let nature’s rhythms lull you back to life. Our wellness programmes in Ayurveda, detox, yoga and spa combine on site pampering and rejuvenation with enlightened learning for healthy living long after you leave these naturally rejuvenating surroundings.

Santani is the first and only purpose-built wellness resort in Sri Lanka, designed according to the highest sustainability and eco-standards. We spent more than two years searching for this pristine location because we understood humans heal and thrive most effectively where nature meets intelligent, sustainable design.

This 48-acre former tea plantation within a pristine forest has allowed us to create a restorative destination spa, which is completely accessible yet blissfully secluded. Our rooms are built for natural ventilation and are air-condition free – far healthier for you, and better for the environment, because this saves over 70% of energy compared to an air-conditioned hotel.

Santani offers a welcoming place to retreat and rejuvenate within an unspoilt wilderness in the spiritual centre of Sri Lanka. The temperature at the resort is comfortably cool at 2,800 feet above sea level. Our guests are free to roam around these 48 acres of tropical jungle and fertile rice fields, to practice yoga or to meditate along the Hulu River. Dive in and go for a swim if you wish. In the evening enjoy a glass of bubbly by a campfire, relax in our lounge or meet friends at the bar. The choice is yours.


To harmonise these philosophies, they built Santani as Sri Lanka’s first full-fledged destination spa, with the first-ever comprehensive hydrotherapy facilities in the country.

the tri-level spa tucked into the hillside’s natural contours has been thoughtfully designed with holistic wellness in mind. You enter on the ground level to our reception and consultation rooms, then descend as if becoming one with the earth as you enter the hydrotherapy level. To warm up your body before treatments, this level houses a steam room, the cedar wood sauna with its a glass wall looking onto emerald paddy fields to the Knuckles mountain range, and our open-air thermal salt soak pool. Deeper into nature, the lowest level divides into four treatment rooms all of which are open onto the surrounding paddy fields. One of these rooms is designed for couples.

Things to do around

Victoria Golf Club

Victoria golf club, Sri Lanka’s most scenic golf course is an award winning Donald Steel designed masterpiece sprawled amongst the hills and bordering the Victoria reservoir. The course offers the most picturesque scenery and breath taking views of nature and the 73 Par, 6933-yard championship 18-hole golf course is maintained to international standards.

Knuckles Hike

The Knuckles Conservation Range is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a collection of peaks across the

central region of the country. The drive to the summit, goes along the Rangala road, which is a scenic route by itself, and the climb takes you through shrub jungle terrain. The region is also unique as it is the intersection of the dry zone and the wet zone, and thus creates an amazing blend of misty and clear skies. The rugged peaks of the Knuckles named by the British for their resemblance to the knuckles of a clenched fist. The steeply shelving mountain terrain reaches 1863 m at the summit of the main Knuckles peak itself and included rare dwarf cloud forest.

Mahiyanganaya and the A- 26

This excursion will take you along the famous A-26, one of Sri Lanka’s most scenic drives. You will drive bordering the Victoria Wildlife Reserve, and pass the rugged terrain of the Knuckles Range as well. Each turn opens up to yet another stunning landscape, and the route also features the ‘Daha-ata Vanguwa’,which is an 18-turn engineering marvel designed to bring you to flat terrain in a 10km drive. The view from the top of the turns is absolutely breathtaking. Mahiyanganaya is also the first location Lord Buddha visited, and the stupa is Sri Lanka’s oldest temple, as per the Mahavamsa and is over 2500 years old. The stupa houses a sacred hair-relic of Lord Buddha as well as Lord Buddha’s sacred left Collar-bone relic.

Thalaguna Drive + Dumbara Weaving

The Dumbara region is resident to the weavers of Sri Lanka, who were tasked with creating these unique

designs by the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. This form of artisanry still exists in Dumbara, and these craftsmen supply their products to popular tourist stores across the country. You will be exposed to this ancient form of weaving in its most authentic form during this experience. As an added bonus, the road to Thalaguna is one of the most scenic routes in the country, with a small winding road, turning through lush green paddy fields, and surrounded by the rugged knuckles range.

Rangala – Gomare Scenic Drive Tea Factory Tour

A quick drive will take you to Rangala Road, which is a road flanked by rolling tea estates, beautiful eucalyptus trees, and lush greenery. The route is one of the most scenic tea drives in the hill country, and a quick stop at a tea factory, will show you the manufacturing process of tea. A quick stop at one of the clearwater pools along the way is also an option.

Degaldoruwa Temple Visit

The degaldoruwa temple features some of the oldest paintings recorded in the Kandyan Kingdom. The

temple, hidden away in a cave by a mountain outside of Kandy, was built by King Keerthi Sri Rajasinha.

The paintings are a marvel of storytelling and art, and features a number of depictions of ancient legends,myths and religious tales. The temple also features a serene mountain top, with a sacred Bo Tree, and a stunning stupa.

Galmaduwa Craft Village

This experience will showcase a village of craftsmen honing and practicing their skills, making copper and wooden handicrafts, as well as batik fabrics and much more. Here you will be exposed to local industries at the smallest level, and you will see families of artisans passing their craft from one generation to the next. The tour of the village will end up with a simple cup of Ceylon tea at the house of the village coppersmith.

Galmaduwa Temple

Built in 1750 by the last king of Sri Lanka, the Galmaduwa Temple has a rich heritage. Local mythology states that this was first a hiding place for Elara, Sri Lanka’s greatest enemry. However, it is historically

noted that Sri Wickrama Rajasingha built this temple, which has a significant hindu influence, as Sri Wickrama Rajasinha himself hailed from this heritage. Due to protests by the locals, the building was never opened as a kovil, and instead was venerated as a buddhist temple, and stands as a perfect fusion of two cultures, and a representation of the social dynamics in play at that point in time..

Kukul oya Waterfalls

A quick hike across the river will lead you to a short, flat trail which takes you past two waterfalls that open up into small ponds of water. The waterfalls border the picturesque Kukul Oya region. During the hike you will be exposed to a variety of flora, with lush greenery bordering the trail.

Kandy city visit

This tour will provide you with a visit to the the last kingdom and the current cultural capital of Sri Lanka.A visit to the sacred temple of the tooth relic, a trip to the peradeniya botanical gardens, and a walk around the Kandy lake are some of the options that are on offer.

Bambaragala Temple Visit + Hike

Built over 250 years ago, the Bambaragala Cave Temple has a rich history and an even richer mythology. The cave temple has ancient drawings and markings possibly pre-dating the Kandyan era, and the climb

up to the top of the Bambaragala rock gives you stunning panoramic views of the Victoria Reservoir and

the entire region. While the temple is suitable for all ages, the hike is only recommended for agile, experienced hikers. The hike will take approximately 1 hour and the final stretch requires agility and balance.

Hulu River

This downhill quick trek is the perfect way to start off the morning. A 30-45 minute walk will take you down to Hulu Ganga, bordering Santani. The gushing of the river over the rocks, is a complete immersion into the surrounding natural environment, and is a great place for a morning meditation session. The area also features a large variety of birdlife, and on a lucky day, you may spot one of the few resident fishing owls who are located near the river.

Hanging bridge of Narampanawa

The excursion to the hanging bridge of Narampanawa will take you downhill passing greenery of varying types. You will pass breathtaking vistas of the knuckles mountain range, while walking past smaller tea plantations and paddy fields. From vanilla to cocoa, avocados to bananas, cloves to tamarind, the abundance of spices and fruits in the area will give you a glimpse into what Sri Lanka has to offer. The bridge itself is used by villagers to cross into nearby areas, and the rocks under the river is a great location to rest and absorb the nature around you..

Accommodation of Santani Wellness Resort and Spa


the  name their contemporary dwellings for the Sri Lankan word meaning ‘place of rest.’ Historically, pilgrims and traders moved around this sun-kissed island on foot. Simple shelters called ambalama came into being, offering these travellers somewhere safe to rest up for the next leg of a long journey. This human need to rest has not changed; today’s travellers too are in need of a place to rest up, along the journey of life.

Stylish and utterly comfortable, our interiors too are deliberately minimal. As in ancient Buddhist meditation caves in the mountains surrounding Santani, this lack of distraction allows you to focus your mind solely on slowing it down.

To further support your efforts to ‘reset,’ the Ambalamas do not have televisions. While digital detox is a key component of the Santani experience, they do offer in-room WiFi on demand.

By blurring the distinction between inside and out, these private retreats invite you to rest, relax or meditate while inhaling the pure fresh air and taking in the pristine, truly inspiring scenery around you.

Dining of Santani Wellness Resort and Spa

Nestled between the hills and rainforest in the heart of Sri Lanka, Santani exists for the singular purpose of nourishing your soul. When it comes to actual nutrition, they believe balance rather than extremes, and in the value of pleasure in our lives. Whether you like juicing, vegetarian, vegan and raw foods or you prefer heartier traditional fare, Santani is about freedom and choices which are yours to make among our nutritious and delicious food served in our elevated restaurant with capacity for 60 guests and at our open-air main pavilion lounge with its biodynamic wine & fresh juice bar

Your all-inclusive resort experience at Santani includes a personalised approach to gourmet wellness cuisine. In place of a printed menu for everyone, Santani’s experienced, internationally trained chefs prepare your healthy natural dishes according to a custom meal plan created in co-ordination with the Head of Wellness and Santani’s in-house Ayurvedic doctor based upon your health goals and physical condition. Personalised meal plans draw upon the most recent scientific research in three main areas:


the low-carbohydrate Keto meal plan comprises certified meat, freshly caught seafood and garden fresh vegetables, most from their

own organic garden. Santani does not use any processed or refined foods and the Keto diet excludes starch-rich foods such as rice, breads, yams and pasta.

This newly popular approach to weight loss focuses on re-balancing the body’s energy usage through food. When we eat foods high in carbohydrates, the body produces glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for the body to convert and use as the body’s main source of energy. Insulin is produced to process that glucose in the bloodstream. As glucose is acting as the primary energy source, fats are not needed. They are therefore stored in the body.


This low carb diet is carefully designed to bring your body into the metabolic state of ketosis, a natural process the body initiates when food consumption, or in this case carbohydrate intake, is low. During this state, we produce ketones from the breakdown of fats in the liver to be used as energy.

The Keto Diet substitutes carbohydrates for healthy fats, so that the body instead of storing fat, the body begins to burn ketones as the main energy source and stored fat will be burned away.

Sample Dishes:

  • Pumpkin velouté with duck confit, caramelised apple and sage.
  • Citrus and beetroot cured pink salmon with tarragon and horseradish sauce.
  • Grilled Australian grass fed beef tenderloin steak, herb layered summer squash cake and wild mushroom puree with micro-herbs and tamarind sauce.
  • Multi-texture strawberry platter with homemade pepper ice cream.

Ayurvedic Vegetarian

Santani’s modern approach to the traditional Sri Lanka Ayurveda diet comprises fresh foods representing the six Ayurvedic tastes – sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. This time proven practice ensures that all major nutrients are included, and prioritised according to your Ayurvedic body type known as the Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Every one of us is born with a unique balance of these doshas; every activity and function of our mind and body is dependent upon the balanced or unbalanced state of our doshas. This diet, designed to cleanse the body of impurities and thus rebalance the doshas, encourages energy stimulation and calms the mind, which makes it a valuable tool in elevating mood, energy and metabolism.

Sample Dishes

  • Fennel barley and citrus fruit salad with toasted sesame dressing.
  • Rocket lettuce, pine nuts and goat cheese tortellini in a tree tomato consommé.
  • Aubergine and cashew nut filo parcels with local spices and olu rice, blushed tomatoes, garlic chilli sauce.
  • Traditional Sri Lankan rice & curry with organic vegetables and chutney.
  • Trio of French crème brûlée — masala chai, raspberry cream cheese and jasmine tea & white chocolate.


The Santani approach to detox and cleansing is still very much about gourmet dining and fulfilment. Our non-juice detox diet and the raw juice & smoothies programme are restricted short term diet plans which focus on eliminating caffeine, alcohol, salt, sugar and processed foods. The purpose of this diet plan is primarily to support and cleanse the liver, intestinal tract, kidneys, lungs and skin through the elimination of toxins in the body.

Sample Dishes

  • Spicy drumstick soup with roasted jack seeds.
  • Indian pennyworth and bulgur salad with tamarillo and grapefruit salsa.
  • Crunchy banana blossom salad with shredded coconut & tamarind dressing.
  • Young coconut, passionfruit and basil detox juice.
  • Healing & calming smoothie of almonds, vanilla dates and black chia seeds.
  • Deep cleansing smoothie with lemon, lime, chilli, ginger and kithul treacle.
  • Blood cleansing & liver detox juice with wheatgrass, green apple and ginger.

Facts of Santani Wellness Resort and Spa

City - Kandy

Category - Hill Country Hotels

Distance from Colombo - 128 km (3h 36mins)

Distance from Airport - 160 km (4h 16mins)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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