The owners of Santani spent two years seeking out the perfect location for their luxury wellness retreat, and their dedication certainly paid dividends. The pristine 48-acre estate is a true natural hideaway in the hilltops to the north of Kandy, where lush forest now blankets the slopes of this former tea plantation. A respect for nature was always at the fore of this project, and this is reflected in the innovative, low-impact architecture and design of Santani, which celebrates its connection with nature and fully embraces sustainable tourism practices. 20 light and airy chalets are dotted around the estate, all furnished in sustainably sourced materials and offering private terraces for guests to enjoy the sweeping views.
Wellness is indeed one the key aspects of a stay at Santani, but the owners are keen to avoid a regimented experience for their guests. Your stay can be as organised or as relaxed as you choose, with options ranging from personalised Ayurvedic healing and detox packages to dedicated yoga retreats or health programmes focusing on stress, diet, insomnia and addiction. Alternatively, guests can simply choose a purely leisure-focussed stay, with ample free time to relax in the pristine natural surroundings, swim in rivers, hike through the hills and enjoy some pampering in the exquisite spa. This flexible approach also extends to dining where – if you are not following a specific programme – you can simply take the chef’s daily recommendations, and feast on creative ‘gourmet wellness’ cuisine accompanied by fine biodynamic wines.
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Find a wellness experience to suit you, from fully organised programmes to gentle yoga and spa relaxation
Go hiking, mountain biking or swimming in pristine river valleys
Admire views of mist-clad hills from the infinity pool
Join an expert naturalist for morning bird watching in search of endemic species
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Spend an afternoon exploring the attractions of Kandy, including the revered Temple of the Tooth
Marvel at the colourful wall paintings of the Bambaragala Cave Temple
Witness local handicrafts such as wood carving and batik printing at Galmaduwa
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