Deep within the heart of that old Kingdom City Kandy, nestled within 48 acres of tea estate, surrounded by lush verdant paddy fields is Santani Resort and Spa. The first and only purpose-built wellness resort offering luxury escapes in Sri Lanka,Santani, which in Sanskrit means “in harmony with”, is designed according to the highest sustainability and eco-standards, and within its two short years of operation has received a number of international accolades in recognition of its unique offering.
Everything about Santani is designed to create spaces that merge seamlessly with nature to bring wellness and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. Paying homage to thecurative powers of mother nature, the resort is designed to calm the mind’s eye and senses, with the purity and beauty of its stunning vistas. With enviable views of the Hunnasgiriya Mountain Range and the Knuckles Mountain range, a UNESCO world heritage site, mist covered mountains, crisp, fresh air, a blanket of emerald beauty greet your eyes as you soak in the restful peace that is distinctively Santani.
The resort offers 16 mountain view chalets. Built for natural ventilation, and air-condition free, the rooms are fashioned in the style of an “ambalama” – the resting places designed for pilgrims that traversed the land in olden times. Deliberately minimalist in design, the rooms are uber comfortable retreats, exuding an ambiance that is uncluttered and restful – inviting one to enjoy the peace of the moment.The feature piece of every room is the glorious views that surround, the glass walls of the rooms giving an undisturbed panoramic private view of the paradise beyond.
Meal times at Santani are an adventure of the imagination and palatte. No printed menus are in sight. Each meal is individually planned and crafted based on each guests dietary preferences – using the garden fresh organic produce from the estates bounty.
The Santani Spa is unparalleled in its wellness offerings. Covering an expanse of over 6000 sq ft, the Spa encloses a thermal salt water pool, sauna and steam rooms. Guests can choose to enroll in a range of wellness packages including detox and weight loss programmes. Spa access and morning and evening hatha yoga sessions are provided as part of the accommodation package. For those who would like explore the surroundings there are river walks, tea factory visits, tea estate walks and other excusions that can be arranged.