Santani Wellness is located on the estate of Aratenna, about 50 minutes from the city of Kandy. The resort is built on an old tea plantation, on 20 hectares of private land, between mountains and vegetation.
It is located about 850 meters above sea level, which keeps it at a nice temperature any time of the year.
The idea of Santani is to offer a natural space to relax without fixed schedules, allowing healing to happen naturally. The guest can choose not to do anything or join the activities that Santani offers: yoga, clean detoxification therapies, Ayurveda, hiking, cooking workshops …
Santani consists of 16 separate rooms, a spa, a swimming pool, a yoga shala and the main building with a restaurant and social spaces.
In Santani they name the rooms with the word “Ambalama” which means “place of rest”.
Each of the 16 rooms comes with a double bed (or two single beds), bathroom with shower and balcony overlooking the nature.
In the rooms there is no TV or wifi to ensure 100% disconnection, but if you need Internet connection, they can provide you with a router to have Wi-Fi in your room.
The rooms also do not have air conditioning, but they are well designed to have natural ventilation to achieve the ideal temperature in a sustainable way.
The decor is minimalist; the floor is polished concrete and the furniture is discreet to avoid distractions and facilitate concentration in the pleasure of doing nothing, meditate or take care of oneself.
I loved practicing yoga on the balcony.
As a curious fact, the chairs are made of recycled material.
In the Spa there is a thermal salt bath, a sauna, a steam room and various treatment rooms with natural ventilation and views of nature.
They offer different Ayurveda treatments. I tried the Abhyangam (traditional Ayurvedic massage), Patra Pinda Swedana (treatment in which heat is provided through a bolus with hot medicinal plants and oil) and Shiro Dhara (application of warm medicinal oil on the forehead above the brow).
I love this yoga shala; it’s covered from above to protect from the sun, but open at the sides, except for one of the sides that is formed by a large wall, ideal for doing some assisted exercises.
The pool is not very big; it is a place to cool down with gorgeous view.
I had a great time taking pictures doing my poses there! haha
The restaurant is beautiful; all of the walls are formed by glass windows so there is natural light and air.
In Santani the meals are included, but there is no a cart or menu to choose from or a buffet where to select what you want to eat. The idea is to adapt to the needs of the guest: when you arrive at Santani the chef asks some questions to know what your needs are. (allergies, culinary preferences, holiday objectives, health goals, etc.) Consequently they offer the food that best suits each person.
I am allergic to gluten and lactose and although I am not vagan, I don’t usually eat meat and fish, so the chef adapted all meals to my diet. Everything I tried was delicious and nutritious.
As I said before, Santani’s idea is allowing you to disconnect from the busy world and connect with yourself and with nature and for this they offer different activities that can be helpful.
There are two yoga sessions per day: one at 7:30 in the morning and the other at 4 in the afternoon.
When I went I was offered two different hikes; I did both.
The first, and simplest, is a 25-20 minute walk within the resort grounds to the Hulu River.
The first time I went with the naturist, but then I came back on several occasions alone.
It is not a spectacular place, but it is always nice to go for a walk among nature and on hot days you are welcome to take a dip in the refreshing waters of the river.
The second is a longer walk, passing through the village and rice fields until you reach a very beautiful bridge.
After crossing the bridge, you can descend to the river, where there is a small waterfall.
As far as I know, soon they will offer other hikes further away from the resort to visit waterfalls and other natural sites.
The chef offers cooking lessons to learn how to cook with local products.
This is one of their strengths, so I recommend you try some of the Ayurvedic treatments they offer. I loved the Shiro Dhara; It’s very relaxing.
For more information, visit their website: http://santani.lk
By the way, you can use code NEYU on their website to get a 15% off in all bookings
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