Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

Werapitiya, Sri Lanka

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A buzzed-about destination spa on a former tea plantation, with an all-inclusive wellness programme

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Accommodation in an Ambalama, on an all-inclusive basis.

This offer includes three gourmet meals daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and non-alcoholic beverages.

In addition, guests will also receive access to the spa facilities (sauna, steam and salt bath), morning and evening yoga, laundry service and a one-time 60-minute massage for two.

This offer is available for stays between June and December 2017 and is based on two adults only.

**Please note that a three-night minimum stay is required.

Check-in is at 2pm and check-out at 12pm.

Travel is not included.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 23% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the best available rate. An example of our top discount is:

On 28/06/2017, two people may book a three-night stay in an Albalama (inclusions as noted above) and will pay USD 1,494 per villa, per stay, compared to the best available rate of USD 1,948 per villa, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 23%.

The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 12/04/2017.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

An exceptional Sri Lankan health retreat with minimalist design, offering all-inclusive nutritional dining, twice-daily yoga, spa relaxation and a 60-minute massage

Located in the green heartland of Sri Lanka on a vast former tea estate, the setting of this hilltop sanctuary is alone enough to refocus frazzled minds. But Santani takes the concept of wellness to new heights - 2,800 metres above sea level, to be precise - with an architecturally striking retreat overlooking rice paddies and distant mountains.

It’s been described as the country’s first fully-fledged destination spa - and what a debut. With minimalist interiors and a staunch eco conscience, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa guides guests towards inner calm with holistic programmes that are completely bespoke. At a basic level, you’ll find all the core features of a serious health retreat here: juice bar, raw foods, detoxing (digital and otherwise) and yoga. To that, Santani adds the services of an in-house Ayurvedic doctor, a custom meal plan devised for your individual goals and, if you like, the odd glass of biodynamic wine - it’s about balance and not extremes, after all.

When it comes to relaxing, descend level-by-level into the spa for hydrotherapy or take a dip in the infinity lap pool with the wilderness for a view. In fact, the indoor-outdoor design means there’s an impressive vista to gaze upon from just about every corner - not least, the private balcony of your elevated ‘Ambalama’, or ‘place of rest’. An understatement, we’d say.


A modern-day interpretation of Buddhist meditation caves, Santani’s rooms are minimal spaces with few distractions. There’s no TV (though you can break your digital detox with Wi-Fi access, on request), just simple upcycled teak and rubber-wood furniture. They’re large at around 46 square metres (500 square feet) and sit at a comfortably cool height, overlooking the jungle valley and mountains from a private balcony. Referred to as Ambalamas - Sri Lankan for ‘place of rest’ - they get the key comforts just right: extra-large, 100% cotton pillows and crisp high thread-count linens.


- Complimentary minibar
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Safe


Food and nutrition is a core aspect of the Santani experience. Broadly speaking, the focus is on the good stuff: juicing, healthy vegetarian and vegan cooking, raw foods and wholesome, organic produce, sourced locally. But it’s much more than that. You’ll have a consultation with the Head of Wellness and the in-house Ayurvedic doctor to establish a custom meal plan based on your personal goals and current physical condition. It’s not rigid or dogmatic (the biodynamic-wine list is indicative of that); the aim is to help you build a sustainable dietary plan that fits with your lifestyle.


As the first big-gun destination spa in Sri Lanka, Santani’s take on wellness has attracted coverage from the likes of Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure. The approach is holistic; residents can participate in a range of tailored programmes, from Ayurveda to detox and cleansing. If you’re interested in yoga, you’ll certainly be in the right place: instructor Gillian is adept at just about every style going.

On entering the tri-level spa on the ground level (the idea being that you descend closer to the earth as you complete the spa journey), you’ll find a hydrotherapy level with a steam room and cedarwood sauna with a glass wall commanding views all the way to the Knuckles mountain range. Other facilities include an open-air thermal salt soak pool, a 24-metre infinity lap pool and four treatment rooms that open onto the paddy fields.


Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is located in the small village of Werapitiya, in the Central Province. It sits on the site of a 48-acre former tea plantation within a mature forest, in what’s described as ‘the spiritual heart’ of Sri Lanka. It’s secluded and yet accessible, at just an hour from culturally rich Kandy.

Arantenna Estate, Werapitiya 00013, Sri Lanka

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We like

  • The one-to-one guidance of internationally trained wellness experts
  • Knock-out views of the forest, mountains and rice fields from every angle
  • The design concept of minimalist luxury, allowing the idyllic scenery to do the talking

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