Asia's radical new hilltop retreatKandy, Sri Lanka
Strip everything away and the mind begins to clear. That’s the thinking behind Sri Lanka’s first wellness retreat, where the doors opened in 2016. Located in the countryside about an hour from Kandy, it overlooks lush hills and terraced tea plantations. The design is minimalist in the extreme, although the concrete bunker styling of the saltwater soaking room and sleek lines of the infinity pool will dazzle lovers of architectural form. There’s no wi-fi or televisions, encouraging guests to reconnect with their sense of self and the world around them. Days are filled with hikes, yoga, swimming in the river, mountain biking and indulging in massages, reiki and ayurvedic treatments.
- All meals and activities included means you can enjoy yoga, mountain bike riding, meditation and cooking classes till your hearts content.
- Disconnecting from the world, but also knowing you’re not completely unreachable with wifi available on request.
- The location is not the most accessible, located in the country side of Kandy, however you’ll be reward with an unforgettable retreat to brag to your friends about.
Fly with AirAsia into Colombo international airport, then either take a local domestic flight or a scenic train ride to Kandy.
- No wifi, however they do offer in-room WiFi on demand.
- Complimentary minibar
Double rooms from US$495 a night, including meals and activities (treatments extra).
Programs run for between three and 14 days, although Santani can accommodate shorter visits.