Move over Bali, Sri Lanka is on its way to becoming the hottest travel destination and for good reason. Apart from the breathtaking scenery, stunning sunsets and delicious food, the wellness aspect is one that appeals to solo and group travellers alike. Ayurvedic retreats and spiritual centres make it an ideal place to visit for those that like to combine travel with self-care and self-development, and there’s always beautiful beaches to take some serious time out on. If you’re considering a wellness getaway, Sri Lanka could well be the destination for you. Here are the best wellness retreats you need to know about:
1. Santani Wellness Resort
Soothe your soul with this stunning mountainside retreat set amongst rural, untouched wilderness. Santani certainly takes wellness seriously, and aims to show you a way of life that puts your wellbeing at centre stage. Plenty of yoga, spa pampering and traditional Ayurvedic rituals will have you feeling zen in no time, while the education component of the Santani philosophy means you’ll take home plenty of habits and knowledge that will continue to enhance every area of your life.
If Ayurveda is something you’re particularly interested in incorporating into your wellness routine, the Personal Dosha Ayurveda Retreat is designed to provide you with everyday tools to assist you in enhancing your wellbeing in a tailor-made way, making it a wellness retreat that will transcend every area of your life. We’re sold!
2. Siddhalepa Ayurvedic Resort
Boasting a family heritage that spans more than 200 years and a stunning location overlooking the Indian Ocean, Siddhalepa provides the beautiful contrast of ancient healing practices in a modern setting.
From anti-ageing treatments, Ayurvedic weight loss programmes to blood purification and Panchakarma healing therapies, the resort’s expert Ayurvedic physician will prescribe treatments from yoga exercise schedules and tailor-made dietary plans to herbal treatment packages and traditional stress-reduction techniques. Bliss!
3. Kalenduwa Retreat
Located around 150km from Colombo and offering an “inimitable perspective on the human-nature bond’, Kalundewa Retreat is easily one of the most unique boutique hotels in Sri Lanka; lying amid 100 acres of pristine land and home to four beautiful lakes plus a rural farming community.
If you’re looking to quieten your mind, you’ll find peace in a Meditation Retreat among the mystic mountains of Kalundewa. The retreat will enable you to sit amidst the stillness during a meditation session or opt for a yoga session surrounded by acres of greenery that face the majestic mountain range. You’ll also enjoy authentic and refreshing spa remedies at the mini spa and experience a getaway with a difference that will give you inner peace, vitality and joy. Sign us up!
4. Sen Wellness Sanctuary
Set amongst pristine national park with a protected turtle nesting beach as part of its premises and the Indian Ocean as its backdrop, Sen Wellness Sanctuary is designed with the philosophy that nature is the best healer in mind.
The onsite team of world-class osteopaths yoga teachers, therapists, chefs and knowledgeable Ayurvedic doctor’s all aim to uphold the retreat’s wellness philosophy—which is to support the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body to live in harmony as a whole. The Sanctuary programs are an integrative system of healing that blends advanced scientific principles of the west and ancient wisdom of the east. By treating each individual as a whole, lifestyle changes are implemented, and long-lasting results can be created.
Radiating luxury at every turn and known to take every aspect of wellbeing seriously, Tri is situated overlooking the scenic Koggala Lake. The grounds and buildings are a stunning example of sustainability, with solar heated water, living walls and green roofs—providing the perfect backdrop to a wellness escape.
The sanctuary is the ideal space to reap the benefits of yoga, nurturing spa treatments and experiencing Sri Lankan culture through local cuisine. A getaway at Tri not only calms the mind and nourishes the body but stimulates the intellect and lifts the spirit. Sounds like our cup of herbal tea!