Travel & Tourism
Reset, recharge and reboot here in paradise.
The “New Year-New me” resolution has never really lasted long, and for most of us, this year’s epic list of resolutions really did not quite go according to plan. If it involved “traveling the world”… Well, you may as well wave it goodbye for the moment.
But, before you wallow in self-defeat, you can always tweak those travel plans by narrowing down a few stunning locations here in Sri Lanka. From a wellness getaway amidst misty mountains or a relaxing stroll along the finest beaches, here are three amazing places you can spend a few days (or even a week)!
Take a walk on the wellness side at Santani.
The award winning wellness resort is nestled on a remote 120-acre former tea plantation. While the rooms at Santani offer minimalistic luxury, its 16 Mountain View and 4 garden view chalets have been designed to bring your stress levels to zero. With unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains from your room, Santani is all about slowing down and enjoying the splendors of life.
At Santani, “harmony” guides everything. While the architecture pays homage to elegance and simplicity, the resort is designed according to the highest sustainability and eco-standards.
Mornings at Santani are blissful. Rise to the sounds of birds singing outside your chalet and breathe in the fresh air while jaw-dropping views of the misty mountains guarantees a restorative experience. Salute the sun and join a sunrise yoga session and improve your breathing, meditation and yoga skills. The wellness programmes range from Ayurveda to personal detoxification plans and treatments done with Ayurveda practices.
The tri-level Spa is blissfully secluded and is the largest in Sri Lanka. With an open-air thermal salt bath, cedar wood sauna and steam room, the lowest level offers four treatment rooms opening out to the emerald paddy fields. Reflect and recoup in the evenings with a massage or follow a tailor made programme rooted in Ayurvedic treatment for a longer stay. If you prefer an idyllic walk or a bit of adventure, explore the surrounding forests by foot or simply enjoy the views from the hotel’s outdoor pool.
The food is unsurprisingly fantastic. It’s all about a personalized approach to gourmet wellness cuisine. Internationally trained chefs create and coordinate the perfect meal plan for you. From citrus and beetroot cured pink salmon to Grilled Australian grass fed beef tenderloin steak or even a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry, the cuisine really is to “dine for”!
Santani is a world-class resort with a swag of awards and it’s no surprise that it was voted the Best wellness retreat in the world by the Vogue magazine in 2018 and one of the Greatest places in the world by the TIME magazine just two years ago.
Expect to leave this place with an open mind and a revitalized soul.
Deserted coastlines and tropical charms at Anantara Kalutara Resort
Located less than an hour away from the bustling city of Colombo, this sublime resort rests between a shallow lagoon and the beautiful Indian Ocean in Kalutara. An undisturbed beachfront setting, Anantara features simplicity and elegance along with Geoffrey Bawa’s tropical modernism implemented flawlessly.
The 141 rooms and villas include private balconies and terraces. If you are on holiday with your family, the one and two bedroom villas will host your every need. Take a plunge in your own private pool, relax with a good book or enjoy a movie with your family in your own spacious living room.
The property is vast, with a main pool, a kid’s swimming pool and an array of dining facilities that celebrates the flavours and spices this resplendent island has to offer. Along with a 24-hour fitness centre and excursions that get your adrenaline pumping, this is the ideal change of pace to stimulate your senses and help rejuvenate your spirit. From river cruising to lazy beach hangouts, you can find your bliss and bring your sense of wanderlust to this paradise where the Kalu Ganga meets the Indian Ocean.
The restaurants are well attuned to both local and international tastes. Kick-start your day with a decadent breakfast buffet at Olu, the all-day-dining restaurant offering a selection of fresh fruit, warm breads and live cooking stations. Sample the freshest seafood or enhance your dining experience at Acquolina, the resort’s Italian restaurant. From gluten-free pasta to braised veal shanks and baked sea-bass fillets, savour the finest food in perfectly executed plates.
Experience the luxury and class at Anantara and enjoy island life at one of the most sought after resorts in the island. For their special resident offers, refer their website https://www.anantara.com/en/kalutara and book your stay starting at just Rs. 18,000.
A heavenly retreat amidst rolling tea plantations at W15, Hanthana Estate
The rolling hill country contains endless stretches of gorgeous tea plantations. Hanthana is known for its breathtaking scenery from roaring waterfalls to majestic mountains and W15 blends in seamlessly with its colonial charm and beautifully restored bungalow.
The elegant interiors open out to expansive verandahs overlooking the gardens. A glorious throwback to the days of the Raj, the grand piano sits comfortably in a corner, inviting you to play the moonlight sonata.
This charming bungalow offers five well-decorated rooms with luxurious four-poster beds and calming interiors while the stable suites offer exceptional vistas of the Hanthana mountain range. These bedrooms and suites are comfortable, spacious and tailored to perfection.
The gorgeous infinity pool is one of the highlights of this place. Overlooking the hills of the region, its serene environment invites you to unwind and take in the views in secluded tranquility.
There is nothing quite like a fine cup of tea and your day at W15 Hanthana begins with that perfect cuppa. Menus are personalized with your Chef suggesting some incredible cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Lunch is a grand affair with rice and an array of curries that take you on a gastronomic journey. Enjoy high tea on the lawn surrounded by Cypress trees or wind down with a smooth G&T.
Explore pristine forests and hidden nooks, and curl up with a good book amidst scenery practically untouched by humans. A completely stress free getaway inclusive of all meals for one flat price and upscale amenities like nature walks, personal butler service and bird watching.
The ambiance is natural and the pace tranquil. W15, Hanthana Estate will make you feel as if you’re stepping into the pages of a fairytale and it really is the epitome of a romantic getaway. Book via: www.w15kandy.lk for some exclusive offers.