Santani Wellness Resort & Spa | Wellbeing Escapes

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

Kandy, Sri Lanka


Santani means ‘in harmony with’ in Sankrit and reflects and ethos here which is to restore and re-balance you. It’s located 1 hour from Kandy within 48 acres of a former tea plantation among pristine forest with views of the misty mountains. The resort offers nurturing Ayurvedic treatments, hydrotherapy, yoga, fitness and healthy cuisine. You will be wowed by the architecture as it’s been designed to blur the indoors and outdoors (all 48 acres) with the use of the floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalist design. It’s the first destination spa in Sri Lanka and has already won many awards including Best Spa (Tatler) and Best New Hotel (Conde Nast Traveller).

When to go

Santani is located 2,800 feet above sea level which means slightly cooler climate. January to May is mostly pleasant with temperatures between 22-28 degrees. There are 2 rainy seasons – from September to December and April and May.

What we love

  • The authentic Ayurveda treatments and cuisine are truly amazing here  
  • The invigorating treks in the jungle all around you where you can reconnect to nature 
  • That all social spaces are Wi-Fi free giving you the opportunity for a digital-detox.  

Who should go

  • It’s ideal for solo travellers looking to re-connect and switch-off from a stressful job 
  • Couples looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a beautiful location
  • If you are serious about investing in your health and wellbeing.  


  • 35% off for all stays until 30 April 2022, stay 7 nights and more*
  • 30% off for all stays until 30 April 2022, stay 6 nights and less*
  • 25% off for all stays between 01 May 22 - 30 April 23, stay 7 nights and more*
  • 20% off for all stays between 01 May 22 - 30 April 23, stay 6 nights and less*
  • Free Signature Ayurvedic Spa Ritual per person (120 minutes, worth USD $200)
  • Free return airport transfers from Polgolla for clients who arrive by seaplane (Kandy) (min 5 nights)

*Offers are not combinable 

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Bed & Breakfast Stay

Just the hotel, no programmes
per person
Free Signature Ayurvedic Spa Ritual per person (120 minutes, worth USD $200)

Wellbeing Booster

Minimum 3 nights stay. Our signature introductory wellbeing booster programme includes a wellness consultation, selection of relaxing treatments such as full body massage, Ayurvedic ritual or reflexology, access to daily group yoga & meditation classes and the spa facilities.
per person

Personal Dosha Ayurveda

If you are keen to experience the benefits of Ayurveda or intend to be treated for specific health conditions, this programme is for you. This retreat is based on 6 nights stay, longer stays are available.
per person

Re-balancing Bliss

Specifically engineered to address the needs of stressed out executives, anyone facing their mid-life crisis or grappling with low energy levels, this programme combines indulgent relaxation and de-stressing treatments with mindful education to incorporate holistic health in even the most high stress everyday life. This retreat is based on 6 nights stay, longer stays are available.
per person

Santani Detox

Regular cleansing of the body is a core preventative care that will help prevent the occurrence of many diseases such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cardiac issues, etc. This retreat is based on 6 nights stay, longer stays are available.
per person

Personalised Yoga

For anyone looking to take a yoga holiday, or try a yoga retreat, this flexible programme focuses on yoga in Sri Lanka as holistic development for the mind and body, and is adaptable to your level whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner. This retreat is based on 6 nights stay, longer stays are available.
per person

Santani Weight Loss

For those interested primarily in weight loss, this programme is strategically designed to eliminate excess weight while leaving you feeling energized, healthy, balanced and encouraged to continue after you leave Santani. This retreat is based on 6 nights stay, longer stays are available.
per person

Santani Recovery 7 nights retreat

Santani is well suited to support anyone who has undergone emotional or physical trauma to regain a healthier balanced life. This fully customised programme is recovering from surgery, cancer, heart attack or stroke as well as those dealing with emotional losses. This retreat requires minimum stay 7 nights.
per person

Immune Boosting Detox Package

As we age, our systems loose its efficiency. This results in some of the metabolic waste (toxins) remaining in the body. The immune system start reacting on an ongoing basis to fight against elements that should not be in the body. This weakens the immune system and it is not in the best condition to fight against external threats (such as virus) which is immune systems main function. Min stay is 7 nights on this programme.
per person


Harmony is the philosophy here and the wellness approach is firmly focused on serenity, relaxation and simplicity – within very luxurious and stylish surroundings. There is an Ayurvedic doctor onsite and personalised spa treatments by the expertly trained and nurturing wellness team. The treatments are designed to de-stress and rejuvenate and range from holistic to Ayurvedic, including Swedish massages, wraps and Reiki. 

Facilities include 4 treatment rooms, steam room, sauna, open-air salt pool, infinity outdoor pool and yoga studio. 

Example treatments at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
  • Shiro-dhara
  • Reflexology
  • Deep tissues massage
  • Detox facial


Activities available at resort
  • Hiking
  • Golf nearby
  • Swimming

Activities available at the surrounding area
  • Explore Kandy city which is only 1 hour drive away
  • Visit tea plantations and learn about local teas and its production

Typical Group Classes

  • Yoga 
  • Meditation 

Sample Weekly Class Schedule

Please note - Classes are subject to change and seasonal adjustments


There are just 18 bedrooms and two-bedroom villas at Santani Wellness Resort. Each has a private balcony and chairs allowing you to admire the panoramic mountain views. The design is very minimalist and stylish. There is no air-conditioning but instead there is natural ventilation in the bedrooms. Guests are encouraged to have a digital detox and therefore Wi-Fi is only available upon request. 

Mountain View Chalet

The Mountain View Chalets are stand-alone buildings

Each has a king-size bed, private en-suite with shower, two closets and a seating area

There is a private balcony overlooking the mountains as well as outdoor seats

Facilities include bathrobe, slippers, coffee and tea making facilities and safe

Wi-Fi is available upon request 

There is natural ventilation and a fan instead of air-conditioning. 

What’s on the menu

Traditional, vegetarian, ketogenic (low-carb), detox and spa menus have been created by the chefs and Ayurvedic doctor, making the most of fresh, locally sourced produce (Santani has its own greenhouse too). You will follow a personalised eating plan drawn up by the wellness team, according to your goals. Balance is key here so you won’t go hungry and will be impressed by the gourmet choices. There is also an open-air pavilion lounger incorporating a fresh juice bar which also serves Biodynamic wine. 
Santani Restaurant
Santani Restaurant
The main restaurant has glass walls and has an elevated position to maximise the mountainous scenery. All meals are served here and menus are personalised accordingly to your own health goals.


Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is located in Werapitiya, just an hour drive from Kandy in Sri Lanka. It's close to The Knuckles Range and sits on the top of old tea plantation.

Nearest airport

The transfer time from Colombo International Airport is approximately 4 hours by car. Or you can take a domestic flight from Colombo to Kandy and have a shorter transfer of approximately 1 hour by car. Ask us for details.

There is a direct flight from London to Colombo which takes about 11 hours and is operated by SriLankan Airlines.

Visa and entry:

You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. To apply you will need a booking confirmation, return flight ticket and a proof of medical insurance.

Visa cost $35 and you can apply online here.

If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 a negative PCR test is required prior to boarding your flight. Test must be no older than 72 hours.

Second test will be taken within 24 hours of arrival

If departing within less than 14 days a further test is required a couple of days prior to departure otherwise a third test is required on day 11 to 14 in resort, if tests are negative you are permitted to leave the hotel

If you have had both vaccine doses of COVID-19 with at least 2 weeks prior to arrival will be required to produce original copy of vaccination certificate in English.

PCR test will be required within 24 hours of arrival and if negative will be able to leave the hotel.

We will arrange for your tests in Sri Lanka to be carried out at the retreat and organise your mandatory Covid insurance ($132 for 3 PCR tests and covid insurance to be paid on booking).

Families, Children & Infants

Children under 12 years are not allowed due to the tranquil nature of this resort. Families travelling with teenagers can stay in Garden view chalets. 


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Why Wellbeing Escapes?

Wellness experts
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Our team of wellness travel experts have visited the retreats themselves and include trained holistic therapists and yoga teachers. Their expertise in the wellness field and the retreats allow them to match you with the best retreat and programme for your individual needs.
Value added benefits and discounts
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As the most established specialist wellbeing travel company we are able to provide excellent added value with our exclusive benefits including reduced prices for single travellers, free spa credits, complimentary transfers plus free nights and additional benefits for our repeat clients.
Award winning service
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With over 15 years of experience, we have come to understand what our clients need from a wellbeing holiday. We treat each client as an individual and provide a personalised concierge service organising all aspects of your stay from spa and treatment programmes, transfers and flights with an efficient and friendly approach. Our continuous awards for customer service speak for themselves.