5 breathtakingly beautiful wellness resorts in Sri Lanka to find your zen

Regardless of whether you prefer to find your equilibrium close to a beach, amidst lush greenery or in a quiet corner of the city, Sri Lanka is one of the rare places that offers all of that — and then some.

Santani Wellness Resort, Kandy
  • Denise Li
  • February 2020

1. Kaya Wellness Resort in Uswetakeiyawa

Kaya Wellness Resort in Uswetakeiyawa
Drive an hour west from downtown Colombo and you will arrive at Uswetakeiyawa, a tiny fishing village that’s home to a secluded beach and Kaya Wellness Resort.

Come for the full suite of Ayurvedic treatments but stay for the rare wellness offerings that include a salt cave, said to help improve the respiratory system and heal skin conditions. Or immerse yourself in the floatation tank, which is purported to help release deep-seated stress through sensory deprivation.

Address: No. 300, Old Colombo Road, Uswetakeiyawa
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2. Santani Wellness Resort in Kandy

Santani Wellness Resort, Kandy
The bulk of its 20 elevated accommodation options face the surrounding jungle valley — reconnect with nature and feel completely at peace.

Nothing spells “escape” quite like situating yourself amid the far-flung mountains and tea plantations of Kandy, accessible via three-hour train ride from Colombo. Santani has wellness programmes run the gamut, from addressing emotional and physical trauma or addiction, to weight loss and sleep.

Address: Arantenna Estate, Werapitiya, Kandy
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3. Prana Lounge in Colombo

Prana Lounge in Colombo
Prana Home — located in the upscale neighbourhood of Cinnamon Gardens — offers just five elegant boutique-style rooms in a century-old heritage property.

Even if you don’t have time to travel afield, you can find respite right here in Colombo. A stay here will allow you access to the wellness spaces at Prana Lounge, where yoga classes, sound meditation sessions, and alternative therapy treatments like reiki and homeopathy are held.

Address: 60 Horton Place, Colombo 07
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4. Tri at Koggala Lake

Tri in Lake Koggala
Tri — a hop and a skip from the archaeological monument of Galle Fort — was built with sustainability in mind, from the use of locally sourced natural materials, to solar panels and the indigenous trees that dot the sprawling property.

There are yoga and spa treatments available on this luxury resort, but you are equally likely to find inner peace just by exploring your surroundings. Hop on a bicycle to discover the southern coast, play golf close to Koggala Lake, or head to the tea plantation 20 minutes away from Tri to sample its range of white and green teas.

Address: Aladuwa Watte, Pelessa, Thiththagalle, Ahangama
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5. Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Netolpitiya

Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Netolpitiya
On top of Ayurveda treatments and yoga sessions, Sen Wellness Sanctuary also offers Panchakarma — an intensive programme that aims to heal your mind, body and spirit.

This resort is located in the south of the country, about 10km from the city of Tangalle. As an important sea turtle nesting site, conservation is a big part of the Sen ethos. Not only does it have a lagoon protection programme, it also works hard to create awareness around the need to conserve Sri Lanka’s rich coastal resources. From 21-30 August, it will be holding the Golden Summer Retreat, which includes yoga, daily Ayurvedic treatments, gong baths, and more.

Address: Rekawa Road, Netolpitiya
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