The Best Wellness Retreats in Sri Lanka

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Jayani Senanayake

Think breathtaking vistas over mountains or a soothing sunset over the ocean – if you are looking for some rest and relaxation Sri Lanka is the place to go. While there are many accommodation options for you to choose from Sri Lanka also has some specific wellness resorts that have your health and well being foremost in their minds. Here are our favourites.


Situated overlooking the scenic Koggala lake, Tri is a wellness resort that takes well being seriously. With solar heated water, living walls and green roofs, the Tri Resort is a beautiful example of sustainability and a love for nature, healing. Luxury is to be found at every turn – you just need to unfurl your arm to reach it.

Hotel Tri, Koggala Lake, Aladuwa Watte, Pelassa, Thitthagalle, Ahangama 80650 +94 (0) 777 708 17

Santani Wellness Resort

Head for the mountains to the Santani Wellness Resort and let its soothing aura calm your soul. Located in the hill capital of the country amidst an untouched wilderness, Santani Wellness Resort provides you a sanctuary where wellness is a way of life. Ayurvedic detox rituals, healing yoga to cleansing and luxurious pampering will lift your spirits as the surroundings blur the distinction of indoors from outdoors letting your lungs benefit from the purest of mountain air to invigorate your body.

Santani Wellness Resort, Arantenna Estate, Werapitiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka (+94) 81 222 8000

Siddhalepa Ayurvedic Resort

With a family heritage of over 200 years, Siddhalepa is a trusted name throughout Sri Lanka. Thus the Siddhalepa Ayurvedic Spa brings to you the goodness of this ancient healing practice in a modern setting in a wellness resort located in Wadduwa overlooking the brilliant Indian Ocean. With a comprehensive list of therapies, each of these treatments are designed to provide relief from specific ailments using 100% natural products as part of an ingenious indigenous practice that has been tried and tested over centuries.

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Wadduwa + 38 2 296967

Kalundewa Retreat

Get lost in the wilderness at this sanctuary of wellness tucked away flanked by mystic mountains amid 100 acres of healing wilderness in Dambulla. Surrounded by nature on all sides, guests experience four breathtaking lakes and acres and acres of jade green paddy within the proximity of this wonderful retreat. The Kalundewa Retreat also offers you the opportunity for some memorable bird watching, immersing yourself in the resort’s natural spring as well as yoga and relaxation to soothe your soul.

Kalundewa Retreat, Kalundewa Road, Dambulu Oya, Dambulla, Sri Lanka +94 775 205 475

Kandy Samadhi Center

The awe-inspiring architecture of the location itself inspires mediation – The Kandy Samadhi Centre nestled among the lush vegetation of the Kandyan hills is your refuge from the city and all the stress it brings. The veranda of each suite gives out to immense paddy fields giving you a feeling of utmost privacy without the restriction of walls. Surrounded by Kandyan murals and ancient antiques, the Kandy Samadhi Centre allows you the opportunity to immerse yourself in yoga and take advantage of a wide range of Ayurvedic therapies during your stay.

The Kandy Samadhi Centre, Kukul Oya Road, Kandy +94814470925, +94814476117


A peaceful hideaway at the heart of Kurunegala district at the foot of the Galgiriyawa mountains, Ulpotha by definition is a traditional rice growing village. The Ulpotha retreat itself is only available for six months of the year, November to March and June to August, while the rest of the time, the village goes back to its regular activity of rice growing. Enjoy yoga and Ayurvedic therapies with the assistance of an Ayurvedic doctor, or simply absorb simple village life surrounded by nature. There are no hard and fast rules. Rest and relax the way you want in a space that is yours for relaxing.

Ulpotha, Galgamuwa-Nikawewa Road, Ulpotha +44 20 8 1233 603 +94 77 350 7088

Sen Wellness Sanctuary

The Sen Wellness Sanctuary believes that Nature is the best healer and keeps to its beliefs. Tucked within the Rekawa’s expansive lagoon, the Sen Wellness Sanctuary is an exuberant healing hideaway that is also within the proximity of a turtle nestling site. With a unique architecture designed to draw energy from the earth, the Sen Wellness Sanctuary also offers yoga sessions, delectable food and Ayurvedic therapy headed by a team of osteopaths, yoga instructors, Arurvedic doctors and chefs.

Sen Wellness Sanctuary , Rekawa Road, Netolpitiya +94 77 390 4800

Talalla Retreat

The Talalla Retreat is a wonderful combination of relaxation, meditation and of course, some fun in the sun! Located on the south coast, a little west of Matara in a serene bay area, the Tallalla Retreat offers you a chance to truly unwind and heal your core by way of extensive yoga sessions, Ayurvedic wellness, personal pampering and space to explore yourself. Experience true relaxation assisted by experienced Ayurvedic doctors and wellness specialists whilst letting yourself go to the soothing sound of waves topping over each other.

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