Hill Country, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • Sri Lanka's first dedicated spa and wellness resort

  • Located an hour north east of Kandy, you are the heart of the Sri Lankan hill country

  • Get back to nature in this rejuvenating setting

  • Santani's modern and environmentally friendly design fits in with its serene setting

  • Each wellness package can be personalized to suit your needs and pace

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Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.

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Insider's View

If you're optimistic and sign up for a very healthy package but change your mind once you try all the delicious food don't worry as you can switch when there!

Request a mountain valley view room to get the best aspect for watching sunset and taking in the lush scenery.

Wifi and dining are discouraged from the rooms as they'd rather you digitally detox and socialize, but are happy to accommodate if requested.

Enjoy a hike on one of the multiple trails down to the river and bathe in the natural swimming pools.

Try the morning river walk with a naturalist, you'll be surprised how much you see!

Yoga is offered twice a day, morning and evening. Enjoy yoga in the evening and then take some time to enjoy the steam and sauna rooms to feel super relaxed!

To start planning your vacation to Santani


Santani is Sri Lanka's first dedicated spa resort which has brought luxury wellness to Sri Lanka. Set in the tranquil hills just over an hour from Kandy, Santani provides a relaxing and rejuvenating environment, and a variety of spa and wellness packages.

Spanning 48 acres, the Aratenna Estate is home to Sri Lanka's most exciting spa retreat, Santani. With views over the misty emerald mountains of The Hill County and found just one hour's drive from cultural Kandy, Santani provides a perfect place to escape from it all on your journey through Sri Lanka.

The concept of this boutique resort is in finding peace and harmony with your surroundings, your body and most importantly your mind. Using Ayurvedic therapies your stay will leave you feeling truly revived. Choose from one of five wellness packages that focus on different goals from sleep enhancement to post baby bliss or even to learn the correct steps to effective detox and cleansing.

The property is home to just sixteen stand-alone bedroom suites which stand elevated on stilts and have unparalleled views. Two double bedroom suites are also available with private living area, perfect for those wanting more space. Relax on the main pavilion with its open to air design or by the outdoor campfire and enjoy the local wildlife.

Guests can enjoy the more active side of Santani, swimming and practicing yoga, enjoying more outdoors pursuits trekking through the area's tea plantations, following the local hiking trails or even taking a dip in a secluded forest river. Whatever guests' intentions or goals, Santani will leave you feeling refreshed, both in mind and soul.

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There are 16 stand-alone rooms which sits on stilts for their environmentally friendly purposes. For those wishing for more space, guests can opt for one of the 2 two bedroom suites.


Santani is home to Sri Lanka's first destination spa and wellness facility. The spa includes thermal salt bath, steam room, sauna and several treatment rooms overlooking beautiful terraced paddy fields. The yoga pavilion and 24m infinity pool are great for keeping fit during your stay.

The main pavilion with it's lounge and bar is great for enjoying a drink, whilst the elevated restaurant is perfect for your evening meal. End the day relaxing by the outdoor campfire. Please be aware that Santani encourages a digital detox for you to switch off from the outside world. However for those who need it, the media room offers a dedicated space with internet.


During your stay at Santani, you may wish to undertake one of the treatment packages on offer. These packages are totally personalized to create a wellness schedule that will ensure you reach your goals at a pace that suits you best. During the rest of your time, relax by the pool, go hiking through the hills or take in some of the cultural highlights visiting a tea estate, heading to Kandy or taking in the wildlife of Sri Lanka at Wasgamuwa wildlife park.

The wellness packages include:

Basic Detox

A three-night basic detox program

Comprehensive Detox

A comprehensive detox program available for either seven or fourteen nights

Introduction to Detox

A three or five-night program which provides an introduction to detox

Personalised Ayurveda Treatments

Personalized Ayurveda treatments available for three, five, seven or fourteen nights

Personalised Yoga

A personalized yoga program available with three, five or seven night's stay

Post Baby Bliss

The Baby Bliss program can be booked for any stays of three, five, seven or fourteen nights

Santani Bliss

The Santani Bliss program can be booked for five or seven night's stay

Sleep Enhancement

Santani's sleep enchancement program is available for guests staying for five or seven nights.

Balance & Revitalise

The balance and revitalise program is available for seven or fourteen night stays.

Ideal Weight

Find your ideal weight on this seven or fourteen night program

Optimal Fitness

Start your journey to optimal fitness with this seven day program.

Post Trauma Rejuvenation

The post trauma rejuvenation program is available for five, seven or fourteen nights.

Yoga Retreats

Santani's yoga retreat run for seven days.



Sophie Jones (Staff)

Santani has the most amazing setting with stunning views over the surrounding mountains and  countryside. The feeling of serenity and relaxation is instantly felt and the food is fantastically fresh and healthy. I was lucky enough to enjoy both yoga and have a lovely spa treatment which were both fantastic!


  • Ella City Tour

    Explore Ella with your chauffeur guide. Ella is blessed with some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular views. On this tour you will visit Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak, Ravana Cave and Bambaragala Park.

  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

    Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.

  • Kandy Walking Tour

    Go on a walking tour of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Meet Rahju the Artist

    Rahju, one of Sri Lanka's famous artists, opens his studio to offer visitors an intimate view of what shapes his art pieces.

  • Royal Botanical Garden Educational Walk

    Learn more about the unique flora of Sri Lanka in the educational walk through Royal Botanical Garden

  • Temple of the Tooth

    This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.

  • Trek the Knuckles Mountain Range

    Explore the Knuckles Mountain Range on this full day trek. A local tracker will guide you through the Knuckles Forest Reserve, hiking the Corbett’s Gap Viewpoint track.

  • Trekking in the Knuckles Range

    This is a must for trekking enthusiasts, who will love the striking landscapes and ever-changing fauna on this 4-5 hour trek from Illukkumbura to Riverston. Expect sweeping panoramas and waterfalls in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Visit Tea Factory and Plantation

    Visit a working tea factory and plantation and witness how tea is grown and processed.

Location & directions

Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Santani is located on the Aratenna Estate, spanning 48-acres that make it a perfect secluded spot. Just 50-minutes north east of Kandy's town center, Santani can be found The Hill Country of Sri Lanka.

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