The Luxe List 2017: Santani, Kandy

Then eco-luxe wellness retreat is perched on a secluded hillside, with upcycled decor accenting the otherwise minimalistic communal areas.

High ceilings and large windows bring in fresh mountain air.

A scenic journey through highland jungle, pint-sized villages, and along the serpentine bends of the Hulu River brings you to Santani, an eco-luxe wellness retreat perched on a secluded hillside. Upcycled decor accents the otherwise minimalistic communal areas, with high ceilings and large windows bringing in fresh mountain air. Each of the 16 standalone rooms are ingeniously designed to mimic the cool interior of a cave, with a single glass wall and sliding doors opening onto the balcony. The concept is driven by what Santani terms “Wellness 2.0,” which involves meeting an on-site Ayurvedic doctor who crafts a personalized retreat plan including treatments, massage, yoga, meditation, and diet. But it isn’t just the design or the level of attention that gives Santani its wow factor. From a salad of Indian pennywort and bulgur with tamarillo and grapefruit salsa, to the homemade pepper ice cream on a multi-textured strawberry platter, the dishes that emerge from Santani’s kitchen are as tantalizing as they are wholesome. And with a 25-meter infinity pool, thermal salt soak pool, sauna, and steam room, self-care has never felt so good.

94/76-399-1919; Santani, Kandy; doubles from US$450, full board

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: Santani, Kandy”).

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