8 Days Personal Dosha Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Kandy, Sri Lanka

  • Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Nattuwakale, Werapitiya, Kandy, Aratenna Estate 00013, Sri Lanka

Detox, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

If you are keen to experience the benefits of Ayurveda or intend to be treated for specific health conditions, this program is for you! Santani Wellness Resort and Spa offers a fully customized curative or preventative Ayurvedic treatment regime to your specific health conditions. This program would be personalized based on individual needs after a wellness consultation with the resort doctor.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Detox workshops and classes in raw cooking basics
  • Ayurvedic treatments and specific Dosha conditioning
  • Guided hiking and mountain biking
  • Spa treatments of 75 minutes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Personalized diet meal
  • 7 days with instruction
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or double room at the Santani Wellness Resort and Spa. The options include a single or twin room with stylish and utterly comfortable interiors that are deliberately minimal. As in ancient Buddhist meditation caves in the mountains surrounding Santani, this lack of distraction allows you to focus your mind solely on slowing it down.

To further support your efforts to reset, the Ambalamas do not have televisions. While digital detox is a key component of the Santani experience, there is no in-room Wi-Fi connection. Approximately 16 stand-alone, single-bedrooms each extending to a balcony are available and they are approximately 500 square feet. These can accommodate two people only. Each stylish, elevated room faces into the surrounding jungle valley and the stunning mountains beyond.

Each room features up-cycled rubber wood lounge chairs, recycled teakwood safari chairs on the balcony, extra large pillows, high thread count sheets, complimentary minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, personal safe, and two closets.

During this retreat, you will experience prescribed Ayurvedic treatments for general wellbeing and your specific Dosha conditioning. The goal of this retreat is to bring the benefits of a fully customized curative or preventative Ayurvedic treatment regime to your specific health conditions like arthritis, sciatica, spondylosis, various skin conditions (including psoriasis and eczema), nervous system disorders, and respiratory tract disorders.

All would be personalized based on individual needs after a wellness consultation with the resort doctor, Dr. Sooraj Ravi.

Key components:

  • Ayurveda spa treatments and massages
  • Customized vegetarian or raw food menu plan
  • Multiple yoga and fitness sessions
  • Prescribed Ayurvedic treatments and specific Dosha conditioning

During this retreat, you will enjoy guided hiking and mountain biking.

  • Dr. Sooraj Ravi

    Dr. Ravi is the head of wellness and resident Ayurveda consultant at Santani. He is an Ayurveda doctor and a health and well being expert. His expertise encompass wellness, spa, and beauty treatments honed over a 10-year career in some of the world’s best spa resorts, such as the Four Seasons in the Maldives, Leela Palaces, and Aveda Spa in India. He has professional experiences in many countries including Maldives, India, China, and Greece. Apart from qualifications in Ayurveda, Dr. Ravi is trained in various wellness and fitness practices such as yoga, massage therapies, nutrition.

This retreat will take place at the Santani Wellness Resort & Spa in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Santani is situated just an hour's ride from the historic and sacred city of Kandy. Surrounded by endless natural beauty of the Aratenna Estate, Santani adorns 48 acres of sheer bliss in a small village settlement of Werapitiya. Accessible via the well-maintained Kandy - Mahiyanagana Road and the Werapitiya road. Santani commands stunning views and absolute tranquility.

The area of Kandy where Santani is located embodies Sri Lanka’s legendary beauty in its lush greenery, gently undulating landscapes and whooshing rivers. As in the past, Kandy is the spiritual center of Sri Lanka, home to one of the most sacred relic in Buddhist culture as well as the Kandy Perahera, one of the world’s most extravagant pageants with over 100 adorned elephants and thousands of artists parading through the streets of Kandy every August.

Nearby places

  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), 137 kilometers
  • Kandy, 32 kilometers

This retreat includes personalized dining experiences per day. Santani’s modern approach to the traditional Sri Lanka Ayurveda diet comprises fresh foods representing the six Ayurvedic tastes – sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. This time proven practice ensures that all major nutrients are included, and prioritized according to your Ayurvedic body type known as the Doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Everyone is born with a unique balance of these Doshas; every activity and function of our mind and body is dependent upon the balanced or unbalanced state of their Doshas. This diet is designed to cleanse the body of impurities and thus rebalance the Doshas, encourages energy stimulation and calms the mind, which makes it a valuable tool in elevating mood, energy, and metabolism.

Sample dishes

  • Fennel barley and citrus fruit salad with toasted sesame dressing
  • Rocket lettuce, pine nuts, and goat cheese tortellini in a tree tomato consommé
  • Aubergine and cashew nut filo parcels with local spices and olu rice, blushed tomatoes, garlic chili sauce
  • Traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry with organic vegetables and chutney
  • Trio of French crème brûlée - masala chai, raspberry cream cheese and jasmine tea and white chocolate

Apart from the wellness activities, it is recommended to hike on the multiple trails, bathe in the natural swimming pools of the river, enjoy mountain biking, or get your hands dirty in the organic farm and paddy-fields and visit the tea estate.

In addition, a day excursion to Kandy, the last kingdom and cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is an experience not to be missed. Wildlife safaris at the Wsgamuwa wildlife park or the Knuckles world heritage biosphere are a mere distance away. You can also golf at the best golf course in Sri Lanka, which is located a short distance away.

This retreat includes daily spa treatments with duration of 90 minutes at the Santani Spa. The treatments options are ranging from Abyangam, Shiro Dhara, Takra Dhara, Patra Pinda Swedana, Udwarthanam, Shashtika Pinda Swedanam, Dhanyamla Dhara, Karnapoornam, Tanlepanam, Mukhalepanam, Tharpanam, Pichu, Nasyam, Uro Vasthi, Sneha, or Kashaya Vasti.

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 2 group fitness activities
  • 2 lifestyle classes of 60 minutes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Ayurvedic treatments and specific Dosha conditioning
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily spa treatment of 90 minutes
  • Daily use of steam, sauna, and thermal salt-water pool
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided hiking and mountain biking
  • Herbal medication specific to the Dosha, during the course of stay
  • Strict personalized diet plan
  • Wellness consultation upon arrival and departure with the doctor
  • Additional activities
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Santani Wellness Resort and Spa will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.


  • Review by Michael Y.
    10 out of 10

    "The location is perfect the chef cooking is divine! If you really want to be with your self this is the place, not recommended for honeymoon couples, the noise insulation is not perfect... The spa is professional and beautiful."

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "What a magical location. Santani might be a bit remote but it's worth the time and effort to get there! This was by far the best hotel we stayed at in Sri Lanka. The service, accommodation, and facilities were all exceptional."

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  • Review by Fajir A.
    10 out of 10

    "This hotel is perfection. Our expectations were extremely high before we got there (from pictures and reviews), and when we left, I am happy to say that they've exceeded our expectations! "

    "Their food is out of this world and its super healthy and delicious. Staff and service in general is beyond amazing. We were pampered and literally all the staff were kind. "

    "It took us a while to get there but it was definitely worth the ride! (Do not use google maps all the way for this hotel, it would be better to ask the locals or taxis to give you directions) Would definitely come again♥️"

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  • Review by Lindsay N.
    10 out of 10

    "In a country where tea trails has long since ruled the luxury resort scene, this newcomer might just be the new “it” place. Santani embodies all the virtues of a spiritual ashram with the luxuries of a five-star wellness retreat. Offering curated wellness programs with elements of Ayurveda, detox, yoga and spa, Santani ensures every guest receives exactly what they need to heal. They strike the balance between pampering and rejuvenation through harnessing the power of the natural surroundings that make this site so harmonious. If you are looking for peaceful restoration and pampering, this is the place!"

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  • Review by Peggy H. from Wisconsin, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Ten days at Santani was pure heaven. The peaceful location in the hills around Kandy provided a backdrop for healing and renewal. I took the kind and compassionate advice of Dr. Ravi and followed the Ayuvedic treatments and diet. Not that hard to do as the food was out of this world and the treatments were of the same caliber. Discussed with him my sleep problems and he individualized my treatments to balance my Vata. Learned a lot about myself, found the hikes to the river a great place for reflection. Met lots of lovely people, guests and staff. "

    "Back in the U.S. I am sleeping much, much better. I feel less anxious and I am so very, very grateful to all of those that have made Santani possible. Without a doubt I will return next year for a two week retreat."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A serene escape in the stunning mountain area near Kandy. The days pass effortlessly with morning and evening yoga, treks through the jungle, swims in the pool, spa treatments and delicious 3-7 course meals. You won't have to think - you can just be. Be sure to the the Abhyangam massage - better than anything in the West. "

    "Food is beautifully prepared and delicious and the waiters make a real effort to understand your preference and make you comfortable."

    "Practical matters: The resort is four to five hours (don't believe Google maps) from Colombo airport, through very windy jungle roads. I suggest getting a chauffeur drive (the hotel can arrange) rather than driving yourself, or using the sea plane. I also suggest a minimum of three nights to make it worthwhile."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed in this wonderful place in December for a short holiday. It was the most wonderful experience. The place is so calm and peaceful , exactly what you need after a busy and hectic lifestyle. The location is so serene and calm with a view to die for. One would only here the sounds of the birds and occasionally a train from far far away. "

    "The rooms are built to open into the beautiful view with a minimalistic luxury."

    "The staff here couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable."

    "The food was absolutely delicious, all fruit and veg home grown and organic. The chef is one of the best I have ever come across, literally can make anything taste delicious."

    "The spa and the wellness centre is by far one of the best I have ever been to. They would cater to your individual beef and they all therapist are extremely experienced including the yoga instructor."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sri Lanka
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing place, surrounded by greenery, birds and wildlife, this laid-back resort offers a unique chance to experience rural village in all its colorful splendor, rooms are designed to bring in nature while still being pampered by simple luxuries."

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  • Review by a traveler from Liberia
    10 out of 10

    "I just left Santani after a three night solo stay. I cannot recommend it highly enough if you're looking for what I was - peace, quiet, beauty, fresh air, simplicity combined with luxury. I needed time alone to recharge and it was absolutely perfect. The rooms are gorgeous (stunning view right from the bed), the location very remote, the spa sublime (amazing massage and facial in incredible surroundings - the architecture blends right in so you almost feel you're in the jungle, yet still in total luxury), the staff were friendly, attentive but not invasive in any way. Even the security guards went out of their way to be caring and considerate. But the standout win - the most incredible food I've had in a very long time! Fresh and healthy and varied and insanely delicious, beautifully presented, every bite a delight. Wonderful."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Stayed for a week in mid September at Santani, the newly opened wellness resort & spa. Beautiful location, a bit off the beaten track but wonderful once you are there! Eco friendly minimalist architecture & spectacular views from the individual chalets, "

    "Loved the overall ambiance & facilities on offer especially yoga, Ayurvedic massages, outdoor &salt therapy pool and sauna. The best part was the exquisitely prepared & presented gourmet meals by the master chef! Each meal was a truly gratifying sensory experience! "

    "Very friendly & helpful staff. I suppose it will take a month or so for the place to be fully functional as there was still some construction work in progress. "

    "Highly recommended for a relaxing yet energizing wellness experience!"

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa offers wellness innovations together with the deep-rooted Ayurvedic culture in Sri Lanka.

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8 days / 7 nights


This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Peak season
  • December 20, 2017 - January 10, 2018


High season
  • July 15, 2017 - August 15, 2017
  • November 1, 2017 - December 19, 2017
  • January 11, 2018 - April 30, 2018


Low season
  • May 1, 2017 – July 14, 2017
  • August 16, 2017 – October 31, 2017

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