Visiting Sri Lanka and skipping the spa would be akin to a trip to Italy sans pizza. Here are some places to help you avoid the faux pas. By Ananya Bahl
1. Santani Spa, Kandy:
Ranked among the best spas in the world by international titles, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa offers minimalist regalia. It is Sri Lanka’s first-ever full-service destination spa and a pioneer in hydrotherapy in the country. Its three-level spa fits into its natural surroundings. Take advantage of its cedar-wood sauna and open-air thermal salt soak pool. Choose from among Ayurveda, yoga, detox, healthy living, and ‘address your stress’ packages. Doubles from Rs. 18,400.
2. Anantara Spa, Kalutara:
With a tropical vibe, the spa at Anantara Kalutara Resort offers a wide range of Ayurvedic, western, and Asian therapies. The must-try signature treatments here are the Kalutara King Coconut Delight (130 minutes), which uses the king coconut, and the Anantara Kalutara Tea Journey (120 minutes), a curated green tea treatment that relies on Ceylon’s tea heritage.
3. The Baths at Amangalla, Galle:
Employing the natural goodness of water, The Baths is a spa experience that includes hydrotherapy chambers, a sauna, a steam room, and a cold plunge pool, along with a 21-metre-long swimming pool fringed by a glorious garden. The therapies find their core in Ayurveda, and the spa is open to special requests.