The year 2020 has been taken by storm with the deadly COVID-19 virus. Like everything in life, this too will eventually pass. Once the world has put this behind us, it will again be the time to travel, explore and relax. The little gem nestled in the Indian Ocean also known as Sri Lanka is a land of serendipity and natural beauty.
Renowned for its hospitality, Sri Lanka is now reputed for being a hotspot for wellness retreats. What better way for your clients to experience this than to pack their suitcase and embark on a journey of spiritual discovery and wellbeing? Sri Lanka is privileged to be so geographically sound that adventurers can be in the thick of a jungle, sipping a tea in the countryside or playing in the sandy beaches all within a few hours.
The island is blessed to have some of the most state-of-the-art wellness retreats in the world. One such property is the Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, which is situated just an hour away from the capital of the hill country, Kandy. The rooms overlook the beautiful lush mountainside of Kandy. It has numerous programs which can be tailormade for your client’s requirement; be it yoga, meditation, Ayurvedha, eating healthy or detoxing, they have got them all.
One of Authenticities favourite retreats lies within the heart of the Cultural Triangle in Sigiriya. Situated a little away from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is the breathtaking Water Garden Sigiriya. The name says it all, as lush waterways on either side lead up to a fantastic backdrop view of the Rock Fortress.
This boutique hotel is an ideal retreat as it offers guests a wide array of activities which combines the elements of luxury and wellbeing effortlessly. What better souvenir to take back home than to indulge in a cooking session with the resident chef and dive into the endless flavours that our spice island offers. The property also houses a lovely spa facility which offers various treatments and offers other in-house activities such as archery, cycling and croquet.
Another property which boasts a pristine location is the Ayurvie Retreat in Weligama, which sits on a cove overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean. This retreat has a stunning yoga pavilion on their topmost floor. Travellers couldn’t ask for a better view to start their day with. Apart from the morning and afternoon classes that the resident yoga instructors host, this pavilion is open throughout the day, if one chooses to do their own sessions. Then there is “Arogya” which translated to healthiness or wellbeing. This pairs the ancient art of Ayurvedha along with personalised dietary plans carefully designed to rid your temple of stress and disease.
The retreat also offers recreational painting and a mini library for a good read by the sea while sipping a cup of Ceylon’s finest. If one wants to venture out, the beaches of Weligama and the neighbouring Mirissa are known for its surf breaks. The gentle giants of the seas visit these coasts between November and April every year, so don’t forget to book yourself a whale-watching expedition! And just 45 minutes east, is the 17th century Dutch Fort in the historic town of Galle.
The properties mentioned above are just a handful of what this beautiful island offers. Be it a yoga retreat, wellness getaway, a long-overdue detox or just sightseeing with a spoonful of adventure, this pearl in the Indian Ocean is able to cater to it all. In these trying times, the only slogan you need to remember is “dream now and travel later”.
Many travellers will be looking for wellness or spiritual holidays on the “flip side”. Authenticities are available to tailor your clients’ trips to Sri Lanka.
Authenticities is also hosting weekly Expert Guide led Zoom webinar/discussions with Mark Forbes, Malik J Fernando and other leaders in their field – contact Kirsty for further details or to register for these sessions.
Lead image: Santani Wellness Resort & Spa