An Ayurvedic Discovery
It's time to live well in Sri Lanka. After being met at the airport by a guide, you'll be taken to your beachside hotel, Jetwing Lagoon, where you can spend your time relaxing and preparing for your personal wellbeing journey ahead. Relax in the lakeside surroundings or revitalize weary limbs in the huge 100m pool.
Activity and Adventure
You'll depart Negombo for the lush countryside of Sigiriya, stopping by a local village to explore it by bicycle. Visit Lellama, the largest open-air fish market in the country and learn more about the lives of the local fishermen. Watch as the boats come in, the fish getting sorted and then sold on stalls. Then it's time to check into Aliya Resort & Spa, which boasts a glorious infinity pool and views out to Lion Rock.
The next morning you'll take a morning yoga session before hiking to the top of Lion Rock, a challenging trek that rewards its climbers with sweeping views and ancient ruins. In the afternoon, you'll learn more about Ayurveda, an ancient mind-body system of medicine. You'll consult with the in-house doctor and receive your first treatment.
Rise before dawn to climb Pidurangala Rock in time for sunrise. The early start and the walk through the verdant forest will be worth it as you marvel at the view across Sigiriya to Lion Rock, bathed in the warm glow of the rising sun. Back at the hotel, you'll take part in a Sri Lankan cooking lesson with an experienced chef who will help you combine authentic Sri Lankan flavors with optimum nutrition. The result? An enjoyable, wholesome meal.
The afternoon is yours to spend as you please. Relax at the hotel or sign up for an extra excursion. You could embark on a hike up Ritigala Mountain to see the ruins of an ancient monastery and cave complex or visit the medieval capital of Sri Lanka –Polonnaruwa. Alternatively, you could visit Dambulla Cave Temple, or take a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park.
Activity and Adventure
It’s on to Santani Wellness Resort and Spa next, found in the beautiful highlands of Sri Lanka an hour out of Kandy. They specialize in Ayurveda here, and you'll be able to combine spa pampering with healthy living in naturally rejuvenating surroundings.
The next two days will be spent following a wellness program. You'll have a consultation on arrival where you can choose from a range of wellness packages including Ayurveda, detox, healthy living, de-stress, or yoga. According to which option you select, there’ll be a range of group activities to enjoy such as daily yoga and meditation practice and lifestyle and nutrition workshops. You’ll also have access to all facilities including the sauna, steam room, and salt baths, as well as enjoying healthy gourmet meals and cold press fresh juice. There are also daily scheduled excursions including options such as a visit to the Hanging Bridge of Narampanawa, and hiking to Kukul Oya Waterfalls.
After breakfast, you'll be driven to Ella where you'll check into 98 Acres, a village-style hillside hotel. Perched 1000m above the plain below and peeking through the mountain of Ella Gap, the views here are truly magnificent. In the evening you'll take a trip out to Nine Arch Bridge, an impressive engineering marvel from the early 20th century that enjoys comparisons with Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland.
After an early breakfast, you'll head out to Little Adam's Peak for a pleasant hike through tea plantations and lush countryside. At 1141m above sea level, the panoramic views across the south of Sri Lanka from the top are incredible.
From here it's on to Weligama, where you'll check into the luxury boutique resort of Ayurvie Weligama. This spectacular coastal retreat specializes in Ayurveda and yoga. With eco credentials and traditional Sri Lankan style, this is the perfect place to wrap up your wellness journey. The next five days will be dedicated to your personal wellness, health, and physical activity and you'll gain a greater understanding of Ayurveda practices that date back more than 3000 years. The qualified in-house doctors will advise you on nutrition and prescribe appropriate Ayurvedic treatments for you. During your time here, you'll also take part in daily sunrise and sunset yoga and enjoy free excursions to Bimbarama Temple to visit the organic garden and meditate with monks.
Spend time relaxing in the spacious spa or visit 'Anitya', a dedicated space for relaxation, yoga, and Buddhist meditation. You'll be nourished with organic vegetarian meals, prepared to adhere to the Ayurveda nutrition principles of Vata, pitta, and Kapha. There are several optional visits that can be arranged including a visit to a virgin white tea factory and a trip out to Bundala National Park.
On Day 16 it's time to head to the airport to take your flight home, fully relaxed and recharged.