With the first quarter of the year almost over, we can definitely vouch for the idea of taking a much needed break from the chaos of modern living. If you’re going to spoil yourself, you might as well go all out.
A short two-hour drive from Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo lies the quiet fishing town of Bentota. There you’ll find the award-winning Saman Villas, the island country’s first boutique hotel, surrounded by golden sandy beaches and the greenery of coconut plantations.
If peace, quiet and privacy is what you’re after, this is the place you’ll find it. And you’ll be sure of it the minute you arrive as you ascend the steps towards the reception. Don’t miss the terraced garden, where you’ll find an infinity pool that appears to merge with the ocean – a solid spot to plant yourself.
The resort takes its design inspiration from a fusion of modern and period Sri Lankan aesthetics. The 26 suites and duplex villa – some with seven metre infinity pools – offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Inside your suite, you can expect traditional décor, handcrafted furnishings, spacious bathrooms, private terraces and gardens. Also included are an LED TV, Apple docking station, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Sahana Spa, inspired by Balinese designs, offers a wide selection of Ayurvedic and other therapeutic treatments. The luxurious suites are set amidst a water garden that includes an aromatic sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi, treatment room and dining pavilion. Treatment areas for reflexology, pedicures, and manicures are also available. Yoga sessions can also be arranged as well as a Surya Namaskar facing the Indian Ocean as the sun rises.
For those seeking a personalised experience, private dining can be arranged in several romantic locations. After a walk on the beach or a relaxing swim, watch the sunset at the pool bar. Or head out, as the natural surroundings offer a myriad of outdoor activities, including cultural visits and water sports. You can even spend the day picking fresh vegetables and seafood at the local market.
With the choice to do as much or as little as you like, this intimate retreat is a sanctuary in waiting.