While the sun, sand and ocean breezes soothe the spirit, treat your body to a session of revitalization and relaxation.
Be pampered with wraps, scrubs, polishes, and beauty treatments administered in the dedicated utterly tranquil and totally private Reefresh Spa or opt for a centuries-old body-balancing Ayurveda programme in the tranquil garden pavilion.
Treatments include unique detoxifying clay cocoons, body wraps, herbal salt scrubs with pure sweet almond oil, hot candle massages, and massages with essential oils, whilst a new Botanicals with Benefits menu introduces the use of natural Sri Lankan products such as vanilla, cocoa, red rice, carrot, avocado, gotulokal and Sri Lankan bee honey.
Our multi-day programmes sanctioning the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda are carried out to the sounds of the sea. Traditional treatments such as Abhyanga massages, Pinda Sweda, and Shirodhara are designed to pamper guests and our garden spa features a herbal steam bath and a 2.4-m Keralan Droni bed.
Tranquillity surrounds you as you are soothed and pampered with exotic, tropical treatments to ensure that you leave the Reefresh Spa feeling renewed and rebalanced.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSION
Stock a wide range of board games, including Chess, Monopoly, Backgammon, Scrabble, Dominoes, Liar Dice and many more. Hatha Yoga also called Hatha Vidya is a system of Yoga introduced by Yogi.
Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Hatha Yoga tuition is available on request in our Yoga Pavilion. Wake up and stretch with some gentle exercises or enjoy your yoga practice in the evening as the sun goes down We have a small library in the main house where you can curl up with a good read on our ample sofas and we will be pleased to serve you traditional English afternoon tea. Play tennis on our hard-court all year round tennis court or play table tennis in our ample shaded table tennis pavilion.
Follow the jogging track (700m) around the extensive landscaped tropical gardens and lily ponds and crossing the stepping stones you will find that turtles, butterflies, dragonflies, kingfishers and other birds (and a few other weird friendly creatures) have made the garden their home. The famous Gangatilake Stupa has the unusual distinction of being the only one in the world which is entirely hollow. You can go right inside the cavernous interior. Inside, the walls are lined with murals depicting various scenes from the Buddhist Jataka tales. It's a lively complex & a good place to watch the daily rituals of Sri Lankan Buddhism; the offerings to Buddha images are made three times a day. Devotees place food, flowers in front of the images, lighting coconut-oil lamps, tying prayers written on scraps of cloth to the Bo trees. Richmond Castle is a beautiful example of Indian and British colonial period architecture. Originally a spice plantation mansion, the house is now open to the public. At Palatota, a little inland, is located Richmond Castle, a fine country house in a 42-acre fruit garden estate. Built in 1896, it originally belonged to landowner turned philanthropist NDA Silva Wijayasinghe, the local Padikara Mudaliyar and was used during the British period as a circuit bungalow for officials. This magnificent hybrid of Indian and British architecture was originally a spice plantation mansion, built for the Padikara Mudaliyar, a wealthy regional governor, who copied the plans of an Indian Maharaja's palace designed by a London architect. The audience hall has intricately carved pillars and beams (two shiploads of teak were brought from Burma for its construction), and a spiral staircase leading to a gallery of some fascinating photographs from the time. The house and grounds are open to the public. It makes a good canoeing or bike track with a riverside picnic. Is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found, abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Twice a day you may see the elephants being fed and led to the river for bathing. This is the best time to visit. From the sacred city of Anuradhapura and the cave temples of Dambulla, to the magnificent temples and palaces of the royal city of Kandy, royal and sacred cities, colonial strongholds, and temple caves abound. And the Dutch fortification at Galle has the added distinction of being a living World Heritage Site. Brief developed since 1929, is the house and garden of landscape architect Bevis Bawa. Bevis Bawa died in 1992. It is a hillside garden with excellent views and many sculptures - both by Bevis himself and other artists. The estate was formerly a rubber plantation. Sinharaja Forest is the last remaining portion of rain forest of the country, the forest has now been declared as a protected area. The forest covers an area of more than 11000ha and is now a World Heritage site. Madu Ganga, is a beautiful inland lake on a river near Balapitiya. Cruise leisurely through the mangroves and islands. Out of about 200 minerals that are classified as gemstones, around 75 varieties are found in Sri Lanka, making this small island one of the most important geographic locations in the world of gemstones. The gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka is centred in Ratnapura.Many of the prominent gem dealers in Sri Lanka operate from this town.