Serene Sri Lanka ‘a window on the world of personal health, wellness and organic green living’
“To truly know and understand the charm that is Sri Lanka is to experience it on every sensory level. See it, smell it, taste it. And above all, fall in love with this transformational paradise.”
Thus US-based Organic Spa magazine writer Cathy Whitlock concludes a visit to the island that centres on “two of the most serene spaces”—the spa resorts of Anantara Kalutara and Peace Haven Tangalle.
The magazine “offers a window on the world of personal health, wellness and organic green living … to embrace everything that envelops one in a life of wellbeing—wherever that may be”.
In this case, the two ‘wherevers’, both influenced by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the ‘father of tropical modernism’, encapsulate the benefits of the country’s traditional ayurvedic healing.
Cathey writes that, “based on herbs, diet and ‘a proper mindset’, ayurveda is Sri Lanka’s native and primary method of healing”, and which underscores the ‘body and soul’ approach to wellness.
Says Peace Haven’s resident ayurveda doctor Sampath Perawattha: “We are not doing anything to you. You have to do it yourself. We will just show you the path.”
The spa occupies 42 acres of coconut plantation on the south coast adjoining the Indian Ocean, and combines “modern luxury coupled with exotic touches”.
It shares a similar ethic with its Kalutara sister property. Says architect Channa Daswatte: “The overall concept of the design was to bring the guest as close as possible to experiencing the true nature of the environment”.
“Bawa’s approach to design has always been one that highlighted sustainability. He always believed that a guest prefers to experience the life of the country in its natural environment. This idea pervades the whole design.”
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