Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Tatler highlight Santani
The property was first selected to the Travel + Leisure “IT List”, which highlights the 40 top hotels to visit in 2017. The resort was then selected to the Conde Nast Traveler “Hot List”, which showcases 75 of the best new properties in the industry. Most recently, Santani was awarded “Zen Master” at the Tatler Spa awards, the leading spa award ceremony in the world. This was a first for Sri Lanka, as no other hotel from the country had ever been featured at this ceremony, and only eight spas from around the world were recognized at these awards.
Nathan Lump, the Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure said that every year, its editors and contributors vet the most exciting debuts around the globe to create this highly selective list, while Pilar Guzman, editor of Conde Nast Traveler said “Our annual Hot List, a rigorous selection of our favorite new hotel openings of the past year, is a predictor of what properties will stand the test of time, make history, and let you re-imagine how you want to live and travel”
Vickum Nawagamuwage CEO of Santani stated “From the very beginning, we were true believers in creating a global hospitality brand, and today we are excited to see people and publications from all over the world recognizing Santani and the experience that it offers. It is a great achievement for our entire team who have worked tirelessly, and also a significant achievement for the country, as it opens up new luxury and wellness markets. Nowadays, luxury travellers are looking for something beyond plunge pools and excessive décor. Santani provides the perfect match in terms of immersing guests in the nature around it.”
Vogue magazine stated that “in 2017, we’ll also see Sri Lanka emerge as the next hot wellness escape, ranking up there with India, California, and Thailand, thanks to forward-thinking retreats like Santani”. Chamindra Goonewardene, head of branding and marketing at Santani added “While the positioning of our brand opens up an entire segment of travellers specifically looking for a wellness experience, a number of our guests have been those just looking for a luxurious getaway. The property therefore caters for two segments in terms of both luxury and wellness, and we are seeing a growing overlap between these two markets, and we expect this trend to continue, as this is a 500+ Billion USD market.” Nawagamuwage also stated “We have also received rave reviews for our food, and travellers from across the world are saying that it’s the best food that they’ve ever tasted, which is a testament to the hard work done by Chef Wajira Gamage and his team.”
Santani Wellness Resort and Spa is located just one hour outside of Kandy, and is Sri Lanka’s first purpose built luxury wellness resort. The property has 20 standalone chalets, and has received rave reviews for its stunning location, unique design and amazing cuisine. Located close to the town of Digana, the property also gives guests the opportunity to traverse around undiscovered mountain regions in the country, and even hike to the Knuckles Mountain range. More details about the property can be obtained at Santani Website