The hotel pays homage to its natural surroundings and channels a luxury atmosphere with minimal environmental impact. Views of the deep forested river valley and across hills unfold from cantilevered room terraces, beside a secluded swimming pool and in the first-floor modernist-inspired timber and glass restaurant. The interiors are purposefully minimalist, and distractions are gloriously few to promote rest and relaxation. While this is a wellness resort with first-class facilities.
They have 16 Mountain View Chalets that overlook the surrounding mountain range. Sixteen stand-alone, single-bedrooms each extending to a balcony and approximately 500 square feet. These can accommodate two people only. Each stylish, elevated room faces into the surrounding jungle valley and the stunning mountains beyond. Each room features up-cycled rubber wood lounge chairs, recycled teakwood safari chairs on the balcony, extra-large pillows, 100% cotton, high thread count sheets, coffee and tea making facilities, personal safe and two closets. In addition to this, they have 4 Garden View Chalets that are designed for families with children (above 12) and hence located away from the main area of the resort.
There is a focus on nutritionally balanced meals, in keeping with the Ayurvedic concept of Haya Rasa, or ‘Six Tastes’, which essentially means balancing each taste (sweet, salty, bitter, umami etc.) in every meal to reduce cravings. Those staying on wellness packages dine on personalised meals, while everyone else tucks into balanced daily changing set menus. Sri Lankan food (such as rice and curry dinners, and breakfasts of hoppers and sambols) is offered alongside western cuisine – think aromatic fish wrapped in cabbage leaves, fresh veggies, flavourful soups and modest portions of tempting desserts such as cherry clafoutis. Everything is homemade – I particularly loved the mini jars of jams for breakfast.
Staffing is efficient and service in the restaurant is particularly quick. Rooms have Wi-Fi on request only – connectivity isn’t actively discouraged, but the purpose of a stay here is to switch off. The three-tiered spa spills down a hillside and the therapists – some Ayurvedic practitioners from Kerala – are warm and caring. The resort’s wellness packages focus on lifestyle, stress, diet and medical ailments, though individual treatments can be chosen from an international spa menu too. The spa is open to the wooded views and breezes and incorporates a free-to-use thermal salt pool (heated to 37 degrees Celsius), a steam bath and a sauna.