The magnificent space on two levels is surrounded by lotus ponds. It is the ideal location for those wishing to relax and retreat from the stresses of everyday life.There are breathtaking views of the Knuckles mountains (so named due to the five peaks which resemble a closed fist) and the town of Hanguranketa in the distance where the early traveller Robert Knox was once a resident.
As well as morning and afternoon yoga classes, Samadhi is an excellent place to have ayurvedic treatments. Ayurvedic healing has been an important part of Sri Lankan culture for centuries. Most villagers visit a vedamahattaya who will treat them with natural remedies, chants, ola leaf manuscripts and secret formulae. If you have any ailments that you are concerned about, you can meet with the on-site ayurvedic doctor. Some of the treatments on offer include: full body massages with a medicated steam bath , herbal bolus leaf massages and sherodhara oil drips.
This results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art and treasures dating back to the time when Kandy was a royal realm. Here everything is king-sized. The Indonesian teak bed in a double room is spacious enough to sleep three people comfortably. But even the smallest suite provides a four-poster bed to dream in.
The spacious verandahs of each suite of rooms looks onto paddy fields, nearby mountains and bench terraces filled with herb gardens and pineapple bushes. Bamboos reach out with their four-fingered leaves to fan a breeze at you.
– Visit the Hantana Tea Museum
– Take a walk in the Botanical Gardens
– Take the train to Hatton in the tea country
Breakfast is taken in the dining pavilion which is open on four sides to the forest and the river. Steamed manioc (cassava) with grated coconut, gotukola mallun (spinach-like leaves), egg curry, pumpkin, sambol and milk-rice are preceded by home grown pineapple, papaya and guava. All the food prepared at Samadhi is organic and freshly picked before each meal. It is vegetarian cookery at its best. The rice you eat is home grown and one of thirteen ancient Sinhala varieties organically farmed in the paddy fields across the river. The water you drink is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land.