spa - Reef Villa & Spa, Sri Lanka
Written by Emma Boyle
Serene gardens, expansive suites, and a sunset-stained beach set the scene for this Sri Lankan boutique hotel with super-indulgent spa in west-coast Wadduwa.
Blending the old with the new, Reef Villa’s Reefresh Spa proffers a blissfully big collection of luxury spa treatments. Take your pick from a moreish menu of massages, facials, wraps, scrubs, polishes, and beauty treatments administered in the dedicated spa or opt for a centuries-old body-balancing Ayurveda programme in the tranquil garden pavilion. The sigh-inducing seaside setting – an Indo-colonial boutique hotel with seven spacious antique-stuffed suites set within three acres of manicured tropical gardens – is a further aid to rest and relaxation.
Signature treatments include a detoxifying Clay Cocoon Wrap and a Hot Candle Wax Massage, whilst a new Botanicals with Benefits menu champions the use of natural Sri Lankan products such as vanilla, cocoa, red rice, carrot, avocado, and sandalwood try the Gotukola and Honey ice-cube facial.
If you’ve over-indulged in the sun, the Sundown Soother – consisting of a mask concocted from home-grown aloe vera, a hand-blended cucumber moisturiser, and a glass of Pimms – is the perfect tonic.
Multi-day programmes sanctioning the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda are carried out within earshot of the sea. Traditional treatments such as Abhyanga massages, Pinda Sweda, and Shirodhara are designed to pamper guests rather than treat medical ailments, and the breezy garden spa features a herbal steam bath and a 2.4-m Keralan Droni bed. All treatments are open to resident and non-resident guests.
Special offer for Oryx readers
Oryx readers can enjoy a 50-minute complimentary massage for stays of four or more nights at Reef Villa and Spa. Offer valid until November 30, 2013.