Dubai Times – Sen Wellness Sanctuary, Sri Lanka


Sen Wellness Sanctuary, Sri Lanka:

The daily grind, endless notifications and ceaseless distractions of the digital age often leave us seeking an idyllic escape. Somewhere we can unplug, breathe, and perhaps rediscover our inner equilibrium. It’s a tall order, but the Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka offers precisely that – a perfect detox for the modern soul, draped in nature’s most evocative tapestry.

The Founder: A Visionary Healing Artist

You can’t begin to understand Sen Wellness Sanctuary without delving into the spiritual underpinnings laid by its founder, Sam Kankanamge – a man whose passion for holistic healing is only outshone by his encyclopedic knowledge of it. With a background in osteopathy and years of traveling the world to explore different healing methods, Sam has shaped the sanctuary as an ode to the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Every architectural choice and therapeutic practice here feels like a well-penned stanza in a poem about well-being.

Where Nature and Architecture Converse:

From the moment you arrive, you’re swept into a world apart. Picture this: a seamless blend of modern architecture, positioned lovingly amidst the untamed beauty of Sri Lanka’s wilderness. And yes, there are little monkeys – adorable native dwellers who greet you as if welcoming you into their hidden abode. The resort seems to whisper in your ear that it’s okay to unwind, that you’re safe in the nurturing cradle of Mother Earth.

A Well-Curated Day: From Dawn to Dusk

One of the most remarkable aspects of the sanctuary is its well-orchestrated daily rhythm. Your day begins softly with early morning yoga sessions as the sun peeks through lush greenery. The rejuvinating yoga session is followed by a sumptuous and nourishing breakfast. As the day unfolds, there are opportunities for bespoke therapies or guided meditations, interspersed with moments for reflection or a leisurely walk. Nothing feels rushed, yet time doesn’t drag its feet either. It’s a balanced tempo that teaches your body to align and slow down to the pace of nature, gently undoing the frenetic rhythms ingrained by modern-day living.

Evening’s Sublime Charm

As the sky adorns itself in hues of gold and purple, evenings take on a mystical allure. Among the array of curated activities, the mangroves boat ride stands out as an ethereal experience. Floating gently through winding waterways, flanked by towering mangroves, the surrounding stillness seems to soak up every worry, every taut muscle in your body loosening as if surrendering to the calming embrace of the water. It’s not just an activity; it’s an orchestration of the elements designed to harmonize your spirit.

Digital Detox: An Overdue Reclamation of Self

Perhaps one of the most compelling draws of Sen Wellness Sanctuary is its offering of a thorough detox from the digital maelstrom that defines our age. Here, you don’t just disconnect from Wi-Fi; you reconnect with yourself. And the sanctuary makes it so easy, presenting myriad avenues for mindfulness – whether it’s sipping on a cup of herbal tea by the pond or engaging in a heart-to-heart with holistic wellness experts. The serenity is not just around you; it’s in you.

The Verdict

Sen Wellness Sanctuary transcends the conventional definitions of a wellness retreat. It’s not merely a place; it’s a finely crafted experience. An experience sculpted by the hands of a passionate founder, carried out by a dedicated team, and set against an unparalleled natural backdrop. It’s where your body, mind, and soul learn the lost art of harmonious living – away from the clamour, and in tune with the world.

So go ahead, book that ticket, pack your bags lightly but your expectations highly, and prepare to be transformed. This is not just travel; it’s a journey within a journey – a voyage you owe your harried, beautiful, 21st-century soul.


  • Luxury Cabanas
  • Swimming Pool
  • Walled Garden
  • Dedicated Yoga Shala
  • Lockable Safe

How to get there:

Sen Wellness Sanctuary is situated in Tangalle, South Sri Lanka. By car it takes approximately 3 hours to reach the sanctuary from Colombo Airport. Private transfers from the airport can also be arranged upon request.

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One of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The 10-day retreat is the ultimate in relaxation. They feed you all your meals (delicious homegrown/homemade food), schedule yoga and daily spa treatments and hold special ceremonies throughout the week. The staff go above and beyond to make your experience deep, meaningful and heartfelt. The sanctuary is located in a jungle so be prepared to be immersed in wildlife! Monkeys, reptiles of all kinds, turtles on the beach, eagles/birds and more! I stumbled across this place researching Sri Lanka and it was truly meant to be. The faculties are stunning, comfortable and reasonably priced. Don’t miss an opportunity to come here!
Melanie Farfel
Melanie Farfel
A wonderful stay! The staff was so incredible and thoughtful throughout. I left feeling very rejuvenated. Thank you !
I had really nice experience at Sen Wellness for 8 nights. Here is in the middle of nature, we can feel that we are a part of nature and it is very natural to live with all kinds of animals and plants. I am now mentally and physically fit.What I really appreciated is food - healthy, everyday different menu, some vegetables that I have never seen… I felt that my feeling of taste transformed through my stay and skin condition and body condition became better.All people here is really kind and peaceful.Yoga teacher, Stefania, is a wonderful teacher, she is really knowledgeable and so kind to care all participants. I had enjoyed conversations with her at breakfast, lunch and dinner.Doctors, therapists are nice, I could ask questions and request whatever I feel comfortable.There are different types of rooms, I experienced the most luxury cabana and eco-cabana with Air Conditioning, too. Luxury cabana was awesome but I liked eco-cabana as well. It was an old facility but authentic, compact and I felt cozy. I was alone in the room so the space was enough for single use. If you wish to have luxury stay, I would recommend you to go for Luxury cabana.Everyone has different purpose and expectations. My purpose was feel nature, have simple life and feel appreciation of life. And it was fulfilled. Thank you so much for all Sen wellness team.
sunil damodar
sunil damodar
Went to Sen Wellness with family for a retreat, it was a nice spiritual and healthy experience. Fantastic team who were friendly and did everything possible to make it us feel special, great doctors and therapists and of course the daily yoga and one on one interaction with Sam was icing on the cake. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a great mix of spirituality, yoga, treatment and healthy eating. Look forward to my next one at Sen Wellness.
Jessica Crozier
Jessica Crozier
Sen Wellness is the perfect place to go to when you are exhausted by life and need a rest to get back to yourself and work through any difficulties you may be experiencing.There’s lovely yoga and meditation classes every day plus a set schedule which is a great way to structure your day of rest alongside tailored Ayurvedic treatments and healthy food.The place is for me perfect but it’s not like a 5 star hotel so if that’s what you are looking for it may be the wrong place for you.If you are lucky you’ll see some turtles as well.Samath and Francis are great managers and will make sure everything goes well.
Kumail Syedain
Kumail Syedain
Beautiful experience, beyond my wildest expectations. Would recommend to anyone interested in Ayurveda and healing
Neil Wadhawan
Neil Wadhawan
I was fortunate to lead a yoga retreat in early February of 2024. Everything was absolutely spectacular. Sen is a very special place with a beautiful energy that is perfect for retreat and healing.What really makes Sen so special are the people. Every single one of the staff members as well as the ayurveda doctors and all the managers were so kind and always trying to make each experience special. The entire team was led by Sanath and Frances and they were both absolutely wonderful. I can't possibly find enough kind words for both of them. Their leadership and warmth really allowed me to lead the retreat in the best way I could and they were always there for me whenever I needed. Thank you!
helen wright
helen wright
Sen wellness is a perfect sanctuary. The Ayurvedic retreat was insane - I loved every minute of it . Thank you
Elly G
Elly G
Came here for a yoga retreat with our teacher. This is the place to unwind, do yoga, relax and get Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic drs and therapists are so helpful and friendly. Staff are so warm and helpful. Frances is the manager at Sen, a person with a beautiful soul who is very sensitive to our needs and intentions when visiting the sanctuary. Saneth (pardon my spelling) is a very dedicated and hardworking gentleman who made sure that our stay was a pleasant one. Highly recommend Sen Wellness Sanctuary 🙏🏽
Heike Mucha
Heike Mucha
I stayed at Sen Wellness Sancutary for the festive retreat 23/24 - for me a 10 days commitment to complete immersion. I enjoyed every bit of it already at the Sanctuary! Now, back home and 40 days later, I am still profiting from the treatments, the experiences I made and my 40-days-practise that I started, as soon as I arrived home.Here is my deepest gratitude for the gifts I received during this retreat: a wonderful place, a kind, supportive, attentive and friendly team, support and grounding in my personal difficult moments, fantastic and soothing Ayurveda treatments (thanks to the doctors & massage therapists - always there with a smile and advice), delicious food, fascinating ceremonies (an unforgettable experience!), a lot of fun & laughter with other group members...Just to name a fiew.The biggest gift is, that I still have all this in my heart, that I can feel the connection to it. And that the practice of pranayama and meditation starts to become a routine! I hope, I can return to this unique place one day.
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