Contemporary Sri Lankan hospitality has reached unprecedented heights with the opening of Haritha Villas + Spa; an all-villa, adults-only Ayurvedic haven of bend-over-backwards bespoke luxury in southern Sri Lanka. Opened on 15 December 2019, on a forested hilltop estate minutes from Hikkaduwa beach, Haritha Villas + Spa is a holistic union of nature, design and personalised service. Each of the nine exquisite villas is attended by one of the handpicked team of Villa Masters, uniquely attuned to delivering the finest tailor-made guest experience. Off-menu, farm-to-table dining can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere; while the two-storey Jungle Spa serves up polished pampering, serious wellness programmes crafted by two resident Ayurvedic doctors, and unlimited daily scheduled yoga and meditation classes.
Crowning the 20,000sqm hilltop estate, the two magnificent private Colonial Mansions are a paragon of authentic Sri Lankan elegance, offering a total of three bedrooms, generous interiors, external terraces and gardens as well as shared use of an 86sqm infinity pool. Sculpted into the hillside below, seven chic one-bedroom Contemporary Villas reflect the cutting edge of modern Sri Lankan design, with minimalist, open interiors complimenting outdoor living spaces that bring the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscape to the fore. Stretching beyond the estate’s tree-shaded, manicured gardens in every direction, vibrant jungle, lush paddy fields and cool lakes are abuzz with wildlife; guests will pass peacocks, monkeys and buffalo on a five-minute tuk-tuk ride to tranquil Narigama beach.
In the shade of the tree canopy, caressed by the revitalizing tropical breezes, Haritha’s Jungle Spa offers pleasurable pampering and holistic healing in equal measure. Guests can discover the benefits of Ayurveda, with tailor-made holistic wellness programmes specially curated by the resort’s two resident Ayurvedic doctors; practice the ancient arts of yoga and meditation, with unlimited daily guided sessions; or enjoy a range of spa treatments and experiences using natural, locally sourced products alongside international brands such as Elemis and Margaret Dabbs. Facilities also include a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi; Vichy Shower; and a fully equipped, 24-hour gym.
Haritha’s bespoke ethos extends to the resort’s kitchens, where the philosophy is to provide spectacular gastronomic experiences that transcend menus to embrace the challenge of responding to guests’ desires. Main restaurant The View and the adjacent infinity pool bar provide a sociable hub for dining and drinks, but guests are encouraged to dine wherever their imagination takes them: Sampling authentic Sri Lankan staples by torchlight on the beach; fine dining beneath fairylit branches; getting hands-on with an in-villa barbecue masterclass; or taking a themed picnic hamper down to a secluded spot in the paddy fields. Haritha’s creative chefs thrive on improvisation, inspired by the guests’ wishes and the freshest ingredients sourced from local producers and the estate’s own gardens.
Each individual guest’s experience at Haritha Villas + Spa is a personalised journey, considerately curated by dedicated Villa Masters with the versatility and intuitiveness to seamlessly serve as discreet butler, inspirational guide, or engaging companion. Whether scheduling outdoor movie screenings, destination dinners or spa experiences in-resort; escorting eye-opening excursions to discover the culture and heritage of Hikkaduwa and the historic former Dutch fort town of Galle; arranging whale-watching, surfing or diving trips; or simply recommending a great book, the exceptional Villa Masters are the heart of the Haritha experience.