The Kandy Samadhi Centre

The Kandy Samadhi Centre is a nature resort and a retreat in the jungle that also offers yoga holidays and traditional Ayurvedic spa treatments.

Yoga Retreats 12

Instructors 2

Janaka Tennekoon

Janaka lives in Kandy, having trained with Nicky Knoff in Cairns, Australia and Paddy McGrath. He has developed his own brand of Dynamic yoga while his grounding as a swimming coach and physical education instructor combined with early years of absorbing village wisdom has provided a unique balance for a teacher.

Yumi Jayasinghe

Yumi is the wife of Waruna, the owner of Samadhi. She brings the Japanese element into Samadhi. Originally a cartoonist in Tokyo, she has taught Hatha yoga since 2005. Yumi choreographs dance for children at a local international school. She brings a creative impact to enliven any session for beginner or experienced yogi.

Reviews 12

Anonymous

from United Arab Emirates, August 2017

"Magical place"

This is a great retreat for anyone looking to take a break from hectic modern life. Yoga lessons were perfect for an absolute beginner like me and were held in a truly serene setting. The entire setup at Samadhi encourages you to slow down, experience nature and just chill. Staff are friendly and easygoing, the rooms rustic but beautifully fitted out with an eclectic mix of antiques. Owner Waruna is fascinating to talk with if you get the chance. You won't regret going.

Kristin Lien

from Norway, August 2017

"Yoga in the jungle"

The location is remote and you feel totally distracted from everyday life. It´s a beautiful place that will add to your cardio shape as the walks to and from are quite steep.

Nora Bassaid

from Sri Lanka, March 2018

"Dit is geen yogaretreat "

Het personeel is vriendelijk en professioneel. De kamer met terras aan de rivier is fantastisch. De natuur in de omgeving is werkelijk prachtig!

Denise Van Mulkom

from Netherlands, May 2017

Prachtige omgeving en op elke plek indrukwekkend uitzicht op natuur. Kwaliteit van het eten was ongekend goed.

Testimonials 5

a traveler United Kingdom

Trip Advisor website

We had a lovely 4 nights here at the start of our 2 week tour of Sri Lanka. Blew us away. It's a 45min drive from Kandy up in the hills. The most tranquil place we have ever stayed. Rooms were huge and spread about the vast grounds, antiques from ancient Sri Lanka hand picked placed about the public areas and guest rooms. Oil lamps at night light up your way across the old tea terracing lead you to the dining area.

We spent all our time on site swimming in the rivers, relaxing, chilling. We had a couple of massage which were the best I had ever had and excellent value and also had my first ever Yoga classes which were really stretching. The food was so good. I had never eaten so much vege food, hadn't realized vege was so good. I wish i had had a couple of cooking classes as they blend the spices so well and use little or no chilli in the dishes. (next time)

I wish also I had brought a memento antique from the wee shop down stairs because we never found anything else on our travels. (next time). You will love this place. If you have bad knees or you are VERY unfit ask for a room lower down the terrace as it is a climb to the rooms at the top of the terraces. The few staff are the best ever, Waruna and his family are just so nice and make you feel very welcome..We will be back one day!

a traveler Florida, United States

Trip Advisor website

Your first step into Samadhi will be through a remarkably ornate vintage door. It feels as though you're entering a different world; an old world yet unexplored and still full of wonder, unspoiled by human footprints. And you are. Welcome home.

The rustic charm of Samhadi makes it deliciously unique. Full of old world antique decor and multi style artwork, every nook seems to hold a little surprise or treasure. If you're lucky enough to meet Waruna, he'll tell you his love of antiques is a form of time travel to him. Couple this with the pristine nature you're surrounded by such as waterfalls, mountains, exotic birds and lush foliage- and it's a recipe for pure magic!

Samhadi has offerings ranging from Ayurvedic treatments, hiking and fun outdoor adventures, alluring honeymoon suites, yoga and meditation. The food is mostly grown on the property so it's as fresh and healthy as it is delicious! The dining hall sits peacefully atop the river. With the soothing sound of the water, even your meals become a spiritual experience.

The staff is comprised of the most genuine, helpful, lovely individuals imaginable. They're aware of everything going on at the resort and highly attuned to the needs of the guests. Each night I went back to my room from dinner the path was lit with oil lamps for me. The attention to detail was impeccable and the service was 5 star. I've done a lot of travel this is hands-down the most special place I've been. I'm still dreaming of it. A stay here is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

a traveler

Trip Advisor website

From 1-10 my rating fos the Samadhi Kandy center is 11! This place is absolutely magical and my stay here was just perfect. The place was even nicer than I expected. It has a unique location in the mountain and the middle of the jungle, next to a running river that creates the most serene atmosphere. It is a perfect place if you want to reconnect with yourself or spend some special time with your significant other. The food was exquisite, the personnel super nice and the owners were wonderful. Yoga classes in the morning in contact with nature are unique. I experienced nothing like this before. This was definitely a memorable stay and I hope I can come back some day.

a traveler Spain

Trip Advisor website

We have spent three nights in this beautiful hotel but bit remote. I can not say anything negative about this beautiful place. I would recommend if you go to this place that you don't travel around as the ride to Kandy will take you more than 90 minutes. Go there to chill and simply appreciate the surroundings. The reservation persons were so cooperative and we could well communicated via email and could arrange everything as planned.They will help you in arranging airport pick ups.So far this as been the best place during our journey and I strongly recommend you go. The spa treatments were fine had a great relaxation. Breakfast is great and the food is also excellent and at a very low price considering they could charge you much more considering this is the only option. The staff is also very nice and pleasant.The only dissapointment was there was no front desk and there was no proper uniform for the staff.Other than those i highly reccommend this place to everyone

a traveler Spain

TripAdvisor website

We have spent three nights in this beautiful hotel, but a bit remote. I cannot say anything negative about this beautiful place. I would recommend if you go to this place that you don't travel around as the ride to Kandy will take you more than 90 minutes. Go there to chill and simply appreciate the surroundings. The reservation persons were so cooperative and we could communicate well via email and arrange everything as planned. They will help you in arranging airport pickups. So far this has been the best place during our journey and I strongly recommend you go. The spa treatments were fine and I had a great relaxation. Breakfast is great and the food is also excellent and at a very low price considering they could charge you much more considering this is the only option. The staff is also very nice and pleasant. The only disappointment was there was no front desk and there was no proper uniform for the staff. Other than those, I highly recommend this place to everyone.

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