Set on the waterfront where woodland and meadow give way to golden beach.
Individual chalets are spaced around the large central swimming pool which is easily accessed from all rooms and is purified constantly by an attractive waterfall.
The ayurvedic centre is based upon 200 year heritage of the Siddhalepa family group. From generations of doctors, Deshabandu Dr Victor Hettigoda now chairs the centre. Ayurveda, 'the science of life' uses a series of treatements, natural herbs from the Hettigoda estate and the spice gardens within the retreat, to prevent and treat disease and balance the individual's body on energy and biological levels.
A team of 24 ayurveda specialists provide consultation and therapy for the duration of the stay. Two treatment centres comprising 40 rooms and guests are always attended by same-sex therapists in order to put all at ease.
The gardens are lush and tropical and 15 gardeners discreetly roam the gardens washing the sea air from the spice and herb garden plants, which fill the air with essence and karma.
Non-treatment guests and children are welcome and the paddling boat, "treasure-hunt" island and well protected children's pool will ensure a relaxing beach holiday. Wadduwa is well located for day excursions for those not wedded to a treatment schedule.
The accommodation consists of 50 private chalets of varying designs and all with "mod-cons". Even hair dryers are suppplied so pack the bare minimum. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with baths, a bidet and shower. Sitting areas, TV's, mini bars, radios and telephones are standard and the king size deluxe have a mini bar too.
There are two levels of chalet: deluxe and superior, which are sometimes located in one unit and can be interconnecting for groups. Set on 2-3 storeys these chalets are spaced out around the gardens amidst herbs and coconut trees.
The deluxe chalets overlook the beach or the pool, whilst the superior chalets are dispersed amongst the dense foliage of the estate.
Each of the chalets has a distinct character and design , inspired by the healing properties of the many natural plants and materials used in Ayurvedic medicine.
King deluxe chalets (just a sample)
Balakotuwa represents an ancient Dutch House in a Dutch Fortress. Terracotta tiles throughout keeping the room cool.
Chandra Vasa- 'bathed in moonlight'. A kabook floor chalet overlooking the sea, whose moonlight rays are believed to promote longevity of human life
Gal Lena is a replica of a stone cave symbolising the living abode of the ancient Yogis and Rishis.
Indigoda watte Gedara constructed from mole-hill clay infused with juice of crushed leaves to maintain the balance of the body.
Deluxe chalets (just a sample)
Pingoda Gedera constructed from mole-hill clay impregnated with the juice of crushed leaves to ensure a close liaison with nature
Samanala Sevena constructed from special bricks portraying the natural beauty of the butterfly
All the above look out to the Indian Ocean.
Koon Sevana panelled with timber from the Kong tree whose properties balance the Three Doshas (3 body types Vata-air, Pitta - Bile, Kapha- phlegm).
Walawwa : 6 rooms on 3 floors with second floor balcony looking over the swimming pool & ocean. Ideal for family and friends.
Ath Demata Sevana , a tree providing the timber floors. The roots and bark of this plant are used medicinally. Barefoot contact enhances and strengthens the human bones.
Superior Chalets (just a sample)
Thun mahal Prasadya, a 3-storey chalet tiled in teracotta. Panoramic views from 2nd floor balcony over the ocean and estate. Ideal for family gatherings or a group of friends.
Nimba Sevasa, a 2 storey chalet, first floor panelled with 'health giving' timber of Mangosa
Gammalu Sevana, a 2-storey chalet with Gam panelled upper floor, whose cream is a cure for diabetes
Pihimbiya Sevana, a 2-storey chalet timbered in Pihimbiya, believed to bring good fortune.
Domba Sevana, 2 storey chalet overlooking the swimming pool
Mayura Villa, a 4 bedroomed house with panoramic views of the Ocean and neighbouring woodland.
Two treatment centres of 40 rooms are staffed by 6 Doctors and 20 therapists, all of whom are kept busy with the 2 1/2 - 3 hours treatments /day for each guest. The daily treatments are bespoke and constantly updated as the Doctors monitor your progress.
One treatment centre is steeped in history and adopts the charming design of yester year with wattle and daub walls, and ancient stone baths. The treatment areas are separated but slightly more open plan when privacy is not essential evoking a community spirit (despite the silence). Old medicinal terracotta pots and tribal scripts adorn the courtyards and walls.
The newer centre is more modern in design and prefered by some customers who seek a minimalistic style. Striking batiks hang from the high ceilings and the relaxation lounge is more like a western spa. Each centre has a dispensing pharmacist where guest can appreciate the roots of their treatments. You will greeted with a fruit and herbal wine - non-alcoholic but the absolute copy of a glass of port.
Heavy, dark oils are used for many treatments and guests are invited to purchase disposable underwear from the shop as the natural products often stain cotton clothing.
All treatments are performed by therapistsof the same sex as the patient so there is no embarrassment. Most guests shower after each oil treatment and sarongs and light clothing are usually the attire of the day. Sea swimming and intense sunbathing is not recommended after certain treatments but the doctor will advise the course of action.
Yoga & meditation centres are a key part of ayurvedic life in bringing the body to optimum balance and strength. Lessons are provided by trained mentors whilst an open air theatre in the gardens provides a forum for guests wishing to meditate in absolute serenity. At night there are Sri Lankan cultural pageants with performances of Kandyan dancing and citadel music to enrich your experience.
According to Ayurveda, Stomach- Agni, is the energy centre of our body. Selecting a suitably balanced diet will help to balance the 3 Dosha and aid disease prevention.
The six tastes recognised by Ayurveda : sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. The taste of each herb is directly responsible for much of its therapeutic values.
Experienced chefs follow the guidelines of ayurveda to prepare delicious meals which also comply with the recommended diet for each patient each day.
Fresh vegetables, salads, fresh seafood, fresh fruit are staple foods but the menus exude style and appetite appeal and are a far cry from strict diets. Traditional Chinese, Indian, and western dishes all feature on the menu of the main dining room. Guests can request to eat on their balconies on occasion.
A typical dinner might include :
Seafood Wonton and spring roll with sweet chilli sauce Fresh garden greens and roasted pumpkin soup Lamb cutlets with wafer potatoes and steamed vegetables or pan-fried fillets of river fish in garlic and tomato jus Chocolate mousse and Brandy Cream, so no compromises here.
The dining room is split level indoors and out and with /without A/C to suit your mood and condition. The neighbouring lounge bar attracts many guests wishing to capture some social atmosphere after a day's treatments in solitude.
The in-house and pool bars do serve alcohol, but many patients refrain in order to maximise the effects of their treatments. The fruit cocktails and therapeutic effects of the king coconut make a refreshing alternative for many guests.
Afternoon and morning herbal teas play a key role in treatment and your prescription will be monitored and adapted throughout your stay. The remedies are derived from a variety of leaf juices, herbs, fruit, plant roots and essential oils. The ritual becomes a way of life but initially, it may take a strong will to enjoy the tinctures.
Non -ayurvedic guests can select freely from an ala carte menu including Asian , seafood dishes and a Butchers Choice.
Other entertainments for the non- ayurvedic guests
Treatment procedures and modules practised at the Health Centre