There is no way to measure bliss. If there is one, I must have surely surpassed all it’s scales during my stay in Sri Lanka. And guess what? It still kept getting better and better.
The south coast of Sri Lanka is basically a long stretched arc of sun kissed beaches. In many ways, it is amongst the most rewarding experiences in Sri Lanka. I say that, because there is something here for all kinds of people. There are the gorgeous beaches, colonial townscapes, stilt fishermen, superb wildlife parks, Buddhist shrines and temples aplenty. Oh and not to mention the island’s most alluring selection of places to stay, from luxurious beach hotelsto atmospheric colonial-era villas.
I was in the hands of my expert friends at Ayurvatraveller. My stay and spa treatments were booked at the most delightfully located resort Vivanta by Taj in Bentota. The hotel lies over a lush hill that faces the Indian ocean. It is a charming beach side resort with hospitality that best reflects the spirit of Sri Lanka. As for Bentota,it is a coastal town located about 62 kms south of Colombo and is well known for it’s golden beaches.
However, I feel much of the region’s charm lies in its somnolent and quintessentially rural atmosphere. Innumerable sleepy villages nestled in the shade of toppling palm trees, and the pace of life is unashamedly indolent.
我到达Vivanta by Taj的时候已经是傍晚，在戴上了他们赠与我的芬芳花环之后，我踏进了那枝形吊灯装饰着的豪华大厅，雄伟的建筑让我如痴如醉，而当缓过神来的时候，我已经在小啜着鹅莓和百香果配制的饮料了。
I arrived at Vivanta by Taj in the middle of the afternoon. I was welcomed with a flower garland that smelled heavenly. Right when I step into the marvelous high walled lobby with chandeliers, the grandiose hits my senses with a gush of fresh air. Within moments I find myself at ease sipping the welcome drink that tastes of Gooseberry and passion fruit.
My room was extremely spacious that I almost considered doing my morning walks in there.There isn’t a thing it lacked or a thing I could possibly think of adding to the room. It shows a lot of thought put in every single furnishing provided.I had a private gallery that opened to the glorious views of the occean. I took to relaxing a while and ordered some amazing food in the room.
The Indian chefs here can do wonders with your food. The chef keeping in mind my tastes and preferences prepared me a huge meal with a bit of everything I mentioned liking. Now when I look back, I can easily say that the food here was by far the best during my whole Sri Lanka trip. While I was lucky that every place I ate, the food pleased me a lot but here it was a step above everywhere else. “Fingerlicking food” would be the right expression!
Next, I was planned to see my physician Dr. Padmanabh who would analyse my well being and design a spa treatment. Different places have different approaches to Spa. Here I was about to experience a very traditional form of ayurvedic treatment. A taste of which I had last year during my first trip to India. And is greatly the reason behind two trips to India within a span of 6 months.
The JIVA spa at Vivanta by Taj is like your own private oasis. It is designed in such a way that your senses are harmonized even as you make your way past the greenery.
Spa is a lot about the space and ambience. This one scores high on my list. I was warmly greeted by the doctor. And introduced to more smiling faces and wonderful people who are a part of the spa. This place was full of amazing people right from the person who served my food to the general manager who was very humble and kind by taking time to make a nice long conversation with me. I think all these little things add up to such a finer experience for a guest.
The session with Dr. Padmanabh helped me understand my body and it’s functioning better. During the consultation, my lifestyle, my food habits,sleep pattern, medical history, my likes and dislikes, my state of mind and several other things were evaluated. That led to the doctor prescribing a detailed plan for my well-being that included a yoga session in the morning, healthy food that would suit my requirements more and a three hour long spa treatment for the next day. I was told it will make use of several oils and herbs blended to suit my body and skin type.
To explain a bit more, let me tell you about my natural body structure. There are three body types in Ayurveda, the Vata, Pitta and Kapha.Everyone has two features, one dominant and one subordinate feature, mine is VATA (air) + Pitta (fire)
Dr. Pad, as I referred to him also genuinely offered me several pointers that explained why I was in that category. And what would help achievea balance of the mind and the body.
For example, as VATA I have to avoid certain types of food because my body already contains its benefits. While this was a consultation with a doctor, it seemed very refreshing and unlike any other I’ve had in the past. Ayurveda, amongst the most ancient wisdoms from India has always fascinated me.
And here I was with somebody who had answers to all my questions.I remember the doctor mentioning that Ayurveda focusses on preventive and holistic well-being, by changing our eating, lifestyle, thinking and living habits.
By the end of that hour, I knew that Dr. Padmanabh is a very valuable resource and I asked for an interview the next day to which he politely agreed. My idea was to get some general tips out of him for my friends, family, readers and viewers.
I used the rest of the evening to explore the gorgeous property of the hotel. And take a walk by the beach during the sunset. I was quite enjoying my newly acquired habits. Dinner, took a bit of thinking because they have more than 4 in-house restaurants. Each catering to a different taste and charmingly done.
While, all of them seemed equally tempting. I was keen on trying their oriental restaurant which had a chef from the mainland. You might get to see a short interview with him on my videos.Here the idea of the hotel behind this restaurant was to ensure that the Chinese food lovers get a taste of some authentic food.
While, the Chinese travelers who (if) miss food from back home. This would be where they would seek solace. The dinner and the very friendly chef were both impressive. After I got back to my room, I took some more hanging out by my balcony and meditating before I called it a night.