Kaya Wellness Resort offers luxury alternative care

SOURCE:-FT Sri Lanka

Saltwater pool

Saltwater pool

A room

A room

The view

Text and Pix by Madushka Balasuriya 

No gluten, no sugar, no dairy. The Kaya Wellness Resort, suffice to say, isn’t your regular spa. Specialising in the application of integrative medicine – a practice which dates back some 3,000 years in Sri Lanka – Kaya offers the holistic utilisation of a host of medical disciplines such as Ayurveda, allopathy, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care, all in one luxurious location.

Located on a 10-acre expanse of land in Uswetakeiyawa, Sri Lanka, this purpose-built wellness centre is situated just off the coast, and specifically designed to cocoon guests from external pressures and stress.

With over 100 staff on the payroll, inclusive of some 40 professionals, Kaya provides a multidisciplinary approach aimed at evaluating and treating individuals as a holistically as possible, while at the same time ensuring each patient is rendered specially curated treatments and assistance based on their conditions.

As expected with such a thorough process, the minimum stay is two weeks, while the average stay is roughly three weeks to a month.

“We would prefer if you can stay longer because it’s a full lifestyle change we do. From your diet to your activity to your treatment, everything is very different. Your body takes 21 days to adjust to anything, so if it’s more than three weeks it’s better, but some people they can’t afford it,” explains Dr. Natalie Cook.

“So we give them a two week package – we don’t do one week, there’s no point – and then they go on further. But the longer they stay the more we can do with them.”

When we at Daily FT were invited to see for ourselves the inner workings of this unique resort, we were unfortunately only able to stay for a night and the better part of two days. But having been afforded the complete tour, we nevertheless manages to experience several of the services on offer.

From floatation therapy in isolation tanks filled with magnesium (it helps you float) to salt caves specially constructed with Himalayan salt, to more expected luxuries such as a gym, sauna, steam room, and even a salt water swimming pool, Kaya strives to always keep their guests best interests at heart while providing a well-rounded an experience as possible.

Tranquillity from the get-go

From the moment you enter the premises it’s as if a large, imperceptible comfort blanket descends over you, as you’re whisked away from reality and transported to a place where all your needs are intuitively met. 

The low rumble of the nearby waves, combined with the copious amounts of natural light filtering in through the many glass panel windows and the gentle sounds of the Beatles playing through liberally mounted speakers instantly puts your mind at ease.

Once you’re settled and checked in, then you’re shown access to the other side of the resort. Accessible via sky-bridge that takes you over the main road, this is the area is where guests and patients frequent the most. Replete with a saltwater pool overlooking the lake, dedicated spaces for yoga, meditation and painting, a spa and salon, and wide open spaces perfect for daytime strolls, the tranquillity afforded here by Kaya is the embodiment of their holistic healing aims – heal the body and the mind.

Holistic treatments

First impressions are crucial, and if you’re in any doubt as to how serious Kaya is about your health, look no further than the first meal of your stay. 

During our visit we began with arguably the healthiest breakfast we’ve eaten in our lives. Served alongside black coffee – obviously sans sugar and milk – was an egg white omelette, some sliced cucumber, carrot, and lettuce, homemade salad dressing, and paleo bread. Like we said, this isn’t your regular resort.

Unsurprisingly, according to Dr. Natalie, the food is one of the main areas that guests have the most trouble getting used to.

“We don’t have sugar on the premises. Sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine, and without sugar cancer starves.

“But as a result, we go through a lot of tension because when patients are on withdrawals they take it out on us. For example a prostate cancer patient can’t eat beef, because the beef aggravates prostate cancer.”

However, with guests who stay at Kaya coming primarily for the purposes of medical tourism – they’re referred through doctors – they understand that the attention to detail that precede such ‘issues’ are precisely what they’re paying for. With eight doctors on staff, practicing in a variety of different modalities, Kaya’s diagnosis process is more a collective process than one of one doctor’s opinion trumping the rest.

“We don’t see more four patients a day because our doctors are so tired after a consult, it takes about two hours to get your actual history. After everybody finishes their consultations we all go into the board room to discuss the case and come up with a protocol. So everybody has an input, we have eight doctors but also acupuncturists, and psychologists, and colonics, so everybody has an input from their specialty. It’s my job to take all of that and make one protocol. But you get a better result at the end of the day.”

The end result is a system which provides guests personalised assessments and treatment plans that include intravenous therapies, herbal extracts, oxygen therapies, hyperthermia, halotherapy, sensory deprivation, colonics, acupuncture, mind and body therapies from yoga to tai chi, and more, for the management of cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and preventive clinical detox.

“Our journey with our patients involves medical assessments, evidence-based treatments, dietary assessments, and wellness therapies, along with individualised care and attention. We don’t give antibiotics, we don’t give chemotherapy, we don’t give outside medicine, everything is natural. There are no side effects in any of our treatments, that’s the main thing.”

Attention to detail

In a nutshell Kaya aims to treat the root cause of ailments as opposed to simply the symptoms. But to do this it takes time. As such no more than 23 patients are housed at any one point, while the limit for cancer patients is five.

The carers too are afforded massages periodically, such is the taxing nature of their job. Indeed, during the course of a patient’s stay, their dedicated carers are expected to adhere to the same dietary requirements.

“We also have the wellness massage also, and the carer also needs a massage just to relax. And the carer has to eat the same diet that the patient is eating. You come here and you support the patient.”

“And we have cooking classes, whatever we make, the chef will teach the carer and the patient how to go home and make it.”

All of which comes in an all-inclusive package – yet another aspect to take away unnecessary stress. You can find out more by visiting kayawellnessresort.com or contact them at info@kayawellnessresort.com or +94117891111.

No 300, Old Colombo road, Uswetakeiyawa, Sri lanka

Tel: 0117891111


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KAYA WELLNESS RESORT – Uswetakeiyawa, SriLanka

No 300, Old Colombo road, Uswetakeiyawa, Sri lanka

Tel: 0117891111


Tag us #kayaresorts


Kaya leisure is a luxury property on the pristine sandy shores of Uswetakeiyawa at a stunning location in Srilanka’s western coastal belt, aiming to offer our guests an experience of absolute comfort infused with genuine care and warmth of Srilankan hospitality. Discover your private haven of solitude, the place to satisfy your entire body and soul.

Accommodation, Guest rooms and Service offers

All our rooms with a direct panoramic view of the Indian Ocean are having spacious balconies and luxury beds with mattresses of standard spring from Slumberland. Bathrooms are equipped with Hansgrohe rain and body shower as well as with glass wash basins. The room interior is inspired by the reef and the beach with matching flooring and bright coloured furnishings, exclusive amenities including snuggly bathrobes, bath slippers and quality functional bath and bed linen. Our bathrooms include luxuries and alluring products designed for wellness and comfort.

Wired and wireless internet with adequate bandwidth for emails, social networking and web browsing is complementary for all our guests. Attractive television system with cable TV, room billing details, weather, exchange rates, activities and in-room dining. All this is available on a flat LED 42” television screen.


Amenities and Facilities for the Guests, at a glance

  • Bath robes and slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Hot and cold water
  • Iron/ Ironing board
  • In room dining (7am-10pm)
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/ coffee maker with provisions
  • In-room safe
  • Telephone with IDD
  • Parking facility
  • Laundry facility
  • Doctor on call
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gymnasium
  • Spa with steam room
  • Infinity Swimming Pool & Deck
  • The Ocean deck
  • Basic stationeries
  • Mineral water bottle per guest
  • Interactive cable TV channels on 42” LED flat screen
  • Bedside phone and

Toilet phone

  • Salt water pool
  • Individual air conditioning control
  • Selection of pillows – (Goose feather, Satin stripe, Cotton down proof, Memory foam,

                                            Anti- bacterial poly fibre)



Besides the variety of facilities provided as above, KAYA is unique on its own way, as exclusive activities listed below are offered at a nominal cost to your good selves whilst enjoying beautiful images in our sensory garden saturated with flora and fauna located just across the road.

  • Qigong 
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga 
  • Colon Therapy 
  • Salt Cave
  • Art & Music  
  • Massages (Ayurvedic & Non Ayurvedic)
  • Flotation Tank
  • Body Wraps with Organic Fruits and Vegetables 
  • Wellness counselling and Psycho therapy 
  • Salon and beauty treatment
  • Ayurveda Treatment
  • Meditation

Dining @ The Snapper restaurant – Open daily from 0700HRS – 2230HRS and is located on the first floor.

The exclusive restaurant at Kaya leisure, The Snapper specializes an array of seafood symphonies including many dishes featuring the restaurants namesake, the red snapper fish.

A scrumptious continental breakfast is served every morning, where, guests can choose to dine in the adjoining outdoor deck, which gives a breath-taking view of the beach. Lunch and Dinner will be A la carte; a truly fine dining experience especially after sun set on the deck.

The Plunge – pool bar – Open daily from 0800HRS – 2000HRS and is located on the first floor.

Indulge in special mocktails, refreshing fruit juice blends and appetizing snacks at this specially designed outdoor pool bar, The Plunge.

Room service – 0700HRS – 2200HRS

We have a well thought out room service menu for your dining convenience in the comfort of your room or at its balcony, which can also be magically set up for a romantic private dinner

Sightseeing and Outdoor closer destinations to be explored

  • Colombo City tour
  • Boat ride in Hamilton Canal
  • Negombo City and Fishery Harbour tour
  • Kalpitiya tour
  • Muthurajawela sanctuary
  • Dehiwala Zoo

Currencies and Credit/Debit Cards

Sri Lankan Rupees and common credit card types are accepted by us.


No 300, Old Colombo road, Uswetakeiyawa, Sri lanka

Tel: 0117891111


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Initially known as “Reefs Edge Resorts” and thereafter as “Vingyana at Reefs”,  it is now presented for your indulgence as KAYA WELLNESS RESORT, our ultra-luxury property, designed and constructed to precision on the pristine sandy shores of Uswetakeiyawa, a town located north of Colombo in the western coastal belt in Sri Lanka. Blissful peace awaits the discerning traveler of this stunning location offering a standout tourism product in absolutely luxurious comfort infused with gentle care and warmth of endless Sri Lankan hospitality. Discover your unique heaven of solitude where the choices are endless.


KAYA WELLNESS RESORT is just 20 minutes away from BIA, the key international airport in Sri Lanka, thus the ideal hide out for the guest who are used to be surrounded with hustle and bustle in their busy work locations across many parts of the world. The quiet fishing village of Uswetakeiyawa is particularly famous for its stunning coral reefs teeming with exotic fish, colorful corals, marine and shellfish. Visitors may also indulge in a number of boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing activities at the nearby private lagoon.


All 23 rooms in the KAYA WELLNESS RESORT block has direct, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, only 20 meters away from water. Rooms have spacious balconies with chic swivel wicker chairs, except the standard rooms. Beds are laid with Slumberland Mattresses, while the bathrooms are equipped with Hansgrohe rain and body shower and glass wash basins. Selected amenities including snuggly bathrobes, bath slippers and quality functional bath and bed linen are out powered together with, the luxurious and alluring Spa Ceylon products designed for wellness and comfort.

The interior of the rooms is inspired by the reef and beach with open air ultra-luxury washrooms, while the bright colored furnishings add to the ambience of the beach resort. Wired or wireless internet connection, with adequate bandwidth for emails and social networking and web browsing is complimentary for all the guests. Guests could use one of the two beautiful pools for swimming, where one of these contain saltwater.  dining in a restaurant is open except from 10.30 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the morning, providing an array of dishes & beverages to satisfy the taste buds of guests.

Tea and Coffee maker with provisions, Cable tv on flat LED 42” television, mini bar, in-room safe, hair dryer, iron with board are standard items in all rooms. Activities and 24 hours In-Room dining.  All above features assures 4 Star rating accredited on KAYA WELLNESS RESORT, which awaits your visit to delight you.


 Our wellness village has villas designed to pamper your body with a variety of treatments. The Himalayan pink salt cave to improve your respiratory system, or the sensory deprivation Flotation tank that will open your inner mind, Local and Full Body Hypothermia, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber to improve your immune system. Whether it’s the gym to increase your physical strength, the yoga pavilion to stretch those stiff muscles, Qi gong, Tai Chi, and Meditation for mind and body and spirit. Colon hydrotherapy and coffee enema to cleanse your colon and liver. Art and Music room to reveal yourself. Chapel to get in touch with your soul.

 Our state of the art clinic where we house some of the best practitioners, we specialize in treating non-communicable diseases using all natural therapies. We boast of a holistic approach using Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Psychology, just to name a few. Our belief is that the body can heal itself if given the right tools and circumstance. 

We have a fully-fledged Luxury Ayurveda Wellness Village too.

 We are equipped to give you a unique experience unlike anything you may have heard of before!

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No 300, Old Colombo road, Uswetakeiyawa, Sri lanka

Tel: 0117891111


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