The Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara offers an ideal setting for those wanting to destress, detox and rejuvenate within a nurturing environment that promotes Ayurvedic wellness, yoga and guided meditation. Prior to a refurbishment and rebranding in 2011, it was known as Neptune Hotel and was an original creation of Sri Lanka’s architectural guru, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The resort is set amidst sprawling gardens scattered with swaying palms and lush tropical foliage leading to the Indian Ocean. Wake up early and immerse yourself in yoga followed by a nutritious breakfast. Then, gently make your way to the in-house Ayurvedic Centre for your day’s treatments. In between, laze by the poolside, read a book in the privacy of your own balcony, or take a stroll along the sandy beach. The Ayurveda centre is staffed with some of Sri Lanka’s most reputable Ayurvedic doctors. Six to 14-day wellness packages are tailored to suit individual needs. In case of couples where one partner would prefer to just take in the sun, sea and occasionally a relaxing massage, while the other immerses in Ayurvedic wellness, this is the perfect setting. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara is one of four Heritance properties owned by Aitken Spence. The other resorts are Heritance Ahungalle, north of Galle, Heritance Kandalama in the Cultural Triangle and the Heritance Tea Factory in the central hills.