Chamindra Goonewardene

Chamindra is the Director of Operations at Santani. He received his undergraduate degree at Duke University in North Carolina and his M.B.A at the University of Leicester, U.K. With a background in marketing and advertising, Chamindra joined the Santani team as the head of marketing. He took over as the Director of Operations in March 2018 and has since completed a professional development program at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Chef Wajira Gamage

Chef Wajira is the Executive Chef of Santani and he joined the team at Santani to create the world’s first fine dining healthy food offering. He joined Santani after 10 years as the Corporate Chef at Resplendent Ceylon, overseeing the food at Ceylon Tea Trails and Cape Weligama, the only two Relais & Châteaux properties in Sri Lanka.

Widely considered as the best fine dining Chef in Sri Lanka, Wajira started his career in France and is a classical French trained chef. After a 16 year career in France, he returned to his motherland and had atrail blazing career and is solely responsible for the high rating Tea Trails has achieved in the past. Chef Wajira recently did a secondment at Restaurant Andre, the number one restaurant in Singapore and one of the worlds top 50 restaurants.

Dr. Mudeetha Liyanapathirana

Dr. Mudeetha is the Ayurvedic consultant at Santani.

Dr. Mudeetha is an Ayurveda doctor and a health and well being expert. She is also a qualified acupuncturist and has experience at a number of other properties in Sri Lanka. At Santani, she provides consultations for all guests who are on wellness packages.


Anil Parakulangara

Anil is the head therapist at Santani. He hails from a traditional Ayurveda practitioner family in Kerala, India. He learnt Ayurveda from a young age as part of a family practice. He received his formal Ayurveda and Wellness training from the Ananda in the Himalayas, one of the worlds top 5 wellness resorts.

Anil has over 12 years experience in Ayurveda and Wellness with over 7 years at Ananda in the Himalayas where he was the Head Therapist. Anil is well versed in all Ayurveda treatments and multiple international treatments.