An oil massage and herbal bath is just the treatment to complement a stay at the wonderful Maalu Maalu beach resort in Passikudah, on Sri Lanka's eastern coast. The resort's qualified ayurvedic doctor prescribed the herbal mix, as well as the pinda oil for my massage, based on a consultation beforehand.
Mine was one of a range of ayurvedic and Thai treatments available. Afterward, it was a treat to relax in one of the antique lounge chairs, enjoying an herbal tea and the cooling breeze wafting through the open-air salon.
Maalu Maalu is atmospheric in the extreme: thatched roofed chalets with hand-cut, wooden cladding; bars built right into faded, grounded fishing boats; the Indian Ocean front and center from almost every corner of the resort. In addition to ayurveda, the spa offers morning-yoga-with-a-view from the rooftop terrace.