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First Look: Anantara, Sri Lanka

November 2, 2016

 

After their recent openings in Oman, Anantara have been busy.

 

They follow that up with two resorts in the Indian Ocean nation of Sri Lanka.

 

On a secluded beachfront setting along Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, yet only an hour away from the excitement of the capital, Anantara Kalutara Resort opens this month and is a heavenly getaway with luxurious accommodation and inspirational experiences of the island’s wild nature and rich culture. 

 

Choose from premier or deluxe rooms, plus suites or pool villas with up to two bedrooms (see picture). A private balcony or terrace will overlook the tropical gardens, the Indian Ocean or the Kalu Ganga River. Feel charmed by the simplistic elegance and great craftsmanship of a unique resort inspired by the architectural vision of the late Geoffrey Bawa - Sri Lanka’s most famous architect.  

 

Sink your toes into pristine golden sands or retreat to the shade of swaying coconut palms. Wind down to the sound of the ocean or refresh your perspective with a myriad of water sports. Feast on the bold, spicy flavours of island culture, take a culinary tour across Asia or savour Italian coastal cuisine.

 

Celebrate romance with a private pool villa hideaway, couple’s spa bliss, a sunset boat cruise and tailored private dining. Enjoy the family friendly allures of a kids club and endless adventures, from watching turtles hatch to whale and dolphin trips.

 

 

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle

 

If that seduces, give yourself another option: Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle opened earlier this year on a secluded stretch of Sri Lanka’s southernmost coastline.

 

Situated on a 21-acre coconut plantation (see above), it offers 152 spacious rooms and private pool villas, a split-level, 25-metre infinity pool, a pristine stretch of sandy beach and excursions to wildlife parks, cultural and religious sites.

 

Practice holistic exercises on the shore as you watch the sunrise and discover the local area by bicycle or tuk-tuk.

 

Indulge in sensual spa treatments including specialist Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments. Unlike other Tangalle hotels in the area, there is also a children's club, enabling parents to balance family time with precious hours alone.

 

The charms and flavours of island life seep through here, partaking in the colonial tradition of high tea and creating authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in a Spice Spoons cooking class. For refined international tastes, there's gourmet Italian dining on an ocean-facing cliff top, Sri Lankan inspired teppanyaki beside the beach, private wine cellar degustation dinners and tailored Dining by Design occasions.

 

The resort is located 200kms from the capital Colombo and can be reached with a 3.5 hour luxury transfer. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air offers a daily 40-minute sea plane service to Mawella Lagoon, 10 minutes from the resort.

 

To book these or any other Anantara resorts and further afield, get in touch.

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