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Anantara Luxury in Sri Lanka

Villa interior

In a secluded beachfront location along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort will blend the private secret paradise beach with easy access to natural wonders and cultural gems when it opens late this year.

Cinnamon Air offers a daily 30-minute sea-plane flight from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport to Dickwella, a ten minute drive from the resort. Other transport options include chartering a private flight, helicopter transfers or making use of the resort’s luxury Hybrid SUV transfer service, a three and a half hour drive.

On arrival, guests will find themselves in a luxury resort of Sri Lankan design, set in a 21-acre coconut plantation that opens onto a sweep of beach and the waters of the Indian Ocean. 152 guest rooms and villas will boast custom-made Sri Lankan furnishings and contemporary amenities, al fresco spaces to relax with ocean views, interconnecting options for families and friends, and accommodation for differently abled guests.

120 guest rooms will offer a bedroom and luxury bathroom with a rain shower and separate oval bathtub, as well as a terrace or balcony with a daybed and dining furniture overlooking tropical gardens or the ocean.

In addition 32 spacious one- and two-bedroom villas entice guests to spend lazy days dipping into their private plunge pool, sunbathing on comfy loungers and dining under the shade and the stars, and inside guests will be able to enjoy a separate living space and deluxe amenities such as a Bose sound system, while the two bedroom villas also feature an indoor dining room and pantry.

Six restaurant, bar and lounge venues will showcase island cuisine and colonial customs. Journeys, the all-day international dining restaurant serves world classics and Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern and Asian specialties in a la carte or buffet style, with pool and ocean views. For lunch and dinner, Sri Lankan inspired Teppanyaki dining fires up the taste buds at the Verele beach restaurant.

After local fishermen have handed over their best fresh catches, the Il Mare chefs create seafood and pasta dishes, the passions of the Italian coastline are savoured at this cliff-side restaurant. Capturing the Mediterranean’s spirit, tapas and wine degustation menus are a real talking point at El Vino. By day the poolside bar serves beverages, light bites and sundowner cocktails, and for a retreat the lobby lounge offers high tea with a Sri Lankan twist.

Guests desiring privacy can order from the extensive in-room and in-villa dining menu, or indulge in Dining by Design, in which a choice of connoisseur menus and idyllic settings, alongside the services of a personal chef and villa host, ensures the most romantic occasion imaginable.

Rooted in Ayurveda, the Anantara Spa will stimulate holistic wellbeing. This ancient healing practice enhances the connection between mind, body and spirit. The Spa features eight treatment suites, a reflexology centre and a beauty and hair salon.

The resort is an ideal base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s southern attractions including Wewurukannala Vihara temple, the amazing rock temples of Mulkirigala and the Madunagala hot springs. The resort is also close to wildlife reserves and only 30-minutes from Rekawa, a turtle conservation project.

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