Anantara’s first Sri Lankan property, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, to open in late 2015

anantara peace havenAnantara Hotels and Resorts will open the doors to its first Sri Lankan property at the end of 2015. In a secluded beachfront location along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort will blend the exclusivity of a secret paradise beach with easy access to an abundance of natural wonders and cultural gems.

The allure of the resort is matched by convenient travel; Cinnamon Air offers a daily 30-minute seaplane flight from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport to Dickwella, a 10-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.

The resort is set amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation that opens onto a golden sweep of beach and the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean. 152 guest rooms and villas of indigenous luxury will boast hand woven custom-made Sri Lankan furnishings and contemporary amenities, al fresco spaces to relax with stunning ocean views, interconnecting options for families and friends, and accommodation for differently abled guests.

Six restaurant, bar and lounge venues will showcase vibrant island cuisine alongside international dishes. Journeys, the all-day international dining restaurant serves world classics and Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern and Asian specialties in refined a la carte or lavish 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.

The Italian restaurant Il Mare will offer delicious seafood and freshly made pasta dishes whilst tapas and wine degustation menus are a real talking point at El Vino. By day the poolside bar serves refreshing beverages, light bites and sundowner cocktails, and for a charming retreat the lobby lounge offers high tea with a Sri Lankan twist.

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.