Anantara opens new luxury resort in Sri Lanka

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Updated: December 18, 2015 4:01 PM

Set amid a 21-acre coconut plantation that opens the waters of the Indian Ocean, the hotel features 152 guest rooms and villas woth hand-woven Sri Lankan furnishings and contemporary amenities

AnantaraSituated in a secluded beachfront location along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort welcomed its guests on December 1, 2015. The allure of the resort is matched by convenient travel; Cinnamon Air offers a daily 40-minute sea-plane 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 SUV transfer service.

Set amid a 21-acre coconut plantation that opens the waters of the Indian Ocean, the hotel features 152 guest rooms and villas woth hand-woven Sri Lankan furnishings and contemporary amenities, al fresco spaces with ocean views, interconnecting options for families and friends, and accommodation for differently abled guests. One and two bedroom villas also offer private plunge pool, loungers.

Six restaurant, bar and lounge venues showcase island cuisine and colonial customs. Journeys, the all-day international dining restaurant, serves Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern and Asian specialties in refined a la carte or buffet style, with pool and ocean views. For lunch and dinner, Sri Lankan inspired Teppanyaki dining at the Verele beach restaurant will start in early 2016.

The Il Mare chefs create seafood and pasta dishes at the cliff-side restaurant. Tapas and wine menus are also popular at El Vino; the poolside bar serves beverages and cocktails. Guests desiring privacy can order from the extensive in-room and in-villa dining menu, or indulge in Dining by Design.

The Anantara Spa offers Ayurvedic healing practices. The Spa features a reflexology centre and a beauty and hair salon.

The resort is considered an ideal base to explore Sri Lanka’s southern attractions including Wewurukannala Vihara temple, the rock temples of Mulkirigala and Yala National Park. The resort is also close to Rekawa, a turtle conservation project.

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