Anantara Peace Haven hotel - Tangalle, Sri Lanka
On Sri Lanka’s unspoiled southern shores, Tangalle offers a quiet interlude of sparkling blue seas, lush terrain and endless sandy beaches framed by lilting palm trees- in other words an idyllic setting for Anantara’s first Sri Lankan resort.
Perched atop a muscular rocky outcrop, within a 21 acre coconut plantation, the property is in prime location to indulge in the sweeping ocean vistas and broad open skies. And in doing what it does best, the brand does not stray from its ethos of simple luxury and elegance, inspired by elements of local architecture to create a sprawling, self-contained bijou village.
With either garden or ocean views, each of the 120 rooms has its own terrace, making a late afternoon drink on the daybed de rigueur, while further away, the 32 one and two bedroom villas are crowned with their own plunge pools and an outdoor terrace that flows smoothly into a fresh, open-plan interior space. Here, concrete flooring creates a modern foundation for warm timber trimmings, traditional Sri Lankan and colonial-inspired furnishings and small local touches such as rattan headboards and batik fabrics.
After exploring the region’s many sites, from the rock temples of Mulkirigala to elephant-spotting in the nearby Udawalawe National Park, we suggest hunkering down for at least a few days at the resort, where facilities from tennis to badminton and even cookery lessons are abundant. And with a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, a yoga pavilion, spa and six dining outlets to get stuck into, there really is no reason to leave.