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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is the brands' first foray into Sri Lanka, and they have literally struck gold with the setting, perched on a golden sandy beach on Sri Lanka’s southernmost coast. This luxurious retreat sits within 42 acres of coconut plantation, hidden on a rocky outcrop and with stunning Indian Ocean views.
Guestrooms and Villas - 152 in all - are scattered amid swaying palms, with some nudging the gilded beachfront. Spacious guestrooms are decorated in neutral tones, and boast large balconies or terraces from which to enjoy views of the tropical gardens, or ocean from the daybed, and private dining. The usual mod cons are included, as well as some added indulgences including Nespresso machines, and wine humidors (essentials, trust us).
Luxurious Villas also boast private pools, with the Beachfront Pool Villas being in hopping distance of the lapping Indian Ocean waves. Villas offer complete privacy for couples, whilst the Two Bedroom Garden Villa, as well as interconnecting guestrooms, ensures there are family friendly options to boot.
Breakfast is served at the Journeys restaurant, which also offers an international menu for lunch and dinner. The international offering continues, with Italian fare at Il Mare, Mediterranean cuisine at El Vino, and Sri Lankan infused Teppanyaki at Verele. Traditional Afternoon Tea is also served at the lobby lounge, whilst fruity sundowner cocktails can be enjoyed at the Poolside bar.
Along with the polished Anantara service, Peace Haven Tangalle Resort also brings the luxurious Anantara Spa; a sanctuary offering a variety of treatments which take inspiration from ancient Sri Lankan and Asian therapies, as well as Western techniques. The Spa offers both single and couples spa treatment rooms, as well as a separate relaxation area, to really tap into your inner Zen.
The inviting swimming pool sits in the heart of the hotel, surrounded by shaded loungers and with a separate shallow paddling area for little guests. Beach front Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Meditation classes are offered, which parents can take advantage of whilst the youngsters are enjoying the facilities of the children's club. For sporty types, tennis and badminton courts are available, as well as bicycles, to use to explore the surrounding countryside and villages.
Should guests be able to tear themselves away from the resort, there are a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed, from historical and cultural tours of Galle Fort and the Mulkirigara Rock Temple, to nature experiences in the Yala and Bundala National Parks. The resort is also within easy reach of Sri Lanka's whale watching hub at Mirissa, and the Rekawa Turtle Conservation project, where Green, Hawksbill and occasionally Leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs between April and September.