Perched on a rocky outcrop on Sri Lanka's sun-drenched Southern Coast and within striking distance of the historic fort town of Tangalle, the Anantara is a haven of modern luxury. Benefitting from powdery beaches and verdant grounds, it is perfectly situated for exploring the rainforest, picturesque fishing ports and historic temples if guests can be cajoled from their sun loungers. Hours - if not days - could be spent by the stunning central-tiered pool gazing at the mesmerising crashing Indian Ocean waves below.
Rooms are spacious and contemporary with Sri Lankan hand-carved wooden vanity units and other local touches all come with breathtaking views; either of the ocean blues framed with coconut fronds or garden vistas bursting with jungle foliage. Villas with private plunge pools and a dedicated host are an excellent option for honeymooning couples.
Learn to surf in the calm waters of the lagoon or take a turn with a Nature Guru who will expound on the coastal ecosystem and endangered turtles. Get to grips with Sri Lankan cuisine and pick your spices and seafood at the market, gather herbs from the resort's organic garden or visit the nearby Mulkirigala monastery which teeters precipitously on a rocky hillside and is adorned with vivid statues and murals with its origins dating back to the 3rd century. Perhaps a whale watching expedition aboard a traditional fishing trawler in Weligama Bay appeals or wildlife safaris can be arranged at the National Parks of Yala and Udawalawe, the former, home to the largest density of leopards on the planet as well as a cacophony of monkeys, storks and peacocks.
Couples and families
Those seeking coastal adventures
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Indulge in a pampering massage or Ayurvedic treatment in the spa
Learn to surf in Tangalle’s renowned waters
Join the chef on the beach to select your catch of the day for dinner
Discover pristine lagoons on a stand-up paddle boarding adventure
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Discover Tangalle’s temples and colourful markets by bike
See turtles nesting at Rekawa beach (April to September)
Take a culinary tour beginning in a local market and then preparing a feast back in the kitchen
Go bird watching in the tranquil lagoons of Kalametiya
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