Recently opened, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is the first major beach resort on Sri Lanka’s flourishing southern coast. Set on 42 pastoral acres and dotted with tall coconut palms, the hotel boasts 152 deluxe rooms and pool villas with personal butler service that skillfully combines native tradition and modern luxury. The expansive spa specializes in Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments, and Il Mare—one of four restaurants on the property—has an unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean. For the adventurous, the resort organizes excursions to the nearby colonial town of Galle and blue whale watching trips off the coast.
Below, Jane Warburton shares more unique insights.
The most requested room:
There are only six beach villas out of a complement of thirty two. Beach Villa 606 is situated at the far end of the beach frontage, offering complete privacy and the best ocean views with direct access to the beach.
What makes it so special:
606 provides a secluded, romantic setting complete with private plunge pool, wine humidor, Bose sound system and the most amazing views. A villa host takes care of all your needs and you can enjoy a fish barbecue outdoors on the pool deck.
Your personal favorite:
There are only 2 two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas and they offer a tranquil, spacious retreat.
These are my favorite as they are set in a quiet, shady garden with lots of trees. Each villa has its own plunge pool, panty (kitchenette) and dining room which is great for enjoying a private dinner with a personal chef and butler.
Beach Villa rates start from USD $725, including breakfast. Two-Bedroom Villa rates start from USD $1,150, including breakfast.
The Catch of the Day: Every day at 11 a.m. a ringing bell alerts guests’ to the arrival of a local fishing boat on the beach. Guests gather around the boat together with the Chefs to select their fish for dinner. It’s a lovely custom as guest’s like knowing they are getting freshly caught fish and it’s fun to watch the boat skimming the waves and sliding onto the beach.