As the global hospitality industry gets back on its feet, we’ll be shining a light on hotels opening and reopening their doors around the Middle East and beyond, and the changes they’ve made to give guests peace of mind when returning.
Reopening date: February 22
Epitomising authentic luxury along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is located a two and a half hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, surrounded by a 22-acre coconut plantation, a golden sandy crescent beach and turquoise ocean that offer spectacular seclusion.
The well-positioned resort offers 152 rooms and pool villas, split between the garden with the beach beyond or overlooking the Indian Ocean. Traditional Sri Lankan motifs enhance light, airy spaces of contemporary comforts and signature Anantara amenities – which includes round-the-clock host service for villa guests – ensure every part of guest stays is five star.
Food & Drink
Culinary highlights range from al fresco poolside breakfasts at Journeys to fine Italian fare under the starry night’s sky at Il Mare, where dishes are served up to the calming sounds of the gently lapping ocean. Farm-to-table culinary adventures, cooking classes and Anantara’s signature ‘Dining by Design’, a private dining experience served up in a range of locations – including a breathtaking hilltop setting – make for unforgettable gastronomic experiences.
Leisure & Activities
The only resort in Sri Lanka to offer Tropicsurf programmes, surfing is a big hit at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, with classes ranging from beginners to seasoned pros. For a slower pace of life, yoga and nature walks lead by the resident guru can be arranged, and guests are encouraged to make the most of the award-winning Anantara Spa, where wellness-focued journeys are truly standout. Sign up for all-encompassing programmes designed to detox, heal and restore energy, explore the world of Ayurveda, or indulge in blissful romance with spa journeys for two.
Under a bio bubble, tourists are able to visit a selection of approved tourist sites. For example, places such as Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Yala, Udawalawe, Kaudulla and Wilpaththu National Parks, Mirissa Whale Watching, Sigiriya Fortress and Polonnaruwa. The full list of sites can be viewed here.
New Covid-19 related measures
Under Sri Lanka’s reopening guidelines, tourists are permitted to stay at one of 82 pre-approved Level 1 “Safe and Secure” hotels for up to 14 days, of which Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is recognised which will be off-limits to all locals except staff. The Level 1 hotels have all been audited and are recognised as complying with the COVID-19 Health Protocols and the Tourism Operational Guidelines laid out by Sri Lankan officials.
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