Set amid a coconut plantation on a rocky outcrop overlooking a secluded stretch of Sri Lanka's south coast, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is an exclusive hideaway that's a perfect choice whether you want to relax on the golden sands or explore Sri Lanka's historic sites and untouched natural parks.
At Anantara Spa you can choose from a menu that includes ancient therapies from Sri Lanka and across Asia, as well as familiar western techniques. You can pamper yourself with a relaxing massage, nourishing facial or revitalising scrub or wrap, and there's also a beauty salon and a relaxation area.
There are 152 rooms and villas, taking their design inspiration from ancient Sri Lankan traditions. Each has a private balcony or terrace, with views over the garden or the ocean. Inside, you'll find a luxurious bathroom with rain shower and separate bathtub and amenities including television with HDMI multimedia connectivity, safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Wifi, minibar and wine humidor. Villas have one or two bedrooms, their own plunge pool and a large outdoor terrace.
There's plenty to do here, or you could just to just relax by the pool or on the beach and do as little as possible! Within the hotel you can take a cookery class to learn more about Sri Lankan cuisine, work out in the 24-hour gym, join a yoga, meditation, Pilates or tai chi class or enjoy a game of tennis. There's also a fun kids' club. If you fancy exploring, hop on one of the hotel's bicycles and take a trip to the local markets, temples and villages. Slightly further afield, you could take an excursion to the ancient citadel of Galle, head out for a safari adventure in Yala National Park, visit the Uda Walawe Elephant Sanctuary or take a whale and dolphin-spotting boat trip.
Journeys serves a lavish buffet of Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern, Asian and international dishes, with views over the pool and the Indian Ocean. Il Mare is an Italian fine-dining restaurant, set on the cliff edge with breathtaking ocean views, while Verele serves teppanyaki-style cuisine with a Sri Lankan twist and El Vino serves tapas-style Mediterranean fare and excellent wines. There's also a poolside cocktail bar and a lobby lounge serving traditional high tea.