Find your inner zen at this Sri Lankan gem

Head over to Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, where the natural world is on your doorstep and tranquillity is on tap

Marco Polo was so enraptured by Sri Lanka that he famously christened it ‘the most beautiful island in the world’. For the 21st century traveller, the charm of this tropical Indian Ocean gem doesn’t get any more paradisiacal than the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. 

Situated on the southern tip of the island, it’s a world away from the more crowded tourist locales. Above all, the resort certainly checks all the retreat-worthy boxes. One-of-a-kind setting nestled in lush greenery? Tick. An uninterrupted stretch of beach adorned by swaying palms? Yours for the strolling. Bespoke cliff-top dining experience for two? This way please.   

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Retreat to a two bedroomed villa

With 152 rooms and villas opening onto beautiful views of the Ocean, it’s a secluded haven. The lure of a Beach Pool Villa may well overrule any desire for active exploration, but there are plenty of zen moments to savour around the resort. For instance, start your day with sunrise asanas by the sea in the yoga pavilion. Afterward, sign up for a beginner’s surfing lesson with Tropicsurf, or grab a basket for a food lover’s tour of the local markets.

Day trips immerse travellers in the natural world with Udawalewe National. Park the place to spot wild elephants, while the cultivated slopes of Handunugoda Tea Estate speak to a bygone era. 

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Tour the local markets and then join a cooking class

The resort also has local flavour in spades blending teppanyaki techniques with local influences. It’s also hard to find better Italian cuisine anywhere on the island than beachside at Il Mare. Alternatively, Il Vino’s legendary cellar-style dinners are the ultimate social dining spot.

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The approach to the spa

Unwind at Anantara Spa where Ayurveda wellness programmes meld homegrown experiences for the ultimate comfort. The King Coconut Delight is a must try. Lastly, you can learn more about sustainability while on a guided stroll through the organic rice paddy field, ending with a farm-to-table dining experience atop a traditional treehouse. Plus, you can make a difference by helping to release turtle hatchlings to the ocean, as part of the resort’s conservation project.

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