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Sri Lanka Travel: Five Anticipated Hotel Openings

2015 has been a stellar year for Sri Lanka travel. For one thing, the country has become easier than ever to discover, thanks in part to Cinnamon Air. The domestic airline has just announced new daily flights between Colombo, Castlereagh Reservoir and Koggala; those seasonal itineraries will last from 15th December 2015 up to 31st March 2016.

It's excellent news indeed - especially in light of the country's latest batch of luxury hotel openings. Once you've got your flights booked, make a note to stay in one of these five gorgeous venues, all of which are throwing open their doors in the next few months. It's just the time of year to treat yourself to a getaway. 

Ani Villas

Sri Lanka Travel | Ani Villas

Ani Villas is helping to put Sri Lanka back on the luxury travel map © Ani Villas

Located along Sri Lanka's picturesque southern coast, Ani Villas is one of several new hotel openings that are helping to transform this region into a new luxury haven. The 15-bedroom hotel is a master study in modern Sri Lankan design, with its elegant, tropical ambiance - but once you arrive, you may find your attention is drawn to the sandy beach and crashing waves beyond. On-site, guests can sign up for South Asian cooking classes, go for cycle tours and treks of the surrounding scenery, and enjoy the private spa and pool. (Make note: Ani Villas will be throwing open its doors just in time for Christmas.) 

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Sri Lanka Travel | Anantara

The gorgeous Anantara is located on a coconut plantation, right along the coast © Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Its name might be a mouthful, but Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is no misnomer. This striking new resort just so happens to be located on a sprawling coconut plantation - and, given its coastal location, also abuts the Indian Ocean. Those after a luxury experience can book into one of four private villas, each of which boasts its own pool. Gourmands also have ample opportunity to indulge in the hotel's bespoke "Dining by Design" programme, which invites a personal chef to cook up a special menu - and serve it beachside.


Sri Lanka Travel | Santani

Soon-to-open Santani is billed as Sri Lanka's first high-end wellness resort © Santani

The lovely Santani, which is set to open at the beginning of 2016, is billed as the country's very first luxury wellness resort. It's an impressive - and destination-worthy - accolade. Guests are encouraged to leave behind their devices and digital distractions to soak up the hilly, central Sri Lankan scenery. Without the Wi-Fi, visitors can dine in the resort's elevated restaurant, relax near an outdoor campfire, swim and practice yoga, and go on treks around the area's tea plantations and hiking trails.


Sri Lanka Travel | Tri

Tri is the perfect stay for eco-minded visitors © Tri

This is one for the nature lovers. The resplendent Tri, which will officially welcome guests from 12th December 2015, prides itself on its visionary, eco-friendly accommodations. Located along Lake Koggala - between Galle and Weligama on the southern coast - the sustainable resort comes outfitted with living walls, uses solar hot water, and otherwise invites visitors to nestle into its 10 ultra-green villas. When it comes to activities, a treetop Yoga Shala with treatment rooms and steam caverns is a must…as are the cantilevered pool, library, and entertainment room.

Chena Huts

Sri Lanka Travel | Chena Huts

Chena Huts gives the safari lodge genre a high-end makeover © Uga Escapes

Another exciting announcement in Sri Lanka travel is the opening of the new Uga Escapes property, Chena Huts. Thanks to its location adjacent to Yala National Park, this luxury safari lodge will host daily game drives, where visitors can hope to spot leopards, elephants, and other exotic wildlife. In the evenings, a retreat to a private, pool-accompanied hut is in order - only after some fine dining and cocktails in the hotel's bar and restaurant, of course.

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