- Large, exclusive resort
- Stunning beachfront location
- 4 restaurants, pool, spa, tennis courts
Anantara Peace Haven is a large resort in a secluded oceanfront location near Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. Perched on a clifftop surrounded by coconut palms, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, this upmarket property boasts 152 contemporary rooms and villas, 4 restaurants, a swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, spa, and gift shop, all overlooking a beautiful stretch of golden sand. The resort offers an exclusive experience at the higher end of the budget spectrum.
The expansive grounds house a fabulous 25 metre pool with sun loungers, and an adjoining pool bar serving drinks and snacks. There’s a good choice of dining options. The ‘Il Mare’ restaurant is open for evening meals and offers superb cliff-top views and an Italian menu, specialising in seafood and pasta. The beachside ‘Verele’ is open all day and serves Sri Lankan cuisine in a teppanyaki style. Two further restaurants feature an international menu, and Mediterranean/tapas style meals. Traditional high tea is served each afternoon in the resort lounge, and private dining experiences can be arranged with prior notice.
Numerous activities are available on site. There’s a well-equipped gym, along with tennis and badminton courts. Yoga, tai chi and meditation sessions are held daily on the beach, and private sessions can be arranged. Bicycles are available for exploring the surrounding local villages and pristine coastline. Join in a traditional Sri Lankan cooking class or enjoy a wine tasting session in Anantara’s cellars. Or simply relax in the pool and indulge in a massage or beauty treatment at the spa.
The accommodation comprises 152 stylish rooms and villas. All units feature contemporary decor and have king size or twin beds, satellite TV, minibar, and Wi-Fi. Each ensuite bathroom contains a freestanding bathtub and a separate rainfall shower. Outside is a private veranda or terrace with a table and chairs, and a daybed for enjoying the beautiful views of the garden or the ocean. The spacious one-bed villas are larger and include an indoor lounge, and outside on the terrace is a private plunge pool with loungers. All villas are supplied with bicycles.
The resort ‘goes the extra mile’ to welcome families. There’s a dedicated children and teens club run by trained staff who provide arts, crafts and games activities. The pool has a shallow area for children, and there is a shaded outdoor playground as well. The property offers a number of interconnecting rooms for families, along with several spacious two-bedroom villas. Each villa has one king size and one twin-bedded room with ensuite bathrooms, plus a lounge and dining room. A generous outdoor terrace comes with a private plunge pool, loungers, an outdoor shower, and a table and chairs for alfresco dining.
- Boutique beachside hotel
- Good value for money
- Comfy base for exploring south coast
- Colonial-style property
- Beautiful beachside location
- Large pool in tropical gardens
- Cultural & safari activities nearby
- Secluded beachfront hotel
- Private bungalow accommodation & meals
- Reliable choice just outside Galle
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019