Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

As a traveling couple with a travel website and love taking photos, we always are on the lookout for resorts with a combination of luxury and those “Instagrammable” shot opportunities. After some really quick research, we found out that Anantara is the highest rated in the South of Sri Lanka.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Where is Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Located?

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is situated about 90 mins from Mattala Airport and is 4.5 hours from Colombo International Airport. It is only a 2 minute drive from the peaceful fishing village of Tangalle, on the south western coast of Sri Lanka. Our tip is to make sure you fly in to Mattala as it is a long drive through sometimes rough roads to get there. FlyDubai offers flights to that airport.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Things around Anantara Tangalle

One of the main reasons we love this place so much is because it is close to EVERYTHING you need on a holiday. It is located on the beach, temples are close (Rock Temple 40 minutes away only) and a Safari Park (Udawalawe National Park) less than 90 minutes from Anantara. They provide transport to all these places so get ready to explore.

In more details, with the resort, we went to do a Wildlife Safari in the Udawalawe National Park. After stopping for feeding time at the Elephant Orphanage, we got to the National Park at 9:30am. Many earlier tours were leaving the park then so we had a clear run in there. We managed to see dozens of families of Elephants, Birds and other unique creatures. (unfortunately no crocodiles and leopard for us!)

Udawalawe National Park

We had a cool surf lesson with the Tropical Surf team. Before we even surfed they took us through important points to make us feel safe and gather an understanding of our levels. They took us out to a safe reef break and we had a great time, Thuymi was standing up straight away!

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Surfing session with Tropic Surf

We also went to a local experience with our guide, Kanishka, who was also our one stop shop man for our whole journey at Anantara. We stopped by the Fish Markets before meeting a herd of buffalos out on a farm. Our highlight was the visit to Rock Temple, which as the name suggests, is a series of temples cut into a rock. It took us an hour to get to the top of the rock to give us stunning views.

Sri Lanka Fish Village
Was a great time to visit the fish market on our way to the Rock Temple
Market Sri Lanka
Walking by the markets

How to Get Around from Anantara Tangalle?

The resort is great in arranging transport to any place you want to go, from airport transfers to visiting any place in Sri Lanka. They also have push bikes for hire if you want to venture out. If you want to go at it yourself, you can get into town and bargain prices with the local tuk tuk drivers. Very easy to do and can be very cheap. However, at least with Anantara you know what you are getting.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Eat and Drink at Anantara Tangalle

There are several restaurants on site that provide food for all tastes. From International Cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, High Tea and our favourite Teppanyaki with Sri Lankan fusion, there is enough variation for satisfy everyone’s tastebuds.

Breakfast every morning was at Journeys which overlooked the pool and beach. Our highlights was the many smoothies and the King Coconuts every morning.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Hoppers were our favorite at breakfast! Super crunchy and tasty!

For dinner we ate at Verale (where the pods are!), a Teppanyaki and Sri Lankan fusion dinner. We tried the Sri Lankan seafood grill and it filled us up quite a bit! The mix with curries made it special, a must try.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Another great spot you should go for a little dessert or dinner is at Il Mare, is a cool Italian restaurant on the cliff of the resort, with awesome views of the ocean. This is a romantic spot to share an afternoon drink as well!

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Il Mare

Anantara Tangalle Facilties

24 Hr Gym, Infinity Pool, Yoga Sessions, Surf School (Tropical Surf), Clothing Shop, Bikes and Tuk Tuks around resort, Spa Facilities, Teen and Kids Club, Sri Lankan food cooking classes, Tennis Courts, Wine Cellar, Library, Gift Shop, Meeting Room, Poolside Bars, Cooking classes, Wedding facilities.

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Spa Entrance
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Spa Entrance

Anantara Tangalle Rates

There are many types of rooms to enjoy at Anantara and the pricing will reflect how luxurious you want to be. We stayed in a villa with our own private pool and had an amazing experience there. You can compare prices with BookingAgoda.

How Was The Stay?

Our biggest regret was not being able to stay there longer. Our villa with its own plunge pool made our experience even better and would highly recommend getting these rooms if possible. The beach water was a little rough but 50m around the corner is a safe swimming beach. FACT: all beaches in Sri Lanka are public property!

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

DISCOVERY Loyalty Programme Member?

From staying at many hotels & resorts from the DISCOVERY Loyalty programme, you can get to the BLACK membership which gives you many perks. To name a few of the BLACK Membership, we can get upgraded to the next room category at check-in (happens upon availability), late check-out privileges until 6pm, etc. You can get Local Experiences with the PLATINUM status as well, so don’t you worry!

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  • Rahul Khurana

    The hotel looks so beautiful. Loved everything about it, specially the spa entrance and the interiors of the room. You guys must have had an awesome time with those mesmerizing views from the villa and lots of adventure to do around. I haven’t been to Sri lanka, but would love to since its so beautiful, 🙂

  • travellingslacker

    What a great property! Local food, sea shore, wildlife, hard to imagine another place with so much variety. I must appreciate the great photographs too that completely capture the essence of the place.

  • 2travellingsisters

    Anantara Resort looks so blissful, I so want to book my next vacation here. The private pool, bedroom and beach everything is so perfect, I wouldn’t want to leave the property for entire duration of my stay. This is what I can say luxury at its best. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have never been to Sri Lanka even though it’s been on the tourist radar for a couple of years now. The hotel looks pretty posh and perfect for honeymooners. Glad to hear that the beaches are all free in Sri Lanka!

  • AMIT AGRAWAL

    I have been to Srilanka and stayed in Negombo near Colombo. This Anantara resort looks like heaven. So beautiful scenery of coconut trees with relaxing in pool. Elephant Safari in Udawalawe National Park is really a incredible experience.

  • Marcie Wirtz Cheung

    Wow! You definitely found the “instagrammable” spots! This Anantara Peace Resort is gorgeous! What a luxurious place to stay!

  • Delaine Mária

    I cant get over how amazing your villa was! Having your own private pool is like a dream come true. Anantara never fails to impress! I havent been to Sri Lanka yet but Im hoping to go there soon. It has the prettiest beaches.

  • Jeanette Cheney

    Oh this looks amazing! I love finding resorts that cater for both side of the travel couple. I’ve never been to Sri Lanka but would love to stay here when I finally get around to visiting this country.

  • Tasha Haley

    I am so jealous of this trip.. The hotel is STUNNING. Looks like you had a real good time here.

  • Reshma

    The Anantara Palace looks just wonderful with all the top notch facilities and the gorgeous ambience. Although I went to Srilanka, I couldn’t explore this region. Would love to give it a try!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    I have been to Sri Lanka and we stayed at Appa Villa Illuketia near Galle. That was too a awesome property and surely was one of the best experience. The Anantara Peace Resort too looks like an epitome of luxury. The private pool and your luxurious room looks super cool. I will surely love to give this place a try next time.

  • Adventurous Travels

    Looks like paradise! Idyllic beaches, beautiful scenery and the luxury of the place. It’s just sad that the locals can only dream about staying in places like this… the contrast in India or Sri Lanka is crazy. But it adds authenticity and a real feeling to the place – I wish I could travel there!
    Tom

    • You are exactly right, there is such a contrast in the country, we counter this by making sure we have many local experiences and get out and explore!

  • Sri Lanka is on the list! What a wonderful country . Loved reading your review : great pics and extremely detailed! 🙂 It has a lovely ambience!

  • We are planning Srilanka for next year! This looks like a perfect resort to head to! Its o luxurious! Its so close to a national park? That’s awesome too! The swing on the water looks just so perfect!

  • This really seems like the perfect place to stay. I love that they provide transportation everywhere. Sri Lanka seems like an incredible country. I would love to see those elephants in person!

  • Punita Malhotra

    The resort is aptly named…I can see a haven in there. Lovely ambience, wonderful interiors. All the food looks tempting too.