Leisurely pursuits on your luxurious resort getaway in Sri Lanka.
Greet each day with a new pursuit, whether simply basking by the pool or venturing inland. Watch protected wildlife roam the plains or breach the water in a magnificent leap. Sample tea at a famed plantation. Discover exhilarating adventures at one of the best Sri Lanka luxury resorts.
Rekawa Beach is located only 14 km from the resort, and from April until September five species of turtle, including very rare hawksbill and leatherback turtles, wander ashore to lay their eggs.
Join local turtle watching volunteers who patrol the beach to protect the mother turtles and their eggs. Spot baby turtles making their way to the ocean.
Handunugoda Tea Plantation
Famed for its ‘Virgin White Tea’ that is untouched by human hands, the Handunugoda Tea Plantation is a living, working museum. Step behind the scenes at this 200-acre estate that also contains rubber, pepper, cinnamon and coconut plantations. Sample a variety of special teas and you’ll be sure to find one to suit your tastes.
Tangalle City Tour
Let our Experience Guru take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of local Tangalle. Visit temples and spice markets in a tuk-tuk, alive with the colours and aromas of the tropics. Learn how to make pottery and curd.
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
A little-known bird park located not far from Tangalle, Kalametiya is worth a visit for eager bird watchers. Home to a rich variety of marine and bird life, the peaceful lagoons and mangroves offer a fascinating picture of nature in the south of the country.
A number of rare and endangered species live here, so be sure to respect the area and enjoy the serenity.
Agricultural Technology Park
Eco-tourists will be delighted to discover this innovative park in Bata Atha. During your visit, you can watch demonstrations of old and new agricultural methods.
With a bountiful fruit orchard and herb garden, guests can sample the sun-ripened produce and admire the floriculture garden. There are also sections for rainwater harvesting and a crop museum.
Only 20 minutes from Tangalle lies the world’s second largest blowhole. The distinctive sound can be heard even before the site comes into view. Watch as the spray gushes through the rock up to 30 metres into the air.
Yala and Udawalawe National Parks
Encounter elephant herds bathing or water buffalo wandering through open grasslands in the protected reserve of Udawalawe, while in Yala, the famed leopard awaits. Over 33 species of migratory birds frequent the sanctuaries, whilst many more call them home.
Bundala National Park
Bundala gives refuge to 197 species of bird and has been a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2005. Greater flamingos can be spotted when they migrate in flocks to the wetlands. Leopards, wild boar and deer also populate the park.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Designated as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sinharaja is home to the purple-faced langur, a number of leopards, and reptiles including the green pit viper.
Take a trip from Mirissa Harbour for an up-close view of blue and sperm whales. A leisure trawler will carry passengers to Weligama Bay where the giants feed, swim and socialise.
Whale watching season operates from December to April.
Sri Lanka produces 90% of the world’s supply of cinnamon and cultivation is a unique, scarcely known process. Visit a hilltop villa surrounded by a working cinnamon plantation with views over Koggala Lake and misty mountain ranges. Finish your visit with a four-course cinnamon-inspired lunch, or continue to the nearby Handunugoda Tea Estate.
Galle City Tour
Explore behind the iconic walls of this ancient coastal citadel. Meet descendants of the original merchant families. Experience the spice trade first-hand with glimpses back in time, contrasting with today's trendy boutiques and cafes that line the cobble alleys of the fort.
Mulkirigala Rock Temple
This ancient monastery is situated on a 210-metre-high rocky hillock, a few minutes inland of Tangalle. A historian’s treasure trove, discover caves with painted murals and statues, all with a story to tell.
Beginners can learn the basics of surfing at Anantara Peace Haven, the only one among Sri Lanka luxury resorts to offer exclusive programmes with Tropicsurf. With a maximum of 4 students per lesson, get on board in calm waters and learn to control and manoeuvre your board. The peaceful lagoon is the setting for this novice class.
The surf season lasts all year long in Tangalle, with the biggest swells found between April and October.Watch the video
Take a road trip to explore some of Sri Lanka’s finest surfing beaches, with waves perfect for varying levels. If you’re an expert, bring your own board and we’ll show you where the powerful breaks are. If you’re just improving, Tropicsurf provides the equipment for you to catch some waves in style.
The surf season lasts all year long in Tangalle, with the biggest swells found between April and October.
Peace Haven Nature Walk
Explore our resort’s ecosystem with a complimentary 90-minute scheduled walk led by our Nature Guru. Visit the horticultural garden, mangroves, coastal ecosystem, turtle conservation efforts, and our organic rice field that employs indigenous farming methods.
Set off on a bicycle tour of the area. With colourful temples, bustling local markets and a variety of wildlife, the beauty of Tangalle unfolds before your eyes. Cycle to a deserted golden beach and wave to locals as they pass by on their daily market trips.
Harvest Table by Anantara
A farm-to-table culinary journey based on fresh sustainable ingredients, with the daily catch of the day brought by a local fisherman. Menus are created depending on what’s picked from our Anantara garden just before your dining experience. Enjoy a four-course lunch in our rustic tree house against a paddy field backdrop.
Catch of the Day
Between 10.30 am and 11.00 am daily, a clanging bell signals the arrival of a local fisherman with his catch of the day. Join our chef in picking the freshest fish for your dinner at Il Mare, prepared to your liking.
Our stunning 25-metre pool is a centrepiece of the resort, surrounded by swaying palms and overlooking the ocean. Relax on a lounger whilst the kids play in the shallow children’s section.
State-of-the-art cardio equipment and free weights allow you to keep in shape. Take a run on a treadmill or pump some iron. A personal trainer is available on request to push you a little further.
Open daily from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Joli Kids' and Teens' Club
We believe our younger guests should enjoy their holiday as much as our not-so-young visitors. Little ones and teenagers can spend days full of fun, with a shaded playground, nap areas and scintillating games. With well-trained and energetic staff, different activities take place daily to entertain and enrich.
Open daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Explore the science of Ayurveda at our tropical spa retreat. Indulge in massages side-by-side or invest in multi-day wellness programmes.
Opening hours from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm daily.