Luxury hotel holiday Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Thalpe

The Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is a luxury property that harnesses the beauty of the beach and Indian Ocean. Spacious, modern villas open up onto grassy lawns and sandy stretches, and activities such as seaside tai chi and yoga help guests attune to their sublime surroundings. More active guests might wish to step away from the pool to enjoy the tennis, badminton, and cycling facilities, or glide out to sea on a surf board. This well-equipped and elegant resort has activities to suit every guest's desires, and guests of every age, making it both an action-packed and deeply relaxing resort to include on a touring holiday around Sri Lanka.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantara Peach Haven Tangalle

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle is a luxury 5-star resort in a beautiful coastal setting atop a rocky outcrop. It's excellent Ayurvedic spa, surfing and beach facilities and wide variety of dining options afford guests a truly idyllic stay.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location On a private outcrop of coastal land, approximately 50-miles from the town of Galle

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 135 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Italian Restaurant, Teppanyaki Restaurant, Verele Restaurant, International all-day restaurant, Wine cellar, High tea lounge, Spice Spoon Cooking Classes, Poolside bar, Swimming pool, Gym, Yoga classes, Tai chi classes, Tennis and badminton courts, Anantara Spa, Bike rentals, Tuk-tuks, Gift shops, Library, Kids and teens club, Tour guide office.

Chargeable watersports

Surfing and surf lessons whale- and dolphin- boat trips.

Land sports

Tennis, Badminton, Cycling, Yoga, and Tai-chi.

Out and about nearby

Tangalle, in the south of Sri Lanka, has a fairly mild climate and is away from the droves of tourists that circulate Colombo in high season. For this reason, it provides a valuable insight into authentic Sri Lankan life. The main attractions, however, are the water sports: surfing, whale-watching, and scuba-diving. The Anantara Resort organises excursions for its guests to the following locations: Galle city, Yala National Park, Uda Walawe Elephant Sanctuary, Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project, Mulkirigala Rock Temple, Bundala National Park, and the Handunugoda Low County Tea Plantation.

Sports nearby

Surfing, Whale- and dolphin-watching, Scuba-diving, and Other water sports.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Premier garden view room for 7 nights

From about

£1,900

Holiday Code EXH1883

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantara Peach Haven Tangalle

A luxury resort on the South Coast of Sri Lanka, the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is a beautifully exotic oasis near the famous city of Galle. The resort occupies a private rocky outcrop, leaving it undisturbed and with almost exclusive access to a golden sandy beach. Tall palms seclude the hotel villas, and the authenticity of the resort helps it blend in further. Rooms are all decorated in neutral creams, browns, and charcoal, which keeps the focus of the eye on the greens and blues of your garden or ocean view. For an added touch of luxury in these already elegant rooms, stay in one of the many pool villas, where glass doors fold back to let in the gentle sea breeze and fresh, warm air, and entice guests out onto the infinity pool deck. These light, airy, refined accommodations establish a real sense of modern Sri Lanka: dark woods accompany white walls, high quality furnishings, open spaces, and modern amenities. The resort complex, which has the community feel of a small, traditional village, also features a well-equipped and colourful children's club, in-depth culinary classes with fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as yoga, meditation, and tai chi sessions on the beach, and a swimming pool surrounded by tropical plants and gardens. In the evenings, dine on Italian, Sri Lankan, or international cuisine in one of the many gourmet restaurants, or enjoy a degustation dinner in the well-stocked and atmospheric wine cellar. Traditional touches such as this are continued in the high tea lounge, which pays homage to Sri Lanka's tea trade, and in the Ayurvedic Spa, which offers the spa treatments that Sri Lanka is famous for. The name of the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle really summarises the long-standing appeal of this resort, giving potential clients a glimpse into the luxurious beachfront accommodation that could be their home for a few nights of their Sri Lankan touring holiday.

Room descriptions

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle has 152 rooms and villas with custom hand-made furnishings, private wine humidor, air-conditioning, flat-screen television, rain shower, safe, tea making facilities, Nespresso machine, minibar, Wifi, and balcony or terrace

Premier Garden View Room
Premier Ocean View Room
Deluxe Ocean View Room
Garden Pool Villa
Ocean View Pool Villa
Beach Pool Villa
Two Bedroom Garden Pool Villa

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Premier garden view room for 7 nights

From about

£1,900

Holiday Code EXH1883

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantara Peach Haven Tangalle

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 3 hours and 45 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday with a driver-guide, in which case the hotel is usually approached from Tea and Hill Country to the north or from Yala National Park.

Additional information

Children: Interconnecting rooms are available, though the Two Bedroom Garden Pool Villas are recommended for larger families.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Premier garden view room for 7 nights

From about

£1,900

Holiday Code EXH1883

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anantara Peach Haven Tangalle

About Galle and south coast

A stay in Galle and southern Sri Lanka uncovers a world of historic Dutch forts, beautiful beaches and fishermen fishing on stilts, where sleepy villages lie hidden in palms behind the wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. The further east you go, the less populated and the more naturally wild and remote the landscapes become. The lush inland forest reserves in the south-west contrast sharply with the arid south-eastern national parks of Yala, Uda Walave and Bundala, where wild elephants and migratory birds flock around the water ‘tanks’ and where leopards and sloth bear have been known to roam. Between December and April, the south coast is popular for whale and dolphin watching, in the waters off Weligama Bay. Galle, on the south-west tip of Sri Lanka, is a reminder of the Dutch presence on the island. The new town may have the usual urban bustle, but the Dutch Fort, built in 1663, retains a timeless air. Constructed by the Dutch East Indian Company as a fortified town, Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which is still intact with a thriving community living and working within its walls. You can walk along part of the ramparts with views out to sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The region around Galle is fascinating and incredibly beautiful with its rainforest reserves and indigenous wildlife, as well as fishing villages and palm-fringed, sandy coves. We have selected hotels in Galle and along the South Coast which are ideally located to visit the many places of interest in the area. These hotels include Jetwing Lighthouse, a classy hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa; The Fortress, an outstanding deluxe resort hotel; Amangalla, a splendid colonial-style hotel; Kahanda Kanda, a small and elegant countryside hotel; and Taprobane Island, a private island retreat.

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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