Luxury hotel holiday Anilana Nilaveli Trincomalee

The Anilana Nilaveli near Trincomalee is a welcome addition to touring holidays that pass through inland Sri Lanka. Perhaps begin in Colombo, drive through Tea Country, the Cultural Triangle, and towards the coast, spending a few nights at this idyllic seaside resort before venturing on. Spa facilities, gourmet food, the proximity of fishing villages and one of the best beaches on the island, and the seclusion of two swimming pools come together to create an unforgettable and utterly relaxing holiday destination.
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 if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Anilana Nilaveli, Trincomalee

Anilana Nilaveli is a luxurious 3-star hotel with a stunning seafront location. Modern design elements and in-room technology, attentive service, excellent dining options and relaxing pools and gardens afford guests a relaxing experience with a touch of Sri Lankan style.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3

Location In the country, around seven minutes' walk from Nilaveli beach

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 154 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Hotel Dining Room, Beach Restaurant, Grill Room, Lobby Bar, Rooftop Bar, Spa and Spa Restaurant, Two swimming pools, Veranda, and Personalised cookery lessons with the Anilana's chefs.

Complimentary

Wifi.

Out and about nearby

The area around Nilaveli is ripe for water sports and beachside relaxation. Many activities can be organised through the hotel, such as whale and dolphin watching boat trips, which are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For a taste of cultural Sri Lanka, travel into nearby Trincomalee. Many religious sites, including the Mahayana Temple (said to have been built by King Mahasena on top of a destroyed Sivan Temple), are open to visitors. Dotted around the streets are the remaining colonial palaces of the Portuguese, the French, the Dutch, and the English. The Trincomalee natural harbour is a very picturesque and peaceful place to spend a few hours. Watch the boats, or simply enjoy the atmosphere. The seven hot springs of Kanniya have always been popular with visitors to the region, and remain one of the most unique attractions in Trincomalee. Perhaps also visit the rock temples at Dambulla, or the ruined medieval city of Polonnaruwa.

Sports nearby

Snorkelling, Scuba diving, Water-skiing, Jet skiing, Canoeing, Whale and dolphin watching, Banana boat rides, Hobby cat sailing, and Speed boat rides.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing an Anilana deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,650

Holiday Code EXH1892

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 Anilana Nilaveli, Trincomalee

The Anilana Nilaveli sits on the north eastern coast of Sri Lanka, just north of Trincomalee. A sheer, contemporary, white-washed façade greets arriving guests and hides from the public eye the two swimming pools, which seem to form a watery promenade down to the sea. The chic lobby is centred around the large map of Sri Lanka printed on the wall behind the reception desk that situates guests immediately within the island's ancient heritage. Most guestrooms are housed in the main hotel building and have views over the treetops of the golden sand and Indian Ocean beyond; the Pool Chalets are arranged in single storey buildings, each with private entrances, along the poolside. The guestrooms have a fresh red, white, and blue colour scheme, with dark marble floors in the higher category rooms that add to the overall feel of luxury and quality. Dark wood bed frames and sumptuous fabrics add a very typically Sri Lankan feel, as do the map murals on the walls. Rooms on the corner of the main hotel building have two walls of tall windows, white-paned with white curtains, which bring the startling colours of the tropical trees and deep blue horizon inside. Food at the Anilana Nilaveli is equally inspired by the surroundings, and sources its ingredients from many local farms. The Hotel Dining Room, situated beside the lobby, relaxes guests in its casual atmosphere, and serves a range of home-cooked Sri Lankan delicacies that can be enjoyed throughout the day. From lunchtime onwards, the Beach Restaurant serves international cuisine, followed by creative and colourful cocktails that take the edge off the tropical heat. Guests can enjoy the food in the restaurant, beside the bar, on the beach-view veranda, or on one of the day beds beside the pool. The effect is one of total relaxation and immersion in the waterside location. Other dining options include the Grill Room, overseen by the hotel's Executive Chef, the lobby bar, and the stunning Rooftop. Refreshing small plates of Mediterranean flavours can be enjoyed in the spa, which also offers a range of traditional wellbeing treatments. The Anilana Nilaveli prides itself on the fresh, fragrant food that it serves, and the ways in which this reflects the breath-taking location. Hotel staff are always on-hand to help advise on and organise your exploration of the Sri Lankan coast and waters. Scuba diving, snorkelling, and sailing trips can all be arranged from the nearby fishing ports, encouraging guests to enjoy the benefits of the gently rolling waves and the myriad of ecosystems that exist in the coral reefs and sandy beds below the water's surface. The Anilana Nilaveli is an attractive luxury resort near Trincomalee that is perfectly suited to two or three night stops spent enjoying the sun, sea, and sand of Sri Lanka.

Room descriptions

Anilana Nilaveli 54 rooms with king size beds, private balconies, locally commissioned artwork, air-conditioning, flat screen cable television, safe, personal bar, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Anilana Deluxe
Pool Chalets right beside the pool
Nilaveli Studio
Anilana Studio
Anilana Lux Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing an Anilana deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,650

Holiday Code EXH1892

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 Anilana Nilaveli, Trincomalee

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Anilana Nilaveli 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 5 hours and 30 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is either a holiday in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Additional information

Children: Interconnecting rooms can be arranged at the point of booking. A children's menu is available.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing an Anilana deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,650

Holiday Code EXH1892

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 Anilana Nilaveli, Trincomalee

About North and north east

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the north region of Sri Lanka allows travellers to explore a less popular region of the beautiful and diverse country. Strewn with Hindu temples and colonial gems, with long white beaches, mangrove lagoons and spectacular snorkelling, Sri Lanka’s far north and eastern coast has been denied to tourists by years of unrest, but with peace restored and hotels reopening, the region now welcomes visitors with a warmth and enthusiasm kindled by decades of isolation. We are thrilled to be adding this fabulous region to our Sri Lanka programme. Marooned at the very northern tip of Sri Lanka on a peninsula that reaches out both physically and culturally towards India’s Tamil south only 50-odd miles across the Palk Strait, Jaffna is the capital of the north, bustling again after years of reluctant quiet. An utterly intriguing city, Jaffna is littered with intriguing glimpses of its turbulent past, a place where Anglican churches and cathedrals all but rub shoulders with Hindu temples and mosques. Bursting with colour, the city centre has recaptured its joyous buzz, with the cricket games played on dusty maidens and the roadside market stalls groaning beneath towers of mangoes emblematic of the city’s rebirth. Down the east coast, Trincomalee, or Trinco as it is affectionately known in these parts, is a pretty harbour town still echoing a thriving colonial past. Increasingly known as a whale-watching and diving destination, sperm and blue whales come into the bay through deep underwater canyons, Trinco is also the gateway to a string of spectacular, palm-fringed beaches to its south. Of these, the remarkably undeveloped but achingly beautiful Passikudah is perhaps our favourite, and lying only 40 miles east of Polonnaruwa, it offers a stunning beach-extension to Sri Lanka’s magnificent Cultural Triangle.

Highlights of the north east region of Sri Lanka

The capital city of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, Jaffna, is quietly re-emerging from its imposed civil-war stance as hub of the Tamil rebellion. Although visual scars of the fighting still remain, there are a number of treasures to seek out, not least the lively bazaar where gold and beautiful Indian saris make for a perfect purchase. Once home to many rare and historical manuscripts relating to the history of ancient Sri Lanka, the Jaffna Library was ravaged by fire in the 1980s at the height of the unrest, with many ancient books subsequently lost ad infinitum. Reopened in 2003, the library is today watched over by Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning. One of the first parts of the islands conquered by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials, Jaffna Fort was built in 1618 by the Portuguese. Extended by the Dutch in the late 18th century to facilitate trading, the fort has until recent times been the battleground between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan army. Homages to the breadth of religious persuasion in Jaffna are in evidence at every turn, from the architectural Italianate beauty of Anglican St James’ Church and the quirkily colourful Jummah Mosque to the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, one of the most impressive and significant Hindu Temples on the peninsula, dedicated to Lord Muruga. The Jaffna Peninsula Connected to mainland Sri Lanka by a narrow stretch of land occupied by the Chundikkulam Bird Sanctuary and the Elephant Pass causeway, this low-lying peninsula, much of it covered in shallow lagoons, is renowned for its intensive agricultural programme – mangoes, potatoes, onions, chillies and millet are its principal crops – and palmyrah trees, a taller and rather starker version of the southern coconut palm, derived from which is toddy, the local brew. The peninsula boasts a number of authentic and unspoilt beaches which are quieter and significantly less touristy than those further south. The kaleidoscopic Nagapoosani Temple and its imposing five-headed cobra is a must-see, with Hindu worshippers flocking to this ancient shrine built by the ancient Naga peoples of Sri Lanka, worshippers of the snake god. North of Jaffna meanwhile, about halfway to Kankesanturai, you’ll encounter 100 miniature dagobas, dome-shaped shrines said to contain the relics of Buddha and Buddhist saints and thought to be over 2000 years old.

The islands west of Jaffna

Of the many islands lying off the west coast of Jaffna, a number are worth singling out for their beauty and cultural treasures. Three of the major islands – Kayts, Karaitivu, where you’ll find Casuarina Beach, the finest on the peninsula, and Punkudutivu – are joined to the Jaffna peninsula by causeway, with the outlying islands accessible by boat. As the infrastructure in this part of the island develops, be prepared for a rather adventurous journey of discovery. Nainativu (Haarlem) is renowned as a pilgrimage destination largely due to its ancient Buddhist connections, the brilliant white Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya acting as the focal point for those seeking to pay respectful homage. The island also has a strong Hindu presence and its riotously colourful temple complex of Sri Naga Pooshani Amman Kovil is a sight to behold, the architectural detail simply breathtaking. Named after the Dutch town of the same name, Delft (Neduntivu) is an island of windswept beauty where remnants of Portuguese and Dutch influence remain, wild ponies roam and the architecture comprises huge chunks of coral sourced directly from the land. To the west of the island are the remains of a thousand-year-old ancient temple from the Chola dynasty, whilst the garrison fort attracts interest for its geological composition and history. Affectionately known as ‘Trinco’, Trincomalee is a deep-water port, described by Nelson as one of the finest in the world, and has been the target of many a colonial battle in its long history. The city itself is a melting pot of Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim cultures and a few hours can easily be passed exploring the main sights including the thriving market, Fort Frederick, dating back to the 16th century, and Swarmi Rock, better known as Lover’s Leap following the legendary tale of a jilted lover throwing herself to a watery grave. Here you’ll find the revered Koneswaram Kovilis temple, a pilgrimage site for many who ward away evil spirits by smashing coconuts. Outside the city, you’ll find the legendary hot springs of Kanniya, known for their therapeutic properties and believed to have been created by the god, Vishnu, the ancient Velgam Vehera temple dating back to 2 A.D and the Thiriyai Vata-de-ge monument, carved with Bhyana Buddhas and Bodhisattva images. Whale watching for blue whale is also a popular east-coast attraction from May to October. Beaches of the east coast Acclaimed as the finest stretch of coastline on Sri Lanka’s eastern shores, Nilaveli Beach stretches 15km from Uppuveli, 5km from Trincomalee, all the way up to Nilaveli itself. Boasting white sands and crystal-clear waters, it naturally acts as a honeypot for sun worshippers far and wide. Pigeon Island National Park lies just 2km off the coast and is renowned as one of Sri Lanka’s best marine reserves and ecosystems (visits only possible between the months of May to October). Further south, unspoilt Passikudah Beach is protected from the ocean in its own tranquil bay and provides a picture-postcard image of heaven on earth, its shallow shoreline the perfect spot for a leisurely meander, its coral-rich waters popular for diving.

Climate of the north east region

Outside of the northeast monsoon season (December to March, but the wettest months being October to January) which accounts for more than 90% of the annual rainfall, the Northern and Eastern Provinces tend to offer a dry heat throughout the rest of the year ranging from 26° C to 33° C.

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