Shangri-La Opens First Sri Lankan Resort

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has expanded its portfolio of luxury properties to Sri Lanka with the opening of a 300-room beachfront resort in the southern city of Hambantota.

Nestled on a 145-acre former coconut plantation, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa is an oasis of luxury framed by swaying coconut trees and the waters of the mighty Indian Ocean. The resort can be reached by air from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport and a short drive from Hambantota’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, or by road via a 240-kilometer coastal highway from the capital.

Beginning at 48 square metres, the guestrooms and suites feature a luxury tropical decor with louvered shutters and polished wooden floors that lead to balconies overlooking ocean vistas and lush gardens where peacocks roam freely. Handwoven rugs and ocean blue-coloured panels complement the modern luxury style, with the brand’s signature bedding, spacious bathrooms accessorised with stone-clad bathtubs and rainforest showers, as well as modern conveniences including a flatscreen television and Wi-Fi.

A selection of 4 restaurants and bars allow guests to experience a culinary adventure without venturing off property. Bojunhala serves a mouthwatering international buffet and Sri Lankan specialities, with guests invited to learn signature dishes such as ‘Mud Crab Jaffna Curry’. Inspired by the hawker stalls of Southeast Asia, Sera offers flavourful cuisines from the streets of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and China. Ulpatha or ‘Watering Hole’ is perfect for unwinding over a selection of malt whiskies, while Gimanhala prepares fresh drinks after morning yoga, all day refreshments and cocktails by candlelight.

Pleasant temperatures most months of the year make it ideal for guests to indulge in the resort’s many recreational pursuits. Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa features 3 saltwater swimming pools (including the Sunset pool and a freeform pool that blends with the resort’s scenic landscape), while golfers can expect to be challenged on the par-70 course at Shangri-La’s Golf and Country Club designed by Rodney Wright.

Spa enthusiasts can indulge in Ayurvedic treatments using 100% organic herbs and natural products at Chi, The Spa, enhanced by an onsite Health Club offering state-of-the-art fitness facilities, yoga classes and stretching, while activities including beach volleyball, mountain biking and jogging are available along lush nature trails.

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa is the first of two Shangri-La hotels in Sri Lanka and will be followed by the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, slated to open next year. The group operates 2 other resorts in the Indian Ocean – Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa Mauritius and Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives.

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