Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka

by Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mr Duminda Boteju is the Chief Concierge from Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, 195-kilometres from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Duminda’s professionalism has earned him the highly-respected ‘Les Clefs D’Or’ certification. The resort, which is on the southern-Sri Lankan coast, has a focus on wellness. There are healthy cuisine options (e.g., raw juices, etc.) in the six dining venues, as well as beach yoga, tai chi, meditation, and Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments. The luxurious villas are designed to reflect Sri Lanka’s elegant cultural beauty and each villa has its own plunge pool, and bicycles with which to explore the local area. Let’s join Duminda as he shares his vast knowledge about the region and his beautiful hotel… 

Mr Duminda Boteju, Chief Concierge, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka.

Most popular request…

It definitely would be to place a booking at our Italian restaurant, Il Mare. Perched on an ocean cliff, Il Mare features an elegant dining room and spacious outdoor deck. The panoramic ocean view reveals a captivating scene of swaying coconut palms and waves crashing against rocks, and is extreme popular with our in-house guests but as well day visitors.

Favorite locale when enjoying a day off…

My favourite local “restaurant” is Pedlar’s Inn – a small café/restaurant in Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colonial era can be easily relived in this Portuguese and Dutch fort. Galle offers a charming enclave of boutiques, museums, modern bistros and bars. The Pedlar’s Inn has an interesting menu with signature coffees, sandwiches, wraps and fusion food. The staff are very helpful and attentive.

Best coffee… 

The cappuccino in Pedlar’s Inn. A must-try…

Where we must go for lunch…

I would suggest our beachside restaurant Verele in our resort, which showcases the acrobatic showmanship of skilled Teppanyaki chefs with a touch of Sri Lankan flair. A selection of Asian hot pots are accompanied by a menu of seafood appetisers, Chinese dumplings, and exotic mains including BBQ swordfish filet with banana salsa, ginger lamb chops with sarana garlic yoghurt and banana blossom; seafood and meat bamboo skewers, grilled table-side; and curries from the island of Thambaphanni.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…

Try one of the Signature spa experiences at our Anantara Spa. Indulge in our Signature Ceylon Retreat, starting with a refreshing Black Tea & Lime Foot Scrub, a purifying and exfoliating Green Tea & Salt Scrub to prepare skin for a rehydrating and nourishing Coconut Body Wrap, followed by an Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage to enhance vital energy flow. The experience concludes with a bespoke facial tailored to each guest’s skin type and individual needs.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving…

A must-do would be the Mulkirigala Rock Temple tour. This famous ancient monastery, which still functions to this day, is situated on a 210-metre-high rocky hillock a few minutes inland of Tangalle. A historian’s treasure trove: This tour includes ancient caves with painted murals and statues, all with a story to tell.

What he loves about his hotel…

The unique, local and authentic experiences which our guests can immerse themselves in. For example, the resort has its own ‘coconut guru’. While lounging at the double-levelled pool, guests are very likely to meet this elderly but very fit and agile man, employed for the sole purpose of climbing the palm trees of the 21-acre gardens to harvest the king coconuts. During his daily routine he quickly climbs the palm tree, hand picks the ripe coconuts, opens it with his machete and offers it straight to guests.

Anything else we should know about when visiting…

All you need is a bathing suit and plenty of sunblock. Be sure to bring along more modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for visits to temples and other historical sites.

 

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