Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa to open in Sri Lanka
Opening on Sri Lanka’s stunning southern coastline on June 1, 2016,Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa will offer unrivaled amenities and activities and set a new standard for hospitality in the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” Spanning 145 acres, the 300-room beachfront resort will boast lush tropical gardens, an 18-hole golf course, an artisan village and a wide array of innovative dining, event and entertainment options.
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa’s guestrooms include 26 suites with private butler service and range from 48 to 240 square meters (about 517 to 2,583 square feet). The spacious rooms enjoy expansive views of lushly landscaped gardens; calming neutral tones and carved-wood fixtures are accented by sophisticated, cool turquoise hues, fusing together a contemporary yet original Sri-Lankan style. Each luxury hideaway has a secluded balcony or terrace affording a sense of privacy.
The manicured lawns of Shangri-La’s Golf and Country Club and its eco-friendly 18-hole golf course cater to even the most seasoned golf enthusiast. Set amidst a vast coconut palm plantation, the beautifully landscaped par-70 course was designed by Rodney Wright and takes guests on a three-zone golf experience. The Dune Area gives the course breath-taking ocean views, while the Sapphire Mine provides a wide, open space where players must negotiate challenging water features. The resort is the first in Sri Lanka to have its own golf course.
Inspired by Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, the resort’s culinary collection brings a multitude of superior tastes and gastronomic adventures to the table. A talented team of international chefs create a vibrant dining scene, including all-day dining restaurant, Bojun Hala, which boasts a buffet of international and Sri Lankan specialties. Sera, meaning lemongrass, is inspired by the famous hawker-style stalls of Southeast Asia, while the neighboring Beach Grill serves dishes straight from the fire pit and comfort food in an extraordinary setting from old local fishing boats. Giman Hala, which translates as “‘a place to rest”, and The 19th Hole Bar and Lounge both provide a fine selection of refreshments throughout the day.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La is a haven of indulgence. Drawing inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, it is a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Twelve treatment rooms and outdoor pavilions ensure a sense a place, as skillful therapists use the finest techniques to deliver Chinese and Ayurvedic treatments using 100 percent natural products. Rounding out the offerings are a Health Club with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a dive center, 30-meter lap pool, freeform pool, tennis court and retail facilities.