Our 5-day stay at Anilana was the highlight of our Sri Lanka trip. Hotel management was friendly and helpful from the moment we pulled up. We enjoyed the 'newness' of this resort but was sad to know that the spa and gym would not be complete until Sept. This left loads of time to enjoy the two pools and a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of beach. We visited off peak so it often seemed we had the entire beach to ourself.
One clear highlight of Anilana is Chef Joe's 'open kitchen'..., an impressively modern setup. After two weeks of consuming full board buffets from around Sri Lanka... Anilana's quality, presentation a
nd personal touches from Chef Joe was a culinary paradise....still remembered and talked about around our dinner table weeks later. Every set menu had a delicious surprise...either a scrumptious appetizer, innovative soup or selection of hearty mains. The kitchen's ability to cater / appeal to our teenager and two pre-teen's appetites was amazing. Imagine our twelve year old asking for seconds (and thirds) of the cucumber soup with drops of chili oil. Waiting staff are clearly being trained, with uneven but promising results so far. Clearly this will be a notable kitchen in SL when all this investment and attention has time to mature.
We highly recommend the pool chalets given their well designed open air bathrooms (useful for drying your swim gear). Our last day in Anilana started with a 5:40am sunrise and ended with a personal tour of the kitchen. We will be back...to enjoy Anilana again....with the spa next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Open land of the Moonshine, also known as Nilaveli. Located in one of the best beaches in the world, Our sophisticated and serene guests rooms feature colonial artifacts, white granite baths and candlelit corridors. Our tropical landscaped gardens feature 2 large swimming pools – each pool 21 meters in length, leading and directing you toward a tranquil beach with clear blue skies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anilana Nilaveli Sri Lanka