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Il Mare receives third Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in a row


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Il Mare Restaurant at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has been awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence 2018 by Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wines, for its impressive selection of 155 fine wines. 

The Italian fine dining restaurant is the only restaurant in Sri Lanka, which has received this respected award. The award recognises wine lists that offer a well-chosen and interesting assortment of quality wines that are appropriate to the respective cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts. 

“We are extremely proud that Il Mare has been honoured once again with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence,” said Ross Sanders, General Manager of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. “This award is further recognition for Il Mare and we are proud to receive this prestigious accolade for the third year running.”

This is the seventh significant international award that the resort has won on its way to establishing itself as one of the leading luxury properties on the island. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has achieved significant international and local recognition, including in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017, being named on DestinAsian magazine’s 2016 Luxe List and included in the Condé Nast Traveler US’s 2017 Hot List.

Perched on an ocean cliff, the Italian restaurant 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. 

At Il Mare guests can savour authentic Italian cuisine curated by Chef Valentino Chirico and his team. Valentino is a native from North of Italy and loves sourcing the freshest seasonal produce from the resorts own organic garden and the local markets nearby to incorporate into his menus and speciality dishes featuring handmade risotto, pasta and the freshest seafood.Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort offers guests a unique resort experience in Sri Lanka. Located on the island’s southern coastline, the resort is set on a secluded stretch of beach amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation. Each of the 120 guest rooms and 32 private pool villas exude serenity and the spacious interiors blend comfortable luxury with modern amenities. 

From the culinary side, dining experiences offer a stunning cliff edge, shoreline and poolside settings. Unforgettable dining experiences are enjoyed with Sri Lanka’s distinctive flavours and cultural traditions, and also excite discerning palates with refined international tastes and elegant surprises.


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