Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:01
Anantaya Resort & Spa, the luxury resort owned by LAUGFS Leisure a subsidiary of LAUGFS Holdings, ceremoniously opened its doors to guests on Saturday with the promise of an exhilarating and enriching holiday experience on the pristine North Western coast.
Anantaya is a mere 20 minute drive away from the city of Chilaw on the A3 highway. It lies perfectly positioned to capture the beauty of its surroundings, cocooned by a golden sandy beach and a mangrove filled lagoon. Anantaya is the only property in the area, ensuring guests exclusive use of the secluded, immaculate beach.
The spacious interior of Anantaya is an extension of its surroundings, with 87 spacious guest rooms replete with fine woodwork offering a breathtaking dual view of the ocean and lagoon. Architectural excellence allows cool sea breeze to ventilate the inner recesses of the resort creating an authentic seafront atmosphere. The unique view from each room also brings to life the concept of ‘ananthaya,’ the Sinhalese term for “infinity,” giving guests a visual and physical experience of utter bliss.
Vast, immaculate lawns punctuated by palm trees lead to the beach and are ideal for a relaxing stroll. The resort has two masterfully constructed swimming pools, the length and depth of which are in keeping with the resort’s central theme of an unsurpassed experience.
Anantaya prioritises the food and beverage experience offering three different dining areas. The main restaurant, which is open on all sides, creates a soothing atmosphere with a mesmerizing ocean view while the fine dining restaurant offers the finest in food, service and atmosphere for the discerning traveller. Guests have the option of relaxing by the poolside which is complemented by a well-stocked bar and action stations for snacks and cocktails.
Imaginative beverage menus with a wide range of fresh juices and an eclectic mix of cocktails are available at Anantaya. A notable aspect of the customer-centricity of the resort is that guests are encouraged to visit the resort’s wine cellar, which stocks organic wine, to handpick a wine of their preference.
Anantaya also caters to the requirements of the corporate world and offers a one-of-a-kind setting for corporate events including a spacious conference hall that can accommodate 200 guests and a mini conference hall for 50 to 100 guests. Many leisure travellers will also find Anantaya to be the ideal location for a romantic, Sri Lankan style destination wedding.
Anantaya has utilised the natural beauty of its environment to promote the physical and spiritual wellbeing of its guests. As a luxury resort, Anantaya goes beyond in terms of facilities and its service offering. The well trained staff is discreetly hands-on while recreational facilities include beach volleyball, deep sea fishing and catamaran rides in the lagoon. The luxurious spa offers an indulgent range of blissful treatments including aromatherapy, yoga and meditation, by qualified professionals.
Anantaya is located in close proximity to several tourist attractions. Situated en route to the Cultural Triangle, Anantaya is a mere four km away from the Anavilundawa bird sanctuary, one of Sri Lanka’s Ramsar wetland sites. With the aim of providing guests a more wholesome experience, the resort also organises excursions to other attractions, notable among which are the largest National Park in Sri Lanka Wilpattu, the dolphin watcher’s paradise Kalpitiya, and the Muthurajawela wetlands, a biologically diverse coastal ecosystem.
The opening of Anantaya marks the entry of diversified conglomerate LAUGFS Holdings Ltd. into the big league of the leisure and tourism industry. The myriad offerings of the property, combined with the business excellence of LAUGFS, are certain to make the resort a preferred option among travellers on the lookout for luxury accommodation.