Condé Nast Traveler has announced its 2017 Hot List citing 75 properties all around the world. This of course includes 4 Sri Lankan resorts as well. For those of you who don’t know, Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine published by American mass media company, Condé Nast. Every year, the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List recognise the best properties around the world and is considered to be one of the most well regarded recognitions in the industry. This year, approximately 675 entries aimed at making to the list. Ultimately it came down to the best 75. In the list 9 Asian properties were cited, out of which 4 of them were Sri Lankan. Not bad for a small Island.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Anantara is no stranger to accolades. The resort claims ownership to 3 other international awards in the recent past. These include,
- Being among the awardees at Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016
- Named on DestinAsian magazine’s 2016 Luxe List
- Awarded by Wine Spectator in 2016 for its Il Mare restaurant.
Located in the Southern part of Sri Lanka, the Anantara Peace Haven Resort in Tangalle is one of the many prime resorts that the luxury hospitality brand boasts. If you ever decide to make a visit, you’ll find the resort set on a secluded stretch of the beach amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation. Its unique location provides guests with exquisite experiences such as dining by the cliff side or enjoying the colonial tradition of high tea. Perhaps you’re more of a gourmet Italian dining kind of person. Either way, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort will be sure to make your adventure memorable.
Next on the list is Chena Huts by Uga Escapes. The resort lies along Sri Lanka’s second largest natural reserve, Yala. For those of you not in the know, Yala is home to a plethora of flora as well as fauna, out of which some are even endemic. Taking up from the traditional old days, the luxury resort follows the Chena Huts theme all throughout the residence. Hence the name.
Apart from the usual luxuries of a hotel, Chena Huts offer quite the bit of scenery and unique experiences. An observant eye would spot elephants wander from the jungle nearby, to play in the surf. The resort resides besides a beach, one where sea turtles come visit to lay eggs under the moonlight. On a good day, you could even see a few leopards, spotted deer, crocodiles and the likes.
KK Beach is somewhat of a new entrant onto the whole hotel business. But has successfully managed to be among the top hotel destinations in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Hot List. Kicking things off back in December 2016, KK Beach is a six suite luxury boutique hotel located in Habaraduwa, Galle. The property is managed by the same people from Kahanda Kanda, also situated in Galle.
Visitors to KK Beach would have the opportunity to engage in activities such as swimming, cookery classes and even yoga. The close proximity to the beach is ideal for those who are fond of snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, deep sea fishing, etc. Speaking of sea fishing, if you’re a fan of seafoood then do try visiting KK Beach on a Monday or a Friday. Why? 2 words. Seafood BBQ.
Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
The final Sri Lankan entrant on the list is Santani Wellness Resort & Spa. As you might have guessed, this is not your usual luxury boutique hotel. Located in Werapitiya, Kandy, Santani claims that its property is the first and only purpose-built wellness resort in Sri Lanka.
Being a guest at Santani, there’s no shortage of walking space. In fact, the resort boasts 49 acres of tropical jungle and fertile rice fields. However, Santani makes one request from its visitors, that guests be digital-free when you dine and spa here. Almost all of the shared spaces are Wi-Fi free (except their media room). So if you’re someone who lives and breathes on the internet, then maybe Santani may not be the best place for you.
Exciting Times Ahead For Lankan Hotels?
Sri Lanka is no stranger to hospitality, particularly when it comes to the tourism & hotel industry. In fact, a few months back Vogue even named Sri Lanka as one of the best places to visit in 2017. Now, with luxury travel magazines like Condé Nast citing Sri Lankan hotels as being among the best in the world, things could only get better. No doubt we’re definitely in for more exciting times ahead for the industry.
In case if you were curious, here’s the full Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Hot List.
|11 Howard||USA||New York (city)|
|Ace Hotel New Orleans||USA||Louisiana|
|Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort||Middle East||Oman|
|Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort||Asia||Sri Lanka|
|Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa||USA||Arizona|
|andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge||Africa||Zimbabwe|
|Atemporal-Hotelito in Lima||South America||Peru|
|Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay||Africa||Morocco|
|Brentwood||USA||New York (state)|
|Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch||USA||New Mexico|
|Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa||USA||California|
|Chena Huts||Asia||Sri Lanka|
|Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island||Middle East||UAE|
|Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto||Asia||Japan|
|Four Seasons Resort Lanai||USA||Hawaii|
|Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah||Indian Ocean||Maldives|
|Helena Bay Lodge||Australia/Pacific||New Zealand|
|Hotel Saint George||USA||Texas|
|Hotel William Gray||Canada||Montreal|
|Il Sereno Hotel||Europe||Italy|
|Jumeira al Naseem||Middle East||UAE|
|Killiehuntley Farmhouse & Cottage||Europe||Scotland|
|KK Beach||Asia||Sri Lanka|
|Le Barthélemy Hotel||Caribbean/Atlantic||St. Barts|
|Roch Hôtel & Spa||Europe||France (Paris)|
|Le Saint||Europe||France (Paris)|
|Hotel Le Toiny||Caribbean/Atlantic||St. Barts|
|Leeu Estates||Africa||South Africa|
|Malibu Beach Inn||USA||California|
|Mar Adentro||Mexico||Cabo San Lucas|
|Masseria La Carube||Europe||Italy|
|Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat||Central America||Nicaragua|
|Nolinski Paris||Europe||France (Paris)|
|Hôtel Panache||Europe||France (Paris)|
|The Peninsula Chicago||USA||Illinois|
|The PIG at Combe||Europe||England|
|Ritz Paris||Europe||France (Paris)|
|Hôtel Saint-Marc||Europe||France (Paris)|
|Santani Wellness Resort & Spa||Asia||Sri Lanka|
|Scribner’s Catskill Lodge||USA||New York (state)|
|Six Senses Zil Payson||Indian Ocean||Seychelles|
|Sofitel Tamouda Bay Beach and Spa||Africa||Morocco|
|Soho House Barcelona||Europe||Spain|
|The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort||Indian Ocean||Maldives|
|Taylor River Lodge||USA||Colorado|
|The Beekman||USA||New York (city)|
|The Dewberry||USA||South Carolina|
|The Other Side||Caribbean/Atlantic||Bahamas|
|The Shore Club Turks and Caicos||Caribbean/Atlantic||Turks and Caicos|
|Timber Cove Resort||USA||Sonoma (coast)|
|Villa La Coste||Europe||France (Provence)|
|Villa Marie Saint-Barth||Caribbean/Atlantic||St. Barts|
|Zemi Beach House||Caribbean/Atlantic||Anguilla|