Conde Nast Hot List 2017 | Anantara

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.
Anantara| Condé Nast | Hot List 2017
(Image Credits: Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort)

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.

Chena Huts

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

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.

KK Beach | Condé Nast | Sri Lanka
(Image Credits: KK Beach)

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.

Santani | Condé Nast | Kandy | Sri Lanka
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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)
28 Kothi Asia India
Ace Hotel New Orleans USA Louisiana
Amanemu Asia Japan
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 Bonay Europe Spain
Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch USA New Mexico
Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa USA California
Chablé Resort Mexico Yucatan
Chena Huts Asia Sri Lanka
EAST Miami USA Florida
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
Greydon House USA Massachusetts
Ha(a)ïtza Europe France
Helena Bay Lodge Australia/Pacific New Zealand
Hoshinoya Tokyo Asia Japan
Hotel Saint George USA Texas
Hotel William Gray Canada Montreal
Il Sereno Hotel Europe Italy
Jumeira al Naseem Middle East UAE
Katamama Indonesia Bali
Killiehuntley Farmhouse & Cottage Europe Scotland
KK Beach Asia Sri Lanka
L’Hotel Africa Marrakech
La Granja Europe Spain
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)
Palazzo Venart Europe Italy
Palé Hall Europe Wales
Hôtel Panache Europe France (Paris)
The Peninsula Chicago USA Illinois
The PIG at Combe Europe England
Villa Pliniana Europe Italy
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)
SingleThread Farm-Restaurant-Inn USA Napa
Sikelia Europe Pantelleria
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
Thanda Island Africa Tanzania
The Beekman USA New York (city)
The Dewberry USA South Carolina
The Highlands Africa Tanzania
The Other Side Caribbean/Atlantic Bahamas
The Robey USA Illinois
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos Caribbean/Atlantic Turks and Caicos
Thompson Nashville USA Tennessee
Thompson Seattle USA Washington
Timber Cove Resort USA Sonoma (coast)
Villa La Coste Europe France (Provence)
Villa Mahabhirom Asia Thailand
Villa Marie Saint-Barth Caribbean/Atlantic St. Barts
Zemi Beach House Caribbean/Atlantic Anguilla




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