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Anilana Nilaveli

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  • About this holiday

    The Anilana Nilaveli near Trincomalee is a welcome addition to touring holidays that pass through inland Sri Lanka. Perhaps begin in Colombo, drive through Tea Country, the Cultural Triangle, and towards the coast, spending a few nights at this idyllic seaside resort before venturing on. Spa facilities, gourmet food, the proximity of fishing villages and one of the best beaches on the island, and the seclusion of two swimming pools come together to create an unforgettable and utterly relaxing holiday destination.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Wifi

    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,450 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1892

    Our opinion

    The Anilana Nilaveli offers luxury beach- and poolside relaxation with individual touches of Sri Lankan flavour and style.

    Hotel description

    The Anilana Nilaveli sits on the north eastern coast of Sri Lanka, just north of Trincomalee. A sheer, contemporary, white-washed façade greets arriving guests and hides from the public eye the two swimming pools, which seem to form a watery promenade down to the sea. The chic lobby is centred around the large map of Sri Lanka printed on the wall behind the reception desk that situates guests immediately within the island’s ancient heritage. Most guestrooms are housed in the main hotel building and have views over the treetops of the golden sand and Indian Ocean beyond; the Pool Chalets are arranged in single storey buildings, each with private entrances, along the poolside. The guestrooms have a fresh red, white, and blue colour scheme, with dark marble floors in the higher category rooms that add to the overall feel of luxury and quality. Dark wood bed frames and sumptuous fabrics add a very typically Sri Lankan feel, as do the map murals on the walls. Rooms on the corner of the main hotel building have two walls of tall windows, white-paned with white curtains, which bring the startling colours of the tropical trees and deep blue horizon inside. Food at the Anilana Nilaveli is equally inspired by the surroundings, and sources its ingredients from many local farms. The Hotel Dining Room, situated beside the lobby, relaxes guests in its casual atmosphere, and serves a range of home-cooked Sri Lankan delicacies that can be enjoyed throughout the day. From lunchtime onwards, the Beach Restaurant serves international cuisine, followed by creative and colourful cocktails that take the edge off the tropical heat. Guests can enjoy the food in the restaurant, beside the bar, on the beach-view veranda, or on one of the day beds beside the pool. The effect is one of total relaxation and immersion in the waterside location. Other dining options include the Grill Room, overseen by the hotel’s Executive Chef, the lobby bar, and the stunning Rooftop. Refreshing small plates of Mediterranean flavours can be enjoyed in the spa, which also offers a range of traditional wellbeing treatments. The Anilana Nilaveli prides itself on the fresh, fragrant food that it serves, and the ways in which this reflects the breath-taking location. Hotel staff are always on-hand to help advise on and organise your exploration of the Sri Lankan coast and waters. Scuba diving, snorkelling, and sailing trips can all be arranged from the nearby fishing ports, encouraging guests to enjoy the benefits of the gently rolling waves and the myriad of ecosystems that exist in the coral reefs and sandy beds below the water’s surface. The Anilana Nilaveli is an attractive luxury resort near Trincomalee that is perfectly suited to two or three night stops spent enjoying the sun, sea, and sand of Sri Lanka.

    Location

    In Nilaveli, north of Trincomalee, on the north eastern coast of Sri Lanka.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    154 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    54 rooms with king size beds, private balconies, locally commissioned artwork, air-conditioning, flat screen cable television, safe, personal bar, and tea and coffee making facilities.
    Anilana Deluxe
    Pool Chalets, right beside the pool
    Nilaveli Studio
    Anilana Studio
    Anilana Lux Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Hotel Dining Room, Beach Restaurant, Grill Room, Lobby Bar, Rooftop Bar, Spa and Spa Restaurant, two swimming pools, veranda, and personalised cookery lessons with the Anilana’s chefs.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The area around Nilaveli is ripe for water sports and beachside relaxation. Many activities can be organised through the hotel, such as whale- and dolphin-watching boat trips, which are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For a taste of cultural Sri Lanka, travel into nearby Trincomalee. Many religious sites, including the Mahayana Temple (said to have been built by King Mahasena on top of a destroyed Sivan Temple), are open to visitors. Dotted around the streets are the remaining colonial palaces of the Portuguese, the French, the Dutch, and the English. The Trincomalee natural harbour is a very picturesque and peaceful place to spend a few hours. Watch the boats, or simply enjoy the atmosphere. The seven hot springs of Kanniya have always been popular with visitors to the region, and remain one of the most unique attractions in Trincomalee. Perhaps also visit the rock temples at Dambulla, or the ruined medieval city of Polonnaruwa.

    Sports nearby

    Snorkelling, scuba diving, water-skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, whale- and dolphin-watching, banana boat rides, hobby cat sailing, and speed boat rides.

    Children

    Interconnecting rooms can be arranged at point of booking. A children’s menu is available.

    Minimum stays

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