Heritance Ahungalla incorporates signature elements from the distinct 'tropical modernism' of celebrated architect Geoffrey Bawa. An infinity pool and interconnected expanses of water languidly draw the weary traveler into an unapologetic brand of sultry bliss offered by the five-star hotel and its idyllic location on a 15-acre beach-front estate. Transition swiftly from luxury to adventure – Heritance Ahungalla serves as the perfect base to embark on a river safari along the Madu Ganga, plan a day at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery or discover the arts and culture of Sri Lanka's lively coastal towns -from moonstone mines to mask museums.
The hotel has 154 rooms, decorated in contemporary hues and modern accents that create cocoons of luxury. Facilities and activities include a badminton court, water polo, beach volleyball, champagne breakfast and elephant rides. Also on offer are the culinary treats of three restaurants and outdoor venues where meals are served on special occasions.
Located 76 km out of Colombo, the journey to Heritance Ahungalla treats you to glimpses of revered coastal abandon and the makings of an unforgettable holiday.
There are four categories.
Deluxe rooms have a private balcony or terrace, the famed Heritance rain-shower, the option of interconnecting rooms, cable TV, unlimited internet access, IDD phone options, a safe and 24-hour room services. Animal motifs and wooden textures are accented and imbued with russet and golden hues
for a hint of exotic sparsity.
Luxury rooms include the sought-after rain-shower, plus a bathtub and a private balcony overlooking the beach. The rooms have a dynamic navy and beige palette, with fresh cut flowers and a generous layout.
The suites can accommodate a third bed, while the luxury suites offer even more space and elegance with an understated grey, black and white theme.
A notable feature of this 5 star beach resort in Sri Lanka is its multilingual staff - able to communicate and serve you in English, German, Arabic, Sinhalese and Tamil.
The Coco Spa delivers its exceptional spa experience with all-natural treatments blended with essential oils, spices, herbs and flowers. In the capable hands on Balinese therapists, you are invited to succumb to an overwhelming sense of relaxation.
The ingenious infinity pool at Heritance is the brainchild of architect Geoffrey Bawa, conveying the illusion of an endless stream of water that blends into the ocean. The hotel also has a gym - complementary for all guests - with professional trainers available to supervise your workout.
A particularly interesting addition is the hotel's in-house library - it contains an assortment of books and magazines in English, German, French, Russian and Polish, all of which were donated by guests.
Heritance has a green philosophy - a particularly gratifying reflection of the hotel's awareness of current global concerns. Although a sublime getaway for the weary traveler, it remains mindful of conservation. The visionary architecture ensures that no lights are required during daytime - natural light illuminates
the wide open spaces and hallways. The surrounding beaches and ocean remain pristine; waste water is recycled in a state-of-the-art facility with locally sourced labour - assisting in the social and economic development of the community.
The food at Heritance is prepared based on a philosophy - the threefold foundation of taste, presentation and health. A spectrum of offerings include caviar, goose pates and in contrast, traditional rice and wild turkey.
Jute is the main restaurant and buffet, with both eastern and western specialties and a wine list.
Mustard is a coffee shop located near the pool and open 24 hours a day.
Finally, the Upper Room is a fine dining restaurant where meals are lovingly created and customized to suit your palate.
An exhilarating elephant ride by the beach is a treat; perhaps a boat ride on the ocean or safari on the river might be better suited to your brand of fun.
The hotel's nightlife is popular and thus not devoid of locals - adding to the vibrance of this offer to peel yourself off the beach, dress up, dance and