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17/11/16 - Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Outdoor activities in Sri Lanka

With pleasant temperatures most months of the year, outdoor experiences along nature trails are ideal as is taking up one of the resort's many recreational pursuits, including beach volleyball, mountain biking and jogging. Enhancing the already extensive list of resort activities is an on-site Health Club offering state-of-the-art fitness facilities, yoga classes and stretching.

The sun-drenched setting of Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa encourages guests to bask by one of three salt-water swimming pools, including the Sunset pool and a freeform pool, that blend with the resort's scenic landscape of flora and leafy surrounds.

Golfers can expect to be challenged on the par-70 course at Shangri-La's Golf and Country Club. The resort is the first in Sri Lanka to have its own golf course. Designed by Rodney Wright, it encompasses a revitalized former sapphire mine. Players encounter three zones that present infinity ocean views, wide fairways and testing water and bunker features. Lush vegetation and birdlife can be seen along the 5,584-metre long course of salt-tolerant grass.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa is the first of two Shangri-La hotels in Sri Lanka with the second hotel - Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo - slated to open next year. The group operates two other resorts in the Indian Ocean - Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius and Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.