26/05/17 - Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa
Approximately 230 kilometres south of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, Hambantota borders the sacred city of Kataragama and Udawalawe National Park, and extends along the southern coast. Formerly known as Magampura, the city played a vital role in building the nation and nurturing its Buddhist culture until its devastation by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It was home to the previous President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, after whom the local airport is named.
Hambantota is known for its natural beauty and wildlife, allowing visitors to explore Asia's most fascinating nature sanctuaries like the Yala and Bundala National Parks, which are home to some of the world's most captivating wildlife and exotic birds - including the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. The island nation boasts a colourful heritage, and its southern coast caters to leisurely exploration with historic temples, quaint fishing villages and secluded beaches.
Hambantota is a one-of-a-kind town that allows visitors to experience natural beauty and wildlife, historic colonial architecture, expansive salt flats and heritage sites.
Shangri-La's premier 18-hole golf course is the only one of its kind in the country. Set amid a vast coconut palm plantation, it offers spectacular views and distinctive challenges for both casual and seasoned players.
The beautifully landscaped par-70 course, designed by Rodney Wright, takes you on a memorable golf experience through three landscaped zones, each with its own unique character:
- The Coconut Plantation, offering lush fairways and challenging bunkers
- The Dune Area, with its subtle elevation changes gives you breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean
- The Sapphire Mine, showcasing generous greens with an abundance of water features
CHI, The Spa, at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend; a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Guests can enjoy a bespoke wellness experience and can harness the benefits of 100 percent natural products, through private consultations with nutritionists and Ayurvedic doctors.
The only resort with its own artisan village, providing a first-hand window into the local culture. The village enables guests to learn about the artistry of rural craftsmen that keep the traditions of Sri Lanka alive. Five traditional studio huts house artisan weavers, sculptors, painters and potters. Their hand-crafted creations are available for purchase in the village to support the artists. In the evening, The Village is transformed to stage scheduled dance, music and Angampora - Sri Lanka's indigenous martial art -performances amid servings of local cuisine and refreshments.