Avani Resort & Spa, Bentota
The Avani at Bentota is one of Sri Lanka’s best-known spa resorts, mixing beach-party hedonism with the colonial heritage of nearby Galle Fort, romance, ayurvedic wellness massages and all the goodness of nature.
It is also a prime destination for 100-seat business meetings, forums and conference get-togethers, with a dedicated event planner to make sure everything runs smoothly.
But for many, it is all about saying ‘I do’ in a blissful beach-wedding setting with the kind of built-in honeymoon that makes for lifetime memories and a once-in-a-lifetime ‘happy ever after’ photo album.
The all-important vacation cuisine is taken care of in a choice of restaurants, as well as specialty dining under the stars with the Indian Ocean’s whispering surf just yards away.
Meanwhile, for you active types out there, adrenaline-filled water sports on Bentota’s clear, calm waters—snorkeling, jet-skiing, waterskiing windsurfing—and cruising mangrove-fringed waterways are guaranteed to happily fill time before the partying begins!
Later, after all the overindulgence and succumbing to the temptations of Paradise, what better than retiring to the relaxed and pampering embrace of Avani’s health-and-wellness spa.
Earth, water, fire and air
Billed as “a contemporary retreat for blissful moments … inspiration from the elements – earth, water, fire and air – to get away from it all”, ever-popular ayurvedic massages.
“Be inspired by the goodness of nature, enjoying the energising properties of ginger and soothing milk baths … give skin a treat after sunbathing on our Paradise beach”.
“If you’re here to forget work and the daily grind, we’ve got great treatments to de-stress, re-energise and totally unwind.”
A real treat is the opportunity to explore Lunuganga Estate, the nearby country home of Sri Lanka’s famed architect Geoffrey Bawa, renowned as the father of tropical architecture.
More unique experiences await: the Dutch Fort in Galle, a beautifully restored period walled city; the charming Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; and of course, whale-watching from specially adapted viewing boats.
Check out the Avani website here.