The New York Post, the Big Apple’s premier popular daily newspaper, says it all: “With sea-foam waves crashing nearby and coconut palms towering above, I had a revelation … I wanted to get everyone a flight to Sri Lanka’s south coast.”

The writer was touring the south coast, which “has seen the arrival of a slew of new hotels, both boutique and big-name, that help holidaymakers immerse themselves in the cultural wonders of the tear-drop-shaped island’s coastal reaches”.

After luxuriating at the Fort Bazaar hotel in Galle and enjoying the “gyp-set vibe” at the holistic wellness retreat Tri Lanka, it was on to the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort (pictured), where “I felt like Don Draper in the final episode of ‘Mad Men,’ getting my ‘om’ on while meditating atop an oceanside perch at sunrise”.

“Even at this full-service, fully luxe resort—the first of its kind not just on the southern coast but in the entire country—cultural immersion proved key, with Anantara making a point to bring guests on guided visits to local fish and fruit markets.

“Another excursion was to the nearby Mulkirigala Rock Temple, whose vertiginous steps I climbed to see white-domed Buddhist stupas and vibrantly frescoed, cave-like shrines.

“But some of my favorite moments came during al fresco dinners, when water buffalo and wild boar grazed by us on the beach, steps from Chena’s deck, as the sea crested its white-capped waves behind them, their recurring rhythm like a mantra.”

Read the full report here.

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