Financial Times UK
The big hotel openings of 2023
The Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company first ventured into hospitality in 2005 when it launched Resplendent, the company behind Ceylon Tea Trails and Cape Weligama. It’s now created another brand, Reverie, which has three openings in prospect. The first two are on the south coast: Ahu Bay stands on Ahungalla Point between two sandy coves from which it’s safe to swim (not a given in Sri Lanka) and has four ocean-facing suites and three three-bedroom beach villas; while Kayaam House, near Tangalle, has eight rooms and more of an emphasis on yoga, wellness, birdwatching and kayaking, thanks to its proximity to the Rekawa Lagoon. A third property, Kelburne Estate, is expected at the end of the year, a string of cottages amid the tea plantations of Haputale, 1,500 metres up in the southern hill country.
February 1; Ahu from $450; Kayaam from $700 including all meals, a daily spa treatment and yoga.
New hotels to inspire future travels
Sri Lanka is set to welcome a new collection of boutique properties from Reverie – a brand that comes from the team behind the country’s renowned luxury hotel resorts, Resplendent Ceylon. The first two will be located on the golden-sand south coast: Kayaam House in Tangalle and Ahu Bay in Ahungalla. These secluded sanctuaries comprise laid-back beach houses, with accommodation boasting ocean rooms, suites and villas, and a focus on relaxing, restorative experiences. At Ahu Bay, expect beautifully manicured gardens, a spa and an infinity swimming pool, while Kayaam House offers spa therapies based on traditional healing methods and hyper-local ingredients.
Opening February 2023
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