Boasting eight world-class UNESCO heritage sites, including the imperious Sigiriya rock standing 370m tall, the fortified city of Galle, and the virgin Sinharaja Rainforest, halal-friendly Sri Lanka is so much more than a beach and flop destination. What many people tend to forget about Sri Lanka is that it overflows with excursions, sites, and activities to enjoy. Despite being a small country tucked away in the south of India, Sri Lanka is perfect for wildlife experiences, crystal clear beaches, amazing national parks, and Muslim travellers due to its significant Muslim population.
Sri Lanka is a one-of-a-kind halal-friendly destination. The amount of days out you can enjoy exploring and discovering the country’s many beauties is limitless, while days in can be just as adventurous when you’re staying at the 5* Shangri La Hambantota. Newly opened in June 2016, Shangri La Hambantota welcomes guests to enjoy pure luxury in the latest addition to their hotel offering. The hotel resort is situated in Hambantota, a part of Sri Lanka known for its natural beauty and wildlife.
Shangri La Hambantota covers over 53 hectares of ground wherein you’ll find 300 spacious rooms including 21 suites, all surrounded by luscious tropical gardens that will take your breath away. Apart from luxury spacious rooms that have been carefully designed to mix the modern-day lifestyle with Sri Lanka’s beautiful culture, the resort also offers an 18-hole golf course, an artisan village that celebrates local arts and crafts, and other various activities such as water sports, excursions, day trips, and visiting national parks. Enjoy the very best of Sri Lanka by staying at the Shangri-La Hambantota, a truly mesmerizing resort with so much to offer so nearby.
Another stunning holiday getaway Sri Lanka has to offer is the Anantara Kalutara. The branch of Anantara hotels and resorts is known for providing top-class accommodation and services. Recently opening a new branch in sunny Sri Lanka, Anantara Kalutara has opened its doors to another luxurious resort. Situated on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, yet only an hour away from the vibrant capital, Anantara Kalutara Resort is a heavenly gateway waiting to offer guests the best of both worlds. The resort offers luxurious accommodations among the luscious wild nature and rich culture Sri Lanka proudly boasts.
Embark on a paradise getaway with the resort’s stunning scenery of the Indian Ocean and the Kalu Ganga River. A private river and lagoon frontage also await guests looking to sit back, relax and inhale the fresh Sri Lankan air. Anantara Kalutara provides 141 luxury rooms, suites, and pool villas. Being a newly open resort, you can only imagine how spectacular this halal holiday getaway is going to be. Complete with 2 outdoor swimming pools, a watersports centre, a variety of delicious restaurants and cuisines to satisfy your cravings, and a kids and teens centre to keep the younger ones occupied, Anantara isn’t just a holiday resort for couples, but it’s the perfect for families too.
Best for halal dining
Shangri-La Hambantota – Spanning 58 hectares, this is the largest resort in Sri Lanka and the only one which has a golf course. The dining experience here is unparalleled and ideal for those who are looking for halal-friendly dishes. From offering the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to letting you enjoy the exciting flavours of the hawker stalls, the food experience is divine here.
Best for Private Pools
Anantara Kalutara – Located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, this is a secluded resort with an awesome view of the beach. It is an ideal place for Muslim travellers as they get enough privacy to have their leisure time. Anantara Kalutara ensures that you have an unforgettable stay in Sri Lanka by providing you with the best food, views, and activities.
Best for Muslim Honeymooners
Anantara Tangalle – The Anantara Tangalle resort is located on the southern coast of the country near the old fort town of Tangalle. You might be away from the glory of a big city, but the serene and peaceful environment will give you the best honeymoon experience. You can also explore the rain forests, fishing ports, and pilgrimage sites nearby.
Best for Muslim Families
Avani Bentota – When you’re travelling with family, you need some attention-grabbing activity options to make the most of your time. Guests can indulge in the best water sports by visiting the nearby water centre, where they can find wakeboarding, windsurfing, and water skiing facilities. The indoor games include darts, pool games, and the local-favourite carom.