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Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa,

Written by Aksel Ritenis

Shangri-La has expanded its portfolio of luxury hotels to Sri Lanka with the opening of a 300-room beachfront resort.

The Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, located on an 145-acre former coconut plantation on the southern coastline of the country, is nestled beside the Indian Ocean and framed by swaying king coconut trees.

The resort can be reached by air from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport and Hambantota’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, which is 35 kilometres away, or by car via a 240-kilometre coastal road.

“We are excited to unveil the first of two Shangri-La hotels in Sri Lanka and to add a third Indian Ocean resort to the group’s portfolio,” said Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan. “This stunning resort is the perfect backdrop for guests to experience the incredible beauty, culture and warmth of Sri Lanka. We have created a destination within a destination where guests can discover unique experiences and find personal moments of ‘Shangri-La’.”

Overlooking the pristine southern coast of beautiful Sri Lanka, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is located along the ancient Spice Route in a city steeped in rich history. Hambantota is known for its natural beauty and allows visitors to explore Asia’s fascinating nature and wildlife sanctuaries, including the Yala, Udawalawe, Lunugamvehera and Bundala National Parks.

The luxury resort spans 58 hectares, making it the largest resort in Sri Lanka, and boasts 300 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. The beachfront resort is an adventurer’s dream, with a mosaic of activities and unique curated expeditions to help you absorb the diversity of the island at its best.


Sri Lanka’s premier 18-hole golf course

Sri Lanka’s first and only golf resort is set amid a vast coconut palm plantation, offering spectacular views and unique challenges for both casual and seasoned players.

The abundance of nature and wildlife, framed by lakes and the beautiful Indian Ocean, sets the scene for an incredible golfing experience.


(94 47) 788 8888 ext. 6627


6am – 7pm

Golf Course
6.30am – 6.30pm


Sittrakala Watta, Chithragala, Ambalantota, Sri Lanka


Play at the first and only resort golf course in Sri Lanka, for a memorable golfing experience with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Designed by world-renowned golf architect, Rodney Wright, the 18-hole golf course spreads across a vast coconut palm plantation, a sapphire quarry, lakes and sand dunes, offering distinctive challenges for both beginners and seasoned players.



Unparalleled recreational activities, and the comprehensive kids’ club, make this resort the ideal place for a family vacation. Experience the thrills of a 7-metre high trapeze, an outdoor water park and many more fun-filled activities. The resort also offers 3 swimming pools and a health club. If you seek relaxation, Chi Ayurveda Spa is a place of personal peace that offers ancient healing therapies and personalized Ayurveda consultations with our expert doctor.

The unique Artisan Village gives you an opportunity to explore and interact with local artists and craftsmen. The Village is a space dedicated to supporting and preserving the treasures of southern Sri Lanka’s artisan communities, and comes alive with regular traditional dance and music performances in the evening.

Take a gastronomic stroll across our vibrant dining destinations. Indulge in the finest Sri Lankan cuisine at Bojunhala, take in the South East Asian flavours, inspired by the famous hawker stalls, at Sera, enjoy international fare in a lush, green setting, at Ulpatha, the resort’s Golf Club House, and cap off the day with a sundowner at Gimanhala Lounge, offering specially crafted cocktails and magnificent views of the Indian Ocean.

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa features inspired venues for your event – from a magical wedding under swaying palms to a high-powered conference in our ballroom, our team is dedicated to designing the memorable event for you.

We invite you to unlock a world of wonder and discover the true spirit of Sri Lanka at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa.

Beginning at 48 square metres, the guestrooms feature louvered shutters and polished wooden floors that lead to balconies suited for admiring the resort’s lush garden – where peacocks can be spotted roaming the grounds – or ocean vista. Handwoven rugs and ocean blue-coloured panels complement the modern luxury style, and spacious bathrooms are accessorised with stone-clad bathtubs and rain showers.

Each of the 21 suites, ranging in size from 96 to 240 square metres, provides the ultimate in privacy and butler service. Thoughtfully designed with a balcony and oversized rattan furniture to lounge on.

Spa enthusiasts can indulge at Chi, The Spa, where Ayurvedic treatments are delivered using 100% organic herbs and natural products after a personal consultation with the guest.

The sun-drenched setting of Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa encourages guests to bask by one of three salt-water swimming pools, including the Sunset pool and a freeform pool, that blend with the resort’s scenic landscape of flora and leafy surrounds.

Golfers can expect to be challenged on the par-70 course at Shangri-La’s Golf and Country Club when it opens in mid-June. The resort is the first in Sri Lanka to have its own golf course. Designed by Rodney Wright, it encompasses a revitalized former sapphire mine. Players encounter three zones that present infinity ocean views, wide fairways and testing water and bunker features. Lush vegetation and birdlife can be seen along the 5,584-metre long course of salt-tolerant grass. Eco-friendly attributes include the use of degradable organic balls (filled with fish feed) at the driving rage and an irrigation system that harvests and recycles rain water for the course.

With pleasant temperatures most months of the year, outdoor experiences along nature trails are ideal as is taking up one of the resort’s many recreational pursuits, including beach volleyball, mountain biking and jogging.

Enhancing the already extensive list of resort activities is an on-site Health Club offering state-of-the-art fitness facilities, yoga classes and stretching.

Young guests, from four to twelve years of age can make use of the resort’s ‘Cool Zone’, which is dedicated to fun and educational supervised activities.

A selection of four restaurants and bars allow guests to experience a culinary adventure without venturing off property. Among the offerings are Bojunhala for international buffet and Sri Lankan specialities or Sera for hawker-style stalls featuring flavourful cuisines of Southeast Asia. Ulpatha or ‘Watering Hole’ is home to good selection of malt whiskies, while Gimanhala prepares fresh drinks after morning yoga, all day refreshments and cocktails by candlelight.

Shangri-La in the Indian Ocean

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa is the first of two Shangri-La hotels in Sri Lanka with the second hotel – Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo – slated to open next year.

The group operates two other resorts in the Indian Ocean – Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius and Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.



Located on the unspoiled southern coast of Sri Lanka on a former coconut plantation, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa offers 145-acres of paradise and the most extensive resort recreational and event facilities in the country. The 300-room beachfront resort boasts the country’s first resort golf course and artisan village and innovative dining options. Few places are as diverse as Sri Lanka, an island nation with a rich culture, unique heritage, stunning scenery and national parks bursting with wildlife. Shangri-La’s resort pays homage to the island’s magnetic offerings, creating a destination within a destination where guests can discover unique experiences and find personal moments of ‘Shangri-La’.


DATE OPENED                      
1 June 2016



  • 274 Deluxe and Premier guestrooms start at 48 square metres
  • 26 Suites with private butler service range in size from 96 to 240 square metres
  • Guestrooms overlook the Indian Ocean, tropical gardens, golf course or lagoon
  • Rooms feature contemporary Sri Lankan design, spacious balconies and terraces, polished wood floors and hand-woven rugs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Luxurious bathroom with separate shower and tub



  • 260-seat Bojunhala serves international buffet and Sri Lankan specialties; features special kid’s buffet area. Open 7:00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.; noon to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 10: 00 p.m.
  • 140-seat Serra, features hawker-style stalls and Southeast Asian cuisine; overlooks the main free-form pool and tropical gardens. Open 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • 106-seat Ulpatha, a pub-style outlet, serves food and drink including craft beers. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 182-seat Gimanhala, the resort’s lobby lounge, serves refreshments, cocktails, Continental breakfast and health snacks. Open 10 a.m. to midnight
  • Pool Bar serves signature cocktails and drinks, comfort food and light snacks



About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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