An idyllic Indian Ocean setting accentuates the serenity of this exquisite boutique resort, surrounded by coconut groves and water lily ponds. The Serene Pavilions Hotel belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, and as its name suggests it offers a haven of total peace and tranquillity, and an enclave of pure indulgence, in the midst of breathtaking natural beauty. The hotel only accommodates a maximum of 30 guests, and in order to enhance the restful atmosphere, does not accept children of under 15 years of age.
The focal point of the hotel is the Clubhouse, where guests are immediately entranced by its spacious grandeur and elegant furnishings, with natural light flooding in, and sunlight reflecting off the large carp and lotus-filled ponds. The surrounding tropical gardens are full of colourful varieties of butterflies, and monitor lizards doze under rocks. Stepping-stone pathways weave their way among the lawns and water channels, and through the coconut palms to the beautiful sands that border the ocean.
Right in the heart of the grounds is the gorgeous meandering pool, watched over by a majestic palm tree from its central island. The distinctive feature of the pool is its four submerged Jacuzzi beds, under its stunning aquamarine waters. For poolside dining there is a huge lava-stone deck area, as well as the lovely Balinese-style balé, or shaded gazebo.
Within the Clubhouse, there are many aids to peace and serenity, including the Dhaarana Reading Room, overlooking the pool. With its plush sun loungers, it is the perfect place to relax with your choice from a wide selection of books that are provided, or play a quiet board game or game of cards. You can even do nothing, and simply gaze over the gardens while sipping a cup of coffee.
Where dining is concerned, the Serene Pavilions adopts an ethos of sourcing as much as possible locally, plus aiming for the maximum freshness, and the Pavilions Restaurant is regarded as one of the most superb dining venues in the world. The Executive Chef with his international experience has created a unique à la carte menu with cuisine from East, West and all over the world, cooked with his personal inimitable flair, and tailored to the personal tastes of individual guests. The enjoyment of the food is enhanced by the sweeping unimpeded views of the ocean, and sunsets of unmatched magnificence.
The restaurant sits above the Amritha Bar, which with its sunset views, and furniture in a combination of Balinese and Sri Lankan styles, is a really stunning place to relax with a drink. Guests can not only choose from a superb selection of fine wines, but can also enjoy the Sri Lankan national beverage, arrack. Every morning at sunrise, collectors known as toddy tappers move among the tops of the coconut palms in the grounds, using ropes connecting the trees, to collect the raw ingredients for the potent beverage, and guests can savour the result, while at the same time learning from the bar staff about the making of the drink.
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