The Indian Ocean-front Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, which opens in January

Sri Lanka’s Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has been featured amongst the ‘world’s top 19 hotels to visit in 2016’ by popular American daily newspaper New York Post. According to a report on December 21, Anantara was the only hotel to be featured in Sri Lanka and South Asia while Japan’s Amanemu located at Ise Shima National Park and W Tel Aviv in Israel were the only other two resorts to be featured in Asian region.

“This January-opening Indian Ocean retreat sits on a 42-acre coconut plantation on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, its 152 locally inflected but largely contemporary rooms and pool villas giving onto a secluded stretch of beach. Beyond the ayurvedic spa and six restaurants and bars, the hotel offers easy access to the area’s nature preserves, whale-watching sites and a Buddhist temple built into a rocky cliff,” the report said.

The other hotels in the list included Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn, New York), Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club (Miami Beach, Florida), Ace Hotel New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana), The Watergate Hotel (Washington, DC), Las Alcobas (Napa Valley, California), Park Hyatt St. Kitts (St. Kitts), Bahama House Inn (Harbour Island, The Bahamas), Tcherassi Hotel + Spa (Cartagena, Colombia), Ritz Paris (Paris, France), Il Sereno Lago di Como (Torno, Italy), Toscana Resort Castelfalfi (Tuscany, Italy), Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya (Bodrum, Turkey), Nobu Hotel Shoreditch (London, England), The Highlands (Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania), Limalimo Lodge (Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia), Amanemu (Ise Shima National Park, Japan) and The Beekman (New York, New York).

“The new hotels we’re most looking forward to next year run the gamut from big-name big brands to boutique beauties, and from urban escapes in familiar destinations to far-flung lodges in exotic locales. At least one thing they all have in common? We’re ready to book a room at each and every one,” the report added.