Dikwella, Sri Lanka

Ani Sri Lanka


Natural modernity


Beachfront playground



Sleeping up to 30 guests, Ani Sri Lanka is a place for go-big-or-go-home holidaying when it comes to luxury, privacy and wellness. Take your kids, your friends, your parents, your siblings, your siblings’ kids…go crazy and even take your in-laws. There’s space for ‘em all. The five-acre grounds mix wild and manicured with slanted paths between villa buildings, past your two swimming pools and on to three miles of beachfront. And in case that’s not enough, there’s also a fully equipped gym, a yoga pavilion and a tennis court, complete with coach. Too much to choose from? Head instead to the spa for an Ayurvedic massage and let your in-house therapists help you relax. Ani is more like a private village than a private villa.

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A traditional Sri Lankan dance class

First Glance

  • The two indoor-outdoor living pavilions (Villa Monara and Villa Divia) have been carefully designed with a modern twist to reflect the architectural heritage of the area as well as the natural environment.
  • Each has a main pavilion, where you’ll find an enclosed library overlooking a bar kitted out with telescopes for stargazing. As well as an elegant living room decorated with dark woods, antique furniture and plush sofas with magnificent views of the ocean.
  • Dining spaces abound at Ani Sri Lanka and the team of 30 dedicated staff will set up meals in any desired spot, including on the beach, terrace or in the living pavilions with each meal tailored to your preferences.

Villa highlights

  • Private path down to the beach
  • Bespoke dining
  • One-to-one service

Sleeping arrangements

  • The 15 suites are dotted around the main living pavilions, some with beachfront views and others set back within the garden’s rich natural surroundings where peacocks occasionally roam the paths.
  • The eight 65 square-metre Split Level Suites have king-size beds, an open-plan living area and a spacious ensuite bathroom with twin sinks, a bath tub and a separate rain shower. Four of the suites have a private plunge pool and all have a private terrace with unspoilt views over the shoreline or the surrounding gardens.
  • There are four 62 square-metre Classic Suites, three with a private plunge pool and all with a king-size bed, an open-plan living area and a large ensuite bathroom with twin sinks, a bath tub and a rain shower. Classic Suites have a private terrace with views over the Indian Ocean or the resort’s gardens.
  • The three Family Suites are 63 square metres and two of them can interconnect with a Classic Suite. All have a king-size or twin beds, a spacious living area and an ensuite bathroom with twin sinks, a freestanding bath tub and a separate rain shower. The Family Suites don’t have plunge pools but do have access to the garden courtyard.
  • Each of the rooms is immaculately decorated in crisp neutrals with dark woods with the occasional burst of rich colour in a traditional carpet or elegant throw.

Key kit

  • Bespoke breakfast, lunch and dinner tailored to your preferences
  • Complimentary flowing drinks (including cocktails and wine)
  • Daily snacks, including homemade sorbet, ice cream and freshly baked cakes
  • Cultural activities including local tuk-tuk tours, Sri Lankan cooking classes, a traditional show, artisan workshop tours and a visit to Àni’s Art Academies that help support local talent
  • Movies by moonlight on the lawn
  • Mountain bikes to burrow
  • Yoga and pilates classes, aqua aerobics, tennis lessons and beach jogging
  • Beach and pool volleyball
  • 15 free daily spa treatments per group
  • Babysitting for up to eight hours a day and a tailor-made children’s activity programme to keep little Smiths entertained
  • A team of 30 staff members exclusively for you and your group
  • TVs in all the bedrooms with Apple TV and Netflix
  • Free WiFi
  • Apple Music and a surround-sound wireless music system
  • Daily laundry service (excluding dry cleaning)
  • Packing and unpacking service (on request)


  • There are two elegant 25-metre beachfront infinity pools flanked by sunbeds and a double-canopy sala at all ends.
  • There are two dedicated kid’s pools, each with a waterslide.
  • You may want to stick to the pools for morning swims as the ocean is a little too choppy for laps, but the three-miles of beachfront that stretch just steps from your door are perfect for sunrise walks and (if you’re lucky) turtle spotting.


  • There are five acres of verdant gardens with manicured lawns, lush tropical foliage, wandering peacocks and wild monkeys.
  • The two main swimming pools have shallow areas for unique in-pool dining, other alfresco meals are set up in different locations around the resort for a truly bespoke experience.
  • Cricket and barbecues on the beach.
  • There’s a yoga and meditation pavilion, a gym, a tennis court with a basketball hoop and an outdoor shuffleboard court.
  • Spa pavilion with a steam room.


  • Ani Sri Lanka is on the southern coast of Sri Lanka in five acres of gardens, with the nearest beach a few paces away from the infinity pools.
  • It’s a three-hour drive from Colombo airport; the hotel offers transfers per group or you can call the Smith travel team to arrange a separate transfer.
  • The closest town, Dikwella, is a 10-minute drive away.
  • During your stay at Ani Sri Lanka there are also plenty of excursions and experiences to discover in the region, including Udawalawe National Park, Galle Fort, whale and dolphin watching, a turtle hatchery and the Mulkirigala Rock Temple; if you prefer more physical activity, arrange surfing lessons, or traditional dance lessons.

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