From the masterminds behind Sri Lanka’s leading luxury hotel collection, Resplendent Ceylon comes Reverie – a collection of laid-back boutique properties that embrace the slow pace of life that the island embodies. The collection will launch with the opening of Kayaam House in Tangalle in January 2023, and Ahu Bay in Ahungalla in February 2023. The properties will be located just two hours apart along the south coast, famed for its miles of golden sand and palm-fringed coastlines, abundance of marine life and ocean-washed shores.
“The core brand values remain the same as Resplendent, as Reverie is a sister brand and born out of the same family and concept. Our offerings in terms of guest experience and service will be mindfully and personally paced. Reverie however will focus on smaller, intimate properties across Sri Lanka,” said Malik J. Fernando, Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon.
Perched on Ahungalla Point between two secluded bays on the south-west coast is Ahu Bay, a relaxed beach house for free spirits, made up of a collection of four suites and three three-bedroom beach villas, available either on a rent-by-the-room or exclusive use basis. Pared-back, rustic interiors will feature neutral sandy tones, rattan furniture, recycled wood accents and plenty of natural greenery. A casual all-day dining venue that will serve Sri Lankan and international favourites, surrounded by manicured lawns, beach cabanas, a Sanctuary Spa and a shimmering infinity swimming pool.
Kayaam House situated on the south coast in Tangalle is a spiritual sanctuary in a secluded spot just steps from the vast Indian Ocean, home to six Ocean Rooms, two Palm Suites and a chic, Bawa-inspired 20-cover restaurant and bar. The Kayaam House journey focuses on restoration and recovery with wellness as a key part of every guest experience. The Sanctuary Spa will feature a treatment room with therapies based on traditional healing methods utilising hyperlocal herbs and spices, whilst guests can find additional opportunities to bathe in nature at the outdoor yoga pavilion or at the far-reaching infinity pool.
Expertly curated by the local team, each of Reverie’s properties will offer soulful experience menus that offer guests the chance to completely, mindfully and respectfully immerse themselves in Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage.
These openings will closely be followed by a third property, Kelburne Estate, set to open in December 2023 as a collection of hillside cottages in the tea-carpeted mountains of Haputale.
The Reverie resorts are ideal for larger buyouts, milestone celebrations and long weekend getaways. With nine rooms at Kayaam House and Sixteen at Ahu Bay, these are well-suited for this specific market. Both properties can also be accessed via the Southern expressway, making the transfers seamless.
“Extended stay visas have been introduced and flight connectivity has always been excellent. SriLankan Airlines operates regular flights to nine key cities in India and as many as 80 flights a week between our two countries. The airline also hopes to ramp up frequencies further with the growth of tourism. All of these factors; our new resorts, availability, ease of visa, personalised service, warm hospitality, incredible diversity and more, highlight that 2023 is the year to visit Sri Lanka,” added Malik J. Fernando, Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon.