Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka is ideal for families looking for a tropical adventure. Surrounded by palm trees and set against the backdrop of Sri Lanka’s southern coastline, Shangri-La’s Hambantota is the largest resort of its kind in the country, offering families with children of all ages an array of activities from drone flying above the resort to safari experiences in the neighbouring National Parks.
For guests aged between four and twelve, there is the ‘Cool Zone’; a supervised kids’ club dedicated to fun and educational activities. It is the most extensive Kids’ Club on the island offering a seven-metre-high flying trapeze, trampolining, a drone flying area, a children’s pool and the resort’s own child-friendly water park complete with slides. There is also an indoor crèche facility with arts and crafts tables and a jungle gym.
Meanwhile, parents can indulge in a wellness experience at the resort’s CHI Ayurveda Spa. Moreover, together, families can enjoy beach volleyball, a sunset bike ride to the fishing village of Godawaya or relax by one of three swimming pools, including the Sunset Pool.
For the more creative, or for families that would like to immerse themselves in traditional Sri Lankan culture, Shangri-La’s Hambantota has a village within the grounds of the resort. The space is dedicated to supporting and preserving the treasures of southern Sri Lanka’s artisan communities, giving guests the opportunity to interact and learn from local artists and craftsman. To complete the experience, as the sun sets, the village transforms into a display of traditional Sri Lankan dance and music.
The resort boasts proximity to the Yala and Udawalawe National Parks, home to the Sri Lankan leopard, bear sloth and elephant. Families can set off on safari together at dawn. Guests are also invited to take a riverboat safari down the Walawe River.
The resort has four restaurants serving a wide range of cuisine to suit palates of all ages. Shangri-La’s Hambantota also has a dedicated kids’ area which allows for a fun dining experience through activity-based meals and custom food stations built for children. Up to two children of the resort’s guests under six years old can enjoy complimentary buffet meals at the all-day dining venue and additional children that are under the age of six and all children who are between six and twelve years old can benefit from 50 per cent off the buffet price.
Half Board for Families Package
Rates from US$300 per night.
Includes: King guestroom or suite of your choice with an interconnecting twin guestroom, nightly complimentary dinner at Bojunhala or credit option at the other outlets, one private family barbecue at Ulpatha, overlooking the golf course and lake, daily buffet breakfast for two adults and up to three children at Bojunhala Restaurant, complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.