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July 27th, 2018
Why this Five-Star Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka is Made for Animal Lovers

From elephants to leopards, buffalo, sloth bears and monkeys, Sri Lanka is one of the world’s best countries to visit if you’re looking for a safari experience. Surrounded by some of the best safari parks in the country, a stay at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa allows you to don your beige shirt, binoculars and pith helmet hat during the day before an evening accompanied by great local food, five-star service and the sound of gently lapping ocean waves.

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Planning a trip to Sri Lanka? Check out Luxury Escapes’ offer for Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa here.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

This five-star, beachfront resort is second-to-none when it comes to location with the Yala, Udawalawe, Lunugamvehera and Bundala national parks within easy reach. It’s here that you have the opportunity to view some of the world’s most elusive animals in their natural habitat – but it’s the Sri Lankan elephant that most come for.

Known to walk in herds, if you see one, chances are you’ll see many. Other fortunate sightings include the hunting leopard, lying-in-wait crocodiles, sloth bears, deer, snakes and an abundance of bird life that will have twitchers reaching for their cameras.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa Sri Lanka

With potentially a different safari park to visit every day during your stay, you’ll welcome the moments back at the spectacular Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa where you can compare photographs while enjoying the five-star ambience.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa Sri Lanka

As the largest resort in the whole of Sri Lanka, expect only the best facilities including an 18-hole golf course in a coconut palm plantation, three swimming pools, an outdoor water park and three-metre-high trapeze for kids, and a tranquil spa.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa Sri Lanka

There’s also four exotic dining venues including Bojunhala where you’ll find Sri Lankan cuisine prepared using the finest local ingredients and family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Don’t miss Sera, a hawker-style street food venue where you sample everything from tom yang goong soup, Singaporean laska and Peking Duck.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tourism says, “Despite its small size Sri Lanka boasts of one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world whether in plants or animals and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Of the ninety-one species of mammals found in Sri Lanka Asian elephants, sloth bear, leopards, sambar and wild buffaloes engage the majority of the attention of wildlife enthusiast. Yet the rarest mammals of Sri Lanka are the red slender Loris, Toque Macaque, and Purple-faced Langur, who according to IUCN clarifications are endangered due to habitat loss.”

Sri Lanka Tourism’s top three tips for animal experiences

1. Head to the ocean: Many visitors visit the national parks to catch a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s animals, but the ocean around the country is thriving with wildlife. “Altogether 26 species of cetaceans rule the waters surrounding the country, making it one of the best locations for whale and dolphin watching,” says Sri Lanka Tourism.

2. Look to the sky: Bird lovers will be in their element in Sri Lanka. Boasting nearly 433 bird species of which 233 are resident Sri Lanka holds 20 endemic species while another 80 species have developed distinct Sri Lankan races, compared to their cousins in Indian mainland.

3. Look closely: “Although less celebrated, Sri Lanka has one of the richest diversity of amphibians in the world, containing over 106 species of amphibians of over 90 of which are endemic. The country has long claimed to have the highest amphibian species density in the world with a high concentration in the Sinharaja rainforest,” Sri Lanka Tourism says.

Planning a trip to Sri Lanka? Check out Luxury Escapes’ offer for Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa here.

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