The charming red-roofed Vivanta by Taj resort is spread over a headland overlooking the ocean, and combines contemporary comforts with impressive colonial architecture. The scene is set by the splendid pillared hotel lobby, with its ornate lofty ceilings and lush entwining greenery, where arriving guests are greeted with cool drinks of nectar or iced Ceylon tea. A delightful touch is the labelling of the room grades, ranging from Superior Charm, through Deluxe Delight, to Premium Indulgence and Deluxe Allure, plus suites called Premium Temptations and Presidential Nirvana. All rooms have a balcony or terrace, and are set amongst lush frangipani-scented gardens.
Vivanta by Taj is well known in Sri Lanka for its first-class cuisine. Its restaurants include the S.H.A.C.K., which serves speciality seafood in an open-air setting overlooking the ocean, and the Sea View, where gourmet dining is paired with an exquisite wine selection, as well as the Oriental Pavilion for authentic Chinese dishes and the Palms for all day dining. At the Pool Bar you can enjoy a swim and sip, while the sophisticated Tease Bar offers tropical cocktails in stylish surroundings.