The deep South beaches of Sri Lanka are always deep blue and magnificently attractive, but Kahandamodara, off four km from Ranna stands out from the rest. The unspoilt beach stretch of Kahandamodara is the cradle for the latest hideaway ‘Ranna 212'.
212 kms is the exact distance from Colombo to Kahandamodara turn off from Ranna, a small town about 12km to Deep South from Tangalle. Located close to Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary and Lunama lagoon amongst the fishing community, ‘Ranna 212' is a trendy four star resort set between pristine blue waves and lush tropical wilderness of a 11.5 acres.
Barely four months old, Ranna 212 has achieved record heights proving brilliant performances and maintained a high occupancy rate during its short span of operations.
The Resort is a popular destination among the Sri Lankan family travellers during the April season, where it reaches around 85% occupancy rate during that time.
‘Since we came into operation from 30th December last year, we have managed to keep a high occupancy rate with many foreign tourists especially from Russia and the CIS countries. The reason, I strongly believe is the exotic location and the mesmerizing seashore' said Reyhan Morris, the General Manager of the property.
This fifty five room luxury Resort is located on a magnificent wide beach frontage of Kahandamodara, offering number of water sports activities to its guests.
The fifty five suites at Ranna 212 offer a 42 inch LED TV and DVD player, dual balconies, pillow menu, mini bar, wifi facilities, king sized bed and other common amenities.
‘We just want to offer our guests the best of luxury and I think travellers are looking for something luxury in this part of the country' said GM Morris.
The lack of luxury resorts beyond Galle really makes the vacuum for star class resort in Deep South.
‘Ranna 212 is there to fulfill the needs of the travellers looking for luxury comfort. Now the resort is gradually penetrating British, French and German markets too. But Sri Lankan market, we believe always there on a big way during holiday seasons in May and June' said Reyhan.
Apart from the luxury facilities, Ranna 212 is a popular place for culinary excursions. It has two restaurants- ‘Senses' and ‘Flame'. ‘Our specialty is seafood. Authentic South Sri Lankan cuisine too is popular among Sri Lankan clientele. Our Chefs are well versatile with authentic food and can offer anything the guest wants' said Pushpitha Udawatta , the Operations Manager of the Resort.
‘Senses' offer all day dining of off the buffet or a la carte menu including Italian crespelle al salmone, indian tandoori chicken and the delightful Ranna Seafood Symphony.
‘Flame' located on the sand close to beach is a popular place for BBQ. Fresh lobster jumbo prawns and the finest fish on the south coast are delicately marinated to bring out the best flavours to Ranna guests. Tonic and Wave are two bars. Tonic offers mixology menu including delicious concoctions using local ingredients, while Wave is located on the beach.
The Resort is centrally located, where adventure travellers can do their excursions much easily. Enjoy an excursion by bike (30 minutes) to the Kalametiya bird sanctuary or drive to the magnificent ancient monastery of Mulkirigala from the Resort from half hours’ drive. Ussangoda , Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project, Yala Wildlife Sanctuary, Kataragama are in one to two hours’ drive from the Resort.
Whale watching sites off Mirissa, Walave River Safari, Uda Walave Natonal Park and Sinharaja Forest are just half a day excursions from Ranna 212.
‘We offer these excursions on request and always encourage Sri Lankans to visit these adventure and historic sites in and around the Southern Province' said Pushpitha.
The room rate for Ranna 212 is range from Rs 22,000/- on FB per double.
The Resort will be adding new 70 rooms including 25 water villas and 45 luxury rooms with 7.5 million US $ investment will be opened in February 2013. The new wing will consist of a new pool and two restaurants. The opening of the Ruhunu Magampura International Port and the scheduled opening of the Mattala International Airport adds to the potential of Ranna212.