The first Harding Boutique Hotel, located in Ahangama, Sri Lanka is set to be the hottest hotel opening of 2019. The six-suite luxury boutique hotel, a new venture from a Sri Lankan-Australian entrepreneur Paul Harding, is set to welcome its first guests in autumn 2019.
The property’s architecture and interiors are inspired by Sri Lanka’s vernacular modernist movement and are designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore, founder of the award-winning design and architecture practice; ANARCHITECT, based in Dubai and London.
Harding and Ashmore connected through a shared admiration for Sri Lanka – its rich landscape, cultural diversity and natural hospitality. Harding’s entrepreneurial vision and ANARCHITECT’s international expertise, contextual acumen and focus on materiality created a unique synergy, resulting in an outstanding new hospitality and leisure destination for Sri Lanka’s southern province. It is ANARCHITECT’s first Sri Lankan project and Jonathan Ashmore’s unique nod to the Tropical Modernism.
Harding Boutique Hotel sets an unparalleled benchmark for Sri Lanka’s hospitality sector. It brings a unique piece of contextual modern design to the south coast of the country, footsteps away from the country’s world-famous surf break and pristine beaches, and a thirty-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort.
The property features well ventilated, wide, open spaces – suites with generous private balconies and uninterrupted views over the Indian Ocean, sea-facing private baths, rain showers, double vanities and king beds wrapped in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. The rooms are elevated amongst the natural palm groves, seamlessly connected with their surroundings of the breath-taking ocean views and tropical landscape.
The roof terrace and the staircase leading onto it, wrapped in lush foliage, are the hotel’s key architectural features, defining the building and creating a deeper connection to the ocean. The exclusive nature and boutique scale of the hotel inspired ANARCHITECT to create hidden away moments such as intimate seated nooks on the mid-landings of the central open-staircase. These spaces are both contemplative and social, organically inhabited by guests and visitors at their own leisure as they ascend towards the open-air roof terrace with its three-hundred and sixty-degree views over the palm tops.
Tropical Modernism is known for its focus on the local vernacular, the area’s natural resources and cultural connotations. These dictate a certain architectural style combined with the modernist structuralism. High sun altitude, low air movement and heavy off-season rain downpours have all been the key factors when deciding on the hotel’s architecture and design. Materials used throughout the hotel include ribbed local hard-wood, polished concrete and granite stone in local Sri Lankan detail.
Harding Boutique Hotels Ahangama offers a unique combination of design, intimacy and contextualism that captures a new, modern movement in Sri Lankan hospitality. It is created by those who truly believe in offering an international destination rooted in local culture and set within an inspiring piece of modern architecture and interiors.