Anantara Tangalle Resort to grow own rice

Martha Elwell By Martha Elwell
27 November 2017 | Updated 28 November 2017

Sri Lanka: Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has added paddy fields to its organic garden

Anantara Tangalle Resort has cleared approximately 750 square metres of prime resort land in oder to construct its own paddy fields to complement its existing organic garden.

The resort's gardeners will follow traditional planting methods to produce an estimated 450 kilogrammes of rice per year when the paddy fields are matured for harvest.

The hotel launched the farming initiative with a traditional Vap Magula ceremony. Following ancient rituals, the local community, guests and resort employees were invited to participate in the festive occasion by conducting the initial field ploughing and planting of rice seedlings before enjoying a communal vegetarian brunch together.

Ross Sanders, General Manager of Anantara Tangalle said: "The Vap Magula ceremony celebrates the tireless passion and accomplishments of our gardeners, chefs and land carers, and gives them the opportunity to share the intricacies of traditional rice farming methods with our guests. It enhances our continued sustainability commitments whereby cultivating our own rice is part of a larger mission to educate and curate wholesome farm-to-plate culinary experiences for our guests with zero plastic and minimal carbon footprints. Our resort landscape will evolve further to incorporate Ceylon cinnamon trees and tea bushes in the near future."

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort offers guests a unique resort experience in Sri Lanka. Located on the island's southern coastline, the award-winning resort features 120 guest rooms and 32 private pool villas. The hotel prides itself on offering distinctive local experiences and rich traditions.

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