Ahangama is a small fishing village on Sri Lanka’s south coast. It is known for its beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and excellent surfing. Now, all of this is turning into opportunities for the community.
Tharaka Gunasiri is a 26-year-old man who was planning to leave the country, but now he has decided to stay. “The upscale boutique hotels are bringing in lavishly spending tourists, and I have been able to secure a number of deals to provide lobsters, prawns, and crabs to these hotels,” he said.
This young man is not only interested in the money he gets from these tourists but also in the friendly and insightful conversations he has with the tourists who come to these boutique hotels. “The more I talk with these tourists, the more I learn, and I am determined to create a welcoming environment for our guests,” said Tharaka Gunasiri.
Elegant Design in Ahangama
Mosvold Villa stands out among many other boutique hotels dotted around the silvery beach of Ahangama. Its simple but elegant design has a welcoming effect. The 16-bed beachfront hotel, designed by renowned Sri Lankan designer Sonali Dharmawardena, offers a breathtaking 180-degree view of Ahangama Beach from its rooftop.
The architecture of Mosvold Villa, coupled with its high-quality hospitality, is a clear statement of how upscale tourism can make a turnaround and explore new vistas that would enrich local communities.