Paper Moon Kudils
If you are heading for a holiday in Arugam Bay, this is the place to stay. Located on the beautiful sunny beaches of Whisky Point, Urani and away from the crowds, Paper Moon Kudils is just ten minutes away from the main road. Spread across the land, the main feature that draws you is the openness and unhindered views of the ocean. One of the best surfing points for beginners, Whisky Point is just a few steps away from Paper Moon Kudils and Pottuvil Point, a place for advanced surfers is just beyond. Everything is done differently at Paper Moon Kudils. The name itself, Kudils, means traditional living spaces. The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxing where you can just be yourself. Paper Moon Kudils does not refer to itself as a hotel but a way of life. There are 20 kudils, each can accommodate up to three people. The kudils are large and spacious with a verandah and attached bathroom. Bed tea is provided but for any other requirement you have to take a walk to the restaurant, which is just a step away. There is a very homely atmosphere where the staff are ready to help you with anything. Kusini (Tamil for kitchen) Restaurant serves the tastiest meals with interesting twists to some of the known Sri Lankan food. Try the Urani Burger, Urani Healthy Special or breakfast and Urani dinner and you will definitely be left wanting for more. The one of a kind chill-out lounge – Kadal (Tamil for sea) – is the best place to laze away your time reading a book, napping or just relaxing
Boasting beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, the hilltop Jetwing Lighthouse is 2 km from Galle’s centre. Minimalistic and elegant, this luxurious colonial-style hotel features 4 dining options, 2 outdoor pools, and a spa. Jetwing’s spacious rooms have a private balcony and a dressing room. Each room has cable TV, a DVD player, and tea/coffee making facilities. The attached bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and shower. Guests can join a yoga class, exercise in the gym, or play tennis. The hotel arranges whale watching trips and city tours. Services include laundry, car rental and currency exchange. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Open 24 hours, Cardamom Café offers light meals and refreshments. Anchor Bar and Grill serves sandwiches and grilled dishes. Coats of Arm Bar features a pool table and library, as well as sweeping ocean views. Jetwing Lighthouse is 146 km from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport. It is easily accessible from attractions like Galle Fort, Galle Markets and the shopping street.
Pegasus Reef Hotel
Pegasus Reef Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Colombo’s city centre and only 200 metres from the Helakanda Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, 3 dining options and free parking. The air-conditioned rooms are fitted with cable TV, a minibar and an in-room safe. Each room has a private balcony for guests to enjoy the surrounding views. Pegasus Reef Hotel is 24 km from Bandaranaike International Airport. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the shopping area in Wattala City. The hotel features a fully equipped fitness centre and a tennis court on site. The hotel also has a tour desk to give travel assistance. Rasaketha Restaurant serves a wide selection of international dishes. Drinks and light snacks can be found at the Lion Bar and the Pool Bar.
The Calm Resort & Spa
Featuring free WiFi, a spa centre and an outdoor pool, The Calm Resort & Spa offers accommodation in Kalkudah, Passekudah. The resort has a barbecue and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature a private bathroom with a spa bath, while others have bath robes and slippers. Certain units include a seating area for your convenience. Certain rooms have views of the pool or garden. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is offered. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. This resort has a private beach area and water sports facilities and ski equipment hire, bike hire and car hire are available. You can play table tennis and darts at the resort.
Must stay hotels in Bentota
AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
Located by one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches, AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa is a designer hotel by the famed architect Geoffrey Bawa. The hotel gives an 18th century Dutch village feel blending in contemporary style, beautiful lawns and serene ocean vistas. You can always add excitement to those lazy beach days with exciting water sports as well. All 75 rooms and suites come with a private balcony or terrace to relax with a view of the ocean and the spectacular palm fringed beach. The hotel is inclusive of essential modern comforts such as air conditioning, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, IPTV and DVD player, free WiFi, a bathroom with a rain shower and designer Spa Ceylon amenities. Deluxe Rooms and Suites offer extra living spaces with upgraded facilities like an espresso machine, plus a bath or Jacuzzi.
The Villa Bentota
The Villa Bentota is one of the foremost boutique hotels in Sri Lanka close to the beach at Bentota. It stands as a testament to the charm of old world Ceylon. There are five rooms and six suites. All the rooms are either sea or garden facing except the Executive suites that come with additional space enhancing privacy of the residents. The Mohotti suite is the largest, with double bedrooms, a lounge and an en suite bathroom. Although luxurious the bedrooms are not extravagantly furnished with simple minimalism being preferred, enhanced with striking paintings by local artists. The Villa Café caters to both non-residents as well as guests and has an eclectic menu of local and international cuisine.
This riverside guesthouse inspires guests with an invigorating aura augmented by its intricately designed aesthetic furniture, complemented by beautifully simple comfortable plush sofas. The living room extends into the spacious and creatively designed dining room. A large dining table set for 12 diners is neatly embellished by cutlery and crockery coordinated with elegant tableware to suit the ambience. Guests can choose from a large spectrum of delectable dishes to pamper their taste buds with delicious local and international cuisines. The friendly staff is one of the main reasons several guests revisit Villa Red, as their warm hospitality is available around the clock. Beyond the dining area is the villa’s own swimming pool, perfect for a morning dip and afternoon swim with family and friends. The elegant, well-manicured lush garden by the river is an enticing visual treat to be relished. The villa has four bedrooms, two placed symmetrically on either side of the dining area. They each have their own private entrance and offer necessary facilities, en-suite bathroom equipment with rain showers and aromatic bath amenities. The bedrooms follow four individual themes, each having specific features. Added to the facilities within Villa Red, guests also have the benefit of enjoying several recreational outdoor activities during their stay. Water sports such as boat riding, kayaking, jet skiing and wind surfing are organised by the staff on request.
The Surf Hotel
The two storied hotel complex is located on the ‘longest stretch of beach’ on the south-west coast of the Island. Covering a vast expanse of the sun kissed shores of Bentota, the hotel offers well designed rooms and suites that are provided with king-sized beds, mini bar, mini fridge, satellite tv and many other luxury amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The rooms on the ground level enjoy a private deck with lounge chairs, while the upper level rooms have individual balconies providing an aerial view of the gardens and the beach. L’heritage— the main restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options for guests to choose from while the sand chairs at the dining space in the beaches conveys an innovative and quirky feel.
Recommended hotels in Kandy
Offering an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop lounge, BOMU, OZO Kandy is located in Kandy. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a sofa seating area. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. At OZO Kandy you will find a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Services like currency exchange are also offered. The hotel is 550 metres from Lakeside Adventist Hospital, 1.5 km from Kandy Museum and 1.6 km from Sri Dalada Maligawa. The Bandaranaike International Airport is 102 km away. Guests can enjoy local flavours and international delights at the EAT2GO restaurant.
Amaya Hills Kandy
Located in the Cultural Triangle, Amaya Hills Kandy offers a hillside retreat overlooking Heerassagala Forest. Featuring traditional Sri Lankan architecture, it has an outdoor pool, a spa and a restaurant. Air-conditioned rooms at Amaya Hills include private balconies with mountain or valley views. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The attached bathroom has a bathtub and shower. Guests can exercise in the gym, or enjoy a game of squash or billiards. The tour desk can arrange activities like bird watching excursions, jungle treks and night safaris. Amaya Kandy also boasts a night club called Le Garage. Buffet breakfast is served at the hotel. Local and international dishes are offered at Rasawasala Restaurant, which has both indoor and outdoor seating. Drinks are available at the Tea Room and Dumbara Bar. Amaya Hills is 7 km from the heart of Kandy. Sri Lanka Airport is 117 km away.
Leaf Watagala is situated in Ruwanwella where much of Sri Lanka’s cinnamon and rubber is cultivated. This makes it a dream place to stay for anyone who wished to immerse themselves in the local culture. The property also has on hand, a large pool, a highly skilled chef and beautiful colonial style decorated rooms that will help you feel right at home.
Queen's Hotel is housed in a historical building located 50 metres from Kandy Lake. It offers colonial-style accommodation with an outdoor pool, 3 dining options and free parking on site.Spacious rooms have large windows and hardwood furnishings. Each guestroom is equipped with a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and a television set. Hot shower facilities are provided in the en suite bathroom.Guests can relax in the sauna, or enjoy a good game of table tennis. The tour desk can assist with making travel and sightseeing arrangements. Car rental and airport shuttle services are available upon request.Queen of Hearts Restaurant serves a wide variety of traditional local dishes, and is available for all-day dining. Other dining options include light snacks and refreshing beverages at the Pub Royal and Lounge Bar.Hotel Queen’s is located 150 metres from the Temple of Tooth Relic and 950 metres from Udawattekele National Forest Reserve.