InWaikkal, Sri Lanka
The river meets the sea at the Suriya Resort, with some of the rooms accessed by wooden walkways. A palm tree-fringed pool and a bar face the ocean, just footsteps away. The restaurant serves up Sri Lankan specials as well as more familiar dishes. And a timber-clad spa and sophisticated poolside cabanas complete the tranquil setting.
FOOD & DRINK
Dinner in the restaurant is accompanied by a live band playing baila – a form of folk music popular in Sri Lanka. The buffet heaves with seafood, salads, meats and many traditional dishes.
There are two bars as well, one by the pool and another inside. Fine wines, tropical fruit cocktails and a variety of pick-me-up liquors make up the extensive drinks menu.
- Buffet restaurant
Sri Lankan mainstays like fish curry, steamed rice and fresh fruit knock shoulders with international fare at the buffet restaurant.
- Pool bar
Drinks and light bites are served at the pool bar.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
The spa at Suriya Resort racks up a variety of massages* and spa treatments*. You can also ask to have your massage outside – spa staff will set you up on a pop-up table by the pool.
The modern gym is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.
It’s all very tranquil around here as the sun goes down behind the palm trees. Bag a table on the terrace and watch the day quietly draw to a close.
Alternatively, hop into a taxi for a 20-minute ride into nearby Negombo. This fishing town wavers between old and new, with western-inspired eateries neighbouring colonial architecture.
The pool looks like a bright blue Tetris tile. It slots nicely into a pea-green landscape and is flanked by sunloungers and parasols. There are also over-water cabanas that are basically the poolside equivalent of thrones.
A fluttering curtain of palm trees is all that separates the resort and the beach, so flitting from poolside to seaside is simple.
- Outdoor pool
The outdoor pool area offers sea views from its terrace. There's a handful of over-water cabanas along with sunbeds and parasols, while a manicured lawn is all that separates the pool from the sandy beach.
- Free Wi-Fi zones
- 24-hour reception
- Laundry service*
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
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