Coco Bay is a small beach resort (only 12 rooms) located 3 hours from the airport (via the new expressway) and only a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from Galle Fort. It is situated on a small private piece of land not far from the main road to Galle (to the north) and Unawatuna Beach (to the south). Its location makes it a solid choice if you want to visit Galle Fort, Unawatuna Beach, Jungle Beach, or for whale-watching at Mirissa. To the immediate north of the resort is a small river which separates Coco Bay from a small fishing village. We enjoyed watching the fisherman each morning as we ate our breakfast on the beach. The 100 meter long beach at Coco Bay was nice. It does not have the tourqoise-blue waters or the golden coral sand of Unawatuna Beach or Mirissa (very nice) but we had it to ourselves (something I cannot say for the other beaches). Its constant crashing surf provided beauty and helped create a relaxed atmosphere. It is a nice beach for body surfing and swimming as the beach slopes very gradually and has a sandy bottom void of all vegetation. There are also distant views of Galle Fort and its lighthouse from the beach and on a clear evening it creates an excellent panoramic sunset. Private tuk tuks await to take you to the other beaches or Galle for 300 Rupees - they will be waiting for you just a block outside of the back gate of Coco Bay.
We stayed 5 nights in the Aqua Romantic Room. This was on the floor level which we liked since we could use the semiprivate pool and walk just a few steps to use the public pool or the beach. The king-sized bed was nice. Coco Bay gives you three choices of pillows, daily fruit baskets, maid service whenever you wants it, and snacks at tea time.
Our fondest memories of Coco Bay are of the evening meals which were included in our fee for the room. My wife and I rarely eat at the hotel on vacations. We prefer to be out and about and experience a variety of restaurants. This was not the case with this vacation. We simply could not find a better place than Coco Bay. Each evening we were treated to wonderful five-coarse meal which included lobster and a bottle of wine (small extra charge). We sat a few steps from the beach under the moonlight. The beach was lit with small torches and Galle Fort could be seen across the bay - very romantic. Service was sensational and it was evident that this was the outstanding feature at Coco Bay.
The Highs and Lows
Highs included: service, private location, views across the bay and of the fishermen, pounding surf (nice to sleep and deadened other noises), the food and drinks (try the Coco Punch!!!), location -easy access to Galle; Coco Bay was a refuge for us when we wanted to be free from the heat, the touts, and the other hardships of travel in Sri Lanka
There is a nice pool but it is set very close to the eating area; it is more of a large lap pool than one for the kids; the beach - it really depends on what vacation you are looking for; if it is simply a beach vacation that you desire, than Coco Bay may not be your best choice; for us the beach was great
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on the beach in a secluded Bay, one hop away from the main resort area of Unawatuna and Galle town, it is one of the most stunning holiday locations in Sri Lanka. COCO BAY has 200 metres of sandy beach frontage with a superb view of Galle fort and is located in the midst of a picturesque fishing village with traditional catamarans that characterize this beautiful part of southern Sri Lanka. All rooms and suites have a stunning ocean view and feature private jacuzzi , rain shower, complimentary WIFI, LED TV with international news, sports, movie and foreign language channels,mini bar, digital safes, extra large signature beds with pillow menu, soap selection and large balconies with day beds. The AQUA ROMANCE ROOMS have small private pools. LE MER Beach Restaurant with a distinct French touch serves days fresh sea food, the best of local southern cuisine and international dishes of high quality. Yummy Italian PIZZA and authentic FRENCH BAGUETTES are also on offer. The CHILL OUT lounge bar offers a selection of great wines and exciting cocktails and offers HAPPY HOURS daily between 5.30 and 7.30 PM. A swimming pool by the beach with a kiddies pool and a gym are available. Airport transfers, excursions and round trips can be arranged ... more less
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