I have read a lot information, but am rather confused on the best place for us. We are in our late 30’s and have spent many relaxing holidays in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia in beautiful resorts and small boutique hotels. We are looking for somewhere that has a choice of restaurants, small bars, a mini mart and some markets would be good, but we are certainly not looking for loud, busy and sleazy nightclubs; in contrast we don’t want it to be so quiet and with nothing around, that it is boring with nothing to do. I am considering Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, or Mirissa, but unsure of what these towns are actually like, considering our criteria. A few words to sum up these towns from those who really know these places, would be great.
In addition, we are want to stay in accommodation that is within walking distance of restaurants/bars of an evening, must have great pool, as we don’t really swim at the beach and we prefer smaller type hotels/resorts. I have looked at the Asian Jewel Hotel in Hikkaduwa (looks fab & reviews are amazing), but concerned we would have to rely on tuk tuks to get around during the day/evening. Other accommodation I have looked at include Thaproban Pavillian Resort & Spa (Unawatuna), Frangapani Tree (Unawatuna), Paradise Road The Villa (Bentota)...looking to spend no more than $200 p/n or so.
With so many choices, we want to stay in the right town and the right hotel (for us)...so any help would be greatly appreciated.