I have recently arrived back from a 2 week stay at the Sunbeach Hotel and what an amazing holiday it turned out to be. I wanted to go away somewhere hot and the prospect of spending my 30th Birthday in cold England was depressing to say the least. The hotel was recommended to me by a family member who know the people currently running the place, John & Dasha. I had done a fair amount of research on places to stay and initially was thinking of staying at a chain hotel with an all inclusive deal, I am so happy that we decided to stay here.
We opted to stay in one of the more expensive rooms which had air conditioning and a balcony looking onto the beach although there were cheaper rooms available. The room was modern, comfortable and very clean with bedding and fresh clean towels provided every other day. Included in the price was delicious breakfast on a daily basis which served tea/coffee, fresh fruit juice or platter, 2 eggs cooked any way you liked, yoghurt with honey & toast. The hotel also provided lunch and dinner which, was always very tasty but you could eat at other places if you were on a tighter budget. All the staff were very friendly and always happy to have a chat. Special mention goes to Jiantha who always placed beautiful flowers on the bed when he had been in to clean, this was always very well received by me and placed a smile on my face.
The hotel location is perfect, situated right on the beach front so you did have to go far if you wanted to swim or sunbath. I have to admit, Sunbeach was by far the nicest and most modern looking out of all the other hotels/guest house along the beach. The area is very popular with surfers so most of the time we opted to walk down the beach (5 mins or less) to an area with less surfers to swim. The beaches were truly stunning with some of the best sunsets I have ever seen. The sea was really warm and perfect place to cool down. Local people were always very friendly and you would often see them walking on the beach offering to sell you things but if you weren’t interested, saying no would always suffice and we never felt pestered or hassled.
The bar right next door to the hotel put on beach party on Wednesday's and the music is fairly loud, however we don't travel without ear plugs so it didn't bother us too. The staff did a good job to warn us before hand so it wasn't an unexpected shock.
The main road (although fairly crazy with traffic and bus drives being the king of the road) there were plenty of restaurants, shops selling clothing, batiks, sarongs, jewellery and tours. Food was very nice and fairly cheap, I would recommend having a traditional Sri Lankan curry.
We did go on several tours, the Lagoon tour (which was a 2 hour boat ride) which, also included a visit to the spice garden, turtle sanctuary and moon-stone mine. We also did a waterfall tour which took about and hour and a half by tuk tuk, a day trip to Galle with a stop off at the Peace Pagoda. On the final day day we went whale watching and although the whale watching was an amazing experience, the start was very early and I couldn't help but feel a little sad when a load of boats were chasing them to get a good sighting. Despite this, it was still wonderful to see blue whales. The weather was always warm and temperatures In the high 20's everyday. Although It did rain and was cloudy for a few days, it was still really nice and still managed to spend a fair few days lazying about in the sun.
Overall I/we had a fantastic holiday, and I would 100% recommend staying at Sunbeach Hotel. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed and chilled and I would definitely stay here again. Thanks you to John, Dasha, Jiantha, Vinod and guy who served us breakfast (sorry I forget your name) for making our holiday so amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Cool hotel opposite the surf break in Hikkaduwa. Friendly staff fantastic fusion food and a range of rooms for all budgets 40- 130 USD. Wonderful beach, great surf, snorkelling, scuba, lagoon safari's, surf safari's, island and rainforest trips, whale watching. ... more less
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