South Coast, Sri Lanka
South Coast, Sri Lanka
Aditya is a beachfront ethnic-chic boutique hotel, set between Galle and Hikkaduwa in southwest Sri Lanka. The hotel overlooks Rathgama Beach, a salmon-orange spray of sand popular with the local crowd at sunset. The beach is a little rough for swimming but you can bathe in the ocean a few miles north at Hikkaduwa, a sprawling beach resort with a surfing vibe whose wide sands are dotted with café-style restaurants, dive outfits and late-night bars.
Accommodation at the Aditya hotel comprises of just 16 spacious suites. All are individual in outlook and design, with garden or sea views and unique décor. Honeymooners will love the two-storey Soorya penthouse suite, complete with a sprawling terrace but those looking for more space can book the newly available two-bedroom villas. Spread across two floors, each of these two villas comprises two suites with a private lap pool and outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Dining at the Aditya is a real draw especially the excellent Sri Lankan cooking. The resident master chef will prepare what you want, when you want, and serve it wherever you chose on the premises. You can do as much or as little you want to do here. Start with water sports, go scuba diving, snorkelling or whale watching between November and April. Then return and relax by the pool or on the beach, sunset watching, and enjoying therapeutic treatments at the spa.
Aditya Resort South Coast, Sri Lanka
Stay Aditya resort features just 16 luxurious suites. All are vast and unique in layout, and individually decorated in a Balinese style. Garden View Suites have a private veranda while the Ocean View Suites have magnificent balcony. The Grand Suriya Suite offers luxurious penthouse accommodation on two floors with a large private deck and open-air plunge pool overlooking the ocean. Amenities include large-screen TV, DVD player, mini-bar and en suite bathrooms with twin vanities.
ChildCare Families with children are welcome to stay at the Aditya resort but there are no specific facilities available for children.
Dine The excellent in-house restaurant at the Aditya serves an extensive and varied à la carte menu including Thai and Sri Lankan cuisines. The resident master chef will prepare what you feel like. However, lunches and dinners are often four-course set menus. The breakfast menu is extensive and includes both Western and Sri Lankan dishes string hoppers, pancakes and juices. The hotel has a full bar and a small selection of world wines.
Relax There is a lovely swimming pool with sun loungers at Aditya, surrounded by a lush forest, perfect spot for sunbathing. There is a popular spa with a Jacuzzi, massage beds and private room for bath treatments or you can choose from a range of pampering treats with a female or male therapist. Alternatively, take yoga sessions with an on-call yoga teacher or leisurely stroll along the beach. There is also a library with DVDs, books and board games.
Experience The main activities at Aditya include a visit to the historic Galle Fort and water sports including surfing, snorkelling and diving at Hikkaduwa. Those who wish to swim can head to the calmer beaches of Hikkaduwa, Weligama and Mirissa. The hotel is also in a prime location to see dolphins, either from the beach or on an early morning dolphin-watching trip which can be arranged by the friendly hotel staff. One day head north to Ambalangoda, a centre for arts and crafts.
Location Located on the South Coast just outside of Galle.
Getting there Fly to Colombo Airport from London and a 3 hour drive to the South Coast.
When to go Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with consistently warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. There are two monsoon seasons but they only bring rain to the west and south-west coasts from May to September; and the east coast and northern region between October and February. The rest of the year is sunny and dry but the months of December to April are probably the best time to visit. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.