We’re back in Sri Lanka, for work, making this our third visit, and we are taking the opportunity for a weekend escapade in the Galle region in the South.
Our destination: Unawatuna.
After a week in the bustling capital city of Colombo, we are eager to get to the ocean for a few days. We have been to this part of Sri Lanka before, but of course, it is only with repeated visits that one really gets to peel back the layers of discovery.
Peta’s mission is to find a romantic getaway, preferably close to the beach.
I (Ben) am soon to discover “mission accomplished” and then some……
We take the bus from Colombo to the bus terminal in Galle and from there we jump onto a tuk tuk for a ten minute drive, with directions in hand, to find our spot for the weekend.
Peta informs me we will be staying at Kikili Beach, a boutique “hotel” in Unawatuna; But in fact, when we arrive, we discover that Kikili Beach is actually a charming one bedroom bungalow by the sea, for two!
Joy oh joy! We have the place to ourselves and WHAT a place it is!…
Romantic and enchanting are apt adjectives for a place we both totally fall in love with.
The combination of the location, (Literally, there is a gate from the garden, from which you step onto the sand and into the Indian ocean) and the colorful corners at every turn, with numerous options of places to chill and “hang out.”
Bright and cheerful seating areas all around to languor the minutes and hours of the day.
Fresh coconut water upon arrival is a nice touch of hospitality.
The dining area and sitting area outdoors: Rustic sienna tile underfoot, wooden poles and ceramic roof tiles.
Making ourselves at home. Surrounded by bright colors and a charming mix of Sri Lankan textiles.
A gate in the garden, onto and into the ocean!
Location, location location. Doesn’t get much better than this!
Kikili Beach property backs onto the beach in Unawatuna. At this time of the year the ocean is on the rough side, shrinking the beach to a narrow strip of soft golden sand.
Stripes of color brighten up a comfy sitting area facing the garden. I enjoy wearing the Sri Lankan sarong, which I have grown accustomed to.
Inviting chaise lounges in front of a large swing to the right.
Swinging the time away…
Pool with the ocean behind. Blues of the water and sky contrast with the reds and oranges of the bright fabrics and furniture of the house.
Bungalow, pool, garden, gazebo and ocean. Perfect.
A gazebo type structure with wooden floor is a place to lounge and read and also doubles as a perfect spot to do yoga.
Peta’s colors match the colors of all the decor around me… A Sri Lankan color palette, I guess.
Absolutely best feature for us ~ Open the gate from the garden, down two steps and into the ocean. We spent a fair amount of time sitting on these steps. A few times we actually got drenched by waves which surprised us with their ferocity.
One of the benefits of being literally right on the beach is that we become very aware of the changing light and tide at different times of the day.
The poles sticking out of the water, are fishermen poles ~ At certain times of the year fishermen can be seen balancing on them in the hopes of bringing in a good days catch.
Kumara is a wonderful, warm and friendly host and cook. He is very knowledgeable about the area and generous with his time. (He and Peta did not pre co ordinate their outfits!)
Kumara offers to make us one of his many culinary favorites, a coconut flan. Here it is coming right out of the oven. Oh yes! We will have to wait for dinner though. It is going to be topped with a passion fruit sauce. After tasting his mom’s coconut breakfast rolled up pancakes, we are looking forward to tasting this flan.
Night time at Kikili is super romantic. The table is set and the aroma of dinner is in the air. We feel spoilt having this all to ourselves and luxuriating in the space and pampering.
Ah and here is dinner prepared especially for us at the house by Kumara ~ Sri Lankan fish curry, crispy papadam, mango chutney, veggie curries and rice. Absolutely delicious!
Here is that piece of flan we have been waiting for! Adorned with its passion fruit sauce.
The quiet and dark night is all around us…. Just the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Looking back at the glow of the house, from the end of the garden.
Waking up in our colorful nest at the beach, we face the dilemma of chilling at the house or taking a peek at what’s around us.
Sumara has his own tuk tuk and is happy to take us wherever we want to go.
“I’ll take you there” is all we need to hear ~ off we go…
This is the kind of sign we like to see! We are off to find the yoga shala….
Kumara takes us on a short drive to the yoga retreat center, which is nestled in the forest. Superlatively gorgeous! Sri Yoga Shala is the most beautiful yoga studio we have ever been to. And we have been to many!
This is the yoga center. It looks and feels more like a luxurious hotel in Bali. Yup that’s a huge swimming pool.
A beautiful newly built infinity salt pool beckons us… Yoga followed by a swim. Now that’s a great concept.
The teacher is warming up before class. Seeing as its slow season, we are the only ones in the huge yoga shala. Looks like we are going to have a private class for two.
What a fantastic setting to do yoga in. Open air, surrounded by forest, wooden floors… fresh air.
So now we know that there is a superb yoga studio in Unawatuna. What could possibly be added to complete the perfect weekend getaway location. How about a restaurant with fresh and creative food, overlooking the waves?
On cue: Kikili Beach’s ever resourceful Kumara suggests we try the nearby Wijaya Beach restaurant. Delicious fish and fresh exotic fruit juices! Fabulous view. Toes in the sand…
“You know,” says Ben, “this is actually not that far from Colombo where my work takes me ~ a mere 90 minute bus ride away… should we ever move to Sri Lanka…” (Famous last words)
Sri Lanka has a tendency to bright colors, whether on sarongs or walls.
As we prepare to leave Kikili Beach, we pause at one of the Buddha shrines in the garden, thinking… We will be back.
A BIG thank you to Kikili Beach for hosting us!
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