About the beach and hotel
Sun beds are occupied by people who come to see the turtles (they sail right on the beach near the hotel). From the very early morning there are already crowds, this is probably the main disadvantage of the hotel. Although everything is quiet and calm on the territory, a vigilant guard will not let anyone through. But there were days when there were a lot of guests (mostly locals). Literally crowds that occupied the last places on the beach and filled the pool to capacity. It turned out that you can get to the hotel territory by paying for a day of rest without food and a room: for 50 USD you can use the sunbeds and the pool.
The food here is amazing, so we didn’t regret at all that we took the all-inclusive.
For the sake of variety, we ate several times in street cafes and restaurants: I didn’t like it at all, everything was very fatty and overcooked. Many cafes are closed, looking for food in Sri Lanka now is not the greatest pleasure, so all inclusive will save you, it will be tasty and calm.
The territory is well-groomed, green, beautiful, a lot of lizards, chipmunks and squirrels. But the rooms are a bit old: somewhere a hook fell off, somewhere a shelf was crooked, the furniture was peeling off. At first glance, it seems to be nothing (especially distracting from all this is the beautiful view from the window, almost from all the rooms), but on the second or third day you start to look at the details and notice that the room is not very fresh.1/ 1
Where were, what they saw
We did not go on excursions to the cities, it is not very calm there. Now there is a crisis in the country, political unrest and rallies. I don’t advise renting a car either, at some gas stations queues for gasoline stretch for 2-3 km. The only excursion that we booked with a local guide (his suggestions hung in our hotel) was a trip to Yala National Park, April-May-June are the best months to visit it.
There are many options for a safari: you can go just for half a day, or you can go for a whole or several days, staying overnight at a campsite, with a stop at the ocean coast, a picnic in the parking lot, and so on. We went for one day, with a sunset picnic; the cost of the tour is 120 USD. It seems to me that this is the optimal format, after a day of trips I really wanted to go to the beach and to the hotel, I would not have survived the second day. By the way, be careful with prices: on excursions they always add 10% to the price indicated in the price list, referring to taxes. In the restaurant, another +10% is a tip, they are almost always included.