At Cantaloupe Hotels in Sri Lanka, you will be forgiven for neglecting your adventure bucketlist in favour of turning into a total beach bum. From lush tri-coloured pools to tranquil frozen-in-time walks down Jungle Beach, Sri Lanka has a seaside getaway for every kind of traveller. Allow Cantaloupe Hotels to play the perfect host as you pick your poison.
Standing on the southern coast of Unawatuna, Cantaloupe Aqua is the ideal getaway for beach bums. The waterfront property has a total of 15 rooms (13 are sea-facing) suffused with Sri Lankan pop art. We’d pamper ourselves in the Aqua Ultra Zen room, a stone's throw away from the beach.
Perched on the lush green Rumassala headland, Cantaloupe Levels comes with nine spacious rooms with a posh mix of metal and black furniture and the chain's signature pop art. Take a dip in Asia’s first ever tri-coloured pool or relax on the lawns overlooking the beach valley.
If you want to indulge your inner foodie
At the Coconut restaurant, try the fresh fruit bowl with chilli sugar and lime. Or you could stick with the failsafe Sri Lankan rice and curry, which is the definition of soul food. By evening, have a cocktail or four at the Playground Beach Bar. The Special Clique, a blend of passion fruit and Ceylon arrack, is our fave.
If you're looking for a lazy wine and dine
Sample local favourites like the spicy prawn curry and the Batu Moju (eggplant pickle). You can even sign up for a private demo where the hotel’s star chefs show you how to whip up traditional Sri Lankan fare. The Clique Lounge is perfect for late drinks; you'll be spoilt for choice with their vast wine collection.
If you want to hit the waves
Dive into the ocean for a quick swim or grab a surfboard. Haven’t surfed before? They’ll set up lessons for you. Slot in a 6am start and head out for some whale watching—we’re talking everything from the blue whale, whale sharks and dolphins. Or make a trip to Cinnamon Island to learn about the country’s favourite spice.
If you want to get your culture fix
Take a walk to the nearby Japanese Peace Pagoda for some quiet, quality time. Or grab a couple of beers and head down to the tranquil Jungle Beach—it's perfect for snorkelling too. Don't miss the Galle Fort tour for the skyscraping watch tower and colonial-style churches. Make a pitstop in one of the quaint little coffee shops along the way.