As mentioned in my previous post, I visited Sri Lanka during May and stayed in a range of hotels every two nights. Our second location was Ahangama, where we opted to reside in the beautiful Kabalana Hotel by Ceilao Villas. I was drawn to this one due to their minimalist exterior, it looked serene and was extremely affordable. The hotel is small and comprises of 12 bedrooms in a sort of villa style layout, there’s a garden pool and a cafe/restaurant in the adjacent building.
Our room was pretty spacious, with floor to ceiling windows making the room light and vibrant. It also featured a simple outdoor bathroom – a popular style amongst Sri Lankan homes. This time of year is usually considered low season therefore the hotel wasn’t crowded with guests – luckily for us, which allowed us to take advantage and explore and shoot around the property as well as spend our time peacefully relaxing by the pool.
Our second location was slightly difficult to find as it was tucked deeper in the residential homes, in a more rural area reminiscent of somewhat of a rainforest making it secluded and peaceful. Pittaniya Villa features 3 bedrooms – a superior double room, a double room with an external bathroom and a King room with a spa bath. We settled upon the King room due to being enticed by the beautiful outdoor bathroom. The villa also worked in a way that an air bnb or riad would, where you have the option of booking the entire villa or just a specific room – again luckily for us we were the only guests staying there so had plenty of room to roam and shoot!
Walking into the property, you’re welcomed into a large courtyard with palm trees and a lot of greenery. The pool is also situated in the front yard, not far from the mini terrace overlooking the yard.
We enjoyed the sunshine on our first day at this location, however the next day we were to experience an extreme monsoon episode with on and off rain showers throughout the day further signifying the rainforest feel of the property, but….it was still beautiful. So we just spent our entire day shooting around the villa.
For our final two days in Sri Lanka, we headed back to Ahangama where we settled in W15 Escape, one of three boutique hotels by W15 scattered across the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. If you’re looking for something small scale but yet spacious at the same time, then this is the place. Comprising of (1) standard double room, (1) family suite and (6) garden suites, this hotel was truly peaceful and the perfect place to unwind.
We stayed in one of the Garden Suites which was extremely spacious and bright, with an outdoor bathroom to compliment the room. The rooms were very modern furthermore elaborated in the hotels overall minimal decor.
Similar to our time at Pittaniya Villa, we also experienced bouts of on and off wind and rain every 20 minutes or so but still, this didn’t stop us from enjoying our surroundings. We shortly after learned that the best time to visit Sri Lanka is anytime from October to April as the months of May/ June are usually when the Southern Province is affected by monsoon weather. Looking back at this trip I would say Sri Lanka is most definitely a hidden gem, some would describe it as highly reminiscent of Bali but significantly cheaper. The ultimate getaway if you’re searching for tranquility.