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The founders of Ulpotha, the highly acclaimed retreat in the heartland of old Ceylon - www.ulpotha.com, together with a close friend renowned in the marine adventure and water sports worlds, have opened a unique and captivatingly quirky beach resort at Alankuda Beach near Kalpitiya on the western peninsula of this tear-shaped island. Situated on an undiscovered and deserted two kilometer stretch of a pristine private beach, Bar Reef Resort offers a truly relaxing, discrete and romantic getaway. The azure, warm ocean is almost always mirror-calm and welcoming during the months of October to May. The coastal waters offer the treasures of dolphin and whale watching as well as snorkeling over nearby spectacular coral formations. In addition, in terms of water-based action, there is deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, kite and wind surfing. For those more inclined towards cultural adventures or land-based nature, the Cultural Triangle, featuring four of the island’s seven World Heritage sites is within two to three hours’ reach, as are interesting temples, churches, Dutch-era towns. The country’s largest National Park is within 90 minutes reach and contains the island’s highest concentration of leopard, along with elephants, bears and other spectacular wild life and bird life. In fact Alankuda and its environs are an absolute bird watcher’s paradise Bar Reef Resort consists of varying accommodation types - Villas and Cabanas within Bar Reef Resort itself, Wooden Cabanas Begonia House and Araliya House, next door to Bar Reef Resort, and Khomba House further up the beach. Bar Reef Resort is situated approximately 2 hours from the airport and 3 hours north of Colombo.