Stunning eco resort perfect for exploring Sri Lankan wildlife

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 | Blog

I couldn’t fault our stay at the Bar Reef Resort. A stunning hotel and location, we were perfectly situated for a dolphin and whale watching trip from Alalankuda beach and a day out in Wilpatu National Park. A huge perk of this hotel is that you get the impressive wildlife knowledge of the staff, in particular from Mr Palihawadana, a naturalist who accompanied us on both trips. We really appreciated the eco-minded ethos of the resort (no plastic, homegrown veg, recycling materials where possible) and that was reflected in the attitude of the staff – for example on our dolphin/whale tour our boat was very mindful of respecting the space of the animals (unlike many of the other boats unfortunately).

The resort has very cleverly fed this environmentalism into the style of the hotel, which although rustic is absolutely beautiful. We showered in a private outdoor bathroom from a coconut tree (unheated, but definitely warm enough), swam in a saltwater infinity pool and slept in a clay beach hut cabana with rush leaf roof. This place manages to feel luxurious but without the (often unnecessary) frills of an five star hotel and made me wonder why more places aren’t like this.

Beck, United Kingdom