Palagama has three room styles, all reflecting a local aesthetic. Whilst all rooms are slightly different, almost all offer queen-sized beds, high ceilings and large bathrooms. Many have indoor and outdoor showers.
The three villas, each with two bedrooms, give a nod to a Dutch and Portuguese influence but are lit up with contemporary colours and furnishing.
Walawwa is the largest and grandest of the villas. Two well sized bedrooms with four-poster beds and other antique touches sit either side of a spacious communal area. White floors throughout give a light feel. Neat bathrooms open to outdoor showers.
Begonia has two large bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms and additional outdoor shower areas. Of the three villas it has the most contemporary feel.
Araliya is the ideal family villa with two small but comfortable adjoining rooms and a private kitchen, sitting and dining area.
One-bedroomed cottages sit back from the sea in a lovely tropical garden. The cottages are simply built with wood-panelled walls with thatched roofs. They match the village cottages you’ll see up and down this coastal stretch. Polished cement floors and bright colours inside give a more contemporary feel. Bathrooms run from indoor to out.
The four beach cabanas offer prime sea views and are nestled amongst the palms up close to the beach. High thatched roofs and locally sourced material show off a genuine barefoot style. Big bathrooms that open to outdoor showers and private little decks to sit and watch the sunset provide ample private space. Perfect honeymoon setups.
Between November and April something remarkable happens – hundreds of dolphins come to live and feed in the Indian Ocean. Most hotels in Sri Lanka can’t offer you this dolphin watching experience. But Palagama can. It’s nature at its purest.
Many sperm whales also roam the depths. And if lucky, you could even spot a blue whale. Their size, majesty and quiet wisdom stay in the mind long after your return to shore.
Go inland, and you’ll hit Wilpattu, Sri Lanka’s largest, and arguably most beautiful, national park. The park is known for its leopard and sloth bear populations but, equally well-spotted are elephants, mugger crocodiles, wild boar and buffalo.
Beyond the wildlife attractions you may fancy Anaradhapura, the most ancient city of the Cultural Triangle, an easy two hours by car.
Bike rides can be arranged and are an ideal way to see the much untouched fishing communities around Palagama.
Between May and October kite-surfing lessons can also be organised a short drive (40 minutes) up the Kalpitya spit.