Laidback beach living on Sri Lanka’s revived east coast
As a mouth-watering glimpse of blue ocean through a semi-circular arch welcomes you at reception, consider paradise found. Occupying a prime slice of Pasikudah Bay’s white sands, Uga Bay offers inviting suites, beach barbecues and endless Indian Ocean views.
Life’s a beach here. Fishermen bring in the day’s catch (which you’ll find in the restaurant later) at one end of the bay, while loungers and parasols populate the other. Simply pick your spot and bask in the sun, or take to the waters where kayaking, windsurfing and wreck-dives are among the aquatic activities on offer. When you’re done, indulge in a poolside massage or visit the cool underground spa for plenty more treatments and therapies.
All of the rooms feature direct sea views and bright, contemporary stylings. Step directly from your ground-floor terrace onto the sands, or enjoy inspiring sunrises from the balcony of your first-floor studio. The Beach Villas and Bay Suites offer plunge pools and extra privacy for honeymooners or families.
Those looking to get out and explore won’t be disappointed. There are a number of local villages and markets nearby, while the ancient Buddhist ruins of UNESCO listed Polonnaruwa are within day tripping distance. Finish the day beachside by dining on Sri Lankan curries and seafood specialities as the ocean laps gently in the background.