Bar Reef Resort Alankuda

General Overview

Bar Reef Resort is situated in the small fishing village of Alankuda amidst swaying palms, sandy beaches and the azure seas which is home to pods of Dolphins during the season. Bar Reef Resort has a range of accommodation including individual wattle and daub cabanas and family villas, all set within their own gardens. Meals are served in clay pots in the Ambalama overlooking the stunning infinity pool and the shimmering seas beyond. The nights here are magical with oil lanterns that lights ups the pathways, twinkling fibre optic lights of the swimming pool that matches a star filled sky, and a seductive bonfire on the beach by the boat house where drinks are served.

Accommodation

There are several accommodation options at Bar Reef Resort including wattle and daub or wooden cabanas and family villas.

Wattle & Daub Cabanas: There are seven open-sided, wattle and daub cabanas with thatched roofs with each set in its own quarter-acre garden. These cabanas are 35 sq metres and consist of an open-sided bedroom furnished with a comfortable king size bed and an open-sided sitting area with built-in seating (also fitted with mosquito netting) that can sleep two more. Two separate palm-thatched enclosures, a few yards away, house the bathroom (w/c and wash basin) and the shower area. These open-air bathrooms are wonderfully designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. The shower, fitted to a coconut tree, cascades down like a waterfall. There is no h/w. Cabanas are ideal for families or couples and can accommodate up-to four guests.

Family Villas: Two spacious family villas, of more than 200 sq m, set within their own fenced gardens. Each villa consists of two ensuite double rooms. The spacious open-air bathrooms are nicely designed within their own garden space. The villas have a large verandah with six built-in seats that can be used as single beds. There is a common bathroom and a separate garden shower that can be used by those sleeping in the verandah. The villas can accommodate up to 10 guests.

Facilities

Swimming pool Bicycle hire Water sports Beach access iPod station Child friendly Eco friendly Bird Watching
The central point is the Ambalama – an open sided wattle and daub cabana with comfortable cushioned built in seating for lazing around and taking in the spectacular view of the infinity pool and the turquoise seas beyond. Meals are served buffet style in clay pots at the Amblama on a unique table top in the shape of an `oruwa’ or canoe. As in the village home, guests serve themselves and sit around where ever they please and enjoy delicious rice and curries cooked with freshly available seafood and vegetables. Local beer and soft drinks are served here. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks. The main 40 meter swimming pool with a separate shallow area which is ideal for children is lit up at night with fibre optic lighting giving it a magical air. There is a boat house – a cabana with thatched roof, boarded floors and lounging areas. A roaring bonfire is lit at nights by the boat house and drinks are served. The boathouse is well equipped with safety vests and boats to take guests out to sea for whale and dolphin watching excursions. The Ambalama has an iPod station and there is also a guitar for anyone wanting to add a magical touch to memorable nights by the sea.

Excursions

During the season from November to April, thousands of dolphins can be spotted in the deep seas off Alankuda. If you are lucky, further into the deep seas, you may even spot a blue whale. Coral reefs offer much to see for marine enthusiasts with an array of exotic tropical fish, and the deep seas off the Gulf of Mannar in Kalpitiya, is also home to stingrays and several species of Marine turtles. There is also snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, kite and wind surfing. Birding enthusiasts will enjoy an excursion to the nearby Anaiwilundawa a wilderness sanctuary that has lakes and mangroves where numerous species of birds can be spotted. Explore the fishing village of Kalpitiya and the Dutch period church – St. Anne’s in Thalawilla. Go on a morning’s excursion to Wilpattu National Park which is home to wild elephants and the elusive leopard.

This quirky lodge will quickly capture your heart and your imagination with friendly staff, an informal atmosphere and the warming azure waters of the ocean. Set on Alankuda Beach, near Kalpitiya on the western coast, on a 2 kilometre stretch of beach, Bar Reef Resort is a place where you can truly relax.

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