Hikkaduwa villas in West Coast, Sri Lanka

The lively beach resort of Hikkaduwa is famous for its colourful coral, tropical fish and long stretch of golden sand fringed by a variety of rustic guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, dive centres and tourist shops. As one of the oldest beach resorts on the island and despite its popularity back in the 70’s and 80’s as a hippie hangout, Hikkaduwa has reinvented itself so that while it still retains its characteristic laid-back charm, it is now more appealing to a wider range of visitors. There’s plenty to do here both on land and in the water; visitors can explore the tropical fish and colourful coral of the marine sanctuary just offshore either by snorkeling, diving or chartering a glass-bottomed boat. Surfing is also very popular here and many experienced locals are often to be seen expertly riding the waves of the resort’s most famous surfing points or teaching inexperienced westerners their home-grown techniques. With a wide stretch of beach, many visitors to the resort just choose a spot to eat, drink or just relax on loungers under the tropical sun overlooking the ocean. A range of restaurants offer plenty of opportunities for dining on anything from the simplest local dishes to more complex international cuisine; seafood is especially good here and one of the resort’s specialties. Hikkaduwa has a relatively lively nightlife; during the high season (November to April), regular discos are held at Vibrations (Fridays) and Mambo’s (Saturdays) whilst many of the restaurants’ closing times are dependent only on when the last customer leaves. The town is linked to Colombo and Galle on the Coast Line railway route and has plenty of banks with ATMs and money changing facilities as well as supermarkets, fresh produce stalls, travel agencies and pharmacies.

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White House at Bird Lake No. 2

White House at Bird Lake No. 2

Sri Lanka » West Coast » Hikkaduwa

This is an excellent holiday home for independent couples, families or groups of friends looking to self-cater or enjoy an extended holiday as it offers good value too. The villa’s imaginative build celebrates its picturesque and very serene natural location. The interiors feel homely and, since the rooms are spread across three floors, either sociable or intimate depending upon the occasion. When we first visited the villa back in 2009 it was brand new. Nearly four years on, the villa still felt charming, and the garden beautifully lush, but we noticed that the interiors were starting to look a little tired in places - the fish tank, particularly, looked forlorn. An iPod dock has been added though, along with many more books, CDs, DVDs and games.

The villa is set up for self-caterers. There are a few restaurants located within walking distance of the villa which means that if you don’t feel like cooking, you don’t have far to go to eat out – these include Asian Jewel, where you can enjoy a hearty English breakfast, and Kallabongo Resort. The White House manager, Chaminda, is also the manager of Sun Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa and can arrange a chef to come to the house to cook for you with advance notice; rice and curry is recommended. A staff of two assists self-catering guests and are on hand to clean, tidy and make drinks for you throughout the day. Their English is limited, but they do understand guests’ needs. Chaminda can be called at any time to assist with more complex queries - local calls from the house telephone are free – and the villa has a very detailed information guide. The staff can arrange a tuk tuk if you’d like to head into Hikkaduwa or you could jump aboard the villa’s two (slightly dilapidated) bicycles to peddle there yourself. Chaminda can organise scooter hire or a car  for onward travel.

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