First and foremost we had some amazing experiences in hotels in Sri Lanka but the level of service at Cocobay trumps even those. The staff are genuinely lovely, polite and friendly people who really look after you and make you feel at home. The housekeeper chap is an absolute star and should be commended for the way he carries out his job and his all round nature but everyone in the team deserves credit (and your tips!)
The private beach and outside areas are stunning, you can while away hours and days just sitting and watching the waves in the bay between Unawatuna and Galle. Both are less than 10 minute tuktuk ride in either direction (about £1.50-£2.50 per journey, the hotel will call one to the entrance for you on request). This location creates the perfect opportunity for people such as us who wanted to spend a week relaxing after 8 busy days of seeing Sri Lanka but in a location that still provided lots of interesting things to do nearby within minutes rather than hours for the remainder of our trip.
We chose an “Aqua Romance” room with a private pool which is the best room I have ever had anywhere in the world. It was like a 7 step flow of everything you could ever want from a hotel room – Beautiful big bathroom with Jacuzzi>Huge bedroom with great king size bed and all amenities>Private terrace not overlooked at all>Private pool>Individual sun loungers set aside from public areas>Amazing beach with accessible sea>Incredible views of the bay.
Food is superb, as you would expect the seafood and fish is great (Jumbo Prawns and Dory fish in banana leaf were absolute triumphs) but all the international food as well as Sri Lankan is very good as well. You can order anything for room service or in the restaurant so dinner on your terrace is a great option. As somebody else mentioned, breakfast has a range of options and is served until 2pm so if you want to head out in the morning or are just wanting a long lie in then this is fantastic.
This is not meant to sound trite but this hotel has this air of calm and comfort that just makes it impossible not to be calm and happy at the same time and ultimately is that not the point of a resort style hotel! I would never stay anywhere else on the South coast of Sri Lanka!
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