“A contemporary boutique hotel with excellent food and service on a secluded palm-fringed beach, midway between Galle and Hikkaduwa”
Named after Hindu sun gods, all suites are large, with cool white walls, tasteful Sri Lankan art, Balinese antiques and big comfy beds dressed in crisp linen. The 6 Shanthi Suites open out to small and private enclosed gardens, but we recommend spending the extra for one of the 5 Sagara Suites, which offer ocean views and balconies. The huge 2-storey Surya Suite, with its mezzanine sleeping area and large sun terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean, is an indulgent choice for honeymooners.
We loved our big, immaculately designed bathroom with its monsoon shower, double sinks and open wall leading to our cement Jacuzzi and decked balcony. The angles made it discreet enough not to bother with clothes (we checked!), and the balcony was a suntrap from afternoon onwards; it also made a great spot for sundowners as the sun sank behind the palms.
All suites come with the same mod cons: minibar, wide-screen TV, WiFi, safe, hairdryer, and tea- and coffee-making equipment; the Sagara and Surya Suites also have iPod docks. Two of the Shanthi Suites even have a funky UV lighting feature which allows an artificial night sky to be created on the ceiling (these suites do not have ceiling fans).
Since our visit, the Pool Suites and Sky Suites have also been added. We're yet to personally view them, but they sound every bit as tempting as their predecessors.
As with most modern hotels in Sri Lanka, the air conditioning can make the rooms chilly - we preferred to swing open the wide balcony doors at night, close the louvred shutters, and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean (mosquito nets are available on request).
The hotel's restaurant, with its high ceilings, cool cement floor and one side open to the ocean-facing, palm-pocked garden, is a pleasant spot for dining and is particularly atmospheric when lit up at night. Special anniversary meals can also be set up by the pool surrounded by tea lights, or even at a private table on the beach.
Breakfast, served throughout the day, is good - eggs any style, fresh fruit, juices and homemade bread come as standard, and the coffee was the best we tasted in Sri Lanka. There are also a few local options - string hoppers with fish and dhal, perhaps, or egg hoppers with chicken curry and kata sambol.
Lunch is similarly tasty. We particularly enjoyed the enormous seafood platters - steamed fish, grilled tiger prawns and squid - accompanied by freshly baked bread. Sandwiches, soups and salads are available, too, including a chicken Caesar salad served in a huge bowl and laced with lovely salty anchovies. There are hammocks strung between the coconut trees in the garden for a post-lunch siesta.
Aditya’s international dinner menu covers quite a few world cuisines, including a scattering of Japanese and Indian dishes. We felt it excelled at Thai food and indulged in a delicious green papaya salad and Thai green chicken curry. There was also a selection of well-prepared Sri Lankan food (try the Batticaloa beef curry), along with a few familiar Western options such as Australian steak, coq au vin and lamb chops. The staff will go off menu if you ask them to. By Sri Lankan standards, the bar offers a decent selection of spirits, wines and champagne.
If you want to eat out, staff can recommend some fine dining options in Galle Fort (a 15-minute drive). For more lively bars and cheaper beachside eateries, head north to the nearby surf resort of Hikkaduwa (a 5-minute drive).
Children of all ages are welcome at Aditya and staff will go the extra mile to help parents.
Children under 3 stay free of charge and those aged 3 to 12 will be charged 25% of the room rate per child, with a maximum number of 2 children per room.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Available by arrangement
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The chefs can prepare tailored dishes on request, and there are some useful Western options on the menu. Meals can be served at a time to suit you, which is very handy for families.
The beaches around the hotel have rough seas which are not suitable for children