2016 Dec 22
by Shanya Cooray
Christmas holidays are around the corner, and the chances are that even though you really want to end the year in style, you are too broke to plan any extravagant trips on your pauper’s wage. If you are the type that doesn’t like roughing out or typical backpacker style accommodation, but don’t want to spend through your nose either, this article will show you that you can plan your long awaited get away and act your wage while at it.
Hotel J – Negombo
Hotel J is situated in close proximity to Sri Lanka’s main international airport and just 15-20 minutes away, in the Fishing town of Negombo. Apart from being known as little Rome due to the many churches and a majority population of Catholics, the area is well known for the sandy beaches and the fisher folk, and is just 38km north of the commercial capital.
The hotel boasts of being the first purpose-built budget hotel in the island, and features 35 well appointed rooms, 17 sea-view rooms and 18 non sea-view rooms, and also includes a well appointed suite. Despite its no-frills concept, the hotel offers star class facilities such as TV, hot water, air conditioning and even a swimming pool and rooftop bar.
We were told that the rooms cost depending on occupancy, and can range between $35-$80, (LKR 5200 – 11,000) and $20 more for a sea-view room.
The Brizo Weligama
Brizo is a budget hotel located 145 km South of Sri Lanka’s capital, in the town of Weligama. It offers all that you need to enjoy a satisfactory holiday at a hotel, without having to bear ridiculous costs, and this is ideal for couples and even families. Most importantly, it is pet friendly, though charges may apply. The hotel takes on a Greek theme, even serving Mediterranean cuisine at its rooftop restaurant. It is only about 33 km away from the historic town of Galle, and the world famous Galle Fort. The beach is just a few minute walk away from the hotel, and is known for its good waves for surfing.
Brizo has 12 spacious rooms, that include amenities such as television and tea/coffee makers, and has hot water showers and is air conditioned. It is highly recommended that you book your holiday here during the off season, where the rooms start at about $40, as during the peak season it could go up to about $70-100 (LKR 10,400 -15,00) during the peak season.
Villa Velmarie in the coastal town of Maggona, is a colonial era property now renovated to host guests. The extent and ambience of the villa which sits amidst a sprawling coconut estate is such that it is ideal for a family or group travelling together. Their specialty however, is that they offer a yoga/ meditation wellness retreat packages and even intend on opening up their very own ayurvedic spa by January.
The fact that is it just a two minute walk away from the beach and a five minute drive away from the Beruwala town makes it ideal for those who want to get an extra dose of Vitamin Sea!
They have six well furnished double bed rooms, a swimming pool and provide facilities such as Wi-Fi. Their chefs are able to prepare a variety of cuisines including Western and Eastern dishes apart from the local fare.
Staying at the villa would cost $88 on bed and breakfast basis.
Ella Rest House
The Ella Rest House also known as the Ella motel done by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation is a haven for those who love to flee to the mountains. Its location is such that it offers the best view in the town, of the Ella gap, through which you get to see all the way to the Ocean across the Southern plains of the country, from the comforts of your room! It is situated in the heart of the town, providing easy access to the night life of Ella, and places of interest such as the nine-arch Bridge and the Rawana falls, and hiking attractions such as mini Adam’s peak or the famous Ella Rock.
The rest house has 14 rooms. Most of which offer a great view, and includes facilities such as a restaurant, that serves both local and western food, a bar/lounge, laundry and Wi-Fi and has a sprawling garden where you can relax or unwind after a long day of hiking.
Depending on which season you travel, staying half board in a double room here will cost between LKR 8000-10,000
Rosaanne Beach Resort
The Alankuda beach in the Kalpitiya peninsula is famous among many other things for its water sports, including kite surfing, especially during the months from May to October. This beach Resort is just across the road from the Alankuda beach. The location provides an excellent stay for those who want to go whale-watching, as Kalpitiya is known as one of the main hot spots for this. We are told that the resort organizes their own tours and packages for whale watching and even excursions to the Wilpattu wild-life park.
Rosaanne Beach Resort has cabana-style rooms, complete with a thatched roof, and is surrounded by acres of coconut trees, has a swimming pool, a restaurant and provides Wi-Fi.
A single room here ob B&B starts at about $60, (LKR 9000) while the double rooms start from about $80-90.
Hangover Hostels Mirissa
Mirissa is a coastal town sitting almost at the southern-most tip of Sri Lanka. It is mostly known for being one of the three hot spots for whale watching in Sri Lanka. Hangover hostels in Mirissa is located just across the road from the sandy beaches of Mirissa. It is the ideal location for those interested in whale-watching, surfing and other water sports; which the hostel will organize upon request, as well as for those craving night life along the beach.
They have five mixed dorm rooms that sleeps 20, a female dorm room with four beds, and 3 twin rooms as well. All rooms are air conditioned, and include hot water showers. The provide facilities such as lockers, linen and Wi-Fi and services such as housekeeping and they arrange BBQ nights. Tea/coffee making facilities are also available, and the well-equipped common kitchen can be used by the guests. The common areas as well as the rooftop serve as great places for mingling and for amazing views.
Staying in a mixed dorm room here would cost $14 (LKR 2100) and the female dorm room $16 (LKR 2400). The twin rooms start from $50.