- Pramod de Silva
Why not experience something all new, rather than going to the same place(s) every year ? This is the premise behind the new Pandanus Beach Resort and Spa in Yalagama, Induruwa which is fast becoming popular.
Equipped with 72 superior and deluxe rooms, two junior suites, one Presidential Suite and one Royal Suite, the four-star property is located 67 Km away from Colombo. Almost all rooms and suites give you an ocean view. The top suites have a private balcony and the Royal Suite has a private infinity pool. All rooms (except superior category) have private Jacuzzis.
If you want to begin your workout with a swim, head to the 30-metre pool downstairs, with a lovely vista of the Indian Ocean. You can dip your toes in the sand without any problem and relax on a deck chair afterwards.
You can follow it up with a session in the fully-equipped Wellness Spa which is a haven for the senses. The fully qualified therapists have a range of Ayurvedic and other spa treatments for the visitors. In case that is not enough for you, just head over to the Fitness Centre which has spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
All these activities will certainly make you thirsty and hungry. Either way, you can’t go wrong at Pandanus which has two signature restaurants – The Ocean and Golden Sand with menus featuring fresh local ingredients. Both have good ocean views.
Feeling hunger pangs at 1 a.m. ? No problem – just go the 24-hour Brasserie. Want a more romantic dining experience? Why not dine right under the stars with ocean waves within lapping distance? You can always rely on Room Service at any time of the day.
The rooftop Sky Bar is the place to be – and be seen in – after hours, gazing at the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean with a long drink in hand. The Main Bar, has both indoor and outdoor sections which you can select depending on the mood.
Pandanus has all the latest facilities for workshops, board meetings and conferences. The main conference hall can accommodate 70 delegates in theatre style seating, 30 in class room style, 45 in V Shape and 20 in a board room setting. You can do a bit of shipping in-between the lecture sessions at the Mini Shopping Arcade in the hotel.
Pandanus is a hotel where you will feel right at home from the moment you step into its atmospheric lobby. The only worry is that you might not want to leave its sheer coziness behind at the end of your well deserved break.