Centara Ceysands, like most hotels in Sri Lanka, offers Half Board packages which means your breakfast and dinner or breakfast and lunch is included in your nightly rate. So you don’t have to think about what you’re going to have for dinner. Instead, a vast buffet including dishes from the local and traditional – curries, rice, grilled meats, fresh fish to western favourites like pasta and even pizza is already being prepared for you while you’re out seeing the sites or diving into a good book by the pool.
On rising, you can wander down to Cafe Bem to fill your plate with the usual suspects; muesli, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, soft pastries, curd (yoghurt) and treacle. But the beauty of breakfast in Sri Lanka is you’ll also be able to taste a range of incredible vegetable and meat-based curries, flavourful rice and noodle dishes with your fresh-brewed Sri Lankan tea at the breakfast table. Sitting down to an egg hopper with pieces of chunky chicken and coconut curry with a slight kick of chilli was a deliciously different way to start the day. For the health-conscious traveller, it also packs a good protein punch for the morning in a nice warm dish that helps kick-start your digestive system.
Ceylon Club + Inn Between
If you like a cheeky cocktail or a snack on your beach chair, the Pool Bar has a good selection of drinks and simple meals. We tried the barbecue meat kebabs and homemade coleslaw. It was a great healthy lunch option enjoyed on our beach chairs in the Sri Lankan sunshine.
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa
Aluthgama, Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka
Getting there: Colombo is about a 2-hour car ride from Bentota (62 kilometres). The easiest way to get to Bentota is to hire a driver and a car in Colombo. Private cars are readily available inside the airport terminal or outside the airport (where you will likely get a better price if you are a tough negotiator). Centara Ceysands can also arrange transfers for you. We hired a private driver and paid 4500 LKR ($US33) (fare are negotiated with the driver).
WATCH our afternoon spent in Unawatuna and Galle here
The Fit Traveller was a guest of Centara Hotels & Resorts for this stay. As always, the opinions and words are authentically our own.
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