“Paradise” is a suffering word, overused and ineptly devalued in everyday hype. Yet, tired as it is, it will have to do. Nothing else conveys that sense of place that can inspire a blissful contentment.
The world has traveled quickly that just because you’re on island doesn’t mean you have to be stranded—(as long as you have cash in some cases). Even in travel, we have our comfort zone. It’s traveling to a place we are familiar with. Some are islands, some are back home and some are cities. For the longest time, England used to be my comfort travel. The streets, the people, the food. But even in England, no matter how many times you visit, there is still that sense of exploring and adventure.
You could go North, East, South and West and still discover new unmarked territories.
This year, Sri Lanka made our top travel list. Clearly, after the 6th time, you would think I’ve had enough. Climbing to the top of Adam’s Peak, camping and to the bottom on Taprobane Island in the south. In search of hidden gems and exotic, bohemian luxury hotels to stay in. Sri Lanka never failed me. And so, this is paradise. No matter how overused the word is. Paradise is a comfort place, whether its camping in the jungle or staying at a 5 star hotel. Your paradise is your place of comfort and no one has the right to judge it.
My first stop is at Cocoon Resort & Villas
The owner Sandesh and the GM, Mr. Blackette, had arranged a seaplane to pick me up from the airport which took about 30 minutes to reach (instead of 2.5 hours by car) and luckily the weather is perfect!
Cocoon Resort & Villas is privately owned by a wonderful family. A family with values and education. A family that is rich in passion and loyalty and the power to make their dream come true. Cocoon Resort & Villas has been through a lot in the past years, so have their family. They have adapted all of life’s principles and lessons into the property. The property, which is 8 and 1/2 acres is their home and they made sure to reflect everything they had on the resort to let you know where they come from. Mr. Blackette, an ex Maldives GM, trains his staff daily. You will recognize him because although his name is Blackette, he is the only white man there, everyone jokes about this.
Location – A 2.5 /3 hours drive from Airport to Cocoon Resort & Villas. The property is not ON the beach itself, but the hotel provides a shuttle (4 minutes away) to their private beach. So, although you can’t SEE the beach from your room, it does exist. The beaches in Sri Lanka are not usually made for swimming due to their high waves. Unless you are a surfer. But they do have the most beautiful stretch of long beaches.
Rooms – 3 exclusive Grand Villas, 7 Luxury Villas and 16 ‘Silk’ Rooms. Very spacious rooms. Fantastic for honeymooners, families or groups! I stayed in a silk because I was traveling alone.
Dining – Breakfast, lunch or dinner a la carte can be served anywhere you like. That’s the beauty of boutique hotels. You can have it in your room, by your private pool, on the patio or in the restaurant. Perfect for foodie. The Indian dishes in particular are delicious! You can custom make your own food as well and even go behind the kitchen and make your own sandwich with the chef! Also, ask for desert with their homemade vanilla ice cream and over dose with coconut water!!
- Private Barbeque on request
- Table Tennis
- Bird Watching
- Children’s Playground
- Ayurveda treatments and rejuvenating massages in the house spa –‘Bath’
Recommended for – Cocoon is a perfect place for honeymooners, families and for groups. If you are looking for privacy, peace and quiet and a place where you might not bump into other guests while enjoying Sri Lankan’s nature and family values or even practice your own meditation then this is definitely the place. (Plus if you love furniture, this is def your place!)
Nearby places The hotel organized a trip for me to visit the turtle farm which is around 7 minutes away! It was one beautiful experience! Did you know that the sea turtle farm & Hatchery” is a non – profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation.
Turtle hatchery – around 10 mins drive
Maduganga Boat Ride in the Madu River Wetlands + Fish Spa – 15 – 20 mins drive
Visit Bawa Gardens – 15 – 20 mins
Cinnamon plantation – 10 mins
Spice Garden – 10 mins
Toddy Tapping – 10 mins
Water sports – 10 – 15 mins
Will we be back? Yes! Especially when I need to write and eat delicious food!!
We have partnered up with Cocoon Resort & Villas – The hotel is offering a 40% discounted rated for anyone who books using the promo code [TJD] *Terms & Conditions apply
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