Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them. What we try to find in between is peace & if you are a parent, then you will also be searching for lots of quiet. I don’t think I really mastered the ‘quiet’ of traveling alone. It always seems like the voices in my head grew louder when there was no one to talk to around me, until I got to hear the loud voices of the waves in Sri lanka crashing down on the sand, the wind, the puffinus tenuirostris birds (those black birds on the sea) and the barking of stray dogs on the beach. Those sounds, drowned every thought I had. It’s almost selfish but that was the purpose of the trip. So much changes in my life, some great, some adjustable, in between, I had a break, so I rushed back to Srilanka and stayed at award winning luxury boutique hotel, Serene Pavilions where I booked for another night in a One bedroom sea front room.
Location I was picked up from Cocoon Resorts in Bentota. It was an hour drive to Waduwa. From the airport, it should take you about 2 hours drive to Serene Pavilions. The Location is wonderful, peace and quiet. You have the Waduwa Market 10 minutes away, boat safari and other turtle farms close by. You might disagree with me, but Serene Pavilions is built close to the railway. That means, every now and then you might hear the fading sound of a train. If you are anything like me and love trains, then this is such a great advantage because you get to see them up close and personal. Just don’t attempt to catch it. Its wonderful for photographers!
Rooms (Pavilions) I booked a one bedroom Pavilion. The images on the internet looked like it was exactly what I needed. I was not disappointed! They even had a small Christmas tree in my room, which was a 2 floor villa designed by a fabulous Italian architect who had the vision of a fully lit villa. Windows were plenty, even on the staircases. The one bedroom villa could also work if you have one child, they could sleep on the day bed in your room. Downstairs, the living area and dining room is just what you need to call it home. Outside, facing the beach, your private pool and I had Dino as my personal butler. He made sure everything was taken care of. I would have my lunch outside and my dinner inside the living room while I was working.
Dining Have I told you how some Sri Lankans make great chefs? Your breakfast is a la carte, over dosed with fresh fruits and coconut water. For lunch, I requested the papaya chicken salad with mushroom soup. For dinner, I had booked at the rooftop terrace and tried the famous grilled sea food and home made ice cream. Don’t miss the soups and the banana split!
Property Being obsessed with luxury boutique hotels and being familiar with Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry, Serene Pavilions earned it’s name. 8 acres of land. The hotel is for adults over the age of fifteen only,the ethos of the hotel is based around space, privacy, tranquility and luxury, an escape from the hustle and sometimes bustle of life at home. There are 12 pavilions, a spa, gym, tennis court, reading room, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and private butlers. Each Pavilion have their private pool. Internet access is available around the hotel and in your room. You really do not need to leave!
Service & Spa Each person will go out of your way to please you. Even walk on the beach with you to help you take crazy photo shots! I even had the ayurveda massage
Recommended The property is just so simple and easy to get around. All you need is your pavilion and the pool. It’s not a place where you will find your neighborhood children. It’s a place for those who appreciate silence, peace, quiet and those who are looking for it. You wont find soft music by the pool area. You may not even bump into your neighbors for breakfast. But you will find what you are searching for. Even with the loud sounds of the wave crashing by your window. I would also recommend this for elderly, honeymooners and solo travelers like myself. As for location, situated right in the middle of the strip.
Will I return? I already booked in March and can’t wait!
Here is my picture journey.
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