Beach Days – Unawatuna to Hikkaduwa

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We’ve been treated to the most gorgeous breakfasts at The French Lotus B&B in Unawatuna. The whole property has a wonderfully laid back feel which no doubt is thanks to the chic young French couple running it. The villa has been decorated with shabby chic charm throughout, complete with four poster beds, antique storm lanterns, muted tones and distressed paintwork. We sat on our private veranda and tucked into fresh bread and homemade mango and pineapple jam, accompanied with fruit smoothies and fluffy omelettes.

We tore ourselves away from the green oasis of calm to hit the road again with Hikkaduwa, our next beach stop in our sights. With the previous sweaty and crowded bus experience still fresh in our memories, we decided to treat ourselves to a tuk tuk for the 45 min journey. This is all together way more enjoyable, with sea breeze and space to relax and enjoy the myriad of sights and smells whizzing past. This saved us plenty of time which was a great move, especially when we realised that our new place had an awesome pool!

This new B&B easily gets the award for best value for money. For 30 quid a night inc brekkie, it’s absolutely spotless. Our room is huge with a massive shower room and sweeping private balcony complete with sun loungers. Little extras like a fridge and a hair dryer make all the difference for me, especially given the humid weather which is making my hair insanely frizzy!

We dumped our bags and hit the beach whilst the sun was out.

Hikkaduwa is renowned for its good surf and the beach is crammed with cafes and bars renting out boards. Plenty of surfers were enjoying the impressive waves, and we could feel how strong the rips and undercurrents were as we got battered and bashed around in the shallows. Hikkaduwa is certainly one of the busier and more developed beach spots on the south West Coast and there are many beachside restaurants competing for attention. Sadly the weather turned and as the skies clouded over and the heavens opened, we retreated back to our pad to swim in the pool.

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