Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tropical paradise, Unawatuna Sri Lanka

A five hour drive from Kandy passed in a blur of luscious greenery, coconut trees, monkeys and more greeness. And then we arrived in paradise - Unawatuna. Golden sand, turquoise warm sea, palm trees and this view from our room.

Bliss. I need to pinch myself to make sure it's real. 

There's a chilled out vibe here and all you want to do is soak in the atmosphere and sun. Well as long as I can bear the sun, 34 degrees today and there's only so much of that heat before I turn into a little lobster. But that's what holiday napping was invented for right?

We stayed in the Thaproban Beach Hotel and loved it. With the kindest staff who made us feel right at home, even chopping up an aloe vera plant from the garden to soothe insect bites. But be wary of men at work with falling coconuts.

Waking up to a stunning sunrise and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach is a memory I will keep forever.

For breakfast a refreshing plate of papaya, watermelon, orange, plantain and pineapple. With fresh watermelon juice and Ceylon tea.

Followed by a little elevenses, a mango milkshake and chocolate brownie. I don't know why I've never had a mango milkshake before, I'm going to make it my business to have at least one a day from now on. Rich and creamy and with all that mango I'm just sure it has to be good for you.

When it gets too hot there's always a little ice cream, Sri Lankan style, served from a tuk-tuk.

And some more fruit.

Dinner choice is a no brainer. The mixed seafood platter of gigantic jumbo prawns, crab and lobster. Pictured below are the prawns in their raw state. Now that's gonna make prawns back home look minute. And all for only 2, 000 rupees (approximately 12 euros).

At night we wander along the beach and drink fruity cocktails with our feet in the sand while looking at the stars. A midnight paddle completes the perfect day.

It's been an amazing holiday so far and I'm going to keep squeezing every last drop out of it. In one week I'll be back in freezing London wrapped up in a coat and scarf. Brr. But for now I'll enjoy relaxing in my shorts and only worrying about where my next mixed seafood platter is going to come from :-). Sigh. 

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  1. It looks stunning L.! And the fruits are very appetising :)

  2. It really is a beautiful place Yolène! And the fruits ate bursting with flavours, wish you could taste them too :-)